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