Speaker CVs

Mr Hiroaki Ishizuka

Chairman

New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization(NEDO)

Mr. Ishizuka was appointed as Chairman of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) in April 2018. After graduating from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Chemical Science in 1972, he joined Mitsubishi Chemical Industries Limited (current Mitsubishi Chemical corporation). He held various positions within Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation and became Member of the Board, President and CEO in 2012 and Senior Corporate Advisor of Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation in 2017.


Mr Norbert Gorissen

Deputy Director-General for International Policy, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany

Mr. Gorissen has been head of the International Policy Directorate at the Federal Environment Ministry since July 2018. The directorate comprises six divisions and covers a.o. coordination of environment-related G7 and G20 issues, the 2030 Agenda, international climate finance, including the International Climate Initiative (IKI), international energy and urban policy and bilateral relations to all non-EU member states. After graduating in mechanical engineering from the RWTH University in Aachen, he held several positions at the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) in the field of transport and environment before joining the Federal Environment Ministry in 1999. He became head of the division “International and EU Affairs in the Field of Renewable Energies” in 2003, head of the European Affairs Division during Germany’s EU Council Presidency in 2007, and head of the division “International Climate Finance, International Climate Initiative” in 2008. Between 2013 and 2016, he served as EU lead negotiator for climate finance in the Paris Agreement, and initiated the OECD report “Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth” during Germany’s G20 Presidency in 2017.


Ms Ursula Borak
Head of International Affairs, Fossil Energy Sources and Nuclear Energy, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

Ms. Ursula Borak serves as Deputy Director-General in the energy department in the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) since 2008. Her responsibilities include international cooperation, nuclear, coal, oil and budget coordination. Since joining BMWi in 1987, she held several posts at the Ministry, including several ones abroad, and previoulsly worked as an academic assistant at the Energy Economics Institute (EWI), Cologne University. 


Mr Shinichi Kihara

Deputy Commissioner for International Affairs
Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE)
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

Shinichi Kihara was appointed in July 2020 as the Deputy Commissioner for International Affairs of Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE). Mr. Kihara earned a Bachelor of Economics from University of Tokyo in 1993. He earned an MBA in 1998 from Cornell University, USA. After joining METI in 1993, he held various positions within METI, including Director for Policy Planning and Coordination Division of Trade Policy Bureau, Director for Middle East and Africa Division and Americas Division. He was also involved in energy related work including the International Affairs Division in 2004 and Nuclear Power Safety Administration Division in 1998. He served as Director for International Affairs for four years since 2012 and took the lead for the G7 Kitakyushu Energy Ministerial in 2016. Mr. Kihara served as Senior Energy Analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris since 2009. He contributed to their flagship publication, the World Energy Outlook.


Ms Keiko Segawa

Special Advisor to Environment Minister KOIZUMI Deputy Director-General for Global Environment Affairs Ministry of the Environment, Japan

Ms. Keiko SEGAWA was appointed Deputy Director-General for Global Environment Affairs, Ministry of the Environment, Japan in July 2019. She oversees international operations on climate change in the Ministry of the Environment, and leads negotiations on climate change and environmental issues in multilateral forum such as the G7, and the G20.

Ms. SEGAWA joined the Environment Agency (now Ministry of the Environment) in 1989. She worked on various issues in both domestic and international contexts. She held important duties in a variety of environmental fields including climate change, waste and chemical management, environment pollution control, and EIA. She also served in management positions, supporting ministers in their public relations and human resource management duties.


Prof Jun Arima
公共政策大学院 Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo

Mr. Arima is Professor for Energy and Environmental policies at the University of Tokyo. While being a senior Policy Fellow at the Economic Research Institute of ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), he is also Project Leader of the 21st Century Public Policy, and Distinguished Senior Research Fellow at Asia Pacific Institute of Research (APIR), a Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Energy Economics of Japan (IEEJ), a Consulting Fellow at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI). He is also a Council Member of the German Japan Energy Transformation Council (GJETC) and Lead Author, IPCC 6th Assessment Report WG3.

After joining the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) in 1982, he became Deputy Director, International Affairs Division, Agency of Natural Resources and Energy in 1992. From 1996 to 1999, he served as Counselor at the Permanent Delegation of Japan to the OECD in Paris. He returned to ANRE, energy Environment Office in 1999. From 2002 to 2006, he was head of Country Studies Division of the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris, before returning to ANRE, in charge of a Director, International Affairs Division, International Energy Negotiation. After his appointment as Deputy Director General of Global Environmental Affairs (METI), he served as Director General, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) in London from 2011 to 2015.


Dr Felix Christian Matthes

Research Coordinator Energy and Climate Policy, Öko-Institut

Dr. Matthes is an expert in the field of German, European and international decarbonization strategies, energy system modelling, energy and climate policy mix, energy market design and energy technology assessments. He gained his MEng in Electrical Engineering from the Leipzig University of Technology, his PhD in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin in 1999 and joined Oeko Institut in 1997. Since 2009 he is Research Coordinator for energy and climate policy at Oeko Institut. He was member of the Advisory Group of the European Commission for the EU Energy Roadmap 2050 in 2011, the Study Commission of the German Bundestag on Sustainable Energy from 2000 to 2002, the German Commission on Growth, Structural Change and Employment (“Coal Commission”) in 2018/2019 and serves as a member of the National Hydrogen Council since 2020.

 


Ms Yuko Nishida 
Senior Manager Climate Change, Renewable Energy Institute, Japan
Ms. Nishida joined Renewable Energy Institute in 2017. She specializes in policy making of sustainable development in cities, sustainable architecture and urban planning. Before joining the Institute, she worked for the Tokyo Metropolitan Government on climate policies and international environmental cooperation projects. She has collaborated with C40 cities, the global network of mega-cities committed to addressing climate change, and was responsible for compiling the publication of “Urban Efficiency,” a series of case studies on energy-saving measures for urban built environment. She has a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. At Renewable Energy Institute, she is responsible for medium to long-term strategy development for decarbonization in Japan and provides support for energy transition projects in the building sector as well as climate change measures for non-state actors such as local governments and the business sector.

Mr Philipp Hauser

Industry Project Manager at Agora Energiewende

Philipp D. Hauser is an Industry Project Manager at Agora Energiewende, responsible for transformation issues in the steel, cement and chemical industries. Before joining Agora, Philipp Hauser worked for ENGIE in Latin America for over ten years. As Vice President for Energy Transition, he coordinated the development of climate protection projects, discussions on the sustainability of electricity production, and strategic issues related to climate policy and energy transition.

Philipp Hauser holds a degree in chemistry from the Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany, and completed a two-year MBA program at the Coppead Institute of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.


Dr Klaus Freytag
Representative of the Minister President of the State of Brandenburg for Lusatia 

Dr. Klaus Freytag has been involved in mining and lignite mining for over 30 years. Since 2001 he has been permanent deputy to the President of the Brandenburg and Berlin State Mining Office. After the merger into the Brandenburg State Office for Mining, Geology and Raw Materials (LBGR) in 2004, Dr. Klaus Freytag was appointed president to the new office. Since December 2015, he has been head of the "Energy and Raw Materials" department at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and, since 2018, has also been the Minister President's Commissioner for the Lusatia region.


Mr Toshikazu Mito

Kitakyushu Foundation for the Advancement of Industry, Science and Technology (FAIS)

Mr. Mito started his work career as an environmental officer at the Japanese Environmental Agency in 1996. He moved to Rwanda in 2007 and joined the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as an environmental officer. In 2009, he left both positions and became a freelance environmental consultant in Rwanda and dealt with environmental topics such as climate change, asbestos eradication, and landfill renovation. He moved back to Japan in 2016 and is currently assisting solid waste management improvement in African cities together with the Japanese Government, UN, and the World Bank. He also works at FAIS and is promoting renewable energy and artificial intelligence (AI) with Kitakyushu City. He has a Master’s degree of the Applied Environmental Studies (MAES) at the University of Waterloo in Canada.


Mr Christopher Kardish

 Advisor at adelphi and the Secretariat of the International Carbon Action Partnership

Christopher Kardish is a Carbon Markets Advisor at adelphi and the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP), an intergovernmental forum on emissions trading systems (ETSs). He specializes in the design of ETSs through ICAP’s Technical Dialogue Workstream, which produces research on aspects of ETS design and convenes member jurisdictions for exchanges on these issues. His main technical area of focus is carbon leakage and economic competitiveness, including free allocation, alternatives to free allocation (e.g. border carbon adjustments), and industrial decarbonization. He is a co-author of ICAP’s 2020 report “Carbon Leakage and Deep Decarbonization: Future-proofing Carbon Leakage Protection.” Through adelphi, he has also supported the European Commission and the German Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) on analysis of carbon leakage protections and alternatives to free allocation.


Prof Dr Cornelia Reiher

Graduate School of East Asian Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

Cornelia Reiher is professor of Japanese Studies at Freie Universität Berlin and vice director of the Graduate School of East Asian Studies. Her main research interests include rural Japan, food studies, globalization and science and technology studies. Her recent publications include a special issue on fieldwork in Japan (2018), book chapters on transnational protest movement(s) in Asia (2019), and urban-rural migration in Japan (2020) and the methods handbook  Studying Japan: Handbook of research designs, fieldwork and methods (2020, co-edited with Nora Kottmann).


Dr Bernd Wenzel

Head of the Competence Center Climate Protection in Energy-Intensive Industries (KEI)

Dr. Bernd Wenzel has been working in the energy industry for 25 years - especially in climate protection as well as the integration of renewable energies into the energy supply system. After professional stations in research, project management as well as corporate and political consulting, he has been responsible for setting up the Competence Centre on climate change mitigation in energy-intensive industries in Cottbus since May 2019.


Ms Annette Wagner
Head of Sustainability Department, Bosch Corporation

Annette Wagner is heading the Corporate Office Sustainability and Ideas Lab at the headquarters of Robert Bosch GmbH in Stuttgart, Germany since April 2018 where she is responsible for the company’s sustainability strategy and sustainability reporting. Prior to that she was Head of the EU Affairs Office of Robert Bosch GmbH in Brussels, Belgium.

Before joining Bosch, Annette was in charge of the European Union’s policy on environment, climate and energy at the Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the EU in Brussels, Belgium for the Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector of Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

Annette studied political science and French philology (Bachelor of Arts at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany) (2005 - 2008) and holds a Master’s degree in European Studies from Europa Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder, Germany (2009 - 2011).


Mr Kazuya Monden 
Department Manager, Energy Management Systems Research Department, Center for Technology Innovation - Energy, Hitachi, Ltd. Research & Development Group

Mr. Monden got his Master of Informatics in the field of Systems Science at the Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University in 2002 and joined the Systems Development Laboratory of Hitachi, Ltd. In the same year. He became Senior Engineer for Advanced Metering Infrastructure System, Infrastructure Systems Company, Hitachi, Ltd. In 2012, Senior Researcher for public safety systems at Hitachi Asia in 2014, and Senior Researcher Unit Leader, System Architecture Department, Center for Technology Innovation  - Systems Engineering, Hitachi Ltd. In 2017, before being appointed as Department Manager for Energy Management Systems at the Center for Technology Innovation – Energy of Hitachi, Ltd. Research and Development Group in 2020.


Dr Chris Tuppen

Founder of Advancing Sustainability, Ltd.

Chris Tuppen has been involved in sustainability for over twenty years. He is Visiting Professor of Smart Technologies at University Campus Suffolk. He has served on the boards of CSR Europe and BSR (Business for Social Responsibility). He co-chaired the Global Reporting Initiative’s G2 measurement working group and chaired the Global e- Sustainability Initiative and the European Telecommunication Network Operators Association’s environmental working group. He was initiator and co-editor of the report SMART 2020 – Enabling the Low Carbon Economy in the Information Age.

He is currently a member of the Executive Board of the Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability project, and a member of the BBC Sustainability Advisory Group and the Science Based Targets Initiative’s Technical Advisory Group.


Dr Akira Yabe

Fellow, Energy System & Hydrogen Unit, Technology Strategy Center (TSC), NEDO

Before entering NEDO as a Director General of Technology Strategy Center for Energy System & Hydrogen Units in April 2015, Mr. Yabe had been a Vice-President of AIST for 7 years as a Director General for Environment and Energy Research Fields. He completed his PhD in Mechanical Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology at 1979 and joined the Mechanical Engineering Laboratory (MEL) of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI). He served as a Head of Fluid Engineering and Quantum Engineering Research Lab and Research Planning Office for MEL. He became a Director for Advanced Manufacturing Research Center on Micro and Nano Scale Science and Engineering, AIST on 2001, Director of AIST Chugoku Regional Research Center and Director of Research Collaboration Promotion Department.

Mr. Yabe was concurrently a Professor of Institute of Engineering Mechanics and Systems, University of Tsukuba (1992-2010), Adjunctive Professor of Science University of Tokyo (1995-2009), Russell Severance Springer Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley (2001), Professor (Cooperative Chair) of Tokyo Institute of Technology (2005-2013), Adjunctive Professor of Kanazawa Institute of Technology (1997-2013). He also served as the President of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME) (2013-2014).

He published the “Comprehensive R&D Principle for Sustainable Society (The NEDO’s Principle)” with the member of Technology Strategy Center of NEDO in February 2020 where the importance of “Circular Economy”, “Bio-economy” and “Sustainable Energy” would be stressed to realize the sustainable society. 


Mr Tomoharu Higuchi
Senior Manager, Store Construction Dept., Energy Management Section, Lawson, Japan

Mr. Higuchi entered Lawson, Inc. in 1996. In the past years, he held various positions in the Store Construction Department before being appointed to the Energy Management Section in 2012.


Mr Mathias Böswetter
Senior Expert Digital Infrastructure & Security, Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena)

Mathias Böswetter works at the German Energy Agency, dena, and is responsible for digital infrastructure & security. Previously, he was Head of Digitalization and Manager for international PV Projects at the German Solar Association.


Mr Masanobu Sasaki

Senior Manager, Sales Unit, Tepco Energy Partner

Mr. Sasaki graduated from Tokyo Metropolitan University (Mechanical Engineering) in 1996 and joined Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) in the same year. He served in the Heat Pump & Thermal Storage Technology Center of Japan and in various positions within TEPCO before joining TEPCO Energy Partner in 2016. He was appointed as Senior Manager at the sales unit of TEPCO Energy Partner, Inc. in October 2020.


Mr Till Kötter
Senior Advisor for European and International Affairs, Stiftung 2°

Mr. Koetter is a political scientist. Since April 2020, he has worked as a senior advisor for European and international affairs of the Foundation 2 °. Prior to that, he spent five years advising the International, Europe and Climate Protection department of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) in changing positions. The focus of his work was on the German G7 and G20 presidency, as well as on international partnerships for the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Till Koetter previously worked in the Beijing office of the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) with a focus on German-Chinese cooperation for ambitious climate protection with provinces such as Hubei, Jiangxi, Jilin and Shanxi. Before that, he worked for the Heinrich Boell Foundation’s Washington office with stakeholders from government, business and civil society to strengthen progressive alliances for climate protection at the national and sub-national level. He holds a Masters in International Politics from Sciences Po Paris and studied Journalism at the University of Florida.


Ms Yuri Okubo
Senior Researcher, Renewable Energy Institute (REI)

She has joined the Renewable Energy Institute as Climate Change Policy Advisor to develop and implement the Institute’s strategy to accelerate energy transformation from the climate policy perspectives. Her current research focuses on global and domestic coal business policies and trends. She also takes the lead for joint studies with international organizations and work on strategies of the management of the Japan Climate Initiative.
Before working for REI, she worked for the Foundation myclimate to set up its Japanese company affiliation and support the global network. Previously, she joined research projects at the Department of Political Science of the University of Zurich where she was engaged in projects on climate and sustainable finance which were funded by the European Parliament, the German Federal Environment Agency and UK organizations. She also worked for an environmental NGO and managed lecture seminars for schools and the public in Japan.  She obtained a master’s degree in International Relations at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies.


Dr Eckehard  Büscher, 
Head of Energy Management, EnergyAgency.NRW

Dr. Büscher currently serves as Director of the network “Energy Sector” of the Energy Agency North Rhine-Westphalia. In this position, he founded the association “Blockchain.NRW”, established the working groups “Smart Cities NRW” and “digitization in the energy sector”. Previously, Dr. Büscher was Director of the International Coordination-office of German Geothermal Enterprises and Assistant Professor at the University of Applied Science Bochum and the RWTH Aachen. Dr. Büscher graduated in Civil Engineering from the RWTH Aachen and holds a PhD in Environmental Management from the University Witten/Herdecke.


Dr Ichiro Kutani

Senior Research Fellow, Assistant Director & Manager

Strategy Research Unit, The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan

Mr. Kutani has been engaged in energy policy analysis since joining IEEJ in 2007; his main field of research is analysis of global energy market and energy security issues with emphasis on Asia.  The latest study project engagement includes ASEAN power grid connectivity, energy efficiency in the transport sector, quantitative assessment of energy security, development of energy plan for Myanmar, and Japan-Germany joint study on energy transition.  Prior to his current role, Mr. Kutani has held positions of Leader of Gas Group, and Visiting Researcher at IEEJ, where his research has addressed US, European, and Asian gas and LNG markets, global coal markets and clean coal technology.  Mr. Kutani began his career at JFE Engineering Corp where he designed and managed gas pipeline projects.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Waseda University, Japan.


Prof Peter Hennicke
Co-Chair, German-Japanese Energy Transition Council (GJETC)

Prof. Peter Hennicke is an internationally reknown and awarded expert in the field of energy and climate policy as well as energy and resource efficiency. He was appointed President of the Wuppertal Institute from 2000 until 2008 and is Senior Advisor until today.

Prof. Hennicke is Full Member of the Club of Rome and has been a Member of the Management Board of the European Environmental Agency (EEA) as a representative of the European Parliament. Between 1989 and 2002, he was an Expert Member of three Enquiry Commissions of the German Bundestag on Climate and Energy.

Since nearly two decades, Prof. Hennicke has been dealing with energy and environmental policy in Japan through lecture tours, congresses, articles and advisory board activities. Since 2016, he is Co-Chair of the German-Japanese Energy Transition Council.


Prof Dr Uwe Riedel

Head of the Institute for Low CO2 Industrial Processes of the German Aerospace Center, DLR

Uwe Riedel is the acting director of the DLR-Institute of Low-Carbon Industrial Processes in Cottbus and Zittau founded in 2019. In this role he is responsible for the scientific set-up. The focus is on the specific requirements and research needs for the decarbonization of energy-intensive industrial sectors (power plants, steel production, cement industry, petrochemical industry, chemical industry, ...).

As a professor in the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Stuttgart, his field of work is the physicochemical properties of conventional and synthetic fuels with a focus on aviation fuels. From 2015 to 2019, he was the project leader of the two DLR cross-sectional projects "Future Fuels", which conduct cross-sectoral research on future fuels in energy, transport, aviation and space.

Uwe Riedel holds a doctorate in physics and a habilitation in physical chemistry from the University of Heidelberg.


Mr Hiroyuki Yuzuki
Assistant General Manager, New Energy Business Development Dept., Marubeni Corporation

Mr. Yuzuki joined Marubeni Corp. in 1999. Prior to his current position as Assistant General Manager of the New Energy Business Development Department, he served as General Manager at Marubeni Europe, Risley Office, and as General Manager at the Oil and Gas E&P Department of Marubeni Corporation.


Dr-Ing Peter Juchmann

Operations Director Bandgießen/Warmwalzen, Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH

Dr. Ing. Peter Juchmann completed his PhD in 1988 at the Institute of Materials Science at Hanover University. He joined Salzgitter AG Corporate Planning Div. in 1998 and became Managing Director of Salzgitter Magnesium-Technologie GmbH, a subsidiary of Salzgitter AG for Magnesium Flat-Rolled products, in 2001. Since 2011, he is Head of Belt-Casting /Hot Rolling at Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH, and since 2020 part of the SALCOS Management team (Salzgitter Low CO2 Steelmaking) of Salzgitter AG.


Mr Masaki Sakamoto
Sub Chief, Electricity Section, Enterprise Bureau, Präfektur Yamanashi

Mr. Sakamoto joined the Fire and Disaster Prevention Section of Yamanashi Prefecture in 1997 and served in the Power Generation General Control Center. He has been in charge of the construction of new power plants and the operation of the Power Storage Technology Research Site as a Research and Development officer in the Electricity Section of Yamanashi Prefectural Enterprise Bureau since April 2008. He focuses on topics such as superconducting flywheel energy storage systems, hybrid hydrogen battery systems and Power-to-Gas systems. Currently, he is the head of the project "Development of P2G system technology Aiming to Build a CO2-free hydrogen society" by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).


Ms Lisa Willnauer

Senior Manager Hydrogen, RWE Generation SE

After graduating from Braunschweig Technical University in Industrial Engineering, Ms. Willnauer gained 3.5 years of work experiences in the hydrogen business as well as 5+ years in business development and project management. She joined RWE in 2017 and is currently responsible for the development and management of hydrogen projects at RWE Generation SE.


Mr Matthias Schritgen

Industrial Engineering, Fahrzeugwerk Bernard Krone GmbH & Co. KG

Mathias Schrigten is a trained industrial mechanic, studied mechanical engineering, and completed an MBA while working. Since 2016, he has been working at Fahrzeugwerk Krone in Werlte as a project engineer in the Industrial Engineering department. The focus of his work is on the central planning and supervision of investment projects, including the investment in the new surface center. He is 36 years old, married, and lives together with his wife and 2 children in Wietmarschen.


Dr Toshihiro Wakabayashi

General Manager, Environment and Energy Management Development Dept., Toyo Engineering Corporation

After joining Toyo Engineering in 1994, Mr. Wakabayashi has worked mainly as process engineer and has dedicated to work for distillation technologies as technical expert covering a conceptual design to an operation in numerous projects such as refinery process, petrochemical process, etc. His R& D efforts for novel energy saving technology won him several awards from the government, academia and industry. He got his PhD in Chemical Engineering at Kyoto University in 2013. He was assigned as General Manager at the Environment and Energy management Development Department at Toyo Engineering in 2018.


Mr Klaus Werner Döhl
Leader of Umwelt, Aluminium Norf GmbH

Mr. Klaus Werner Döhl is a long-term environmental specialist at Aluminium Norf GmbH, or "Alunorf" for short. The company is the largest aluminium smelting and rolling plant in the world and leader in the production of hot- and cold-rolled aluminium strip. Initially Mr. Döhl studied mechanical engineering/ thermodynamics and computer science. His career includes working on heat pump development as well as being a scientific assistant in the iron and steel industry. Since 2016 he is head of environmental affairs at Aluminium Norf GmbH.


Mr Tomohisa Takeuchi

Senior Engineer, Metals & Recycling Div., Recycling Technology Dept., JX Nippon Mining & Metals

Mr. Takeuchi joined JX Mining & Metals Co., Ltd. In 2003. Before being appointed as Senior Engineer at the Recycling Technology Department of Metals and Recycling Division at the Technology Group, Advanced Technology and Strategy Department, LiB Recycling Project Office, he held various positions at the Saganoseki Smelter and Refinery.


Dr Seiji Nomura

Fellow, Nippon Steel Corporation

Dr. Nomura has been dedicated to iron making research for over 30 years. He joined iron making research laboratory of Nippon Steel Corporation in 1989 and the Nagoya Works of Nippon Steel Corporation in 1995. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K. in 1997. In 2012, he was assigned general manager at the iron making research laboratory of Nippon Steel Corporation. For his performance he was honored with international prizes for his outstanding contributions in the iron and steel sector. Since 2020 he is a Fellow at Nippon Steel Corporation.


Mr Thomas Götz
Co-Head of the Energy Policy Research Department, Wuppertal Institute

Mr. Thomas Goetz is Co-Head of the Research Unit Energy Policy at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. He studied at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, with focus on environmental economics, industrial ecology as well as energy- and material flows. 2007 to 2008 he worked at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, Competence Centre Sustainability and Infrastructure Systems, and joined the Wuppertal Institute in 2009 for the cross-sectional project “Material Efficiency and Resource Conservation“ (MaRess). Since 2011 he is working at Research Group “Energy, Transport and Climate Policy” with focus on national, European and international projects in the fields of energy- and resource efficiency as well as renewable energy related to industry, appliances and the building sector.


Dr Andrea Herbst

Competence Center Energy Technology and Energy Systems, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI

Dr. Andrea Herbst is senior researcher at the Competence Centre Energy Technology and Energy Systems at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI in Karlsruhe. Her research focuses on the decarbonisation of energy-intensive industries, the assessment of circular economy for decarbonisation, and scenarios of industrial energy demand and CO2 emissions. Andrea Herbst currently coordinates a multi-disciplinary centre of expertise for the energy transition (EnTEC) funded by DG ENER as well as the analysis on industrial transformation in the German Copernicus project ARIADNE. She has further been involved in various national and European projects, e.g. to support the industrial in-depth analysis of the EU 2050 long-term strategy or to support the impact assessment of technological innovations in industry for the EC Innovation Fund.


Dr Lucas Witoslawski

Chief Operating Officer, Deutsche Industrie- und Handelskammer (AHK Japan)

Dr. Lucas Witoslawski is Deputy Delegate of the German Commerce & Industry in Japan and Chief Operating Officer of the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan (AHK Japan) since 2016. He is mainly responsible for the service section DE International, which supports German business in starting or extending their business in Japan and facilitates the bilateral exchange between German and Japanese business in almost all industrial areas.

Before of his current position he was in charge for global business development of a major German technical service provider as well as head of digital transformation of a business stream for the same company. During his professional career, he facilitated the transfer of innovative products and services from Germany to Japan. He used to work and study for several years in Japan and Germany and has consultancy experience in both countries.

Dr. Lucas Witoslawski has studied business computing at the University of Paderborn in Germany with focus on international management, networking technologies and operations research. He holds also a PhD from Yokohama National University in Japan, where he specialized on the influence of human resource related difficulties of European businesses in Japan and the influence of motivational factors of local employees working for European businesses in Japan.