Social Innovation Japan


Meet some of Japan's leading Social Innovators on 19th May at Impact HUB Tokyo!

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 May, 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 corporations 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.



Angela Ortiz (CSR Manager, H&M Japan)

Angela is an American-Colombian, long term resident of Japan. She has lived over 10 years in Tokyo as an Educator, Humanitarian Aid Coordinator and as a CSR professional. She co-founded the non-profit Place To Grow (OGA for Aid) in 2011 following the Great East Japan Earthquake, and was named “Recovery Support Ambassador” to the town of Minamisanriku-cho in 2014. In 2016, she joined the multinational retail fashion company H&M as the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Manager for their Japan market. She works in customer and staff engagement in sustainability and developing local actions towards the company’s vision of 100% circular and renewable.

Steve Sakanashi (Founder & Director, Sekai Creator)

Steve is the founder of Sekai Creator, an entrepreneurship program that trains Japanese university students to become global and entrepreneurial leaders. He is a TEDx speaker and is co-founder of Zubits Japan, the Japanese expansion of a Kickstarter product that eliminates the need to tie shoe laces. As a Japanese American, Steve is passionate about being a bridge for Japan and serves as a Regional Mentor to alumni of the TOMODACHI Initiative. Originally from Los Angeles and Seattle, Steve currently lives in Tokyo with his wife, Joy, and their two young sons, Isamu and Shotaro.

Sayaka Watanabe (Co-Founder, WELgee)

Sayaka Watanabe is the co-founder of WELgee. WELgee - a combination of “Welcome" and "refugee” - aims to support refugees and asylum seekers who came to Japan by connecting them with high-impact opportunities. WELgee opens the door to Japanese society through homestay programs for refugees. Sayaka is a Master’s Degree student of the University of Tokyo in Human Security studies. During her time at university, she spent time in Bangladesh, where she established her own NGO and worked with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). She is also a graduate of “Makers University”, an incubation program for people with world-changing ideas, and is also a contributor to the Huffington Post.


ts (including light refreshments)

- General Admission: 2,000 JPY
- Student: 1,000 JPY

* Pre-purchase required, tickets will not be sold on the door.
** Spaces are limited, so purchase tickets early to avoid disappointment!
*** Social Innovation Japan is run on a not-for-profit basis. Ticket revenue is used to cover venue fee, and other event costs.

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*The event will be held in English only.


19:15: Doors Open
19:30: Event Start
19:30 ~ 20:45: Presentations by 3 Social Innovators, Q&A / Panel Session
20:45 ~ 21:30: Relax & mingle time, with light refreshments
21:30: Finish


Impact HUB Tokyo

1st Floor, Insatsu Kojo, 2-11-3, Meguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
(8 minutes walk from Meguro station)
Tel: 03-5761-6775

Impact HUB Tokyo is the community under the common value shared amongst its members: "Questioning + Action = Impact". We strongly believe that each individual can create the big movement which shift the society towards next generation by questioning the status quo, and taking action towards it.


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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