November 13, 2023

Gojo signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation to extend financial inclusion and established UNLEASH Capital Partners, Inc.

Gojo & Company, Inc. (“Gojo”) is pleased to announce that we have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (“SMBC”, President and Chief Executive Officer, Akihiro Fukutome). Gojo and SMBC will work together on sharing insights and co-developing solutions for financial inclusion in developing countries. 

Gojo established UNLEASH Capital Partners, Inc.("UNLEASH") jointly with our former employee, Natsuki Sugai, a venture capital business specialising in financial inclusion. Gojo also signed an investment agreement with UNLEASH 1st Investment Partnership (the "1st Fund"), the first fund launched by UNLEASH. The 1st Fund is committed to investing in early-stage companies that are at the forefront of tackling the wide-ranging challenges associated with financial inclusion in India. As the start of the collaboration with Gojo, SMBC also decided to invest in the Fund. 

In addition to financial returns, Gojo will gather information on trends in digital technology and build a network of potential investment and collaboration partners through UNLEASH. 

About UNLEASH and the Fund

Name:UNLEASH Capital Partners, Inc.
Foundation:October 2023
India Office:Mumbai, Bengaluru
Managing fund:UNLEASH No. 1 Investment Partnership
AUM:JPY 45 billion, Approx INR 250 crore
Vision:Enable a world where everyone can determine their future.
Mission:Extend financial inclusion by unleashing bold entrepreneurs’ potential.
Long Term Goal:Deploy USD 10 billion in total by 2050.

About Gojo & Company

Gojo was founded to extend financial inclusion across the globe. Gojo encourages the formalisation and growth of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises. Our long-term goal is to enable the provision of high-quality affordable financial services for 100 million clients in 50 countries by 2030. Nine years since our establishment, we work in Cambodia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India and Tajikistan with USD 792 million Assets Under Management and 8,800 employees, serving more than 1.88 million clients (Consolidated, as of September 2023).

October 12, 2023

Gojo’s group company completes JPY 9.0 billion (USD 60 million) Debt Fundraising from Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Gojo & Company, Inc. (“Gojo”) is pleased to announce that we have successfully raised JPY 9.0 billion (USD 60 million) from Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (“SMBC”, President and Chief Executive Officer, Akihiro Fukutome) to Gojo’s Group Company. 

This transaction marked the first debt fundraising from one of the largest Japanese commercial banks for Gojo group. A Social Loan of JPY 9.0 billion (USD 60 million) and 3 years loan term has been executed by SMBC to Gojo’s group company. Gojo will work towards improving the livelihoods and empowerment of rural women entrepreneurs in developing countries. 

A Social Loan is a form of financing that enables companies to raise funds for projects that contribute to solving social problems and creating societal benefits (“Social Projects”) and is specifically designed to ensure that (i) the proceeds are allocated exclusively to Social Projects, (ii) the funds raised are securely tracked and managed, and (iii) transparency is ensured through post-financing reporting.

For inclusive financial service providers in low and lower-middle-income countries, one of the major challenges is the high cost of funding. Establishing a sustainable mechanism to channel funds from developed countries such as the US, Europe and Japan to people who need access to affordable financial services in emerging countries is one of the most important roles played by Gojo as a holding company. Gojo continues to work on optimising funding cost by pursuing global scale and risk diversification, building strong relationships with Japanese financial institutions and individual investors, and diversifying financing methods.

About Gojo & Company

Gojo was founded to extend financial inclusion to everyone in the world, beginning with developing countries. Gojo encourages the formalisation and growth of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises. Our long-term goal is to enable the provision of high-quality affordable financial services for 1 million unserved and underserved people in 50 countries by 2030. Nine years since our establishment, we work in Cambodia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India and Tajikistan with USD 759 million Assets Under Management and 8,500 employees, serving more than 1.83 million clients (Consolidated, as of August 2023).

August 16, 2023

Gojo Closed USD 100 million Series E Equity Financing and Achieved Consolidated Profit in FY2023/3

Gojo & Company, Inc. (“Gojo”) is pleased to announce that we have successfully raised an additional USD 30.8 million in the final close of our Series E fundraising. The cumulative Series E financing amount has now reached USD 100 million, with paid-in capital since our establishment in July 2014 reaching USD 215 million. Gojo also closed FY2023/3 with JPY 18.6 billion financial income, JPY 1.7 billion operating profit, and achieved profitability. 

Gojo Closed USD 100 Million Series E2 Equity Financing

Gojo has raised USD 30.8 million in the final close of our Series E financing on top of the USD 47.6 million close of Series E financing announced in November 2022, and the USD 23 million raised from Cool Japan Fund, Inc. announced in February 2023. We are pleased to welcome new institutional investors including GLOBIS CAPITAL PARTNERS & Co. and SMBC Venture Capital Co., Ltd, as well as individual investors and additional investment from existing shareholders, ACA Investments Pte. Ltd. and Samurai Incubate Inc. through Class E2 and Class E4 Preferred Shares. 

With our cumulative Series E financing amount now at USD 100 million, we are strengthening Gojo’s financial foundation, investing in further growth after the group’s recovery from the impact of COVID-19, and promoting the digitalization of group companies, particularly in India and Tajikistan, as well as expanding to new markets in Asia and Africa.

Gojo has also agreed with Renet Japan Group, Inc. to acquire shares in their subsidiary CHAMROEUN MICROFINANCE PLC., a microfinance institution in Cambodia. Gojo will issue the equivalent of JPY 950 million of Class E2 Preferred Shares to Renet Japan Group, Inc. as a part of the consideration for the share transfer. 

Achieved Consolidated Profit 

Gojo reported a consolidated profit for the year ended March 2023, with financial revenue of JPY 18.6 billion and operating profit of JPY 1.76 billion. This is due to the full-year contribution from the performance of Humo, a microfinance institution in Tajikistan in which Gojo invested in September 2021, sustained growth of group companies especially in India, and provisions for overdue loans affected by COVID-19 and the coup in Myanmar. 

Strengthening Group Governance and our Management Team

As a holding company, Gojo provides support for finance, management, and technology to our group companies. This support is made possible by Gojo’s implementation of the best practices in governance for our group companies. 

Gojo Group’s governance practices are underpinned by a solid foundation of microfinance industry knowledge. Gojo’s expert management team has been involved in microfinance businesses around the world and has practical knowledge and an extensive network of entrepreneurs and investors around the world. This knowledge enables Gojo to establish new businesses and undertake M&A in new geographies in a replicable and scalable manner.

We recently welcomed Sohil Shah and Haruna Tanaka to Gojo’s Executive Committee as Principal of Investment & Head of VC and Head of Corporate Planning respectively. With the expansion of our management team, we will work on further strengthening the group’s governance through strong partnerships with the local management team and network development in each country. 

Debt Fundraising Support for Group Companies

Gojo has successfully raised a total of USD 55 million from major European Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) in order to support the growth of Gojo’s group companies: Finnfund, the Finnish development financier and impact investor, FMO, the Dutch entrepreneurial development bank, and Proparco, the private sector financing arm of the Agence Française de Dévelopment, all through senior debt over 5 years’ maturity. 

About Gojo & Company

Gojo was founded to extend financial inclusion to everyone in the world, beginning with developing countries. Gojo encourages the formalisation and growth of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises. Our long-term goal is to enable the provision of high-quality affordable financial services for 1 million unserved and underserved people in 50 countries by 2030. Nine years since our establishment, we work in Cambodia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India and Tajikistan with USD 759 million Assets Under Management and 10,000 employees, serving more than 1.75 million clients (Consolidated, as of June 2023).

July 14, 2023

Gojo publishes its 2023 Impact Report

Villagers in the Ayeyarwady region of Myanmar. They live in a remote area which can be reached only by boat. Their life remains much the same even after the coup / Taejun Shin

Gojo is pleased to announce the publication of our 2023 Impact Report.

Gojo’s mission is to extend financial inclusion across the globe. To provide vulnerable people with access to high-quality, affordable and useful financial services, we need to deeply understand who we are serving and what their goals are. This is why we chose “Who Are Our Clients?” as the theme of this year’s impact report.

Highlights from the Impact Report

  • Client Profile: Using core banking system data, we learnt that the majority of our clients are micro- and small entrepreneurs who earn up to 30% above the World Bank poverty line of $6.85 PPP per capita per day. This tells us that our clients, although not extremely poor, belong to a segment of society that nonetheless struggles with income instability and is vulnerable to poverty as a result of shocks such as family illness or natural disasters.
  • Money management: We used our financial diaries data from Cambodia and Sri Lanka to look at how vulnerable people manage their money and use their loans. This has given us a more nuanced understanding of the factors that create good and bad outcomes from borrowing and how people cope with debt stress. We present this in the form of case studies in the report.
  • Client satisfaction and experience: Five of our group companies participated in the 2022-23 60 Decibels Microfinance Index survey. The survey results show that overall, clients have positive experiences with our group companies and would recommend them to family and friends, although there is room for improvement against global benchmarks.
  • Stakeholder impact: In recognition of our responsibility as an organisation towards our people (employees), local and international communities, the environment and our investors, we also include an overview of Gojo’s impact on these stakeholders in the report. This year, we piloted a greenhouse gas emissions calculator, and are sharing Gojo’s emissions at the holding company level in this report for the first time.
  • Corporate governance: The report includes a summary of Gojo’s governance structure, and announces the appointment of Ignacio Mas-Ribo as an Outside Director, and the retirement of Stuart Rutherford and Mangyo Kinoshita from our board in June 2023.

We hope you enjoy reading our impact report, and welcome any feedback or comments, which can be directed to Cheriel Neo ( 

Impact Report Webinar

We will be holding a webinar in English to share and discuss the key findings from our impact report. It will be held on Thursday 14 September at 1:00 pm CET / 9:00 pm JST. Please register for the webinar here: 

Future impact research

In addition to continuing our financial diaries project in Sri Lanka, Gojo embarked on a collaboration with Stuart Rutherford and L-IFT (Low-Income Financial Transformation) to support and co-manage the Hrishipara Diaries as of 1 July 2023. We are honoured to be able to support the world’s longest running financial diaries project and believe the data from the Hrishipara Diaries will be a valuable counterpoint to our existing financial diary data, enabling Gojo to study money management behaviour in a setting with a deeply entrenched culture of micro-savings.

About us

Gojo & Company, Inc. is a Tokyo-based holding company of eight inclusive financial service providers operating in Cambodia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India, and Tajikistan. Gojo was founded to extend financial inclusion to everyone in the world, beginning with developing countries. Gojo encourages the formalisation and growth of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises. Our long-term goal is to enable the provision of high-quality affordable financial services for 100 million clients in 50 countries by 2030. Established in 2014, Gojo Group is serving more than 1.7 million clients and managing an AUM of USD 763 million with 7,150 employees (consolidated total). Gojo was selected for the Global Award (METI Minister's Award) at the Nippon Startup Awards 2023.


April 27, 2023

Ignacio Mas-Ribo, an expert in financial inclusion and digital finance, joins Gojo as Outside Director

Gojo & Company, Inc. (Gojo) is pleased to announce that Ignacio Mas-Ribo, an expert in financial inclusion and digital finance, has joined Gojo’s board as a new Outside Director.

Ignacio co-founded the Digital Frontiers Institute, a not-for-profit that develops professional development training courses around digital money and payments, and served as its executive director from 2015 to 2020. He is a Senior Fellow at the Fletcher School's Council on Emerging Market Enterprises at Tufts University.

Previously, Ignacio was Deputy Director in the Financial Services for the Poor program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Senior Advisor at the Technology Program at Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP). Ignacio has been Director of Global Business Strategy at Vodafone Group, Executive VP of Marketing and Account Management at DoCoMo interTouch, and Senior Manager responsible for telecoms investments in Europe for Intel Capital.

Ignacio has undergraduate degrees in Maths and Economics from MIT and a PhD in Economics from Harvard University. He has been Adjunct Professor at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. 

Ignacio states, “I am delighted to be joining Gojo’s board as an Outside director. The company has a clear focus on helping drive client impact through the development of a broad range of money management services delivered over scalable digital platforms. I feel that I can bring many relevant insights and experiences that I have collected while at CGAP, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and through the Digital Frontiers’ Institute that I co-founded. I am looking forward to working with such an enthusiastic, empathetic and mission-driven team”.

Here is a short video message from Ignacio himself.

Gojo extends a warm welcome to Ignacio and looks forward to accelerating financial inclusion further!

Gojo’s Corporate Governance

We strengthened our governance by moving toward a three-committee board structure in 2021 to shift to a monitoring-model governance structure, and formalizing our processes for monitoring and reviewing the group companies’ business performances. The board members consist of 1 full-time executive director (CEO as well as Board Chair) and 6 Outside Directors as experts in the relevant sectors as below. 

  • Taejun Shin (Founder & CEO / Board Chair) 
  • Masahiro Kotosaka (Outside Director / Strategy & Management)
  • Stuart Rutherford (Outside Director / Microfinance)
  • Mangyo Kinoshita (Outside Director / M&A and Startup law)
  • Royanne Doi (Outside Director / Ethics, Culture and Compliance)
  • Millena Nikolova (Outside Director / Finance and Investment)
  • Ignacio Mas-Ribo (Outside Director / Microfinance and Technology)

About us

Gojo is a Tokyo-based holding company of eight inclusive financial service providers operating in Cambodia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India, and Tajikistan. Gojo was founded to extend financial inclusion to everyone in the world, beginning with developing countries. Gojo encourages the formalization and growth of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises. Our long-term goal is to enable the provision of high-quality affordable financial services for 100 million clients in 50 countries by 2030. Established in 2014, Gojo is serving more than 1.6 million clients and managing the aggregated AUM of USD 810 million with 9,200 employees.


February 22, 2023

Gojo raises USD 23 million from Cool Japan Fund in Series E financing

Gojo & Company, Inc. (“Gojo”) is pleased to announce that we have successfully raised an additional USD 23 million from Cool Japan Fund, Inc., a Japanese public-private fund, as part of our ongoing Series E equity fundraising. The cumulative Series E financing amount reaches USD 80 million and paid-in capital since our establishment in July 2014 has now reached USD 193 million. We are committed to further extending financial inclusion across the globe by leveraging Japanese and international financial assets.

Background of the Investment

Gojo has raised USD 23 million from Cool Japan Fund, Inc., on top of the USD 47.6 million close of Series E financing announced in November 2022. Cool Japan Fund is a public-private fund that aims to support and promote the development of overseas demand for excellent Japanese products and services. Gojo has been led by its Guiding Principles and a client-centric approach since establishment in July 2014. The Principles consist of management principles inspired by Greek philosophy, and the five Confucian values – empathy, integrity, courtesy, wisdom, and trust. 

We believe this investment demonstrates Cool Japan Fund’s confidence in Gojo’s ability to achieve a double bottom line, seeking both financial sustainability and positive social impact through financial inclusion, aligned with the purpose of the Cool Japan Policy. We believe that our business contributes to improving the recognition and credibility of Japan in the area of financial inclusion and impact, as well as to creating partnerships with Japanese companies expanding business in developing countries.

This investment from Cool Japan Fund materialised thanks to the introduction from Nomura Securities Co., Ltd., which is recently strengthening its support for Japanese startup financings. We deeply appreciate the support by Nomura.

Message from Taejun Shin (Founder & CEO)

As a person born and raised in Japan, I consider Sontoku Ninomiya the best Japanese business person. He founded a cooperative called “Gojo-co” in 1820, which played a significant role in Japanese rural village development. “Gojo” (五常) means the 5 Confucian values of empathy, integrity, courtesy, wisdom, and trust, In other words, this means caring for others, doing what is right, behaving in the right way, being able to judge what is right, and being trusted by people through these four things. We believe, as Sontoku Ninomiya did, that these are the most important values in running financial service providers. We are committed to continuously spreading these values in each and every country we operate. 

I have been involved in social work and policy-making for foster care in Japan for over 15 years outside of my professional career. As I have had budget discussions for foster care with the government, I know how precious the money from government-backed funds is. We are not only committed to improving the income of local households in developing countries through our financial services but also to doing our best to increase the national wealth by making investment returns. 

About Gojo & Company

Gojo was founded to extend financial inclusion to everyone in the world, beginning with developing countries. Gojo encourages the formalisation and growth of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises. Our long-term goal is to enable the provision of high-quality affordable financial services for 100 million unserved and underserved people in 50 countries by 2030. Eight years since our establishment, we work in Cambodia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India and Tajikistan with USD 756 million Asset Under Management, 8,500+ employees, serving more than 1.5 million clients.

November 9, 2022

Gojo raises USD 47.6 million in Series E financing and its Asset Under Management reaches USD 702.8 million

Gojo & Company, Inc. (“Gojo”) is pleased to announce the successful completion of its Series E equity financing of USD 47.6 million with cumulative paid-in capital since our establishment in July 2014 now reaching USD 140.2 million. The number of loan and remittance clients of Gojo Group Companies has surpassed 1.39 million and assets under management of the group crossed USD 702.8 million as of September 2022.

Participation by international and domestic institutional investors

Series E financing has been supported by a total of 21 institutional investors as well as several individual investors. In addition to follow-on investments from existing shareholders (GMO VenturePartners, Inc., TGVest Capital, and TransLink Capital Partners (SOMPO) I, L.P.), Gojo welcomed ACA Investments Pte. Ltd., QR Investment Co., Ltd., and SMBC Nikko Securities Inc., among others, as new shareholders in this financing round through Class E, E2, and E3 preferred shares. 

Despite the challenging business environment due to macroeconomic instability, the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, and political instability in Myanmar and Sri Lanka, we successfully managed to raise funds led by existing shareholders. We are grateful for what we have achieved and are committed to further extending financial inclusion through a solid partnership with group companies to meet the expectations of our shareholders. 

The newly raised funds will be allocated mainly for strengthening the financial foundations of group companies, further growth after the recovery from COVID-19 impact, and promoting the digitalization of group companies, as well as possible expansion to new markets in Asia and Africa. We will continue to work towards the final close of the Series E financing. 

Series E Investors (as of September 2022)

  • GMO VenturePartners, Inc.
  • TGVest Capital Inc.
  • Miyagin Venture Capital Co., Ltd.
  • ITOCHU Corporation
  • Venture Labo Investment Co., Ltd
  • HFA Capital Co., Ltd.
  • FFG Venture Business Partners, Inc.
  • Samurai Incubate Fund Ⅵ Investment Limited Partnership (Samurai Incubate Inc.)
  • Hashimoto Foundation Inc.
  • CAPITAL X, Inc.
  • QR Investment Co., Ltd.
  • TransLink Capital Partners (SOMPO) I, L.P.
  • Sumisho Venture Partners, Inc.
  • Marubeni Corporation
  • Chiba Dojo Fund
  • iSGS Investment Works Inc.
  • SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.
  • ACA Investments Pte. Ltd.
  • HAKUHODO DY FUTURE DESIGN FUND(Hakuhodo DY Ventures Co., Ltd)
  • KDDI Open Innovation Fund Ⅲ(operated by Global Brain Corporation)
  • Individuals

The number of loan and remittance clients passed 1.39 million and assets under management (AUM) of the group crossed USD 702.8 million

Following the completion of Series D equity financing in December 2020, Gojo increased its stake in SATYA MicroCapital (India) to 66.66% on a diluted basis through additional investment and share purchase from existing shareholders. In September 2021, Gojo invested and acquired a majority stake in Closed Joint Stock Company (CJSC) Microcredit Deposit Organization (MDO) "HUMO", one of the fastest-growing microcredit deposit organizations in Tajikistan, and marked its entry into the Central Asian region. In March 2022, Gojo also invested in MyShubhLife (a product of Datasigns Technologies Private Limited), a full-stack financial services platform in India.

Driven by robust growth in India which achieved a record high new disbursement thanks to remarkable growth post-recovery from COVID-19, as well as Tajikistan business which quickly responded to political instability, Gojo Group’s AUM crossed USD 702.8 million in September 2022. Seven years after our establishment, we now operate in Cambodia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India and Tajikistan with more than 8,500 employees, serving more than 1.39 million loan and remittance clients.

While Gojo continuously grew its financial income at 100% per annum over the past five years, the delinquency ratio of the portfolio remained low thanks to the digitized operations. 

Gojo’s Group Total Assets Under Management (AUM)

(Unit: USD mm)

About Gojo & Company

Gojo was founded to extend financial inclusion to everyone in the world, beginning with developing countries. Gojo encourages the formalisation and growth of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises. Our long-term goal is to enable the provision of high-quality affordable financial services for 100 million unserved and underserved people in 50 countries by 2030. 

July 28, 2022

Gojo Publishes Impact Report (2022 July)

Gojo is excited to publish our Impact Report (2022 July).

This year, we have expanded the scope of our Impact Report significantly, as our definition of impact evolved from client impact to stakeholder impact. Client impact continues to be at the centre of Gojo, as defined in our materiality map which we newly developed. However, we have also started reporting about the impact on our people, the environment, our community, and also our investors, as we recognise our responsibility towards these stakeholders.

Another key highlight is the richness of data. Our report includes many new data points this year, such as access to finance for the first time, resilience to emergency, savings analysis, client satisfaction survey results, and more. We have conducted our first impact survey with SATYA and Sejaya, which revealed the life of our clients to a great extent. There are many limitations from both quantitative and qualitative points of view, but nonetheless, we are proud to have made a start. We introduced not only new data points, but also new ways to measure impact. We hope you will appreciate learning about the “Fit Factor”, our new proposal to measure the impact of loans on clients’ lives.

The process of how we created impact is as important as the impact itself. The report discloses stories and numbers behind the scenes, such as the social performance management results of the group companies and member satisfaction survey results. We are very transparent about what has been achieved and what needs to improve.

Finally, we continue to share our corporate governance updates, including new initiatives such as self-evaluation results by the Board. On top of that, we are happy to share several innovative ways of raising funds, which should benefit those who are trying to mobilise funds for impact.

We hope you enjoy reading our Impact Report, and welcome any feedback or comments. 

About Gojo & Company

Gojo was founded to extend financial inclusion to everyone in the world, beginning with developing countries. Gojo encourages the formalisation and growth of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises. Our long-term goal is to enable the provision of high-quality affordable financial services for 100 million unserved and underserved people in 50 countries by 2030. Seven years since our establishment, we work in Cambodia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka,  India, and Tajikistan with USD 649 million assets under management, 7,700 employees, serving more than 1,219,000 lending and remittance clients.

June 28, 2022

Gojo completes its first INR 830 million inter-company loans to Group Companies in India through collaboration with Marui Group and Shizuoka Bank

Gojo & Company, Inc. (“Gojo”) is pleased to announce the completion of the INR 830 million inter-company loans to SATYA MicroCapital Ltd. (“SATYA”) and Ananya Finance for Inclusive Growth Pvt. Ltd. (“Ananya”), Gojo’s group companies in India, through Non-Convertible Debentures (NCDs). This initiative was funded by JPY 1 billion bond issuance to MARUI GROUP CO., LTD. (“Marui Group”) and JPY 0.5 billion social loan from Shizuoka Bank, Ltd. (“Shizuoka Bank”). 

Gojo has successfully completed INR 830 million inter-company loans to SATYA and Ananya through NCDs. Gojo has been newly registered as Foreign Portfolio Investor (“FPI”) by Securities and Exchange Board of India. This is an important milestone for Gojo to have opened a channel to direct the debt financing from Japan to the group companies in India. This is the first transaction for Gojo to formulate inter-company loans to group companies in India and Gojo aims to leverage its group scale to optimize funding costs through debt financing in Japan.  

SATYA will provide micro-credit loans to micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises mainly run by women. Ananya plans to expand its retail lending for low-income clients through partnerships with microfinance institutions. 

As announced on March 8 2022, Marui Group has issued two types of Social Bonds; security token bonds (“digital bonds”) for EPOS Card holders, and corporate bonds for individual investors, as part of its “Supportive Investment” initiatives to achieve balancing social contribution and asset formation. Marui Group obtained a Second-Party Opinion on the Social Bonds from Morningstar Sustainalytics, a leading global provider of ESG research, ratings, and data. The Social Bonds use of proceeds will be eligible for the following categories: access to essential services, and socioeconomic advancement and empowerment. Morningstar Sustainalytics confirmed that the use of proceeds aligns with those recognized by the Social Bond Principles 2021 (please refer to the Second-Party Opinion Report). 

The funds received by Marui Group from individual investors through the purchase of the bonds are used for the investments in projects of Gojo and CROWD CREDIT, Inc. Gojo executed a JPY1.0 billion bond agreement with Marui Group.

Message from Taejun Shin, Representative Executive Officer

As a collaboration through “Co-Creation” with Marui Group who has been Gojo’s shareholder since 2019, we are pleased to provide individual investors with the opportunity to join “Supportive investment” balancing social contribution and asset formation.

For inclusive financial service providers in developing countries, high funding cost is one of the major challenges. Gojo continues to work on optimizing funding cost by pursuing global scale and risk diversification, building strong relationships with Japanese financial institutions and individual investors, and diversifying financing methods. 

About Gojo & Company: 

Gojo is a Tokyo-based holding company of inclusive financial service providers. Since 2014, Gojo has invested in nine entities, operating in Cambodia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India, and Tajikistan. Gojo was founded to extend financial inclusion across the globe. Gojo encourages the formalization and growth of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). Our long-term goal is to enable the provision of high-quality affordable financial services for 100+ million unserved and underserved people in 50+ countries by 2030. Established in 2014, Gojo is serving more than 1.2 million clients and managing an aggregated AUM of ~USD 651 million with 8,000 employees.

May 2, 2022

Gojo announces investment in MyShubhLife, a digital lending and savings platform focusing on the Next Half Billion in India

Gojo & Company, Inc. (Gojo) is pleased to announce its investment in Bengaluru-based MyShubhLife (a product of Datasigns Technologies Private Limited), the full stack financial services platform. With this fresh investment, MyShubhLife will further increase its footprint with more corporate and large platform partnerships, invest in technology and enlarge its talent pool to offer a seamless, financially inclusive program for the next half billion. MyShubhLife will also grow its NBFC book and increase disbursements through its co-lending partners.

Monish Anand, Founder & CEO of MyShubhLife who is a member of Ashoka Fellow said, “This investment firms up MyShubhLife’s resilience during the Covid-19 pandemic and its capabilities in delivering meaningful financial products to the next half billion through our technology platform, driven by complex data science models and a future-ready credit engine. The investment also gives impetus to MyShubhLife to be future ready for a full stack Digital Bank License. We are excited to work with a visionary social impact-focused investor, passionate about using technology to scale impactful partnerships like Gojo.”

Speaking on the investment, Sanjay Gandhi, Co-founder & Chief Investment Officer of Gojo said “We are delighted to have MyShubhLife as our ninth partner, the first digital lending company in our group. MyShubhLife is one of the very few digital lenders in India who truly reach the underserved/unserved customer segment through its unique partnership driven “Phygital” approach. The underwriting and analytics capability they have built for this segment is second to none and we are happy to work with the team to take the next leap in its growth.”

Gojo was represented by Vertices Partners as its legal advisor. Unitus Capital acted as the financial advisor while Saakshya Law acted as legal advisor to MyShubhLife.

About MyShubhLife

MyShubhLife is a full stack financial services platform that offers products such as small and large-ticket personal Loans, Earned Wage access, Bill Payments, Insurance, SIPs, E-Gold and E-filing taxes to the unbanked segments in the Next Half billion via its Android app that is available in 6 Indian languages.

MyShubhLife had earlier raised around INR 115 crores from marquee Seed and Series A investors like Pravega Ventures, SRI Capital, Saama Capital, BeeNext, Omidyar Network, Flourish Ventures and Patamar Capital.

For more on MyShubhLife, please visit:

Monish Anand and Rahul Sekar, Cofounders / MyShubhLife

About Gojo & Company, Inc

Gojo is a Tokyo-based holding company of inclusive financial service providers. Since 2014, Gojo has invested in nine entities, operating in Cambodia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India, and Tajikistan. Gojo was founded to extend financial inclusion to everyone in the world. Gojo encourages the formalization and growth of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). Our long-term goal is to enable the provision of high-quality affordable financial services for 100+ million unserved and underserved people in 50+ countries by 2030. Established in 2014, Gojo is serving more than 1.2 million clients and managing an aggregated AUM of ~USD 651 million with 7,700 employees.


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Kshama Fernandes

Outside Director

Kshama has three decades of experience in Capital Markets, Risk Management, and Structured Finance, with the last 15 years focused on the financial inclusion space in India. Respected for her knowledge and commitment towards the cause of unleashing the power of finance for the greater good, Kshama has been a member of various High Powered Committees set up by the Government of India and has worked on consulting assignments for the World Bank, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, and NSEIT. Through her innovative and pioneering work, she has been instrumental in creating and developing the market for debt for the underbanked in India. Kshama is recognized as a leading figure in the Indian financial markets, and in the world of impact investing. She is also the Vice Chairperson of the Northern Arc Group, a leading finance company in India that invests and connects underbanked institutions and businesses to capital markets investors.

She has a Bachelor's in Mathematics, a Master's in Management, and a Ph.D. in Finance. An adventure sports enthusiast, Kshama is a trained mountaineer, sailor, skydiver, and an ardent biker.

Almira Zejnilagic

Outside Director

Almira has two decades of experience in risk and crisis strategy management, having worked as an advisor, board member and management, as well as having extensive Investment Committee experience. Most recently she was a senior executive in a global, fast-growing Web 3 financial services business and previously a Partner at FTI Consulting where she spent a decade and helped build and ran Global Risk and Investigation Practic in Europe, Central Asia and Africa.

During her formative years, as a Bosnian refugee, Almira experienced challenges relating to remittances and access to finance, which later shaped her keen interest in finacial inclusion and digital finance as well as broader issues of social justice.

Almira is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. She speaks English, Serbo-Croatian and Russian (as well as some basic Tajik). She enjoys reading and cooking with her family.

Abhishek Iyer

Regional Finance

Abhishek has joined Gojo & Company as part of the Finance team. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has over 6 years of experience across the banking and financial sector & has worked across housing finance, NBFC, microfinance, and fintech. He is originally from Mumbai (India) and is currently living in the city of Bengaluru in the state of Karnataka in India.

Prior to joining Gojo, he worked at Rupeek Fintech which is asset backed gold lending co. At Rupeek he was responsible for managing the financial reporting & audits of Rupeek Fintech & its subsidiary Rupeek Capital.

Outside of work, he enjoys playing cricket and badminton, and loves cooking.

Works in: India

Vidary Inthamone

Debt Fundraising & Treasury Manager

Vidary joined Gojo in September 2022, working part of her time in the finance team. She has over 10 years of experience in microfinance - in the investment department at the holding company Advans International, and in the operations department whilst working for a Mexican MFI at the beginning of her career.

The other part of her time as an independent consultant is still dedicated to the microfinance industry, working mostly on ESG related matters.

Vidary graduated from EM Lyon, Master of Science in Management, specialized in Finance & International business. She speaks French, English, Spanish fluently and can be conversational in Slovak and Laotian.

Vidary loves soul music, cooking, travelling, mountain climbing and surfing. She’s the mother of 2 young boys.

Works in: Slovakia and France

松村 葉子

Legal & Compliance Officer




勤務地: 東京

Yoko Matsumura

Legal & Compliance Officer

Starting in October 2023, Yoko is responsible for legal and compliance matters at Gojo. She is a qualified attorney-at-law in Japan.

After becoming a registered attorney-at-law in 2009, Yoko spent five years working in the corporate department of Clifford Chance's Tokyo office. Subsequently, she joined Recruit Co., Ltd. right after its initial public offering, where she handled a wide range of legal matters, including major M&A transactions, venture investments, stock-based compensation, and disclosure requirements.

In her personal life, Yoko is a mother of two children. She aspires to balance her work at Gojo with parenting and actually enjoying the process. Yoko loves browsing stunning photographs from around the world while contemplating her next vacation destination.

Location: Tokyo

Rania Manayra

Corporate Planning Officer

Rania started her journey with Gojo in January 2022 as an intern, working closely with the Corporate Planning and SPM/IM team. She mainly helped develop Gojo's Impact Reports, write and implement group-wide policies, and conduct social and environmental due diligence. She transitioned to becoming a full-time member in October 2023.

Prior to joining Gojo full-time, Rania studied at Keio University as a MEXT scholarship recipient and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in strategic management. During her time in university, she was a seminar lead for the International Business and Entrepreneurship Research lab, where she often served as student consultant for various companies and published several papers. She also interned at a global manufacturing company and volunteered at an Indonesian education NPO.

In her spare time, Rania enjoys cooking, reading sci-fi, and going to museums and art galleries.

Works in: Japan

Pooja Kumari Singh

Junior Internal Auditor

Dedicated to analyzing, assessing, and mitigating risks, Pooja is a part of the Internal Audit team at Gojo. She earned her master's degree in Post Graduate Diploma in Management with her major in Finance from Management Development Institute Murshidabad in April 2023. Certified as an ISO 31000:2018 Risk Management Specialist, Pooja started her journey with Gojo in June 2022 as an intern, working closely with the IA team, taking care of the data room, managing communication with the partner companies and building reports to be submitted to the Audit committee. Post completing her studies, she successfully transitioned her internship into full-time work at Gojo in July 2023 and is currently supporting the team with Audit functions and developing various policies such as the Internal Credit Risk Policy. Pooja had previously worked as an intern in a CA firm in India, where she drafted financial statements and was a business analyst for Purv Technologies, among other organisations.

Outside of work, she enjoys taking part in case study competitions primarily in finance and marketing. She is a sports enthusiast and loves travelling.

Grateful for the opportunities that have shaped her career so far, she is motivated to explore the world of finance!

Works in: India

香田 華奈

IR & Fundraising/IPO Project





Kana Koda

IR & Fundraising/IPO Project

Kana joined Gojo's finance team in June 2023, where she is involved in investor IR, debt/equity financing and the IPO project.

Prior to joining Gojo, she worked at the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) since 2015, where she was mainly in charge of structuring and managing loans for various overseas projects in which Japanese companies participate, including infrastructure projects in developing countries. She also gained experiences in developing ALM strategies based on profitability and market risk analysis for the bank at the Treasury Department. In 2022, she graduated from the University of Cambridge, UK, with a Master of Public Policy.

She enjoys cafe-hopping, cooking, travelling and hot springs. Mother of one child.

Location: Japan

Ignacio Mas-Ribo

Board Member

Ignacio is a non-executive director at Gojo & Company, Senior Fellow at the Fletcher School's Council on Emerging Market Enterprises at Tufts University, and an independent consultant.

During 2015-2020, Ignacio was co-founder and executive director at the Digital Frontiers Institute, a not-for-profit that develops professional development training courses around digital money and payments. Previously, he was Deputy Director in the Financial Services for the Poor program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Senior Advisor at the Technology Program at CGAP. I have been Director of Global Business Strategy at Vodafone Group, Executive VP of Marketing and Account Management at DoCoMo interTouch, and Senior Manager responsible for telecoms investments in Europe for Intel Capital.

Ignacio has undergraduate degrees in maths and economics from MIT and a PhD in economics from Harvard University. He has been Adjunct Professor at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.

Mehnaaz Rehman

Deputy Manager - HR & Admin

Mehnaaz joined Gojo in March, 2023 as an Deputy Manager- HR & Admin. She has 7 years of experience in HR and has managed Recruitment, Employee Engagement along with managing end to end employee lifecycle. Prior to joining Gojo, Mehnaaz was associated with Universal Sompo general insurance company where she worked as a HRBP heading North region , taking care of various employee greviances , and conducting GPTW surveys . Apart from Universal Sompo, she has also worked with Maxbupa Health insurance company which has given her exposure across industries.

At Gojo, she works under Human Resource and manages end to end employee life cycle with Admin related activities.

Mehnaaz did her Masters in Business Administration from RIT, Roorkee and did her BCA from her hometown Roorkee.

Mehnaaz lives in Ghaziabad , Uttar Pradesh with her family. She has a keen interes in Decoring , Dancing and travelling . She also loves to socialize with all age group people to establish more powerful bonds.

Works In: India

Charm Cai





Charm Cai

Office Manager

Charm takes care of Gojo team members as the office manager. Having worked in various industries and a strong understanding of different cultures and people from all walks of life, she always strives to make a difference for others. In Gojo, she is dedicated to creating a positive, welcoming, and inclusive environment for everyone.

In her spare time Charm likes to cook, play with cats, doing volunteer work, and watch the sea. She is thankful for her peaceful life with family and friends.

Works in: Japan







Hiroko Watanabe

Financial Reporting / Accounting

Hiroko is a Certified Public Accountant and works at Gojo as a member of the finance team, primarily working on accounting and financial reporting.

She passed the CPA exam in Japan while studying at Keio University and after graduation, she joined PwC Aarata LLC, where she engaged in audits of the asset management industry, internal control verification services, financial regulatory advisory services, and experienced audits under IFRS and J-GAAP.

Outside work, she enjoys playing the clarinet and watching baseball games.

Works in: Japan

Arya Murali

SPM & Impact Measurement Officer

A Master's in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship graduate from the London School of Economics and a Chevening Scholar, Arya cares deeply about poverty alleviation, gender equality, education and youth development. At Gojo, Arya works on social performance management of Gojo’s partners and runs initiatives to measure impact of Gojo’s partners’ products and services on clients’ lives.

Prior to Gojo, she worked for 5 years in strategy, business development, community building, program management and leadership in NGOs, social enterprises and for-profit enterprises. Most recently, she served as the Vice President, India at Women in Technology International, a 30 year old pioneer in empowering women in technology across the globe, where she built and led WITI’s business for India. She has in the past built communities of 5000+ women in tech and conducted several online learning and mentorship programs.

Arya is also a TEDx speaker and one of the 18 young women to receive the prestigious WeTech Qualcomm Global Scholarship. In her spare time, she enjoys reading non-fiction books, writing blogs on her website ( and listening to countless hours of Indian music.

Works in: India

菅沼 小春









財務計画・分析を担当。JP Morgan の元金融アナリストとして、財務分析、予算編成、予測、差異分析などを専門としていた。以前は、DeloitteにTax seniorとして勤務し、Tax戦略等を担当したほか、恵まれない人々のコミュニティを向上させ、社会的、経済的、慈善的な意識を広めるための同社イニシアチブである「Impact Days」に積極的に参加していた。

Jai Hind Collegeで商学を学び、IBSでMBA(Management Finance)を取得。分散型金融とデジタル通貨プロトコルに情熱を注いでいる。



Ishaq Sutarwala

FP&A Officer

For Gojo, Ishaq works on Financial Planning & Analysis. As an ex-financial analyst at JP Morgan, he specialised in analysing financials, budgeting, forecasting and variance analysis. Before being an analyst, he worked with Deloitte as a tax senior taking care of all statutory compliances for its clients, assisting in quarterly projections and annual tax planning strategy. At Deloitte, he actively participated in ‘Impact Days’- the company’s initiative to spread social, economical and philanthropic awareness by uplifting underprivileged communities.

Ishaq did his MBA from IBS in Management Finance and graduated in Commerce from Jai Hind College, Mumbai. He is passionate about decentralised finance and digging deep into digital currency protocols.

Ishaq is scrupulous and professionally valued for using agile methods in executing financial analysis. Driven, he targets to grow in leadership positions pertaining to finance. He enjoys watching sports and comedy.




ミレーナは、スタートアップ向けアドバイザーのTherion Advisersの共同創業者兼Managing Partner、気候変動の課題解決に取り組む革新的なソリューションに投資するグローバル・ベンチャーキャピタルであるAera VCのVenture Partner、ベンチャーキャピタルAntlerのVenture Partnerを務めています。以前はロンドンでUBSグループ投資銀行部門のExecutive Director、シンガポールのウェルスマネジメントのコンサルタントを歴任。慈善活動にも力を注いでおり、複数のNGOの創設者やパートナー。米国証券アナリスト。London School of EconomicsでInternational Accounting and Financeの修士号を取得。




以前の経歴は米国プルデンシャル・ファイナンシャル Chief Compliance Officer及びChief Ethics Officer、ヤマハ株式会社 Global Legal, Ethics & Compliance Advisor。

ヤマハ株式会社入社前には、プルデンシャル・ファイナンシャル、ステート・ストリート信託銀行、シグナ・コーポレーション、エース・リミテッドなどのグローバル大手金融機関各社でシニア法務担当者を歴任。北米、南米、アジア、欧州で200名以上の従業員を管理した経験も有する。また、Global Ethics Officerとして携わったプルデンシャル・ファイナンシャルは、2015年に初めて「世界で最も倫理的な企業」の1つに認定され、その後複数回にわたり認定を受ける。Doi氏はセントルイスのワシントン大学で哲学の学士号を(最も優秀な学生に贈られるMagna Cum Laude、Phi Beta Kappaを取得)、カリフォルニア大学ロサンゼルス校ロースクールにて法務博士号を取得。1994年より日本に在住し、日本を中心にアジアにおける女性のエンパワーメント、神経科学、行動倫理に取り組む。


琴坂 将広



数社の起業を経験の後、マッキンゼー・アンド・カンパニーの日本およびドイツを拠点に主に海外企業の経営支援に従事。その後、オックスフォード大学に移籍し、経営学の優等修士号と博士号を取得。立命館大学経営学部を経て、2016年より現職。専門は、経営戦略、国際経営、および、制度と組織の関係。慶應義塾大学政策・メディア研究科委員、オックスフォード大学サィードビジネススクールアソシエイトフェロー、上場企業を含む複数のスタートアップの社外役員を兼務。著書に『STARTUP優れた経営者は何を考え、どう行動したか』、『経営戦略原論』、『領域を超える経営学』、分担著に『Japanese Management in Evolution』などがある。


Internal Audit



Microland Ltd、Wipro Infotech、Axis Bank、ICICI Bankなどの組織でさまざまな職務を経験し、最終的にはBandhan Bankの内部監査部門を担当。





Internal Audit

2021年12月から内部監査責任者として五常に参加。五常グループの内部監査機能を担当し、各パートナー会社の内部監査機能と連携。Chartered Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, ISO9001:2015 Lead Auditorの資格を保有。銀行・金融業界で合計20年の経験を持ち、様々な銀行や金融機関に勤務。

Axis Bankでは、マネーロンダリング防止コンプライアンスを担当。また、Lulu Financial Groupのアブダビにあるグローバル本社では、チーフ内部監査役として勤務した。その他、ICICI Bank、PwC、YES Bank、HDFC Lifeでの勤務経験がある。




Researcher in Residence






Data Analytics






Systems and Knowledge

学生時代は物理学と宇宙工学を学び、Sapienza University of Romeと宇宙航空研究開発機構(JAXA)で博士課程を修了。2019年までは超小型人工衛星メーカーの株式会社アクセルスペースで衛星の開発とプロジェクトマネジメントを経験。





HR Assistant Director

2022年8月、人事部のアシスタント・ディレクターとして五常に入社。12年の人事経験を持ち、採用、従業員エンゲージメント、業績評価、従業員のライフサイクル管理などを行ってきた。五常入社前は、EYで職場におけるウェルビーイングを推進するプロジェクトを担当し、調査、従業員の考え方の理解、ウェルビーイングプログラムのカスタマイズなどの仕事を経験した。また、Genpact、HCL、Max Bupa Health Insurance、Pearl Academyなど様々な企業で働き、業界を超えた経験を積んできた。





Impact Measurement


卒業後は、社会的投資の金融仲介を行うSocial Financeに加わり、英国、カメルーン、ウェストバンクでインパクト・ボンドを設計し、国の保護を離れた若者の成果を追跡するためのアプリ作成を支援した。また、英国で難民女性をトレーニングし雇用する社会的企業、Proof Bakeryの創設者でもある。



Head of Corporate Planning/IPO Project Lead




Chief People and Inclusion Officer





著書:ブータンで本当の幸せについて考えてみました。 -「足るを知る」と経済成長は両立するのだろうか?



CEO, Maxima






Deputy CEO, MIFIDA / IR and Alliance, Gojo

ミャンマーのMicrofinance Delta International (MIFIDA)社の副社長と、五常のパートナー会社のための資金調達・事業開発を兼務。







米国のSarah Lawrence Collegeでリベラルアーツを学び、一度ミャンマーに帰国し、金融セクターで6年以上の経験を持つ。マイクロファイナンス機関であるProximity FinanceでMISを管理。その後、KBZ Bankでミャンマーの銀行セクターに参入し、Huaweiとのパートナーシップのもと、さまざまなステークホルダーと協力してKBZ Payを開発し、同銀行のアウトリーチを拡大させた。五常入社前は、Yoma Bankのデジタル部門に所属し、SMART Creditというデジタル融資商品を作成し立ち上げた。




Chief Operating Officer


キャリアをスタートさせた当初から、イノベーションとインパクトに関心があり、現在ドイツ1位にランクインする初の完全自動化オンラインクレジットソリューション、easyCreditを開発。五常入社以前は、Vision Fund MyanmarのCOOとして、完全デジタル化されたマイクロファイナンスシステムを開発・導入し、貧困顧客30万人以上にローン、預金、教育へのアクセスを提供。現在は、デジタル化と変革のプロセスについて、いくつかの銀行にアドバイスをしている。




Product Associate

五常のテクノロジーチームの一員として、プロダクト管理およびデータ分析に従事。Vellore Institute of Technologyでテクノロジー学士を取得。インターンとして五常でのキャリアをスタートさせ、後に社員となった。SQLとRedash Toolを使用して、パートナー会社であるSejayaのダッシュボード構築に注力。様々な研究プロジェクトに取り組み、Pythonを使用してローンの延滞を予測するためのモデルを開発。

それ以前には、Reliance JIOのデータアナリストインターン、Cerebro Kidsのプロダクトマネジメントインターン、AvotrixのビッグデータおよびIoT開発者インターンなどを経験。




Software Engineering

Androidアプリケーション開発で7年以上の経験を持つ。テクノロジーチームのソフトウェアエンジニアとして五常に入社。 Nagarjuna college of Engineering and Technology を卒業し、工学学士号を取得。

五常に入社する前はSeqatoのリード エンジニアとして、モバイル チームの指揮とモバイル アプリケーションの開発を担当。また、Rainconcert Technologies、Codeleven Technologies、Businocrats に勤務していた。さまざまなカテゴリのAndroidアプリケーションを開発。




Data Engineering


卒業後、Quikr India Pvt. Ltd.に入社し、さまざまな社内システムの実装を主導。五常入社前は、Shaadi.comのデータエンジニアリングチームで、クラウドベースのデータレイクとデータウェアハウジングシステムの実装・強化を担当。






Innovation Product Director


五常入社以前は、Launcho VenturesでSEAと米国市場を中心とした消費者ブランドの拡大に取り組んだ。また、Vertex Venture Holdingsに在籍し、中東地域と台湾への投資を行なった。Vertex以前は、Reebonz Taiwanで、高級電子商取引プラットフォームを拡張し、デジタルビジネスをゼロから立ち上げた。また、大手食料品スタートアップのHonestbeeでは、C-suite Managerとして勤務。



梁穎恩 (グレース)

Financial Reporting / Accounting


PwC香港事務所でキャリアをスタートし、2012年にPwC Japanに移籍。PwCでは、法定監査、財務報告アドバイザリープロジェクト等に従事。また、2014年から2016年までIFRS財団アジア・オセアニア事務所に出向し、国・地域ごとの税務開示やIFRS報告に関する調査を行っていた。Gojoに入社する直前には、ITベンチャー企業のJapan Computer Vision Corp.で2年間、経理・財務企画・分析チームのリーダーを担当。




Regional Finance Manager

五常のファイナンスチームに参加。Chartered Accountant with Institute of Chartered Accountants of Indiaの資格を持ち、財務領域の複数の分野で8年以上の経験を持つ。インドのカルナータカ州にあるベンガルールを拠点に活動。

五常入社以前は、フィンテックスタートアップのAvanti Financeに勤務。Avantiでは財務部門全体を担当し、最初のエクイティ資金調達である 2600 万米ドルの調達を成功させたチームの一員でもあった。また、CapitaLandでは、インド事業の財務報告を担当し、インド事業の財務機能の立ち上げを主導した経験もある。



大場 有紗

IR Manager

2020年4月より五常の財務チームに参画し、Investors Relations、エクイティ・デット調達、IPO準備、PRに従事。



趣味はヨガ(RYT 200)、旅行、読書。

勤務地: 日本

佐竹 亮

Head of Accounting and FP&A

2020年8月より五常・アンド・カンパニーに所属。同社でHead of Accounting and FP&Aを担当している。



堅田 航平

Chief Financial Officer

大学在学中にバングラデシュのNGOにおけるリサーチ・インターンを通じて、マイクロファイナンスの可能性と課題を認識。大学卒業後、インドの英文校正スタートアップの立ち上げに関与したのち、モルガン・スタンレー証券 投資銀行本部においてM&Aアドバイザリー業務に従事。Och-Ziff Capital Management(Hong Kong)を経て、2008年にライフネット生命保険に入社し、経営管理、事業開発、組織開発、韓国におけるJV設立などを担当。IPO準備の責任者として同社を東証マザーズ上場に導き、執行役員CFOに就任。

2014年に7番目の社員としてスマートニュースに入社。コーポレート部門の立ち上げ、累計85億円強の資本調達、米国子会社の設立、採用・人事・組織開発等を担当したのち執行役員 財務担当に就任。



note: 民間版の世界銀行を目指す五常・アンド・カンパニーに入社しました

勤務地: 東京


Principal/Head of VC

ムンバイ大学で電子工学の学士号を、ミシガン大学でファイナンスの修士号を取得。五常入社以前は、Aavishkaar-Intellecapグループに所属し、ソーシャルインパクト・スタートアップへの投資に焦点を当てたエンジェル投資ネットワークであるIntellecap Impact Investment Networkを率いた。5年間の在籍中、インドと東アフリカで約35件の投資を主導した。

投資銀行業務の専門家。以前はBank of Americaにシニアアナリストとして勤務していた。グローバル投資銀行チームに所属し、ヘルスケア分野に重点を置き、数十億ドル規模のM&A取引に関与。それ以前は、インドのFortune Financial Services LtdとNYのCrucible Capital Groupの投資銀行チームに所属していた。




共同創業者・Chief Investment Officer


Delhi University卒業前に公認会計士(CPA)の資格を取得。1990年代前半にインドで監査マネージャーとして勤務した後、金融会社でコーポレートバンキング(北インド)チームを率いる。

2003年にマイクロファイナンス業界に入り、以来、29カ国で約125のMFI格付けと評価を実施し、400以上のMFI格付けレポートを承認した。世界銀行、ADB、UNDP、Cordaid、Mercy Corpsなどの案件を担当。2013年にカンボジアのMFIでCEOを務めた後、慎と共に五常を設立し、マイクロファイナンス分野における豊富な経験を活かしている。

妻と2人の娘とインドで暮らす。 英語、ヒンディー語、パンジャブ語を話し、読書、映画、音楽をこよなく愛する。長年The Beatlesを愛している。



Managing Partner、執行役


Jacques Attaliとムハマド・ユヌスの支援を受け、プラネットファイナンスを共同設立し、世界中でアドバイザリーサービスを提供。またアフリカ9カ国と中国でBaobab(旧MicroCred)を設立・CEOとして主導。退職前の2019年にBaobabは100万人の顧客に10億ドルを貸し出し、約2億ドルの総収益と4000万ドル以上の経常利益を創出。

世界経済フォーラムのヤング・グローバル・リーダーであり、the French China FoundationとShare Africaの共同設立者でもある。パリのEFREIでコンピュータサイエンスを、La Sorbonneで哲学を学んだ。フランス語、英語、スペイン語を流暢に話し、歴史と哲学を愛する。スキーとハイキングが好きな二児の父。


慎 泰俊



金融機関で働くかたわら、2007年にLiving in Peaceを設立し(2017年に理事長退任)、日本初のマイクロファイナンス投資ファンドを企画した。過去15年以上にわたり社会的養育を受ける子どもの支援に携わっており、2021年に日本児童相談業務評価機関を共同設立した。

単著は9冊。日本縦断1648kmウルトラマラソン完走。空手黒帯、ブラジリアン柔術青帯(2022年時点)。世界経済フォーラムのYoung Global Leader 2018選出。一般財団法人五常代表理事。朝鮮大学校法律学科、早稲田大学大学院ファイナンス研究科卒。趣味はストリート写真を撮ること。時々バンドでドラムを叩く。



Michelle Chang

Innovation Product Director

Michelle joined Gojo in September 2022 as the innovation product director. She is a seasoned technology and VC executive with pan-Asian experience at leading VC funds and diverse insight spanning e-commerce marketing, venture building, and finance.

Before joining Gojo, she was venture manager at Launcho Ventures focusing on scaling consumer brands focusing on SEA and the US market. Her career has included her significant time at Vertex Venture Holdings, a subsidiary of Temasek Holdings. In her four years at Vertex, she made investments across the SEA market and Taiwan. Before Vertex, Michelle was the first employee of Reebonz Taiwan, scaling a luxury e-commerce platform and led the growth of the digital business from the ground up to nearly $USD1 million in its first year. She also worked at the leading grocery startup Honestbee as C-suite manager.

Works in: Singapore

Shraddha Kumari

HR Assistant Director

Shraddha joined Gojo in August, 2022 as an HR Assistant Director. She has 12 years of experience in HR and has managed Recruitment, Employee Engagement, Performance Appraisal along with managing end to end employee lifecycle. Prior to joining Gojo, Shraddha was associated with EY (Ernst & Young) where one of the most fun project she worked was around driving Wellbeing at work which included surveys, understading employee mindset and customizing Wellbeing programs under diffferent pillars like Social, Financial, Physical and mental wellness. Apart from EY, she has worked with different organizations like Genpact, HCL, Max Bupa Health Insurance and Pearl Academy which has given her exposure across industries.

At Gojo, she leads Human Resource and manages end to end employee life cycle along with focusing on building the right culture.

Shraddha did her Masters in Business Administration from IBS, Kolkata and did her Psychologu Hons. from her hometown Jaipur.

Shraddha lives in Jaipur, Rajasthan with her family. She loves to travel, enjoys going on treks and is an ardent dog lover. She also enjoys meeting new people and building meaningful connections.

Works in: India

Haruna Tanaka

Corporate Planning team

Why did you join Gojo?
Since the beginning of my career I had wanted to spend my time on supporting people in developing countries. However, I ended up starting my career as a strategy consultant. After 3 years, I joined Rakuten, a Japan-based internet services company, where I worked mainly at the CEO office as an internal consultant. There were many interesting projects and I really enjoyed my time there, but I couldn't give up on my original aspiration. After spending 10 years at Rakuten I decided to shift my career to pursue my personal mission.

You can read more about my career here.

What does a day in your life look like?
A typical day will be like this:

0700-0900 : Time with kids - breakfast, send them off to school, dish washing, laundry etc

0930-1200 : Start working at home. Morning is usually more quiet and I get time to do analysis, write / read reports etc. (if I'm lucky)

1200-1300 : Lunch

1300-1800 : Meetings with Gojo team members, group company counterparts, committees and board meetings

1800-2000 : Time with kids - dinner, bath, homework etc

2000-2200 : Not everyday but sometimes late night meetings, some additional work to be done

What do you find challenging and rewarding about your job?
The best part is the people you work with. It is amazing to work with really talented people who share the same values and the goal to achieve a social mission. Everyone is very kind and empathetic, while being super professional. I also like the flat and open culture - you are encouraged to dissent without fear, almost all information is disclosed to everyone so transparency is quite high, very little hierachy. The challenges are workload management and distance with the clients. Being a startup there is always so much work that needs to be done, while as a working mother there is only limited time I can spend, so it sometimes becomes difficult. Being in Japan, it is sometimes difficult to provide effective support to clients in a timely manner. Having said that I feel that the challenges are possible to overcome with the great team members.

A word for prospective team members
I think it was one of my best decisions I made in my life to come to Gojo. I am sure you will feel the same too.

Akash Suluru

Product Associate

Akash Suluru has joined Gojo & Company as part of the Studio team with a focus on Product Management and Data Analytics. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Technology from Vellore Institute of Technology. Akash started his journey with Gojo as a Technology Intern where he worked with the data team from Feb 2021 to June 2022. During this internship Akash focused on building Dashboards for our partner Sejaya using SQL and Redash Tool. He also worked on various research projects and developed a probability of default model to predict the loan delinquency using Python. Prior to this Akash had completed three internships which include working as Data Analyst Intern at Reliance JIO, a Product Management Intern at Cerebro Kids and Big data and IOT developer Intern at Avotrix.

Outside of work, he enjoys spending time in sports and physical activities and is a district level table tennis player. He also takes pleasure in cooking occasionally as its a great stress buster.

Works in: India

Koharu Suganuma

Financial Reporting / Accounting

Koharu is a Certified Public Accountant and Tax Accountant in Japan and works at Gojo with a focus on accounting, tax, and financial reporting.

Koharu has a B.A. in Policy Management from Keio University. She passed the CPA exam when she was a sophomore in university and started her career at Ernst & Young Tokyo as an auditor. After spending 4 years focusing on statutory/internal control audits and IFRS implementation projects, she joined Deloitte Tohmatsu Financial Advisory and experienced cross-border and domestic M&A advisory, mainly financial due diligence, overall support for carve-out transactions, deal structuring, and PMI projects for 3 and half years.

Outside of Gojo, Koharu delivers several supports to start-ups by building and improving business flows and providing accounting/tax services. Koharu loves listening to music, watching movies, traveling and visiting hot springs. She also enjoys road biking and hopes to take a long vacation and go around Taiwan by bike in the future.

Works in: Japan

Joydeep Bandyopadhyay

Internal Audit

Hello Everyone

Joydeep has joined Gojo Group in the Internal Audit Department from June 2022 and would collaborate with the partners and also involve with Group Internal Audit functions. He has undetgone graduation in Computer Science and professionally undergone Insurance and stock market trading certification. Apart from that, also a diploma holder in software technology and have undergone certification in KYC and AML.

He has started his career way back in 2004 and have a total experience of almost 18 years in the Banking and Financial Services industry with experience in Retail Banking Business and operations, Micro-Banking Operations, Internal Audit functions for different verticals, Fraud Investigations, Process Reviews, Compliance Testing. He has worked with various organizations such as Microland Ltd, Wipro Infotech, Axis Bank, ICICI Bank at different capacities and lastly with Bandhan Bank in the Internal Audit Department.

On the personal side, he likes to spend leisure time with family and also take out playing time with his adorable two pets, that is a Beagle and a Rottweiler. He is from Kharagpur and now settled in Kolkata with his family and his wife is a homemaker and they are blessed with a son of age of 13 years.

Works in: India

Grace Leung Wing Yan

Financial Reporting / Accounting

Grace has joined Gojo & Company as part of the Finance team with a focus on accounting and financial reporting. She earned her Bachelor's degree in professional accountancy from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Grace started her career with PricewaterhouseCoopers(PwC) Hong Kong and later relocated to PwC Japan in 2012. At PwC, she engaged in statutory audits and financial reporting advisory projects including IFRS/USGAAP conversions and accounting policy advisory. She was also seconded to the IFRS Foundation Asia-Oceania Office between 2014 - 2016, performed research on tax disclosure and IFRS reporting by jurisdictions. Just prior to joining Gojo, she spent 2 years at Japan Computer Vision Corp., an IT startup company where she was responsible for leading the accounting and financial planning and analysis team.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outdoor with her family and she also loves watching soccer games.

Works in: Japan

Sajin J S

Software Engineering

Sajin has over 7 years of experience in Android application development. He joined Gojo as a Software Engineer as part of the technology team. He is a Bachelor of Engineering graduate, passed out from Nagarjuna college of Engineering and Technology, Bangalore, India.

Before joining Gojo, Sajin was a Lead Engineer at Seqato, and was responsible for leading the mobile team and developing mobile applications. Prior to Seqato, Sajin worked in companies Rainconcert Technologies, Codeleven Technologies and Businocrats. In his career, he developed Android applications in different categories like Weather, Health & Fitness, Finance, Social, Business, Productivity, Food & Drink, Maps & Navigation etc.

Sajin likes spending free time with family and friends. He loves playing cricket, chess and carrom board, also he loves to listen to all types of songs.

Works in: India

Milena Nikolova

Outside Director

Milena has over 20 years of finance experience spanning across investment banking, wealth management, venture capital investing and startup advisory. She is a strong believer that directing capital for impact can be a powerful force for good without compromising financial returns.

Milena currently works with Aera VC, a global venture capital firm investing in radical solutions to climate change. She is also Founding Partner of Therion Advisers, a startup advisory firm as well as Venture Partner in Antler, a global early stage VC that enables the founding of about 200 startups per year. Prior to that as Executive Director at UBS Investment Bank in London, she advised leading European banks and insurance companies on mergers, acquisitions and IPO transactions totaling over $10bn in deal value. In Wealth Management in Singapore, she worked with ultra high net worth individuals on financial assets allocation, wealth planning or corporate structuring.

Milena also devotes considerable time to charitable causes and is a partner/founder in several NGOs. She has 3 children and is an adventurer, outdoor sports and salsa dancing lover. She is a CFA charterholder and has a MSc degree in International Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics.

Works in: Singapore

Karthik Pai Nejigar

Regional Finance Manager

Karthik has joined Gojo & Company as part of the Finance team. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant with Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has over 8 years of experience across multiple areas of the finance function. He is based out of the city of Bengaluru in the state of Karnataka in India.

Prior to joining Gojo, he worked at Avanti Finance, a fintech startup. At Avanti he was responsible for the entire finance function and was part of the team that successfully closed Avanti's first equity fund raise of USD 26 Million. He has also worked at CapitaLand where he was responsible for financial reporting for India business and led the setup of the treasury function for their India business.

Outside of work he enjoys cooking and also tries to keep fit by cycling and running. He is an avid traveler and has traveled extensively across India.

Works in: India

Rajnish Roy

Head of Internal Audit

Rajnish has joined the Gojo Group as the Head of Internal Audit from Dec 2021. He is responsible for internal audit function in Gojo Group and collaborating with the internal audit functions with each partner of Gojo. He is a Chartered Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and ISO9001:2015 Lead Auditor. He has a total experience of 20 years in the Banking and Financial space and has worked in various banks and financial institutions.

In his last assignment with Axis Bank, he was responsible for Anti Money Laundering Compliance. He has also worked with the Lulu Financial Group as the Chief Internal Auditor, at their Global Headquarter in Abu Dhabi. In his other job assignments, he has worked with ICICI Bank, PwC, YES Bank and HDFC Life.

In his free time he runs marathon, hikes and listens to music.

Works in: India

Haruna Tanaka

Head of Corporate Planning/IPO Project Lead

Haruna is a professional with expertise in strategy, business development and incubation. She is the IPO Project Lead of Gojo, while working on corporate governance, social performance management, impact measurement, stakeholder impact management and any other projects that are needed to further enhance Gojo's work.

Prior to Gojo, she worked for Rakuten, a Japanese internet services company for 10 years. As a member of the CEO's office, she worked on special projects and other items on the CEO's agenda, including acquisition of overseas companies, enrollment of Englishnization at Rakuten, strategy development of Rakuten Mobile and more. Amongst other things, she also led Rakuten's ebook business as business manager in Japan and Taiwan, Asian business development, and innovation activities, including internal and external accelerator programs. Before Rakuten, she was a strategy consultant at Booz and Company. She graduated from Tokyo University majoring in Economics. She has lived 3 years in UK and a year in US in her childhood and is fluent in Japanese and English.

Outside of work, Haruna is a partner and board member of Social Venture Partners Tokyo, an NPO supporting seed stage social entrepreneurs to succeed. She is also a mother of 2 children, and enjoys reading and playing the flute.

Works in: Japan

Royanne Doi

Outside Director

Royanne Doi is the former Corporate Chief Ethics Officer of Prudential Financial Inc., and former Advisor for Global Legal, Ethics & Compliance to Yamaha Corporation.

Prior to Yamaha, Royanne held senior legal positions with major global financial institutions. At one point, she managed 200+ staff around the world, with business experience in North and South America, Asia, and Europe. During her tenure as a global ethics officer, Prudential Financial received Ethisphere's designation as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies for the first time in 2015, and multiple times thereafter. As a member of Gojo's board, she will further accelerate the strengthening of internal audit and corporate governance to enable the sustainable growth of Gojo group.

Royanne has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, from Washington University in St. Louis, graduating Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her Juris Doctorate from UCLA School of Law. She is married to her law school sweetheart and has lived in Japan since 1994. She has three passions: economic empowerment for women, Asia with an emphasis on Japan, and the intersection between neuroscience and behavioral ethics.

Works in: Japan

Rahul Rokade

Data Engineering

Rahul holds a masters degree in Computer Science & Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay, India.

After graduating, he joined Quikr India Pvt. Ltd. and led implementation of various in-house systems there. Prior to joining Gojo, Rahul worked for leading Indian matchmaking platform in their Data Engineering team, and was responsible for implementing and enhancing cloud-based data lake and data warehousing systems. At Gojo, Rahul is working as a part of the Technology/Data team on building a data management platform to support the company's data strategy.

Rahul likes photography and cooking. He has a keen interest in topics related to the existence and evolution of life, and has recently developed an interest in learning about the influence of religion and mythology on modern technological advancements. Rahul is an animal lover. He loves to spend his free time with family, friends and his dog Eathen.

Works in: India

Arnaud Ventura

Managing Partner

Arnaud has founded and led two of the leading European financial inclusion groups active in Micro and SME finance, as well as digital finance.

Between 1998 and 2008, Arnaud cofounded and led PlaNet Finance with the support of Jacques Attali (Chairman) and Muhammed Yunus (Chairman Advisory Board). It was one of the most successful European financial inclusion groups, providing mainly advisory services in the sector. Between 2008 and 2019, Arnaud founded & led Baobab (formerly MicroCred), the leading Micro&SME digital bank in Africa & China. In 2019 alone, Baobab lent $1 billion to 1 million clients, generating around $200 million total revenues and more than $40 million pre-tax profit.

Arnaud is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. He also cofounded the French China Foundation, the leading network of Young Leaders between France and China, and Share Africa, a platform to promote Africa's innovation and creativity. Arnaud graduated from EFREI, Paris, in Computer Science, and La Sorbonne in Philosophy. He speaks French, English and Spanish fluently and loves reading history & philosophy. He loves skiing and hiking in the mountains (particularly in the south of France), and has 2 young boys.

Works in: France

Ryo Satake

Head of Accounting and FP&A

Ryo is a Certified Public Accountant and works at Gojo as a head of Accounting and FP&A. Ryo has a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Keio. While at university he passed the CPA exam, the youngest to do so that year. He did an internship at Ernst & Young Philippines, where one of his clients was a microfinance institution, and was impressed with the purpose of microfinance and its business model.

After graduating, he joined Ernst & Young in Tokyo, where he engaged in financial audits, internal control audits, operations/financial management advisory and financial due diligence for potential M&A. He also spent 2 years on secondment at the EY Los Angeles office, where he was in charge of supporting a unicorn startup company headquartered in the United States. He has experience auditing under IFRS, US-GAAP and J-GAAP.

Ryo is very fond of traveling, reading books, watching soccer and going to the sauna.

Works in: Japan

Marco Giancotti

Technology team

Why did you join Gojo?
I come from a science/tech background, but originally I was making satellites and web platforms for satellite data, not financial services. Working on tech projects was great in itself, but I felt that I wanted to channel that fun to solve non-first-world problems as directly as possible. I started looking to pivot my career in that direction and found Gojo to be the perfect match for that. Even better than I hoped, actually.

What does a day in your life look like?
When there is no pandemic bringing the world to its knees, I usually work from Gojo's office in Tokyo. Otherwise, I work from home. My team is scattered around the globe, so we communicate online most of the time anyway.

What do you find challenging and rewarding about your job?
In the half-year that I've been working here (it flew by like a flash!) I've learned lots already, and it's really fun to work with the best of the best professionals from very different fields. Everyone is both highly-skilled and committed to doing good. No one is fooling around. Best of all for me, they are all simply nice people. Of course, working with team members spread across many countries and cultures is not easy. You have to step up your interpersonal skills and get used to the overheads. But if you can do that, it's extremely rewarding and, I repeat, fun. We get to meet our clients, team up with our partners, and solve some of the toughest problems of our society. What better job can I wish for?

A word for prospective team members
You have to be a little crazy and very empathic to work at Gojo. If you are, you are going to love it!

Sohil Shah

Investment team

Why did you join Gojo?
Prior to joining Gojo, I worked with one of India’s largest impact investing groups covering many sectors like healthcare, financial services, agriculture, education etc. After 5 years, I felt the need to build deep expertise in a particular area so as to make a meaningful contribution. With financial inclusion as its core theme, Gojo not only gave me an opportunity to work directly on the field but also think about how I can make real impact.

What does a day in your life look like?
Even after a year at Gojo, my days are still intellectually stimulating! Typically I have a bunch of calls/meetings on various issues – managing partner companies, fundraising, building investment pipeline, technology strategies for a group, etc. Initially, it did look overwhelming, but I like the fact that it gives me an opportunity to cover multiple facets related to building a strong foundation for the group. There are also a lot of casual chats with colleagues between meetings which make for a fun day!

What do you find challenging and rewarding about your job?
The only challenge I see at Gojo is our remote style of working. Throughout my career, I have worked with colleagues co-located in a physical office so this was definitely new to me. But the rewards outweigh the challenges and make it all worthwhile. The opportunity to understand the hardships of our clients, experience their lives, and constantly strive to make them better keeps me going. You feel that you’re making a dent in the universe, in your own small way, and that feeling has been very satisfying for me.

A word for prospective team members
Despite the large scale, Gojo still operates like a start-up. If you want to make a difference to the society while working in a flat organization with a high level of ownership, then this is the place for you!

Cheriel Neo

Impact Measurement

Cheriel works on initiatives to measure and learn from the impact of Gojo's partners' products and services on our clients' lives. She has a BA (Hons.) in History and English from Exeter College, Oxford University, and an MSc. in Translation Studies from the University of Edinburgh. Cheriel got started in the world of social impact during her time in Oxford, where she ran a homeless outreach, and helped found what would become a national student-led charity for social justice.

After graduating, she joined Social Finance, a social investment financial intermediary, where she designed Impact Bonds in the UK, Cameroon and the West Bank, and helped create an app to track young people’s outcomes after leaving state care. She is a founding director of Proof Bakery, a social enterprise training and employing refugee women in the UK.

In her spare time, Cheriel enjoys reading, snacking, and exploring her neighbourhood. She is an accomplished knitter and an avid home cook.

Works in: Japan

Takao Takahashi

Chief People and Inclusion Officer

At Gojo, Takao leads corporate planning, strategy setting, and HR. Before joining Gojo, Takao was an Investment Officer at International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, based in both Washington DC and Jakarta. In his 7 years with IFC, he led investments in microfinance institutions, banks and fintech startups in emerging markets. Before IFC, Takao worked as the Bhutan Prime Minister’s Fellow, developing microfinance regulations and financial inclusion policy to contribute to Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness (GNH). He also worked for 4 years as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company based in Frankfurt and Tokyo.

Takao graduated from Georgetown University, USA, with a Master of Science in Foreign Service and completed his Bachelor of Laws from Kyoto University, Japan.

Takao loves singing, both opera and karaoke. Tennis is his favorite sport. He has authored a book in Japanese, the English translation of the title being; ‘What is true happiness? Thoughts from Bhutan’

Works in: Japan

Yoshinari Noguchi

Researcher in Residence

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.

Works in: Japan

Tomasz Ociepka

Data Analytics

Tomasz graduated from Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom, with a Master of Science in Mathematics.

Before joining Gojo, Tomasz was an independent data scientist based in Oxford, United Kingdom. He was providing services in the area of data analysis and data management for startups and SMEs. He was also a consultant for academic research using advanced quantitative methods.

In 2019 he joined Gojo to fight income inequalities in the world. Among others, he is responsible for data analysis and data projects in Gojo as well as support partner companies with his knowledge and experience.

Likes hiking and ink paintings. When inspiration strikes, he writes haiku.

Works in: Tokyo, Japan

Marco Giancotti

Systems and Knowledge

Marco studied physics and aerospace engineering, up to doctoral studies at the Sapienza University of Rome and the Japanese Space Exploration Agency (JAXA). Before joining Gojo in 2019, he worked as an engineer and then as a project manager at Axelspace, a maker of small commercial satellites.

At Gojo, Marco participated in several tech initiatives, ranging from DX support for partners around the world to the creation of novel financial service platforms. He led the creation of a digital field application (DFA) as product manager from 2020 to 2022.

Marco reads and writes most of the time. He speaks Japanese and is doing independent research in several scientific fields.

Works in: Tokyo

Kaung Set Lin


Kaung Set Lin studied Liberal Arts at Sarah Lawrence College in the United States and returned to Myanmar at the end of 2012. He has over 6 years of experience in the financial sector in Myanmar. He started out his career in microfinance managing the MIS while exploring digital products and partnerships at one of Myanmar’s leading MFIs, Proximity Finance. After this, he entered Myanmar’s banking sector with KBZ Bank, where he worked with different stakeholders in partnership with Huawei to develop KBZ Pay to expand the outreach of the bank. Before joining Gojo & Co in late 2019, he worked for Yoma Bank’s Digital Division, where he created and launched a digital lending product called SMART Credit.

When he is not busy working, Kaung Set likes to travel and read along with learning new skills. He also likes going to music festivals and would travel to go to different events around the region.

Works in: Myanmar

Shun Ito

Deputy CEO, MIFIDA / IR and Alliance, Gojo

Based in Myanmar, Shun is the Deputy CEO at Microfinance Delta, and also takes on a role in fundraising and business development activities for all Gojo's partner companies

After studying at Keio University, Faculty of Economics, and graduating from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, Shun joined Roland Berger and worked in the Japan and Singapore Offices. As a management consultant, he was involved in multiple projects across Southeast Asia.

As a freelance consultant, Shun worked in rural Japan in Akita for a local supermarket chain. His early childhood was spent in the UK and Brazil. Proficient in English and Japanese, he also has basic Burmese skills. Tennis is his favourite sport. During an earlier stint in Myanmar, Shun ordained at a Buddhist monastery and practiced meditation.

Works in: Myanmar

Tomohiro Isozaki

CEO, Maxima

Tomo joined Gojo in 2018 as a Country representative of Cambodia and became the CEO of Maxima Microfinance Plc. in 2022. He oversees the strategic and operational development of Cambodian business. He leads the MFI by managing strategy, corporate planning, operation, credit, HR, digital initiative, marketing, fundraising, and social performance management.

Prior to Gojo, he worked for Healthbank Pte.Ltd. as a Business Development Associate, working in Vietnam, Malaysia, and Singapore. Next, he joined McKinsey (Tokyo office) and was involved in multiple projects. Later, as a member of the strategic planning division of the Food Business Unit of Mitsui &Co., Ltd. Tomo was engaged in projects of strategy, investment, research, and group company management.

Tomo is proficient in English and Japanese and is also learning Khmer. His motto is “Be tough, wise and tolerant, enjoying your own life.” Throughout the business activity, he tries to establish a fair and free society based on trustworthy relationships.

Works in: Cambodia

Arisa Oba

IR Manager

Arisa works on investor relations and funtraising with the team.

After graduating from Keio University, Department of Political Science, and studying abroad at the University of Manchester as an exchange student, Arisa joined the Investment Banking Division of Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley. She was involved in cross-border and domestic M&As, equity offerings and financial advisories, primarily for the real estate industry.

Building on her long-standing interest in global inequality and her experience interning at a local NGO in Tanzania providing empowerment programs for women and children, she aims to dedicate herself to solving injustice in the world.

She loves yoga, traveling, and reading books to find beauty and peace inside and outside.

Works in: Japan

Sohil Shah

Principal/Head of VC

Sohil graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a Masters in Finance and completed his under graduation in Electronics Engineering from the University of Mumbai. Before joining Gojo, Sohil was a part of the Aavishkaar-Intellecap Group where he led Intellecap Impact Investment Network, an early-stage angel network focused on making investments in social impact start-ups. In his five years with the group, he led around 35 investments in India and East Africa of which they exited from 6 companies and another 15 companies raised follow-on round of investment.

An Investment Banking professional with over six years of experience in India and US, Sohil previously worked as a Senior Analyst at Bank of America. He was part of the Global Investment Banking team, with a key focus on the healthcare sector, where he was a part of a few billion-dollar M&A transactions. Prior to that, he worked with the investment banking teams at Fortune Financial Services (India) Ltd and Crucible Capital Group in New York.

Apart from being an avid brewer, Sohil is an angel investor in his personal capacity as well. He lives in Pune with his family.

Works in: India

Gürol Sari

Chief Operating Officer

Gürol Sari joined Gojo in June 2020 as our Chief Operating Officer, and oversees the strategic and operational development of our partner institutions. Gürol has extensive leadership experience in retail banking, SME finance, microfinance & financial digitalization, as well as experience in turnarounds of several institutions. He has worked in the banking sector for over 30 years in many countries, including Germany, Austria, Myanmar, Turkey, Albania, Russia, Australia, and Tanzania.

From the start of his career, his interest was drawn towards innovation and impact: Gürol created the first fully automated online credit solution in Germany, easyCredit, which is ranked No.1 today in Germany. Prior to joining Gojo, Gürol worked as Chief Operating Officer of Vision Fund Myanmar, where he developed and implemented a fully digitized microfinance system that provided over 300,000 clients in extreme poverty with access to credit, savings, and education. He currently advises several international banks on digitization and change processes.

Gürol has a creative spirit and is always active. He is passionate about architecture, gardening, handicraft (particularly remodeling houses), and loves to bike and to play tennis. He dreams of sailing with his wife once his two children are independent.

Works in: Germany

Kohei Katada

Chief Financial Officer

Prior to joining Gojo, Kohei has served as Senior Vice President of Finance at SmartNews, Inc., a developer of a news discovery app. As its 7th employee and part of its management team, he led $80 million of equity financing and undertook a wide range of responsibilities including financial control, accounting, recruiting, people operations, legal, and investor relations.

As one of the founding members and as Chief Financial Officer at LIFENET INSURANCE COMPANY, a leading online life insurer in Japan, Kohei led it’s successful $100 million Initial Public Offering in 2012, and also setup a joint venture in Korea.

Kohei started his career at Morgan Stanley in its Investment Banking Division, where he was involved in multiple cross-border M&A transactions. In 2005, he moved to Hong Kong and joined Och-Ziff Capital Management, a global asset management company.

Kohei has a B.A. in Law from the University of Tokyo. While at school, he did an internship at a local NGO in Bangladesh where he was inspired by the power of microfinance that can unlock the potential of micro-entrepreneurs.

Kohei enjoys playing with his two boys over the weekends. He loves sports and has successfully finished the long-distance triathlon.

Works: Tokyo, Japan

Sanjay Gandhi

Co-Founder & Chief Investment Officer

Sanjay co-founded Gojo in 2014 as Gojo's Chief investment Officer and has led the Investment Division since then. Apart from recommending the investments to be made by Gojo, he also represents Gojo on the Board and Committees of the partner entities and contributes actively towards strengthening the governance at the partner level.

Sanjay qualified as a Chartered Accountant (CPA) before graduating from Delhi University. After his first job as an Audit Manager in India in early 1990s, he led the Corporate Banking (North India) team for a Finance company.

Sanjay joined the microfinance industry in 2003 and has been part of it ever since: conducted about 125 MFI ratings & assessments in 29 countries; approved more than 400 MFI Rating reports. Some of the assignments were for the World Bank, ADB, UNDP, Cordaid, and Mercy Corps. After his CEO assignment at a Cambodian MFI in 2013, Sanjay and Taejun got together to set up Gojo, where Sanjay’s extensive experience in the microfinance sector has been invaluable.

Sanjay operates from India, where he stays with his wife and two daughters. He speaks English, Hindi, and Punjabi. Loves reading; movies; and music. “The Beatles” is his all-time favourite music band.

Masahiro Kotosaka

Outside Director

Masahiro Kotosaka is an Associate Professor at Keio University and an Associate Fellow of Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He is a non-executive director of Gojo & Company since March 2017. He is an expert in Internationalization strategy and early stage business development, and advisor/non-executive director of several start-up/multinational 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. His recent publication includes STARTUP (Co-authored, NewsPicks Publishing, 2020), The Element of Strategic Management (Toyo Keizai, 2018), and The Japanese Business in Evolution (Co-authored, Routledge, 2017).

Works in: Japan

Taejun Shin

Founder & CEO

Taejun cofounded Gojo in 2014 and has led the company's growth until today as the CEO. Before Gojo, Taejun worked as an investment professional at Morgan Stanley and Unison Capital. To deal with an enormous number of investment projects, Taejun studied programming and automated many financial models, some of which are used even today.

While working in the sector, Taejun founded Living in Peace, an NGO, in 2007 and created the first microfinance investment fund in Japan. Taejun has been involved in Japan's child foster care for more than a decade and co-established Japan Office for Standards on Children Services in 2021 to conduct third-party inspections on the local authority children services in Japan.

Taejun is the Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and is the youngest founding board member of Endeavor Japan. He is an author of 9 books, a finisher of the 1648 km ultra-marathon, and a Karate black-belt holder (he just recently started Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and owns a blue belt as of 2022). Taejun is fluent in Japanese, Korean, and English. He plays drums and loves shooting street photos of the world.

Works in: Japan