The Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Ayaka Matsuno

Ayaka is leading the Gender Investment and Innovation Department of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) since July 2019. She is responsible for the SPF’s Asia Women Impact Fund (AWIF), which aims to achieve favorable outcomes for women across Asia and to support women entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia by investing up to 100 million USD. Ayaka is a certified gender practitioner and has been working for promoting and protecting the rights of women, children and migrant workers at UNDP, ILO and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Prior to joining SPF, Ayaka worked for a project to support victims of human trafficking in Greater Mekong Sub-region together with the Royal Thai government and JICA as Chief Adviser based in Thailand.