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International Symposium
REvision2015 Removing the Barriers to RE Development in Japan Speakers

4 March 2016

  • Adair Turner
    Senior Fellow, Institute for New Economic Thinking
    Lord Turner is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for New Economic Thinking. Prior to that he chaired the UK Financial Services Authority from 2008 until 2013. During this time he played a leading role in the redesign of the global banking and shadow banking regulation. He became a cross-bench member of the House of Lords in 2005; served as the first Chairman of the Climate Change Committee (2008-12), chaired the Pensions Commission (2003-06) and the Low Pay Commission (2002 – 06). Besides these public policy roles Lord Turner led the McKinsey practice in East Europe and Russia and was Vice-Chairman of Merrill Lynch Europe (2000-06). His publications include Just Capital-The Liberal Economy (2001) and ‘Economics After the Crisis’ (2012).

  • Ali Izadi
    Head of Japan, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
    Ali oversees an analyst team covering transformation of Japan’s energy sector. His prior experience includes working at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, and the fuel cell manufacturer, Ballard Power Systems. Ali has an undergraduate degree in Engineering Physics and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, and a Doctorate in Materials Science from Meijo University.

  • Steve Sawyer
    Secretary General, Global Wind Energy Council
    Steve Sawyer joined the Global Wind Energy Council as its first Secretary General in April 2007. The Global Wind Energy Council represents the major wind energy associations (China, India, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, South Korea, Canada, USA, Europe, Germany, Italy, Turkey and France) as well as the major companies involved in the global wind industry. See
    Steve has worked in the energy and environment field since 1978, with a particular focus on climate change and renewable energy since 1988. He spent many years working for Greenpeace International, representing the organization at intergovernmental and industry fora primarily on energy and climate issues. At GWEC he is focused on working with intergovernmental organizations and with opening up new markets for the industry in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
  • Hideyuki Ohnishi
    Country Executive - Japan, GE Power & Water, GE International, Inc.
    Ohnishi joined GE in 2010 as the Country Executive for GE Energy in Japan. In 2012, he was named as the Country Executive for GE Power & Water and serves as Strategic Key Account Leader with responsibility for key account management in Japan. In 2013, he assumed additional role as a Distributed Power region leader for Japan and Korea. Ohnishi finished his Master in Synthetic Chemistry of Engineering Science from Osaka University in 1988. His academic specialization was the transformation of solar energy and fuel batteries.
  • Manabu Takamoto
    President, Japan Wind Power Association
    Born in Kumamoto Prefecture, Manabu Takamoto graduated in Electrical Engineering from Kyushu University and in April 1980 obtained a position with Hitachi Ltd and was assigned to the Kokubu Plant where he worked on the development of power distribution equipment, in particular gas insulated switchgear (GIS) including 1,100kV gas circuit breakers. He served in senior positions with Hitachi Works and the Electrical Systems Division before being appointed Deputy General Manager of the Energy Solutions Business Management Division in October 2014. His work on wind power includes joint projects between Hitachi and Fuji Heavy Industries and promoting the development of a 5MW offshore downwind turbine system. Since May 2014, he has been President of the Japan Wind Power Association.
  • Shinichi Suzuki
    Secretary General, Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association
    Born in Osaka in 1959, Shinichi Suzuki graduated in Economics from Osaka University and in 1982 joined Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, where he worked on materials associated with consumer electronics such as AV products and air-conditioning systems. He has been involved with photovoltaic power generation system operations since 1995. He was appointed Head of Planning in the Consumer Electronics Materials Division, in 2004, Executive Managing Director of Mitsubishi OSRAM in 2007, and Manager of the PV Systems Planning Department at Mitsubishi Electric Living Environment Systems Corp. in 2009. He became Secretary General of the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association in June 2013.

  • Tom Brown
    Senior Researcher, Energynautics GmbH
    Tom Brown researches the integration of renewable energy into power systems at Energynautics GmbH in Germany. His main focus is investigating future scenarios with high penetration of wind and solar power in Europe, in particular with regard to upgrades to the transmission system necessary to transport renewable power around the continent. In a recent report "powE[R] 2030" for Greenpeace he led the team to optimise network extensions for a scenario with 77% coverage of Europe's electrical demand with renewables by 2030. He has also worked on the modelling for renewables integration in two German federal states, the Chinese province of Jiangsu and the Republic of Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. He joined Energynautics in 2012 after a PhD and postdoctoral position in theoretical physics.

  • Alexandre Roesch
    Head of Regulatory Affairs, Policy Department, European Photovoltaic Industry Association
    Alexandre Roesch is Head of Regulatory Affairs at EPIA (European Photovoltaic Industry Association), where he advocates for pro-active European legislation in order to steer the development of the solar sector. Prior to joining EPIA in 2010, he was deputy counselor in charge of energy at the French Permanent Representation to the European Union during 3 years, and assistant to the counselor in charge of nuclear affairs during 2 years. During his previous positions, he has been involved in the negotiation of major pieces of legislation relevant to the energy sector, and in particular the Renewable Energy Directive. Mr. Roesch graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Strasbourg (France) and holds a Master degree in Environmental Law and Management.

  • Dörte Fouquet
    Lawyer/Partner, Becker Buettner Held
    Dr Dörte Fouquet leads the Brussels office of the law firm Becker Büttner Held (bbh) since January 2011. She has worked since 1993 as a lawyer in Brussels and Hamburg as a partner at Kuhbier law firm. Before that, Dr Fouquet worked for many years as civil servant and lawyer in Hamburg. With more than 30 years of experience, Dr Fouquet is a recognized international expert in the areas of energy, environmental and competition law. She has a particular focus on renewable energy, energy system transformation and expertise in the fields of chemicals, water, waste water, waste and waste management. Dr Fouquet is renowned specialist in renewable energy support schemes with focus on feed-In mechanisms with their different variations and developments.
    Dr Fouquet is a trusted expert partner of the European institutions and has built her reputation serving as a lawyer for international clients such as the European Commission, the EBRD, World Bank and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Her client base includes also government authorities, non-profit organisations, academic institutions and private companies. Dr Fouquet is also Director of the European Renewable Energies Federation (EREF) and thus constantly works with renewable energy associations on national and European level. Dr Fouquet publishes regularly in academic magazines and is editor of the EREF Renewable Energy Price Report for EU 28.

  • Hiroshi Takahashi
    Research Fellow, Economic Research, Fujitsu Research Institute
    Dr. Hiroshi Takahashi specializes in energy policy with focus on power market liberalization, grid unbundling, renewable energy and smart grid. He has been actively participating in policy formation as a member of Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy as well as Special Advisor to the Cabinet Office He obtained doctoral degree from the University of Tokyo and master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. His former career includes a product planner at Sony Corporation, Deputy Director at IT Policy Office of Cabinet Secretariat, and Assistant Professor at the University of Tokyo. He is the author of “Market Liberalization of Electric Utilities” published by Nihon Keizai Shinbun Shuppan-sha.

  • John A. Mathews
    Professor, MGSM, Macquarie University
    John A. Mathews is professor of strategy at Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University, Sydney. From 2009 to 2012 he held concurrently the Eni Chair of Competitive Dynamics and Global Strategy at LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome. Professor Mathews has specialized in the catch-up strategies of firms and countries in East Asia, publishing widely in this field. For the past several years he has focused on internationalization and the greening of business systems. He has published several books based on this research, including Tiger Technology: The Creation of a Semiconductor Industry in East Asia (CUP 2000; co-authored with Cho, Dong-Sung); Dragon Multinational: A New Model of Global Growth (OUP, 2002); and Strategizing, Disequilibrium and Profit (Stanford University Press 2006) which discusses the theoretical foundations of catch-up strategies. In 2014 his new book, Greening of Capitalism: How Asia is Driving the Next Great Transformation, is published by Stanford University Press.

  • Eric Martinot
    Professor, Beijing Institute of Technology
    Dr. Eric Martinot is a writer, scholar, speaker, and educator who has worked in the field of renewable energy for 25 years. He has distinguished himself as a leading expert with many unique and pioneering contributions, and is widely recognized around the world. He is professor of management and economics at the Beijing Institute of Technology, and has lived in China and Japan for the past 10 years. He is concurrently senior policy advisor with JREF, and senior fellow with the China National Renewable Energy Center and the California Public Utilities Commission. Formerly he was a senior energy and environment specialist with the World Bank and has taught sustainable energy at several universities. He is perhaps best-known as the original creator and lead author of the annual REN21 Renewables Global Status Report, which he directed and wrote from 2005-2010, as well as the sister REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report. He holds degrees from the University of California Berkeley in Energy and Resources and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineerin

  • Hans-Martin Henning
    Deputy Director & Director, Division Thermal Systems and Buildings,
    Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE
    Prof. Hans-Martin Henning is deputy director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg, Germany and director of the division Thermal Systems and Buildings. He is owner of a full professorship for “Technical energy systems” in the department of mechanical engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Prof. Henning finished his PhD in physics in 1993 at the University Oldenburg and started his work at Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg in 1994. Key areas of his research are in energy in buildings and technical energy systems for buildings. He has been responsible for many national and international research projects. Recently, Prof. Henning plays a leading role in the development of computer models for the simulation and optimization of complex energy systems and their application to investigate future German energy systems which fulfill climate protection targets and that include all conversion technologies and end-use sectors.
  • Masayoshi Son
    Founder and Chairperson
    Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF)
    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 the president and CEO of Japan Softbank, the predecessor of current Softbank Corp in 1981. Softbank Corp went public in 1994, and two years later in 1996, he launched Yahoo Japan Corporation as a joint venture with Yahoo! Inc. US, running the enterprise as the president and CEO, then as the chairman and CEO. In 2001, Son started to provide an ADSL service “Yahoo! BB” in partnership with Yahoo Japan Corporation, and made a high profile acquisition of Vodafone KK (predecessor of Softbank Mobile KK) in April of 2006.
    Currently he retains multiple positions including the president and CEO of Softbank Corp, the chairman and CEO of Softbank Mobile KK, Softbank BB KK, and Softbank Telecom KK. 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 office of the chairman of the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation to promote the use of renewable energy resources.

  • Tomas Kåberger
    Chair of Executive Board, Japan Renewable Energy Foundaiton
    Professor, Chalmers University, Sweden
    Currently Prof. Tomas Kåberger spends a quarter of his time in Japan as Executive Board Chairman of the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation. 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 Professor of Industrial Energy Policy at Chalmers University of Technology and serves as Distinguished Visiting Expert of bio-energy technology at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou.
    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 if Industrifonden, an industrial investment foundation. Politically, he has served on board of Swedish and European Environmental Citizen’s organizations, several Swedish Government Commit tees 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.
  • Takejiro Sueyoshi
    Vice-Chair of Executive Board, Japan Renewable Energy Foundation
    Mr. Takejiro Sueyoshi was born on January 3, 1945 in Kagoshima, Japan.
    After graduating from Tokyo University, he 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. He is a Trustee member of Carbon Disclosure Project. He was a member of the Council for Japan’s Prime Minister on Climate Change Policy.
    His publications includes “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
    Executive Director, Japan Renewable Energy Foundaiton
    Before joining JREF in August 2013, Mr. Teruyuki Ohno 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.
    His latest publication is "Energy Strategies of Municipality Governments" (Iwanami, 2013, Japanese). He also serves as part-time lecturer at the University of Tokyo.

  • Mika Ohbayashi
    Director, Japan Renewable Energy Foundaiton
    Ms. Mika Ohbayashi is a founding member and Director at Japan Renewable Energy Foundation since August 2011. Before joining the foundation, she worked for International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) as Policy and Project Regional Manager for Asia Oceania, which HQ is based in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from April 2010 to Aug 2011. 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. She started her carrier in the energy field by joining Citizens' Nuclear Information Center in 1992, after some years work experience. 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.

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