Hiromichi Mizuno

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Hiro Mizuno
水野 弘道
EducationOsaka City University (BA)
Northwestern University (MBA)
OccupationFinancial executive

Hiromichi Mizuno (水野 弘道) is a financial executive who served as Chief Investment Officer of the Japan Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), the largest asset owner in the world, from January 2015 until March 2020.[1] He is currently United Nations Special Envoy on Innovative Finance and Sustainable Investments.

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Mizuno was born in Tajimi in Gifu Prefecture, Japan.[2] He received his BA of Law at the Osaka City University, before gaining an Master of Business Administration at the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University.[3]


Earlier in his career, Mizuno worked for Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings from 1988 to 2003. Prior to joining GPIF, he was a partner of Coller Capital from 2003 to 2005.[4]

Mizuno is currently a Director of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment Association.[5] On 30 December 2020, he was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres as United Nations Special Envoy on Innovative Finance and Sustainable Investments.[5][3][6]

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In September 2020, the Financial Times reported that Mizuno had intervened personally to influence the Harvard University endowment fund – one of Toshiba's largest investors – in what it described as "campaign" to ensure the reappointment of Nobuaki Kurumatani as Toshiba chief executive against the opposition of activist shareholders.[14]


  1. ^ Nauman, Billy; Lewis, Leo (12 December 2019). "Moral Money Special Edition: Hiro Mizuno, Japan's $1.6tn man". Financial Times. Moral Money. Retrieved 24 April 2020. On December 3 [2019] the GPIF announced it would stop lending its global equity stocks to short sellers … Mizuno insists this move is needed to build a healthier investment climate … "… inconsistent with supporting short selling. I never met a short seller who has a long-term perspective. …"
  2. ^ "水野 弘道 (みずの ひろみち)" [Hiromichi Mizuno]. Biography. Nikkei Asian Review (in Japanese). Retrieved 20 April 2020. 前職は住友信託銀行で金沢支店勤務などを経てMBA留学、その後シリコンバレー、ニューヨーク支店勤務。… 大阪大学医学系大学院招聘准教授。ひろしまイノベーション機構顧問。… チャリティープラットフォームの(財)ジャストギビングジャパン顧問。岐阜県多治見市生まれ。ロンドン在住。
  3. ^ a b "Mr. Hiro Mizuno of Japan - Special Envoy on Innovative Finance and Sustainable Investments". United Nations Secretary-General. 30 December 2020. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  4. ^ Hiro Mizuno Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.
  5. ^ a b Yoshida, Kaori (31 December 2020). "Tesla director Hiro Mizuno picked as UN sustainable investment envoy". Nikkei Asia. Retrieved 31 December 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ Secretary-General Appoints Hiro Mizuno of Japan Special Envoy on Innovative Finance and Sustainable Investments United Nations, press release of 30 December 2020.
  7. ^ Kirkhorn, Zachary J. Current Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Report). Form 8-K. Tesla, Inc. On and effective as of April 23, 2020, the authorized number of directors … was increased from nine to ten, and Hiromichi Mizuno was appointed to serve as a member of the Board as well as a member of the Audit Committee of the Board. … Mizuno … standard outside director compensation … initial award of an option to purchase 2,778 shares of Tesla's common stock, vesting and exercisable on June 18, 2020
  8. ^ Yu, Yifan; Fang, Alex (24 April 2020). "Tesla recruits Hiro Mizuno, ex-manager of Japan's $1.5tn pension fund". Nikkei Asian Review. Retrieved 24 April 2020. Elon Musk praised former CIO for opposing short-selling … term at the GPIF ended in March [2020]. … interview with the Financial Times, Mizuno said the practice of short-selling is not consistent with its socially responsible investment philosophy, … supporting companies for the long term.
  9. ^ Abboud, Leila (26 June 2020). "Danone adopts new legal status to reflect social mission". Financial Times.
  10. ^ Danone becomes an "Entreprise à Mission" Danone, press release of 24 June 2020.
  11. ^ Leaders The B Team.
  12. ^ Future of Finance Advisory Council CFA Institute.
  13. ^ Advisory Board Global Business Coalition for Education.
  14. ^ Leo Lewis and Billy Nauman (15 September 2020), Harvard pressured to support Toshiba chief in ‘dark arts’ campaign Financial Times.

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