- Director, Energy Policy, GE Japan
Emi Mizuno is theDirector of Government Affairs and Policy (Energy Policy) at General Electric (GE) Japan.
Previously she was Manager in the Energy and Resource Division at Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting in Tokyo . She advised both public sector and private sector to navigate the current turbulent situation in the electricity sector in Japan after the Fukushima accident.
Emi was a Senior Researcher at the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF), which was established to advance renewables in Japan at the wake of the massive earthquake, Tsunami and the Fukushima Nuclear Accident in 2011.
She specializes in clean energy technology policy. She is particularly interested in analysis and development of effective public policy, international collaborations and public-private partnerships to advance clean energy technology development-diffusion dynamics and build national / business competitiveness based on it.
While she was a doctoral candidate, Emi was also a Research Fellow at the Energy Technology Innovation Policy group at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. At MIT and Harvard, she finalized her doctoral research regarding Danish and German wind energy technology development and their technology transfer experiences to India.
She joined the Energy Technology Policy Division at the International Energy Agency in Paris, where Emi was the main author of Research, Development and Demonstration Chapter of Energy Technology Perspectives 2008. From February 2009 to December 2010, she worked as research associate at the Judge Business School in University of Cambridge. Prior to joining the JREF in August 2011, she completed a project for the Australian Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency as a Project Manager at the Climate Strategies.
Emi is a Japanese national, holding a bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Planning from Kobe University in Japan and a master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Development from University of California at Berkeley. She holds a PhD degree in Technology and Public Policy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Prior to attending MIT, she worked as urban designer and planner in the United States, involving various US Federal government projects (the FBI Laboratory relocation, the United States Embassies in Kenya, Tanzania, Croatia and Seoul, and the United States Mint Headquarters, etc.) and private development projects (the National Air and Space Museum Dulles Center for the Smithsonian Institute, Raleigh-Durham Research Triangle Park Master Plan, and Chevy Chase Metro Station Area Redevelopment, etc.). Such urban developments along with energy policy analysis and international development study experiences give her unique perspectives to consider energy system as a part of sustainable economic, social and physical development.