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Co-Founder & President, Thinktank SophiaBank

In 1996, Kumi Fujisawa established Japan’s first mutual-fund assessment organization, IFIS Limited, which she sold to Standard & Poors in 1999. In 2000, she teamed with Dr. Hiroshi Tasaka to establish Thinktank SophiaBank, which is a thinktank fostering and supporting social entrepreneurs, and was made its Vice President. Since 2003, she has also acted as Vice President of the Japan Social Entrepreneur Forum (JSEF), which she and Dr. Tasaka established as an incubator for social entrepreneurs. In 2006, she started an Internet radio program, Shacho Talk, which interviews the presidents of corporations, venture capitalist, and so forth through the SophiaBank Radio Station, the first Internet radio station by a thinktank in Japan.

Ms. Fujisawa also serves several law development roles in various government offices, such as Investment service law for FSA, Local activation law for MITI, Tax law for MOF and IT strategy for the Cabinet Office.

She is active in teaching socially conscious investment strategies and management through publications, lectures, television, radio and magazines. On major television and radio networks, Ms. Fujisawa interviews heads of small corporations, venture capital firms and individuals, with an eye towards creating mutually beneficial bonds between corporations, organizations, and individuals. She is the author of several books, including An Investment Guidebook by Kumi Fujisawa, The Age of Concierge Business and The Philosophy of Money for Women. Beginning in 2005, she has been a Guest Professor at Hosei Business School of Innovation Management, teaching management strategies as they apply to small and medium-sized businesses.

Photo: Hidenori Kondo

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