EUGENE A. MATTHEWS IS PRESIDENT OF NINTAI GROUP AN INVESTMENT FIRM FOCUSSING ON INVESTING CAPITAL IN JAPAN, SOUTHEAST ASIA AND THE US. HE IS WIDELY CONSIDERED IN AND OUTSIDE THE REGION AS AN EXPERT ON ASIA. HE HAS WRITTEN ON THE REGION IN NUMEROUS PUBLICATIONS AND HAS BEEN THE FEATURE OF LIVE MEDIA AND WRITTEN ARTICLES IN THE LEADING US, JAPANESE, AND SOUTHEAST ASIAN BUSINESS PRESS. HE HAS SPENT MOST OF HIS ADULT LIFE LIVING AND STARTING BUSINESSES IN ASIA. MR. MATTHEWS IS THE FORMER SENIOR FELLOW FOR JAPAN AT THE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS. HE IS A GRADUATE OF HARVARD COLLEGE AND HARVARD LAW SCHOOL.