New Appointment to the Chair of the Board of Directors of IGES

4 April 2007
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Hayama, Japan is pleased to announce that Prof. Hironori Hamanaka became the new Chair of the Board of Directors of IGES on 1 April 2007. His appointment was approved at the IGES board meeting on 28 February, 2007. He succeeds Prof. Akio Morishima who leaves after 9 years at the top and who will continue to contribute to IGES research activities as a Special Research Advisor.


Profile of Hironori HAMANAKA

Born in Tokyo, 1944
B.A. Faculty of Engineering, University of Tokyo, 1967

Hironori Hamanaka is a Professor at Keio University. Before joining Keio University, he was the Vice-Minister for Global Environmental Affairs at the Ministry of the Environment. He served with the Government of Japan for more than 35 years, mostly in the field of environmental policies, before he left in 2004. Over the last 9 years, he has devoted his administrative career to intergovernmental negotiations in areas including: the Kyoto Protocol and its implementing rules; major agreements in the field of sustainable development, such as the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation agreed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002; and the development of national policies to implement international agreements, most notably the Kyoto Protocol. Based on his professional career, he was elected and serves as a Co-chair of the Compliance Committee under the Kyoto Protocol and the Chair of its Facilitative Branch.

[Current major roles]

Jul. 04 - Present Professor, Keio University, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
Mar. 06 - Present Co-chair, Compliance Committee and Chair of its Facilitative Branch under the Kyoto Protocol, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Jul. 05 - Present Chair, ICLEI Japan
Apr. 05 - Present Member of the Board of Directors, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Jan. 05 - Present Director General, International Lake Environment Committee Foundation


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