New York

30 December 2020

Mr. Hiro Mizuno of Japan - Special Envoy on Innovative Finance and Sustainable Investments

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Hiro Mizuno of Japan as the Special Envoy on Innovative Finance and Sustainable Investments.  Mr. Mizuno is a Japanese financial executive and former Executive Management Director and CIO of the Government Pension Investment Fund of Japan.

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting societies and economies at their core.  The Special Envoy will support the Secretary-General’s advocacy and engagement in global public-private dialogue to encourage action in new and unprecedented ways to shift public and private investments toward the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.  As highlighted through the Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 Initiative (FFDI), it is vital to increase the pool of sustainable finance, with particular attention to removing bottlenecks to blended finance and other innovative financing instruments.

Mr. Hiro Mizuno has held numerous positions in finance, both in the private and public sectors.

He is a Founding Member of the Climate Finance Leadership Initiative and was also a member of Global Investors for Sustainable Development Alliance convened by the Secretary-General.  He currently serves on the Board of the Principles for Responsible Investment Association.

Mr. Mizuno has served as Adviser of the Office of the President of the University of Tokyo and Executive Fellow of Harvard Business School, Harvard University and Visiting Fellow of Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, and a member of Global leadership counsel of Oxford Said Business School, Oxford University.

He was awarded “Outstanding Individual Contribution” in Responsible Investor, Innovation & Industry Leadership 2017.

Mr. Mizuno holds a Master of Business Administration from Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University and BA of Law from Osaka City University, Japan.