StudentMA, PhD student Kenji Shiraishi

Ken­ji is a Ph.D. stu­dent with the Gold­man School of Pub­lic Pol­i­cy and a researcher in the Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Ener­gy Lab­o­ra­to­ry. His cur­rent research inter­ests include empir­i­cal stud­ies and quan­ti­ta­tive mod­el­ing on the effec­tive­ness of renew­able ener­gy poli­cies in devel­op­ing and devel­oped coun­tries for effec­tive deci­sion mak­ing. He is also inter­est­ed in devel­op­ing bet­ter tools for quan­ti­ta­tive assess­ment of the mul­ti­ple ben­e­fits of cli­mate poli­cies such as ener­gy access, job cre­ation, and tech­nol­o­gy devel­op­ment and transfer.

Ken­ji has more than 10 years of pro­fes­sion­al expe­ri­ences in the area of Japan’s and inter­na­tion­al envi­ron­men­tal poli­cies as a Deputy Direc­tor for Mar­ket-based Cli­mate Pol­i­cy of the Japan­ese Min­istry of the Envi­ron­ment, a Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of the Glob­al Envi­ron­ment Cen­tre Foun­da­tion, etc. For exam­ple, he has spear­head­ed and man­aged var­i­ous gov­ern­ment ener­gy incen­tive pro­grams for fund­ing ener­gy effi­cient and renew­able ener­gy projects in Japan as well as in South­east Asia and Africa under the Joint Cred­it­ing Mech­a­nism, bilat­er­al coop­er­a­tion scheme between 14 coun­tries and Japan­ese Gov­ern­ment. He has also ini­ti­at­ed and led inter­na­tion­al coop­er­a­tion ini­tia­tives on envi­ron­men­tal pol­i­cy plan­ning, capac­i­ty build­ing, and tech­nol­o­gy trans­fer focused on low-car­bon city devel­op­ment with Japan­ese munic­i­pal­i­ties for Ho Chi Minh City (Viet­nam), Vien­tiane (Lao PDR), and oth­er cities. He has nego­ti­at­ed at COP 18 and 19 of the UNFCCC as an inter­na­tion­al nego­tia­tor of the Japan­ese del­e­ga­tion on tech­nol­o­gy trans­fer. Out­side of envi­ron­men­tal poli­cies, he is a cre­ator and a lead­ing train­er of pol­i­cy analy­sis train­ing cours­es for Japan­ese pol­i­cy professionals.

He holds an MPP with the Smolen­sky Prize (the Best Advanced Pol­i­cy Analy­sis (master’s the­sis)) from UC Berke­ley, for which Dan Kam­men was his APA advi­sor.  Ken­ji has a MEng and a BEng in Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing from Uni­ver­si­ty of Tokyo.

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