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Can Co-innovation Accelerate Japanese Technology Transfer to Asia?

Two points have come clearly into focus as countries look to jumpstart their economies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. First, many developing countries are considering technology transfer to accelerate economic recovery. Second, the high costs and limited adaptability of technologies imported from developed world, coupled with the desire for greater self-sufficiency in developing countries present critical barriers to technology transfer. There is hence a significant need for a new model of technology transfer.

The purpose of this session is to discuss such a new model and its potential role in facilitating the dissemination of Japanese technologies in Asia. The session will focus on 'Co-innovation' as a collaborative and iterative approach to jointly innovating, manufacturing and scaling up technologies. The session will begin with a presentation that details the core features of co-innovation. It will then follow with a panel discussion by experts and practitioners on the potential for co-innovation to help Japan meet fast-growing technology needs in Asia.

Speakers

Special Policy Advisor, IGES

Hideyuki Mori

Hideyuki Mori

Special Policy Advisor, IGES

Mr. Hideyuki Mori is a graduate of the School of Engineering, Kyoto University. He joined IGES in 2003 and served as the Executive Director from 2010 to 2020. Prior to joining IGES, he served as Environment Specialist at the Asian Development Bank, Senior Environmental Coordinator of the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees, Director of the Office of Research and Information at the Global Environment Issues Division of the Environment Agency of Japan (current Ministry of the Environment), and as Portfolio Manager of the Division of GEF at the United Nations Environment Programme. He was a professor at Keio University from 2008-2010. He has served as the Special Policy Advisor of IGES since 2020.

Programme Director/Principal Researcher, Climate and Energy Area, IGES

Kentaro Tamura

Kentaro Tamura

Programme Director/Principal Researcher, Climate and Energy Area, IGES

Dr. Tamura obtained PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics (LSE). After working for the Yokohama National University, he joined IGES in 2003. He has centred his research on international cooperation on climate change, in particular the development and design of international climate regime, political economy and comparative studies of domestic climate and energy policy making processes in major economies. He published a number of peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and edited books in the field of climate and energy policy.

Research Leader, Sustainability Governance Centre, IGES

Eric Zusman

Eric Zusman

Research Leader, Sustainability Governance Centre, IGES

Eric Zusman is a Senior Policy Researcher and Area Leader at the Institute for Global Environmental Studies in Hayama, Japan. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mandarin Chinese from Rutgers University, a dual Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Asian Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. For much of the past two decades, he has worked on environmental issues in Asia. This has included publishing articles and book chapters on water scarcity, air pollution regulation, environmental law, and state capacity in Greater China. He has also worked with China’s Yellow River Conservancy Commission and the Chinese Research Academy on Environmental Science. In addition, he has also held research assistantships with the Woodrow Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum in Washington D.C., as well as Taiwan’s Academia Sinica. He is currently serving as a lead author for the sixth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Chapter 17).

CEO and Founder, Council on Energy, Environment and Water

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Arunabha Ghosh

Arunabha Ghosh

CEO and Founder, Council on Energy, Environment and Water

Dr Arunabha Ghosh is a public policy professional, adviser, author, columnist, and institution builder. As the founder-CEO of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water, since 2010, he has led CEEW to the top ranks of Asia's policy research institutions (seven years in a row). He was part of conceptualising and designing the International Solar Alliance and co-founded the Clean Energy Access Network (CLEAN). In 2018, the UN Secretary-General nominated him to the UN's Committee for Development Policy. In 2020, the Government of India appointed him Co-Chair of the energy, environment and climate change track for India’s Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP2020). He is co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Clean Air. Co-author/editor of four books, he previously worked at Princeton, Oxford, UNDP (New York) and WTO (Geneva). He is the lead author of Jobs, Growth and Sustainability: A New Social Contract for India’s Recovery.

Head of Office Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

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Michiko Enomoto

Michiko Enomoto

Head of Office Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

Ms. Enomoto is the Head of Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). APCTT is the regional institute which promotes innovation and technology transfer for ESCAP member States, located in New Delhi, India. Through APCTT, she provides policy advice and capacity-building supports to member States to design efficient Science, Technology and Innovation policy, facilitating technology transfers and promotes regional cooperation among member Countries.

Prior to heading APCTT, she was with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva, Switzerland over a decade. She was the UNECE Secretary of the Committee on Innovation, Competitiveness and Public-Private Partnerships, leading the work on Science, Technology and Innovation policy. She also worked as the Secretary of the UNECE Advisory Group on Protection and Implementation of Intellectual Property Rights for Investment.

She has number of publications on issues related Innovation Policy, with special reference to Green Technologies; Information and Communication Technology Policy; and Use of the Internet for Efficient International Trade; among others.

Senior Director, Energy Program, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

Girish Sethi

Girish Sethi

Senior Director, Energy Program, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

Girish Sethi is Senior Director of the Energy Program at TERI, having more than 35 years of experience in the field of energy, environment and sustainable development. His direct responsibilities at TERI include providing strategic direction and coordinating the activities related to industrial energy efficiency, renewable energy, fuels and electricity including demand side management. These involve energy conservation studies, technology assessments, sectoral studies, demand forecasting, capacity building programs and projects concerning rational use of energy. Other areas of interest include inventorization of corporate level GHG emissions and aspects related to technology transfer and promotion of low carbon energy technologies in the context of climate change. He has represented TERI in various national and international forums on different aspects related to energy and environment

He is a Chemical Engineer and holds Masters Degree in Energy Studies from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. He has also completed a multi-disciplinary Masters course on “Technology in the Tropics” from University of Applied Sciences, Cologne, Germany.

Research Manager - Climate and Energy; Regional Coordinator - South Asia, IGES

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Nandakumar Janardhanan

Nandakumar Janardhanan

Research Manager - Climate and Energy; Regional Coordinator - South Asia, IGES

Dr. Nandakumar Janardhanan is a Research Manager at the Climate and Energy Division and the Regional Coordinator for South Asia operations at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan. He specialises in energy and climate policy and has research interests in energy geopolitics, renewable energy and nuclear power. He has also been associated with several policy think tanks, research organisations and universities of international repute.

General Manager - Country Head (India Operations), TLV India

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Peush Jaitly

Peush Jaitly

General Manager - Country Head (India Operations), TLV India


Education:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Science
  2. Engineering Graduate in Electronics and Communication from National Institute of Technology Warangal ( Telangana, India ), passed in 1990
  3. Management Course from Indian Institute of Management Bangalore India

Work Experience:

About 30 years’ experience in Sales, Marketing & Business Development in the field of Steam Engineering & Control Instrumentations for various types of Industries, providing automation solutions, analytics & measurements of various parameters for better performance, energy conservation, machine protections etc. Worked with many foreign companies from USA, Germany, Switzerland, UK & Japan.

Principal Climate Change Specialist, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

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Virender Kumar Duggal

Virender Kumar Duggal

Principal Climate Change Specialist, Asian Development Bank (ADB)


Mr. Duggal is an accomplished professional with a proven track record in the areas of climate change mitigation, carbon finance, and international trade cooperation. He has extensive experience of working in multilateral, public, and private sector institutions in the areas of trust fund management, portfolio management, capacity building, advisory services, project development, technology transfer / diffusion, and strategic collaborations. He is currently leading ADB’s Carbon Market Program which provides carbon finance and technical capacity building support for mitigation actions in the Asia and Pacific region. He is also working on the Climate Catalyst Action Fund, ADB’s post-2020 carbon fund that aims to mobilize carbon finance to support mitigation actions pursued under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.