Tsutomu Toichi (Speaker)
Picture: Masakazu Yamazaki

Research Adviser, The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan

Born in 1945. Specializes in energy and global environment issues. Graduated from the Department of Earth Physics, the Faculty of Science, the University of Tokyo in 1968 and completed the doctoral course (Doctor of Science) of the Department of Earth Physics, Graduate School of Science, the University of Tokyo in 1973. Joined the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEE) as a researcher in 1973. Worked at MIT Energy Laboratory in the U.S. as a guest researcher from 1983 to 1985. At IEE, served as a board member and General Research Director in 1994, Managing Director and Chief Researcher in 2006, Advisor in 2011 and Research Advisor in 2013. His abundant writings include “Climate Change Mitigation–A Balanced Approach to Climate Change” (cowritten) (Maruzen Publishing, 2013) and “Energy Geopolitics in the 21st Century” (Sankei Shinbun Shyuppan in 2007).

Mikkal E. Herberg (Speaker)
Picture: Hiroshi Komiyama

Research Director, Energy Security Program, The National Bureau of Asian Research

Mikkal Herberg is Research Director for the Energy Security Program at The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR). He is also a Senior Lecturer on international energy at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California San Diego. Previously he spent 20 years in the oil industry in strategic planning roles for ARCO, where from 1997-2000 he was Director for Global Energy and Economics, responsible for worldwide energy, economic, and political analysis. He also headed country risk management and held previous positions including Director of Portfolio Risk Management and Director for Emerging Markets. He appears regularly before business audiences and energy research institutions, and has provided a wide range of briefings on energy markets and politics to governments in the United States, Asia, and Europe. He has testified before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. He writes extensively on Asian and global energy issues and is cited frequently in the news media. Recent publications include Oil and Gas for Asia: The Geopolitical Implications of Asia’s Rising Energy Demand, NBR (2012); “The Rise of Energy and Resource Nationalism in Asia”, in Strategic Asia 2011, NBR; and The New Energy Silk Road: The Growing Asia-Middle East Energy Nexus, NBR (2011).

Makoto Saito (Speaker)
Picture: Toshizo Ido

Professor, Faculty of Economics, Hitotsubashi University

Born in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture in 1960. In 1983, graduated from the Faculty of Economics, Kyoto University. Also in 1983, joined the Sumitomo Trust and Banking Co., Ltd. and in 1987 became a visiting scholar of the Department of Economics, Stanford University. In 1992, completed the Ph.D. program in economics in the Department of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Took his current position in 2001 after serving as assistant professor in the Department of Economics, University of British Columbia from 1992, associate professor in the Faculty of Economics, Kyoto University from 1995, and associate professor in the Graduate School of Economics, Osaka University from 1998. In 2001 received the Nikkei Prize for Excellent Books in Economic Science, in 2007 the Ishikawa Prize from the Japanese Economic Association, in 2008 the Economist Prize from Mainichi Newspaper, in 2011 the Zengin Foundation Award from the Zengin Foundation for Studies on Economics and Finance, and in 2012 the Ishibashi Tanzan Prize from the Ishibashi Tanzan Memorial Foundation. He specializes in macroeconomics, finance and monetary theory. His writings include “Economics of Nuclear Power Crisis” (Nippon Hyoron Sha, 2011), “A Manner in Individual Competition” (Chikumashobo, 2010), “Asset Pricing and Macroeconomy” (Nikkei Publishing, 2007), and “New Macroeconomics” (Yuhikaku, 2006).

Koji Murata (Coordinator)
Picture: Koji Murata

President, Doshisha University

Born in Kobe, Hyogo in 1964. Graduated from the Doshisha University Faculty of Law in 1987. Studied at George Washington University(USA) from 1991 to 1995. Completed the Doctoral Program of the Kobe University Graduate School of Law (International Relations) in 1995 and began teaching as a full-time lecturer (American Studies) at the Hiroshima University Faculty of Integrated Arts and Sciences. Obtained a Doctorate (Political Science) from Kobe University in 1998. Served as an assistant professor at the Hiroshima University Faculty of Integrated Arts and Sciences in 1999, an assistant professor (History of Foreign Policy & National Security Policy) at the Doshisha University Faculty of Law in 2000. Has been teaching at the Doshisha University Faculty of Law as a professor since 2005.

Named Dean of Doshisha University Faculty of Law in 2011. Named President of Doshisha University in 2013. Specialized in American diplomacy and national security policy. His writings include “Changes in Current USA Diplomacy: From Reagan and Bush to Obama” (Yuhikaku, 2009) and “American Diplomacy” (Kodansha, 2005).

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