Noboru Zama is a Programme Manager for the Climate and Energy Area at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) since January, 2023.
Prior to joining IGES, he held a variety of positions in the United Nations and governmental organizations. During his tenure with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), he managed JICA’s operations in the Maldives and formulated projects in the area of environment, climate change and disaster risk reduction as a Project Formulation Advisor. At the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), he served as an Associate Expert – Climate Change and constructed partnerships and initiated projects in the context of cities and climate change in Nepal.
At the UN University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) he served as a project coordinator for climate change and sustainable development related projects. For the Low Carbon Technology Transfer Project, he analyzed and evaluated low carbon technology transfer projects implemented in Southeast Asia through city-to-city cooperation schemes.
In his early career, he worked for the Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Environment Management Department as a Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer (JOCV) sponsored by JICA. Most of his work was on solid waste management and environmental policy where he promoted the 3R (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) concept through environmental education and instructed composting of organic waste and waste segregation in communities.
Besides his country of nationality, Japan, he lived in Canada, Brazil, Nepal and Maldives and speaks Japanese, English, Portuguese and Nepali.
- International environment cooperation
- Low carbon technology transfer
- Climate change and energy policies in the global south
- Island studies
BA in Foreign Studies (Sophia Universty, 2010)
MA in Economics (Sophia University, 2012)