Eriko is the Global Program Manager and a founding member of the Inclusive Business Models Group. For the past few years, Eriko has worked on a corporate-wide strategy to better integrate IFC’s advisory and investment functions to help private sector companies reach populations at the Base of the Pyramid (BOP).
Eriko has led teams to provide technical assistance and advisory services to IFC corporate clients to strengthen their local supply chain and provide access to finance in emerging markets (Peru, Brazil, India, Mozambique). She has also worked with companies in emerging markets to capture their operational impact on the BOP and has co-authored several publications on this topic. She has been the project manager for a series of private sector BOP roundtables organized by IFC and the Harvard Kennedy School – the Rio Roundtable (2008) and the Jaipur Roundtable in (2009) – and the multi-stakeholder event on Inclusive Business Solutions in DC (2010).
Eriko has also worked for the Southern Europe Central Asia region, at IFC on real sector as well as financial sector projects: agribusiness, global manufacturing, SME credit lines and microfinance investments in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and the Kyrgyz Republic).
Prior to joining IFC, she was a Vice President for international corporate finance at Citibank in New York, covering Latin American and Japanese clients. She was born in Japan, grew up in Brazil, and has been educated in the US. She holds an M.B.A. degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and an A.B. and M. Ed. degrees from Harvard University. When she is not trekking through the rainforest in Brazil, the tribal communities in India, or Mozambican back roads for work, her main hobby is scuba diving – the Red Sea, Micronesia, South Pacific, Okinawa and the Caribbean are her favorite spots so far.