Shuichi Ohno is the President of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, one of the largest philanthropic organizations in Asia with assets of over a US $ 1 billion. The foundation works on a diverse range of issues including international cooperation, ocean governance, and women’s empowerment. He led the formation of Asia Women Impact Fund, a US $ 100 million commitment from the Foundation to pursue social impact investments that achieve favorable outcomes for women in the region.
Prior to joining the Sasakawa Peace Foundation in January 2017, Mr. Ohno was an Executive Director at the Nippon Foundation, leading the international cooperation projects. In his 16-year stint at the Nippon Foundation, Mr. Ohno has taken initiative in supporting grant recipients to pursue sustainable business practices for increasing their scale and reach. Towards the end of his tenure at the Nippon Foundation, Mr. Ohno was also involved in the social innovation and social impact investment initiatives.
Mr. Ohno was Japan's Private Sector Representative at the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce (currently the Global Steering Group for Impact Investing), and was a founding member of the National Advisory Board for Japan Impact Investment Taskforce. He serves on the board of Japan Social Impact Investment Foundation – an organization created in 2017 with the mission to promote social impact investments and unlock private capital for impact in Japan.
Mr. Ohno is a strong proponent of social enterprises with sustainable business models that are not overly dependent on grants, and advocates that foundations should leverage the full spectrum of financial assets they manage towards impact. He speaks regularly about these issues at various global forums.