Satoko Kishimoto is an environmental activist who was also active in the youth environmental movement in Japan in the 1990s. She began working with The Transnational Institute (TNI) in 2003, at the time when the 3rd World Water Forum was held in Kyoto, Japan. TNI is an international research and advocacy institute committed to building a just, democratic and sustainable planet. For more than 40 years, TNI has served as a unique nexus between social movements, engaged scholars and policy makers. TNI successfully organized a seminar on Alternatives to Water Privatisation, which was the starting point of the Water Justice Project.
In 2005, the Reclaiming Public Water (RPW) Network was created with the contributors to the book ‘Reclaiming Public Water’. TNI serves as the coordinating hub of the RPW network and Kishimoto is the coordinator of the network. The RPW network connects activists, trade unionists, researchers, community activists, and public water operators from around the world, and advocates progressive public water reforms and Public-Public Partnerships as the key elements for solving the global crisis in access to clean water and sanitation.