STS forum
Russia-Japan Workshop Online 2021
December 8
10:00 Moscow / 16:00 Tokyo
The STS forum Russia-Japan Workshop was initiated 2 years ago with a view to bringing together various perspectives from the scientists, leaders in the fields of politics, business and academia of Russia and Japan to discuss and find out innovative solutions to confront various challenges we are facing.
Following the first Workshop held last year, we move on to the next step to discuss further and deeper themes at its second Workshop. It will be guided by the theme of "ESG - challenges and opportunities for sustainable development in Russia and Japan", followed by 3 themes relevant to SDGs: "Decarbonization", "Argo Technologies", and "Smart Cities".
& Keynote
MSK 10:00
TYO 16:00
Plenary Session

MSK 10:20
TYO 16:20
Session 1

MSK 11:45
TYO 17:45

Session 2

MSK 11:45
TYO 17:45

Session 3

MSK 11:45
TYO 17:45


MSK 13:15
TYO 19:15

MSK 13:30
TYO 19:30
10:00–10:20 MOSCOW / 16:00–16:20 TOKYO
Opening Address & Keynote Speakers
10:20–11:35 MOSCOW / 16:20–17:35 TOKYO
Plenary session: ESG - Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Development in Russia and Japan
In less than 20 years, the Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) concept has evolved from selected corporate level social responsibility initiatives to a global phenomenon covering cities and governments. The ESG criteria are the core for sustainable and responsible investment. They are important to evaluate companies in which investments may go. Among others, at the present time the growing importance is given to such aspects if ESC, as decarburization, including technological transformation to new sources of energy, agro technologies, and smart cities which include environmental initiatives. The plenary session, focusing on these three directions of ESG, touches the larger base of ESG

Topics to be discussed:
How the idea of ESG is implemented in Russia and Japan and on which levels (government, cities, corporations)
What are the stimuli and barriers for application of ESG in respective countries
Which joint efforts of the two countries could be applied in order to promote ESG
11:45–13:00 MOSCOW / 17:45–19:00 TOKYO
Session 1: Decarbonization & ESG
'Decarbonization' refers to the process of reducing 'carbon intensity', lowering the amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions produced by the burning of fossil fuels. International classification of GHG emissions distinguishes three scopes of emissions for a company: Scope 1 refers to direct emissions due to burning of fossil fuels, Scope 2 refers to CO2 output due to electricity generation, and Scope 3 covers emissions of partners. Decarbonization is essential to meet global scenario of staying well below two degree set by the Paris Agreement. In order to move towards decarbonization, a complex of technologies should be developed, such as carbon footprint monitoring, reducing the carbon footprint by improving energy efficiency, utilization of CO2 through geological burial in the reservoir, carbon footprint compensation by implementing forest climate projects.

Both Russia and Japan governments proclaimed importance of decarbonisation. In April 2021, Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihide Suga announced that by 2030 Japan would reduce emissions 46 percent relative to 2013 levels, and the Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that the country would reduce methane emission, eliminate gas flaring, develop monitoring system on greenhouse gas emissions and undertake other steps towards green technologies. In 2020, Russia has also committed to its first Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) at the level of 70% of 1990 emissions by 2030.

Within the ESG concept, an important part of decarbonization process is cooperation between government, companies and other stakeholders. Companies should get motivated to invest in these technologies; for local governments it is beneficial to create economic mechanisms for transferring absorbed or buried tons of carbon to various sectors of the domestic economy.

Topics to be discussed:
What are the most promising technologies to achieve decarbonisation goals in industry
How could regulatory base be developed to help in supporting sustainable development
Where would you see the highest potential for collaboration between Japan and Russia in moving towards low-carbon hydrogen economy
11:45–13:00 MOSCOW / 17:45–19:00 TOKYO
Session 2: Agro Technologies
The projected growth of population to 10 billion people by 2050 requires an increase in food production by 70%. Modern agriculture is mainly based on high-productive varieties to achieve maximum productivity under conditions of high costs of fertilizers, water, and pesticides. Highly efficient agrosystems are based on the use of monocultures, heavy machinery, energy-intensive methods of tillage, and often the massive use of irrigation.
Despite large efforts, more than 60% of the world's population is still protein deficient.
These challenges have shaped a fundamentally new concept of resource-efficient and sustainable agricultural systems. They include automated indoor systems, including vertical and robotic, regenerative technologies for open ground, waste management and robotization in livestock and food technologies, plant protein production technologies as an alternative to traditional meat products.
At the same time, agriculture is increasingly seen as a provider of solutions to the climate change problem. One of them is 'carbon farming', i.e. agricultural practices aimed at improving CO2 sequestration by plants and its conversion into soil organic matter.
The new trends are transforming the face of agribusiness and causing profound changes in the competitive dynamics of agricultural markets and the global food chain.

Topics to be discussed:
How do new agrotechnologies affect competition in global agricultural markets
What type of technologies are critical for creation of resource-efficient and sustainable agricultural systems
How does carbon farming fit into the new agrotechnology landscape
What practices of Russia and Japan would be useful in this respect
What are the barriers for development of modern agrotechnologies
How to decrease food waste
11:45–13:00 MOSCOW / 17:45–19:00 TOKYO
Session 3: Smart Cities as an element of ESG
The concept of smart city was implemented in megacities around the world, including Moscow in Russia and Tokyo in Japan. The interpretation of this concept may differ from country to country but usually a smart city has three key features – it is equipped, united and intelligent. The importance of developing smart cities is increasing: 54% of the world's population live in cities and this is expected to rise to 66% by 2050. Growing urban population makes more crucial a need to manage environmental, social and economic sustainability of resources. A smart city largely relies on information and communication technology, such as Internet of things, 5G, AR/VR, machine learning, distributed databases, geo-information technologies and navigation. The success of a smart city relies also on the relationship between the public and private sectors as much of the work to create and maintain a data-driven environment falls outside the local government remit.

Topics to be discussed:
Nowadays, which technologies are crucial for development of a smart city; what is the state of the art and prospects in these areas
What are successful practices of building sustainable smart cities in Japan and Russia
What should be done for improving the sustainability of smart cities from technological point of view
13:15–13:30 MOSCOW / 19:15–19:30 TOKYO
13:30–13:40 MOSCOW / 19:30–19:40 TOKYO
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H.E. Mr. Toyohisa Kozuki
October, 1980 Passed Higher Diplomatic Service Examination, March, 1981 Graduated from University of Tokyo (Faculty of Arts and Sciences, International Relations), April, 1981 Entered Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan (MOFA), July, 1994 First Secretary, Embassy of Japan in the United Kingdom, July, 1997 First Secretary, Embassy of Japan in Russia, January, 1998 Counselor, Embassy of Japan in Russia, September, 2000 Director of Japan-U.S. Security Treaty Division, North American Affairs Bureau, August, 2001 Private Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, March, 2002 Director of Russian Division, European Affairs Bureau, February, 2004 Director of Financial Affairs Division, Minister's Secretariat, March, 2006 Director, Management and Coordination Division, Minister's Secretariat January, 2008 Deputy Chief of Mission, Minister, Embassy of Japan in Russia August, 2010 Consul General, Consulate General of Japan in Boston, January, 2011 Deputy Director-General, European Affairs Bureau, February, 2012 Ambassador / Deputy Director-General, European Affairs Bureau, September, 2012 Director-General, European Affairs Bureau, July, 2014 Deputy Vice-Minister, November, 2015 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Russian Federation.
Dr. Motohiko Nishimura
Motohiko Nishimura has been Executive Officer, Deputy General Manager of Hydrogen Strategy Division since April 2021.
He joined Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. in 1987 and was engaged in design, research and development on power plant, thermal-hydraulics and combustion.
He was appointed as Senior Manager of Thermal Technology Department in 2010 and led R&D on energy plant and system, reciprocal engine, jet engine and so on, including the super charged engine of Ninja H2R.
Then he became Senior Manager of Hydrogen Project Department in 2013 and has been working on business development for hydrogen energy supply chain.
He has also served on CO2-free Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain Technology Research Association (HySTRA) since 2016.

Mr. Koji Saeki
Mr. Koji Saeki has served as the Senior Vice President of JST since July 2019. As Senior Vice President he supports the President's activities and integrate JST's administration. After graduating the School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo, he joined Science and Technology Agency (predecessor of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)) in 1985 and served such as Assistant Minister/ Director General of Research and Development Bureau, Professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Counsellor at the Cabinet Secretariat.
Mr. Shinichi Kihara
Mr. Shinichi Kihara was appointed in July 2021 as the Deputy Director-General for Environmental Affairs, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau.
Mr. Kihara has rich experience in the area of international energy/ climate policy. He served as Deputy Commissioner for International Affairs at Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE) in 2020. He served as Director for International Affairs at ANRE for four years since 2012, when he took the lead for the G7 Kitakyushu Energy Ministerial in 2016. He was also involved in energy related work including the International Affairs Division in 2004 and Nuclear Power Safety Administration Division in 1998.
Mr. Kihara served as Senior Energy Analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris since 2009. He contributed to their flagship publication, World Energy Outlook.
Mr. Kihara joined METI in 1993, He has diverse experience serving various offices in the METI, including Director for Policy Planning and Coordination Division of Trade Policy Bureau, Director for Middle East and Africa Division and Americas Division. His experience also covers the area of economic cooperation, export control and others.
Mr. Kihara earned a Bachelor of Economics from University of Tokyo in 1993. He earned a MBA in 1998 from Cornell University, USA

Mr. Takahiro Hagiwara
Mr. Takahiro HAGIWARA was appointed Deputy Director-General, Industrial Science & Technology Policy and Environment Bureau, Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (METI) in 2020, he as well serves the Secretary General of the Japanese Industrial Standards Committee (JISC). He graduated from University of Tokyo and received his Bachelor of Engineering (Mineral and Oil Development Engineering) in 1992. After in 2002, completed the course of School of Law in University of Washington and received Master of Law (Intellectual Property Law and Policy LL.M Program). He acted various positions as the Director (Policy Coordinator) for Fukushima Reconstruction Promotion Group in 2018, Director for Technical Regulations, Standards and Conformity Assessment Policy in 2016, Director for Mineral and Natural Resources Division in 2013, Director for Natural Resources Development and Mining Law in 2012, General Manager & Deputy General Manager for Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC), London Office in 2009-11 worked.
Ms. Irina Gayda
Ms. Irina Gayda graduated from Economics Department of St. Petersburg State University in 1996, specializing in mathematical modelling in economics. In 1999 she obtained ACCA certification and Russian auditing license certificate. In 2003 she received MBA from Harvard Business School, Boston. After joining SKOLKOVO in 2020, Irina is in charge of business development, research and educational activities of the Energy Center and leads research on "Decarbonisation in oil and gas industry", "Modelling of climate and climate policy impacts on social-economic development on regional and national level".

Prior to SKOLKOVO, for over 15 years Irina worked in strategy consulting in oil and gas, leading energy practice of The Boston Consulting Group and PwC Strategy& in Russia. Irina focused on strategy, innovations and corporate venture funds, operational efficiency, organizational and digital transformation and worked with CEO level counterparts in largest Russian and international oil and gas companies. Moreover, Irina was actively involved in research agenda of BCG and was in charge of recruitment for Moscow office

Prior to Harvard MBA, Irina progressed from junior auditor to project manager in PricewaterhouseCoopers and United Technologies Corporation, working with industrial companies in over 15 countries.

Mr. George Nakayama
Mr. George Nakayama has been Senior Adviser since June 2020.
From June 2019 to June 2020, he served as Chairman. Prior to that, he was Chairman and CEO since April 2017, and President and CEO from June 2010 to April 2017.
Mr. Nakayama joined former Daiichi group as President of Daiichi Suntory Pharma Co.,Ltd. upon the spin-off of the Pharmaceutical Division of Suntory Co., Ltd. in 2002.
In 2006, he was appointed as Daiichi's General Manager, Business Planning Department and from April 2007, when Daiichi and Sankyo were fully integrated into Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd., he took responsibility for its overseas businesses as General Manager, EU US Business Management Department followed by General Manager, International Business Management Department.
Upon assignment to President of Japan Company in April 2010, he was appointed as Executive Vice President.
He was President of Japan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association from May 2018 to May 2021. He has also been Outside Director of Ajinomoto Co., Inc. since June 2021.
Mr. Nakayama earned a Master of Science degree from Osaka University in 1976 and an MBA from Northwestern University in 1979.

Mr. Hiroaki Ishizuka
Mr. Hiroaki Ishizuka was appointed Chairman of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) effective as of April 1, 2018. Mr. Ishizuka held a series of senior executive management level positions within Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, Japan's largest chemical company, between 2009 and 2018. From June 2009 to March 2011, he served as Managing Executive Officer and Executive Officer. Following this, he served as Senior Managing Executive Officer from April 2011 to March 2012. He then served as President and Chief Executive Officer from April 2012 to March 2017. He also served as Senior Corporate Advisor from April 2017 to March 2018. Mr. Ishizuka graduated from the Faculty of Chemical Science of the University of Tokyo in March 1972.
Mr. Yoshinori Horiuchi
HORIUCHI Yoshinori is Deputy Director-General, Research and Development Bureau at MEXT since Aug 2020. Throughout his career, he has developed his deep knowledge and expertise in STI promotion policy. He joined Science and Technology Agency (STA) in 1990 and spent nearly a decade in the agency, working on various aspects including press relations, nuclear safety and radioactive waste regulation before STA was merged into MEXT. Meanwhile, he acquired relevant international experiences at University of California, Berkeley and Embassy of Japan in Australia. After his return to MEXT in 2003, he has been in charge of nuclear safety as well as other research promotion policies, such as industrial cooperation, ocean and earth sciences, life sciences and space development. Prior to his current position, he served as Deputy Director-General for STI Policy at Cabinet Office for coordinating among STI-related ministries and their policies.
Mr. Kazushige Nobutani
Mr. Kazushige Nobutani is currently the President of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO). He received his BA in Law from University of Tokyo in 1990, and later in 1997 he receives his Master of Business Administration in Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. He joined Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in 1990. In 2006, he served Director of Industrial Research in JETRO London. After returning to METI, he acted various positions as the Director of Media and Content Industry Division in 2009, Director of Global Environmental Affairs Office in 2011, and Director of Europe Division in 2013. In 2015 the Director of Policy Planning and Coordination Division in Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, and then, the Director of Policy Planning and Coordination Division in the Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau in 2016, and Director of Policy Planning and Coordination Division in the Trade Policy Bureau in 2017. After acting as Deputy Director-General for Environmental Affairs in METI, he was appointed President of JETRO in 2019.
Dr. Irene Tkhilava
Referring to herself as "a mathematician in Arts", Irene Tkhilava holds a PhD in Mathematics, an MBA from IMD, Lausanne, and a Bachelors from Paris American Academy of Arts.

Irene possesses diverse experience in academic, global corporate, and entrepreneurial fields.

Irene is an "enemy of the ordinary" and strives to break the stereotypes, occasionally with success.

Serving as VP of Science & Innovation of the OSNOVA Group, Irene Tkhilava is involved in corporate entrepreneurship and is responsible for building an intellectual ecosystem around the Group's smart development projects
Mr. Alexey Ivanov
Mr. Ivanov is the director at the BRICS Competition Law and Policy Centre, a platform established by the BRICS competition authorities to intensify cooperation with academia of the BRICS countries. He also leads the HSE—Skolkovo Institute for Law and Development, a partnership project of the Skolkovo Innovation Centre and the National Research University – Higher School of Economics (HSE). Since 2012, Alexey as a professor at HSE Law School has been teaching Competition Law in the New Economy, a course addressing key challenges for the evolution of the competition law and policy. In 2015, under his leadership a research project on the global food value chains was launched and supported by the BRICS competition authorities through establishment of their joint working group to focus on the global agricultural markets. As a direct outcome of this research project for the first time in the Russian history a transfer of certain technologies was prescribed by the FAS Russia to the Bayer/Monsanto company as a remedy in the respective merger case. Prof. Ivanov in his capacity as the academic supervisor at the Centre for Technology Transfer – a special trustee assigned to facilitate the process of technology transfer in the Bayer/Monsanto case is also overseeing applied research aimed at boosting competitiveness of the Russian agricultural sector. Prof. Ivanov is a prolific author in the sphere of competition law, intellectual property, and innovation studies, as well as in public policy for agricultural development. His bestselling books in this field include: "Global Food Value Chains: Competition Law and Policy Perspective", "The New Agricultural Technologies: Economic, Legal and Regulatory Aspects", "Breeding 2.0", "The Climate Battle: Russia's Bet for Carbon Farming"
Dr. Makoto Nakatani
Dr. Nakatani is the Senior Vice President of Japan's National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) since April 2018. He joined Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) in 1981 and continued his research on cultivation and breeding of sweet potatoes. He also engaged in research of other crops such as buckwheat and Amaranthus. He obtained his Ph.D. in Applied Agricultural Science from Osaka Prefecture University in 1989. As a national public servant, he experienced working for two major national research institutes under MAFF, namely, Institute of Crop Science of NARO, and Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Science (JIRCAS). He also has an experience of working at Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council of MAFF as Director for Research & Development. After teaching undergraduate program at Faculty of Bioscience and Applied Chemistry, Hosei University as a lecturer, he currently serves NARO as the Senior Vice President.

Mr. Arkady Dvorkovich
Mr. Arkady Dvorkovich is the Chairman of the Skolkovo Foundation since September 2018. Also, he is the President of International Chess Federation (FIDE). Previously, for 6 years he served as Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation (2012 – 2018). In that role Mr. Dvorkovich coordinated the work of the Federal executive bodies and issue instructions in the following areas: state policy on agriculture; state policy on fisheries; state policy on transport; state policy on communications; state policy on IT; state policy on the fuel and energy complex (excluding the granting of rights to use mineral resources) and electricity generation; state policy on industry (with the exception of the defense industry), including the pharmaceutical and medical equipment industries; state policy on innovation; state policy on science; state policy on biotechnology. Mr. Dvorkovich was Aide to the President of the Russian Federation from 2008 to May 2012 and was Head of the Presidential Experts' Directorate from 2004 to 2008. In 2001 he was appointed Deputy Minister for Economic Development and Trade, and in 2000 he was an expert at the Centre for Strategic Research and Adviser to the Minister for Economic Development and Trade. In 1994 he became consultant, senior expert, Chief Executive and Scientific Director of the Economic Expert Group of the Russian Ministry of Finance.
Prof. Alexander P. Kuleshov
Professor Alexander Kuleshov is a mathematician and President of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology ‒ Russia's leading international institution of higher education based in Skolkovo high technology hub near Moscow, Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Having started as an engineer at a huge state-run research institute, Alexander Kuleshov made an outstanding professional career in science, education, business and industry. Between 1992 and 2002 he worked as advisor for the world's technology giants, such as EADS, Deutsche Telekom, Telia and Ericsson, created a bunch of successful startups in Europe and Russia. Prior to his appointment as President of Skoltech in 2016, Alexander Kuleshov had directed A.A. Kharkevich Institute for Information Transmission Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IITP RAS) for a decade, one of leading institute of RAS.
Mr. Eduard Zernin
Mr. Zernin graduated from Chicago Booth School of Business. He started his professional career in investment banking in 1993. He took an active part in the creation of the Russian debt instruments market, carried out several successful M&A transactions and turnaround projects. In 2011, he headed the Board of Directors of BIO-TON Agri Corp., the largest sunflower producer in Russia, which manages 450,000 hectares of arable land in the Volga Valley. In 2019 he was elected Chairman of the Executive Board of the Russian Union of Grain Exporters (RUSGRAIN UNION), which unites the largest companies, both local and international, collectively exporting more than 80% of grain from Russia.
Mr. Andrey Bayda
Mr, Bayda is Vice President for ESG Finance at State Development Corporation VEB.RF. He runs the National Green Finance Taskforce that developed Russian Green Taxonomy and is currently working on legislation in other areas of sustainable finance (social bonds, transition bonds, SLBs).

Prior to VEB.RF Andrey was a Junior Partner at McKinsey & Company helping banks in Russia, Southeast Asia and Africa on risk management and strategy

Mr. Boris Glazkov
Graduated from the Moscow Aviation Institute (State Technical University), Faculty of applied mathematics and physics and L.S.Vygotsky Institute for Psychology of Russian State University for the Humanities.
Over the past five years Mr. Gazkov has been working for PJSC Rostelecom – the largest fixed-network ISP in Russia. His zone of responsibility includes the corporate program for innovation development, strategic planning for digital business-units and subsidiaries, GR, Rostelecom's participation in the "Digital economy" program of the Russian Federation and strategic partnerships.
His achievements during the past five years include realized initiatives of setting up new business-units such as Office for Industrial Internet of Things projects, Office for Geospatial platforms and services projects, Office for Data monetization projects. In addition, my main GR achievements during the past two years were establishing and maintaining competence centers for "Digital Infrastructure" and "Smart Cities" directions of the government's "Digital Economy Program" in Rostelecom.
Prior to joining PJSC Rostelecom Mr.Glazkov worked in various managerial positions in the following agencies:
- Ministry of Communication and Mass Media of the Russian Federation – creating, developing and implementing key systems of e-government infrastructure; Implementing projects in the field of electronic government infrastructure within State Program "Information Society" (2011-2020).
- Federal Migration Services of the Russian Federation – realization of electronic provision for state services of Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation; Integrating of establishment information resources into e-government infrastructure; Creating, operating and developing state system of production, drawing-up and control of Passport and Visa documents of new generation

Mr. Andrey Tsyganov
In 1983, graduated from the Moscow State University (MSU) with a diploma in economics with honors. In 1986, finished the postgraduate program at MSU and defended a PhD thesis in Economics on planning and organization of economic administration. In 2000, graduated from the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration with a degree in law.
Works in the Russian competition authority since 1990. Since 2004 – Deputy Head of the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation.Actively participates in legislative activities. At the FAS Russia, works on issues of international economic cooperation and control of foreign investments to economic entities with strategic significance for state defense and security.
Member of a number of sub-commissions of the Governmental commission on economic development and integration: on non-tariff, customary and tariff regulation, defense measures in foreign trade; on ensuring sustainable development of the Russian economy; on technical regulation and application of sanitary, veterinary and phytosanitary measures.
Andrey Tsyganov actively participates in the work on the FAS Russia's cooperation with international organizations and foreign competition authorities in the area of antimonopoly policy. Represents the FAS Russia at international events in the frame of BRICS, APEC, OECD, ICN, ICAP, UNCTAD, conducts bilateral negotiations on behalf of the FAS Russia with foreign competition authorities.
Chairman of the FAS Russia's Commission on analysis of commodity markets and the FAS Russia's Methodical Council, as well as Expert council on foreign investments.
Author of numerous articles in compendia and periodicals, co-author and editor of books on competition, foreign investment and small business support.

Mr. Alexey Repik
Mr. Alexey Repik currently holds the post of the Chairman at All Russia Public Organization "Business Russia". He is the current chairman of Russian-Japanese Business Council, a member of several business associations and public advisory councils functioning under the State bodies. In 2001 he founded R-Pharm, which has become one of the biggest healthcare group of companies in Russia under his lead. He is well-known for his extensive public activity aimed at improvement of business climate and championship of entrepreneurial community in Russia. In 2020 he was awarded a second-class medal of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland by the President of Russia.
Prof. Hiroshi Komiyama
Prof. Hiroshi Komiyama, a prominent academic, scientist and engineer and leading authority in global sustainability, became Chairman of the Institute of Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc. in April 2009, after completing four-year presidency as the 28th President at the University of Tokyo. He obtained a PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Tokyo. In 2010, he founded the 'Platinum Society Network' to achieve a sustainable society that solves environmental, aging, educational and economic issues. In 2017, he received the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award (Knowledge Award) for his plan for solving social issues to create a better future for humanity, and acting as a driving force behind the effort to realize this vision, which he calls "Platinum Society." He was elected as the Chairman of the STS forum in 2021.
Dr. Andrei Osiptsov
Dr. Osiptsov graduated with honors from Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics (2005) and received the PhD degree with distinction in Physics and Mathematics (2006). Andrei has been employed by Schlumberger Moscow Research Center (2005-2016), where he progressed from an intern to the research program manager and principal research scientist, actively developing new technology for oilfield services industry. Simultaneously, Prof. Osiptsov has been teaching part time at Mech&Math Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State Uni as an Associate Professor. In 2016, Andrei joined Skoltech as a faculty member, and in 2018 he established a joint research lab with Gazpromneft Science and Technology Center. The scope of technology development within the lab covered the entire lifecycle of an oil or gas well: drilling, cementing, multistage hydraulic fracturing, flowback and startup and transient production management. In 2017, Andrei has defended the Doctor of Sciences (Habilitation) Degree at Institute for Hydrodynamics of the Russian Academy of Science. After becoming the Full Professor in 2021, Andrei is now working on new technology for sustainable development in the capacity of the director of the project center on energy transition and ESG, which is focused on decarbonization of industry (CCUS, hydrogen, environmentally-friendly oil production) and green finance (ESG risk management for banking industry).
Dr. Yuko Harayama
Yuko Harayama is an Executive Director at RIKEN charged of international affairs, promotion of young researchers and diversity. Prior to joining RIKEN, she spent five years at the Cabinet Office of Japan, as an Executive Member of the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI), two years at the OECD as the Deputy Director of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry (STI), and ten years at the Graduate School of Engineering of Tohoku University as a professor of Science and Technology Policy. Her experience prior to Tohoku University includes being a Fellow at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) in Japan and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Geneva. Ms. Harayama holds a Ph.D. in Education Sciences and a Ph.D. in Economics both from the University of Geneva. She has received Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in 2011 and was awarded honorary doctorate from the University of Neuchâtel in 2014.
Mrs. Kate Kida
Mrs. Kate Kida graduated from the University of Wollongong, Australia (B.Comm) and her early career was with a national supermarket chain. She had experience in state level inventory and supply chain management, national pricing, marketing, category management and private brand development. Kate was also involved in working in the family retail business and pivotal in tendering and executing the sale. By March 2005 Kate moved from Australia to Japan and by 2011 GreenLand (Japan) – Vertical Tech Farming company was founded with her husband as President and Kate as Vice-President. The first facility was constructed and operating by March 2013. Over the last 8 years Greenland has become the market leader in the agri-tech business in Japan. International projects and reach involving research, marketing, global relations and needs analysis have included China, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Australia, UAE and Russia.

Prof. Tomohiro Araki
1985 Kyushu Univ. Doctor course: Ph.D
1981 Kyushu Univ. Graduate School of Agriculture: Master Course
1979 Kobe Univ. School of Agriculture

Work Experience
2008- Present Tokai Univ. School of Agriculture:
2016-Present Provost: Tokai Univ. Kyushu Campus
2016-2017 Executive Director: Research Institute of Agriculture
2016-2017 Dean: School of Agriculture
2008-2014 Dean: Graduate School of Bioscience
1987- 2007 Kyushu Tokai University:
2006-2008 Vice director: Office of the President
2000-2002 Chair, Department of Bioscience
1985-1987 Boston Univ. School of Medicine Department of Biochemistry
Visiting assistant professor

Major research subjects
1. Structure and function of self defense proteins
2. Amino acids and peptides in foods
3. Protein structural analysis technique

Prof. Dmitry Lakontsev
Dmitry Lakontsev is a professor, head of Skoltech Project Center for Next Generation Wireless, and Skoltech-based NTI Center of Excellence for Wireless and Internet of Things. He is a graduate of MIPT. In 2007 he received his Ph.D. degree in wireless networks from the Institute for Information Transmission Problems (IPPI RAS). He worked as a head of a department at IPPI RAS, was co-founder and CEO of a start-up company (60 engineers and $3 million annual turnovers). Under Dmitry's leadership, the Center has been developing the Russian 5G base station, refining 5G scenarios in its pilot test zone, certifying advanced network equipment in the 5G lab, and leading the broad acceptance of the OpenRAN open architecture in Russia. A recognized expert and renowned speaker in the field of mobile economy and wireless technology.

Dr. Isamu Takahara
Dr. TAKAHARA Isamu was appointed Deputy Director-General, Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, Cabinet Office in June 2019.

He joined Toyota Motor Corporation in April 1988, where he served as Body-Design engineer of CROWN and LEXUS for next generation of TOYOTA. After the Leader of engineers for Value Innovation Activity, he served as General Manager of BR-VI Department in 2009, VA Development Division in 2011 and BR-Frontier Research in Policy and Technology Department in 2017. In 2017, he was appointed as Director and Professor for Frontiers of MIRAI in Policy and Technology, University of Tsukuba. He holds a Ph.D in Policy and Planning Sciences from the University of Tsukuba.

Mr. Ichiro Sone
Mr. Ichiro Soné was appointed Executive Vice President of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) in October, 2019. Previously He served as Director-General of JETRO Osaka, overseeing Kansai and Hokuriku region. Before Osaka, he served as Chief Executive Director of JETRO Chicago, overseeing 12 Midwestern states in the U.S. He joined JETRO in 1988 after graduating Doshisha University in Kyoto with a bachelor's degree in art and aesthetics. He has a deep knowledge on international business through working at Planning Department, Trade Fair Department and Invest Japan Department at JETRO Tokyo, and North America Bureau at Ministry of Foreign Affairs and JETRO offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Dr. Fadi Jabri
In 2000 Dr. Fadi Jabri joined Nikken Sekkei as an Architect after obtaining a Ph.D. Degree in Engineering from the University of Tokyo. In 2014 he joined the board of directors, responsible for developing and overseeing Nikken Sekkei activities in MENA, CIS, and India regions. He brings to Nikken Sekkei significant international experience owing to his participation in high profile projects in over 20 cities, ranging from urban planning including waterfront, TOD developments, to mixed-use high rise, residential, hospitality, and education. He was instrumental to lead winning international competitions for One Zaabeel, Gazprom, Sberbank Mixed use complex, and recently working on HQ for RZHD. In his projects, he works closely with the client and design teams to set out design direction and establish overall execution strategy for a project, from inception to completion. He contributed to establishing Dubai, Riyadh, and Moscow offices and is currently establishing the office in India. He leads the design studio with Uchiyama in Dubai. He is fluent in English, Japanese, Arabic, and Russian.

Mr. Alexey Ponomarev
As Skoltech's Senior Vice President for Industrial Relations, Mr. A. Ponomarev is responsible for coordinating issues related to the Institute's participation in state initiatives, as well as its interactions with Russian industry. He is also the Professor of National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Prior to joining Skoltech, Mr.Ponomarev spent nearly 30 years in academia and research centers, culminating in his appointment as Deputy Minister for Education and Science of the Russian Federation in 2010. He has also served as a board member of several of Russia's largest industrial companies and played an integral role in the reorganization of the country's aviation industry. He also served as CEO of one of the leading Russian industrial "think tanks" - "Interdepartmental Analytical Center" for a long time. Currently he is a member of a number of Governmental Advisory Boards and Commissions in STI and Industry, Boards of Trusties and Boards of Directors in State and private institutions and companies.
H.E. Mr. Mikhail Galuzin
Institute of Asian and African Studies under Moscow State University
Diplomatic Rank: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
1983-1986 - Embassy of the USSR in Japan
1992-1997 - Embassy of Russia in Japan
2001-2008 - Minister-Counsellor, Embassy of Russia in Japan
2008-2012 - Director of the Third Asia Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia
2012-2017 - Ambassador of Russia to Indonesia
Since January 2018 - Ambassador of Russia to Japan
State Awards: Order of Friendship
Dr. Alexander O. Gliko
Dr. A.O. Gliko graduated from the Faculty of Physics, Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1972. In 1976 he received his PhD in Geophysics at the Lomonosov Moscow State University, and in 1988 he obtained DSc. at the Institute of Physics of the Earth, Russian Academy of Sciences. Since 1976 Dr. Gliko has been working at the Institute of Physics of the Earth, RAS: from 1993 to 2003 he acted as Deputy Director of the Institute, and from 2003 to 2013 as Director of the Institute. Since 2018 Dr. Gliko has been heading the Division of Geophysics and Geodynamics of the Institute of Physics of the Earth. He is the Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (2006), and since 2008 Dr. Gliko is Academician-Secretary at the Earth Sciences Branch, RAS.
Author and co-author of numerous scientific papers. Professor at the Faculty of Physics, Moscow State University. Editor-In-Chief (1998 to 2015) and member of the editory board (2015 up to now) of 'Physics of the Solid Earth' journal. Member of the editory board of "Episodes" (2003-2008). Member of the editory board of the Russian J. Earth Sci.
A.O. Gliko is an acknowledged scientist in the field of theoretical geophysics and geothermics. He was the first to construct the theory of effective elastic and anelastic parameters of two-phase materials and rocks. He conducted research in modeling of phase-change boundaries movements in the Earth and studied non-steady state thermal regime of continental lithosphere, thermal processes in the rift zones, including the use of petrochemical data on the evolution of igneous rocks for reconstruction of paeleothermal regimes, and phase transformations in rocks, tectonothermal events and evolution of the lithosphere. Since 1992 his research interests embody climate change, geodynamics, physical aspects of metamorphic processes, modeling of heat and mass transfer in active hydrothermal systems, study of the sea-floor black smokers.

Mr. Rustam Tikhonov
Mr. R.Tikhonov graduated from the Bauman Moscow State Technical University.

2007 - 2012 – worked in various positions at the Research Institute of Radioelectronic Technology of the Bauman Moscow State Technical University.

2012 - 2020 – worked in various positions at the Government of the Russian Federation.

In April 2020, was appointed to the position of Director of the Department of Strategic Development and Innovation of the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia.

Prof. Michael Akim
Michael graduated from the Leningrad Technological Institute in 1986 and in 1991 from Latvian Academy of Science IWC with Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and MBA in 2000 from IONA (USA). In 1992 Michael moved to the United States where he worked in R&D, Technology and Product Development, at Rexam and subsequently with Champion International's Corporate Technology Group, then Champion Int. was acquired by IP in 1998 and Michael joined International Paper R&D center in Tuxedo Park, NY. In 2001 he joined Troy Chemicals as a Regional Manager for CIS & Russia. In 2005-2006 he worked at Fisher International management consulting firm, as a Vice President, Research. In 2006 he joined Emerson Process Management as a Director of their European Pulp and Paper Business. Since 2008 Michael worked with ABB in Russia and since 2014 as Vice President of Strategic Development. Since September 2020 Michael is Associated Partner with Vitus Bering Management Ltd. and Professor of Graduate School of Business, HSE University.
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