Japan Solar + Energy Storage Congress 2018, is the largest congress focusing on solar and energy storage market in Japan. It will take place in Osaka Japan, on 29-30 October, 2018, which gathers Utilities, Developers, Network Providers, R&D, Policy Makers, Renewable Energy System Providers, Manufactures, Energy Storage Solution Providers, Contractors, Designers, Installers to discuss the development of solar & energy storage.
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General Manager, Tokyo Electric Power Company
Takashi Kitajima, General Manager, Tokyo Electric Power Company
General Manager, Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games Project Management Office, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. BS in Electrical Engineering, from Waseda University and MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, USA, in 1987 and 1995, respectively. Joined TEPCO in 1987. Mainly engaged in the bulk power system planning, 2003 Manager of Bulk Power System Planning Group, Engineering Department, 2007 Manager of Power Generation Planning Group, Engineering Department, 2009 General Manager of Tama Branch Office, 2012 Deputy General Manager of Engineering Department, and 2015 General Manager of Engineering Management Office. Currently engaged in the project management for 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic games, including power facilities enhancement, network operation, and cyber security.
Fumiaki Ishida, General Manager, Kansai Electric Power Company
Fumiaki ISHIDA：General Manager, Energy Use Technology Lab., The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc, Graduated University of Tokyo electrical engineering, KEPCo. joined in 1986. Mainly engaged in the transmission and substation facilities planning, power system analysis. Since 2003, Research and Development Dept. R&D planning group manager, 2007 Secretary's Office Manager, 2009 by NEDO (new energy and industrial technology development organization) new energy div. Chief Researcher, 2012 regional energy Office Director through 2017 from the incumbent. Currently engaged in the research and development of the household energy sector. Areas of expertise are power system analysis, renewable energy, smart grid and smart community technology, VPP, block chain.
Hiroshi Okamoto, Executive Vice President, TEPCO Power Grid
Date of Birth: December 9, 1965 Education:Ph.D. in Electric Engineering Tokyo University Present Position: June 2017 Executive Vice President, Corporate Planning TEPCO Power Grid Inc. (in charge of Management Reform)Career: 1993 Joined Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. 2000 Engineering Research Group, Engineering Department;Corporate Planning Department (concurrent positions) 2002 Group Manager, Power System Engineering Group,Engineering Department 2010 Group Manager, Smart Grid Strategy Group, Engineering Department 2013 General Manager, Power System Engineering Center, Power Grid Company; Engineering R&D Department; Corporate Planning Department (concurrent positions) 2014 General Manager, Engineering R&D Department; General Manager, Inter-regional Power Exchange Office,
Management & Planning Division (concurrent positions) 2015 Managing Executive Officer, President of TEPCO Research Institute 2016 Managing Executive Officer, TEPCO Holdings Inc.2017 Present Position
Brendan Harney, Director Business Development, STEM
Brendan Harney is the Director of Business Development at Stem, overseeing market development and partnerships. Prior to joining Stem, Brendan was Director of Business Development at Primus Power, a flow battery manufacturer, and led their product strategy, marketing and business development efforts. Brendan previously managed commercial market development for SolarCity, a solar leasing and installation company, recently acquired by Tesla. Brendan began his career in finance, eventually serving as a vice president for Daiwa SMBC, a Japanese investment bank. He later advised on energy and national security issues while at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. and the International Energy Forum (IEF) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Brendan holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and an MBA from the University of Cambridge.
Executive Director, Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies
Tetsunari Iida, Executive Director, Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies
Tetsunari Iida is a leading authority on Renewable Energy, and a “Social Innovator” who has introduced Ecological Initiatives as Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP), a Non-profit and Independent Research Institute. As a Committee Member for METI and MoE, he has proposed Nuclear-free energy policies, as well as Community-based RE Projects in Japan as Secretary-General of the Japan Community Power Association. He played a central role as co-chair of the executive committee for the “1st World Community Power Conference” which was held in Fukushima city on November 3-4, 2016. The conference was the product of the joint efforts of ISEP, the Japan Community Power Association and the World Wind Energy Association. At the conference, Iida received the World Wind Energy Honorary Award 2016 for extraordinary personal achievements for his promotion of community power.
Deputy Director-General, Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute, AIST
Kinya Sakanishi, Deputy Director-General, Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute, AIST(FREA)
Education Career; 1983 B.S (Applied Chemistry), Kyushu University 1985 M.S (Molecular Engineering), Kyushu University 1989 Dr.Eng., Kyushu UniversityProfessional Experience 1985 Research Associate, Research Institute of Industrial Science, Kyushu University 1987 Assistant Professor, Research Institute of Advanced Material Science, Kyushu University 1999 Senior Researcher, National Institute of Resources and Environment 2001 Senior Research Scientist, Energy Utilization Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) 2005 Director, Biomass Technology Research Center, AIST Chugoku (Hiroshima Pref.)2012 Supervisory innovation Coordinator, AIST Tsukuba Center 2013 Counselor, International Affairs Division, AIST Tsukuba Center 2015 Deputy Director-General, Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute, AIST (FREA)Honors: 1993 Japan Petroleum Institute, Young Researcher Promotion Award 1998 Japan Institute of Energy, Progression Award 2007 Japan Society of Energy and Resources, Best Paper Award 2015 Award for Japan Institute of EnergyResearch field: Clean Fuel Chemistry, Biomass Conversion Technologies on Bio-gas, Bioethanol, Synthetic Fuel and Chemicals Production
Eiichiro Gotoh, Chief Executive Officer, Ichigo ECO Energy
Gotoh is President & Representative Director of Ichigo ECO Energy, which manages 48Japanese solar power plants (including in-development) with a total panel output of 144MW (101MW currently in operation). He joined
Ichigo in 2010 after a career instructured finance. Gotoh’s expertise in structured finance enabled Ichigo’s full entry into the renewable energy business in November 2012, when he led the acquisition of Solar Way, a venture company operating power plants nationwide. Ichigo ECO Energy has also entered into the wind power business with five plants (total output: 33MW) currently in its pipeline and its first wind power plant scheduled to start operation in December 2019.
Koji Mukoyama, Senior Vice President, ORIX Corporation
Koji Mukoyama is a strategic business development specialist at Energy and Eco Services Business Headquarters of ORIX corporation. With more than 10 years of experience in business development and system engineering of Global ESS and Battery related business. Prior to ORIX Co, Mukoyama was a principal system engineer at system engineering provider based in US, responsible for grid scale ESS concept designing and solution development. And before that, Mukoyama was an engineering manager of the ESS business development and program manager of some field demonstration programs at Japanese system provider. Mukoyama holds a Bachelor Degree of Engineering from Yokohama National University (Japan). Was a member of IEC (TC120) and ANSI (TAG) and had contributed to create the standards for ESS.
After graduating a graduate school, Masaya joined ABeam Consulting Ltd. (formerly the Japanese arm of Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting), where he was engaged in business process improvement projects at large financial institutions. Later he joined a wind power company where he met with Ken and Kenji, and covered development and feasibility study of wind farms. He co-founded Shizen Energy Inc. in June 2011 assuming one of its director positions, and turned himself into a representative director in December of the same year. He currently leads designing, procuring, constructing, operating and maintaining of power plants, and co-leads juwi Shizen Energy Inc. as one of its representative directors. He currently leads development of projects and the new business unit. Masaya graduated from the Graduate School of Engineering at Shibaura Institute of Technology.
Ichiro Soga is Senior Vice President of ENGIE Asia-Pacific Co., Ltd. who is in charge of Business Development, Power & Gas - Japan. Ichiro currently oversees power generation business in Japan including offshore wind, biomass and solar. Before this role, Ichiro led business development in Trina Solar Japan Energy, First Solar, SB Energy and Solar Frontier. Ichiro holds a master’s degree in computation from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and a bachelor degree in policy management from Keio University.
Vice President & Marketing Director, Asia Pacific, EnerNOC
Jeff Renaud, Vice President & Marketing Director, Asia Pacific, EnerNOC
Jeff is Vice President & Managing Director, Asia Pacific at EnerNOC. In this role, he manages EnerNOC’s businesses in the region, which includes operations in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Jeff has been with EnerNOC for 8+ years, and in his previous role he led EnerNOC’s global new market development, which gives him a broad perspective on how global electricity markets are leveraging Demand Response resources. Prior to joining EnerNOC, Jeff served as Director, Ecomagination at General Electric. At GE, Jeff worked closely with GE’s major businesses on key strategic initiatives related to GE’s clean technology product and service portfolio. Jeff has an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley, and a BS in Engineering and Economics from Tulane University.
Juan Mas Valor, Country Managing Director, Vena Energy
Juan Mas Valor has more than 15 years management experience in the renewable energy industry, overseeing the development, construction and operations of solar and wind projects in Japan, South America and Europe. Juan is Vena Energy's Country Head, Japan, as well as the company’s Head of Solar with responsibility across the Asia-Pacific region. During his three years with Vena Energy he has served also as Head of Operations, Japan, commissioning 290 MW of solar projects and establishing in-house Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) and Operations & Maintenance (O&M) capabilities.
General Manager, Jolywood (Taizhou) Solar Technology
Zhifeng Liu, General Manager, Jolywood (Taizhou) Solar Technology
Dr. Zhifeng Liu was graduated from the Physics Department, Nanjing University, 2011. He had undertaken two national natural science fund projects and published many papers in leading international publications such as JAP. He had presided over several projects such as low cost high efficiency multi-crystalline solar cell and IBC cells with efficiency over 23% and so on. He had obtained 12 invention patents and several provincial awards. He is currently the General Manager of Jolywood (Taizhou) Solar Technology Co., Ltd., fully responsible for the planning, construction and operation of the N-type bifacial solar cell production lines. Under his leadership, the team had increased mass production efficiency to over 21.5% in a short period. He also leads the R&D team to implement the efficiency of N-type TOPCon and IBC solar cells to 23.05% and 23.16%, respectively. He creatively introduced floating busbar structure into IBC cells, which greatly reduces the difficulty of welding. This design makes IBC module encapsulation no longer dependent on high-cost conductive backsheets, improving the manufacturability of IBC technology.
Franck has over 20 year experience in developing, financing and managing private power businesses with a focus on utility-scale conventional and solar power generation plants. Franck is Founder and President of Constant Energy (y (www.constantenergy.net), a), a global renewable power investment platform. In 2009, Franck founded and served as Chairman and President of Sonnedix,(x,(www.sonnedix.com) w) which he developed from scratch into top 10 Solar IPP position in 4 markets in Europe, Asia and Africa until 2016, before its sale to a fund managed by JP Morgan Asset Management. This included setting up and managing effective local teams, and developing effective local partnerships, contractors and lenders. Prior to that, Franck founded Asia Energy Resources (AER) in 2002, an energy market advisory firm focused on Asia, which merged in 2006 with AWR Lloyd (d (www.awrlloyd.com). I). In this capacity, Franck provided strategic advice to AES in its solar IPP business between 2007 and 2009 as well as various oil and gas and utility companies. Before becoming independent in 2002, from 1996 Franck worked for Sithe Energies and Southern Electric (c (www.southernelectric.com) in) in Asia, developing and participating in the acquisition of multiple conventional IPP projects in SE Asia (over 1500MW) and Korea (over 2000MW). Through this period, Franck developed a unique track record in negotiating and concluding in excess of 15 long term energy supply agreement with Fortune 1000 industrial customers such as Hynix, Air Liquide, Michelin, Hyundai Petrochemicals.
Prapharat Tangkawattana, Chief Executive Officer, NORTIS Group
Prapharat has more than 20 years of Thai and international working experience in financial institutions, hospitality, coal mining and the solar power business. From 1990 to 2005, Prapharat developed her career as a research analyst focusing on utilities and hotel businesses. She worked with HSBC Securities, BNP Paribas Securities and United Securities PLC. Her experiences developed further in the corporate sector at Banpu PLC and Minor International PLC where she was a senior finance director for nearly 10 years. Prapharat was a member of the Board of Directors for BBL Assets Management from 1997-1998, and LionPort Capital Pte. of Singapore in 2012. In 2010, Prapharat joined Thai Solar Energy PLC as a CFO, when Thailand started implementing solar power under the government subsidized Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) scheme. In June 2014, she became the CFO of Impact Electrons Siam where she successfully increased the company’s capital from THB 4m to THB 1,254m in early 2015. Under her capital raise plan, she managed to provide CAPEX to fund over 120 MW investment for solar power plants during 2010-2014. She is the founder of Nortis Group of Companies and became the Group CEO later in 2015. Prapharat graduated from Chulalongkorn University with a Bachelor of Economics in 1989. She completed her MBA at Franklin University with full scholarship of Banc One Corp. in Columbus, Ohio in the United States of America in 1993.
Executive Officer, Japan Renewable Energy Corporation
Kiyoshi Doi, Executive Office, Japan Renewable Energy Corporation
Kiyoshi Doi is head of development as Director of the Business Development Division at JRE, where he is responsible for the origination, development, execution and financing of various renewable energy sectors, including PV projects. Kiyoshi joined JRE in 2014 from Sumitomo Corporation, where he was responsible for the evaluation and management of global power projects, including renewable energy.
Marco Northland, Chief Executive Officer, Etrion Corporation
Mr. Northland is the founder and Chief Executive officer of Etrion Corporation, a solar developer and utility operating in Japan since 2012. Prior to Etrion, he held different leadership positions, including General Manager for SunPower Europe Utility business and Chief Operating officer for AT&T Latin America. His focus has been in infrastructure development in Europe (Germany, Spain, Italy, Portugal), Latin America (Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Colombia and central America) as well as Japan. In addition to executive positions he has also help board member positions in publicly listed companies in Europe and North America as well as private technology companies. Mr. Northland graduated from the George Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s in computer science. He also received an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Mark Leslie, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Fluence
Mark Leslie is Managing Director for Fluence in the Asia Pacific market. He has been working in multiple capacities in energy markets for more than 15 years. Prior to joining Fluence and its predecessor AES Energy Storage, Mark held several positions in Asia, EMEA, and North America working in Safety, Supply Chain & Fuel Management, New Businesses, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Portfolio Management. Mark has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Political Economy and French from Boston College and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Pierre-Jérôme Desmarquest is an International Executive skilled in Services to Power Generation and Industries, a Global Leader with 25 years of experience in Services and turnkey projects to Energy and Industries. Born in France in 1966, his academic qualifications include an Electromechanical Engineer degree at ESME (France), a Business degree at La Sorbonne (France), and an Executive Program at INSEAD (Singapore and France). Speaking 4 languages (French, English, Portuguese and Spanish) he leads and develops multicultural Teams, Engages Teams through changes and growth to deliver beyond expectations since he started working in 1992 at ABB Service France, Lyon as it’s Service Manager of Power Electronics Service unit in France. His journey inside ABB included also other positions until 2004 such as Project Manager (France), Service Manager – ABB Servicio Mexico, SA (Mexico DF), Country Manager – ABB Ivory Coast & Sub-region (Abidjan), and Country Manager – ABB Senegal & Sub-region (Dakar). From 2005 until 2015, Pierre-Jérôme assumes the position of Managing Director at Alstom first in France and later in Alstom Thermal Services Latin America (São Paulo, Brasil). From 2015 until 2017, he worked at GE Power both in Paris and in São Paulo as a Managing Director offering the full range of Services for Steam Turbine, Generator, Gas Turbine, Boiler, AQCS, BoP, Control to Power Plants (Nuclear, Gas, Coal, Oil and Industrial) in France and supporting globally the legacy Alstom French fleets. In Icare Group from Mar.2017 until Sept. 2017 he was the Vice President of Icare Energy – Icare Group, Mies/ Switzerland a Projects Development company to support energy transition, COP 21 commitments, Customer assets competitiveness, EPC and Services Provider. In October 2017 he joined Voltalia as the Head of O&M and Asset Management at Voltalia and Head of Voltalia Portugal looking for increasing renewable energy penetration factor.
Takeshi Ichimura has been CEO of Energy Pool Japan since 2015. Prior to joining EPJ, he has spent his career in TEPCO for 28 years, as well as served as public chief secretariat for Senator Tokio Kanoh, the Diet of Japan, for 3 years.He is incumbent member of Advisory Council to the Government named Energy Resources Aggregation Business Forum, Agency of Natural Resources & Energy, METI and Balancing Market Design Committee, Organization for Cross-regional Coordination of Transmission Operators, METI. Takeshi Ichimura has a BA from Keio University, Japan and an MBA from Georgetown University Graduate School, USA.
Vice President, International Development, eMotorWerk
Lucian Ion, Vice President, International Development, eMotorWerk
Lucian Ion is the Asia Vice President of eMotorWerks, an Enel Company. His focus is on leading the business and technology strategy, market and product development, and ecosystem partnership engagement in Asia. His expertise covers electric mobility – electric vehicle charging, mobile storage, vehicle-grid integration, transactive peer-to-peer energy crypto, microgrids/VPP, machine learning and optimization. Prior to his current assignment, he was most recently the CEO and founder of LION Energy Partners, where he led the firm’s Management and Technology Strategy consulting practice, as well as managed the TeOS Energy Management product and market development, an Artificial Intelligence-driven optimized transactive energy distributed computing IoT-based energy management software platform for multiple, hybrid portfolio of energy assets. Ion was also a Partner with Eneleap Consulting, and the North America GM of SmartEcoCity Switzerland-based think tank and consulting firm. He provided strategic business and technology leadership, advice and expertise on product and market strateggey, international development and expansion to new global markets - focused on Energy Management / Smart Grid /Eco-City/E-Mobility/MaaS solutions globally, in the US, Asia, and Europe, where he worked with governments, regulatory bodies, and utilities. Ion has more than twenty years of business and technology management experience in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia, with LION Energy Partners, Siemens, Comverge, General Electric, National Semiconductor, Pacific Gas and Electric, and Abbott Laboratories. His clients span three continents, including leading US, European and Asian utilities, energy and automotive manufacturers, and governments. Ion is a frequent conference speaker and panelist on current energy topics (Smart Grid, Intelligent Energy Management, Microgrids, Demand Response, Energy Storage and Energy Efficiency, Grid Automation, Energy Markets Design and Models, International Trends in Energy). Ion holds a Computer Science degree and an MBA from the University of Chicago.Lucian Ion is the Asia Vice President of eMotorWerks, an Enel Company. His focus is on leading the business and technology strategy, market and product development, and ecosystem partnership engagement in Asia. His expertise covers electric mobility – electric vehicle charging, mobile storage, vehicle-grid integration, transactive peer-to-peer energy crypto, microgrids/VPP, machine learning and optimization. Prior to his current assignment, he was most recently the CEO and founder of LION Energy Partners, where he led the firm’s Management and Technology Strategy consulting practice, as well as managed the TeOS Energy Management product and market development, an Artificial Intelligence-driven optimized transactive energy distributed computing IoT-based energy management software platform for multiple, hybrid portfolio of energy assets. Ion was also a Partner with Eneleap Consulting, and the North America GM of SmartEcoCity Switzerland-based think tank and consulting firm. He provided strategic business and technology leadership, advice and expertise on product and market strateggey, international development and expansion to new global markets - focused on Energy Management / Smart Grid /Eco-City/E-Mobility/MaaS solutions globally, in the US, Asia, and Europe, where he worked with governments, regulatory bodies, and utilities. Ion has more than twenty years of business and technology management experience in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia, with LION Energy Partners, Siemens, Comverge, General Electric, National Semiconductor, Pacific Gas and Electric, and Abbott Laboratories. His clients span three continents, including leading US, European and Asian utilities, energy and automotive manufacturers, and governments. Ion is a frequent conference speaker and panelist on current energy topics (Smart Grid, Intelligent Energy Management, Microgrids, Demand Response, Energy Storage and Energy Efficiency, Grid Automation, Energy Markets Design and Models, International Trends in Energy). Ion holds a Computer Science degree and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Chris Wright founded Moixa with Simon Daniel in 2006 and leads technology development as CTO. Over the last 7 years Moixa have developed the UKs leading domestic energy storage system with their UK market-leading Moixa Smart Battery. They are now rolling out their Gridshare aggregation platform to multiple partners including ITOCHU in Japan as they expand. Moixa is based in London’s Clerkenwell design district, has a roster of patents in the arena of computer interface technology, batteries and renewable energy. Chris studied architecture at Cambridge University and worked as an architect at practices including Norman Foster and Partners, and in industrial design, before founding Moixa to address Energy systems.
As an senior expert in energy internet industry, Leslie Cheng has been working in renewable energy sector for several years. After graduation in 2012, Leslie worked in Envision Energy, the global leading company in energy internet, for 4 years. Engaged in wind power and energy internet market research, wind turbine developing management, offshore wind power total solution management and new business BD. Then Leslie joined another renewable company AKCome, responsible for the integrated energy service marketing management and energy internet product developing management. Now, Leslie works as the strategy manger of Energo Labs, taking charge of strategy projects implementation and business strategy plan of the company.
Jose Antonio Millan, Chief Commercial Officer, Univergy
Jose Antonio join the Renewable industry in 2006 at the beginning of the Spanish PV Solar boom, he was in charge of the Bussines Development of one of the pioneer companies in the industry in Spain Valfortec, he opened markets as Japan, USA , Ireland, UK , since Jose Antonio join Univergy he was in charge of the M&A and Commercial operations globally consolidating the business and operations of the company in more than 18 countries and closing business with global investors for the company , Jose Antonio has a degree in Business Administration and a Master's Degree in Renewable Energy from the University of Reading
Yasuyo Yamazaki, President & CEO, Kuni Umi Asset Managemant
President of enterprise and consulting firm of Kuni Umi Group and NPO. Direct infrastructure whose main business is renewable energy development Research of finance, global economic issues and integrated policies for sustainable societies Advocate and realize Sun-Based Economy
Senior Vice President, Energy Financial Services, GE
Takuro Sasao, Senior Vice President, Energy Financial Services, GE
Takuro Sasao is SVP and head of Japan operation for GE Energy Financial Services (GEEFS). He started his career in a Japanese bank. He joined GE Capital in 2005 where he led syndication and structuring for GE Capital in Japan until 2015. From 2015, he is heading Japanese business of GEEFS which covers broad range of energy projects that GE is involved as well as the work related to the infrastructure fund that GE has created in 2017.
Fumiyo Harada, General Director, Development Bank of Japan
Fumiyo Harada serves as General Manager for two departments of the Development Bank of Japan, Inc.; Corporate Finance Department, Division 5 and the International Strategy & Coordination Department, particularly responsible for renewable energy sector projects worldwide as well as DBJ Group’s business strategy for Asia and the Pacific. She has a long and powerful career as a development banker including cross-border corporate and infrastructure finance. Prior to the current position, she worked as a Deputy CEO for DBJ Singapore Ltd. which covers corporate and structured finance deals in the Southeast Asia and the Pacific regions. She also had been seconded to Infrastructure and Natural Resource Department (East Asia) of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank as a Senior Investment Officer. She holds a BA (Economics) degree from the University of Tokyo.
Mamoru Takahashi is the CEO of Takara Asset Management, the asset management company for the Takara Leben Infrastructure Fund. He brings over 20 years of appraising real estateexperiences. He served as committee member Legal Appraisal Committee for the. Japanese Association of Real Estate Appraisal and other position as well.He joined the Shinsei Bank since 2002 and engaged investment on real estate trust beneficiary right through silent partnership. In 2014, he joined Takara Leben and transferred to Takara Asset Management in order to list renewable energy generation facilities to the infrastructure fund market which was scheduled to lunch at the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) at that time.In June 2, 2016, Takara Leben Infrastructure Fund has listed as the very first infrastructurefund to be listed on the infrastructure fund market on the TSE.Mamoru Takahashi is a Licensed Real Estate Transaction Specialist and Licensed Real Estate Appraiser.
Thomas Lapham, Chief Executive Officer, Asia Clean Capital
Thomas Lapham is CEO of ACC (Asia Clean Capital). ACC is a leading clean energy solutions developer that serves large multinational and domestic firms throughout China. ACC invests 100 percent of the project costs and provides turnkey solar solutions, owning and maintaining their projects for the long-term. All electricity produced is provided to clients at rates lower than when purchased from the local power grid. Prior to joining ACC, Thomas cofounded a renewable energy company in the U.S. which he grew to an industry leading position with coast-to-coast locations and eventually sold to one of the UK’s leading renewable energy corporations. Thomas has work experience around the globe and is fluent in English, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese.
Head of Green Energy Investment, SPARX Asset Management
Hiroshi Ouchi, Head of Green Energy Investment, SPARX Asset Management
Mr. Ouchi is the Head of Green Energy Investment, in charge of investing and managing Renewable energy funds managed by SAM (development and investment of renewable energy power plants; AUM $1,482M). Since he joined SPARX in 2007, he has been engaged in many types of businesses such as business development of mutual funds and overseas marketing, product management of alternative funds. He was transferred to Green Energy Investment division in July 2012 and engaged in establishing the Public-Private Infrastructure fund with Tokyo metropolitan Government. Prior to joining SPARX, he worked for SANYO Electric where he engaged in domestic and overseas marketing of Electronic components. He graduated from Chiba University with a B.A. in Economics in 2002. He completed Boston University’s International Management Program(IMP) in 2006. He is the Chartered Member of Securities Analyst (CMA) as well as the Real Estate Transaction Specialist.
General Manager, Trina Cloud Energy Internet Technology (Hangzhou)
Bin Fang, General Manager, Trina Cloud Energy Internet Technology (Hangzhou)
With the Bachelor's Degree specializing in Power System and Automation in Zhejiang University, Mr. Fang served as Deputy General Manager of listed Zhongheng Electric Co., Ltd, Asia Pacific Supervisor of Smart City Business of United Technologies Corporation (UTC), and Principal of Siemens Smart Grid Business in Asia Pacific in succession; Mr. Fang was engaged in technical research and development, project management, market development and company management for over a decade. At present, Mr. Fang is serving as General Manager of Trina Cloud Energy IoT Technology (Hangzhou) Co., Ltd. Took charge of smart city and smart energy planning, consultation and general engineering contracting of such key areas or projects as Beijing Yanqing New Energy Base, Guangdong Sino-Singapore Knowledge City, Qingdao Sino-German Ecopark, Chongqing Liangjiang New Area, Shaanxi Xixian New Area, Shanghai Hongqiao Business Area, Wuhan Future Technology Town and Evergrande Ocean Flower Island, etc. as the business principal or main technical principal. Engaged in studies on standards for smart city, intelligent building and energy IoT as initiated by National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, National Energy Administration, State Grid Corporation of China/China Southern Power Grid, etc. With profound market resources and industrial experience in the field of intelligent environmental protection, smart city, smart power grid and energy IoT, etc.
Michio Matsuda, Head of Risk Solutions, Munich Re Japan
Michio Matsuda is Head of Risk Solutions at Munich Re Japan Branch, where he is responsible for marketing of various innovative insurance solutions for renewable energy sector. Since 2011, he has arranged long term PV performance warranty insurance for manufacturer and project owner with more than 1 GWp capacity. He is also working on serial defects cover insurance for wind power sector. In order to enhance development of dispersed power generation, he is recently structuring long term battery performance insurance in cooperation with Japanese top notch engineers based upon Real Time Authentication Platform. He used to work for The Industrial Japan and graduated from The University of Tokyo.
Naoaki Eguchi is head of the Firm's Banking & Finance Practice Group in Tokyo, and is a member of the Asia Pacific Banking & Finance Group steering committee. He has been recognized for his work on Goldman Sachs' TOB of Universal Studios Japan, which was named the Debt Market Deal of the Year at the 2010 ALB Law Awards. Naoaki is a member of the Japan Wind Power Association's Offshore Wind Power Task Force. He has also been a special member of the Cabinet Office's PFI Promotion Committee since 2010. Naoaki focuses his practice on project finance, infrastructure PPP — especially in relation to airport and renewable energy (solar, wind, biomass, geothermal and hydroelectic) infrastructure — PFI and international procurement. He has been involved in project finance for more than 150 renewable power projects totaling more than 2,000 MW over the last five years under Japan's feed-in tariff law. His practice also covers financing by export credit agencies such as JBIC and NEXI. He has significant experience representing Japanese and foreign financial institutions and sponsors.
Senior Vice President & Global Leader, Frost & Sullivan
Ravi Krishnaswamy, Senior Vice President & Global Leader, Frost & Sullivan
Ravi Krishnaswamy heads Frost & Sullivan’s Energy & Environment Practice in the Asia Pacific region and is based in Singapore. Ravi has spent more than twenty years in the Energy & Environment sector, both in engineering and business consulting functions, as a design engineer, project manager, senior industry analyst and research director. He is also Frost & Sullivan’s in house expert on clean technologies and utilities. After graduation, Ravi joined ABB and subsequently he worked for Doosan Babcock, before joining Frost & Sullivan in 2001. Ravi has advised clients on market entry, geographic expansion, new product launch, competitive strategies, roadmap development, business planning and strategic partnering. Ravi has directly managed and guided several consulting engagements on industry areas as diverse as Smart Grids, Renewable Energy, Power & Gas Transmission, Datacenter Energy, Water & Wastewater Treatment, Building Automation and Oil & Gas upstream technologies. Ravi has consulted for many multinational corporations and regional businesses including Siemens, Toshiba, General Electric, Alstom, Eaton Electric, Cummins, Caterpillar, Samsung Group, Schneider Group, and Hitachi. Ravi has also worked on economic and regulatory consultancy for the Energy market regulator in Singapore, including review of CAPEX plans submitted by the power utility, review of the gas retail market and establishment of secondary gas trading market. Ravi was also involved in development of green technology roadmap for the Government of Malaysia. Ravi is highly sought after for his insights and has been quoted in prestigious publications including New York Times, Financial Times, Bloomberg, Business Week, Business Today, The Straits Times. He has also appears on television channels such as CNBC, Bloomberg, Reuters and Channel News Asia, as a guest industry expert. He is a seasoned presenter, having spoken widely in several industry conferences in Asia Pacific and North American regions. Ravi’s current management responsibilities in Frost & Sullivan include business unit profit & loss, growth strategies, research planning, quality control, industry thought leadership, strategic review of consulting delivery and managing client relationships.
Sarah Fairhurst is a founding partners of TLG and has a wide range of international experience in the electricity and gas sectors. She brings strong analytical qualifications combined with commercial experience and pragmatism to advise clients on commercial contract analysis, development and drafting of transition contracts, power procurement & asset valuation and energy market design.
Martin Tengler, Lead Japan Analyst, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Martin is a Japan analyst based in Bloomberg NEF’s Tokyo office. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Martin co-founded BioCarbon Engineering, a company that offers industrial-scale ecosystem restoration services using drones and other cutting-edge technology. He holds an MA in Economics from Tokyo University and an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy from Oxford University.
Ms. Nell Agate Tsui is an Associate Director for the Lithium and Battery Materials Research Team at IHS Markit. The research team at IHS Markit covers the entire industry’s supply chain from the extraction of the raw materials to their conversion to chemicals and battery materials used in cathodes, all the way to their end uses such as electric vehicles, energy storage systems, portable electronics and others. Prior to joining IHS Markit, Nell was a Commodities Research Analyst at Citi covering base and precious metals, where she frequently ranked within the top 5 sell-side analysts for three and a half years. Nell initially began her career with GE, rotating between several industrial divisions. She also brings three years of Investment Management experience specializing in Portfolio Analysis from Capital Group and Henderson Global Investors, covering Emerging and Asia Pacific markets. Nell holds a BEng from Imperial College London (RSM) where she completed a six-month secondment during her course at the Max Planck Institute for Research in Düsseldorf, Germany, focusing on process innovations within the metals and mining sector.”
kWh Analytics is the market leader in risk management for solar energy investments. Customers such as Google (the world's largest corporate investor in renewable energy) and PNC Bank (America's 5th largest bank) rely on software and insurance solutions from kWh Analytics to enhance their investment returns. kWh Analytics is backed by private venture capital and the US Department of Energy. He was previously a consultant with McKinsey & Company based in Greater China, where he helped found the Firm’s solar practice in 2007. There, he established himself as a leading global expert on the solar industry by accumulating more industry experience than any other consultant (9,000 globally). He graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and is fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese. He is proud to have been born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is also a Forbes "30 Under 30" award recipient for Energy.
Mr. Henry LUO, born 1978, held M.S. degree of Xi’an Jiaotong University and MBA of Norway Business School (BI). joined Suntech Power since 2011 and work a wide series of responsibilities such as global product management, strategy management and business development etc. in PV industry. In 2014, established meteocontrol China and took over the intelligent PV monitoring business in the whole Asia pacific. In the end of 2016, started up an innovative company-Uper Energy, titled with an open-shared platform and asset management service for PV farms. Before PV experience, Henry worked for GE energy and Emerson electric for 9 years, who certified with Lean-Six Sigma black belt and Reliability Engineering practitioner from The Pennsylvania State University.
Edmee Kelsey brings a wealth of solar asset management expertise to her role as founder and CEO of 3megawatt. 3megawatt provides solar asset management software designed to support asset owners and operators in managing their renewable energy portfolio. As former CFO of Main Street Power, she closed project financing for over 100 of distributed solar PV projects and was responsible for the asset management of those projects. As a former VP at the investment bank JP Morgan and managing director of a clean energy corporate finance advisory firm, she gained a deep understanding of the requirements of project finance providers and sponsors, funds and investors. Her background as a founder and CEO of a venture-backed telecom service provider brings utility billing, asset tracking, and O&M service ticketing experience.
Masayuki Sakai, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, CO2O
Masayuki Sakai is the founder and CEO of CO2O. Inc, which is a Japanese venture company with the ultimate goal of lowering the global level of carbon dioxide by providing top-notch O&M services, inspections, and solar power plant construction.Masayuki is a serial entree planner. He was engaged in Hollywood movie business and Japanese music market when video market was replaced by DVD. He launched technical professional company to evaluate optical discs, and dominated Japanese video evaluation market.After that, he faced at the crisis of global warming problem in many countries, decided to join clean tech business and launched CO2O. He also encourage global partnerships to ensure a safer, greener future for all.
Ushio Okuyama joined REC Japan since April 2014, and has also worked for other Tier 1 solar module manufacturers. Ushio holds a Master of Science from Tokyo Institute of Technology, and a MBA from the Case Western Reserve University in United States of America. He spent 14 years at Fuji Xerox, of which 5 years were located in the US and 2 years in Singapore. He gained extensive experiences during his tenure with European and American renewable energy companies, that helps him in successfully establishing REC as the leading European Brand in Japan.
Nicholas has 30 years’ experience in the energy and infrastructure sector in Japan, Australia, Asia and Europe, as a developer, principal investor, fund manager, advisor and attorney. Nicholas co-founded Lyon Group, the world’s leading independent developer of integrated utility-scale battery storage and renewable generation projects. Lyon developed the first grid-connected utility scale solar and battery storage project in Australia. Lyon’s next tranche of projects are in advanced stages of development and will be the world’s biggest integrated battery storage and solar plants. Nicholas was instrumental in establishing the alliance between JERA, Fluence and Lyon to develop integrated solar and battery solutions across JERA’s global footprint. The alliance is supported by Siemens, TEPCO, Chubu Electric and AES.
Holding a degree in industrial engineering, Alexander Bohm joined the Fichtner Group eight years ago to conduct business development activities in the energy and environmental sector in Western Europe and especially to coordinate between different international subsidiaries within the Group. Following this, he focused especially on developing new areas of activity for the Fichtner Group and on customer acquisition. He has mainly concentrated on renewables, covering wind, photovoltaics, concentrated solar power, biomass, geothermal and hydropower, as well as on cooperating with various financing institutions and private investors. He presently holds the position of Director in Fichtner’s Business Development Division and is especially active in the renewable energy sector as well as in Asia.
Hajime MORI, Representative Director, Ciel Terre Japan
After graduating from Kyoto University with a legal Affair Bachelor, Mr. Mori started his career in ITOCHU Corporation, a top 3 Japanese trading company where he worked into Business Energy Project department. And during the Gulf War he has been transferred in Dubai (UAE) for 5 years. After that, he started a new challenge into a US company, Pall Corp. leader on power generation & water filtration and purification process as the Japan Representative Director, and then joined GE Energy Japan Water process and Technology branch as President & Representative Director. In April 2014, he started the Ciel Terre Japan adventure and become the President & Representative Director. By his leadership and strong network connection, Ciel Terre Japan succeeded to create the floating solar market in Japan. As a pioneer of this industry, to expand our innovative concept all over Japan, he is striving to develop with all actors, new values beyond competition. Nowadays, Ciel Terre, which is leader of solar floating technology with almost 130 MWp produced in Japan and more than 180 MWp in the rest of the world.
25 years in the PV industry1990’s : Thin-Film a-Si Research Lab and Sales Support for PV system in Senegal (SANYO, Japan) 2000’s : Intel Labs. FPD and PV specialist. Supported Intel Capital on PV ecosystem investments. (USA) 2010’s: PV power plant design and Procurement for (CPV and) PV power plants in the US (Siemens, E.On) and Japan (Pacifico Energy, GSSG) .MBA at Manchester University
Yoshiyasu Sumi manages GSSG Solar Tokyo office and has developed the local asset management capabilities of the company in Japan. Prior to joining GSSG, he has been involved in various investments and lending transactions including project development, asset management, deal sourcing / arrangement, debt syndication / securitization, deal structuring, transaction management, reporting and valuations for real estate and solar investments.
Raghuram Natarajan, CEO, Asia Pacific, Juwi Renewable Energy
With more than 12 years’ experience in the Renewables and Cleantech space in Europe and Asia, Raghuram Natarajan acts as the CEO of Asia Pacific within juwi based in Singapore. In his current position, he is responsible for the regional operations with offices in India, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Thailand, Philippines and Australia for the development, EPC and O&M of Wind and Solar projects. During his time at juwi, he successfully managed Project Development, Financing, EPC, Operation & Maintenance of Renewable Energy generation assets in excess of 1 GW in Europe and Asia Pacific. Ram was responsible for juwi’s market entry into Japan in the founding of juwi Shizen Energy and serves on the board of juwi Shizen Energy Inc and juwi Nippon Energy KK. Previously Raghuram served as the CFO of the APAC organization within juwi for 4 years in Singapore and was responsible for all commercial transactions in Asia Pacific. Raghuram graduated with Bachelors in Science from the National University of Singapore and Technological Entrepreneurship from Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania and MBA from London Business School.
EVP, Global Head of Construction and Engineering, Sonnedix
Joern Hackbarth, EVP, Global Head of Construction and Engineering, Sonnedix
Joern Hackbarth is the Executive Vice President, Global Head of Engineering & Construction for Sonnedix. His team is responsible for supporting Business Development during the acquisition phase of both existing and new-build plants, overseeing the design and construction of greenfield assets - including identifying partners and negotiating contracts, and optimising completed plants before transitioning them to Asset Management.
Joern has spent his career working around the world, from Europe to the Middle East and Asia and from Africa to North America. Joern currently resides in Miami. A highly experienced engineering and construction leader, he has expertise in project management, contract management, procurement strategy, vendor selection, product
innovation and selection of state of the art technology.
Prior to Sonnedix, Joern was a Vice President at Scatec Solar Solution, leading the engineering and company competence centre for PV design. Before this, he was the Director, Power Plant Construction at Phoenix Solar, leading a staff of around 50 people, with total oversight of the business unit, including drafting and managing the business unit cost centre, hiring, training and coaching staff, and contract negotiation. Since joining Sonnedix, Joern has been actively involved in helping to grow the company through connecting on-time, on-budget plants, like Oriana, the largest PV plant in the Caribbean, and a number of plants in Japan. He’s also played a key role in expanding the engineering team and is especially proud of becoming a member of Sonnedix’s senior management.
Joern holds a MSc in Project Management from the University of Aberdeen in the UK, as well as a University of Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Information Technology from Lübeck Technical University in Germany and a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering in the US.
Deputy Sales Director for Osaka Office, Jinko Solar
Mitsuru Nakanishi, Deputy Sales Director for Osaka Office, Jinko Solar
Before joining JinkoSolar Japan, Mr. Nakanishi has been dedicating in the PV industry for 17 years. He had working experience in large scale companies in both Japan and Korea. Mr. Nakanishi has specialized in many aspects of solar products, such as Product Planning, Quality Management, Production Management, Sales Management and so on. In April 2014, Mr. Nakanishih has joined JinkoSolar Japan. After the Osaka branch has established, Mr. Nakanishi, as the Vice president, has make great contribution on the rapid growth of the Japanese market.
Sebastian is the founder of SPB Software Ltd., co-founder of the SPB TV AG, and is the advisor for several start-up companies in the IoT field (C-Labs Inc., amongst others). He served also as EVP and MD Mobile for Search Giant Yandex, Moscow until 2011. A telecommunications tower fully powered and backed up by a hydrogen prototype inspired him to use a similar technology at his home in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Seeing the potential at greater scale than his family’s personal use, he started Enapter and acquired European AEM Electrolyser technology company Acta End of 2017.
Le is a senior research analyst at Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables, focusing on Asia Pacific front- and behind- the meter energy storage markets. She previously worked as a research fellow at Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS), a Singapore’s national institute for applied solar energy research. She conducted research and consultant services in the areas of solar potential analysis, PV grid integration and solar energy efficient building, and has presented her work at international conferences and workshops. Le holds a PhD in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the National University of Singapore and a Master’s degree in Software Engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University.
Martin Milani, Chief Executive Officer, Sunverge Energy
As Chief Executive Officer of Sunverge Energy, a leading developer of residential energy storage systems and Virtual Power Plant (VPP) software, Martin leads company strategy, operations and development and delivery of Sunverge’s advanced energy storage and management platform. He has served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer for Sunverge since December 2016. His background of over 25 years in technology, including experience in grid services and modernization, position him well to lead the company into its next phase of growth and innovation.
Mr. Mori is the CFO at RENOVA, Inc., a rapidly-growing renewable energy company (IPP) headquartered in Tokyo. Before joining RENOVA, Mr. Mori worked for Goldman Sachs as an investment banker both in Tokyo and New York for a decade. Prior to that, he worked for KPMG Japan as a CPA.
Toru Inoue runs the infrastructure and structured finance team in Goldman Sachs’ Tokyo office. He has taken a lead role in developing the world’s first project bonds backed by solar assets, and in arranging Japan’s first revenue bonds issued by Ibaraki prefecture’s waste management agency. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs in 2006 he was at Nikko Salomon Smith Barney where he led the Atami Beach Line transaction, Japan’s first securitization of a toll road.
Founding Partner, Kanagawa International Law Office
Hajime Kanagawa, Founding Partner, Kanagawa International Law Office
Hajime Kanagawa is the founding partner of the Kanagawa International Law Office. He represents Japanese and multinational clients in a broad range of corporate and financial matters, including mergers and acquisitions, acquisition finance transactions, project finance transactions and corporate finance transactions. In the area of mergers and acquisitions, he has represented a number of private and publicly held companies as well as private equity investors in connection with various forms of mergers and acquisitions transactions such as mergers, demergers, statutory share exchanges, business transfers, tender offers, joint ventures, PIPEs and strategic capital alliances and, where acquisition finance or issuance of new capital is required, he provides advice not only on acquisition matters but also on financing matters as one-stop advisor. He has also represented both acquirers and targets in insolvency situations such as private workouts and corporate restructurings, and has also been involved in hostile takeover situations, both of which generally require difficult negotiations. Furthermore, he has recently focused on Japanese corporations’ outbound merger and acquisition deals as well as development, acquisition and financing of multiple solar power projects and wind projects under the feed in-tariff regime in Japan.
Maya Ito is a partner at Nishimura & Asahi and works mainly in the area of cross-border project finance, as well as energy projects, infrastructure, transactions, and regulations. She has been involved in more than 50 solar power projects in Japan. She also leads the India Practice Team of Nishimura & Asahi, and is currently involved in many infrastructure projects such as the high-speed railway (shinkansen) project in India. She has been advising a range of clients, including multinational corporations, commercial banks, multilateral financing institutions, project developers and sponsors, and other parties on a range of international and cross-border matters. Ito graduated Keio University and holds an LL.M. in Columbia Law School. She joined the firm in 2002.
Pedro Berraondo, Country Manager, Solarig Japan Services
Pedro Berraondo, Spanish, Solarig Japan Services, Representative Director, Academic background in law and economics. Fluent in English, French and Japanese. Extensive professional experience in the consulting, commercial, project management and corporate management, in different global projects in Spain, France, UK, China and Japan. Director of “Fundacion Madrid Global” (Madrid City Office) managed all operations and construction of the Madrid Pavillion in Expo 2010 Shanghai, China, and acted as top representative director during the Universal Exhibition. Designed and implemented the Japan Direct Investment Project for Madrid City Office (Spain), Madrid Global Foundation, aiming to increase Japanese corporations direct investments in Madrid region. Resident in Japan from 1991 to 1995 and now permanently since 2012, has worked in top Japanese automotive manufacturer in new models development and industrialization, before joining the renewable sector in 2016 as Solarig Japan Representative Director. Solarig Japan has completed to date 16MW of PV plants full EPC, from initial design to construction phase and commercial operation, providing operation and maintenance services for over 250MW in 30 plants across Japan.
Iwasaki Keigo, Solar Research Analyst, FUJI KEIZAI
Fuji Keizai Group is one of the pioneering information providers on industry/market and publisher of Market Research Reports about various industries. Keigo Iwasaki has worked at Fuji Keizai Co., Ltd. since 2006 as a marketing researcher to provide supporting services in the field of energy/environment for both public and private sectors. Especially, he has been involved in marketing research on solar power industry from upstream to downstream, that are solar materials, PV panel, inverter, residential/non-residential solar power system, and O&M service. He has recently researched and analyzed the possibility of solar for self-consumption in Japan, and the future perspective of the third generation PV cells.
Global Head Clean Energy, Ariel Syndicate of Lloyd's, Argo Group
Jan Napiorkowski, Global Head Clean Energy, Ariel Syndicate of Lloyd’s, Argo Group
In 2009, the current Ariel Re Clean Energy team launched the first long term performance guarantee insurance product for the solar industry and since was leading the market in providing bespoke performance guarantee and synthetic PPA solutions to the Clean Energy sectors, primarily focusing on solar, battery storage, fuel cells, biomass and waste to energy and syngas risks. Jan is heading the global Clean Energy practice at Lloyd’s of London. Primary focus is on the Japanese and Chinese markets, he is based in Hong Kong since 2010 where he was previously heading Munich Re’s Renewable Energy team until 2015. Jan has a Master in theoretical physicist and holds an MBA in Insurance and Risk Management.
Independent Consultant, Umwerlin Member of Club Vauban
Kensuke Nishimura, Independent Consultant, Umwerlin Member of Club Vauban
Researcher, interpreter, esp. for energy businesses. 2009: M.A. for environmental studies at Free University Berlin 07.2016-03.2018 Research Fellow at Tsukuba University "Evolving Energy Business (Shinka suru Energy Business)" (2018, Shin-Norin). I am a member of Club Vauban, also support Japan Stadtwerke Network