November 1, 2019

Kohei Katada joins Gojo as CFO

Gojo & Company, Inc (CEO: Taejun Shin; Head Office: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo) is happy to announce that Mr. Kohei Katada, former Senior Vice President of SmartNews, Inc. has joined us as our Chief Financial Officer.

Over the 5 years since its establishment, Gojo group has expanded to 6 Partner companies in 4 countries; Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and India, with approximately 2,500 employees and more than 450,000 clients. Mr. Katada, leveraging his experience in corporate finance and administration, shall accelerate the growth of Gojo to achieve its long-term goal to:

“Enable provision of high-quality affordable financial services for 100+ million unserved and underserved people in 50+ countries by 2030”

Prior to joining Gojo, Mr. Katada has served as Senior Vice President of Finance at SmartNews, Inc., a developer of a news discovery app and led a total of over US$ 80 million in fundraising and the setting-up of its administration department. Before that, as one of the founding members and as Chief Financial Officer at LIFENET INSURANCE COMPANY, he led the insurer’s successful $100 million Initial Public Offering.

Mr. Katada began his career at Morgan Stanley Japan Ltd. as part of its M&A Advisory Group in the Investment Banking Division. In 2005, he joined Och-Ziff Capital Management, a global hedge fund.

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

Gojo extends a warm welcome to Mr. Kohei Katada!

About us
Gojo & Company, Inc. was founded in July 2014 with a mission to provide financial inclusion to everyone in the world as a Private Sector World Bank. It aims to provide low-cost, high-quality financial services to 100 million people in 50 countries by 2030. For the last five years since its inception, it has acquired and/or founded microfinance institutions in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and India and employs over 2,500 serving more than 450,000 people. The total loan amount under the management has exceeded US$ 200,000; the consolidated net profit has turned positive since FY2017.

October 17, 2019

Gojo & Company, Inc completed its Series C funding and raised US$40 million

Gojo & Company, Inc completed its Series C funding round and raised US$ 40 million.

Gojo & Company, Inc (CEO: Taejun Shin; Head Office: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo) completed the Series C financing at the end of September, raised a total amount of US$ 40 million. The cumulative paid-in capital reached US$ 70 million.

About Series C
The lead investor of this series was the existing shareholder Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co., Ltd; DIMENSION, Izawa Investments Co., Ltd; and SBI Investment Co., Ltd. 15th Rock Ventures have joined as new shareholders at the final close held at the end of September.

The proceeds will be used to accelerate investment in technology to revamp the subsidiaries’ operational system and expand Gojo & Co’s investment in Asia.

Why Gojo & Co. was founded
Gojo & Co. aspires to provide low-cost, high-quality financial services in emerging countries around the world. Microfinance, which emerged in the 1970s, attracted a great deal of attention in 2006 when Grameen Bank’s Muhammad Yunus won the Nobel Peace Prize. Microfinance has received a lot of attention from capital markets, and several microfinance institutions have listed on the stock markets. Nevertheless, fundamental issues still remain in the industry. To address the problem, Gojo & Co. was founded in July 2014.

Achievements so far
Since its inception, Gojo & Co’s asset under the management has grown rapidly at compound annual growth rate of more than 200%, while it has maintained exceptional quality in its loan portfolio (the delinquency rate of 30 days or more is less than 1%). Consolidated quarterly sales for 2019 were US$ 10 million, the number of borrowers was 450,000 and the number of employees exceeded 2,500.

Future expansion plans
Gojo & Co has been expanding its business through a greenfield investment or acquisition. In the next few years, it will focus on Asia, including the Philippines and Indonesia, followed by Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America as a long-term goal.

Equity and debt financing
Gojo & Co has raised its capital mainly from Japanese individuals and institutional investors, while it has obtained debt financing at each subsidiary level. Gojo & Co and its affiliates cultivated the diversified debt funding ecosystem with more than 50 lenders, including local banks, international microfinance lenders and social impact funds. The total debt has reached US$150 million.

About the team
Gojo & Co has been tirelessly building a strong team to accelerate global expansion. In the last year, it has recruited in the areas of management support, investments and new business development. Five new employees will join the team by January 2020.

Establishing a pole position with big data in emerging countries
Gojo & Co collects repayment histories, KYC data and household information from 450,000 borrowers. Taking advantage of having a customer database of low to middle-income groups in emerging countries, Gojo & Co is developing a credit scoring system based on machine learning.

Initiatives for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
All of Gojo & Co’s group companies are in the process of being certified for the Social Performance Management (SPM) international certification. Maxima, a group company in Cambodia, was the first to obtain the certification in 2019. To realise the SDGs,
Gojo & Co has actively been engaged in various areas of SDGs through microfinance business and partnered with international NGOs.

We are hiring and looking for team members who want to collaboratively achieve the goal of being a Private Sector World Bank. Gojo & Co aspires to create a world where everyone can determine their own destiny. Financial access is a major factor of the equality of opportunity. If you are interested, please contact us at info@gojo.co.

About Gojo & Company, Inc
Gojo & Co was founded in July 2014 with a mission to deliver financial access to the world as a Private Sector World Bank. It aims to provide low-cost, high-quality financial services to 100 million people in 50 countries by 2030. For the last five years since its inception, it has acquired or founded microfinance institutions in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and India and has employed over 2,500 and served more than 450,000 people. The total loan amount under the management has exceeded US$ 200,000; the consolidated net profit has turned positive since FY017.

Gojo & Company, Inc.
Vision: A world where everyone can determine their own destiny
Mission: Deliver financial access to people around the world as a Private Sector World Bank
Headquarters: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Comments from equity investors:

Kazuyuki Shigemoto, Executive Officer/ Chief General Manager, Investment
Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

We invested in Gojo & Company as an ‘impact investment’ aiming to achieve both an investment return and social impact. We hope that by providing financial access in emerging countries through the microfinance business, we will contribute to the economic independence of local people and the improvement of living standards.

Yuichi Katayori / Hisanori Takata, Managing Partner
Tokyo University of Science Innovation Capital Co., Ltd.

We will support for Gojo & Company to realize social innovation. We hope to create sustainable social and economic value by improving financial access using the latest technology and improve living standards in emerging countries.

Hirotsugu Katoh, Director, Managing Executive Officer
MARUI GROUP CO., LTD.

We were pleased to participate in Gojo’s series C equity fundraising; we were touched by Gojo’s mission statement of ‘Financial Access for All’. It is an ambitious goal; it is great to see how Gojo has transformed its passion into steady progress.

Yasuaki Funatake, President and Representative Director
Seven Bank Ltd.

We have been inspired by Gojo & Company’s mission statement of ‘Delivering financial access to people around the world’. Financial inclusion is one of the major agendas among Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which we follow. We believe that the Seven Bank’s overseas business strategy is compatible with Gojo’s business model. We also aim to create a world where one is left behind.

Jun Tosabayashi, Partner
TransLink Capital Partners (SOMPO) I, L.P.

Under its mission statement of becoming the Private Sector World Bank, Gojo & Company has been growing rapidly. It is exciting to see that talented and experienced professionals have recently joined Gojo and building a strong team under the robust leadership of CEO, Taejun Shin. We could say that Gojo is the most promising start-up company in Japan.

Mikio Hataeda, Director General Private Sector Partnership and Finance Department
Japan International Cooperation Agency (‘JICA”)

Financial inclusion is one of the major agendas in development finance. We resonate with Gojo’s mission statement of ‘We aspire to create a world in which everyone has an opportunity to overcome one’s destiny and attain a better life’ and support its microfinance business as a means to realise its vision. We hope that Gojo keeps on its approach of ‘the clients first’.

Takamitsu Miyaso, Chief Executive Officer
DIMENSION, Inc.

Gojo & Company is one of the most outstanding start-up companies that I, as a venture capitalist, have ever invested for the last two decades. Taejun Shin, CEO, and his team’s passion and ability to make it happen are eminent. It is also nice to see that its group companies and their clients appreciate Gojo’s management support. We look forward to seeing Gojo & Company penetrating further in Asia.

Masato Tanaka, General Manager Investment Department
SBI AI&Blockchain Investment LPS

We have decided to invest in Gojo as it is a rare company which has succeeded in pursuing both social impact and profitability. The number of its clients is expanding exponentially; in future we expect Gojo to focus more on quality over quantity by bringing better financial products and services to the poor population. The SBI Group will continue to foster Gojo by providing its FinTech expertise and financing.

Shoichiro Kusumoto, Executive officer Investment Department General Manager
AIZAWA Investments Co.,Ltd

We firmly believe that Gojo & Company will change the world. It has a passion and capacity to advance towards its goal of being the Private Sector World Bank by 2030. It is great to see that Gojo & Company and its affiliates always put their clients first.

Takeshi Minamoto, Founder / General Partners
15th Rock Ventures Fund 1 L.P

Taejun Shin, CEO, once told me the source of his motivation, ‘I want to create a world where everyone has an opportunity to build a better life no matter of his/her background.’ That was a striking remark and remained deep in my mind. Some years have passed since the conversation; great people joined his team, and his dream is forming a shape. We keep supporting Gojo until it reaches its goal, then the world finally becomes a better place.

Hiroyuki Kuwazono, Director Senior Managing
Nippon Venture Capital Co., Ltd.

Over the past two years, we have observed that bright, dedicated professionals joined the team one after another, and Gojo & Company has achieved tremendous growth. We warmly welcome JICA as a signature shareholder and hope JICA’s support will be a prominent driving force to realize Gojo’s grand vision.

Tetsuya Adachi, President
NISSAY CAPITAL CO.,LTD.

We could see Taejun Shin, CEO as a driving force, and his humanitarian virtue has attracted teams, investors, and group companies. We hope that Gojo & Company, led by microfinance technology, to realize its goal of financial inclusion.

Shunichi Ono, Director, Chief Financial Officer
Link and Motivation Inc

We have been inspired by Taejun Shin, CEO’s vision (to create a world in which everyone has an opportunity to overcome one’s destiny and attain a better life), and his management philosophy. To make Gojo’s vision to be realised, we will continue to support Gojo though our expertise in human relations as well as equity investment.

Shozo Isaka, Partner
JAFCO Co., Ltd.

Although Gojo & Company has an ambitious goal, taking care of each customer matters the most for them. We see this as essence of finance.

September 29, 2019

Completion of the first investment in AVIOM India, an Indian Affordable Housing Finance Company

Gojo & Company, Inc. (“Gojo”) is pleased to announce that Gojo has successfully concluded the first investment in AVIOM India Housing Finance (“AVIOM”), a housing finance provider based in New Delhi, India. Gojo obtained approximately a 25% stake of AVIOM through the first investment.

AVIOM India is an Affordable Housing Finance Company facilitating families in mostly semi-urban areas in realizing their dream of owning their first home. Along with home purchase loans, AVIOM assists with innovative and segment-appropriate affordable products for home building, up-gradation, and extensions.

AVIOM offers services in the niche segment of the semi-formal and informal sector, with special focus on women empowerment. With a woman at the helm of the Company who is in tune with women’s needs, AVIOM’s first loan applicant is always the ‘Woman.’ Targeting the social bottom-line, AVIOM develops women’s strengths and capacity to earn an income via the ‘AVIOM Shakti’ model. Hence, AVIOM also facilitates women’s economic empowerment leading to women’s confidence and financial autonomy within the household, the basic unit of societal change. AVIOM prides itself on its strong team, which works diligently with the values of transparency, simplicity of processes, and respect in all its transactions to ensure customers’ delight.

Gojo has a partnership with Ananya Finance and Satya MicroCapital, a wholesale lender and microcredit provider in India. By adding Aviom to its partner’s list, Gojo will be able to provide a wide range of financial solutions to the low/middle-income households in India.

Gojo is committed to address the financial inclusion globally. Through the AVIOM investment, Gojo expands its footprint to the affordable housing market in India.

About us
Gojo was founded to provide financial access for everyone in the world beginning with the developing countries. Our long-term goal is to provide quality and affordable financial services for 100+ million people in 50+ countries by 2030. 5 years since our establishment, we work in India, Cambodia, Myanmar and Sri Lanka with 2,300+ employees, serving more than 400,000 women who are also mothers. The total loan portfolio reached $200 million, and since 2017 the company has made a profit on a consolidated basis.

Gojo & Company, Inc.
Vision: Create a world in which everyone can overcome one’s destiny and attain a better life
Mission: The first mission is to be the “Private Sector World Bank” providing financial access for everyone in developing countries
HQ: Tokyo, Japan
CEO: Taejun Shin
Since: 4 July 2014
Capital: Approximately $70 million
Mail: info@gojo.co
URL: http://gojo.co/

August 29, 2019

Gojo & Company, Inc (“Gojo”) has completed the second part of its Series C financing

Gojo & Company, Inc (“Gojo”) has completed the second part of its Series C financing. JICA, Marui Group, Seven Bank and CVC Fund of Sompo Holdings have joined with a total of $24 million. The aggregated amount raised over the Series C financing has reached to $35 million, making Gojo’s equity $65 million.

Dai-ichi Life Insurance, one of the most reputable Japanese life insurance companies, led the round. JICA, Marui Group, Seven Bank and CVC Fund of Sompo Holdings have newly joined through the second window of the series. With the freshly injected capital, Gojo will expand its footprint to new countries in Asia, and invest in cutting-edge technologies.

Gojo is a microfinance-technology company. Founded in July 2014, it currently employs more than 2,300 people, provides multiple financial products with over 400,000 clients (most of them are women) in India, India, Cambodia, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. Gojo’s gross loan portfolio has attained c. $200 million. We aim to provide quality and affordable financial services, with 100+ million people in 50+ countries by 2030. The net profit has been positive since 2017.

About us
Gojo was founded to provide financial access for everyone in the world beginning with the developing countries. Our long-term goal is to provide quality and affordable financial services for 100+ million people in 50+ countries by 2030. 5 years since our establishment, we work in India, Cambodia, Myanmar and Sri Lanka with 2,300+ employees, serving more than 400,000 women who are also mothers. The total loan portfolio reached $200 million, and since 2017 the company has made a profit on a consolidated basis.

Gojo & Company, Inc.
Vision: Create a world in which everyone can overcome one’s destiny and attain a better life
Mission: The first mission is to be the “Private Sector World Bank” providing financial access for everyone in developing countries
HQ: Tokyo, Japan
CEO: Taejun Shin
Since: 4 July 2014
Capital: Approximately $65 million
Mail: info@gojo.co
URL: http://gojo.co/

February 11, 2019

Gojo completes the first leg of its Series C financing

Gojo & Company, Inc. (“Gojo” or “We”), a microfinance-technology company, made the first close of its Series C financing led by Dai-ichi Life Insurance followed by Tokyo University of Science Investment Management Company and other individual shareholders. The total funding amount in the financing round is expected to be in the range of $35 to $50 million.

The raised funds will be used for expanding Gojo’s international footprint and for accelerating our technology initiatives. Until recently, some MFIs in our group have adopted the digital model of cashless collections, fingerprint authentication, and credit risk modeling, and these innovations will be applied in all group companies of Gojo. Gojo’s group company, Satya MicroCapital, is the only MFI in India which is successfully running cashless repayment using fingerprint authentication. From this year, Gojo will make sure that all group MFIs apply the cashless model, although the practical application may vary from country to country. Also, we will install our credit risk model in all group companies and will further develop it by using voice and GPS information of the clients. Furthermore, we wish to maximize the impact that we can make from our microcredit and thus start developing an application by which our field staff can provide meaningful business support for the clients.

We are also pleased to share that during this period, Mr. Stuart Rutherford, a reputable microfinance practitioner, and researcher, joined us as a Director thereby augmenting the company. In 2015, Stuart’s book, “Portfolios of the Poor” was one of the recommendations made by Mark Zuckerberg’s book club; “A Year of Books”. Business Insider said of the book; A fundamental finding in “Portfolios of the Poor” is that extreme poverty flourishes in areas not where people live dollar to dollar or where poor purchasing decisions are widespread but instead is where they lack access to financial institutions to store their money. The authors’ research has inspired them and their respective organizations to find ways to bring banking to the worlds least fortunate. We are very happy to welcome Mr. Rutherford to the Gojo Board.

Gojo will continue to raise its equity in a private round. It is expected to be a “unicorn” after the Series D financing and will work in 6 to 10 nations, serving more than 3 million people. To underpin the growth, we will recruit talent from all over the world.

About us
Gojo was founded to provide financial access for everyone in the world beginning with the developing countries. Our long-term goal is to provide quality and affordable financial service for 100+ million people in 50+ countries by 2030. 4.5 years since our establishment, we work in India, Cambodia, Myanmar and Sri Lanka with 1,600+ employees, serving more than 300,000 women who are also mothers. The total loan portfolio reached is $150 million, and since 2017 the company has made a profit on a consolidated basis.

Gojo & Company, Inc.
Vision: Create a world in which everyone can overcome one’s destiny and attain a better life
Mission: The first mission is to be the “Private Sector World Bank” providing financial access for everyone in developing countries
HQ: Tokyo, Japan
CEO: Taejun Shin
Since: 4 July 2014
Capital: Approximately $45 million
Mail: info@gojo.co
URL: http://gojo.co/

August 1, 2018

Gojo acquires 25% stake in Satya MicroCapital

Gojo & Company, Inc. (“Gojo”) is happy to inform you that we have concluded our first investment in Satya MicroCapital Ltd. (“Satya”), a young and dynamic microfinance institution, based in New Delhi, India. Gojo obtained approximately 25% stake of Satya through the investment.

“Satya” in Sanskrit means “truth”. “Truthfulness” is an ethical concept embodying a consistency in one’s thoughts, speech and actions. Satya MicroCapital works with the tenet of developing relationships of “trust” and “truthfulness” within the ecosystem of Satya. This ideology, which resonates strongly with Gojo, coupled with a stress on “team strength”, has enabled Satya to grow exponentially.

Satya MicroCapital has the vision of touching the lives of 5 million households by year 2025, and is being seen as one of the most promising microfinance institutions in the Indian microfinance sector. In a short span of 18 months, Satya has opened 55 branches in 11 states in India, with more than 100,000 women clients, who own businesses and need loan funding for fueling their expansion. These “women micro entrepreneurs” are provided collateral free loans. The company has a strong belief in combining social touch with high technology and has since its inception adopted the usage of technology in their microfinance operations.

Gojo is pleased to partner with Satya.

August 1, 2018

Made our 2nd investment in Ananya Finance for Inclusive Growth

Here at Gojo & Company, Inc. (“Gojo”), we are delighted to inform you that we have entered into an agreement with Ananya Finance for Inclusive Growth Private Limited (“Ananya”) , whereby Gojo is to acquire more than a majority stake of Ananya. The RBI (Reserve Bank of India) gave approval for the transaction on 21st June 2018, and after the 1 month public notification period, the investment was made on 26th July 2018.

Based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, Ananya is a Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC), a wholesale lender with the objective of reaching out to a large section of small microfinance institutions and farmer producer companies which support a number of small and marginal farmers in the country. Ananya is among the most responsible and reputable NBFCs in India, committed to serve socially motivated, double bottom-line enterprises. Ananya specializes in combining credit support with technical assistance to microfinance institutions and farmer producer companies.

This investment marks a giant step for us to enter the microfinance sector in India whose number of potential clients exceeds the total of all clients across other Asian countries. We are most grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of this country.

June 29, 2018

Completion of the final leg of Series B Financing

We are pleased to announce that JAFCO Co., Ltd.(“JAFCO”) joined Gojo & Company Inc. (“Gojo” or “we”) through its funds as a shareholder this month. The event marks the close of our Series B Financing, totaling JPY1.9 billion (USD 17 million). The fund will be mainly used for making investments in microfinance institutions, including follow-on investments for the existing affiliates and subsidiaries and new business development.

Listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, JAFCO is a fund management company specializing in venture capital and buyout investments. JAFCO has as its mission a commitment to new business creation that helps in jointly shaping the future. It identifies new technologies and services that are in high demand and commercializes them into new businesses with entrepreneurs with the aim of realizing a better society. JAFCO also has a clear strategy to invest in companies that they see having a positive impact on society. This approach, allows them to have in their pool businesses offering energy usage visualization systems, satellites to remove space debris, services to allow sharing of things and information, medical support utilizing AI and big data, platforms to promote communications, and games and other forms of entertainment that add spice to peopleʼs lives.

We consider this funding another step forward for us to achieve our mission – to be the Private Sector World Bank. We expect to have our Series C Financing in the next year.

Despite many hurdles ahead of us, we keep calm and carry on with our mission of making quality financial services available to everyone in the world. We wish your continuous support for us.

May 23, 2018

Taejun Shin was selected as a Young Global Leader 2018

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Taejun Shin, our CEO and Founder of Gojo, was invited to be a Young Global Leader (“YGL”) 2018. The World Economic Forum selects 100 people under the age of 40 from around the world to be YGLs, giving them the opportunity to learn and inspire each other for the next 5 years.

“One hundred of the world’s most promising artists, business leaders, public servants, technologists and social entrepreneurs have been asked to join the World Economic Forum’s community of Young Global Leaders. They are joining a community and five-year programme that will challenge them to think beyond their scope of expertise and be more impactful leaders. They were nominated because of their ground-breaking work, creative approaches to problems and ability to build bridges across cultures and between business, government and civil society. “ (from the YGL website)

For more details about YGL, please see the following link.

Gojo is determined to earn trust and reputation by consistent good work and behaviour per its Guiding Principles and believes that media exposure or membership is incidental. However, we are grateful for these opportunities and leverage them only for the benefits to our clients’ lives.

May 10, 2018

Gojo appoints new COO, Principal and Country Representative

We are pleased to announce that Gojo recently filled three important positions, that of COO, Principal and Country Representative in Myanmar.

Mr. Takefumi Uda joins Gojo as COO from late May 2018. Prior to joining Gojo, Mr.Uda was part of the senior management team and the driving force behind Sushiro, contributing to the company becoming the most successful sushi restaurant operator in Japan. During the 7 years at Sushiro, Mr. Uda was engaged in business planning, handled HR for 35,000+ employees, involved in IT and quality assurance among others. Microfinance and restaurant operation has much similarity in that the quality of front-line staff is the most important part to make the business successful.

Mr. Kuniaki Sanui joined us as Principal in April 2018. Mr. Sanui has 13 years’ experience in the finance and private equity industry, including Mizuho Bank and J-Will Partners, and 3 years at the Boston Consulting Group. His extensive experience is expected to contribute to our fundraising, investment and management support among others. Currently, he is working on fundraising activities within Japan.

Mr. Shun Ito joins Gojo as the Country Representative in Myanmar from June 2018. Mr. Ito used to be a management consultant at Roland Berger and has been determined to join us out of his passion to work for the people of Myanmar. He speaks Japanese, English and Burmese, a rare and perfect combination for a company like Gojo. He will reside in Myanmar with his family members.

Passionate and capable people are the most important competitive edge for finance business, and we are pleased to have them on board. We continue to recruit talented people to achieve our vision and mission to make the Private Sector World Bank.

Takefumi Uda | Chief Operating Officer

After graduating from Osaka University, Takefumi started his consulting career; first as a product development consultant for manufacturing companies at Information Services International-Dentsu and then as a management consultant at A. T. Kearney. After that, he joined Akindo Sushiro, a family sushi restaurant, first as a consultant and then as the Executive Officer and worked as one of the 4 management members of the company. He managed corporate planning, marketing, HR, quality assurance and IT of the company and built organizational & operational foundations to run problem-solving at all level of the company, enabling its sustainable growth. At Sushiro, Takefumi was the driving force of the company’s growth, contributing to transforming Sushiro to be the leading company in the industry. His strength is to develop business foundations and HR system for a “people business” where the quality of the front-line staff works as the competitive edge. He is a part-time lecturer at Rikkyo University Business Leadership Program.

Kuniaki Sanui | Principal

After having 13 years experience in the finance industry and 3 years at management consulting, Kuniaki joined Gojo in 2018 as a Principal mainly working for fundraising activity inside Japan. After graduating from Hitotsubashi University, he started his career at Mizuho Bank in 2003. After then he joined J-Will Partners, a leading PE fund in Japan in 2006, and worked on investment and management support activities for Japanese enterprises. In 2013 he joined the Boston Consulting Group and was involved in various management consulting projects for manufacturers, transportation companies and media corporations. Prior to Gojo, he worked at Ant Capital Partners, engaging in private equity investments. He loves fishing and spends the weekend in a house located in a coastal area nearby Kamakura.

Shun Ito | Country Representative, Myanmar

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.

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