Emiko Higashi started her career as a consultant at McKinsey & Co. in Tokyo. She spent 15 years in investment banking, finishing as a managing director in charge of the global technology Merger and Acquisitions (M&A) practice at Merrill Lynch & Co. She co-founded Gilo Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley and Israel, in 2000 and founded Tomon Partners, a strategy and M&A consulting firm, in 2003. During her investment banking career, she has worked on numerous high-tech M&A transactions for clients such as Cisco, DSP Communications, Hyundai Electronics (Hynix), IBM, KLA-Tencor and Xerox. She was one of three women among 300 managing directors at Merrill Lynch.
Emiko grew up in Japan and received a B.A. from International Christian University in Tokyo and an MBA from Harvard University. She has served on the boards of Stentor Inc., Zen Research and BUILD, a nonprofit serving at-risk high school students. She currently serves on the board of KLA (NASDAQ), Rambus (NYSE), Takeda Pharmaceutical (TSE & NYSE), and Sanken Electric (TSE.)