Ai joined JIN in 2016 and leads its new “SDGs Holistic Innovation Platform (SHIP)”, managed jointly with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The platform aims at accelerating Japan’s private sector’s engagement towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which were adopted at the UN General Assembly in September 2015.
Prior to joining JIN, Ai was the UNDP Tokyo’s Private Sector Partnership Consultant for 4.5 years where she led its outreach to Japanese companies with innovative inclusive business models and provided consultations to initiate inclusive business, as well as advocated the Business Call to Action (BCtA)
, a UNDP-led initiative. Before her career at UNDP, Ai had nearly 20 years of experience as researcher for Japan’s leading consulting firm, Nomura Research Institute, providing research and consulting services to Japanese central and regional governments in urban and regional planning, as well as serving as Manager of Corporate Communications and the General Manager of CSR.
Ai holds a Master of Development Administration from Western Michigan University in the U.S.