Benjamin founded Elion House in 2008 (the first cleantech incubator in Asia) and has over 13 years experience across multiple clean technology sectors including clean energy, and he has conceived of innovations based on his beliefs of creating new concepts and ideas that will benefit humanity, the natural world, and the global economy. Cleantech first piqued his interest whilst in Tokyo working as financial engineer structuring complex derivatives he noticed a commonality in the wave nature of probability distributions and quantum physics.
Having lived through the devastation of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, he is committed to accelerating the uptake of new clean technologies and rethinking concepts of business and finance to address disruptions to the global ecological system – biodiversity loss and food-water-natural resource shortages – and to transform the global energy architecture and has personally invested to this cause.
This work has led to recognition in the sustainability, ethical and impact investing space where he speaks on emerging trends in cleantech infrastructure and ESG-compliant investments at consultations around the world attended by policy-makers and conglomerates, including at: RiskMinds 2018, All-Energy Australia 2017, the Windsor Energy Group , Deutsche Bank Alternatives Day, The Borrowers and Investors Forum (AsianInvestor) and the Low Carbon Earth Summit in China.
Previously, Benjamin has over 20 years in portfolio management and international finance and has built teams managing multi-billion dollar complex derivatives portfolios at global banks including JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, HSBC and Nomura; being on the principal team for proprietary trading, structuring and providing market risk and balance sheet management solutions for institutional investors. He started his career in Japan working under scholarship for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Gaimusho) and later at Mitsui & Co. in IT and risk-management systems and technologies.
He has a diverse background and is proficient in Japanese and has an innate understanding of Asian markets. He is a member of the Japanese Securities Dealer’s Association, the Singapore Business Federation, and has pledged to the Taskforce on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures, Global Compact Network Singapore which is championing sustainability among the business community and is a part of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). Singapore has designated 2018 as the Year of Climate Action.