Our Mission

Unlock the value of Data

GAILABO was launched as a joint venture between Mitsui & Co. and Sony Network Communications.

The world is full of untapped, unutilized data. Our mission is to unlock the value of data and fully harness the dormant value within. To realize our mission, we work to provide clients with true solutions armed with the business expertise of Mitsui & Co. with its global frontline operations, and the sophisticated technologies of Sony, which provides cutting-edge AI and cloud technologies to society.

Currently, we mainly provide AI products to clients in our specialized area of finance, support improvements in screening and collection accuracy for financial institutions, and thereby endeavor to realize a society in which every person has access to financial services.


  • 01

    Frontline business expertise

    We draw from our business know-how to propose solutions to challenges at the frontlines.

  • 02

    Advanced cutting-edge technology

    Backed by Sony Group, our engineers tirelessly pursue new technologies and solutions to provide a robust, sophisticated level of technological capabilities.

  • 03

    Flexible Response

    Giving priority to our clients and their needs, we strive for flexibility in proposing and developing solutions.

  • EVP
    Keiji Shiotani
  • CEO
    Makoto Ichikawa
  • CTO
    Himanshu Shekhar
  • C-AI Engineer
    Kazunori Araki
Keiji Shiotani

Joined Sony Finance International, Inc. in 1992.
Served as General Manager of the Business Planning Department at Sony Corporation of America and the Business Strategy Department of FeliCa Networks, Inc. Has experienced a wide range of operations in finance, including credit cards, electronic money, credit card settlement platforms, and contactless IC cards. Following assignments at Sony Network Communications Inc., became CPO of GAILABO in 2019, and was appointed CMO in July 2021, EVP in June 2023.

Makoto Ichikawa

Joined Mitsui & Co. in 2003, and engaged in domestic sales of steel products & mobility business (automobile manufacturing, wholesale, logistics, leasing, sales finance) in Southeast Asia, India, & Japan. Has overseas experience in Turkey, Philippines & India. Was appointed President & CEO of GAILABO in March 2022.

Himanshu Shekhar

Joined Sony Corporation in 2013. As a part of R&D operations at the headquarters, engaged in client libraries and IT cloud system development, as well as IoT product architecture and design.
Later became in charge of the fintech field, technological development of a system for AI-based credit scoring, and MLOps.
Seconded from Sony to GAILABO as an AI engineer in November 2020, and appointed CTO in July 2021.

C-AI Engineer
Kazunori Araki

Joined Sony Corporation in 2011. As a part of R&D operations at the headquarters, engaged in R&D of recommendation technologies for games, photography, news content, etc. Later became in charge of developing technologies for AI-based dialogue systems targeting financial firms. In November 2020, was seconded from Sony to GAILABO as a machine learning engineer.


Company Name Global AI Innovations Laboratory Co., Ltd.
Head Office 1-18-6, Nishishimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo TEL: (81-3)6205-7970
Paid-in Capital 545 million yen
Established October 1, 2019
Directors President & CEO: Makoto Ichikawa (Mitsui)
Director EVP: Keiji Shiotani (Sony Network Communications)
Director: Hiroshi Takeuchi (Mitsui)
Director: Noriyuki Kamo (Sony Network Communications)
Director: Daisuke Shimizu (Mitsui)
Corporate Auditor Hiroaki Onishi (Mitsui)
Shareholders Mitsui & Co., Ltd (60%)
Sony Network Communications, Inc. (40%)
Business Activities Development, sales, and operation of AI solutions
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