Speakers Profile Unleashing Japan's Significant Offshore Wind Potential Maritime Spatial Planning & Skills and Training

20 June 2023

in Japanese

  • Atsuko Kanehara
    Professor of Public International Law, Faculty of Law, Sophia University
    Graduate from University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law
    Member of the Governing Board of IMO International Maritime Law Institute
    Advocate for the Government of Japan in “Southern Bluefin Tuna” Cases
    Counsel for the Government of Japan in “Whaling in the Antarctic” Case
    Former Councilor of the Headquarters for Ocean Policy of Japan, appointed by Prime Minister, Government of Japan (2016-2022)
    Former President of the Japanese Society of International Law (2020-2022)
    Member of the Board for the Bar Exam of Japan (2006-2015)
    Policy Adviser for the Japan Coast Guard
    Councilor for the Sasakawa Peace Foundation
    Trustee for Nippon Communications Foundation
    Member of Board of Directors for Japan Transport and Tourism Research Institute
  • Isabelle De Stobbeleir
    Counsellor, Trade Section, Delegation of the European Union to Japan
    Isabelle De Stobbeleir (Counsellor) has taken her position in the Trade Section of the EU Delegation to Japan since September 2022. Her main responsibility covers the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement, agricultural matters, customs and trade facilitation issues, intellectual property rights (IPR) and offshore wind power. From 2017 to 2022, Isabelle was posted at the EU Delegation to Thailand where she was in charge of trade and sustainable development, intellectual property, as well as customs and trade facilitation. She previously worked on customs matters in the field of intellectual property and the application of prohibition and restriction border measures at the Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union, European Commission. Prior to joining the European Commission, Isabelle had served in the General Administration of Customs and Excise of Belgium in Brussels and as a Customs Attaché at the Embassy of Belgium to P.R. China.
    Isabelle has a Master's Degree in Political Sciences (International Affairs) and a Diploma of Specialized Studies in European Politics from the Université Libre de Bruxelles.
  • Yutaka Michida
    Professor, Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo
    Yutaka Michida, graduated from The University of Tokyo in 1981 and received his PhD in geophysics (physical oceanography) in 1999.  After 16 years' work as a research and administrative officer in the Hydrographic Department of Japan Coast Guard, he moved to the Ocean Research Institute (presently Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute) of The University of Tokyo in 2000.  He was one of the vice chairs of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO for the period from 2011-2015. He has been awarded with several level of prizes, including Japan Prime Minister’s Prize of promotion of ocean state in 2015.  Currently Michida has been involved in several professional activities such as the Vice President of Japan Society of Ocean Policy. 
  • Masanori Miyahara
    Representative, afc.masa
  • Pelayo Rodríguez Alonso
    Japan Representative/Senior Business Initiatives Manager, Ocean Winds
    Born out of a strategic alliance between EDP Renewables and ENGIE, Ocean Winds develops, finances, builds, and operates offshore wind farms all over the world. With a current portfolio of 16.6 GW of gross capacity, Ocean Winds is a key leader in the global energy transition. Pelayo has been based in the Asia Pacific Region since 2010 and has experience in solar and wind energy. He holds an LLM from the University of Oviedo, a MIB from UPF Barcelona School of Management, and is a registered lawyer at Madrid Bar Association (ICAM).
  • Mitsuhiro Yoshimura
    General Manager, Engineering Department No.2, Japan Wind Power Association (JWPA)
  • Rosanna Jackson
    Associate, Carbon Trust
    Rosanna is a policy specialist in the Carbon Trust with regional expertise of East Asia. She focuses on the intersection of environmental sustainability and economic/industrial development by increasing international policy collaboration to achieve common economic and sustainability goals. At the Carbon Trust, Rosanna has boosted net-zero related policies in collaboration with high-level policy forums on sustainability, mainly in the offshore renewables and maritime sector. Previously, Rosanna gained experience in academic research, and she also has 3 years experience working in the Economic Section of the Embassy of Japan (UK) from 2016-2019, where she was responsible for economic policy analysis on topics such as renewable energy, international trade, and environmental policy. Rosanna holds an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge and a BA in Japanese and Chinese Studies from the University of London, SOAS.
  • Kunihiro Ikegami
    Professor, Nagasaki Institute of Applied Science
  • Izumi Ushiyama
    Director and Professor Emeritus, Ashikaga University
    Dr. of engineering from the Graduate School of Sophia University. He has been professor at Ashikaga Institute of Technology since 1985, and served as president for 8 years for two terms since 2008. He is a founder of JWEA and chairman of JSES. He is a member of Offshore Wind power Committee, METI, the chairman of Offshore wind Power Committee of NEDO, among others. He has authored 25 books, five of which have been translated and published in China, Korea and Taiwan. He has received ten awards, including the Award from MECSST, WREC Pioneer Award and Distinguished Service Award, and WWEC Honorary Award.  
  • Satoru Yoshida
    Executive Vice President, Hokutaku Co., LTD
    1984   Graduated Economics Department, Aoyama Gakuin University                      
    1991   Established Ecology Corporation. Acquired NEG Micon Japanese authorized agency
    1993   Introduced Japan's first imported wind turbine (100kW)
    1995   Director, Hokutaku Co., Ltd.               
    2007   Director, Japan Wind Power Association
    2009   Vice President, Hokutaku Co., Ltd    
    2022   Director, Japan Wind Energy Association
  • Mika Ohbayashi
    Director, Renewable Energy Institute
    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.
  • Mika Kudo
    Senior Researcher, Renewable Energy Institute
    Mika Kudo joined Renewable Energy Institute in 2016. After graduating from the University of Tokyo, she worked as a law practitioner from 1999. She started her career as a researcher in the Research Office for Judicial Reform of Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA) in 2002 when the Japanese government engaged in the judicial reform from 2001. She was in charge of research on the implementation of Saiban-in (lay judge or jury) system, reform of criminal procedure, law school system, the social impact of increasing in-house counsels, as well as judicial systems and researches in foreign countries related to those issues. While working as a staff attorney for JFBA for over 10 years, she also served in the Civil Legal Aid Division of the Japan Legal Support Center in 2010.
    At Renewable Energy Institute, her research focuses on interconnectors, market design for electricity system reform and the institutional challenges for renewable energy such as offshore wind.
  • Akihiro Sando
    Senior Researcher, Renewable Energy Institute
    Akihiro Sando joined Renewable Energy Institute in 2022. He specializes in environmental and regional economics. Since 2012, as a local resident of Obama Onsen, Nagasaki Prefecture, he has been involved in small-scale geothermal power generation projects led by the local community. From 2014, he took part in the Research Project on Renewable Energy Economics at the Graduate School of Economics at Kyoto University as a post graduate student. From 2018, he carried out research on the economic analysis of carbon pricing as a researcher at the Kyoto Institute of Economic Research (KIER). From 2019, he was appointed as a member of JOGMEC Geothermal Resource Development Advisory Committee (Regional Economy). In 2021, he obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from Kyoto University and wrote his doctoral thesis on "Regional Economic Value-Added Analysis for Renewable Energy Coexisting with Local Communities". He co-authored "22 Jobs to Change the Energy World" (2015) and "Using Geothermal Energy in Harmony with Communities" (2018).
    At Renewable Energy Institute, his main research focus is offshore wind.

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