Kyoko Sakuma (Stock at Stake Senior Analyst) Sustainability Analysis & Consulting Kyoko Sakuma is Founder and Executive Director of SA&C, Sustainable Analysis & Consulting sprl. The company was set up in Brussels in September 2003 to raise inter alia awareness of inter-cultural evaluation and research validity issues among the corporate social responsibility (CSR) and Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) communities. SA&C provides organisations and companies with advice on CSR in Europe, social impact assessment services, stakeholder analysis and partnership-making services, in addition to SRI research and rating. Kyoko provides SRI advice, particularly on Japanese companies, speaks in public seminars and writes frequently in media on CSR and SRI issues. She also keeps close contact with the leading Japanese business organisations, research institutes, labour unions and non-profit organisations. Kyoko represents the Asia-Pacific marketing and communication for the Ethibel Group (www.ethibel.org), an advisory and CSR research body in Brussels, Belgium. Kyoko led between 2000 and 2003, the client development and contacts in the Asia Pacific region and also coordinated CSR research for Japanese and Asian companies at Ethibel'ss research subsidiary, Stock at Stake NV. . Kyoko also undertakes advice and research for a Japanese SRI fund run by Asahi Life Asset Management on behalf of Stock at Stake NV (400 Japanese companies). During the three years with the Ethibel Group, Kyoko spoke on SRI and cross-cultural evaluation issues in several European and Asian conferences, including the 2002 Triple Bottom Line Investing Conference, the 2002 AsriA Tokyo Conference, and at the 2003 Japan Research Institute Symposium on New Corporate Strategy in the 21st Century. Kyoko was instrumental in upgrading the company feedback and communication with Japanese companies for the Ethibel Group. Besides that, she developed a network of stakeholders such as non-profit, labour and community organisations in Japan, in order to improve the stakeholder analysis of Japanese companies. Since 2003 Kyoko serves as a board member for the Japan Social Investment Forum (Japan SIF). In this function, Kyoko aims to stimulate the debate on historical, philosophical and political elements behind SRI criteria and investments and how to make SRI as an effective tool for sustainable development in the Japanese societal context. She also acts as a senior counsellor for the Grayling Brussels's EU-Japan Advisory Bureau (EJAB) to advise Japanese companies and organisations operating in Europe on CSR issues and stakeholder communication. Professional experiences Kyoko Sakuma was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1965. She holds a Bachelor degree in International Relations and Development from Clark University, Mass., USA, a Master degree of Public Policy from Georgetown University, Washington D.C. and a MBA from Solvay Business School, Brussels, Belgium. She began her career in the European Commission as a consultant. She was involved in research work on comparative corporate finance and corporate governance at the General Directorate for Economic and Financial Affairs (former DGII) and the General Directorate- for Industry (former DGIII) of the Commission between 1990-1992. She joined the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Belgium, in late 1992 to work on a research projects called " EU-Japan Relations", for which she principally examined the determinants of industrial and economic competitiveness. In 1994 she served as a short-term consultant to the OECD for the launch of a project entitled " the framework conditions for industry and corporate governance". The project dealt with methodological issues in measuring the G5 countries's corporate governance structure, which provided the ground-work for today'ss OECD Corporate Governance Principles. She moved on to the Institute of Advanced Studies/United Nations University, Tokyo in 1996. As Research Associate, she coordinated a multilateral governance project and was also responsible for coordinating seminars on the subject of sustainable development for the Institute'ss Ph.D. fellows and the associate professors. Between 1996 and 1998 she served as Special Assistant to the Japanese Embassy in Vienna, where she conducted research on industrial and public policy and bilateral economic relations with Austria and Slovenia. After graduating from Solvay Business School, in 1999 she joined Hill and Knowlton International, where she helped to launch of the EU-Japan Business Practice Group. Kyoko advised many Japanese companies and others in the area of EU financial services and company laws and developed new businesses tailored to Japanese organisations operating in Europe. Educational background Kyoko has obtained a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations/International Development from Clark University, Mass. USA in 1987, and a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown Public Policy Institute, Washington D.C, USA in December 1990. She also obtained a Master of Business Administration from Solvay Business School, Brussels, Belgium in 1999. Other training ? ISO9000:2000 Foundation Course and ISO9001:2000 QMS Internal Auditor course completed and passed by IRCA in September 2003. ? SA8000 Auditor Course completed and passed by SAI in November 2003. ? ISEA-approved Social and Ethical Accounting, Auditing and Reporting Course, "Social account building session" completed, by NCBC, in November 2003.