Portfolio & Partnership Manager



Ayako works on investor relations and fundraising at Genesia Ventures.
Prior to joining Genesia Ventures, Ayako developed her career as a financial officer at the Japan’s policy based financial institution - Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) in charge of corporate finance and equity finance deals for 8 years. She also has a field experience as a JBIC’s representative in Manila to facilitate strategic partnership with multilateral stakeholders such as Asian Development Bank (ADB). She also worked at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna to develop baseline scenarios through the potential climate finance options in developping fields.
Having a Bachelor degree in International Relations and Development studies and a Master degree in Energy Policy from the University of Sussex in the UK, Ayako developing the analytical and practical skills to address some of today’s most pressing global energy challenges including inequality, sustainability and climate changes.


Place of birth/residence

Born in Fukuoka, living in Tokyo

Hobbies, Favorite Things, Holidays

Onsen, travelling and visiting historical places

Episodes from your school days (club activities, majors, etc.)

Majored International Relations and Development studies in the UK, participated a Disaster Risk Reduction project in Bangladesh

Favorite country/episode

Bhutan, Slovenia, Bolivia and more… which has unique history, culture with abundant nature

Favorite Company/Vision/Value

Gojo & Company, Inc./Everyone deserves to determine their own future

Why did you choose to work at a VC?

I joined Genesia Ventures to support entrepreneurs and investors who are passionately working to create a better society in Japan, Southeast Asia, and around the world. I am looking forward to working with you to create more depth in the cycle of innovation and capital.

Favorite motto

Human development, as an approach, is concerned with what I take to be the basic development idea: namely, advancing the richness of human life, rather than the richness of the economy in which human beings live, which is only a part of it. - Amartya Sen