We are committed to maintaining and evolving a working environment that draws out individuals' unique strengths and capabilities and inspires their creative contributions to our mission of harnessing the power of Japanese science and technology for global health R&D.

Staff Interview
Saving lives through drug development: Remaining steadfast

The GHIT Fund is a global organization that supports new drug discovery to combat infectious diseases, such as malaria, tuberculosis, and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) that threaten the health of the poorest people around the world.

Every member of the GHIT team shares the vision of saving lives by tackling diseases that the world has historically neglected -- a vision of contributing to society. They passionately take on global health challenges.

Innovation comes from diversity. It's important that each and every colleague recognizes their responsibility, embraces problem-solving, helps others, and learns from others, so that every one of us can grow as an individual and so that we also grow as an organization.

GHIT Values

“GHIT Values” articulate our team mindset and serve as a code of conduct. We established them to continuously create value through our daily actions in support of global health R&D.


Ensure quality and integrity in every interaction with our diverse stakeholders in Japan and overseas

  • Be Courageous & Honest
  • Be Open
  • Be Passionate
  • Be Responsible


Inspire, motivate, mentor, and direct our team and projects to success

  • Show Vision
  • Show Initiative
  • Show Mentorship
  • Show Perseverance


Leverage our small, highly-skilled group by consistently showing high levels of collaboration and innovation to produce superior results and create broad impac

  • Demonstrate PM Capability
  • Commit to Goals
  • Demonstrate Team Management
  • Relationship Management

Staff Story

GHIT staff members with a variety background discuss their experience in and passion for global health R&D, as well as their day-to-day work.

Mina Ohata

Investment Strategy
Planning & Management

Hironobu Itabashi

Associate Manager
Investment Strategy &
Government Relations

Isaac T. Chikwanha, MBChB, MPH

Senior Director
Investment Strategy,
Access & Delivery

*Affiliation and position are as of the time of the interview.