Koichi Kawase

Koichi Kawase

Koichi has spent close to 30 years in Sumitomo Corporation taking on increasingly larger and varied management roles in the telecom companies in the emerging markets invested by Sumitomo Corporation.

He was appointed as Director of the Project Management Office of Safaricom Ethiopia in July 2021 and has been working together with other leadership toward the first critical milestone of the service launch, by supporting and monitoring the critical programs and projects across all the functions.

His experience in the emerging markets is represented by Chief Strategy Officer to Acting Chief Executive Officer in the largest telecommunication operator in Mongolia, called MobiCom Corporation, and Chief Commercial Officer in the largest telecommunication operator in Myanmar, called Myanmar Posts & Telecommunications, both affiliated companies of Sumitomo Corporation.

He has also led Digital and Fintech investment projects in Malaysia and Myanmar, and in his most recent assignment, was a Board member of the largest mobile distributor in Japan, and Executive Vice President and Board member of a device lifecycle management start-up company.

Koichi holds a bachelor’s degree in economy from Aoyama Gakuin University in Japan.