Toshi co-founded Kopernik in 2010 with a vision to make international development more effective. Kopernik acts as R&D lab for poverty reduction - by conducting lean experimentation of potential solutions to pressing needs in the developing world and find what works.
Before starting Kopernik, Toshi dealt with governance reform, peace building processes, monitoring and evaluation, and post-disaster reconstruction at the United Nations (UN) in Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Sierra Leone, the United States and Switzerland. Prior to joining the UN, Toshi was a management consultant for McKinsey and Company in Tokyo. He holds an LLB from Kyoto University and MSc Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and is a Guest Professor at Osaka University. Toshi was selected as a World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader in 2012.