Hironori Hamanaka is Chair of Board of Directors at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and was teaching at Keio University as a Professor, when he took up his current position at IGES in 2007. Previous to this, he served as the Vice-Minister for Global Environmental Affairs until 2004 as well as other important positions at the Ministry of the Environment, Japan.
While serving with the Government of Japan, he 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 served as a Co-chair of the Compliance Committee under the Kyoto Protocol and the Chair of its Facilitative Branch from 2006 to 2008.
At Keio University, he focused on the development of national environmental policies as well as international climate policies, and lessons learned from the development and implementation of these policies. He played a leading role in developing and implementing a Master’s Course programme designed to provide students with an opportunity to acquire the professional knowledge and skills for developing and implementing low-carbon policies, programs and projects.
Currently, Professor Hamanaka is a member of the Asian Development Bank President’s Advisory Group on Climate Change and Sustainable Development, and is also on Wuppertal Institute’s International Advisory Board, as well as serving as Chair of the SDSN Japan Council.
He gained a B.A. in Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1967.
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan