Team

Mangyo Kinoshita

Audit & Supervisory Board Member

Audit & Supervisory Board Member
Mangyo is an attorney qualified to practice Japanese law and California law and the founding partner of “southgate”. His practice primarily focuses on cross-border and domestic M&A, joint venture, strategic alliances, private equity and venture capital. He also regularly represents social entrepreneurs as well as social impact funds. Before founding southgate, Mangyo was a corporate partner at White & Case, an international law firm, and O’Melveny & Myers LLP, another international law firm where he led its corporate practice in Tokyo. At Gojo, Mangyo monitors management from an independent standpoint by attending board meetings and investment committee meetings as well as supervises day-to-day business execution.

Work in: Japan

Masahiro Kotosaka

Director

Non-executive Director
Masahiro Kotosaka is an Associate Professor at Keio University and an Associate Fellow of The School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences. He is an expert in Internationalization strategy and early stage business development, and advisor to several global start-up companies. Before moving to Keio, he was an associate professor of multinational management at Ritsumeikan University, a teaching & research associate at the University of Oxford, and a consultant at McKinsey & Company based in Frankfurt and Tokyo. As a practitioner, he worked for strategy/marketing projects with sixteen client organizations across nine industries and nine countries and spent four years running three profitable IT/Retail businesses before joining McKinsey. He graduated from the University of Oxford with D.Phil. (Ph.D) in Management Studies and MSc in Management Research with Distinction.

Work in: Japan

Natsuki Sugai

Vice President

Having graduated from Waseda University, Natsuki started his professional career at Fast Retailing, a global fast-fashion clothing retailer based in Japan, in which he engaged in branch management of UNIQLO, the retailer’s flagship brand. In 2012, as a college student, Natsuki founded an NGO to support education in developing countries and led the entire process to establish public schools in Lao by collaborating with the Lao government. While he was in Waseda Jitsugyo High School, he twice took part in the National High School Baseball Championship as a regular player despite joining the school as a non sports-exemption student. Out of his passion for making Gojo’s vision and mission come true, Natsuki joined Gojo in 2015.

Work in: Japan

Nobuyuki Idei

Director & Chairman

Non-executive Director
Nobuyuki is currently founder and CEO of Quantum Leaps Corporation, an executive advisory company he established in 2006. He used to lead Sony Corporation from 1995 for more than a decade. During his tenure, Nobuyuki moved the company into the digital age by creating a vision where audio, visual, computer and telecommunication technologies would be seamlessly merged and connected with software content and services, much like the Internet world we know today. Mr. Idei received a B.S. degree in economics and politics from Waseda University. Fluent in English and French, he studied at the l’Institut des Hautes Études Internationales in Geneva, Switzerland. Mr. Idei was born in Tokyo in 1937. He and his wife Teruyo have one daughter.

Work in: Japan

Praachi Gandhi

Head of Social Performance Management

Praachi is a Sociologist from the Delhi School of Economics. She was Lecturer and Trainer at Delhi University. Praachi has been a research specialist with several NGOs and has worked on various international projects with John’s Hopkins University, USA, the MacArthur Foundation. For several years she worked closely with people below the poverty line to analyze the impact of various health interventions in the field. Praachi has a unique ability to connect seamlessly with people from all walks of life and all age-groups. At Gojo, Praachi heads social performance management using her field experience to make sure that the partner MFIs of Gojo fulfill their social responsibility. For Praachi laughter and music is the source of immense energy in this universe.

Work in: India (Delhi), Cambodia and Myanmar

Renuka Rathnahewage

Country Head - Sri Lanka

Renuka is a Certified Management Accountant and Certified Professional Manager from Sri Lanka and holding Master in Business Administration from the University of Wales in the U.K. Renuka started her career as an accountant in 1998 at PRDA (NGO/MFI) and was promoted up to General Manager. In 2008 Renuka joined Sewa Finance, an MFI in Sri Lanka, as CEO and took over the leadership for the company facing a severe crisis and was able to turn around the company to a profit making entity by restructuring all the systems and building a cohesive team. She served as a director of the Lanka Micro Finance Practitioners’ Association as a director for 3 years. At Gojo, she is handling all the activities in Sri Lanka project and serves as the CEO/Director of Sejaya Micro Credit Limited in Sri Lanka. She is fluent in English and Sinhalese. She is good at dealing with people and gives supports to HR related issues at Gojo.

Work in: Sri Lanka

Sanjay Gandhi

Founder & Head of Investment

Sanjay qualified as a Chartered Accountant before graduating from Delhi University. His first job as an Audit Manager was with the Indian Associates of KPMG. After working for a finance company, he joined the microfinance industry in 2003 and has worked in 25 countries and conducted about 125 ratings of MFIs; some of the assignments were for the World Bank, ADB, UNDP, Mercy Corps and HIVOS. After his CEO assignment at a Cambodian MFI, Sanjay cofounded Gojo and has led the Company’s investment activity. Sanjay speaks English, Hindi, and Punjabi. He is very fond of music, movies, and reading, with The Beatles as his all-time favorite music band.

Work in: India (Delhi), Cambodia and Myanmar

Taejun Shin

Founder,Representative Director & CEO

After graduating from Korea University and Waseda Graduate School of Finance, Taejun started his career at Morgan Stanley and then worked for Unison Capital. While working in the finance industry, Taejun founded Living in Peace, an NGO, in 2007, and created the first microfinance investment fund in Japan’s investment history in 2009. Taejun cofounded Gojo in 2014 and has led the company’s growth until today as the CEO. He was the Global Shapers of the World Economic Forum and is the youngest founding member of Endeavor Japan. The Harvard Business Review Japan Edition selected him as the 20 best CEOs under age 40. He is the author of 9 books, a finisher of the 1648 km ultra-marathon, and a Karate black-belt holder. Taejun is fluent in Japanese, Korean and English. He plays drums and shows up in a live performance once a year.

Work in: Japan, Cambodia, Myanmar and Sri Lanka

Tsuyoshi Nagashima

Founder & Head of Administration

Tsuyoshi is a Japanese Certified Public Accountant and Certified Tax Accountant. Having graduated from Waseda University, Tsuyoshi started his career at Deloitte Tohmatsu and worked for a financial industry auditing team. After Deloitte, he joined an independent accounting office and engaged in financial and tax due diligence, valuation, tax consulting, financial advisory, etc. After the above career, Tsuyoshi started his own accounting firm in early 2012. While working as a professional, Tsuyoshi is a serial entrepreneur, founding an IT consulting company in 2013 and a web app development company in 2014. At Gojo, Tsuyoshi leads software development and takes care of all of its back office tasks. Tsuyoshi speaks English and Japanese and loves Indian movies.

Work in: Japan

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