Sakiko Yamada

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Alma materUniversity of the Sacred Heart
OccupationPresident and CEO at FOOD LOSS BANK

Sakiko Yamada (山田 早輝子, Yamada Sakiko) is an entrepreneur based in Japan and the US.She founded SPELENDET MEDIA, LLC and FOOD LOSS BANK Inc. Yamada is also the founding president of the Academy of Gastronomy Japan.

Early life and education

Sakiko Yamada attended the Sacred Heart School(聖心女子学院) for elementary education, as well as junior and senior high school.
[1] She graduated from the University of the Sacred Heart(聖心女子大学) in Tokyo with a bachelor's degree. After graduating, she worked for Sumitomo Corporation before moving to the US in 2000.
She spent 18 years of her life in the US, the UK and Singapore.


She is a humanitarian in sustainability and has served various charities.
Since moving to the US, she has been making extensive efforts in several non-profit organizations and companies as a founder, board member, and advisor.

She had been well reputed through her activities for being the youngest advisory board member of “Meals on Wheels”, the youngest advisory board member of “Japan America Society of Southern California (JASSC)”, and a launching member and co-chair of Sir Richard Branson's “Virgin Unite”.

In 2011, Yamada was appointed to serve in Japan as founding President for the first official Asian branch of the International Academy of Gastronomy, which has included many members of European Royal Families and collaborated with FAO, WHO, UNESCO and EU.[2]

In the International Academy of Gastronomy Yamada served as a board member for the west chapter of the academy. As president of the Japanese branch, she took part in the “Cool Japan Public-Private Partnership Platform” project, for the Cabinet Secretariat of Japan.

Yamada was also a member of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan, where her activities have expanded widely. She was nominated for the "WOMAN OF INFLUENCE" Award by Veuve Clicquot (LVMH group) in 2010.
As a licensed “protocol officer”, she also worked as an official advisor for Miss International, a project to promote Japan to countries around the world.

Yamada attended "The Power of Inclusion" event as a panelist of global leading women, where the opening speech was given by Ms. Caroline Kennedy, the US Ambassador to Japan (2013-2017).

In addition to her philanthropic activities, in 2010 she founded the Los Angeles-based film production company, SPELDENT MEDIA LLC. Upon its establishment, Yamada executive produced the film "Wilde Salomé", starring and directed by Al Pacino.
The film won the "Jaeger LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award" at the Venice International Film Festival in 2011.
And producer of Attack on Titan with Heyday Films, contracted with Warner Bros.|Warner Bros Entertainment and currently in production.


  • 2010, Received for the "WOMAN OF INFLUENCE" Award by Veuve Clicquot (LVMH group)
  • 2011, Wilde Salomé won the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award at the Venice Film Festival|Venice International Film Festival[3]
  • 2021, September, Received a Special Jury Prize in the Sustainable Japan ESG category at the Sustainable Japan Awards 2021[4]


  1. "Japanese food loss initiative starts going global". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2021-12-15.
  2. "The chef, the bartender, the sake brewer and the entrepreneur". NIKKEI Asia. Retrieved 2021-11-29.
  3. "Wilde Salome". Variety. Retrieved 2021-12-15.
  4. "ESG winners discuss advancing efforts at home and abroad". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2021-10-18.

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