Gen Kanai

Director, Asia Community Engagement, Mozilla

In his current role, Gen supports the launch of Mozilla’s Firefox OS mobile phone platform in Asia, including India, Bangladesh and the Philippines. Previously, he has supported the launch of Mozilla Japan, Mozilla China, multiple South East Asian Mozilla communities, and held community management, evangelism, business development and marketing roles at Mozilla since 2006.

Previous to Mozilla, Gen was responsible for building Internet services for Sony’s Digital Imaging products in the US and launched Toyota Motor Sales’ ecommerce strategy also in the US. Gen is active with the US-Japan Leadership Program as well as the Asia Society’s Asia 21 Young Leaders’ program. Gen is a mentor with 500 Startups. Gen is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

His favorite quote is, “Don’t Panic”, from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Based in Tokyo.

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