RE Lecturers

Srikantha Herath
Senior Academic Programme Officer; Head of Global Change and Sustainability Section, UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace

Dr. Herath engages in research and education in water security, climate change and natural disaster risk reduction. His postgraduate teaching and research currently focuses on global change impacts on environmental processes, especially related to atmospheric process with applications in urban hydrology, flood forecasting, damage estimation, sediment transport and water cycle change assessment using physically based distributed hydrological modelling aided by Remote Sensing and GIS. He has more than 150 publications to his credit. Recent publications include, contributions to book chapters “Challenges for delta areas in copying with urban floods (2008, in Urban Water Francis and Taylor), Climate Change: Key Uncertainties and Robust Findings, and Urban Flood Risk Assessment (2010, in Urban Flood management, Francis and Taylor) and editing the series on Climate Change Adaptation (vol. 1-4, University Network on Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation Research, 2009-2010). In addition to various other current professional positions, he holds a position as Visiting Professor, Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), The University of Tokyo.

Akihiko Kondo
Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Chemical Science and Engineering, Kobe University, JAPAN

Professor Kondo got his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Kyoto University in 1988. He started his academic career at Department of Applied Chemistry, Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan as an associate professor. Then he moved Kobe University in 1995 and he was full professor in 2003. He has developed cell surface engineering and synthetic bioengineering as core technology, and promoted extensive research. In 2007, Kobe University established Biorefinery Center headed by A. Kondo as a director, and he is also leading the Biomass Engineering Program at RIKEN as a team leader from 2012. He also launched a big project “Innovative BioProduction Kobe” as vice director, which is supported by Special Coordination Funds for Promoting Science and Technology, Creation of Innovation Centers for Advanced Interdisciplinary Research Areas, MEXT, Japan. From 2010, A. Kondo was appointed as editor of the Journal of Biotechnology, associate editor of Biochemical Engineering Journal and editorial board members of several journals.

Arun Kumar
Chief Scientific Officer, Alternate Hydro Energy Centre, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, INDIA

Dr Arun Kumar a civil engineer with specialization in water resources and hydropower engineering by education is working at Alternate Hydro Energy Centre, Indian institute of Technology, Roorkee since 1981. His contribution in the field of small scale hydropower and environmental Management of Rivers and lakes is well recognized both within India as well as internationally. He graduated from IIT Roorkee, post graduated from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, PG diploma in Hydropower development from NTNU Norway and PhD from IIT Roorkee. He has over 31 year experience of research, development, extension and teaching experience in the area of small hydropower and other renewable energy sources. He led multidisciplinary expert team of the Institute working for environmental management of water bodies like rivers and lakes and renewable energy development. He is setting up a state of art R&D laboratory for hydraulic turbine along with other faculty using the green features. He is responsible for developing 31 National Standards/ guidelines for SHP development. He was appointed as Coordinating Lead Author (chapter 5 on Hydropower) for preparing Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources (SRREN) for Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – working group III during 2009–11. He has been involved as international expert in various UN sponsored projects on assessment of small hydropower and Capacity Building in Tanzania, Cambodia, Sudan and Indonesia as well as for Iran. He developed and worked with international institutional collaborators from Canada, UK, Norway, Nepal, Rwanda, Equatorial Guinea and Sri Lanka. He has authored/contributed 113 Research Papers (including 39 invited), 13 National, Books/ Guidelines. He is member of ASCE, ASME, AWWA and Life Fellow of IE(I), IWWA, IWRS, HIS and SESI.

Sivanappan Kumar
Professor, Energy Field of Study, School of Environment, Resources and Development, Asian Institute of Technology, THAILAND

Prof. Sivanappan Kumar received his B. Eng (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering from Government College of Technology, University of Madras, India; Master of Engineering (Energy Technology) from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand; and Ph.D from Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, France. He was Reader at the Madurai Kamaraj University, India, and Program Research Fellow of the International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP) at the University of Ancona, Italy. He joined AIT as Assistant Professor in 1995, and currently is Professor in the same institute. He served as Dean of the School of Environment, Resources and Development at AIT during 2005 – August 2009. Prof. Kumar teaches, carries out research, training, and outreach in the areas of renewable energy resource and technologies, climate change and green house gas mitigation, solar energy, cleaner production, and energy and sustainable development. He has/is supervised more than eighty masters and fifteen doctoral students, published more than forty book chapters/monographs; more than seventy five international peer reviewed articles, presented more than sixty papers in conferences, seminars and workshops, and more than thirty key note lectures. At AIT, he also has carried out more than sixty sponsored research projects, including equipment testing and capacity building programmes

Eric Martinot
Senior Research Director, Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies, JAPAN

Dr. Eric Martinot is an internationally recognized speaker, writer, and teacher on the subject of renewable energy. He is report author of the just-released REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report, and was lead author until 2010 of the REN21 Renewables Global Status Report, an annual synthesis produced since 2005. He currently serves as senior research director with the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies in Tokyo and teaching fellow with Victoria University of Wellington. He also maintains research affiliations with the Worldwatch Institute, Tsinghua University, and the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association, and is chairperson of the World Council for Renewable Energy and editorial board member of the journal Energy Policy. He was formerly a senior energy specialist with the World Bank and program manager for the Global Environment Facility. He has written 70 publications since 1990 and holds degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mazlin Mokhtar
Director, Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI), National University of Malaysia (UKM), MALAYSIA

Prof. Dr. Mazlin bin Mokhtar is a professor of environmental chemistry at UKM, where he has been with the Faculty of Science and Technology. He is a Principal Fellow as well as Director of the Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI), UKM. He holds a Ph.D. in analytical and environmental chemistry from the University of Queensland, Australia. He is a member of the UKM Senate and Former Country Manager of the Malaysian Capacity Building for Integrated Water Resources Management, IWRM. He is Chairman for the Regional Sustainable Development Research Niche of UKM and currently is leading the Environmental Protection and Community Well-being for a Sustainable Langkawi project. He was chairman of the Working Group on Biodiversity & Environmental Management (involving NRE, BP, WWF-Malaysia, British Council, Ministry of Education).

Kamaruzzaman Sopian
Director and Professor of Renewable Energy, Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI), National University of Malaysia (UKM), MALAYSIA

Prof. Dr. Kamaruzzaman Bin Sopian obtained his BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985, MSc in Energy Resources from the University of Pittsburgh in 1989 and PhD. in Mechanical Engineering from the Dorgan Solar Laboratory, University of Miami in 1997. He is presently the Professor in Renewable Energy at the Department of Mechanical and Material Engineering, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Currently, he is the Director of the Solar Energy Research Institute, a center of excellence for the research and development in solar energy technology. He has been involved in the field of solar energy for more than twenty years. His main contributions are in solar radiation modeling, alternative material for solar absorber, solar water heating system with integrated storage system, solar desalination, solar cooling, daylighting using solar light pipes, solar assisted drying systems, grid-connected photovoltaic system, thin film silicon solar cells, combined photovoltaic thermal or hybrid collector and solar hydrogen production system. He has published over 400 research papers in journals and conferences. He has delivered keynotes speeches at national and international conferences on renewable energy. He is the founding member of the Malaysian Institute of Energy, member of the World Renewable Energy Network based in the United Kingdom and is an associate editor of the Renewable Energy and Sustainable Cities and Society published by Elsevier Ltd. He heads several national subcommittees on renewable energy by the Malaysian government to promote awareness, market enhancement, policy studies and the applications renewable energy.

Kazuhiko Takeuchi
Vice-Rector, United Nations University (UNU); Director, UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP), Tokyo

Kazuhiko Takeuchi is a Vice-Rector of United Nations University, the Deputy Executive Director of the Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), and a Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Tokyo. He has served, inter alia, as the President of the Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture, a special member of the National Land Development extensive practical experience in community development and local capacity building for disaster risk management as a team leader of various sustainable community development initiatives in Indonesia.Council, a member of the Central Environment Council, and a member of the Food, Agriculture and Rural Area Policies Council, Government of Japan, Editor-in-Chief of the journal Sustainability Science (Springer). Educated and trained as a geographer and landscape ecologist at the University of Tokyo, he engages in research and education on creating eco-friendly environments for a harmonious coexistence of people and nature, especially focusing on Asia and Africa. He is keenly interested in the restoration of ecosystems and effective utilization of environmental resources in Japan, a good example being the revitalization of traditional rural landscapes locally called Satoyama. His recent publications include Satoyama-Traditional Rural Landscape of Japan (co-edited, Springer, 2003), Rebuilding the relationship between people and nature: The Satoyama Initiative. (Ecological Research, 25, 891-897, 2010), Sustainability Science: Designing Our Future, Climate Change and Global Sustainability (co-edited, United Nations University, 2011).

Ir Tumiran
Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia

Ir. Tumiran is Dean of Faculty of Engineering in Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia. He specializes in electrical power engineering and production and information sciences. Prof. Tumiran leads various research projects and engages in government’s development planning especially relating to energy sector. He is also deeply involved in reconstruction planning for the Merapi Volcano Eruption Disaster, which occurred in 2011.

Pri Utami
Director of Geothermal Research Center and Senior Lecturer on Geothermal Geoscience and Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Gadjah Mada University (UGM), INDONESIA

Dr. Pri Utami is an Associate Professor in Geothermal Geoscience and Technology at UGM, currently holding a position as the Director of Geothermal Research Centre, Faculty of Engineering UGM and an Adjunct Lecturer in Geothermal Geoscience for Geothermal Institute, The University of Auckland, New Zealand. She represents Indonesia in the International Geothermal Association (IGA) as a member of Program and Planning Committee. Dr. Utami’s research focuses on the fluid-rock interaction processes and the study of time-space changes of active geothermal systems. Her lectures comprise of the geology geothermal systems and the characteristics of their reservoirs, as well as the application of geoscientific approach in exploring and developing geothermal fields.

Tomoaki Utsunomiya
Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Earth Resources Engineering, Kyoto University, JAPAN

Dr. Tomoaki Utsunomiya engages in research and education in structural mechanics and marine engineering, with a focus on offshore wind and marine renewable energies. He is leading the floating offshore wind turbine demonstration project funded by Ministry of the Environment. His will is to contribute to the mitigation of Climate Change, through the realization of floating offshore wind turbines, which opens up utilization of vast amount of offshore wind energy.

Weerzin Wandjiraniran
Energy Research Institute (ERI), Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University

Itaru Yasui
Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo, JAPAN