What’s ICEF?

Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) is a platform of wisdom for discussing among industry-academia-government leaders around the world in order to promote “INNOVATION”, the key to solving global warming.
Since 2014, the ICEF Annual Meeting has been held every year by the Government of Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan.

Distinguished experts from industry, academia and governments are gathered to engage in lively discussions and explore innovation-based solutions to address climate change, the most pressing challenge facing the 21st Century.

ICEF hopes to share the latest knowledge with the world, increase public awareness of the threat of climate change, and to facilitate a change in behaviour. ICEF is taking into consideration gender equality and youth engagement based on the awareness that diversity is the origin of innovation.

Steering Committee

Tanaka Nobuo (Chair)
TANAKA Nobuo (Chair)

Chair, Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF)
Steering Committee;
Former Executive Director, International
Energy Agency (IEA)

Adnan Z. Amin
Adnan Z. Amin

Senior Research Fellow, Belfer Center
for Science and International Affairs,
Harvard University’s Kennedy School
of Government;
Director General Emeritus, IRENA;
Senior Adviser to COP 28 President

Sally M. Benson
Sally M. Benson

Deputy Director and Chief Strategist
for the Energy Transition,
White House Office of Science
and Technology Policy

Georg Erdmann
Georg Erdmann

Retired Professor for Energy Systems,
Berlin University of Technology;
President of the Board, KSB Energie AG, Berlin

Eija-Riitta Korhola
Eija-Riitta Korhola

Delegate of the Consultative Commission
on Industrial Change;
Advisor in the EU Affairs

Kuroda Reiko

Designated Professor,
Frontier Research Institute,
Chubu University;
Professor Emeritus,
The University of Tokyo;
Member, G7 Germany GEAC
(Gender Equality Advisory Council)

Hoesung Lee
Hoesung Lee

Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC);
Endowed Chair Professor, Graduate School of
Energy and Environment, Korea University

Richard K. Lester
Richard K. Lester

Associate Provost,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Vikram Singh Mehta
Vikram Singh Mehta

Chairman, Center for Social and Economic
Progress (CSEP) Research Foundation

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Jon Moore
Jon Moore

Chief Executive Officer,

Valli Moosa
Valli Moosa

Head of the South African
Presidential Climate Commission;
Former President of the International Union
for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN)

Nebojsa Nakicenovic
Nebojsa Nakicenovic

Vice Chair of the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors (GCSA)
to the European Commission;
Emeritus Scholar, International Institute
for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA);
Emeritus Professor of Energy Economics,
Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien)

David Sandalow
David Sandalow

Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy,
Columbia University;
Co-Director, Energy and
Environment Concentration,
School of International and Public Affairs,
Columbia University

Ismail Serageldin
Ismail Serageldin

Emeritus Librarian of Alexandria;
Founding Director of the Library of Alexandria

Vaclav Smil
Vaclav Smil

Distinguished Professor Emeritus,
University of Manitoba

Changhua Wu
Changhua Wu

China Director, Office of Jeremy Rifkin;
Executive Director, Professional Association for
China’s Environment;
Chief Strategist, CN Innovation;
Vice Chair, Governing Council, Asia Pacific Water Forum

Yamaji Kenji

Research Institute of Innovative Technology
for the Earth (RITE);
Professor Emeritus,
The University of Tokyo