WISE Associate

WISE Associate Akiyo Higaki is currently a project manager to manage and plan events related to climate change in terms of the general insurance for advocating risk management. She worked for an organization that provided workshops about the SDGs and global citizenship to students and mainly coordinated the programs for university students in Japan and…

WISE Associate

WISE Associate After graduating from Keele University (UK) in 2016, with a BA in Criminology with Japanese, Caitlin joined the JET Programme. She is now working as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) and Vice Prefectural Advisor in Kumamoto City, Japan. Through a strong interest in community involvement and service to others, she has held roles…

Kayoko Abe is the Founder and President of MU.GEN Inc, a consulting company, is providing distinctive branding services between Japan and the U.S., and SAKÈ MU.GEN, an alcohol industry public relations company. Prior to founding her companies, Kayoko has worked with major financial institutions, including JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs, where she completed the New…

Director for Outreach

Samjhana has been working in the field of social entrepreneurship, social innovation, and social enterprise development for over 15 years. Currently, she is working as a senior advisor for Ashoka’s Global Venture Program, and advising women led social enterprises in Asia including Japan. At Ashoka, Samjhana previously led the venture program managing search and selection…

Council Member

Sarah is passionate about creating bridges between cultures and individuals. Prior to her graduate work in international relations and Japanese, she spent more than a decade teaching and volunteering overseas, including eight years teaching English and American studies at a small women’s college in Japan and two+ years with NGOs in Bangladesh, Russia, Mongolia, and…

Council Member

Yuka Hayashi covers financial regulation at the Wall Street Journal’s Washington bureau. Until 2015, she was a correspondent and deputy bureau chief at the paper’s Tokyo office, writing about economy, foreign policy, and culture.  Before joining the paper in 2004, she was a reporter for Dow Jones Newswires, a sister publication, based in New York…

JSIE Advisory Board Member

Dr. Kurokawa received a MD degree in 1962 from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Medicine. Following clinical training in internal medicine and then in nephrology at the Department of Medicine of the University of Tokyo Faculty of Medicine (1962-1969), he was research associate, Department of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (1969-1971), senior…

Council member

Akiko Murai is a leadership and career coach with Organizational Development and Global Talent Management background.  She has extensive and diverse professional experience ranging from the field work in Brazil with a United Nations agency to marketing financial products and services to high net worth individuals at a commercial bank.  Akiko also has worked for…

Council member

JSIE Council Tomoko Suzuki is Senior Portfolio Officer in the Economics and Industry Research unit at International Finance Corporation (IFC), providing combined analytics on global economics, markets, sector, geopolitical and development trends for IFC investment departments and their clients to inform investment and portfolio decisions. Prior to joining the Research unit, she was working at…

Council member

JSIE Council CEO   SDG Impact Japan Mari Kogiso is the CEO of SDG Impact Japan, which she founded in 2021 to promote social finance in Japan. Prior to SDG Impact Japan, she was the director of diversity and inclusion at the Fast Retailing. In this role, she also managed human rights committee and served as an advisor…