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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 is also a member of the Swedish Climate Policy Council established in 2018.
  • 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
    Joined Renewable Energy Institute in 2013. Teruyuki Ohno has actively participated in the policy formation of Japan’s climate change measures as a member of the subcommittee of the Long-term Low Carbon Vision led by the Ministry of the Environment Japan. Before joining the Institute, he served as the 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 reducing air pollution and PM emissions through “No Dirty Diesel Vehicle Strategy in Tokyo”, and implementing Japan’s first Cap-and-Trade Program in Tokyo in 2008, involving the industries and building a grand consensus. His active leadership in promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency has formed the foundation of Tokyo’s energy policy. He also serves as part-time lecturer at the University of Tokyo, a member of Seoul International Energy Advisory Council (SIEAC) and Adviser for ICLEI Japan and Board Member for WWF Japan. 
    He was awarded Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards by 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 a founding member and Director at Renewable Energy Institute since 2011. Before joining the Institute, Ohbayashi worked for International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi as Policy and Project Regional Manager for Asia Oceania. She served as Deputy Director at Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies for 8 years since its establishment in 2000. She also worked for UKFCO at the British Embassy to Japan, as Advisor for Climate Change Projects and Policies before joining IRENA, and started her carrier in the energy field by joining Citizens' Nuclear Information Center in 1992. She coordinates many scientific study projects, takes leadership to team up various networks including national parliamentarians and local authorities, domestically and internationally to improve sustainable energy society. She was awarded the Global Leadership Award in Advancing Solar Energy Policy by the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) in 2017.
  • Masaya Ishida
    Masaya IshidaSenior Manager, Business Alliance
    Masaya Ishida joined Renewable Energy Institute in 2017 to lead research activities on renewable energy business. Prior to that, he was Executive Producer at ITmedia Inc., a Softbank Group company, where he launched “Smart Japan”, a leading online media in Japan focusing on renewable energy deployment and electric power market reformation. He has held several senior positions at media and internet business companies, including “EE Times Japan”, an electronics industry publication, where he served as CEO and was Editor-in-Chief of “Nikkei Computer”, a magazine focusing on enterprise IT solutions. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Information Engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology.
    At Renewable Energy Institute, he has published "The Rise of Renewable Energy and Fall of Nuclear Power: Competition of Low Carbon Technologies" (2019), "Guidebook to Renewable Energy Procurement: for corporations and municipalities" (1st edition 2018, 2nd edition 2019), "Renewable Energy in the US Power Sector, the Other Revolution" (2018) , "The Ways Forward for Japan EPCOs in the New Energy Paradigm" (2017) and is a regular contributor to column articles and case-story articles that introduce renewable energy projects across Japan. In addition, he has been responsible to launch Renewable Energy Users Network (RE-Users), a network of corporate energy users that aim to accelerate renewable procurement in Japan.
  • Yuko Nishida
    Yuko NishidaSenior Manager, Climate Change
    Yuko Nishida joined Renewable Energy Institute in 2017. She is an urban renewal planner and specializes in policy making of sustainable development in cities, sustainable architecture and urban planning. Before joining Renewable Energy 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 research design and publication of “Urban Efficiency”, a series of case-study reports that show how cities around the world have pursued efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 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.
    Her recent publications at Renewable Energy Institute include “Transitioning Energy Policies for a Decarbonized Society: Redirecting Discussions on the Basic Energy Plan and Long-term Low Emission Development Strategies” (2018). She is also involved in supporting climate change measures in the building sector and municipalities.
  • 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, Executive Research Fellow / Professor at Center for Global Communication of International University, Visiting Professor at Osaka Institute of Technology, President Advisory board member at Tokyo Institute of Technology 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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