Sumiko Ito (伊藤澄子)

Sumiko is President of Arcadia Capital, Inc., a strategic consulting firm, which she founded in 1991. Arcadia focuses on providing advice to Japanese and US companies looking to expand cross-border business opportunities. Clients include both major multinational companies, as well as smaller technology-oriented firms. Before founding Arcadia, Sumiko worked as Principal and Head of Japanese Business Development for Alex Brown & Sons in Baltimore, Maryland. Sumiko began her career as an official for the Ministry of Health and Welfare in Japan. She subsequently moved to Strategic Planning Associates in Washington, D.C. and then to Nomura Securities International, Inc. in New York. Her life and career as the first Japanese female investment banker was made into a case study entitled as “ Sumiko Ito” by Prof. David Thomas, which was published by Harvard Business School.

Sumiko is active with contemporary arts and is a former Board Member of the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Japan and presently Hara Museum Fund in New York. She is also active in helping people in area affected by the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake in March 2011 and following nuclear power plant disaster. She is a member of the Board of WIT(World In Tohoku), a Japanese non-profit general association, which invests in social entrepreneurs in the area. She is also a member of the Board of the Kronos Quartet/Kronos Performing Arts Association in San Francisco. She is a Japanese tea master and serves as the New York representative of the Enshu Tea School.

Sumiko received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Tokyo and an M. Phil in Economics from the University of Oxford, where she received a Swire Centennial Scholarship.

Sumiko lives in New York City, with her husband Donald Allison. She also maintains a house in Karuizawa, Japan, where she resides during the summer months.

(Read this bio in Japanese)