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


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

Michiyasu Matsui


Michi is an Associate at Gojo. Before joining Gojo in 2017, he had spent 4 years working for start-ups and venture capitals while he was in Keio University from which he obtained the bachelor’s degree in Policy Management. While at Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus, Michi led a research project about Tokyo Stock Exchange, which was funded by SMBC Nikko Securities. He is often asked if he played basketball or volleyball given his height (6’3), but he used to play baseball for 10 years.

Work in: Japan

Myint Swe

Special Advisor

Myint Swe is the Managing Director at Microfinance Delta International Co.,Ltd (MIFIDA) and is a special advisor at Gojo. He holds a B.Sc, B.L, CPA, D.S from Yangon University and Ministry of Education. Myint Swe dedicated himself to the field microfinance in his early career as a Myanmar Certified Public Accountant, a project manager, and a finance officer. His job experience includes working for UNDP Kenya and UNOSOM in Somalia for 6 years, and a microfinance project of UNDP for 11 years. Having spent several years in the field of microfinance, he became a freelance microfinance consultant in 2009 and also formed his own company called Microfinance Delta Co., Ltd in 2013, primarily using his own funds and supported by his friends. MIFIDA became a partner with Gojo in August 2015. Utilizing his extensive experience and his knowledge of the microfinance sector in Myanmar, Myint Swe provides consultation to several microfinance institutions in Myanmar. At MIFIDA, he serves as a Managing director and oversees the functioning of the entire institution. He is fluent in English and Burmese. He is good at sharing his knowledge of microfinance. Myint Swe lives in Yangon with his wife and adult children.

Work in: Myanmar

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

Yoshinari Noguchi

Head of Analytics

Yoshi joined Gojo and currently is leading the company’s analytics projects. Having graduated from Tokyo University and worked for Dai-ichi Life Insurance for 2 years, he spent 10 years as a quantitative analyst at Goldman Sachs Asset Management where he used to work for Global Alpha, a hedge fund of the investment bank. At Goldman Sachs, Yoshi managed quantitative global tactical asset allocation of the fund and developed various quantitative investment management products and tools. After leaving Goldman Sachs, he founded his own company and used to run a music studio business while providing consulting services for financial institutions. He loves finance theory, music, and skiing.

Work in: Japan

Advisory Board

Jun Uno
Professor, Waseda University
Vice Chairman, Investment Committee of Government Pension Investment Fund of Japan
Masaaki Tanaka
Counselor, Financial Services Agency Japan
Former Deputy President, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
Ryoichi Arai
Managing Trustee for Financial Affairs, International Christian University
Former Chief Investment Officer at JPMorgan Asset Management (Japan) Limited
Yo Takeuchi
Founder and CEO, All Nippon Asset Management Co., Ltd.
Former Managing Executive Officer at Development Bank of Japan
Yoko Ishikura
Professor Emeritus, Hitotsubashi University