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Leadership Team

  • Masayoshi Son
    Masayoshi SonFounder and Chairperson
    Masayoshi Son was born in 1957 in Tosu City of Saga Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan. A year after graduating from the Economics Department of UC Berkeley, Son founded and became Chairman & CEO of SoftBank Corp. Japan (now SoftBank Group Corp.) in 1981. SoftBank Group Corp. went public in 1994, and two years later in 1996, Son launched Yahoo Japan Corporation as a joint venture with Yahoo! Inc. US, running the enterprise first as President & CEO, then became Chairman. In 2001, SoftBank launched the Yahoo! BB broadband ADSL service in partnership with Yahoo Japan Corporation, and later made the high profile acquisition of Vodafone K.K. (now SoftBank Corp.) in April of 2006.
    In July 2013, Sprint Corporation joined the SoftBank Group and Son became its Chairman. Currently he retains multiple positions including Chairman & CEO of SoftBank Group Corp. and Director of Yahoo Japan Corporation. Son is also known as the owner of the Fukuoka SoftBank HAWKS (a Japanese professional baseball team based in Kyushu).
    After the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, he founded and assumed chairmanship of Renewable Energy Institute to promote the use of renewable energy.
  • Tomas Kåberger
    Tomas KåbergerChair of Executive Board
    Tomas Kåberger has been the Chair of Executive Board of Renewable Energy Institute since its foundation in 2011. Academically, he got an MSc in Engineering Physics, a PhD in Physical Resource Theory, and Docent in Environmental Science at Chalmers. He has been professor in International Sustainable Energy Systems at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University, and he is currently affiliate Professor of Industrial Energy Policy at Chalmers University of Technology.
    Industrially, he has had leading roles in companies providing fuels and technology in the bio-energy industry, another company developing sustainable energy solutions for the automotive industry, and a company operating wind power plants. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Vattenfall, and as Industrial Growth Executive of the European company InnEnergy.
    Politically, he has served on board of Swedish and European Environmental Citizen’s organizations, several Swedish Government Committees developing energy and environmental legislation, and China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development as a member of a task force on Low-Carbon Industrialization Strategies. From 2008 until 2011 he was Director General of the National Swedish Energy Agency. He was also a member of the Swedish Climate Policy Council between 2018 and 2021.
  • Takejiro Sueyoshi
    Takejiro SueyoshiVice-Chair of Executive Board
    After graduating from University of Tokyo, Takejiro Sueyoshi joined the Mitsubishi Bank (the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ) in 1967 and worked for the bank until 1998. During his years with Nikko Asset Management as Deputy President, he was appointed as a member of the UNEP FI Steering Committee. In addition to the involvement in the UNEP FI activities in the Asia Pacific Region, he is giving many educational speeches about environmental problems and CSR/SRI in various government councils, seminars, universities and TV programs. Former member of the Council for Japan’s Prime Minister on Climate Change Policy, a Trustee member of Carbon Disclosure Project and Chairperson of WWF Japan since September 2018.
    His publications include “Ondanka Kogi (A lecture on Global Warming)” (Toyo Keizai), “Yugai Rensa (Chain of Harmfulness)” (Gentousha), “Green New Deal” (Editor,Kankyou Shinbun), “Saishin CSR Jijyo( The Newest Book on CSR)”(Hokuseido).
  • Teruyuki Ohno
    Teruyuki OhnoExecutive Director
    Teruyuki Ohno joined Renewable Energy Institute in 2013. He has actively participated in the policy formation of Japan’s climate change measures as a member of the subcommittee of carbon pricing and others led by the Ministry of the Environment Japan. Before joining the Institute, he was Director General of the Bureau of Environment, Tokyo Metropolitan Government for three years, covering a broad range of environmental issues including energy, climate change, waste management, pollution control, natural environment, and sustainable development. His notable achievements include the “No Dirty Diesel Vehicle Strategy in Tokyo” which reduced the air pollution and PM emissions, and implementation of Japan’s first Cap-and-Trade Program in Tokyo in 2008, involving the industries and successfully building a grand consensus. His active leadership in promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency led to the formation of the foundation of Tokyo’s energy policy. He also serves as part-time lecturer at the University of Tokyo, Adviser for ICLEI Japan, Board Member of WWF Japan and Counselor to the Governor on Zero Emission Tokyo and Environmental Policy. He received the Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award from the California Air Resources Board in 2014. His publications include "Energy Strategies of Municipality Governments" (Iwanami, 2013, Japanese) among others.
  • Mika Ohbayashi
    Mika OhbayashiDirector
    Mika Ohbayashi is Director at Renewable Energy Institute since its foundation in August 2011. Before joining the Institute, from 2010 to 2011, she worked in Abu Dhabi for the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) as Policy and Project Regional Manager for Asia Oceania. Prior to that, she worked at the British Embassy to Japan as Climate Change Project Advisor from 2008 to 2009, and served as Director at the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies from 2000 to 2008. She started her career in the energy field by joining the Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center in 1992. In 2017, she was awarded the ISES Global Leadership Award in Advancing Solar Energy Policy - in honour of Hermann Scheer by the International Solar Energy Society.
  • Masaya Ishida
    Masaya IshidaSenior Manager, Business Alliance
    Masaya Ishida joined Renewable Energy Institute in 2017 to lead research on renewable energy deployment for business activities. He is responsible for organizing the Renewable Energy Users Network (RE-Users), a network of corporate energy users to accelerate renewable energy procurement, and the RE-Users Regional Alliance, a joint initiative with CDP-Worldwide Japan aiming to disseminate renewable energy development and procurement practices across local regions in Japan. He is a member of Technical Advisory Group at RE100 from September 2021.
    Prior to joining the Institute, he was Executive Producer at “Smart Japan,” a leading online media in Japan focusing on renewable energy deployment and electric power market reformation. He has held senior positions at several technology information media and internet businesses, including “EE Times Japan” and “Nikkei Computer.” He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Information Engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology.
  • Yuko Nishida
    Yuko NishidaSenior Manager, Climate Change
    Yuko Nishida joined Renewable Energy Institute in 2017. She specializes in policy making of sustainable development in cities, sustainable architecture and urban planning. Before joining the Institute, she worked for the Tokyo Metropolitan Government on climate policies and international environmental cooperation projects. She has collaborated with C40 cities, the global network of mega-cities committed to addressing climate change, and was responsible for compiling the publication of “Urban Efficiency,” a series of case studies on energy-saving measures for urban constructions. She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Waseda University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
    At Renewable Energy Institute, she is responsible for medium to long-term strategy development and provides support for energy transition projects in the building sector as well as climate change measures for non-state actors such as local governments and the business sector.
  • Kaori Sakagami
    Kaori SakagamiSenior Manager, Public Relations & Administration
    Kaori Sakagami has been a conference coordinator since 2002. She has coordinated various levels of conferences, such as inter-governmental, international/regional organizations, and parliamentary groups. Her performed duties are extensive, ranging from promotional activities, event planning/operations, schedule and budget management and organizations of events and exhibitions. She is also experienced in public relations of governmental/organizational campaigns and corporate sales promotion. She has been involved with Renewable Energy Institute since its establishment in 2011. She graduated from Portland State University with a BA in Business Administration (Marketing and Advertising Management).
  • Norio Murakami
    Norio MurakamiAdvisor
    Norio Murakami joined Google in April 2003 as Vice President of Google Inc., as well as President & Representative Director of Google Japan Inc. and was responsible for all aspects of Google's business in Japan. He became Honorary Chairman of Google Japan in 2009 and retired from Google in 2011 to set up Norio Murakami Office. In 2012, he was appointed to Board Director of Eneres and served as Representative Director from December 2014 through to March 2017.
    Prior to joining Google, he spent five years at the AI Technology Center of Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) headquarters in Massachusetts. He was also President & CEO of Northern Telecom Japan (later re-named to Nortel Networks Japan) where he successfully merged and integrated the company with Bay Networks Japan.
    Murakami graduated from Kyoto University with a B.S. in engineering. From June 2014 through to August 2016, he was board member of Renewable Energy Institute. Today he is President of Norio Murakami Office, Professor at Graduate School of Osaka City University, President of Institute for HyperNetwork Society, Visiting Professor at Osaka Institute of Technology, Visiting Professor at Center for Global Communication of International University, and Councilor to Aizu University.
  • Bo Normark
    Bo NormarkSenior Policy Advisor
    Chairman of Project ‘Electricity Crossroads,’ Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. Bo Normark has 38 years of industrial experience at ABB where he served in many managerial roles with global responsibility. Focus was on power transmission equipment including advanced smart transmission grid technologies such as High Voltage DC (HVDC), Flexible AC Transmission (FACTS) and High Voltage Cables. He was serving in multiple countries such as Sweden, Switzerland, US and China.

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