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“I will dedicate my career to uniting the world to sustainable transitions while eliminating disparities.”

An internship in Kenya opened Masumi’s eyes to the dramatic gap between the wealthy and children who grew up in slums and seemingly had low aspirations. Back in Japan, she realized the impact one company can make is limited and sought a life in public service to achieve her mission of correcting disparities on a broader scale. In that work, Masumi focused on solving climate and energy, trade, education and health issues. She is particularly interested in how we could unite the world to achieve energy transitions and drive down emissions and how we could facilitate technological innovation which enables it in a way that eliminates disparities. MITidm has taught Masumi new strategies to approach real-world issues and identify solutions. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from the University of Tokyo.​