Professor, The Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University
Adjunct Professor, United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability
Before joining Keio, he worked at the Graduate School of Decision Science and Technology, the Tokyo Institute of Technology, and the Department of Policy Studies, at the University of Kitakyushu. From August 2009 to July 2010, he was Marie Curie Incoming International Fellow of the European Commission and a visiting professor at Sciences Po, Paris.
He serves various committees and steering groups, including co-chair of Future Earth SDG Knowledge Action Network (KAN); a scientific steering group member of the Earth System Governance project; a commissioner of the Earth Commission; a member of the SDGs Promotion Roundtable Meeting, established by the Japanese government under the SDGs Promotion Headquarters; a member of the Expert Study Group for the Promotion of SDGs by Local Governments for Japanese Cabinet Office.
His recent publication includes Norichika Kanie, “SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals)”, CHUKORON-SHINSHA.INC., 2020; Norichika Kanie (eds.), “Governing through Goals: Sustainable Development Goals as Governance Innovation”, MIT Press, 2017; Norichika Kanie, et.al., ‘Rules to Goals: The Emergence of New Governance Strategies for Sustainable Development, in Sustainability Science, Volume 14, Issue 6, 2019, pp.1748-1749. He has been appointed by the UN Secretary-General as a member of fifteen independent scientists to prepare the 2023 Global Sustainable Development Report.
Project Assistant Professor, The Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University
Tarek Katramiz is a Project Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Media and Governance and a member of the xSDG Laboratory (Keio Research Institute) at Keio University. He was previously a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) postdoctoral fellow at the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS). His main interest is in the politics of sustainability and development, local community, energy, and environmental policies. His current research projects are looking at how the SDGs potentially influence and stimulate new directions of national development planning and assessing the steering effects of the SDGs on local governments and non-state actors; the contestations and synergies in national implementation of energy and climate goals and other SDGs, with particular focus on SDG10 (inequality) and SDG11 (sustainable cities and communities). He holds a BA in Japanese Studies from Damascus University, MA, and Ph.D. in Media and Governance from Keio University.
President, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Project Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives (IFI), The University of Tokyo
Kazuhiko Takeuchi graduated from the Department of Geography, at the University of Tokyo in 1974. He obtained an M.Agr. and Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Agriculture, the University of Tokyo. He served as a Professor at the Asian Natural Environmental Science Center, and as Professor at the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Tokyo from 1997 to 2012. He also served as a Vice-Rector/Senior Vice-Rector at the United Nations University (UNU) from 2008 to 2016.
Since 2016, he has served as a Senior Visiting Professor at the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS). He was the Director and Professor/Project Professor of IR3S at the University of Tokyo from 2017 to 2019. He has served as President of, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) since 2017. He took up the position of Project Professor at the Institute for Future Initiatives (IFI) at the University of Tokyo in 2019. He has served, inter alia, as Acting Chair of the Central Environmental Council, Government of Japan, Editor-in-Chief of “Sustainability Science” (Springer Nature), and Distinguished Chair, of Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies, University of Nairobi.
Project Professor, the Institute for Future Initiatives (IFI), The University of Tokyo
President, Overseas Environmental Cooperation Center, Japan (OECC)
Prof. Takemoto has engaged in developing policy-oriented research activities through his service as the Director of the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) for six (6) years since 2014.
Prior to joining UNU, he was fully involved in developing policies to realize sustainable societies through formulating national strategies on global environmental issues such as climate change, biodiversity, and transboundary air pollution as the Vice-Minister for Global Environmental Affairs at the Government of Japan.
He served for CBD/COP10 as its Alternate President (2010), CSD-18 as its Co-Chair (2010), and OECD/EPOC as Vice Chair (2004-07). He is a Council Member of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), representing the Japan Committee for IIASA since 2011.
He holds a Ph.D. from The University of Tokyo and a Master of International Public Policy degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Director, Center for Global Commons
Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives, University of Tokyo
Dr. Ishii joined University of Tokyo on August 1st, 2020, as Professor, Executive Vice President, and inaugurating Director for Center for Global Commons. She will lead this newly established center with the mission to catalyze systems change so that humans can achieve sustainable development within planetary boundaries. It is needed to mobilize movements of multi-stakeholders, including business, policy makers, cities, CSOs, and citizens as consumers and investors towards a shared goal of nurturing stewardship of Global Commons, that is the critical earth system for human’s survival. Her belief is that academia can and should play a much more active role in this endeavor. Prior to joining the university, she served the GEF (Global Environment Facility) as CEO and Chairperson from 2012 to 2020. During her tenure, she formed GEF’s first mid-term strategy, GEF 2020, with strong focus on transformation of key economic systems, and delivered two successful replenishments. She entered Ministry of Finance, Japan, in 1981 and worked for finance, tax and international finance bureaus, and served as Deputy Vice Minister of Finance, Japan for 2010-2012. She also worked at the IMF and the World Bank and was stationed in Sri Lanka as Country Director for the World Bank during 2006-2010. She is currently serving as council member for China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, member to Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, commissioner for Food Systems Economic Dialogue, Ambassador for FOLU (Food and Land Use Coalition), member of the Board of PACE (Platform for Accelerating Circular Economy), co-chair of Advisory Network for High Level Panel for Ocean, and co-founder and principal for Global Commons Alliance.
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University
Chairman of the Overseas Environmental Cooperation Center (OECC)
Sachiko Tsukahara assumed her current position at the Graduate School of Media and Governance in 2021 following over 15 years of experience at Ministry of the Environment where she worked as a policymaker on domestic and international environmental issues such as climate change, chemical management, and international resource circulation.
She received her master’s degree from the University of Tokyo.