SC Profile

Nobuo Tanaka

Position

Chairman, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Former Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA)

Country

Japan

Career history:

Nobuo Tanaka is Chairman of The Sasakawa Peace Foundation. As Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) from 2007 to 2011, he initiated a collective release of oil stocks in June 2011. He also played a crucial and personal role in the strengthening of ties with major non-Member energy players, including China and India.
He began his career in 1973 in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), and has served in a number of high-ranking positions, including Director-General of the Multilateral Trade System Department. He was deeply engaged in bilateral trade issues with the US as Minister for Industry, Trade and Energy at the Embassy of Japan, Washington DC. He has also served twice as Director for Science, Technology and Industry (DSTI) of the Paris-based international organization, OECD.

Areas of expertise:

Energy Security, Trade Negotiation, International Organization

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Sally M. Benson

Position

Professor, Department of Energy Resources Engineering, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, Stanford University
Director, Global Climate and Energy Project, Stanford University

Country

United States

Career history:

2007-Present:
Stanford University.
1978-2007:
Various positions at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, including Division Director for Earth Sciences, Associate Director for Energy Sciences and Deputy Director for Operations.

Areas of expertise:

Groundwater hydrology, reservoir engineering, geologic storage of carbon dioxide in deep underground formations, technologies for a low-energy future, and net energy analysis (quantifying overall energy efficiency of a production process by weighing the energetic cost of energy production against the energy produced).

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Georg Erdmann

Position

Professor, Berlin University of Technology
Member of the independent Expert group "Energy for the Future" consulting the Federal Government on the German Energy Transformation

Country

Germany

Career history:

2009
President of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE)
2000
Founder of Prognoseforum GmbH
1995-
Professor for Energy Systems at the Institute for Energy Technology, Berlin University of Technology
1982-1995
Post doc researcher and Assistant Professor at the Center for Economic Research, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich

Areas of expertise:

Energy economics including energy market modeling and forecasting, energy market reform, energy trade, investment strategies, financing and risk management, and market entry of new energy technologies such as fuel cell and battery electric vehicles; Evolutionary economics applied to energy innovations and technologies

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Eija-Riitta Korhola

Position

Delegate of the Consultative Commission on Industrial Change
Adviser in the EU affairs

Country

Finland

Career history:

2016-
Delegate of the Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI) at European Economic and Social Committee, Brussels
2015-
Visiting Senior fellow at Tsinghua-Brookings, Beijing
2015-
Professional board member and adviser in the EU affairs
1999-2014
Member of the European Parliament, various positions and responsibilities in the committees for Environment, Energy and Industry, Internal Market
2006-2010
Vice-Chair of the Moderate Coalition party
1996-1999
independent journalist for various radio and tv channels and columnist for several magazines
1993-1996
development educator and press officer in Finnchurchaid

Areas of expertise:

PhD in environmental politics, doctoral thesis on Kyoto Protocol and the climate performance of the EU. Emissions trading, waste & energy, eco design, EU Law, Århus convention

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Reiko Kuroda

Position

Professor, Research Institute for Science and Technology, Tokyo University of Science
Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo
Ambassador, Women's Initiative in Developing STEM Career (WINDS)

Country

Japan

Career history:

2017-
Ambassador, Women's Initiative in Developing STEM Career (WINDS)
2012-
Professor, Research Institute for Science and Technology, Tokyo University of Science
2012-
Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo
1992 – 2012
Professor, Department of Life Sciences, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences/ Department of Biochemistry, Graduate School of Sciences, The University of Tokyo
1986 - 1992
Associate Professor, ibid.
1985 - 1986
Senior Staff Scientist, Institute of Cancer Research, Sutton, U.K. / Visiting Lecturer, King's College London.
1981 - 1985
Research Fellow/Honorary Lecturer, Department of Biophysics, King's College, London, U.K.
1975 - 1981
Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, King's College, London, U.K

Areas of expertise:

Chemist and biologist working on missing link of microscopic and macroscopic world, e.g., from molecules to crystals in the non-biological domain, and from genes to individual living organisms in the biological domains through chirality (left and right handedness). She also involves in “Science Policy” (ICSU ex-vice President, currently UN SG SAB on Global Sustainability) as well as in “Science in Society (established a campus-wide minor degree Science Interpreter Training Course at The University of Tokyo graduate school)”.

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Hoesung Lee

Position

Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change(IPCC)
Endowed Chair Professor, Graduate School of Energy and Environment, Korea University

Country

Republic of Korea

Career history:

Dr. Hoesung Lee is Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), elected since October 2015, and Endowed Chair Professor at Korea University Graduate School of Energy and Environment, Seoul, Korea. He is a council member of the Global Green Growth Institute, and Chairman of the Asian Development Bank President’s Advisory Board on Climate Change and Sustainable Development. Lee was the founding president of the Korea Energy Economics Institute -- a government agency for national energy policy development. He was Distinguished Research Fellow at the Korea Environment Institute, senior adviser to the Minister of Energy and Resources and the Minister of Environment, senior fellow at the Korea Development Institute and economist at Exxon Company USA. He served as the president of the International Association for Energy Economics, a member of the International Advisory Board of the Battelle-Pacific Northwest National Lab, USA, the Board of Directors of Hyundai Corporation and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan. He served as Vice-Chair of IPCC 2008-2015, and Co-chair of Working Group III of the Second Assessment, lead author and review editor for the various IPCC assessments.

Areas of expertise:

Economics of energy and climate change

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Richard K. Lester

Position

Associate Provost, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Country

United States

Career history:

2015-
Associate Provost, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2009-2015
Head, Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2009-
Japan Steel Industry Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1992-2010
Director, Industrial Performance Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1990-
Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Areas of expertise:

Innovation management and policy. Local, regional, and national systems of innovation. Energy systems. Nuclear technology innovation, management, and control. He is chair of the National Academies’ Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy.

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Ajay Mathur

Position

Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

Country

India

Career history:

Dr. Mathur is the Director General of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), and a member of the Indian Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change, since its foundation in 2007.

Dr. Mathur is a well known and well respected energy professional globally. He is co-chair of the Gobal Energy Transitions Commission, a group of CEOs of companies, financial institutions and thinktanks from around the world who are addressing strategies for countries and companies to move to a low carbon future. He was an Indian Climate Change Negotiator and was the Indian spokesperson at the Paris climate negotiations in 2015.

Dr. Mathur was Director General of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) in the Government of India from 2006 to 2016, with a brief interregnum when he was the interim Director of the Secretariat of the Green Climate Fund following its creation in 2012. Under his leadership, the BEE launched the well-recognized star labelling programme, the Perform, Achieve and Trade -or PAT programme for industry as well the Energy Conservation Building Code, and the DSM programmes through the creation of a new company, Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. (EESL).

Areas of expertise:

Energy consumption patterns and trends
Climate Change policy
Sustainable development policy

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Valli Moosa

Position

Former Minister for Environmental Affairs and Tourism

Country

South Africa

Career history:

Valli Moosa was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a veteran of the South African Freedom struggle. He worked closely with Nelson Mandela during the settlement talks and served as a negotiator for the ANC. He participated in the drafting of the South African Constitution.
He served in President Mandela’s cabinet as Minister of Constitutional Development and in President Mbeki’s government as Environment Minister.
He joined the corporate sector in 2004 and currently serves as Chairman of Anglo American Platinum and Sun International. He is also a partner in the Lereko Metier Sustainable Capital Fund.
He is Chairman of WWF(SA). Has served as an informal facilitator in the climate change negotiation’s for a number of years.
He previously served as President of the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) and Chairman of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development.

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Nebojsa Nakicenovic

Position

Deputy Director General and Deputy CEO, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Professor Emeritus, Vienna University of Technology (TU WIEN)

Country

Austria

Career history:

2016-Present
Member of the United Nations Secretary General Special Advisory 10-Member Group to support the Technology Facilitation Mechanism
2016-Present
Executive Director of The World in 2050 (TWI2050)
2009-2016
Member of the Advisory Council of the German Government on Global Change (WBGU)
2012-2016
Co-Chair of the Global Carbon Project (GCP)
2005-2012
Member of the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Technical Group on Sustainable Development for All
2005-2012
Director, Global Energy Assessment (GEA)
2001-2015
Coordinating Lead Author, IPCC Fourth and Second Assessment Report; Lead Author of Fifth and Third Assessment Report; Coordinating Lead Author of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
1997-2000
Convening Lead Author of the IPCC Special Report on Emissions Scenarios

Serves on numerous advisory boards and editorial board of eight scientific journals.

Areas of expertise:

Long-term patterns of technological change, economic development and response to climate change and, in particular, the evolution of energy, mobility, and information and communication technologies

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David Sandalow

Position

Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University

Country

United States

Career history:

2009-2013
Under Secretary of Energy and Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs, United States Dept of Energy
2005-2008
Energy & Climate Working Group Chair, Clinton Global Initiative
2003-2008
Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
1999-2001
Assistant Secretary for Oceans, Environment & Science, US State Dept
1994-1998
White House staff, United States

Areas of expertise:

Energy and climate policy

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Ismail Serageldin

Position

Founding Director Emeritus, Library of Alexandria

Country

Egypt

Career History

Ismail Serageldin, an Egyptian national, is the Emeritus Librarian of Alexandria and the Founding Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA), the new Library of Alexandria in Egypt, which he headed from its inauguration in 2002 to his retirement in 2017. He is advisor to the Egyptian Prime Minister in matters concerning culture, science, and museums. He has been Distinguished Professor at the College de France in Paris (2010-2011) Vice-President of the World Bank (1993-2000), and has received the Public Welfare Medal of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), as well as the Legion d’Honneur (France) and the Order of the Rising Sun (Japan).  He is a member of many academies, and has received over 36 honorary doctorates.  Mr. Serageldin serves as Chair and Member of a number of advisory committees for academic, research, scientific and international institutions and civil society efforts, including as co-Chair of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center (NGIC),  and serves on the Advisory Committee of the World Social Science Report for 2013 and 2016, as well as the UNESCO-supported World Water Scenarios (2013) and the executive council of the Encyclopedia of Life (2010) and Chairs the Executive Council of the World Digital Library (2010).   He also co-chaired the African Union’s high level panel for Biotechnology (2006) and again for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in 2012-2013, and was a member of the ICANN Panel for the review of the internet future (2013). He lectures and publishes widely.

Areas of Expertise

Biotechnology, rural development, sustainability, and the value of science to society. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Cairo University and Master’s degree and a PhD from Harvard University and has received over 30 honorary doctorates.

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Vaclav Smil

Position

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Manitoba

Country

Canada

Career history:

Vaclav Smil does interdisciplinary research in the fields of energy, environmental and population change, food production and nutrition, technical innovation, risk assessment, and public policy. He has published 40 books and nearly 500 papers on these topics. He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Science Academy). In 2010 he was named by Foreign Policy as one of the top 100 global thinkers, in 2013 he was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada and in 2015 he received OPEC Award for Research for his energy studies. He has worked as a consultant for many US, EU and international institutions, has been an invited speaker in more than 400 conferences and workshops in the USA, Canada, Europe, Asia and Africa, and has lectured at many universities in North America, Europe and East Asia.

Areas of expertise:

Interdisciplinary energy studies
Energy analysis
Energy policy
Energy and the environment
Fossil fuels
Renewable energies
Energy in history
History of technical advances
Energy and food production
Global biogeochemical cycles

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Laurence Tubiana

Position

Professor, Sciences Po Paris
Professor, Columbia University

Country

France

Career history:

2012
Laurence Tubiana was appointed by the French government to the National Steering Committee on Energy Transition
1997-2002
Laurence Tubiana served as senior advisor to the Prime Minister, Lionel Jospin, on environmental issues
Member of the French Council of Economic Analysis and research director for the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA)

Areas of expertise:

Published a number of articles and books on environment, development and international issues

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Kenji Yamaji

Position

Director-General, Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE)
Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo, Japan

Country

Japan

Career history:

Dr. Kenji Yamaji, Emeritus Professor of the University of Tokyo, is Director-General of the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE) since April 1, 2010. He served as President of the Japan Institute of Energy and as President of the Japan Society of Energy and Resources. Dr. Yamaji’s immediate past position was a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Information Systems at the University of Tokyo. He obtained B.S., M.S., and Dr. of Engineering degrees in nuclear engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1972, 1974, 1977 respectively. During the earlier part of his career, Dr. Yamaji had been extensively involved in the analysis of energy technology assessment, mainly at the Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI) in Japan. He has published more than 80 books as well as many research papers on energy systems, and he is also serving in many advisory bodies on energy and environmental policy for Japanese government. Dr. Yamaji contributed to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as a lead author for 3rd and 4th Assessment Reports of WG3.

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Itaru Yasui

Position

Honorary Adviser, National Institute of Technology and Evaluation(NITE)
Emeritus Professor, The University of Tokyo

Country

Japan

Career history:

2005-
Emeritus Professor, The University of Tokyo
2003-2007
Vice-Rector, United Nations University
1990-2003
Professor, Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo
1979
Associate Professor, Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo
1973
Research Associate, The University of Tokyo

Areas of expertise:

Interested in new technologies and methodologies to reduce per capita CO2 emission within 20 - 30 years including ways of thinking and social systems in advanced countries. Ways of Cooperation between developed and under developing countries are other interests.

Fields: 
CO2 Reduction Technologies, Life Cycle Assessment, Risk Assessment, Risk Communication, Management of Chemical Substances

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