E15 Experts are leading thinkers and practitioners from developed and developing countries reflecting a wide range of perspectives on trade and sustainable development. The experts’ participation in any E15 activity is on a personal basis and does not represent an official commitment of the organisations they are affiliated with.


Akihiro Sawa

Executive Senior Fellow at 21st Century Public Policy Institute of Keidanren

MPA, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Executive Senior Fellow, 21st Century Public Policy Institute of Keidanren (Japan Business Federation); Head, International Environmental Economic Institute. Former: Professor, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo; various positions with the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), including: HR Manager of Agency of Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Manager of Environmental Policy Division of the Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau, and Policy Manager of the Natural Resources and Fuel Department at the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy.