Rika Beppu is a founding member and former President of WILJ. After graduating from Sophia University’s Faculty of Foreign Languages and Studies, English Language Department, Rika studied and trained in the United Kingdom and obtained her qualification as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 1994. Upon her return to Japan in 2001, she was the founding managing partner of an international law firm’s Tokyo office, and subsequently a Corporate M&A partner at her former firm since 2008. As from October 2017, Rika is a Corporate M&A partner at Squire Patton Boggs in Tokyo. Rika is a foreign registered lawyer (English law) of the Tokyo Dai-ni Bar Association since 2001. She currently serves as the chair of the European Business Council, Legal Affairs Committee and a board member of Lawyers for LGBT & Allies Network. She is also a founding member of the Asia Society Japan Center, where she leads the Asia21 Young Global Leaders Japan chapter.