MASUO KUREMURA /// DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF NEW & RE DIV. AGENCY - METI
Masuo Kuremura is Deputy Director of New and Renewable Energy Division Agency for Natural Resources and Energy Ministry of the Economy, Trade and Industry, Government of Japan. He started to work at Policy Coordination Division as a the Ministry of the Economy in Small and Medium Enterprise Agency. In 2004 to 2006, he worked at Industrial Revitalization Division as a Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau. In 2006 to 2008, worked at Automobile Division as a Manufacturing Industries Bureau. In 2008 he went abroad to University of California, San Diego and studied Economics and International Politocs. In 2010 started to work at Finance Division as a Small and Medium Enterprise Agency and in 2013 to June 2015, he worked at Deputy Director of Personal Division as a Minister’s Secretariant.
MASUO KUREMURA
DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF NEW & RE DIV. AGENCY /// METI
IZUMI KAIZUKA /// RESEARCH DIVISION MANAGER - RTS CORP
Ms Izumi Kaizuka is the manager of Research Division in RTS Corporation, a PV consulting company with more than 30 years history based in Tokyo. She has been Japan’s representative of Task 1, IEA PVPS since 2003 and one of the authors of IEA PVPS Trends Report. She has been conducting various research projects as a PV market and industry analyst for METI and other government organizations, research institutes and PV companies in Japan and overseas. She also regularly writes articles on PV market for professional magazines.
IZUMI KAIZUKA
RESEARCH DIVISION MANAGER /// RTS CORP
MASATOSHI AKIMOTO /// LDP MEMBER - LIBERAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Masatoshi Akimoto is LDP member of the Liberal Democratic Party. First elected in December 2012, now in his 2nd term. He served as secretary general of the Renewable Energy Promotion Extension Committee for over four years and served as Secretary General of the Liberal Democratic Energy Policy Delegation Association concurrently.
"Akimoto's Renewable Energy Nagatacho Report" is serialized once a month in the magazine "Sou Sho Chiku Energy Times".
Mr. Akimoto is also actively involved in several committees and organizations: Land Transport Commission Committee Member, Financial Advisory Committee Member, Assistant Director of the LDP Administration Promotion Headquarters, LDP Youth Deputy Director, LDP Liberal Democratic Department Deputy Director, Liberal Democratic Party Transportation Committee Vice Chairman.
MASATOSHI AKIMOTO
LDP MEMBER - LIBERAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY
CHANVIBOL SOK /// ASSET MANAGER - PACIFICO ENERGY
Mr. Chanvibol Sok Asset Manager at Pacifico Energy K.K In this position he is responsible for project monitoring, reporting, claim management and contract management for Pacifico's operational solar portfolio. Before joining Pacifico, Mr. Sok worked as accountant/financial analyst at IBM. He holds an MBA from Hitotsubashi University.
CHANVIBOL SOK
ASSET MANAGER - PACIFICO ENERGY
NARUTO YOSHIMARU /// SENIOR PRINCIPAL - ACCENTURE
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NARUTO YOSHIMARU
SENIOR PRINCIPAL - ACCENTURE
MAMORU TAKAHASHI /// INVESTMENT DIRECTOR - TAKARA ASSET MANAGEMENT CO.,LTD
Mr.Takahashi has been working as a real estate appraiser since 1996. He is a Real Estat Transaction Specialist at JAREA (Japan Association of Real Estate Appraisars), where he is also a committee member. In 2002, Mr. Takahashi joined Shinsei Bank as a silent partner overseeing the investment business. Mr. Takahashi joined Takara Leben in 2014 and was later transferred to Takara Asset Management with a task to introduce Takara Leben’s Solar facilities in the infrastructure fund market. Takara Leben Infrastructure Fund, Inc. is scheduled to go public in the Tokyo Stock Exchange, on June 2 2016.
MAMORU TAKAHASHI
INVESTMENT DIRECTOR /// TAKARA ASSET MANAGEMENT
YASUSHI ISHII /// GENERAL MANAGER - SB ENERGY
In 2012 Yasushi joined SB Energy Corp. and was in charge of negotiations with landowners for mega solar projects in the business development dept. He became the general manager of the business planning dept. in 2014 and also became the general manager of business promotion dept. in 2015. Currently he is involved with not only solar projects but wind and biomass projects also.
SB Energy Corp. has constructed totally 360MW solar plant, and 48MW wind farm including under construction projects.
Since last year the company has launched an asset management services by taking advantage of their large portfolio in the renewable energy industry, and Yasushi leads the planning of this asset management service.
YASUSHI ISHII
GENERAL MANAGER - SB ENERGY
FUMIHIRO HONDA /// SENIOR ANALYST - JCR
Senior Analyst and Division Manager, Structured Finance Project & Asset Finace Division, Japan Credit Rating Agency, Ltd. Mr. Honda took the initiative in establishment of Project and Asset Finance Division at JCR. He is also currently one of the committee member on Market Creation for promoting Green Investment, Ministry of the Environment Government of Japan. Mr. Honda prior to joining JCR was a banker at Mitsui Bank(currently SMBC). He gained extensive experience, knowledge and insight in Japanese financial institutions, domestic project and asset finance such as Haneda airport international terminal PFI, ship finance, aircraft backed loan from over 15 years of working at JCR. Mr. Honda holds a Master of Arts in Economics from Chiba University and a Chartered Member of the Securities Analysts Association of Japan.
FUMIHIRO HONDA
SENIOR ANALYST /// JCR
EIICHIRO GOTOH /// PRESIDENT & CEO - ICHIGO ECO ENERGY
Gotoh is President & Representative Director of Ichigo ECO Energy, which manages 37 Japanese solar power plants (including in-development) with a total panel output of 116 MW. He joined Ichigo in 2010 after a career in structured finance. Gotoh’s expertise in structured finance enabled Ichigo’s full entry into the renewable energy business in November 2012, when he led the acquisition of Solar Way, a venture company operating power plants nationwide.
EIICHIRO GOTOH
PRESIDENT & CEO /// ICHIGO ECO ENERGY
TAKAYOSHI HIIRO /// SR. STATUTORY EXECUTIVE OFFICER - ICHIGO INVESTMENT ADVISORS
Hiiro is the Head of Ichigo’s Green Infrastructure Division within Ichigo Investment Advisors, and in December 2016 led the Tokyo Stock Exchange IPO of Ichigo’s solar YieldCo, Ichigo Green Infrastructure Investment Corporation (“Ichigo Green,” securities code 9282). Ichigo Green currently manages 13 Japanese solar power plants with a total panel output of 26MW. After serving as Director of Equity Sales at Merrill Lynch and Executive Director at Morgan Stanley, Hiiro joined Ichigo in 2013 as Ichigo Investment Advisor’s Senior Statutory Executive Officer and Deputy Head of Acquisitions & Sales. He became the Executive Managing Director & Statutory Executive Officer at Ichigo ECO Energy in September 2013 to lead the sales division of Ichigo’s Clean Energy business.
TAKAYOSHI HIIRO
SR. STATUTORY EXECUTIVE OFFICER /// ICHIGO INVESTMENT ADVISORS
KAZUHISA YURITA /// MANAGER - ORIX
Kazuhisa Yurita graduated in Economics by the Doshisha University. Over the 9 years of experience within the PV industry, he has worked both in the upstream (trading raw material: Si-wafer & production equipment for PV module) and in the downstream (developing & investment in solar plants, operation) of the solar sector. He joined ORIX Corp in 2013 where he focuses on the revision of contracts with O&M and EPC service providers and on the restructuring of internal portfolio management.
KAZUHISA YURITA
MANAGER /// ORIX
MASAYUKI SAKAI /// CEO & FOUNDER - CO2O
Masayuki Sakai is the CEO and Founder of CO2O. He graduated from Waseda University and earned his MBA’s master degree in Globis management school.
He started the successful business of video picture’s industry in Mitsubishi Corporation’s subsidiary, and established Value Plus Inc. in 2006.
By facing the energy problems in developing Asian countries as a serial entrepreneur, Masayuki Sakai decided to get involved with renewable energy to solve the CO2 problem and he launched CO2O.
CO2O is the market leader of O&M in Japan. Their due diligence track record of Solar power plants reached over 366MW.
MASAYUKI SAKAI
CEO & FOUNDER /// CO2O
YOSUKE KIMINAMI /// FOUNDING CEO - RENOVA
Mr. Kiminami founded RENOVA in 2000 and became the CEO.
He grew RENOVA from its original Environmental Consulting business to include Plastic Recycling and Renewable Energy.
Prior to RENOVA, he worked for McKinsey & Company.
YOSUKE KIMINAMI
FOUNDING CEO /// RENOVA
OLIVIER RENON /// EXECUTIVE VP - SONNEDIX
Mr. Renon is Executive Vice President at Sonnedix, in charge of overseeing investments in Asia. Sonnedix is a global solar power producer with 500 MW of operating generating capacities. Sonnedix is substantially owned by investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management. The group is present in Japan through its trusted operator Sonnedix Japan K.K. (formerly known as Nippon Solar Services), managing multiple solar power plants at various stages of development or in operation in the country.
Mr. Renon has over 15 years of experience in the power industry, in roles including business development, project finance, execution and team leadership. Over the past 5 years with Sonnedix, he drove business development initiatives in Chile and South Africa, successfully establishing and leading the group branch in Cape Town, resulting in the commissioning of close to 100 MW of operating capacity. Prior to Sonnedix, Mr. Renon worked in various business development and directorship positions for AES Corporation. He started his career as a nuclear engineer with the French utility EDF. Mr. Renon holds an engineering Master Degree from the Ecole Centrale and a Master of Business Administration from the Sorbonne University in France.
OLIVIER RENON
EXECUTIVE VP /// SONNEDIX
PHIL NAPIER-MOORE /// SOLAR PROGRAMME DIRECTOR ASIA PACIFIC - MOTT MACDONALD
Phil Napier-Moore leads Mott MacDonald’s technical advisory work for solar power in the Asia Pacific region. Supporting PV plant investors and lenders from the sector’s infancy in 2008, he has overseen the regional solar team’s technical inputs to more than 5000 MW of PV projects in Asia, including more than 200 plants now in operation.
He has directed and managed projects for a range of multilateral agencies, national governments and a large number of private companies, working internationally on low-carbon power projects in 30 countries around the world, in particular within Asia and Europe.
A Chartered Energy Engineer, he obtained his Masters of Engineering from Oxford University.
PHIL NAPIER-MOORE
SOLAR PROGRAMME DIRECTOR ASIA PACIFIC /// MOTT MACDONALD
EUGENE ROUSSIN /// PARTNER, TRANSACTION ADVISORY GROUP - KPMG TAX CORPORATION
Eugene joined KPMG in 2007 and has throughout that time principally focused on advising investors in respect of the tax aspects of their investments in Japan. This has encompassed the provision of advice on structuring investments, M&A transactions and cross border operations (both inbound and outbound), due diligence assistance, tax audit support as well as general tax planning.
Since the introduction of the Japanese FIT regime in 2012, Eugene has spent the majority of his time working with solar and renewable energy clients with respect to structuring their investments in Japan. This has allowed him to develop a market leading level of expertise and experience in the sector, and he counts many of the largest international players amongst his clients.
Eugene has been in Japan for over 13 years and is fluent in Japanese.
EUGENE ROUSSIN
PARTNER, TRANSACTION ADVISORY GROUP /// KPMG TAX CORPORATION
TAKAO SHINJI /// GENERAL MANAGER, GENERAL PLANNING DEPARTMENT - OCCTO
Takao Shinji joined Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. in 1987, engaged in the engineering, development of electrical and control technology for distributed power sources including co-generation. He also participated in formulation of grid interconnection technology requirement guidelines.
From 2006 - 2008 he was general director of the Electric Power System Utilization Council (ESCJ) Business Group.
From 2008 - 2017 he engaged in research and promotion of smart energy networks.
In April 2017, he was appointed General Manager in the General Planning Department of OCCTO. He is also adjunct Researcher at the Advanced Grid Laboratory of Waseda University.
He is a doctor of engineering and professional electric and electronics engineer.
ember of several associations such as IEEE, Institute of Electrical Engineers and the Institute of Electrical Engineers.
TAKAO SHINJI
GENERAL MANAGER, GENERAL PLANNING DEPARTMENT /// OCCTO
TORU INOUE /// HEAD STRUCTURED FINANCE - GOLDMAN SACHS
Toru Inoue is head of Infrastructure and Structured Finance within the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs Japan, where he is responsible for both securitization and infrastructure financing. He arranged Japan’s first revenue bond (Ibaraki Prefecture Econ Frontier Revenue Trust) in 2011 and the first rated bond financing for mega solar power plants (JRE Mega Solar Project Bond Trust) in 2013. Toru joined Goldman Sachs in 2006 from Nikko Salmon Smith Barney, where he was the head of securitization. Prior to Nikko Salomon, he has held roles in real estate securitization, consulting and planning at Citibank, Arthur Andersen and Nomura Real Estate. Toru earned a Bachelor of Law from Keio University in 1989.
TORU INOUE
HEAD STRUCTURED FINANCE /// GOLDMAN SACHS
MARTIN STEIN /// SENIOR MANAGER - SHINSEI BANK
Mr. Martin Stein graduated from Durham University (BA) in 2003 and Cambridge University (MPhil) in 2004. Before joining Shinsei Bank in Tokyo in 2007, he was at ING Bank in London, working on M&A and leveraged buyouts (LBO). In both ING and Shinsei he has worked most of his career on leveraged buyout transactions for private equity sponsors. During 2012-14 he worked for Tokyo Star Bank in Tokyo. Currently with Shinsei he focuses on project finance in Japan (mainly solar PV), international project finance and LBO/M&A.
MARTIN STEIN
SENIOR MANAGER /// SHINSEI BANK
MARTIN MESMER /// FOUNDER - M2PV
Martin designed several large power plants for Pacifico Energy and GSSG Solar in Japan. He has 24 years of experience in the PV industry, including PV System design and optimization, power plant development, components design and technology evaluation, negotiating with suppliers and training engineers.
He started his solar career analyzing the first HIT cells manufactured at Sanyo Solar in Hirakata. He served as a technical advisor to Intel Capital for photovoltaic investments, built the US PV engineering team for Siemens, and developed E.On’s PV engineering division in San Francisco. He oversaw the technical design, negotiation, and implementation of over 240 MW of PV plants in Japan for leading IPPs.
Martin pushed for 1500V before it was fashionable both in the US and in Japan.
MARTIN MESMER
FOUNDER /// M2PV
TAKUYA SHIMIZU /// PRESIDENT & TECHNICAL OFFICER - RYOSHIN MAINTENANCE SERVICE
Mr. Shimizu is President and Technical officer of Ryoshin Maintenance Service Corporation. He joined Ryoshin Denki Corporation in 2010 and started to work in the PV business. In 2011 he transferred to the Ryoshin Maintenance Service Corporation and in 2012 he took up the position of business director. In 2014 he has taken up the position of technical advisor of the Photovoltaics Inspection Association (PIA) and the same year he became President of Ryoshin Maintenance Service Corporation.
TAKUYA SHIMIZU
PRESIDENT /// RYOSHIN MAINTENANCE SERVICE
SHOGO NISHIKAWA /// PROFESSOR AT COLLEGE OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING / DOCTOR OF ENGINEERING - NIHON UNIVERSITY
Professor Nishikawa is engaged in the research and development of topics related to renewable energy, notably solar power systems.
He currently focuses on the research of detection technology of PV systems' failure and optimization of the renewable energy installations in Showa Station (Antarctica).
He is a guest professor at the National Institute of Polar Research, Director of the Japan Solar Energy Association and Director of the Solar Energy Design Research Group.
He belongs to several associations such as The Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan, Japan Solar Energy Association, Japan Society of Energy and Resources and The Institute of Electrical Installation Engineers of Japan.
SHOGO NISHIKAWA
PROF. AT COLLEGE OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, DEPT. OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING /// NIHON UNIVERSITY
JAN NAPIORKOWSKI /// VP RENEWABLE ENERGY - ARIEL RE
After switching the automotive industry for reinsurance, Jan developed the insurance market for solar performance warranties since 2009 and was heading Munich Re’s Asian Renewable Energy business out of Hong Kong for 6 years. Early 2016 Jan joined Ariel Re, a Lloyd’s of London Syndicate now merged with Argo Group (NYSE: AGII) and launched a new series of products in the space of power outage solutions for utility or C&I portfolios of renewable projects.
Jan is a trained theoretical physicist and holds a MBA in Insurance and Risk Management.
JAN NAPIORKOWSKI
VP RENEWABLE ENERGY /// ARIEL RE
ATSUNORI SATO /// DIRECTOR ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - ORIX
Atsunori Sato graduated in Economics by the Keio University. He joined ORIX Corp in 1995, where he focused mainly on real state and structured finance. He is since recently the director of the energy and environmental business development department.
ATSUNORI SATO
DIRECTOR ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT /// ORIX
LUKE JOHNSON /// PARTNER TECHNICAL ENGINEERING - REM JAPAN
Luke is a Solar Engineer with over 15 years' experience in the solar industry in six countries. He has lived and worked in Japanese Solar industry continuously since 2008.
He started as a research engineer for the diffusion process in solar cell manufacturing at Q-cells AG in Germany and process quality control in solar module manufacturing at Suntech. He then worked on silicon solar cell degradation research at the Australian National University in Canberra.
Luke is currently the co-founder and CEO of Sunpulse K.K. in Tokyo that has completed over 2,000 MW of design and due-diligence on solar plants in Japan. He has published 10 research publications on solar irradiance datasets, solar module reliability and design, outdoor and accelerated testing and snow and yield calculation methodologies in Japan. His current research preoccupations include long-term outdoor exposure of solar modules and solar module degradation, solar project yield estimation and global solar and financial market interaction.
LUKE JOHNSON
PARTNER TECHNICAL ENGINEERING /// REM JAPAN
YI LIQI /// VP SMARTPV JAPAN DEPARTMENT - HUAWEI
Mr. Yi is the vice president of Huawei Smart PV Japan Dept. He joined Huawei in 2016. Prior to Huawei, Mr. Yi has been worked in electronic and electrical industry for years and is experienced for business development. Currently Mr. Yi is responsible for key accounts in Japan region.
YI LIQI
VP SMARTPV JAPAN DEPARTMENT /// HUAWEI
NORIKI HIRANO /// REPRESENTATIVE DIRECTOR - ADLER SOLAR WORKS
Holder of BA in Law from Chuo University, Noriki has more than 25 years in international business launching and management. He has led a various global roaming service development projects, contributing to expansion of global communication infrastructure. In 2007 he was appointed as Vice President for a former German national telecommunication carrier in Japan. He was also a project manager for a Chinese communication manufacturer actively involved in introduction of 4G systems.
NORIKI HIRANO
REPRESENTATIVE DIRECTOR /// ADLER SOLAR WORKS
AKIHIRO MORIMOTO /// GENERAL DIRECTOR - CO2O
Akihiro Morimoto has engaged in the construction, power supply and civil engineering work for a while. Then he joined the Kansai electric power company as a new company formation leader on 2001. While being in charge of property management of real estate since 2005, Akihiro Morimoto started an after support maintenance business for world’s largest module company. He is now driving O&M business of CO2O forward Japanese PV market.
AKIHIRO MORIMOTO
GENERAL DIRECTOR /// CO2O
MARCO ALVES /// HEAD O&M DIVISION - VOLTALIA GROUP
Marco has eighteen years of international experience in the management of operations and maintenance activities throughout various industries, including seven years in the solar industry. He has been paving his career path towards full asset management services since beginning his career with ABB, developing their asset performance and asset management service teams for industrial assets. Following this, Marco worked at Transdev-Veolia, focused on business and efficiency management for Light Rail networks in Europe. He was the Head of Martifer Solar´s global O&M and Service, driving the strategic direction of the business while leading a team of more than 100 employees. Currently, and after the acquisition of Martifer Solar by Voltalia Group in august 2016, Marco is the Head of Voltalia´s global O&M, driving the strategy of the O&M business. Marco received his MSC in Electrical Engineering and completed an Executive MBA in Management from University of Porto Business School/IE Madrid. He speaks Portuguese, English, and Spanish, with a working proficiency in the French language.
MARCO ALVES
HEAD O&M DIVISION /// VOLTALIA GROUP
RAFAEL PERIS /// HEAD OF ENGINEERING - SONNEDIX
Mr. Peris is Head of Engineering at Sonnedix Japan K.K., in charge of all project technical matters for the company in Japan. Sonnedix is a global solar power producer with 500 MW of operating generating capacities. Sonnedix is substantially owned by investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management. The group is present in Japan through its trusted operator Sonnedix Japan K.K. (formerly known as Nippon Solar Services), managing multiple solar power plants at various stages of development or in operation in the country.
Mr. Peris has over 11 years of experience in the solar photovoltaic industry, in different roles from project development, site and project management to engineering and construction leadership in different countries such as Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Japan.
Over the past 5 years with Sonnedix, he managed locally the EPC team in several projects in Puerto Rico before being relocated to Japan to establish and manage locally the engineering department for Sonnedix Japan K.K.
Mr. Peris worked in various management and leadership positions in the solar sector such as for Phoenix Solar, AES Corporation and GP Joule. He started his career as an industrial engineer in the automotive sector as part of the EPC team for providing assembly production lines for German and US car makers in Europe, shifting to the solar sector in 2006. Mr. Peris holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronics from the University Polytechnic of Valencia, Spain with his thesis about solar air collectors from the Hochshule Mitteweida, Germany.
RAFAEL PERIS
HEAD OF ENGINEERING /// SONNEDIX
KARSTEN KLUG /// GERMANY HEAD O&M - SAFERAY OPERATIONS
Joining the solar industry in 2007, Mr. Karsten Klug is the Head of Operation & Maintenance of saferay operations GmbH in Berlin, a subsidiary of saferay group, a German IPP operating more than 200 MWp of utility scale solar power plants in Germany, Chile and Japan. As a former Senior Manager System Operation & Maintenance at Q.Cells SE, he was also responsible for more than 300 MWp installed capacity with sites in Germany, France, Italy, Canada, Czech Republic and Slovakia. In his role as Head of O&M, Karsten is in charge of overseeing and planning the maintenance, inspection, repair, monitoring and asset management of saferays power plants. He graduated from Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg in business administration.
KARSTEN KLUG
GERMANY HEAD O&M /// SAFERAY OPERATIONS
HARUHIKO FUKUMOTO /// PRINCIPAL RESEARCH ENGINEER - MITSUI CHEMICALS
Haruhiko Fukumoto received his Dr.Eng. degree in chemistry in 2006 from Nagoya University, Japan. In 2006, he joined Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.
He has conducted researches related to PV modules and PV materials in the company. Now he focuses on running businesses concerning diagnosis of a PV module and a PV power plant utilizing his expertise.
HARUHIKO FUKUMOTO
PRINCIPAL RESEARCH ENGINEER /// MITSUI CHEMICALS
HIROTO KURANAMI /// CEO - ECOLIFE ENGINEERING
Mr. Kuranami assumed the post of senior managing director when he was twenty-seven. Focusing on the potential of renewable energy from early on, he began construction for residential solar systems in 2001. He was a technical consultant at the time of establishments of CanadianSolar Japan and Toshiba Solar Business Division, with its reliable technology and experience appreciated. Moreover, he has developed a patent of solar residential array system with CanadianSolar Japan. Mr.Kuranami established PV technical management, wishing to improve the level of technicians throughout the renewable energy industry, handling the construction ID training of a total of 13 solar module manufacturers and trained a total of 3,500 engineers since 2011. As he utilizes the global perspective, Eco Life Engineering started development, construction and O&M of mega solar with a German partner company, mastering the technical standard of Europe, which was a step in advance in relation to the general industry state-of-the-art when the FIT Law started in 2012. Since taking office as Representative Director in 2014, he gained wide support both domestic and overseas, and has grownO&M services exceeding 80 MW at present.
HIROTO KURANAMI
CEO /// ECOLIFE ENGINEERING
DAVID LEWIS /// PARTNER, TRANSACTION ADVISORY GROUP - KPMG TAX CORPORATION
David has extensive, market leading experience in transactions involving Japan. He has worked as lead tax partner on some of the largest transactions in Japan for both Japan and foreign based clients, providing services relating to the establishment of funds for retail and corporate/institutional investors, M&A, due diligence, reorganizations, securitizations, and operational tax advisory.
David was an early entrant into advising on PV investments since the introduction of the Japanese FIT in 2012 and has market leading experience on such deals, particularly with respect to structuring of foreign investment into Japanese solar.
In this time, he has helped numerous clients with their investments in solar facilities. His clients cover the breadth of market participants and include solar and renewable energy funds, developers, EPCs, trading houses and high net worth individuals.
In addition to tax structuring of investments in the renewable energy sector and related advisory, David has also assisted clients in negotiations, deal referral, obtaining bank financing and overall project management.
David is head of infrastructure for KPMG Tax in Asia.
David has been in Japan for over 17 years and is fluent in Japanese.
DAVID LEWIS
PARTNER, TRANSACTION ADVISORY GROUP /// KPMG TAX CORPORATION
DAVID VALLEJO /// EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - SOLARIG
David Vallejo Muñoz has 10 year-experience in the Solar Business Worldwide, and heading Solarig Japan since 2012. Achievements in Japan: (a) Development: > 40MW (b) EPC: 2,3MW built, 13.5 MW under construction and 20MW secured (c) O&M: 159MW operating and 65MW secured. Leading the Japanese O&M third party service offering international standards as PR and availability warranties. Nowadays, leading the expansion to the business to other APAC areas as well.
He was heading business of Solarig in Italy with >70 MW design, development, constructed and operative by Solarig subsidiaries. He is a member of the Solarig Steering Committee since 2009 involved in all the business development and strategic company decisions.
He is an entrepreneur spirit owning solar investments and advisory for some startups. Graduated in 2015 in the Executive MBA Instituto de Empresa (IE), top 10% performance. Fluently in English, Italian and Spanish. Regularly runner and travel devotee.
DAVID VALLEJO
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR /// SOLARIG
DAVID LITT /// PROFESSOR - KEIO UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL
David Litt is a Professor at Keio University Law School, where he teaches international business, comparative law and public policy-related subjects. His research interests focus on corporate law, corporate governance, and energy law and policy. David serves as co-chair of the Energy Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, and acts as an adviser to or director of several privately held Japanese companies. From 2012 to early 2015, he co-founded and co-managed a business that developed projects under Japan’s feed-in-tariff (FIT) for renewable energy. He previously served as a partner of the law firms of O’Melveny & Myers LLP and Morrison & Foerster LLP. David was co-head of MoFo’s investment fund formation practice, and was recognized by various industry publications as a leading lawyer in the corporate/M&A and investment fund areas. David served as a law clerk to Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court and Chief Judge Alfred T. Goodwin, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School.
DAVID LITT
PROFESSOR /// KEIO UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL
TORU MURAKAMI /// REGIONAL SALES HEAD JAPAN - SKYTRON ENERGY KK
Mr. Toru Murakami is Regional Sales Head Japan at skytron energy Japan K.K.. He has more than 30 years in industrial business and has led various global projects e.g. gas turbine combined cycle for electric propulsion of marine, development of digital solutions for marine operation, optimization of after sales for wind power, etc. Prior to skytron energy, Mr. Murakami has been taking various sales and marketing roles mainly in marine and power generation, including renewable energy, for ABB, Moog, Rolls Royce, Vestas, GE, etc. Toru Murakami graduated from Tohoku University in engineering science.
TORU MURAKAMI
REGIONAL SALES HEAD JAPAN /// SKYTRON ENERGY KK
EDMÉE KELSEY /// CEO - 3MEGAWATT
Edmee Kelsey brings a wealth of solar asset management expertise to her role as founder and CEO of 3megawatt. 3megawatt provides solar asset management software designed to support asset owners with managing their solar portfolio risks and asset managers with reducing their asset management costs. As former CFO of Main Street Power, she closed project financing for over 100 of distributed solar PV projects and was responsible for the asset management of those solar assets. As a former VP at the investment bank JP Morgan and managing director of a clean energy corporate finance advisory firm, she gained a deep understanding of the requirements of project finance providers and sponsors, funds and investors. Her background as a founder and CEO of a venture-backed telecom service provider brings utility billing, asset tracking and O&M service ticketing experience.
EDMÉE KELSEY
CEO /// 3MEGAWATT
NORIAKI FUKUYAMA /// SALES MANAGER - FIRST SOLAR
Noriaki Fukuyama have almost 20 years experience in energy industry as engineer and sales. He started his career as start-up engineer for plant control system (DCS) at fossil power plant in 1998. In 2008, he was sales engineer for asset monitoring system for oil & gas plant and power plant at Emerson Process Management. In 2011, he built up service resources for wind power service and maintenance, and promoted service solution for wind power generator at Siemens Wind Power. And he joined First Solar Japan in 2015 promoting skytron SCADA system and currently developing O&M business with comprehensive service and unique solutions.
NORIAKI FUKUYAMA
SALES MANAGER /// FIRST SOLAR
I-CHUN HSIAO /// ANALYST - BNEF
I-Chun Hsiao is an analyst in the Tokyo office of Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). A member of the Energy Storage team his research looks at how batteries could enable greater integration of renewable generation, provide ancillary services such as frequency regulation, and behind-the-meter power bill management.
I-Chun worked at the World Bank, the UNFCCC, and the UN Foundation before joining BNEF. There his research ranged from leveraging private investments to meet the financing needs of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative, to approaches for operationalizing the principle of equity in the COP21 climate agreement, and strategies to promote a major scaling up of energy efficiency activities worldwide.
I-Chun holds a MPP from Harvard University and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
I-CHUN HSIAO
ANALYST /// BNEF
YVONNE LIU /// ASSOCIATE SOLAR & DISTRIBUTED GENERATION - BNEF
Yvonne Liu joined Bloomberg New Energy Finance in 2015. She is in charge of research and analysis for solar market in China, with particular focus on policies and demand forecast, project financing and trading, project cost and return, as well as the overall market research to identify opportunities for Chinese PV companies. She had been invited by industrial associations, government entities and corporates to give presentations in and out of China.
YVONNE LIU
ASSOCIATE SOLAR & DISTRIBUTED GENERATION /// BNEF
SEBASTIAN PETRETSCHEK /// VICE GENERAL MANAGER - TÜV RHEINLAND
Sebastian Petretschek holds a degree in Technology Management from the University of Stuttgart, Germany and has spent parts of his studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
Sebastian has been active in solar photovoltaic business since 2009. For utility-scale PV projects in Europe, Middle East, South America, South Africa, India, Japan and China he has acted as Independent Engineer for investors, lenders and insurance companies. He has conducted numerous technical due diligence reviews - including yield as well as EPC and O&M contract assessments - and has performed construction and operation monitoring services. Further, Sebastian is a specialist for quality assurance along the value chain of PV components, particularly PV modules.
Sebastian is heading TÜV Rheinland’s PV Power Plant Independent Engineering business in Asia and is the Director of the Global Technical Competence Center for Independent Engineering Services.
SEBASTIAN PETRETSCHEK
VICE GENERAL MANAGER /// TÜV RHEINLAND
PABLO CABEZA /// ENGINEERING DIRECTOR - EVERSTREAM CAPITAL
Mr. Pablo Cabeza holds a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, and an M.B.A. in international management from the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade - UIMP. Prior to joining Everstream, he worked as Technical Manager for an European independent engineering and renewable asset management firm where he had been both owners’ and lender’s advisor across over 2,500MW on more than 100 different projects. He led due diligence processes for more than $500 million of photovoltaic projects on numerous transactions.
Currently in Everstream he is responsible for EPC Contract management and projects technical assessment.
PABLO CABEZA
ENGINEERING DIRECTOR /// EVERSTREAM CAPITAL
HEIN OOMEN /// HEAD BUSINESS ORIGINATION - SOLAIREDIRECT
Mr. Hein Oomen is Head of Business Origination for Asia-Pacific at ENGIE Solar (Solairedirect). ENGIE (formally known as GDF SUEZ) is the world’s largest independent power producer with 113 GW of installed capacity. The Group employs more than 150,000 employees across 70 countries. As part of its ambition to become the global leader in the energy transition, ENGIE acquired solar developer Solairedirect in 2015 (now ENGIE Solar). ENGIE Solar has become the Group’s global centre of excellence for the development and construction of utility scale PV and has booked recent successes in highly competitive markets such as Brazil, Mexico, France and India with more than 2 GW in operation, under construction or in backlog.
HEIN OOMEN
HEAD BUSINESS ORIGINATION /// SOLAIREDIRECT
HARUKI YAMAYA /// SR RESEARCHER - RTS CORPORATION
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HARUKI YAMAYA
SR RESEARCHER /// RTS CORPORATION
JO DONGUK /// SR MANAGER ELECTRICAL ENGINEER - PACIFICO ENERGY
Mr. Donguk is Senior Manager Electrical Engineer at Pacifico Energy K.K. His main role is analyzing, developing, managing and designing electrical related matters in PV projects where accuracy and comprehensive knowledge are required. He has been involving projects more than 600MWdc in Japan.
Mr. Donguk holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from Korea University of Technology and Education. Prior to joining Pacifico Energy he worked for JGC, Daewoo E&C in the Oil and Gas industry and the US military service.
JO DONGUK
SR MANAGER ELECTRICAL ENGINEER /// PACIFICO ENERGY
YUKO INUI /// SENIOR ASSOCIATE - ORRICK
Yuko Inui, a senior associate in Orrick's Tokyo office, is a member of the Energy and Infrastructure Group. Her practice focuses on renewable energy projects, real estate transactions and environmental conservation.
Before joining Orrick, Ms. Inui was an associate at the Tokyo office of Atsumi & Partners until 2006. Previously, she worked in the Malaysian office of BirdLife International, an international environmental NGO. From 2001 to 2003, Ms. Inui worked at the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), where she was involved in environmental and social compliance matters with relation to yen-denominated loan projects.
Ms. Inui is a member of the environmental preservation committees of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations.
YUKO INUI
SENIOR ASSOCIATE - ORRICK
SHOJI NISHIZAWA /// INTERNATIONAL SALES DIVISION SOLAR ENERGY - KYOCERA
Mr. Shoji Nishizawa graduated in International Law from Kwansei Gakuin University Hyogo, Japan. He joined Kyocera Corporation quickly after, focusing on international sales. He worked for Kyocera International Inc. during 6 years, after which he moved back to Japan to focus again on international sales for Kyocera Corporation.
Mr Shoji Nishizawa has managed several teams and departments since 1992 at Kyocera Corporation. Currently, he is the general manager of both domestic and international sales division.
SHOJI NISHIZAWA
INTERNATIONAL SALES DIVISION SOLAR ENERGY /// KYOCERA
YOSHIHIKO KUSUDA /// RENEWABLE ENERGY INVESTMENT - JAPAN INVESTMENT ADVISER
After engaging in structured finance business at Sanwa Bank, Lehman Brothers etc., in 2010 Mr. Yoshihiko Kusuda joined Japan Investment Adviser Co., Ltd. (herein after referred to as "JIA"). Currently he is engaged in investing in renewable energy facilities and maritime transport equipment (vessels, containers etc.) and fund making business. Currently, the JIA Group owns and operates a total of 19 power stations and about 33 MW (DC) power plants throughout Japan, together with about 100 MW (DC) projects under development.
YOSHIHIKO KUSUDA
RENEWABLE ENERGY INVESTMENT - JAPAN INVESTMENT ADVISER
TAKURO SASAO /// SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT - GE ENERGY FINANCIAL SERVICES
Takuro Sasao is a Senior Vice President at GE Energy Financial Services (GE EFS), a global energy investment business in GE Capital, responsible for Japanese market. GE EFS has invested in close to 500MW of solar projects in Japan to date and looking to invest more.
Before joining GE EFS in 2015, he has worked in Capital Markets team at GE Capital Japan since 2005. Before that, he worked for Chuo Mitsui Trust and Banking (currently Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank).
Mr. Sasao holds LL.M (International Tax) at New York University School of Law and LL.B at Keio University.
TAKURO SASAO
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT - GE ENERGY FINANCIAL SERVICES
RACHID BRI /// HEAD OF ENGINEERING - PACIFICO ENERGY
Rachid Bri has 2 years of experience in solar business, involved in the development engineering of several mega-solar projects in Japan, including design optimization and EPC selection of Pacifico Energy 257MW Okayama project: the largest solar project in Japan, with largest amount of earthwork in the world. Previously, Rachid Bri worked 12 years in the EPC business with Chiyoda corporation, a leading Japanese plant engineering company.
RACHID BRI
HEAD OF ENGINEERING - PACIFICO ENERGY
GO SEKIGUCHI /// FOUNDER - RENEWABLE POWER DEVELOPMENT
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GO SEKIGUCHI
FOUNDER - RENEWABLE POWER DEVELOPMENT