Mari is an impact investing leader with extensive background in sustainable finance and social entrepreneurship.
Mari cofounded SDG Impact Japan in 2021 and developed the ESG engagement fund to promote sustainable conduct of Japanese medium and small sized public companies. In 2017, she led the establishment of the Asia Women Impact Fund ($100 million) at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, the first gender lens investment fund in Japan.
Previously Mari held several senior positions at the World Bank Group in Washington DC and Tokyo including the representative of MIGA (the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency) in Tokyo. She also served as the global head of diversity and human rights of Fast Retailing Group, and Japan Representative of Dalberg, She currently serves as an outside auditor of Mitsubishi Corporation, an expert advisor on JICA’s Overseas Investment Review Committee; a member of the ESG Advisory Board member of Meiji Holdings; and a member of the Advisory Board of the CIO office, Nikko Securities.
Mari holds a BA in Economics from Tokyo University and an MA from the Fletcher School, Tufts University.