- Time and Date: 14:00-17:00, Thursday, December 6, 2018 (Registration starts at 13:30)
- Venue: Tekko Executive Lounge & Conference Rooms (4th floor Tekko Building South Tower 1-8-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
- Host: Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI), Australian National University (ANU), Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)
NAKAJIMA Atsushi (Chairman, RIETI)
Prior to his current position, Atsushi Nakajima served as Senior Managing Executive Officer & Chief Economist, Mizuho Research Institute, Ltd. (2004-2011); Executive Officer, Chief Economist & General Manager of Research Division, Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd. & Executive Officer, Chief Economist of Mizuho Research Institute, Ltd. (2003-2004); Chief Economist of Mizuho Research Institute, Ltd. & Chief Economist & General Manager of Research Division, Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd. (2002-2003); Chief Economist & General Manager, Research Department, Head Office, the Industrial Bank of Japan Ltd.(IBJ); President, Banque IBJ (France) S.A.; Senior Deputy General Manager, Industrial Research Department, Head Office, IBJ; Senior Manager, International Finance Department, Head Office, IBJ.
Mr. Nakajima graduated from the University of Tokyo with a B.A. in Faculty of Law.
MATSUO Takehiko (Director-General for Trade Policy, METI)
Mr. Takehiko Matsuo has been working as Director General for Trade Policy since August 2017. He has 30 years of experience working for the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in Japan and has been involved in energy policy issues throughout most of his career. He served as Secretary General of the Electricity and Gas Market Surveillance Commission (EGC) since its establishment in September 2015 and led the Secretariat to contribute to the successful and full liberalization of the electricity and gas retail market in Japan, as well as the launch of transmission and distribution charge system reform. He also served as Director, General Policy Division of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy and contributed to METI's decision-making regarding the Energy Supply and Demand Outlook for 2030, which provided fundamental mid-term policy guidance for Japan's energy policies. From 2013 to 2014, as Director, Budget and Accounts Division, he drafted METI's budget. Previously, he held the position of Counsellor of the Cabinet Secretariat from 2010 to 2012 and oversaw the Japanese government's decision to start negotiations with TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement) member countries to join the TPP. In addition, he supervised the adjustment of electricity supply and demand in eastern Japan in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. From 2008 to 2010 he served as Special Adviser to the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris and contributed to the IEA's input to the G8 Summit in 2008. Mr. Matsuo graduated from the University of Tokyo with a degree in Law and from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, with a Master's in International Public Policy.
Mari PANGESTU (Former Minister of Trade, Republic of Indonesia / Professor, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Indonesia)
Dr. Mari Pangestu served as Indonesia's Minister of Trade from 2004 to 2011, and as Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy from 2011 until October 2014.
Dr. Pangestu obtained her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Australian National University and her PhD from the University of California, Davis, where she specialized in macroeconomics, and international trade and finance.
She has acquired vast experience over 25 years in academia, second-track processes, international organizations and government, working in areas related to international trade and investment in the multilateral, regional, and domestic setting. As Minister of Trade she played an active role in the WTO; initiated various Ministers of Trade meetings; and provided leadership in regional cooperation at ASEAN in 2011, and at APEC. Before becoming Minister, from 1987 to 2003, she provided policy advice on international trade and investment issues, political economy of reforms, and sustainable development issues. She is currently Professor of International Economics at the Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia and is on the Board of Directors of the Center of Strategic and International Studies, Indonesia's leading think tank.
David GRUEN (Deputy Secretary (Economic), Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet / G20 Sherpa, Australian Government)
Dr. David Gruen is the Deputy Secretary, Economic at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and Australia's G20 Sherpa. Before joining the Department in September 2014, he was Executive Director of Macroeconomic Group at the Australian Treasury.
He joined the Treasury in January 2003. Before joining the Treasury in 2003, he was Head of Economic Research Department at the Reserve Bank of Australia from May 1998 to December 2002.
Before joining the Reserve Bank, he worked as a research scientist in the Research School of Physical Sciences at the Australian National University.
With financial support from a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship, he was visiting lecturer in the Economics Department and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University from August 1991 to June 1993. He holds PhD degrees in physiology from Cambridge University, England and in economics from the Australian National University.
KIMURA Fukunari (Chief Economist, ERIA / Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Faculty of Economics, Keio University)
Fukunari KIMURA has been Professor, Faculty of Economics, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan since 2000 and Chief Economist, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), Jakarta, Indonesia since 2008. He received his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Tokyo in 1982 and M.S. and Ph.D. from the Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990 and 1991. He worked for the Department of Economics, State University of New York at Albany as Assistant Professor in 1991-1994, and the Faculty of Economics, Keio University as Associate Professor in 1994-2000. He majors in international trade and development economics. In particular, he has recently worked on international production networks, economic integration, and the digital economy in East Asia. His recent writings include "Deepening and Widening of Production Networks in ASEAN," Asian Economic Papers, 16(1), 2017: 1-27 (co-authored), "Unbundling Regimes and Development Strategies in ASEAN: Old Issues and New Challenges." Journal of Southeast Asian Economies, 35(1), 2018: 13-21, and "Measuring the Usage of Preferential Tariffs in the World." Review of World Economics, 154(4), 2018: 705-723 (co-authored).
Shiro ARMSTRONG (Visiting Scholar, RIETI / Director, Australia-Japan Research Centre, ANU)
Shiro Armstrong is an economist and Fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University. He is Director of the Australia-Japan Research Centre, Editor of the East Asia Forum, Director of the Asian Bureau of Economic Research and Research Associate at the Center on Japanese Economy and Business at the Columbia Business School. Dr. Armstrong took his PhD in Economics from the Australian National University and has been visitor to Tokyo University, Peking University, Harvard University and Columbia University. He is Head of the Secretariat for the Pacific Trade and Development (PAFTAD) conference series. His publications include 5 edited books, numerous peer-reviewed journals including in the World Economy, Asian Economic Journal, Foreign Affairs and Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, and is a regular contributor to the opinion pages of the Australian Financial Review.
Panelists (in alphabetical order)
Lurong CHEN (Economist, ERIA)
Dr. Lurong Chen obtained his PhD Degree (International Economics) at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. His research interests include digital economy, Asian regionalism, global value chains, trade in services, and IPRs. He is also working on FTAs, the Chinese economy, and RCEP negotiation. Before joining ERIA, Dr. Chen was a Research Fellow at the United Nations University. His recent writings include 'Markets Matter: The Potential of Intra-Regional Trade in ASEAN and Its Implications for Asian Regionalism' Asian Economic Papers, 16(2), pp.1-19, Chen, L., De Lombaerde, P. & L. Cuyvers (2017), 'Developing Asia in the Era of Cross-border E-commerce' ERIA Working Papers DP-2017-11, Chen, L. (2017), and 'E-Commerce as Asia's New Growth Engine'. ERIA Working Papers PB-2017-02, Kimura, F. & L. Chen (2017).
ONODERA Osamu (Deputy Director-General for Trade Policy, METI)
Osamu ONODERA currently holds the position of Deputy Director-General for Trade Policy, of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Government of Japan (GOJ), where he covers trade issues related to the G20 Ministerial Meeting on Trade and Digital (Tsukuba).
Prior to his current office, he held such positions as Counselor, Intellectual Property Strategy Office, Cabinet Office (2016-2018); Principal Director (2015-2016) and Director, Rules and WTO Compliance (2013-2015) in the Multilateral Trade System Department, METI; and Chief Representative of the Silicon Valley Office of NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization) (2010-2013). Mr. Onodera has a strong background in trade and energy policies, developed during his more than 25 years' work experience for the Japanese government. From 2005-2008, he worked at OECD as a Senior Trade Policy Analyst.
Mr. Onodera holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Tokyo and a Master of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
TODO Yasuyuki (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Faculty of Political Science and Economics Waseda University)
Yasuyuki Todo received a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University in 2000. Before the current job, he worked for Tokyo Metropolitan University, the University of Tokyo, and others. His research fields are international economics, development economics, and the Japanese economy, particularly focusing on effects of economic and social networks on economic development and resilience. He has published many papers in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Industrial Economics, World Development, World Economy, Research Policy, Journal of Regional Science, and Ecological Economics. He has also published several books in Japanese for non-academic audience.