Satoko Kono

Mentored by: Lisa Carnoy

United States of America
"I have been struggling and questioning my ability to move forward. But I discussed this issue with my mentor and mentees and somehow started to believe in myself."

Satoko Kono currently serves as the president of ARUN, LLC. ARUN is Japan’s first social investment platform for empowering people in developing countries and in Japan through social investment, business matching, knowledge and experience sharing, enabling motivated investors and entrepreneurs to connect and support each other.

Since its founding, ARUN has achieved a high level of success and recognition, including The Nikkei Social Initiative Award (2015), Eco Japan Cup: Environmental Business Women Award (2010), and the Award for Excellence in the SBI Business Plan Contest (2009). 

Satoko previously worked in Cambodia with NGOs and international aid agencies, including the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the World Bank.