Experts for UN Climate Change meeting in Bangkok, Thailand (31 March to 4 April 2008)

The following experts have agreed to speak to the media about the Bangkok Climate Change meeting. Please email ResearchSEA [email protected] for their contact details.

Prof. Ram Shrestha is professor of Energy, Environmental Policy and Energy Economics at the Asian Institute of Technology. Some of his current research involvement is in Greenhouse Gas Mitigation and Energy Efficiency Improvements, Acid Rain and Emission Reduction in Asia, Perspective Energy Planning of Nepal and Integrated Resource Planning and Environmental Implications. On Monday, 31st March Prof. Shrestha will be at the Climate Change meeting. In the Bali Climate Change meeting last December, Prof. Shrestha presented a paper on “Carbon emissions and mitigations: Lessons from cross-city analyses in Asia”

Prof. Sudip Rakshit is Vice President for Research and Professor of Food Engineering Biotechnology at the Asian Institute of Technology. On Tuesday, 1st April Prof. Rakshit will be at the Climate Change meeting.

Dr Rex Cruz from University of the Philippines Los Banos recently wrote a paper “IPCC report on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerabilities in Asia: Implications to Southeast Asia”. A synthesis of this paper can be found at

Hironori Hamanaka is a Professor at Keio University. Before joining Keio University, he was the Vice-Minister for Global Environmental Affairs at the Ministry of the Environment. He served with the Government of Japan for more than 35 years, mostly in the field of environmental policies, before he left in 2004. Over the last 9 years, he has devoted his administrative career to intergovernmental negotiations in areas including: the Kyoto Protocol and its implementing rules; major agreements in the field of sustainable development, such as the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation agreed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002; and the development of national policies to implement international agreements, most notably the Kyoto Protocol. Based on his professional career, he was elected and serves as a Co-chair of the Compliance Committee under the Kyoto Protocol and the Chair of its Facilitative Branch.

Prof Hitoshi Hayami works on life cycle assessments using environmental input-output tables and econometric models on Japan-China E3 (Environment, Energy and Economy) or econometric analysis on Japanese labour market especially working hours. He is leading environment projects in Keio Economic Observatory, including the Keio Afforestation CDM project (Small-scale Afforestation for Desertification Combating at Kangping County, Liaoning Province, China) and acting as a consultant to the Ministries and the research institutes.

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