DAISUKE SEKI /// DEPUTY DIRECTOR NEW & RENEWABLE ENERGY DIVISION - METI
Mr Daisuke Seki is the Deputy Director, New and Renewable Energy Policy Division, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Prior he was Deputy Director of Environmental Policy Division, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau and Defense Policy Division, Bureau of Defense Policy, Ministry of Defense.
He graduated Kyoto University in 2004.
DAISUKE SEKI
DEPUTY DIRECTOR NEW & RENEWABLE ENERGY DIVISION /// METI
TETSUNARI IIDA /// EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - ISEP
Tetsunari Iida is a leading authority on Renewable Energy, and a “Social Innovator” who has introduced Ecological Initiatives as Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP), a Non-profit and Independent Research Institute. As a Committee Member for METI and MoE, he has proposed Nuclear-free energy policies, as well as Community-based RE Projects in Japan as Secretary-General of the Japan Community Power Association.
He played a central role as co-chair of the executive committee for the “1st World Community Power Conference” which was held in Fukushima city on November 3-4, 2016. The conference was the product of the joint efforts of ISEP, the Japan Community Power Association and the World Wind Energy Association. At the conference, Iida received the World Wind Energy Honorary Award 2016 for extraordinary personal achievements for his promotion of community power.
TETSUNARI IIDA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR /// ISEP
NAOAKI FUKAZU /// PROJECT MANAGER R&D DEPARTMENT - TEPCO
Since 1997 Mr. Fukazu has engaged in research on electric power quality control of distribution system.
He was also involved in the development of SVR (Step Voltage Regulator) and SVC (Static Var Compensator) for power distribution.
After that, he worked as a member of CHAdeMO association and tackle the spread of quick chargers.
From 2016 he has been engaged in research on cooperation between renewable energy and existing electric power system, up to the present date.
NAOAKI FUKAZU
PROJECT MANAGER R&D DEPARTMENT /// TEPCO
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
TONY NAKAMURA /// DIRECTOR & CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER - CANADIAN SOLAR ASSET MANAGEMENT
Tony Nakamura currently serves as Director & CIO at Canadian Solar Asset Management (CSAM) and he is responsible for asset acquisitions in and asset management of PV facilities in Japan. CSAM is an investment manager for Canadian Solar Infrastructure Fund (CSIF) listed and traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange last October. CSIF has bought 15 PV facilities since its IPO under the asset management by CSAM. He joined CSAM in 2016 and prior to that, he has had working experience both in debt/equity originations at Yamaichi Securities and in investment management/client relationship at Millea Real-Estate-Risk Management, Ishin Hotel REIT Management, Tokio Marine Asset Management and International Healthway. Tony earned a Bachelor of Commerce from Hitotsubashi University in 1983 and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 1989.
TONY NAKAMURA
DIRECTOR & CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER /// CANADIAN SOLAR ASSET MANAGEMENT
HAYATO SHIMURA /// HEAD INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT - SPARX ASSET TRUST & MANAGEMENT
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HAYATO SHIMURA
HEAD INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT /// SPARX ASSET TRUST & MANAGEMENT
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
NAOAKI EGUCHI /// BANKING & FINANCE PRACTICE GROUP HEAD - BAKER & MCKENZIE
Naoaki Eguchi is head of the Firm’s Banking & Finance Practice Group in Tokyo, and is a member of the Asia Pacific Banking & Finance Group steering committee. He has been recognized for his work on Goldman Sachs’ TOB of Universal Studios Japan, which was named the Debt Market Deal of the Year at the 2010 ALB Law Awards. Mr. Eguchi has written articles for numerous publications, including “Japanese PFI/PPP entering a new stage” for Euromoney, and organized and participated in various seminars, including the Nikkei Seminar in 2010.
NAOAKI EGUCHI
BANKING & FINANCE PRACTICE GROUP HEAD /// BAKER & MCKENZIE
YUJIRO HIRAYAMA /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - OCTAVE JAPAN
Yujiro Hirayama is responsible for asset management of renewable energy projects at Octave Japan. Yujiro was formerly the Deputy General Manager at Development Bank of Japan where he oversaw a team that managed a portfolio of real estate, railroad, and construction assets. Previously he held positions with MBIA Insurance Corporation and Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., located in New York and Tokyo, respectively. Yujiro earned his BA in Law from Keio University (Tokyo); studied political science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; studied law and economics at the University of Freiburg (Germany); and received his MBA from Thunderbird. He is fluent in Japanese and English, and conversational in German.
YUJIRO HIRAYAMA
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// OCTAVE JAPAN
KAZUHISA YURITA /// SVP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - 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
SVP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT /// ORIX
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
MAMORU TAKAHASHI /// PRESIDENT & CEO - TAKARA ASSET MANAGEMENT
Mr.Takahashi is President & CEO of Takara Asset Management since February 2018. He has been working as a real estate appraiser since 1996. In 2002, he 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 the first company that has been listed in the Tokyo Stock Exchange, on June 2 2016. He is a Real Estat Transaction Specialist at JAREA (Japan Association of Real Estate Appraisars), where he is also a committee member.
MAMORU TAKAHASHI
PRESIDENT & CEO /// TAKARA ASSET MANAGEMENT
YOSHITAKA SANTOKI /// REPRESENTATIVE DIRECTOR - METEOCONTROL JAPAN CORPORATION
Yoshitaka Santoki is Representative Director at meteocontrol Japan Corporation. He graduated in Law from Surugadai University in 1994. Before joining meteocontrol in early 2017, Mr. Yoshitaka has held manager positions at TOMEN DEVICE CORPORATION and Infineon Technologies AG and C-level positions at Suntech Power Japan Corporation.
YOSHITAKA SANTOKI
REPRESENTATIVE DIRECTOR /// METEOCONTROL JAPAN CORPORATION
HIROSHI MATSUKAWA /// SENIOR RENEWABLE ENERGY CONSULTANT - MOTT MCDONALD
Dr. Hiroshi Matsukawa is the Senior Renewable Energy Consultant at Mott MacDonald Japan (MMJ), in charge of technical advisory work for Japanese market to supporting PV plant investors and lenders. He managed several hundred MW solar projects for a large number of private companies. Prior to joining Mott MacDonald Japan, he worked for RTS Corporation where he engaged in various research projects on PV for the government, agencies and organizations and manufacturers in Japan and overseas. He studies and analyzes technical developments and trends of the PV market. He graduated from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology with PhD in electrical engineering in 2005.
HIROSHI MATSUKAWA
SENIOR RENEWABLE ENERGY CONSULTANT /// MOTT MCDONALD
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
TETSUFUMI MIYAKE /// JOINT GENERAL MANAGER - SHINSEI BANK
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TETSUFUMI MIYAKE
JOINT GENERAL MANAGER /// SHINSEI BANK
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
JAMES PAGONIS /// DIRECTOR - POWERHUB
A recognized leader and experience solar energy expert, James has worked on hundreds of renewable energy projects across the globe. After being instrumental in developing, constructing and operating some of the first solar projects in Ontario, James is now actively engaged in simplifying asset management for the industry. James is one of the early drivers behind the development and launch of PowerHub: a simple, cloud-based Asset Management solution designed to help renewable energy asset owners manage their projects. He continues to be responsible for product development at PowerHub.
James holds a B.Sc. from Royal Roads University.
JAMES PAGONIS
DIRECTOR /// POWERHUB
SHIGEKI KONDO /// COUNTRY DIRECTOR - AMPT JAPAN
Shigeki Kondo is a technology executive in all aspect of the PV sector for 35 years. His experience includes manufacturing of solar modules at Kyocera Corporation, system designing of solar houses at Sekisui Corporation, R&D of high-efficiency solar cells as well as designing of mega-solar system at JX Energy Corporation.
Based on extensive experience, he is now working at Ampt LLC to provide solutions to improve the total efficiency of PV system to customers.
SHIGEKI KONDO
COUNTRY DIRECTOR /// AMPT JAPAN
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
MARTIN STEIN /// DIRECTOR - AMP
Mr. Martin Stein graduated from Durham University and Cambridge University. After working in acquisition finance for ING Bank in London, he joined Shinsei Bank’s acquisition finance team in Tokyo in 2007. Following the introduction of the FIT program 5 years ago, he worked extensively for Shinsei Bank on energy project finance in Japan. Since 2017 he has been with Amp, a global clean energy developer and investor, based in Tokyo, working on acquisitions and development of clean energy assets in Japan.
MARTIN STEIN
DIRECTOR /// AMP
WATARU HIGUCHI /// PARTNER - ANDERSON, MORI & TOMOTSUNE
Wataru Higuchi is a partner of Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, one of the largest law firms in Japan. Mr. Higuchi has been involved in a wide range of finance transactions from project finance to capital markets. Recently, he has been involved in various solar, wind and biomass power projects as well as listed infra-fund projects. In addition to his professional experience at AMT, Mr. Higuchi also worked for the Tokyo Stock Exchange (from October 2012 – September 2013) as a secondee, where he was in charge of making rules of the listed Infra-fund market. He graduated from Hitotsubashi university (LL.B.) in 2002 and Columbia Law School (LL.M) in 2011.
WATARU HIGUCHI
PARTNER /// ANDERSON, MORI & TOMOTSUNE
SHINSUKE WATANABE /// HEAD O&M - TRINA SOLAR
Mr. Shinsuke Watanabe is Head of O&M for Trina Solar Japan Energy since September 2017, where he was responsible for the set-up of the O&M department.
Mr. Watanabe has more than 4 years experience as Head of O&M for Solar PV plants in Japan, having previously developed and lead the O&M team for SunEdison. During this period, Mr. Watanabe managed activities in other regional markets such as Malaysia and Thailand. He was in charge of 40 MWdc in Japan, 35 MWc in Malaysia and 100 MWc in Thailand.
SHINSUKE WATANABE
HEAD O&M /// TRINA SOLAR
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
SATOSHI MUKOYAMA /// DIRECTOR - MARUNOUCHI INFRASTRUCTURE
Satoshi Mukoyama is Director of Marunouchi Infrastructure, which is Mitsubishi Corporation's 100% subsidiary that launched Japan's first diversified infrastructure fund in 2017. Satoshi is leading Marunouchi Infrastructure's investment activities and also playing a key role in its fundraising. Previously, he worked on a variety of infrastructure transactions globally, and also acted as a business development professional creating multiple Mitsubishi-sponsored funds and platforms in infrastructure investment. He started his career in Mitsubishi’s real estate investment and fund management business. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his BA from the University of Tokyo. He is a Chartered Member of the Securities Analysts Association of Japan.
SATOSHI MUKOYAMA
DIRECTOR /// MARUNOUCHI INFRASTRUCTURE
MICHIO MATSUDA /// HEAD RISK SOLUTIONS - MUNICH RE JAPAN
Michio Matsuda is Head of Risk Solutions at Munich Re Japan Branch, where he is responsible for marketing of various innovative insurance solutions for renewable energy sector. Since 2011, he has arranged long term PV performance warranty insurance for manufacturer and project owner with more than 1 GWp capacity. He is also working on serial defects cover insurance for wind power sector. In order to enhance development of dispersed power generation, he is recently structuring long term battery performance insurance in cooperation with Japanese top notch engineers based upon Real Time Authentication Platform. He used to work for The Industrial Bank of Japan and graduated from The University of Tokyo.
MICHIO MATSUDA
HEAD RISK SOLUTIONS /// MUNICH RE JAPAN
TAKAHIRO WATANABE /// GENERAL MANAGER TECHNICAL & OPERATION DEPARTMENT - ADLER SOLAR WORKS
Mr. Watanabe has gained experiences in PV industry from sales, design to project management. As the person in charge responsible for the market first PV system collective estimation site in Japan, he has engaged onto consumer protection and healthy industry improvement from malicious sales at the time.
Currently as General Manager of Technical and Operation Department of Adler Solar Works, a leading maintenance and consulting company of PV system, he is involving into quality inspection of solar modules, technical due diligence of plants as well as plant O&M business.
TAKAHIRO WATANABE
GENERAL MANAGER TECHNICAL & OPERATION DEPARTMENT /// ADLER SOLAR WORKS
KIYOSHI DOI /// EXECUTIVE OFFICER - JAPAN RENEWABLE ENERGY (JRE)
Kiyoshi Doi is head of development as Director of the Business Development Division at JRE, where he is responsible for the origination, development, execution and financing of various renewable energy sectors, including PV projects. Kiyoshi joined JRE in 2014 from Sumitomo Corporation, where he was responsible for the evaluation and management of global power projects, including renewable energy.
KIYOSHI DOI
EXECUTIVE OFFICER /// JAPAN RENEWABLE ENERGY (JRE)
JUSTIN WU /// HEAD OF ASIA PACIFIC - BNEF
Justin Wu is Head of Asia - Pacific at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), the world’s leading provider of unique analysis, tools and data for decision makers driving change in the energy system. Justin is in charge of all BNEF business activities in the region, which includes leading a team of over 25 analysts across 10 locations, who are in charge of producing and communicating research and analysis on some of the fastest growing energy markets in the world.
Based in Hong Kong, Justin joined the company in 2007. He previously ran BNEF’s Wind Insight service, where he helped developed a number of research products and analysis tools to serve the global wind industry. Justin is a specialist in Chinese energy and environmental policy, US - China clean energy trade issues and electricity markets. He has been quoted extensively in international media and has testified before the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on competitiveness and collaboration between the US and China on clean energy.
Justin holds a MS in Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and a BS in International Politics and Economics from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.
JUSTIN WU
HEAD OF ASIA PACIFIC /// BNEF
YOSHIYASU SUMI /// COUNTRY MANAGER & DIRECTOR ASSET MANAGEMENT - GSSG SOLAR
Yoshiyasu Sumi manages GSSG Solar Tokyo office and has developed the local asset management capabilities of the company in Japan. Prior to joining GSSG, he has been involved in various investments and lending transactions including project development, asset management, deal sourcing / arrangement, debt syndication / securitization, deal structuring, transaction management, reporting and valuations for real estate and solar investments.
YOSHIYASU SUMI
COUNTRY MANAGER & DIRECTOR ASSET MANAGEMENT /// GSSG SOLAR
LUCIAN LIU /// O&M MANAGER - SAFERAY
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LUCIAN LIU
O&M MANAGER /// SAFERAY
YASUSHI ISHII /// GENERAL MANAGER DATA SOLUTION DEPARTMENT - 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 responsible for data management and analysis of operational power plants at the newly established Data Solution Department.
YASUSHI ISHII
GENERAL MANAGER DATA SOLUTION DEPARTMENT /// SB ENERGY
TAKASHI MATSUMOTO /// PARTNER TRANSACTION ADVISORY GROUP - KPMG
Takashi Matsumoto is Partner of the Transaction Advisory Group at KPMG Tax Corporation Japan. Following introduction of the FIT regime in 2012, Takashi was one of the first tax professionals to advise on the solar industry. Takashi has been providing tax advisory services with particular focus on M&A / reorganizations related to various sectors, advising clients on tax structures. He has also specialized in the provision of post-transaction bookkeeping, entity administration and tax compliance for entities involved in the tax structuring and M&A transactions. Takashi previously worked for Nomura Securities Co., Ltd. before he joined KPMG in 2001.
TAKASHI MATSUMOTO
PARTNER TRANSACTION ADVISORY GROUP /// KPMG
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
JORGE DE MIGUEL /// JAPAN COUNTRY MANAGER - VECTOR CUATRO
Prior to joining Vector Cuatro he was Asia Business Development Manager at CPV Global.
Since joining Vector Cuatro he has been involved in the project development of over 200MW, over 1 GW of project due diligence, and the asset management of PV projects in Japan. Jorge has a deep understanding of the project development process in the Japanese market from a technical, financial, administrative and legal perspective.
Jorge is a Certified chief electrical engineer in Japan (電気主任技術者三種), is trilingual in Japanese, English and Spanish and heads Vector Cuatro’s operations in the country. Prior to joining Vector Cuatro he was Asia Business Development Manager at CPV Global.
JORGE DE MIGUEL
JAPAN COUNTRY MANAGER /// VECTOR CUATRO
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, China.
Sebastian has been active in solar photovoltaic business since 2009 and has been acting as Independent Engineer for investors, lenders and insurances in Europe, South America, Middle East, South Africa, India and various countries in Asia including Japan, China, Thailand and others. 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 business in Asia and is the Director of the Global Technical Competence Center for PV Power Plants.
SEBASTIAN PETRETSCHEK
VICE GENERAL MANAGER /// TÜV RHEINLAND
KAZUO WAKAYAMA /// CHIEF EXECUTIVE - JASIA
Mr. Wakayama worked for Itochu Corporation, Daiwa Securities, Mitsui-Sumitomo Insurance (MS&AD) and was stationed in Tokyo, London and USA. Since the beginning of 1990’s emergence of asset securitization technique, he pioneered in developments of securitization /collaterization of various types of assets as well as insurance risks. In 1999, he planned and organized the foundation of American Appraisal Japan, Japan’s first independent multidisciplinary asset valuation company, as a joint venture between Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance and American Appraisal Associates, then the world largest and oldest appraisal company, and managed various valuation/appraisal assignments. In 2010, he organized the foundation of JaSIA in coalition with ASA (American Society of Appraisers) to introduce ASA’s non-real property valuation education and international accreditation system into Japan. From 2013, he teaches Risk Management & Finance at Graduate School of Management of Kyoto University and also serves as a board member of JAAM (Japan Society of Asset Management). BA from ICU(International Christian University) and MBA from Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania.
KAZUO WAKAYAMA
CHIEF EXECUTIVE /// JASIA
TAMENOBU GOJO /// HEAD PROJECT FINANCE - SMTB
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TAMENOBU GOJO
HEAD PROJECT FINANCE /// SMTB
KOTARO NAKAGAWA /// SALES MANAGER - STÄUBLI
Kotaro Nakagawa joined, in 2017, Stäubli Electrical Connectors (formerly Multi-Contact) which is part of the Stäubli Group, a technology leader and pioneer in the fields of electrical and fluid connectors, robotics and textile machinery since its foundation in 1892. In 1996, Stäubli introduced the first industrial photovoltaic connector (MC3) followed by the original MC4 in 2002, setting the industry standard ever since. With over 200 GW photovoltaic capacity (almost 50% of the global cumulative capacity) connected with Stäubli’s PV connectors, the company has proven to be a bankable partner with its high quality and reliability of its product. Before joining Stäubli, Kotaro Nakagawa was working as Sales Associate for a trading company, specialized in electrical components. While dealing with the requirement of customers in the energy field, he could experience the various functional failures they are facing and focused on their concerns on how to optimize and maintain the product performance, reliability and the life time of their system. While facing today’s fast and strong development of the renewable energy field, his current role as Sales Manager for Japan is to bring awareness and advices to our Japanese customers on how to build a reliable installation while having the best return of investment (small components, big impacts).
KOTARO NAKAGAWA
SALES MANAGER /// STÄUBLI
KOKI YOSHINO /// EXECUTIVE OFFICER CORPORATE STRATEGY - JAPAN RENEWABLE ENERGY
Koki Yoshino is head of corporate strategy at Japan Renewable Energy (JRE). He has arranged over 40 billion yen accumulative investment to JRE from its shareholders, Goldman Sachs and GIC. Before he joined JRE in 2015, he worked as a turnaround manager in Japan Airlines, McDonalds Japan and Yamagiwa. He also worked for the Ministry of the Environment and Roland Berger before he started his career as a turnaround manager. He earned his MBA from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in 2002 and his LLB from Kyoto University in 1997.
KOKI YOSHINO
EXECUTIVE OFFICER CORPORATE STRATEGY /// JAPAN RENEWABLE ENERGY
VISHAL PUNAMIYA /// CEO - SITEMARK
Vishal Punamiya is the CEO of DroneGrid. He brings over 13 years of corporate experience of managing regional or global IT organizations in Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA where he has deployed innovative and market disruptive solutions. He is passionate about connecting new technologies to mainstream applications that address real business needs. DroneGrid’s platform redefines how enterprises deploy drones, gather, analyze and manage aerial data across single or multiple sites. DroneGrid's platform is used by EPCs, O&Ms, Investors and Energy Producers in 18+ countries.
VISHAL PUNAMIYA
CEO /// SITEMARK
KOICHI SUGIBUCHI /// DEPUTY DIRECTOR PV BUSINESS CONSULTING DIVISION - RTS CORPORATION
Mr. Koichi Sugibuchi is a senior analyst of PV Business Consulting Division in RTS Corporation, a PV consulting company with more than 30 years history based in Tokyo. Currently engaged mainly, research on PV technology and market, and technical consulting for PV companies. He has a career of more than 20 years as a PV expert engineer. Prior to his current position, in four domestic PV companies since 1996, he has been involved in research and development of solar cells and modules, manufacturing, customer support, system design and construction, evaluation of power generation and reliabilities, manufacturing technology consulting, project support etc.
KOICHI SUGIBUCHI
DEPUTY DIRECTOR PV BUSINESS CONSULTING DIVISION /// RTS CORPORATION
SEIYA SUGITA /// BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER JAPAN - VECTOR CUATRO
Prior to joining Vector Cuatro he was Manager of Solar Department in TUV Rheinland Japan.
Seiya has been working for PV industry for more than 14 years and has experience in both sales and technical in PV business.
Seiya lived in Chicago, USA for 5 years and is a bilingual in Japanese and English.
Currently he is dealing with Japanese lenders mainly Mega Banks and Japanese investors and is leading business development Japan team as a BD Manager.
SEIYA SUGITA
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER JAPAN /// VECTOR CUATRO
KENTARO KATO /// SR. MANAGER - DELOITTE TOHMATSU CONSULTING LLC
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KENTARO KATO
SR. MANAGER /// DELOITTE TOHMATSU CONSULTING LLC
JAN NAPIORKOWSKI /// VP RENEWABLE ENERGY - ARIEL RE (ARGO GROUP)
In 2009, Jan launched the first long term performance guarantee insurance product for the solar industry and since was leading the market in providing bespoke performance guarantee and synthetic PPA solutions to the Clean Energy sectors, primarily focusing on solar, battery storage, fuel cells, biomass and waste to energy and syngas risks.
Jan is heading the global Clean Energy practice at Ariel Re, a Lloyd’s of London Syndicate which a year ago merged with Argo Group (NYSE: AGII). Jan’s primary focus is on the Japanese and Chinese markets, he is based in Hong Kong since 2010 where he was previously heading Munich Re’s Asian Renewable Energy team until 2015.

Jan is a trained theoretical physicist and holds a MBA in Insurance and Risk Management.
JAN NAPIORKOWSKI
VP RENEWABLE ENERGY /// ARIEL RE (ARGO GROUP)
REX ZHANG /// PRODUCT MANAGER - HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES JAPAN K.K
Rex Zhang is Product Manager at Huawei Technologies Japan K.K. Before joining Huawei, Rex worked for 10 years on communication equipment development and manufacturing (smartphones, routers etc.).
Currently, Rex concentrates on the integration of PV electronics and communication technologies providing smart and efficient PV O&M site solutions.
REX ZHANG
PRODUCT MANAGER /// HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES JAPAN K.K
MASAAKI YAMAMICHI /// SENIOR CONSULTANT RESEARCH & ANALYSIS DIVISION - RTS CORPORATION K.K
Mr. Masaaki Yamamichi is the Senior Consultant of Research Division in RTS Corporation, a PV consulting company with more than 30 years history based in Tokyo. He is actively working as the WG409 convener of PV-OMC, IECRE established in 2014 by IEC to provide more confidence in bankability of Renewable Energy projects including PV by certifying conformance to relevant IEC standards. WG409 focus on Quality Management system in manufacturing of PV module and BOS component, installation, and O&M of PV plant. He was one of the organizers of PVQAT, an international forum organized by AIST and NREL in 2012 to coordinate global R&D efforts in the area of PV system reliability studies to contribute to IEC TC82 standard development with current participation of 400+ experts around the world, and served as a steering committee member until 2017.
MASAAKI YAMAMICHI
SENIOR CONSULTANT RESEARCH & ANALYSIS DIVISION /// RTS CORPORATION
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
MAHESH MORJARIA /// VP PV SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT - FIRST SOLAR
Dr. Mahesh Morjaria leads the R&D effort in PV systems technologies for utility-scale solar plants. Over the past seven years, he has established himself as a leading expert in the area of solar generation and in addressing key challenges associated with integrating utility-scale solar plants into the power grid. Dr. Morjaria previously worked at GE for over twenty years where he held various leadership positions including a significant role in expanding the wind energy business. His academic credits include B.Tech from IIT Bombay and M.S. & Ph.D. from Cornell University.
MAHESH MORJARIA
VP PV SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT /// FIRST SOLAR
LUKE JOHNSON /// CEO - MYSOLAR
Luke is a Solar Engineer with over 16 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 then focused on the solar market in Japan with solar module third party laboratory testing, calibration and certification at TÜV Rheinland Japan. In this time he was the lead project engineer that focused on tougher than International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards for solar module testing, measurement and performance. This led to designing and running the world's first combined sequential testing for solar modules called 'Long-term Sequential' testing. Kyocera Corporation first adopted this in 2010. Luke holds a Masters of Philosophy in Engineering (Solar Cell Research) from the ANU and a Bachelor of Engineering in Photovoltaics & Solar Energy (hons) from the University of New South Wales.
Luke is currently the of CEO of Mysolar K.K. and before that Sunpulse K.K. that has completed over 4,000 MW of design and due-diligence on solar plants in Japan. He has published 15 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
CEO /// MYSOLAR
MARCEL LANGONE /// PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA
Marcel Langone is Project Manager in Solar Asset Management team at Solarplaza, with a particular focus on Latin American and Japanese PV markets. As a sustainable energy professional, he has experience in building physics and renewable energy systems. Marcel holds a Masters degree in Energy and Environmental Engineering from the University of Lisbon, having completed part of his studies at Utrecht University, in the Netherlands.
MARCEL LANGONE
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
KOSTIS TZANAKAKIS /// PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA
Konstantinos works as a project manager Solar Asset Management in Solarplaza, focusing on the European and the US markets. He is a sustainable energy professional with experience in evaluation of energy systems, business plan development and stakeholder engagement. Graduate of the Technical University of Eindhoven, the Netherlands having acquired a PDEng in Smart Energy Buildings & Cities and a MSc in Sustainable Energy Technology and also holds a Diploma of Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece.
KOSTIS TZANAKAKIS
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
HAJIME MORI /// PRESIDENT - CIEL TERRE JAPAN
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HAJIME MORI
PRESIDENT /// CIEL TERRE JAPAN
MARCO ALVES /// CO-FOUNDER & GENERAL MANAGER - MTX SOLAR
Marco has eighteen years of international experience in the management of assets, and operation and maintenance 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, integrating its full-service team for industrial assets.
Following this, Marco worked at Transdev-Veolia, focused on business and asset management for Light Rail networks in Europe.
In 2010 he became founder and global Head of Martifer Solar´s O&M and Service Business, driving the strategic direction while leading a team of more than 100 employees, where he became Executive Committee Member as the representative of O&M and, accumulated with the responsibility of leading the EPC global business in 2015, until leaving the company in 2017. Martifer Solar operated in more than 20 countries as a global reputed Developer, EPC turnkey provider and one of the most relevant O&M Global Service providers for Solar assets.
In 2018 he co-founded and integrated as General Manger the company MTX Solar - a provider of innovative solutions and services for the players of the solar industry, with own competences for the whole chain of value of Solar, present in two continents.
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
CO-FOUNDER & GENERAL MANAGER /// MTX SOLAR
JUN KASAMATSU /// CEO - AMP
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JUN KASAMATSU
CEO /// AMP
DAVID VALLEJO /// MANAGING DIRECTOR APAC - SOLARIG
David Vallejo Muñoz has 11 year-experience in the Solar Business Worldwide and heading Solarig Japan from 2012 to 2017. Achievements in Japan: (a) Development: > 40MW (b) EPC: 16,5MW built, EPC 22MW secured and other 25 MW per next year (c) O&M: 320MW contracted. Was 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 as Australia, ASEAN area among others.
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 trail runner and travel devotee, achieved full marathon under 3h40min.
DAVID VALLEJO
MANAGING DIRECTOR APAC /// SOLARIG
MATÍAS GALLEGO /// HEAD OF TECHNICAL ASSET MANAGEMENT, GLOBAL TEAM - VECTOR CUATRO
Gallego holds a degree in Physics from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Postgraduate in Physics of Complex Systems at the Universidad de Madrid. Matías Gallego has previous experience in R&D, engineering, counseling and consulting solar PV Projects. He has been involved at several levels in the development, design, implementation and maintenance of solar energy projects. From 2006 to 2009 he has developed his professional career in Isofoton, where he has held positions in the R & D, Construction of Facilities and Aftersales. From 2009 to the beginning of 2011 he has served as Technical Director of Isofoton Italy.
In 2011 he joined Langley Renewables, prior to the merger within Vector Cuatro group. He currently serves as Technical Manager for asset management services rendered by the Group worldwide.
MATÍAS GALLEGO
HEAD OF TECHNICAL ASSET MANAGEMENT, GLOBAL TEAM /// VECTOR CUATRO