John Ehara, ’78

Partner and Cofounder
Unison Capital

Ehara Insights Speaker

Nobuyoshi John Ehara cofounded Unison Capital in 1998. Unison Capital, a pioneer in the private equity business in Japan, is among the nation’s leading firms today. Ehara has spearheaded the firm since its inception, building its team and operations.

Ehara was instrumental in establishing the Private Equity Association of Japan. He served as its first chairman from 2005 to 2007, and again from 2013 until 2015.

Prior to founding Unison Capital, Ehara spent 16 years as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, building its franchise in Japan. In 1988, he became the first Japanese to be selected general partner of Goldman Sachs. He worked at Morgan Guaranty Trust Company in New York and Tokyo between 1978 and 1980.

Ehara has served as director of Asia Pacific Initiative, an independent think tank based in Tokyo since 2013. He has been on the board of Sumitomo Corporation since 2016. He was appointed as a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum in 2018.

Ehara has been on the Global Advisory Board of Chicago Booth since 2006. He was appointed as a member of the Council on Chicago Booth in 2018.

He holds bachelor's of science degrees in architecture and in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.