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.
Ken joined government committee on social impact measurement which is organized by Cabinet Office as chairperson. He has been leading Japanese government committee under METI to promote SIB as a chairperson. He has been involved in the design of three SIB pilot programs in Japan in 2015.
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 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 Assistant Professor from April 2016.