Opening RemarksMr. HIROSE Naoshi
Vice-Minister for International Affairs,
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry,
Mr. Hirose has served in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) for more than 35 years, with extensive experience in the field of trade policy. He was appointed as Vice-Minister for International Affairs in July 2021. He leads all of METI’s international policy operations and represents the ministry in cross-border economic dialogues and negotiations, and travels alongside the Prime Minister on overseas missions to advise on economic, trade, industrial and energy policy.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Hirose has served as Director-General, Trade Policy Bureau since July 2019, responsible for all of METI’s trade policy matters, including bilateral, plurilateral, regional and multilateral issues, such as Japan-US Trade Agreement, Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), and WTO reform.
From 2014 to 2015, Mr. Hirose served as Director-General of the Multilateral Trade System Department, where he participated in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiation as METI’s lead negotiator, and played a central role in successfully reaching the agreement in Atlanta.
From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Hirose served as Counsellor at the Japanese Mission in Geneva, where he was responsible for the Rules negotiation in the Doha Round, and served as Chairman of the WTO Subsidies Committee and Member of the Panel in the EC-Sugar case. In 2005, he returned to Tokyo and served as Director of the Multilateral Trade System Department until 2008, where he continued his work in the Doha Round, along with trade negotiations in the field of intellectual property.
From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Hirose served as First Secretary at the Japanese Embassy in Washington D.C., where he dealt with various issues in the Japan-U.S. bilateral trade relationship, including automobiles.
Mr. Hirose’s career also covers a wide range of other fields in economic and industrial policy. These include Deputy Director-General of the Economic Revitalization Bureau at the Cabinet Secretariat, where he was the lead government-wide coordinator of the “Abenomics” growth strategy, promoting investment, R&D and start-up businesses, corporate governance, and deregulation. His prior experience at METI also includes environmental policy, and industrial policy for the aerospace industry.
Mr. Hirose received his BA in Law from University of Tokyo in 1986 and his Master in Public Affairs（MPA） from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University in 1992.
Mr. Hirose was born on March 28, 1963 in Tokyo. He lives with his wife and his son in Tokyo.
Keynote speechDr. Fatih BIROL
Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA)
SpeechesHon. Dr. Megan Woods
MINISTER OF ENERGY AND RESOURCES,
MINISTER OF RESEARCH,
SCIENCE, AND INNOVATION,
MINISTER OF HOURSING, ASSOCIATE MINISTER OF FINANCE,
MINISTRY OF BUSINESS, INNOVATION AND EMPLOYMENT,
Hon Megan Woods is a Christchurch local and has been the Member of Parliament for Wigram since 2011. Megan was sworn in as a Minister of the Crown following the 2017 election with portfolio responsibilities including Housing, Energy and Resources, Research, Science and Innovation, and Associate Finance. Megan enjoys her diverse set of portfolios and has a particular interest in where they can complement each other, such as how research and innovation can be applied to new applications in the energy or housing sectors. Before becoming a Member of Parliament, Megan worked as a Business Manager at Plant & Food Research. She holds a PhD in New Zealand History from the University of Canterbury.
SpeechesH.E. Mr. Martín GUZMÁN
Minister of Economy, Argentine Republic
SpeechesThe Hon Angus Taylor MP
Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction, Australia
SpeechesH.E. Juan Carlos JOBET Eluchans
Minister of Energy; and Minister of Mining, Republic of Chile
SpeechesH.E. Ms. Kadri Simson
Commissioner for Energy, European Commission
2019-present Commissioner for Energy
2019 Member of the Riigikogu (Estonian Parliament), Chairman of the Estonian Centre Party faction and Leader of the Estonian NATO Parliamentary Assembly Delegation
2016-2019 Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure
2007-2016 Member of the Riigikogu and Chairman of the Estonian Centre Party faction (as of 2009)
2003-2007 Secretary-General of the Estonian Centre Party
2003 Research Assistant, NATO Parliamentary Assembly
2001-2002 Advisor to the Mayor of Tallinn
1998-1999 Advisor of Tallinn City Council 1999 Consultant, European Documentation Centre of the University of Tartu
2003 Master's degree in Political Science, University College London
2000 Degree in History, University of Tartu
SpeechesH.E. Mr. Peter Altmaier
Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Federal Republic of Germany
SpeechesH.E. Ms. Tina Bru
Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Kingdom of Norway
SpeechesH.E. Dr. Michał Kurtyka
Minister, Ministry of Climate and Environment POLAND
SpeechesHRH, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al Saud
Minister of Energy, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz was appointed Minister of Energy in September 2019. In his capacity as Minister of Energy of Saudi Arabia, Prince Abdulaziz is responsible for coordinating the Kingdom’s domestic and international energy policies in line with the goals of Vision 2030. This includes overseeing energy activities within the Kingdom; regulating the oil, gas, electricity, nuclear and renewables sectors in the interests of the Kingdom in the short and long term and directing Saudi international policy with regard to relations with producers (including through OPEC and OPEC+) and with consumers.
He has been an active participant in shaping energy policy, both nationally and internationally for more than thirty years and he is the chairman of many energy related organizations.
Prior to his appointment as the Minister of Energy, Prince Abdulaziz served in numerous capacities in the Ministry over the past three decades, including as Minister of State for Energy Affairs, Vice Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Assistant Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Deputy Minister for Petroleum Affairs and Adviser to the Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources.
HRH holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) (1985) and a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Management (1982), both from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. After graduation, he served from 1985-87 as Director of the Economic and Industrial Research Division of the Research Institute at King Fahd University of Petroleum.
SpeechesH.E. Ms. Teresa RIBERA RODRÍGUEZ
The Third Vice-President of the Government, Minister for Ecological Transition and the Demographic challenge, Kingdom of Spain
SpeechesH.E. Suhail Bin Mohammed Al Mazroui
Minister of Energy and Infrastructure,
United Arab Emirates
SpeechesMs. Dilan Yesilgoz-Zegerius
State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy,
Kingdom of the Netherlands
SpeechesMr. Noé van Hulst
Chair of the IPHE, International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE)
SpeechesMr. Benoît Potier
Co-Chair, Hydrogen Council
SpeechesMr. Takeshi UCHIYAMADA
Co-Chair, Japan Hydrogen Association (JH2A)
Theme1：Hydrogen Supply Chain
ModeratorMr. Bernd Heid
McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Bernd Heid is a Senior Partner with McKinsey & Company and is based in Cologne, Germany. Bernd joined the firm in 2000 and is the global leader of the McKinsey Hydrogen Service Line, where he has led numerous projects along the full hydrogen value chain. He leads McKinsey’s Future of Mobility collaboration with the World Economic Forum and the firm’s work on the collaboration with the Hydrogen Council, where he co-authored, among others, the “Hydrogen Scaling-up report”, the “Cost Roadmap” and the “Hydrogen Insights Report”. In addition, he is a member of the Leadership group of McKinsey’s Global Automotive Sector and leads McKinsey’s commercial vehicle segment globally.
Bernd holds a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the RWTH Aachen and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management.
PanelistMr. Penfornis Erwin
H2E World Business Line Vice President
Erwin Penfornis joined Air Liquide in 2000 as R&D Project Manager in clean energy developments.
Starting 2005, he worked on structuring Air Liquide’s Hydrogen Energy activities in Europe, and on developing early markets.
From 2010 to 2015, he took the position of Large Industries Business Development Director in hydrogen supply for large scale commercial projects dedicated to Energy and Petrochemical markets in France, South Korea and the Middle East.
Erwin returned to Hydrogen Energy in 2015, to manage the Marketing & Strategy department at Group Level. Over this period, he has led the creation and development of the Hydrogen Council (2017) with major industry leaders, as well as several other structuring consortiums in Europe, California, South Korea and Japan. He then became
the H2E World Business Unit Chief Operating Officer, in charge of operations for the development of the Air Liquide Hydrogen Energy activity (production, supply chain and retail assets).
In 2019, Erwin took over the role of Asia-Pacific VP Hydrogen Energy World Business Line, based in Tokyo.
Since April 2021, Erwin Penfornis is Group Vice President Hydrogen Energy World Business Line, based at Air Liquide headquarters in Paris, France. Among his responsibilities, he is also co-secretary of the Hydrogen Council.
PanelistMr. Tsutomu Sugimori
Chairman of the Board, Group CEO,
ENEOS Holdings, Inc.
Apr. 1979 Joined NOC
Jun. 2006 General Manager, Chubu Branch Office, NOC
Apr. 2008 Executive Officer, General Manager of the Chubu
Branch Office, NOC
Jun. 2009 Executive Officer, General Manager of the Marketing
Planning Dept., NOC
Jul. 2010 Director, Senior Vice President
Executive Director of the Fuel Retail Sales Division, JX NOEC
Apr. 2013 Director, Senior Vice President
Executive Director of the Fuel Retail Sales Division, JX NOEC
Jun. 2014 Representative Director, President, JX NOEC
Apr. 2017 Representative Director, President, JXTG NOEC
Jun. 2018 Representative Director, President, JXTG HD
Jun. 2020 Representative Director, Chairman of the Board, Group CEO, ENEOS HD
Representative Director, ENEOS
PanelistMr. Yoshinori Kanehana
Chairman of the Board,
Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.
April 1976 Joined Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Engineer, KCV (Kawasaki Computer-Controlled Vehicle System) Development Office, Rolling Stock Group
April 1977 Engineer, AGT System Dept., Rolling Stock Group
April 1988 Assistant Manager, Engineering Section, Engineering Dept.,Rolling Stock Group
October 1988 Assistant Manager,
Stationed at London Office of Kawasaki Heavy Industries,Ltd.
April 1991 Assistant Manager, Seconded to Kawasaki Heavy Industries (UK), Ltd.
April 1994 Manager, Seconded to Kawasaki Heavy Industries (UK), Ltd.
April 1994 Manager, Engineering Dept., Engineering Div., Rolling Stock Group
April 1999 Senior Manager, Seconded to Kawasaki Rail Car, Inc.
April 2005 Associate Officer, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Seconded to Kawasaki Rail Car, Inc.
October 2007 Associate Officer, General Manager, Project Management Div.,Rolling Stock Company
December 2008 Associate Officer, General Manager, Project Management Center,
Rolling Stock Div., Rolling Stock Company
April 2009 Executive Officer, Vice President of Rolling Stock Company
April 2011 Managing Executive Officer, Vice President of Rolling Stock Company
April 2012 Managing Executive Officer, General Manager, Marketing Division
June 2012 Senior Vice President, General Manager, Marketing Division
June 2013 Senior Vice President, President, Rolling Stock Company
April 2016 Senior Executive Vice President of KHI
June 2016 President of KHI
April 2018 President and Chief Executive Officer of KHI
June 2020 Chairman of the Board of KHI
PanelistMr. Adlan B Ahmad
Head, Hydrogen, Gas and New Energy
Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS)
Adlan B Ahmad was appointed as the Head of Hydrogen, Gas and New Energy, PETRONAS in October 2020, from his previous position of Head of Strategic Alliance, Corporate Strategy.
Adlan spent the first 16 years of his career in PETRONAS as an engineer and corporate planner, and next 14 years in various startup companies in the government and private sectors.
Prior to his appointment in Strategic Alliance, Adlan was the CEO of Superior Energy Service (KL) Sdn Bhd (SESKL) in the area of well intervention.
Leading up to the SESKL post, Adlan was the Executive Vice President of Investments for Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM), a new government agency to spearhead wealth creation through innovation.
Adlan was also the Chief Operation Office for Inskandar Investment Berhad, a Khazanah subsidiary that was responsible for the development of Iskandar Development Region, before that.
He holds an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Gas Engineering from Texas A&M University at Kingsville, and he was a scholar of PETRONAS.
ModeratorMs. Mirela Atanasiu
Head of Unit of Operations and Communication,
The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint
Mirela ATANASIU is the Head of Unit of Operations and Communication in the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, FCH JU (Public-Private Partnership between European Industry and Research Community, and European Commission) since 2016.
Previously, for more than 12 years she was a Senior Project Manager and Research Programme Officer in the FCH JU and European Commission (Directorate R&I/Energy), following on a background experience as researcher in the Energy sector in Romania.
She holds an M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering/Materials Science and an M.Sc. in Economics/Cybernetics and Economic Analysis.
PanelistMrs. Nienke Homan
The Provincie Groningen
Nienke Homan (1979) is regional minister at the province of Groningen, responsible for (a.o.) energy transition.
She is member of GroenLinks, a progressive left-wing green party. From 2005 to 2007 she was general board member of the party, and she has been campaign leader for the national elections in Groningen as well as for the regional elections. Before she became regional minister she worked for Greenpeace Netherlands and in youth care.
PanelistMr. R. Rex Parris
City of Lancaster
R. Rex Parris is a Lancaster, California native who was first elected as Mayor in 2008. Currently serving his fifth term, Parris’ leadership revolves around the overall well-being of Lancaster residents, with emphasis on public safety, crime reduction, community health and wellness, as well as community and civic pride; all of which have resonated well among citizens and constituents, in addition to gaining Parris nationwide recognition.
Upon taking office, Mayor Parris embarked on a mission to dramatically reduce Lancaster’s crime rate. As a result of his steadfast resolve, the City’s crime rate plummeted nearly 40% during his first three years in office.
Community health and wellness issues are also a priority, having engaged Parris to work aggressively with City staff, the medical community, and faith-based organizations in Lancaster to foster a three-pronged approach to tackling total-health problems facing high-needs neighborhoods. The result is the addition of numerous Neighborhood Impact Homes, Wellness Homes and Community Gardens throughout the City. A new Lancaster Health District is also being cultivated to integrate healthcare services with active lifestyle amenities centered within a high-quality, mixed-use, health-oriented development.
Focused on community engagement, Parris was a catalyst for Lancaster’s downtown renaissance, which completely transformed the heart of the City into a massive cultural epicenter concentrated around The BLVD. The BLVD, which is home to the Lancaster Performing Arts Center (LPAC) and Museum of Art and History (MOAH), hosts a number of annual mega-events such as the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix; as well as seasonal outdoor concerts, a weekly year-round farmers market, and a unique array of shopping and dining venues. The BLVD experience has contributed to Lancaster’s branding as a “Destination for the Senses.” Demonstrating the City’s municipal fortitude and progressiveness, Parris has been at the forefront of repositioning Lancaster as a global leader in the field of alternative energy. His vision of making Lancaster the Alternative Energy Capital of the World, and his various successes in this endeavor, has garnered worldwide media attention. Under his auspices, Parris has led the City into forward-thinking unique partnerships with innovative organizations from all over the world. In August 2009, eSolar completed its 20-acre 5MW solar project in Lancaster, unveiling the nation’s first solar thermal power tower plant. China-based technology and manufacturing giant Build Your Dreams (BYD), one of the world’s largest suppliers of advanced battery technology, was paired with KB Home, one of the nation’s premier homebuilders, to create a never-before-attempted affordable solar-energy residential community. These relationships led to the establishment of many more residential solar communities and municipal solar ordinances, as well as Lancaster becoming home to BYD’s first North American electric bus manufacturing plant and battery storage facility.
While these and many other substantial collaborative efforts have fueled the ongoing success of Lancaster’s alternative energy achievements, perhaps most notable is the City’s inaugural footprint as a Community Choice Aggregator. With the establishment of Lancaster Choice Energy (LCE), residents and local businesses have been empowered to choose from a tier offering of renewable, cleaner energy sources at cost points more affordable than traditional power sources.
Mayor Parris’ tenacity for serving his community with a “can do” attitude has garnered many municipal “firsts,” including shepherding the City of Lancaster to becoming one of the world’s first Zero-Net Energy Cities.
PanelistMr. Kazuhiro Yoshida
Kazuhiro Yoshida was born and raised in Namie, Fukushima who was first elected as Mayor in 2018. Yoshida has a long history of serving as a Council member of Namie Town for six terms since 1997 and selected as a chair twice (from 2009-13 and 2015-7). Since his inauguration, Mayor Yoshida has dedicated all his strength to restore Namie Town suffering from a devastating damage caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Accident.
While many programs embodied by the Mayor’s extraordinal leadership, Mayor Yoshida has been focusing on revitalization of town center and Agriculture, forestry and fisheries, cancellation of evaluation order at the whole Town scale and supports for the evacuated residents of Namie Town.
PanelistMr. Tim Harwood
Head of Programme Management and H21 Project
Northern Gas Networks
Tim has 40 years’ experience in the UK gas industry covering a wide range of operational and project roles across all pressure ranges and asset types covering distribution and transmission. His current role is as Head of Programme Management at Northern Gas Networks (NGN), with responsibility for maintenance and capital projects, plus new connections. He is Project Director for the H21 programme which is carrying out pioneering research into a hydrogen gas conversion and also oversees all NGN’s hydrogen projects.
Theme3：Fuel Cell Module
ModeratorMr. Eiji Ohira
General Manager, Director General
New Energy and Industrial Technology
Development Organization (NEDO)
Eiji Ohira is the Director General of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)’s Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Office within theSmart Community and Energy System Department. In this capacity, Ohira is responsible the overall strategy, execution and coordination of NEDO’s research, development and demonstration project on fuel cell and hydrogen.
He has also coordinated fuel cell and hydrogen activities with international stakeholders, through International Energy Agency’s Technology Collaboration Program (IEA TCP: Advanced Fuel Cell & Hydrogen), and International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE).
He joined the NEDO in 1992, just after graduation from the Tokyo University of Science. He served as a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1997-1998.
PanelistMr. Tim Cortes
Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Technology Office
In 2021, Tim Cortes was promoted to Chief Technology Officer for Plug Power. His focus includes responsibility for the company’s long-term technology strategy and vision.
Mr. Cortes works with the leadership team to develop technology roadmaps, design solutions and implement processes that make technology development a significant differentiator for Plug Power.
He collaborates with industry leaders and assesses customer needs to ensure that the organization proactively anticipates, supports, and solves technical problems in support of customer issues.
PanelistMr. Richard Berkling
President & CEO
PowerCell Sweden AB
Richard Berkling has a background as an entrepreneur and business leader with long experience in technology-driven business development through Industrialized Innovation. Before the current position as President & CEO of PowerCell, Richard has been President of CPAC (subsidiary AB Volvo Group).
building a company with the ability to drive change and capture the power of technology shifts to create new values for world-leading customers in the automotive industry. In addition to his experience as an entrepreneur, Richard has board experience from growth companies in new technologies with high complexity from both a new emerging value chain and challenged technological development.
Also holds board assignments in fast-growing companies within both B2B and B2C in an international environment. Richard is also involved internationally in research and development of entrepreneurship/intrapreneurship and lectures on driving innovation in mature industries.
PanelistMs. Audrey MA
International Business and Marketing, REFIRE Group
As Vice President of REFIRE Group, Audrey leads marketing and international business which includes business development, sales management, and customer relations.
Since assuming this leadership role, she has advanced REFIRE Group’s internationalisation strategy. Key milestones include setting up a global R&D centre, commercial expansion into the Americas, Europe, and Asia Pacific.
Audrey has helmed multiple collaborative partnerships with top-tier international automotive manufacturers and component suppliers. She has also built out the Group’s brand marketing infrastructure which manages the brand portfolio for all business units, products and services, manufacturing, and ESG initiatives.
Before joining REFIRE Group, Audrey was Deputy General Manager of SinoSynergy. Her role at the then new energy startup straddled supply chain, business development and global sales.
Audrey holds a postgraduate degree in Urban Design from The University of Hong Kong and an undergraduate degree in Architectural Studies from Carleton University.
PanelistMr. Yoshihiko Hamamura
Senior General Manager, Fuel Cell
Toyota Motor Corporation
Chairman, FC-Cubic TRA
1991: Join Toyota Motor Corporation and responsible for Design and Evaluation of Diesel Engines.
2016: General Manager, Engine Product Design Div.
2017: Chief Engineer, Power Train Product Planning Div.
2019: Senior General Manager, Fuel Cell Business Field
2019: Chairman, FC-Cubic TRA
PanelistDr. Ludwig Jörissen
Head of Department Fuel Cell Fundamentals, ECG
Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff- Forschung (ZSW)
Studied Chemistry at Ulm University. Research Intrenship at the University of Chicago and Université der Bourgogne. Graduation and doctorate in Physical Chemistry from University of Ulm in 1987.
1988 -1989 Post doctoral fellowshhip at the Institute of Physical and Chemical research (RIKEN), Wako-Shi, Saitama, Since 1990 working at ZSW in the field of battery and polymer fuel cell research. Current position: head of department of fuel cell fundamentals.
ModeratorDr. Sunita Satyapal
Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office U.S. Department of Energy
PanelistMr. Satoru Tamura
Senior Executive Officer, Marketing&Innovation Div./Green Solution Project
Asahi Kasei CorporationEducational Background & Professional Experience
Mar 1984 Master of Electrical Engineering, Keio University
Apr 1984 Joined Asahi Kasei
Mar 2012 General Manager, Manufacturing Center, Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corp.
Apr 2013 Senior General Manager, Sensing Products Div., Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corp.
Apr 2014 Executive Officer of Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corp.
Apr 2015 President and Representative Director, Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corp.
Apr 2019 Senior Executive Officer of Asahi Kasei Corp.
Senior General Manager, Marketing & Innovation, Asahi Kasei Corp
Director, Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corp.
Apr 2021 Senior Executive Officer of Asahi Kasei Corp.Senior General Manager, Marketing & Innovation, Asahi Kasei Corp
Senior General Manager, Green solution project , Asahi Kasei Corp
Director, Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corp.
Place of Birth Yokohama, Kanagawa
CEO, ITM Power
Dr Graham Cooley joined ITM Power as CEO in 2009. ITM Power was the first hydrogen related company to be listed on the London Stock Market, and has been developing electrolyser equipment for over 20 years.
Graham started his career in the power sector in 1989, joining the CEGB and becoming Business Development Manager at National Power plc and then International Power plc, developing energy storage and new generation technologies.
Before joining ITM Power, Graham was CEO of Sensortec Ltd, founding CEO of Metalysis Ltd, a spin out from Cambridge University, and founding CEO of Antenova Ltd.
Graham has a PhD in physics, an MBA and is a Fellow of the Institute of Metals, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM). Graham is also a member of the UK Government’s Hydrogen Advisory Council and a board member of RenewableUK.
PanelistMr. Jens Peter Schmidt
Senior Project Manager
RWE Generation SEEducation:
Master in economics (Dipl.-Witsch.-Ing(FH)), Master in construction (Dipl.-Ing.)
2008 – ongoing RWE
2006 – 2008 Prowell AG
2000 – 2006 JBB Verwaltungs GmbH
1998 – 2000 MBN Bau AG
German mother tongue
English Excellent in speaking, reading and writing
Italian excellent in speaking
PanelistMr. Nikolaus BOLTZE
Country Representative for Japan and President of thyssenkrupp Japan K.K.
Nikolaus Boltze is the representative of thyssenkrupp in Japan and the former president of the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Tokyo (GCCIJ).
He studied aeronautical engineering in Munich and Hamburg (Germany). After graduating in 1992, he worked in various positions in the material-handling and automotive industry before coming to Japan in 1998.
Since 2005, he has been working for thyssenkrupp in Japan with a special focus on automotive parts, plant engineering and third-country business.
Since 2010, he has been a member of the EU-Japan Business Roundtable.
PanelistMr. Kotaro Nagasaki
Yamanashi Prefectural Government (Japan)
Yamanashi Hydrogen Company (YHC)
August 18, 1968 Born in Tokyo
March, 1987 Graduated from Kaisei High School
March, 1991 Graduated from The University of Tokyo Faculty of Law
April, 1991 Entered the Ministry of Finance (MOF)
May, 1997 Consul General (Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angeles)
July, 2002 Policy Councillor (Yamanashi Pref. Government - Planning Dept. General Policy Office)
September, 2005 - July, 2009 Member of the House of Representatives
December, 2012 - September, 2017 Member of the House of Representatives
December, 2017 Secretary-General Policy Advisor (Liberal Democratic Party)
February, 2019 (Present) Governor of Yamanashi Prefecture
ClosingMr. Ishizuka Hiroaki
Chairman, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)Profile
February 1950 Born in Hyogo, Japan
March 1972 Graduated from the University of Tokyo-the Faculty of Chemical Science
April 2018 Chairman, New Energy and Industrial Technology
Development Organization (NEDO)
April 2017 Senior Corporate Advisor, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
April 2012 Member of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
April 2011 Member of the Board, Senior Managing Executive Officer, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
June 2009 Member of the Board, Managing Executive Officer, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
April 1972 Joined Mitsubishi Chemical Industries Limited (current Mitsubishi Chemical corporation)