In addition to this role, Ken is Chief Executive Officer of Shibusawa and Company, Inc., a strategic advisory firm for alternative investments, ESG/SDGs alignment and human resource development, which he founded in 2001. He founded Commons Asset Management, a mutual fund dedicated to delivering long-term investment opportunities to the Japanese household, in 2008 and serves as Chairman. In 2023, Ken also founded &Capital, an impact fund for Africa with Japan.
Ken is recognized as Japan’s leading voice on stakeholder capitalism, in part due to his work in expressing the management philosophy of his ancestor Eiichi Shibusawa, the industrialist known as “the father of Japanese capitalism,” for the modern era.
Ken currently serves as an Advisor to the Office of the President at The University of Tokyo, as a Steering Committee Member of UNDP SDG Impact Steering Group, as a Vice-Chairman of the Africa Project Team & Director of Keizai Doyukai (the Japan Association of Corporate Executives). Ken is also a council member of Prime Minister Kishida’s policy initiative, the “New Form of Capitalism.” He was previously the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Japan Center for International Exchange. Earlier in his career, Ken spent five years at Moore Capital Management, a global macro hedge fund, where he founded and managed the Tokyo office. He has also held roles at J.P. Morgan and Goldman Sachs.
Ken holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas and an MBA in Finance from the University of California, Los Angeles.
The Future Design Initiative by Science and Finance (FDSF) Global Conference 2023, hosted by Brunswick Japan, FDSF and Archetype Ventures this month, convened a diverse group of stakeholders to discuss the intersection of sustainability, finance and science.
By Ken Shibusawa
31 July 2023