Named in Creativity Magazine's annual "Creativity 50," Rei Inamoto is one of the most influential individuals in the marketing and creative industry today. With broad international experience in Asia, Europe and the U.S. as well as an unusual combination of background in advertising, design and technology, Rei brings a unique perspective to his work and to his audiences.
Rei is Chief Creative Officer of AKQA, responsible for delivering creative solutions for agency clients such as Google, Nike, Xbox and Verizon Wireless. Since joining the agency in 2004, his presence has been instrumental in bringing AKQA the highest recognitions as the company has grown over 400% in that time.
In the last several years, AKQA received multiple Agency of the Year accolades from various industry publications, including achieving a world-first in 2011 by earning the honor simultaneously on both sides of the Atlantic from Adweek and Campaign. He also serves as a Board Member of the Art Director's Club and frequent chair and judge for the industry's top awards including the 2012 AICP Next Awards and 2012 Cannes Lions Cyber Jury.
Originally from Tokyo, Rei spent his childhood and teenage years in Japan and Europe. He then went to the U.S. to complete his university studies with degrees in fine arts and computer science – all before people were broadcasting their feelings, talking in 140 characters or less, or becoming friends with people they didn't know.