Japan Renewable Energy Foundation Symposium
On The Occasion of Dr. David Suzuki's Visit To Japan

Keys to Establishing a Sustainable Energy Society
―Reconsidering with Dr. Suzuki How to Deal with Energy―

Date & Time:

14:00 - 16:30 Saturday, December 8, 2012


United Nations University U Thant Hall
Shibuya-ku, Jingumae 5-53-70 United Nations University 3F Tokyo  < MAP >
10 min from Shibuya Station/ 5 min from Omotesando Station

Organized by:

Japan Renewable Energy Foundation

Supported by:

Embassy of Canada to Japan


 (honorifics omitted):
David Suzuki (Board member, Japan Renewable Energy Foundation,
Co-founder, David Suzuki Foundation, Emeritus Professor of Zoology, University of British Columbia)
Naoki Ishikawa (Photographer)
Tomas Kaberger (Chair of Executive Board, Japan Renewable Energy Foundation,
Professor of Industrial Energy Policy, Chalmers University of Technology)
Takejiro Sueyoshi (Vice-Chair of Executive Board, Japan Renewable Energy Foundation,
UNEP Sustainable Energy Finance Initiative, Special Advisor)
Mika Ohbayashi (Director, Japan Renewable Energy Foundation)
*Speakers are subject to change.
Keynote Speaker
Dr. David Suzuki's recent photograph

Dr. David Suzuki
Scientist, Broadcaster, Author, Co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation.
  In 1990 Dr. David Suzuki co-founded The David Suzuki Foundation to work with “government, business and individuals to conserve our environment by providing science-based educatin, advocacy and policy work for social change that today’s situation demands”.
  He is Companion to the Order of Canada and a recipient of UNESCO's Kalinga Prize for science, the United Nations Environment Program medal, the 2009 Right Livelihood Award, and Global 500. Most recently, he was awarded the Inamori Ethics Prize in Sep. 2012. Dr. Suzuki is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and holds 28 honorary degrees from universities around the world.
  He is familiar to television audiences as host of the multi-award winning long-running CBC science and natural history television series The Nature of Things, and to radio audiences as the original host of CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks, as well as the acclaimed series It's a Matter of Survival and From Naked Ape to Superspecies.
  His written work includes more than 54 books, 19 of them for children.
  Dr. Suzuki lives with his wife, Dr. Tara Cullis, and family in Vancouver, B.C.
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Naoki Ishikawa
  Naoki Ishikawa, born in Tokyo in 1977, is a prize-winning photographer who has conducted extraordinary adventures around the globe. In 2001 when he was 23, he successfully climbed Mount Everest, becoming the youngest person in the world to climb the Seven Summits, the highest mountains of each of the seven continents. He has canoed down the Yukon River in Alaska, learned to navigate by the stars in Micronesia, and took part in the Pole to Pole project that traveled from the Magnetic North Pole to the South Pole in nine months without using any automobiles, trains or planes. He won the Sagamihara Prize for Newcomer Professionals, Newcomer Award for the Photographic Society of Japan, Photographic Award of Kodansha Publisher, etc. Ishikawa is currently a Special Researcher of Archeology at Tama Art University.
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Tomas Kaberger
Chair of Executive Board Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF)
Professor, Chalmers University, Sweden
  Currently Tomas Kaberger 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 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.
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Takejiro Sueyoshi
Vice-Chair of Executive Board
Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF)
  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.
  He is Special Advisor to UNEP FI and PRI in the Asia Pacific region. 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, he is giving many educational speeches about environmental problems and CSR/SRI in various government councils, seminars, universities and TV programs. He is the advisor to mayors of local governments and outside director of corporations in Japan. 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).
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Mika Ohbayashi
Director, Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF)
  Before joining the foundation, Ms. Ohbayashi 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 May 2010 to Aug 2011. She is one of two founders of Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP), and served as Deputy Director 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 after leaving ISEP and before joining IRENA. She started her carrier in the energy fields 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. She also served as SC member for REN21 and World Council for Renewable Energy for about three years before joining the UK government in 2008.

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