Takayuki Ueda is President & CEO of INPEX Corporation. He joined the company in 2017, and served as Senior Executive Vice President until he assumed his current position in June 2018. Throughout his career, he has held a variety of directorial positions at Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI) in establishing the Japanese government policies for international trade, economic cooperation, and public utility sectors. After he assumed several director general positions such as Director-General for Trade Policy Bureau and Director-General for Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, he was named Vice Minister for International Affairs in 2015. During his tenure he took the lead at a number of economic and trade negotiations with foreign governments. He joined Ministry of International Trade and Industry (currently METI) in 1980. Mr. Ueda graduated from Tokyo University with a bachelor’s degree in Law in 1980.