Trustee for Women for Women International - UK and member of the Fundraising and Marketing Committee
Hikari was born in Tokyo and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. She studied at Columbia University, and went on to work for art collector Jeffrey Deitch. Hikari became immersed in the art world, doing art advisory, various curatorial projects, and commissioning multi-channel video art pieces. She started an aggregated art blog called ArtObserved, and then joined Alexander Gilkes and Aditya Julka as the third partner in a plan to revolutionse the art world through the internet. Together, they launched a business from scratch called Paddle8.
Hikari moved to London with her partner Jay Jopling, and began to consult for brands such as Audi, Prada, Miu Miu, Bombay Sapphire, Gucci, AB Properties and others. She uses her background in art and the digital sphere to create audiences through cultural experiences, and is fervently passionate about social entrepreneurship, particularly as it relates to empowering women.