As Senior Manager, Financial Innovation, Takehiko (Take) engages standards users and financial industry players to research the potential for and develop new traditional finance standards for products and services related to fixed income, insurance, derivatives, investment funds and portfolios, and financial performance standards. He also works with market players to address carbon project development, transaction, and funding barriers and unlock major new investments in greenhouse gas mitigation.

Take is a global investment professional with over 20 years of experience as a fund manager, analyst, and fund developer across an eclectic mix of traditional, hedge fund, sustainable, and impact investment strategies. On the traditional and hedge fund investment side, he has worked for several top-performing financial institutions, including Gabelli Asset Management and DSM Capital, as a fund/hedge fund manager and research analyst. On the sustainable and impact investment side, Take has designed blended finance investment strategies for several institutions including FAO and the World Bank. Most recently, he led the Mission Net Zero program at International Institute of Rural Reconstruction and designed syntropic agroforestry projects in East Africa and mangrove reforestation projects in Southeast Asia.

Take holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilkes University, a Master of Public and International Affairs (Economic and Social Development) from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Public Health degree (Global Health) from Yale University, and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He is a native of Japan and, appropriately, an instructor of Aikido and Kyokushin Karate. Take lives in Cross River, New York, with his wife and two daughters.