Our Team.

We have a global team with offices in Tokyo and London. Our team have extensive experience in the energy and climate tech fields to help our co-investors better understand new business opportunities as well as provide startups with their Japan entry strategy.

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Yohei

Kiguchi

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Managing Partner
London 


Yohei graduated from the University of Tokyo and received his PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge. The Fukushima nuclear power plant accident in 2011 made him aware of the state of the energy industry in Japan, and he decided to pursue a doctoral degree in engineering.

 

Based on his research in energy data analytics with machine learning techniques, he started ENECHANGE in 2015, which became the first energy tech company to be listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers in 2020. He participates in the Japan Association of Corporate Executives and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in various committees, and lives in London.

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Tomohito

Shibata

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Partner
Tokyo 

Tomohito joined JEF from Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm. He specialized in corporate strategy, full potential transformations and Private Equity/ M&A where he covered a wide range of industries, particularly industrial goods.


In March 2022, he joined ENECHANGE's leadership team as an executive officer and is responsible for the decarbonized tech fund division, specialized in overseas energy venture companies. 
He earned his degrees from the University of Cambridge and University College London.

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Paul

Monroe

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Partner
London 


After graduating from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Cambridge, Paul became an engineer at NASA. He is one of the founding members of Cambridge Energy Data Lab Company, the forerunner of SMAP Energy. In February 2016, he co-founded SMAP Energy. He is an expert on European energy ventures.

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Kenichi

Fujita

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External advisor
Tokyo

After being in charge of overseas marketing of car electronics at a Japanese electronics manufacturer, Kenichi became a director of a local subsidiary and head of marketing in Europe. Upon his return to Japan, he worked for UFJ Research Institute (now Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting), where he was in charge of global strategy as Head of the International Consulting Division. He was also President and CEO of Siemens VDO, a Siemens subsidiary, since 2007. He retired in December 2020.

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Satoshi

Kanai

External advisor
Tokyo


Satoshi joined Nihon Unisys in 1992. He was in charge of the public utility business department of electric power companies for many years, and worked on DX promotion in the energy field, such as deregulation of electric power. Recently, he has been overseeing the creation of services to achieve net zero. He aims to solve social issues related to the environment and people's lives.

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Jack

Pearson

Investment analyst
London 

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Michael

McDonnell

Business analyst
London 

 

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Kirsty

Bouwers

Communications officer
London