Speakers Profile REvision2022Accelerating Renewable Developments

2 March 2022

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  • Alejandro Moreno
    Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
    Alejandro Moreno directs EERE's renewable energy applied research, development, and demonstration activities for the geothermal, solar energy, and wind and water power technology offices. In addition, he oversees EERE's energy system integration efforts. Previously, Moreno was the Director for the Water Power Technologies Office. In this role, he managed efforts to develop and commercialize innovative technologies and market solutions for clean, domestic power generation from hydropower and marine energy resources across the United States.
    Working with DOE's national laboratories, academia, and industry, the program funds research, development, and deployment of water power systems through competitively selected, cost-shared projects with businesses, federal, state, and other stakeholder groups. Between his stints at DOE, he served in the energy groups of the World Bank and International Finance Corporation, where he designed and led regulatory reform programs to spur investment in clean energy and rural electrification.
    Moreno holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a master’s degree in economics and energy policy from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
  • Amory B. Lovins
    Cofounder and Chairman Emeritus, Rocky Mountain Institute / Adjunct Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Scholar, Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford University
    For five decades, Amory B. Lovins has been advising firms and governments about the nexus of energy, resources, environment, development, security, and economy in more than 70 countries including Japan. He is widely considered among the world’s leading authorities on energy—especially its efficient use and sustainable supply—and a fertile innovator in integrative design. He has published more than 30 books and 800 papers, and won numerous awards including the Right Livelihood Award (the “Alternative Nobel”), the Onassis Foundation’s first Delphi Prize (one of the world’s top environmental awards), the Nissan Prize, the Blue Planet Prize, and the Shingo Prize (Nobel-like award in manufacturing). In 2009, Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world; Foreign Policy, one of the 100 top global thinkers. He is a former Oxford don, an honorary US architect, and a Swedish engineering academician, and has received twelve honorary doctorates, taught at ten universities, and advised the U.S. Departments of Energy and Defense.
    His 31st book with 60 RMI colleagues, Reinventing Fire (2011, also in Japanese), roadmaps how to eliminate U.S. oil, coal, and nuclear power by 2050 and save $5 trillion, led by business for profit.
    In 2013–16 he co-led a similarly rigorous and surprising roadmapping of China’s energy transformation for the National Development and Reform Commission, helping to inform the 13th Five Year Plan. He then helped the Government of India launch the transformation to shared, connected, and electric mobility. In 2016, the President of Germany awarded him that nation’s highest civilian honor for helping inspire and guide its energy transition.
    Since 2020 he has taught half-time at Stanford on energy and integrative design—a way to make the energy efficiency resource severalfold larger, yet cheaper, by optimizing buildings, factories, and vehicles as whole systems.
  • Li Junfeng
    First Director General, National Center for Climat e Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC) / Standing Director, China Energy Research Society (CERS)
    Li Junfeng graduated from Shandong Institute of Mining and Technology (now Shandong University of Science and Technology), and has long been engaged in energy economics and the theory of energy and environment research.  He successively organized and presided over the drafting work on China’s Renewable Energy Law and National Medium and Long term Energy Plan, participated in research and drafting of The National Program for Medium and Long term Scientific and Technological Development, Draft Energy Law, National Climate Change Plan and other important documents. He has organized major national development strategy research projects such as research on China's energy development strategy and China's low carbon development macro strategy, etc.
    Li Junfeng is the first Director General of National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC) and is currently serving as the Senior Consultant of NCSC. He won the Ninth Annual Zayed Future Energy Prize Lifetime Achievement Award in January 2017. In addition, he served as a member of the National Energy Advisory Committee and the National High Technology Experts Committee. At present, he is a member of the National Expert Committee for Ecological and Environmental Protection, a member of the National Expert Committee for Climate Change, and a part time professor and doctoral supervisor of Renmin University of China.
  • Ajay Mathur
    Director General, International Solar Alliance (ISA)
    Ajay Mathur is the Director General of the International Solar Alliance  (ISA).
    At ISA, his focus is on enhancing solarization of the world, and convincing leaders of the world that solar is the energy supply choice of preference.  Towards this end, ISA provides, advocacy; analysis of policy; financial capacity strengthening; and solar project preparation in LDCs and SIDs.  100 countries are today members of the ISA.
    ISA is the only international organization headquartered in India, and was created by PM Modi of India and President François Hollande of France at the Paris Climate Negotiations in 2015.
    He was earlier in the Bureau of Energy and The Energy and Resources Institute as its Director General.
  • Giovanni Fili
    CEO, Exeger
    Giovanni Fili is an experienced entrepreneur and private investor with more than 20 years of experience in entrepreneurship and 13 years of experience in commercializing high-tech innovations. He founded Exeger in 2009. The goal for Exeger has from the beginning been to develop and commercialize a new generation of solar cell technology better suited for everyday life.
    Giovanni has been part of several governmental round table discussions and advisory groups regarding the future sustainable energy technology.
    He has also participated in official state visits representing the future of Swedish industry. Giovanni was previously appointed as a permanent member of the entrepreneurial forum to advise Minister Mikael Damberg on the entrepreneurial climate in Sweden. He is an experienced speaker and is frequently participating on global panels and talks.
    In 2021, Giovanni and Dr. Henrik Lindström received the European Inventor Award in the SME category for the patented solar cell material Powerfoyle.
    Giovanni holds an M.Sc. in Business and Administration with a double major in Finance and Information Management from the Stockholm School of Economics.
  • Masayuki Kurihara
    Managing Director, Envision Digital Japan K.K.
    Masayuki Kurihara is Managing Director, Envision Digital Japan since April 2021. He joined Envision Digital in November 2020 to establish Envision Digital Japan. He, at Marubeni Corporation, engaged mainly in the development and implementation of power, water and infrastructure projects, and strategic planning for over 30 years, stationed in Southeast Asia and Middle East Africa for about 12 years, served as General Manager of COO Office, Power Business Division, General Manager of IOT & New Energy Digital Solution Business Department, General Manager of Power Digital Solution Business Department, Director of Renewable Energy Test Center in the US, and others. He also engaged in general management assistance for the solar power business as a senior executive vice president (SEVP) at afterFIT Co., Ltd. in 2020.
    He holds MBA from Henley Management College, UK and BA in Economics from Keio University, Japan
  • Kamon Iizumi
    Governor of Tokushima Prefecture / Chairperson, Renewable Energy Council
    Kamon Iizumi graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Tokyo in March 1984 and joined the Ministry of Home Affairs in April of the same year. He served as the head of the Local Public Finance Division of Yamanashi Prefecture and of Saitama Prefecture in 1993 and 1995, respectively. He was appointed various positions such as the head of the Community Informatization Project Promotion Office, Communications Policy Bureau, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications in 1998 and the director for Tax Affairs, Planning Division, Local Tax Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs in Communications in 2000. From 2001, he served as the head of the Commerce, Industry and Labor Department and as the head of the Environment and Citizens’ Affairs Department at the Tokushima Prefectural Government. In May 2003, he was elected as the Governor of Tokushima Prefecture and is currently serving his fifth term in office. Since 2013, he has been acting as the Chairperson of the Renewable Energy Council. He served as President of the National Governors' Association from September 2019 to September 2021.

    Notable Positions
    Former President of the National Governors' Association
    Chairman of the Japan Agency for Local Authority Information Systems Representative Board
    Member of the Governor's Alliance for Supporting Future Generations for the Revitalization of Japan
  • Daisaku Kadokawa
    Mayor of Kyoto City / Chairperson, GDC Renewable Energy Council
    Daisaku Kadokawa graduated from Ritsumeikan University in Law in 1974, but started his career five years earlier, in 1969, at Kyoto City Board of Education Secretariat, where he worked at different positions until 2001. From 1996 to 2001, he became successively Senior Director of General Affairs, Deputy Superintendent and finally Superintendent of Kyoto City Board of Education.
    In February 2008, he was elected Mayor of Kyoto, a position he has occupied since then. In February 2020, he was elected for a 4th term.
    In parallel to his activities as Mayor of Kyoto, he is in the positions of Chairperson of the League of Historical Cities, Advisor of the Kyoto UNESCO Association, and Chair of the World Cultural Heritage Regional Collaboration Council.
    As the mayor of the birthplace of the Kyoto Protocol, he also has been making efforts to combat climate change, and he became Chairperson of the GDC Renewable Energy Council. Since 2012, he has been Chair of ICLEI East Asia Regional Executive Committee. In 2019, he was appointed Chairperson of Japan Steering Committee of the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy.
  • Jin Kato
    President, Japan Wind Power Association (JWPA) 
    Jin Kato joined Mitsubishi Heavy Industry Ltd. (MHI) in April 1977 and forged a career centered on Power Systems. In 2006 he became General Manager, Power Systems, in the Administration Department of Power Systems Headquarters, moving in 2008 to the position of General Manager in the Sustainability Energy & Environment Strategic Planning Department. After a period in 2011 as Deputy Head of Power Systems, in 2013 he was appointed Deputy Head of Power Systems, Senior General Manager, Wind Turbine Business Division. In 2014 he became co-CEO at MHI Vestas Offshore Wind A/S, then in 2017 Vice Chairman of MHI Insurance Services, Ltd., and later in the same year he was appointed Vice Chairman of Japan Wind Development Co, Ltd.
  • Izumi Kaizuka
    Director, Principal Analyst, Business Development Division, RTS Corporation
    Izumi Kaizuka specializes in analysis of the PV market, policy, industry and business models, and especially has a thorough knowledge of the overseas trends of renewable energy. She serves as the Deputy O.A. and Japan's representative of the Task 1 (Strategic PV Analysis & Outreach) of the International Energy Agency Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (IEA PVPS). She is also one of the authors of the “Trends in Photovoltaic Applications” released by IEA PVPS Task 1. She serves as the chairperson of the JEMA PV System Standardization General Committee as well as members of various other committees, and also serves as chairperson of the policy and market areas in the international conferences. In November 2017, she has been awarded the “Special Award” at the International Photovoltaic Science and Engineering Conference (PVSEC). She makes efforts every day aiming to “create a sustainable future with PV power generation”.
  • Hiroko Kuniya
    From 1989 to 1993, Hiroko Kuniya was assigned as an anchor of “World News” on NHK BS. She hosted “Close-up Gendai”, a daily current affairs program on NHK-TV from 1993 to 2016. She is a Trustee of Tokyo University of the Arts, Project Professor at Keio University Graduate School, FAO National Goodwill Ambassador for Japan and worked as a journalist covering topics related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
    Awarded Broadcast Woman Prize in 1998, Kan KIKUCHI Award in 2002, Japan National Press Club Prize in 2011 and Galaxy Special Prize in 2016. She graduated from Brown University, US.
  • Francesco La Camera
    Director General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
    Francesco La Camera took office on 4 April 2019 and brings more than thirty years of experience in the fields of climate, sustainability, and international cooperation.
    In his role, he is responsible for leading the delivery of IRENA’s work programme and strategy in cooperation with the Agency’s member states. At a critical time for climate change and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, he is tasked with redefining the structure and operations of the Agency in response to the urgent needs of its members.  
    Under his leadership, the Agency has forged a series of new strategic partnerships with UN organisations including UNDP, UNFCCC and Green Climate Fund among others. A key priority of his tenure is to implement a more action-oriented approach to the Agency’s work.  
    Previously, he served as Director-General of Sustainable Development, Environmental Damage, EU and International Affairs at the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land & Sea  since 2014. In this capacity, he developed cooperation and partnership agreements with a wide range of countries.
    As the national coordinator for climate, environment, resource efficiency and circular economy, he led the Italian delegation to UNFCCC’s COP 21 to 24 and the EU Presidency at COP 20. He was also responsible for the preparation and organisation of Italy’s G7 Environment Presidency in 2017.
  • Ben Backwell
    CEO, Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC)
    Ben Backwell is a leading commentator and strategist in the renewable energy sector. Prior to joining GWEC, he was a Managing Director at FTI Consulting, one of the world’s largest advisory firms, advising companies in the clean energy sector on strategy, communications, and government affairs, including work on a number of
    major M&A transactions.
    Previously, Ben worked as a journalist and analyst for 20 years, covering energy policy and markets around the world. He helped design the SolutionWind campaign for the European Wind Energy Association (now WindEurope) ahead of COP21 in 2015, before joining FTI Consulting. He has taken part in the work of a number of industry organizations, including the board of GWEC, the IRENA Business and Investor Group, the IEA’s Renewable Energy Industry Advisory Board, Solar Power Europe, and others. He is a frequent speaker and moderator at international conferences.
    Ben is the author of two books on the wind industry as well as a number of reports and white papers on power markets and policy frameworks. His book Wind Power, the struggle for control of a new global industry,” (Routledge 2015, 2nd Revised Edition 2017) has been described as the “definitive” story of the global wind industry.
    He holds an MSc in Political Science from the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London and speaks Spanish and Portuguese as well as his native English.
  • Tadashi Mogi
    Director General, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
    As Director-General of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Department since July 2020, Tadashi Mogi oversees the agency's mission on the policymaking for renewable energy, hydrogen strategy, fuel-cell promotion, battery innovation, micro-grid management and energy efficiency. After joining the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in 1992, he has been involved in the various energy policy formation such as oil & gas, mining, marine mineral resource, gas and electricity deregulation, bio-fuel promotion, fuel-cell promotion, energy efficiency regulation.
  • Jan Matthiesen
    Director, Carbon Trust
    Jan Matthiesen is passionate about wind energy. He started in the onshore sector but has got his feet wet managing all offshore wind activities at the Carbon Trust, such as the Offshore Wind Accelerator, UK’s leading RD&D programme for offshore wind. He combines a good awareness of management techniques and a high level of business comprehension with good understanding of engineering principles and the ability to grasp complex technical problems.  He joined the Carbon Trust in 2010, to work on the Offshore Wind Accelerator, a ground-breaking collaborative RD&D project between the Carbon Trust and nine leading offshore wind developers. Prior to joining the Carbon Trust, Jan was Head of Onshore at RenewableUK, the wind energy industry association and accountable for all issues affecting the deployment of onshore wind energy development.
  • Naoaki Eguchi
    Partner, Co-Head of Renewable Energy Group, Baker & McKenzie

    Naoaki "Nick" Eguchi is an Attorney at Law (Japan) at Tokyo Bar Association, Co-Head of Renewable Energy Group, Finance & Project Group, Baker McKenzie Tokyo office, Specialist Member of the Cabinet Office PFI Promotion Committee (2010 to 2020), Member of Airport Reform Committee of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (2011), Leader of Offshore Wind Finance Task Force of the Japan Wind Power Association (2019 to date), Member of the Promotion of Regional Decarbonization Business by Floating Offshore Wind of the Ministry of Environment (2021). Nick is specialized in Renewable Energy, PFI/PPP and Project Finance.
    Nick's representative deals include 3 port offshore wind projects and assistance of 2 Round 1 general sea offshore wind auctions, 17 onshore wind project (300 MW), 250 mega solar projects (3,000 MW), 10 biomass projects (500 MW), 2 geothermal projects (10 MW), Universal Studios Japan project finance (USD 1 billion), Soma Gas to Power project finance (USD 1.2 billion), more than 250 PFI projects including airport privatization of Sendai, Kansai, Fukuoka, Kumamoto, Hokkaido 7 (USD 3.1 billion) and Hiroshima.
    Nick graduated Hitotsubashi University (LLB 1986), London University (UCL)(LLM 1992).
  • Yoshihiro Iwasaki
    President and CEO, Mitsubishi Corporation Energy Solutions Ltd.
    Yoshihiro Iwasaki joined Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) in 1995. In December 2012, he became Managing Director and CEO at German submarine power transmission company which is a subsidiary of MC and TenneT B.V. in Germany. In April 2016, he became General Manager, Thermal power Business Dept. at Mitsubishi Corporation Power Ltd. which is the strategic subsidiary of MC in charge of the domestic electric power business (it is now Mitsubishi Corporation Energy Solutions Ltd.). In April 2018, he was appointed as Member of the Board, President and CEO.
  • Patrick Graichen
    State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), Germany
    Patrick Graichen began his career in public service at the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, first as an officer in the Division for International Climate Protection, then as Personal Assistant to a State Secretary, and subsequently as Head of Division for Climate and Energy Policy. During this time, he played a leading role in negotiating the economic instruments of the Kyoto Protocol, the Federal Government's 2007 Integrated Energy and Climate Programme, the EU's 2008 Climate and Energy Package, and legislative procedures in the field of energy law.
    From 2012, Graichen was instrumental in setting up the think tank Agora Energiewende, taking on the roles of Executive Director and Managing Director from 2014 until his move to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action. He has been a State Secretary at the ministry since 15 December 2021 and is responsible for energy and climate policy.
  • Ilkka Hannula
    Senior Energy Analyst, Renewable Energy Division, International Energy Agency (IEA)
    Ilkka Hannula is a Senior Analyst at the IEA where he is leading the Agency’s analytical work on renewable energy technologies, focusing on their potential to deliver electricity, heat and mobility services. His principal fields of interest include low-carbon fuels, system integration of renewables, electrification of industrial processes and negative emissions technologies.
  • Dolf Gielen
    Director, IRENA Innovation and Technology Center (IITC)
    Dolf Gielen is IRENA Director for Innovation and Technology since 2011. He has more than 25 years of experience with energy transition strategy development and implementation as well as technology policy in an international context. He has a PhD from Delft University of Technology in Delft, The Netherlands.
  • Tokutaro Nakai
    Vice Minister of the Environment
    After graduating from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law, he entered the Ministry of Finance (MOF) in 1985. After working at the Budget Bureau, he was temporarily assigned to the Toyama Prefectural Government. During his assignment in Toyama, he helped to promote studies on Japan Seaology. Returning to MOF in 2002, he held prominent positions such as Director of Public Relations, Director for Fiscal Investment and Loan Appropriation, Financial Bureau, and Director for the budget of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Budget Bureau. He was transferred to the Ministry of the Environment in July 2011 after the Great East Japan Earthquake, and held prominent positions such as Director of the Policy Planning Division, Environmental Policy Bureau, Director of the Policy and Coordination Division, Minister’s Secretariat, Director of the Personnel Division, Minister’s Secretariat, Director-General of the Waste Management and Recycling Department, and Director-General for the Environmental Policy Bureau. He was appointed Vice Minister of the Environment in July, 2020.
  • Matthew Wittenstein
    Chief of Section, Energy Connectivity, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
    Matthew Wittenstein is Chief of Section for Energy Connectivity at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP). In his role, Matthew supports to improve the sustainability and security of their energy systems through increased cross-border power system integration. Recent work includes capacity building for energy regulators in ASEAN, an assessment of the potential to develop a “green power corridor” in North-East Asia and supporting increased cooperation on sustainable energy among the countries of the Pacific.
    Prior to joining the UN, Matthew was a Senior Electricity Analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA), where he focused on the economics of generation, the challenges of encouraging investment in clean energy technologies, and electricity market design. From 2011 to 2014, he was a Fellow at the US Department of Energy. Matthew holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University, with a concentration in international economic policy.
  • Miho Kurosaki
    Independent Climate Change / ESG Specialist

    Miho has 15 years of experience in ESG and climate change and advised policy makers including ministers, investors, companies on their ESG and climate change strategies based on analysis and data. She has managed a diversified team in Tokyo but also worked with global teams at Bloomberg. Miho has delivered many public speeches including committees with Japan’s Prime Minister and moderated international panel discussions such as in the G20. Currently serves as Director, Kamakura Sustainability Institute.
    Miho holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London and a BA in Economics from Keio University in Tokyo.
  • Masayoshi Son
    Founder and Chairperson, Renewable Energy Institute / CEO, SoftBank Group

    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
    Chair 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
    Vice-Chair of Executive Board, Renewable Energy Institute 
    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
    Executive Director, Renewable Energy Institute
    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
    Director, Renewable Energy Institute
    Mika Ohbayashi is Director of Renewable Energy Institute since its foundation in August 2011. Before joining the Institute, Ohbayashi worked for the International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA, based in Abu Dhabi, as Policy and Project Regional Manager for Asia Oceania. She worked at the British Embassy to Japan as Climate Change Project Advisor, and she served as Director at the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies. She started her career in the energy field by joining the Citizens' Nuclear Information Center in 1992, where she was in charge of energy issues and Asian nuclear power program. She was awarded the Global Leadership Award in Advancing Solar Energy Policy by the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) in 2017.

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