Patricia Bader-Johnston

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Patricia Bader-Johnston
Sustainability Expert

Since meeting Jonathan Trent in Tokyo a few years ago when he spoke for a Sustainability professionals group I run, I have watched the development of the OMEGA Project with huge interest. I was so impressed that I nominated Jonathan for a TED Prize and was thrilled when it was shortlisted two years ago. This is hugely important work and deserves significant support and attention.

Patricia Bader-Johnston is the Representative Director of the clean tech game-changer eSurface Technologies KK in Japan and an active global social entrepreneur.

She founded Silverbirch Associates KK (a business consulting firm) in 2008.

She also founded (not-for-profit) 5ive-Planets ISH, a social enterprise supporting innovation, technology and entrepreneurship which hosts the Creative Business Cup Japan among other projects.

She serves on the Boards of Alliances for Discovery, Health Bridge Inc., 5ive-Planets, and Runway for Hope.

Prior to founding her own companies, she held a number of senior corporate roles over 25 years in Japan, including:

→Member of the Board and Directors of Communications for IBM Japan,
→Vice President Operations Finance and Resources for Goldman Sachs Japan,
→GM of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs at British American Tobacco Japan,
→GM of Corporate Affairs for Standard Chartered Bank (Japan, Australia, Taiwan).

Prior to entering the private sector she served as a Senior Officer in Public Affairs for the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo and worked for three years in Yokohama City government in International Relations.

Patricia has been a retained advisor to many organizations including: Tokyo Business Development Center and EGG Japan, Asia Development Bank, and Impact International (UK)’s Flourish Initiative.

She is a Faculty Advisor to the London Business School, Professor of Globalization and Business Studies (MBA) at the Kenichi Ohmae Graduate School, Professor of Tohoku University (MBA program), Associate Professor at Rikkyo University, and the Founding Chair of the Entrepreneur Mentoring Initiative and The Entrepreneur Awards Japan.

She is a past President of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan, twice Leader of the Year for the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, an active TED Associate, a TEDx organizer and speaker, and a global Ambassador for United Succes.

She holds an MBA in International Business from McGill University Canada, and has raised four children in Japan with her husband Brad.

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