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Mr. Ken Ito

Ken Ito works for AVPN as Regional Head (East Asia). He has a bachelor degree in economics and MBA in International Management from The American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) in the United States. Ken spent ten years in the private sector, with his last position at GE Capital. He subsequently joined the Institute for Strategic Leadership (ISL) to launch the Center for Social Innovation, to promote social innovation through its leadership training programs.

He has also organized the Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) in Japan award, part of the global SEOY program of Schwab Foundation in Switzerland. Ken had been a partner at Social Venture Partners Tokyo from 2005 to 2012, running its venture philanthropy fund to support and nurture local social entrepreneurs. He has been actively promoting SVP’s model in Japan and other Asian countries. He is visiting senior researcher at SFC Research Institute at Keio University since 2007. Ken teaches at Graduate School of Media and Governance as Lecturer and conduct research programs as Project Research Associate from 2010. Ken is a board member of Social Investment Partners and Executive Director of SROI Network Japan.

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