The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan

Distinguished Fellows

We invited experts who are widely recognized and renowned for their research contributions and experience in the fields of energy and/or environment to each assume a Distinguished Fellow post to promote research activities which address the common challenges the global community is facing in the energy arena.

Ms. Joan MacNaughton
Chair of the Board, The Climate Group
Ms. MacNaughton chairs The Climate Group and the International Advisory Board of the New Energy Coalition, and is a Non Executive Director of En+ Group plc., and of Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited. She sits or has sat on several other boards in the academic, public and corporate sectors, and the Advisory Boards of the Grantham Institute, the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, and Engie UK plc. She is one time Vice Chair of the UN High Level Panel on the CDM, former Chair of the Governing Board of the IEA, and a former Director General of Energy in the UK Government.
Dr. Kenneth Medlock III

Senior Director, Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University, US
Dr. Medlock, III is the James A. Baker, III and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute, co-director of the Master of Energy Economics program, and adjunct professor in Economics and Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is Distinguished Fellow at IEEJ and on the Advisory Board of the Payne Institute at Colorado School of Mines. He has published numerous articles, has testified multiple times on Capitol Hill, has spoken at OPEC, and frequently speaks at venues around the world. He has received several awards for scholarly achievements, most recently the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award for the Advancement of Education for Future Energy Leaders from the Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah Foundation. He is a member of the AEA and NPC. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Rice University in May 2000.

Dr. Tatiana Mitrova
Research Director, Energy Center, Skolkovo Business School, Russia
She has twenty years of experience in dealing with the development of Russian and global energy markets, including production, transportation, demand, energy policy, pricing and market restructuring. She is leading annual “Global and Russian Energy Outlook Up To 2040” project. She is a scientific advisor at the Energy Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (ERI RAS), research scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, and senior visiting research fellow of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES).
Prof. Roger Pielke Jr.

Professor, Environmental Studies Program, University of Colorado Boulder, US
He founded and served as Director of the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado Boulder from 2001 to 2007 and from 2013 to 2016. He was a visiting scholar at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School in the 2007-2008 academic year. His interests include understanding the politicization of science; decision making under uncertainty; policy education for scientists in areas such as climate change, disaster mitigation, energy policy; and sports governance.

Prof. Jonathan Stern
Distinguished Research Fellow and Founder Natural Gas Research Programme, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, UK
Professor Jonathan Stern is a Distinguished Research Fellow and founder of the Natural Gas Research Programme at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES). He holds professorships at the University of Dundee and Imperial College, London; and fellowships at the Energy Delta Institute and the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan.
Prof. Paul Stevens
Associate Fellow, Chatham House, UK, Emeritus Professor, University of Dundee, UK

Educated as an economist and as a specialist on the Middle East at Cambridge and SOAS; 1973-1979 teaching at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon; 1979-93 at the University of Surrey. Between 1993 and 2008, he was Professor of Petroleum Policy and Economics at the University of Dundee, Scotland, a chair created by BP. He is an expert in the international petroleum industry, economic development in the Gulf and energy economics.

Mr. Nobuo Tanaka
Special Advisor, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Mr. Tanaka has decades of experience with energy and finance since he joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI; presently METI) in 1973. He has also worked for Japanese Embassy in Washington, D.C., and OECD. He served as Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) from 2007 to 2011. Joined IEEJ as Global Associate in 2011. Since 2020, he holds current position. He holds MBA from Case Western Reserve University, US.
Prof. Gerry Thomas
Professor of Molecular Pathology, Imperial College London / Director, Chernobyl Tissue Bank
Prof. Gerry Thomas is Professor of Molecular Pathology at Imperial College London and the Director of the Chernobyl Tissue Bank (CTB). The CTB was established in 1998 to facilitate research, in cooperation with Belarussian, Ukrainian and Russian scientists, into the biological mechanism that are involved in development of thyroid cancer following a nuclear power plant accident. Since the Fukushima accident in 2011, she has been engaged in public communication of the real health risks of energy production, including exposure to low doses of radiation from nuclear accidents.
Mr. Wim Thomas
Former Chief Energy Advisor in Shell, Netherlands

Mr. Thomas was part of Shell’s Scenarios Team, which is part of the Group Corporate Strategy Department. He lead a team responsible for worldwide energy analysis and long-term global energy scenarios, and advised Shell’s Executive Committee and the Board and its businesses on a wide range of energy issues, including oil & gas markets and pricing, global supply & demand for all energies, regulations, energy policy and industry structure. He has been with the Shell group of companies for over 35 years, with prior international positions in drilling operations, subsurface reservoir management, upstream commercial and regulatory affairs in gas. Presently, he is a non-executive director at MARIN, a world leading maritime research institute in the Netherlands, and on the Advisory Board of the Buccaneer, an accelerator for innovation on sustainable energy in the maritime sector. He is a Fellow of the Energy Institute of the UK and Distinguished Fellow of the IEEJ. He is a former Chairman of The UK National Committee of the World Petroleum Council and of the British Institute of Energy Economics. Wim holds a postgraduate degree in Maritime Technology, Delft University, The Netherlands.

Mr. Mitsutsune Yamaguchi
Special Advisor, Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE)

Mr. Yamaguchi’s previous position include Visiting Professor/Project Professor, University of Tokyo (2006–2015) and Professor of Economics, Keio University (1996-2004). Prior to this, he was Senior General Manager at Tokio Marine & Fire Insurance Co., Ltd. He served in numerous positions on committees and councils related Climate Change and Environmental issues such as a Lead Author of IPCC Working Group III.