Jury member

Fumi Sugeno

Chief of Impact Economy Lab, Japan Social Innovation and Investment Foundation (SIIF)



Fumi Sugeno


Fumi is an impact investor and an impact catalyst. She is passionate about supporting change-makers and building global ecosystems for transitioning to the Impact Economy.

Fumi currently develops strategies and oversees activities at SIIF's Impact Economy Lab, which creates empirical knowledge and empowers learning communities through global partnerships for transitioning to the Impact Economy. Fumi is an investment committee member of an impact investment fund (HATARAKU Fund) focused on the future of work, childcare and elderly care support, which was established with Shinsei Bank Group and Mizuho Bank. Prior to joining SIIF, Fumi was an ESG analyst and a business consultant at the Japan Research Institute supporting Japanese corporations to initiate impact businesses and impact investments. She started her career as an International NGO staff conducting impact evaluation and making policy recommendations for education in rural China. Fumi holds a BA from University of Tokyo and MA in International Affairs from Columbia University.

About Japan Social Innovation and Investment Foundation (SIIF)

SIIF is a foundation established in 2017 with the support of the Nippon Foundation, Japan’s largest private foundation, to catalyze impact investing ecosystem development in Japan. Today, SIIF focuses on creating symbolic cases for systems change in its three focus areas: inequality, healthcare, and regional revitalization. Also, through its Impact Economy Lab, SIIF aims to create emperical knowledge and empower learning communities for transitioning to the Impact Economy.