SAKAMOTO, Toshiyuki
SAKAMOTO, Toshiyuki

Board Member, Director for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Unit
The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan or IEEJ

Mr. Sakamoto worked for policy planning and implementation on energy, climate change and industry competitiveness for 30 years at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry or METI, the Japanese Government. After leaving the METI, he engaged in renewable and hydrogen energy businesses at two private companies, and thereafter was appointed to the current position in June 2020.

< Academic Background >

April 2023 Visiting Professor, The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
1993 Master of Business Administration, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, US

April 1980 -
March 1986

The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Master of Engineering, 1986 (majored in civil engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering, 1984 (majored in civil engineering)

< Professional Career>

June 2020 Board Member, Director, the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan or IEEJ
May 2018 Government Relations Manager, AIR LIQUIDE Japan Ltd.
October 2016 Executive Advisor, Maeda Corporation
June 2016 Retired from Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry or METI
  June 2013: Deputy Director-General for Trade Policy
  July 2010: Director, Division for Paper Industry and Recreational Goods Industry
  July 2008: Director, Energy Efficiency Division
  August 2006: Senior Strategic Advisor, DTI (Dept. of Trade and Industry), the UK Government
  May 2003: Director, Global Environmental Affairs Office
April 1986 Joined Ministry of International Trade and Industry or MITI

Activities in abroad

  • 2020 and thereafter: Vice Chair, Committee on Energy Research and Technology or CERT, IEA
  • 2013 to 2016: RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) Chief Negotiator
  • 2013 to 2016: SEOM (Senior Economic Official Meeting of ASEAN) Leader representing Japan
  • 2013 to 2016: APEC Senior Official representing Japan
  • 2006 to 2008: Senior Strategic Advisor, Department of Trade and Industry or DTI, the UK Government
  • 2005 to 2006: Co-Chair, UNFCCC Mitigation Contact Group
  • 2004 to 2006: Chair, Climate Technology Initiative or CTI, IEA’s Implementing Agreement