DR. SACHIKO KUNO
FOUNDER & CHAIR, HALCYON

Dr. Sachiko Kuno is the co-founder and visionary creative behind Halcyon and its mission to catalyze and nurture emerging creatives striving for a better world. Driven by Kuno’s vision, Halcyon’s family of innovative programs, including the acclaimed Halcyon Incubator, is growing rapidly to include By the People, a pioneering creatives festival of performances and conversations, Halcyon Arts Lab, a residency based studio arts program, and Halcyon Dialogue, a series of high-level discussions among global experts focusing on major topics including implications of robots for global society and social impact-based sciences.

Kuno also serves as President and CEO of S&R Foundation, an organization she co-founded in 2000 to support talented individuals with great potential and high aspirations in the arts, sciences, and social entrepreneurship, especially those who are furthering international cultural collaboration.

In 2016, Kuno co-founded WE Capital, a female-led investment fund in Washington, D.C. An impact investment group, WE Capital invests in female leadership while promoting social impact and financial returns. She is also a founding member of the Greater Washington Partnership, a group of civic-minded business leaders committed to improving the greater Washington region.

Kuno was co-founder and the founding CEO of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (which was acquired by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals in February 2018) until she stepped down in 2012. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for numerous organizations including Johns Hopkins Medicine, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, and on the Advisory Board of THIS for Diplomats at Meridian International Center. 

Kuno has received numerous awards over the years, to include the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Greater Washington Area in the Life Sciences Category (2007). She has been recognized as one of the 25 “Women Who Mean Business” by The Washington Business Journal (2009), named one of Forbes Magazine’s Top 50 America’s Richest Self Made Women (2015) and the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women by Forbes Japan (2015). Kuno has more recently been awarded Stateswoman of the Year 2016 by the Harvard Business School of Japan, received the AVON Awards to Women 2016, and was listed as one of Washingtonian’s 2017 Tech Titans. In 2017 Kuno was recognized as one of ‘The Most Powerful Women in Washington’ by Washingtonian Magazine.

Kuno is a graduate of Kyoto University and received her PhD in bioengineering chemistry from Kyoto University. In 2017, she became an adjunct professor in Kyoto University’s Graduate School of Management.