Mari undertakes the position of Assistant Vice President, Planning Department for the Sydney Branch of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC). Her role covers a wide range of Branch related matters, which include the development of the bank’s Country Strategy in Australia, the MoU with the NSW government on the Western Sydney Project, and promoting the AUD Asset Assignment Program to other Japanese banks.
Prior to her current role, Mari was based in London working for SMBC Europe Limited as an Officer in the Legal and Compliance Department. She was mainly responsible for developing and implementing the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Program of the region.
Being an expat working in Australia, Mari holds strong interest in understanding how a Japanese commercial bank plays a part in supporting business collaborations between Australia and Japan as well as the impact of such influence extending to the Asia Pacific region. She is also an active member of the Future Leaders Program organised by AJBCC/JABCC.
Mari holds a Bachelor Degree from Tokyo University in Foreign Studies (Spanish Studies) and studied at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as a Hachiro Koyama Memorial Scholarship Student.
Outside work, Mari enjoys traveling around Australia and practicing yoga.