Speakers Biography Japan Business Forum @Singapore International
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Speakers Biography: Japan Business Forum @Singapore International Water Week 2009 Mr. Chua Taik Him Deputy Chief Executive Officer, International Enterprise Singapore Mr Chua Taik Him is currently the Deputy Chief Executive Officer in International Enterprise Singapore (IE Singapore). Prior to joining IE Singapore, he was the Assistant Managing Director in charge of Enterprise Development and Asia Pacific Operations in the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). He also held appointments as director of Industry Development Division, director of International Business Development Division and assistant managing director in charge of Enterprise Ecosystems & Planning. He obtained his B Engineering (Electronics) from the University of Tokyo Japan in 1977 under the Singapore Government’s Public Service Commission Overseas Merit Scholarship and MBA from the University of Toronto, Canada in 1983 under the University of Toronto Master Scholarship. Mr Chua is also a graduate of Harvard Business School 1999 Advanced Management Programme (AMP). Prior to joining the EDB, he worked as a Systems Engineer in Mindef and a Corporate Planner in Telecommunication Authority of Singapore. He was based in the Singapore Embassy in Tokyo from 1984 to 1992 as Economic Counsellor. He was awarded the Public Administration Award (Silver) in 1993 and Public Administration Award (Gold) in 2007. Dr. Kotaro Takemura Secretary General, Japan Water Forum and Water Security Council of Japan Dr. Takemura joined the Ministry of Construction in 1970. He took the position of Director-General, Kinki Regional Construction Bureau and of Director-General, River Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. He has been the President of the Foundation for Riverfront Improvement and Restoration since 2004 and Secretary General of the Japan Water Forum since June, 2006. Dr. Yoshiaki Nakamura Director, Ministry of Trade, Economy and Industry Dr. Nakamura obtained his Master of Engineering at the Graduate School of Waseda University in 1987 and he then joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI). He also obtained his Master of Science at Stanford University in 1996 and his Ph.D. at Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2001. He served as Director of the Kanto Bureau, METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) from 2002, as Director of the Environmental Industries Office at METI from 2004, and as Senior Coordinator for Advanced Cargo Transport Systems Promoter at the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT). He has served as Director of Environmental Protection Guidance Office at METI since 2007. Mr. Takashi Hongo, Special Advisor and Head of Environment Finance Engineering Department, Japan Bank for International Cooperation Mr. Hongo joined the Export-Import Bank of Japan and has taken the current position since 2006. He has been helping develop new frontiers, such as carbon trading market in Japan including Carbon Credit Trading Platform, Nikkei-JBIC Carbon Price Quotation, and Market Approach Adaptation in addition to engaging in financing operations for GHG emission reduction projects. He proposed ‘Energy Efficiency Target and Environment Finance’ for promoting low carbon investment. He contributes numbers of committees and task forces in Climate Change and energy field. Dr. Masaru Kurihara Chairman of Consultative Committee, Global Water Recycle System Association Japan / Executive Advisor, Toray Industries, Inc. Dr. Kurihara is Advisor to Toray Industries, Inc. He graduated from Gunma University, Technical Department, Applied Chemistry in 1963 and obtained his doctor degree of dissertation at the University of Tokyo in 1970. He Joined Toray Industries, Inc and was registered as a research fellow in 1992. He assumes the position of senior director and has been the advisor since 2006. He presently also serves as Director of International Desalination Association (IDA), President of Asia Pacific Desalination Association (APDA), President of Japan Desalination Association (JDA) and Managing Director of Japan, Membrane Separation Association (APDA). Mr. Yoshichika Terasawa, Managing Director of JETRO Singapore Mr. Terasawa joined JETRO in 1973. He was assigned at overseas offices in Chicago and Toronto and has been at the present position since September 2006. At JETRO Headquarters in Tokyo, he took the position of Director-General, Trade Fair Department and has been involving many international exhibitions and world expositions both Japan and abroad including the Secretary-General of Japan Pavilion, Hannover Expo 2000, Germany. He served for several committees as an expert in the international exhibitions, design, and MICE events including the Expert Committee Member on the Grand Egyptian Museum.