1978 1978 School of Commerce, Waseda University
1982 IBM Japan, sales for Electric and Electronics customers.
2008 General Manager of Team Green Innovation, (Smartcity country leader)
2015 Resigned IBM Japan
Established and Advisor, Volter Japan
2016 Professor, Faculty of Urban Innovation, Asia University
Vice president for International Affairs, Asia University
2018 European Union: EU Gateway Construction Engineering Chair Expert
Worldwide 50 most impactful smartcity leaders, 2017
Central Gov. Ministry of General affairs, Kanto annual communication award
IBM Internal President award 3 times, Asia pacific award and many others
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Pekka works as the head of the commercial section (Business Finland) of the embassy. He has more than 20 years of business experience in Japan; the past jobs including representative for Kansallis Banking Group (currently part of Nordea), senior director of Fitch Ratings and partner at the M&A consultancy Septem Partners. He has also served as president of the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan.
Creating business opportunities by connecting companies in Austria and Japan is his daily bread, helping entrepreneurs to bridge the gap in business understanding, language and cultural background his passion. More than twelve years Arnold Ackerer is serving as Deputy Head of Advantage Austria Tokyo and Commercial Attache at the Austrian Embassy. Given Austria’s breadth of export industries active in Japan, he is used to multi-task between industries like life sciences, robotics, foodstuffs, wood and timber, forestry and biomass, automotive and service industries and as well as between activities running from government lobbying, industry networking, organizing trade fair participations, seminars, B2B matching and startup pitching events.
He is a co-founder of TechBIZKON, an annual European-Japan startup and investor conference, and the Inter-Chamber Ski-Race, an annual weekend business networking retreat in the Japanese Alps.
Raised in Austria with a background in legal studies and psychology, he studied in the US and Japan and later earned a Doctor of Science degree from the University of Graz and a Doctor of Law degree from the University of Hiroshima.
Majored in Materials Science at Kyoto University and received a Ph.D. from Osaka University. Promoted the development of Japan's first large-sized lithium-ion battery system as a PJ leader as part of a Smart Energy System at Sanyo Electric and Panasonic. After that, he began studying new business models at NEC, and he established InsuRTAP inc. in 2018 as a company to evaluate the performance of Li ion batteries. Develops and sells insurance products that provide Li ion battery performance warranty in cooperation with insurance companies. Contributed from the creation of a white paper to the establishment of IEC TC120, which creates global safety standards for energy storage systems. He is the convener of TC120 WG5 in Japan.
Carolin is a strong innovator with international leadership experience in the sectors Automotive/Mobility, Energy and Consulting and a proven track record in business incubation. In her current position, she is responsible for the global build-up of the Connectivity Solution Business for EV-OEMs and Mobility Service Providers for Robert Bosch GmbH. Carolin has a degree in Computer Science and Business Administration from the University of Mannheim.
Isshu Kikuma is Japan Energy Analyst for BloombergNEF. He supports the BNEF service for Japan’s renewable energy and grid integration. He also has experience in the solar and sustainability fields before joining BNEF.
Isshu holds a Masters in Environmental Management from Duke, the U.S. and Bachelors in Economics and Geography from SUNY Geneseo, the U.S.
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Dr. Hiroshi Okamoto is currently the Executive Vice President in charge of corporate planning at TEPCO Power Grid, Inc.
He started his career with TEPCO in 1993 immediately after he obtained BS, MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Tokyo. Since then, he has worked for project management of electric power system including Ultra High Voltage (UHV) transmission, renewable energy integration to the power grid, smart grid strategy, international consultancy services for the several power companies and regulatory affairs of the electricity market.
Since June 2017, he has been EVP of TEPCO Power Grid. Prior to the current position, he served as Executive Managing Officer of TEPCO, President of TRI (TEPCO Research Institute) and Secretary General of the New Growth Task Force.
In 2017, Dr. Okamoto jointly published a book "Utility 3.0: Game change in energy industry 2050". He also published many articles and books.
Dr. Okamoto is member of Advisory Committee on Transmission and Distribution of International Electro-technical Commission (IEC/ACTAD), Vice Chairman of Japanese National Committee of CIGRE (International Large Scale Power System Conference), Director of Japan Science Foundation and active member of IEEE, IEEJ, GO15 and IUWG.
Mr Cassat holds a M.Sc. in industrial engineering from ParisTech Arts & Metiers. He served as a project manager within the European Institute for Energy Research (EIFER) in Germany, where he managed the assessment of award-winning Smart Grids demonstration projects, and conducted technology transfers at US and EU levels. He then joined a team of experts on Smart & Sustainable Cities working with EDF, a world leading utility, on integrating energy systems in early stages of urban planning for major cities like Shanghai, Berlin, Lyon and Singapore. In 2016, he joined EDF R&D, strong of 2000 researchers worldwide, as an advisor to the R&D programs directors in Paris on the topics of Renewables & Storage, T&D Networks, Retail & Energy Services, Power Systems & Markets. Since 2018, he is Managing Director of EDF Lab Singapore, where he leads a dozen of researchers & engineers to develop applications in Urban Energy Analytics, E-mobility and Low-carbon MicroGrids.
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 & Honda 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.
Dr. Andreas Hauer studied Physics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany. He made his PhD at the technical University in Berlin. Now is Head of the Division “Energy Storage ” at the Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research, ZAE Bayern, with about 80 emploees. Dr. Hauer is an international known expert on energy storage in general and specialized on thermal energy storage. For 7 years he was the secretary of the Executive Committee of the Energy Storage Programme within the International Energy Agency IEA.
Toshiyuki SHIRAI is Director of Advanced Energy System Division, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).
After joining METI, he served for various positions in METI, being responsible for economic and industrial policy, manufacturing industry policy, economic cooperation policy, and trade policy.
He also served as first secretary in Embassy of Japan in Islamic Republic of Iran, as well as senior energy analyst in International Energy Agency based in Paris, contributing to World Energy Outlook.
He graduated from University of Tokyo (M.S.) as well as from Georgetown University (MBA).
He joined a major think tank immediately graduating from The University of Tokyo Faculty of Law in 2000, and then transferred jobs to Accenture in 2012. During his career at Accenture, he has worked on numerous projects, mainly in institutional design, corporate and business strategies, organizational design, marketing and sales strategies, and new business planning. He co-authored “The Energy Industry in 2050: Game Change to Utility3.0,” published by Nikkei Publishing Inc. in 2017.
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April 1972 Joined Tokyo Electric Power Company, Incorporated (TEPCO)
Jan. 1984 – July 1984 an investigator at West Germany dispatched from TEPCO
June 1999 General Manager of Ueno-Branch, TEPCO
June 2003 Director, President HIKARI Network Company(an in-house company, TEPCO)
June 2004 Executive Offer, President HIKARI Network Company(TEPCO)
June 2006 Senior Executive Offer, TOKO Electric Company ,LTD (currently TAKAOKA TOKO Co., LTD)
June 2007 Representative Director and Senior Managing Director , TOKO Electric Company, LTD
June 2012 Adviser TAKAOKA TOKO Co., LTD
July 2014 Adviser YDK Communications Co., LTD
March 2015 Representative Director, Evergreen Energy Initiative, Inc.(to present)
June 2015 – June 2018 Part-time Director, YDK CO., LTD
June 2018 Adviser YDK Co., LTD(to present)
June 2016 – June 2019 Part-time Director, EIKEN CHEMICAL Co., LTD
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Date of Birth: March 10, 1966
Education: Master Degree in School of Engineering,
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University of Tokyo
Present Position (since July 2019)
July 2017 General Manager, Electric Power & Gas Division
Deputy Division Director,
Electric Power & Gas (E&G) Business Division
TEPCO Energy Partner, Inc.
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The University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law, Public Law course
April 1992 Joined Mitsubishi Corporation, Power Systems Export Dept.
April 2011 Team Leader, New Business Development Team, Power Systems International Unit
April 2014 Team Leader, Europe Team, Power Transmission Business Dept.
April 2016 General Manager, EMEA Power Business Development Dept.
April 2017 General Manager, International IPP Dept.
April 2018 President, Diamond Generating Corporation
April 2020 Division COO, Energy Service Solution Div.
Thomas Speidel, graduated in Electrical Engineering at the University of Stuttgart, is CEO of ADS-TEC Group (which is including the ADS-TEC Energy GmbH) and president of the German Energy Storage Association (Bundesverband Energiespeicher e.V.). The ADS-TEC Group is a medium-sized family owned company and employs a total of around 300 staff, split between its head office at Nuertingen near Stuttgart and its production site in Dresden. ADS-TEC Energy GmbH is a company of ADS-TEC Group with a participation of BOSCH. In the energy sector, ADS-TEC provides highly efficient battery storage solutions and high-power fast charging systems for electric vehicles to a broad range of customers. Its scalable systems are designed for use in private homes, public buildings, commercial enterprises, industrial and infrastructure solutions and self-sufficient energy supply systems, with capacities up to the multi-megawatt range. The newly developed fast charging technology for electric mobility is proving to be ground-breaking. It is unsurpassed worldwide in its compactness in terms of capacity and performance.
Born in 1972, Heiner (Heinrich) Gärtner sits alongside the other two managing directors at the helm of GP JOULE. He has overall technical responsibility including all aspects of research and development. He still runs a large agricultural business in the Bavarian community of Buttenwiesen, which he took over in 2002, after graduating from Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences as an agricultural engineer. He has stayed true to his Bavarian roots, living in the area with his wife and four children.