Chika brings over 12 years of deep and diverse experiences from the energy development
sector. Before joining Arc, Chika was a Business Development Fellow in Afghanistan for d.light design, a U.S. based social enterprise providing affordable solar lighting solutions.
Prior to this, Chika was an Acumen Fund Global Fellow Class of 2011. During her fellowship, she supported Ziqitza Health Care, an Acumen Fund investee based in Mumbai, India. She contributed to Ziqitza’s operation expansion, providing project management, process design and training, and the introduction of a new technology platform. From 2007 to 2010, Chika served as Executive Director at an environmental NGO, Gaia Initiative, in Tokyo, Japan, where she advocated and fund-raised for the promotion of renewable energy for the world’s poor, especially for solar lanterns.
Chika started her career as a management consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Tokyo, working on supply chain management, business process design, and IT solutions. She also worked with Sanyo Electric, where she was responsible for the strategic communication of corporate vision and clean/green tech products.
Chika holds a BA in International Studies from International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan, and a Master of Environmental Management from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. A native of Japan, she is fluent in English and Japanese.