Plenary SpeakerTuesday, August 18, 10:50 – 12:00 (Main Hall)

Ken Koyama

Chief Economist and Managing Director, Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ)


Dr. Ken KOYAMA is Chief Economist and Managing Director at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ). He has also been a Professor at the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo since 2010.

Dr. Koyama joined the IEEJ in 1986 as an Economist in the Oil Group. Since then, he has held various roles at the IEEJ including Senior Economist in the World Oil & Energy Group (1992), Head of the World Oil & Energy Group (1997) and Senior Research Fellow, Energy Strategy Unit (2005).

He was awarded a B.A. in Economics in 1982 from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, an M.A. in Economics in 1986 from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, and a PhD in 2001 from the University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland. His PhD thesis was on Japan's energy strategies towards the Middle East.

Dr. Koyama's specialized fields of research are energy security issues and the geopolitics of energy, and analysis of global energy markets and policy developments with an emphasis on the Asia Pacific region.

He has served as a committee member of energy policy-related councils and advisory committees of the Japanese government on numerous occasions. He has written and published many papers and articles on energy issues and is a frequent speaker at international conferences.