Makiko AKABANE is the Director of CSR Asia Japan office. She has over ten years’ in corporate social responsibility in multi-sector and multi-national companies. Specializing in the areas of environmental responsibilities and corporate philanthropy, she has started up CSR sections of four multi-national companies included Starbucks Coffee Japan, salesforce.com foundation, Nikko Asset Management, and LUSH Japan. She has received the President Award from Starbuck Coffee Japan in 2002 and the Award for Excellence in Corporate Volunteering Initiatives from the Sawayaka Welfare Foundation in 2006. Her award winning CSR strategy is featured as successfully integrating CSR into business. She also has experience to launch the CSR sections in Singapore and CSR projects in Thailand, South Korea, and China.
Makiko has a BA in Political Science and a BS in Biology from Waseda University (Japan) and studied in Graduate Schools in the University of California Riverside, Tufts University (US) and Keio University (Japan).