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What’s ICEF?

Every year since 2014, the Government of Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and NEDO have hosted the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) to gather leading international figures in Tokyo to discuss how to combat climate change through technological innovation.

ICEF’s mission is to nurture discussion and collaboration among participants and to disseminate the industry’s latest innovations in energy and environmental technologies by providing a place where experts can share their knowledge on how to tackle the 21st century’s greatest environmental challenge.

A distinguished steering committee, consisting of members from all around the world, strives to bring the best minds together to develop a program which address forces of change while ensuring they are based on solid evidence.

Participants are invited from industry, academia, and governments to exchange knowledge, to challenge each other, and to listen to renowned speakers discuss the latest developments in social and technological innovation.

The conference is a great opportunity to meet a wide range of high-level and committed participants, and a place to learn about the latest technological innovations from Japan and around the world.

Steering Committee

Tanaka Nobuo (Chair)
Tanaka Nobuo (Chair)

Chair, Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF)
Steering Committee;
Former Executive Director, International
Energy Agency (IEA)

Adnan Z. Amin
Adnan Z. Amin

Senior Research Fellow, Belfer Center for
Science and International Affairs of Harvard
University’s Kennedy School of Government

Sally M. Benson
Sally M. Benson

Professor,
Department of Energy Resources Engineering,
School of Earth,
Energy & Environmental Sciences,
Stanford University;
Former Co-Director,
Precourt Institute for Energy,
Stanford University

Georg Erdmann
Georg Erdmann

Retired Professor for Energy Systems,
Berlin University of Technology;
President of the Board, KSB Energie AG, Berlin

Eija-Riitta Korhola
Eija-Riitta Korhola

Delegate of the Consultative Commission
on Industrial Change;
Advisor in the EU Affairs

Kuroda Reiko
Kuroda Reiko

Designated Professor,
Frontier Research Institute,
Chubu University;
Professor Emeritus,
The University of Tokyo

Hoesung Lee
Hoesung Lee

Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC);
Endowed Chair Professor, Graduate School of
Energy and Environment, Korea University

Richard K. Lester
Richard K. Lester

Associate Provost,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Vikram Singh Mehta
Vikram Singh Mehta

Chairman, Center for Social and Economic
Progress (CSEP) Research Foundation

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Jon Moore
Jon Moore

Chief Executive Officer,
BloombergNEF

Valli Moosa
Valli Moosa

Head of the South African
Presidential Climate Commission;
Former President of the International Union
for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN)

Nebojsa Nakicenovic
Nebojsa Nakicenovic

Executive Director, The World in 2050 (TWI2050);
Emeritus Scholar, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

David Sandalow
David Sandalow

Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy,
Columbia University;
Co-Director, Energy and
Environment Concentration,
School of International and Public Affairs,
Columbia University

Ismail Serageldin
Ismail Serageldin

Emeritus Librarian of Alexandria;
Founding Director of the Library of Alexandria

Vaclav Smil
Vaclav Smil

Distinguished Professor Emeritus,
University of Manitoba

Changhua Wu
Changhua Wu

China Director, Office of Jeremy Rifkin;
Executive Director, Professional Association for
China’s Environment;
Chief Strategist, CN Innovation;
Vice Chair, Governing Council, Asia Pacific Water Forum

Yamaji Kenji
Yamaji Kenji

President/Director-General,
Research Institute of Innovative Technology
for the Earth (RITE);
Professor Emeritus,
The University of Tokyo