Speaker's Profile 

Kazuhiko Takeuchi

President, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

Takeuchi is President of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES). He specializes in landscape ecology, landscape planning, and sustainability science. He engages in research and outreach activities related to creating eco-friendly environments for a harmonious coexistence of people and nature, especially focusing on Asia and Africa. Recently, he has been working toward establishing a global foundation for developing the field of sustainability science aiming to build a sustainable society.

He obtained his M.Agr. and PhD from the Graduate School of Agriculture, the University of Tokyo. He served as an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Agriculture, the University of Tokyo; a Professor at the Asian Natural Environmental Science Center, the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Science at the University of Tokyo; and as Director and Professor, Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S) at the University of Tokyo.

Takeuchi also served as a Vice-Rector and Senior Vice-Rector at the United Nations University from 2008 to 2016 and as an Assistant Secretary-General at the United Nations from 2013 to 2016. From 2016, he has served as a Senior Visiting Professor at the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS). He has been Director and a Project Professor of IR3S at the University of Tokyo since 2017.

He took his position as President of IGES in July 2017. He has served, inter alia, as a Vice-President of the Science Council of Japan, Chair of the Central Environmental Council, Government of Japan, and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Sustainability Science (Springer Nature).