Julian Gresser

Chairman, Global Innovation Integrators (GII); Chairman, Alliances for Discovery


    Julian Gresser is an international attorney, professional negotiator, inventor, and recognized expert on Japan. As a negotiator his most dramatic success involved helping a San Francisco-based trading company transform its $8 million after-tax branch into a $1 billion Japanese company in seven years. (This transaction originated by Julian Gresser and his colleague, Professor James E. Schrager has come to be called “Going Public Japanese Style” adopting the title of an article they jointly authored in the Wall Street Journal.) From 1976-1983 he was twice Visiting Mitsubishi Professor at the Harvard Law School and also taught courses as a Visiting Professor at MIT on the legal issues of strategic industries. He has been a Visiting Professor at Beijing University, where he taught seminars on Japanese and U.S. environmental law, and also helped the Chinese environmental authorities draft China's Marine Pollution Control Law.

    He has served as legal advisor to numerous U.S., Japanese, and European companies on a wide array of business issues, including joint ventures, limited (venture capital) partnerships, technology licensing, export controls and customs fraud, antitrust, and intellectual property protection, particularly patent infringement disputes. He has been a senior consultant to the U.S. State Department, The World Bank, The Prime Minister's Office of Japan, The People's Republic of China, and the European Commission (where he trained the Commission's Japanese negotiating teams).

    Julian Gresser is the author of four books, Environmental Law in Japan (MIT Press, 1981), Partners in Prosperity: Strategic Industries for the U.S. and Japan (McGraw Hill, 1984; in Japanese, Cho Hanei Sengen), and Piloting Through Chaos: Wise Leadership/Effective Negotiation for the 21st Century ( Five Rings Press, 1996), (in Japanese, Ishi Kettei Isutsu no Hosoku--Koshodo no Gokui, Tokuma Shoten Publishing Company, Tokyo, 1997), in addition to numerous articles in English and Japanese on technology, economics and law. His most recent work is Piloting Through Chaos—The Explorer’s Mind (English publication: May 2013, Bridge 21; Chinese publication, fall 2014—See:

    Global Innovation Integrators (—GII’s mission is to assist rapidly growing middle market companies in China in becoming Global Innovation Champions. Working in close cooperation with the investment bank, Hunter Wise (, the GII/HW Team serves its clients as an Innovation Delta Force, generating an “innovation premium” by bringing value to every aspect of the company, and preparing the company for presentation to the international financial community. Once cornerstone financing is secured, GII/HW prepares the company for an M&A transaction, or an IPO on one of the major international exchanges, following the “Going Public Japanese (and Chinese) Style” program he developed.

    Humanitarian Activities—Alliances for Discovery –501 © 3 non-profit organization---The mission of Alliances for Discovery is to accelerate breakthroughs for humanity using the Explorers Wheel/Smart Collaborative Innovation Network (S-COIN) model introduced in Piloting Through Chaos—The Explorer’s Mind. Explorers Wheel 1.0 on Health, Longevity & Abundance will support sponsored prizes for breakthroughs in response to a number of critical medical challenges.