Speakers

Takeshi Hikihara

Takeshi Hikihara arrived in Boston to take up his new post as Consul-General of Japan in Boston in January, 2011. Immediately prior to this posting, he served as Director-General of the Secretariat for the Japan APEC Meeting held in Yokohama in 2010. In that capacity he was responsible for preparations to host a year-long series of conferences for heads of state, ministers and high-ranking officials from the 21-member Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation. Consul General Hikihara entered Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1982, after graduating from the Faculty of Law at the University of Tokyo. During his 29-year career in the diplomatic service, he has served in the Embassies of Japan in Senegal, in the OECD in France, in the Embassies of Japan in South Korea and Russia, and in various posts in Japan, including the Prime Minister’s Office.

 

Hirotaka Takeuchi

Hirotaka Takeuchi is a Professor in the Strategy Unit at Harvard Business School, where he currently teaches the second-year elective course Knowledge-based Strategy and co-teaches the Microeconomics of Competitiveness course with University Professor Michael Porter. He received a BA from International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan and an MBA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Takeuchi's first faculty position at Harvard was in the Marketing Unit from 1976 to 1983 as an Assistant Professor and his second as a Visiting Professor teaching the Advanced Management Program in 1995-1996. From 1983 to 2010, he taught at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo and served as the Founding Dean of its business school, Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy, from 1998 to 2010. Prior to his academic career, he worked at McCann-Erickson in Tokyo and San Francisco and at McKinsey & Company in Tokyo.

 

Taiji Furusawa

Furusawa is a professor in the Graduate School of Economics at Hitotsubashi University. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Economics from Hitotsubashi University, and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published extensively on international trade theory, applied game theory, preferential trade agreements, and GATT/WTO. His recent publications have appeared in Theoretical Economics, Review of International Economics, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Labor Economics, and International Journal of Game Theory. He was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship, Kiyoshi Kojima Prize, JSPS Prize, and Japan Academy Medal. He currently belongs to the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at Harvard University as an Abe Fellow.

 

John Yoshinari

John Yoshinari, Chief Operating Officer, Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd, is currently responsible for HGNE's nuclear business in the US. He has been in the current position since the GE Hitachi Nuclear Alliance was formed back in 2007. His nuclear experience includes Japanese fast reactor programs, e.g., Prototype Fast Reactor MONJU and Demonstration Fast Reactor, nuclear fuel cycle area, e.g., Rokkasho nuclear fuel reprocessing plant, and the digitization technology development for nuclear design/engineering information. He was also involved deeply in planning and commercializing Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) though building the 4th (Shika 2) and 5th (Shimane 3) ABWR plants. His current interest and goal is to build nuclear power plants outside Japan, using Japanese technology and experience. He holds BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Tokyo and MS degree in Management Science from A. P. Sloan School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He currently lives and works in New Jersey.

 

Bruce Everett

Bruce M. Everett, Adjunct Associate Professor of International Business, specializes in global oil markets and international energy and environmental policy. He holds an A.B. from Princeton University and an MALD and PhD from The Fletcher School. After starting his career in the International Affairs Office of the US Department of Energy and its predecessor agencies between 1974 and 1980, he worked as an Executive for the ExxonMobil Corporation. His energy industry experiences include strategic planning, industry analysis and forecasting, coal mining and marketing, electric power management in China, natural gas project development in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, commercialization of advanced gas-to liquids technology and government relations. He retired from ExxonMobil in 2002 and now teaches a course on the international petroleum industry at The Fletcher School during the fall semester and at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service during the spring semester. He writes a popular weekly blog on energy at http:// bmeverett.wordpress.com/. He and his wife Kathy split their time between Washington, D.C. and Cape Cod and travel extensively, visiting often with their daughter in New York and son in Los Angeles.

 

James Platte

Jim Platte is a PhD candidate at the Fletcher School and a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow with the International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs for the 2011-12 academic year. Jim's dissertation research concerns the decision-making behind national nuclear fuel cycle policy in India, Japan, and South Korea. Previously, Jim was selected as a Roberts Scholar by the U.S. Department of Defense in 2008, and spent a year intensively studying Korean at Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea, followed by working as a counter proliferation analyst for 16 months. Prior to beginning the PhD program at Fletcher in 2006, he worked on the Highly Enriched Uranium Transparency Program for the U.S. Department of Energy, and he also has experience researching nuclear proliferation issues with the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control. He earned a MA in science, technology, and public policy from the George Washington University and a MS and BS in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan.

 

Partha Ghosh

Partha Ghosh, Visiting Professor of Strategic Management, is a renowned management consultant and policy advisor with an extensive record of solving strategic, operational and complex organizational issues in technology-based industries across dozen nations. He is currently in an advisory role with multiple organizations worldwide, and runs his own boutique advisory firm Partha S Ghosh & Associates focused on policy and strategic issues. Previously, Ghosh was a partner at McKinsey & Company. Ghosh has two advanced degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Master’s Degrees in (i) Chemical Engineering with emphasis on New Energy Systems & Biotechnologies, and (ii) Business Administration. He earned his Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering with honors at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kharagpur, India, and won the Institute medal as Number One graduating student of his class.

 

Kelly Sims Gallagher

Kelly Sims Gallagher is Associate Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy. She directs the Energy, Climate, and Innovation (ECI) research program in the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy’s (CIERP). She is also Senior Research Associate at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, where she previously directed the Energy Technology Innovation Policy (ETIP) research group. Broadly, she focuses on energy and climate policy in both the United States and China. She is particularly interested in the role of policy in spurring the development and deployment of cleaner and more efficient energy technologies, domestically and internationally. A Truman Scholar, she has a MALD and PhD in international affairs from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, and an A.B. from Occidental College. She speaks Spanish and basic Mandarin Chinese. She is the author of China Shifts Gears: Automakers, Oil, Pollution, and Development, editor of Acting in Time on Energy Policy, and numerous academic articles and policy reports.