Social Innovation Japan Vol. 2


Meet some of Japan's leading Social Innovators on 19th January 2018

In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of individuals, organisations and companies tackling social and environmental issues in Japan.

Entrepreneurs, nonprofit organisations, and big businesses continue to push boundaries and find innovative ways to address the defining issues of our time, from climate change to the refugee crisis and beyond.

At Social Innovation Japan's event on 19th January, 3 leading figures in this movement will share their stories, the lessons they learnt along the way, and their visions for the future.

Why Attend?

  • Discover how social entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and startups in Japan are pioneering the transition towards a more sustainable, responsible, and prosperous future.
  • Learn from leading innovators who are addressing important issues facing Japan and the wider world.
  • Connect with like-minded people from all over the world, from different professional, personal, and educational backgrounds.



Allison Baum (Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Fresco Capital)

Allison Baum is a Co-founder and Managing Partner of Fresco Capital, an early stage venture fund focusing on technology-enabled solutions to global problems in the future of work, education, and healthcare. Prior to Fresco, Allison was an early member of the team at General Assembly, a global network for education and career transformation specialising in today’s most in-demand skills, where she developed and launched the company’s first part-time and full-time programs for technology, business, and design in New York. In 2012, she relocated to Hong Kong to launch their first business in Asia. Previously, she was a member of the Equity Derivatives team and Cross Asset Sales teams at Goldman Sachs in New York City. Allison graduated cum laude from Harvard College with a BA in Economics and a Minor in Film Studies. She is also a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers community, a mentor for emerging women entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia at Wedu Global, a mentor for global social impact entrepreneurs at Endeavour Capital, and was named by Forbes as one of the 30 Top Emerging VC Managers in Asia.

Mio Yamamoto (Managing Director and Co-Founder, World In Tohoku)

Mio has more than ten years of experience providing high-impact social entrepreneurs with capacity building and funding support. Mio co-founded WIT in the wake of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake in 2011 to scale and sustain the impact of promising social entrepreneurs in the disaster-hit area. Prior to starting WIT, Mio was a Partner of Social Venture Partners, a venture philanthropy organization, and also worked for McKinsey & Co. as Summer Associate and Sumitomo Chemical. Mio completed ORSC® (Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching) courses. Mio received an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, and BA with a major in International Relations from the University of Tokyo.

Taj Campbell (Co-Founder, Continuum)

Taj is co-founder of Continuum. He worked at Google from 2007 to 2015, where as a Product Manager for Google Maps he led the design and development of key features in mobile, assistive local search, and personalization. This work granted him numerous software and design patents, as well as the 2013 Good Design Global Award. In 2016, Taj co-founded Straylight, a Tokyo-based collective of creatives and engineers pushing the boundaries of technology, art, and design.


ts (including light refreshments)

- General Admission: 2,500 JPY
- Student: 1,500 JPY

* Pre-purchase required, tickets will not be sold on the door.
** Spaces are limited, so purchase tickets early to avoid disappointment!

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*The event will be held in English only.


19:45: Doors Open
20:00: Event Starts
20:00 ~ 21:30: Presentations by Social Innovators, Q&A / Panel Session
21:30 ~ 22:30: Relax & mingle, with light refreshments
22:30: Finish


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Sumitomo Fudosan Roppongi Grand Tower 24th Floor
3-2-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku,
Tokyo, Japan 106-6224


About Social Innovation Japan

Social Innovation Japan is a community of problem-solvers, thinkers, and doers. We provide a space for enrichment through the exchange of ideas, by organising events where guest speakers talk about their high-impact work in a variety of fields. Presentations are fun, casual, and to-the-point, and are designed to engage audiences in contemporary issues in Japan and the world. Talks are always followed by Q&A / panel sessions, so that all participants have a chance to speak their mind and ask questions. There is free time at the end of each event for participants to mingle, discuss ideas, or just relax in the company of good people.

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