F20 Philanthropy Forum, G20 summit 2019, Tokyo, Japan, 12.06.2019

F20 Philanthropy Forum, G20 summit 2019, Tokyo, Japan.

Together with the Renewable Energy Institute and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, the Foundations Platform F20 hosted the workshop “Philanthropies’ Role in 2050” in Tokyo on 12 June 2019.

With this format, F20 welcomed high-level representatives from international as well as Japanese foundations to identify the most pressing questions for philanthropy, to learn about new business models for foundations in times of low interest rates and discuss the role of the UN 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement in their programmes.

Two roundtable discussions were conducted and enabled the exchange of experiences, insights and best practice examples and provided the opportunity for an exchange among foundations.

Find the Agenda of the F20 Philanthropy Forum here and further information on each speaker and commentary below.

Adrián Fernández-Bremauntz
CEO, Iniciativa Climática de México

Adrian Fernandez Bremauntz is the Executive Director of Iniciativa Climatica de México. He has more than three decades of experience working on various environmental and climate related issues, always in the science-policy interface. After serving as President of the National Ecology Institute (INE) since 2005, Dr. Fernández joined ClimateWorks Foundation (CWF) as a Senior International Consultant to help them to design and launch the Latin American Regional Climate initiative (LARCI). In 2013 he was formally appointed as the founding CEO of LARCI, and in 2015 was appointed as the founding CEO of Iniciativa Climatica de Mexico (ICM). Before 2005, Dr. Fernández served as Director General Local, Regional and Global Pollution (2000 to 2004) and Director General for Environmental Management and Environmental Information (1995-2000) within the National Ecology Institute of the Environment Ministry.  He was elected Vice-chair representing Latin America at the 14th Session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development in New York (2006) and elected Chairman of the Executive Council of the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (2005-2006). He has a BSc in Biology-Ecology from the Metropolitan University in Mexico, a Masters in Environmental Technology and a PhD in Environmental Sciences from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London (1993).

Athena Ronquillo-Ballesteros
Climate Finance Director Asia, Growald Family Fund

Athena leads the development and implementation of the Asia Climate Finance strategy. Prior to joining the fund, Athena was Director of World Resource Institute’s Sustainable Finance program for 8 years. Athena has many years of leadership and management experience in environment, development and natural resource governance in developing countries with a particular focus on climate change, clean energy and sustainable finance. She worked actively on climate policy, sustainable finance and clean energy in China, India, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Japan. She is a long-time policy advisor to the Philippine government’s official climate change negotiating team at the UNFCCC. She also holds strategic and leadership positions and serves on the board of several non-profit organizations.

Catherine Brown
CEO, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, Australia

Catherine Brown joined the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation as CEO in 2011. The Foundation is Australia’s largest and oldest community foundation. Catherine is a lawyer with experience in the not for profit and philanthropic sectors as a strategic and governance advisor, lawyer and executive. Catherine is the author of Great Foundations: a 360° guide to building resilient and effective not-for-profit organisations (ACER Press, 2010). She has completed her PhD thesis related to philanthropic foundations and innovation (Centre for Social Impact, Faculty of Business & Law, Swinburne University). Catherine has held Victorian Government Board appointments in health and women’s affairs. Catherine is committed to helping build resilient, sustainable and inclusive communities.

Henk Rogers
Founder and Board Chair, Blue Planet Foundation

Henk Rogers is one of the world’s leading advocates and activists for reducing and eventually eliminating, humankind’s dependence on fossil fuel. He is the founder, visionary and chairman of the board at Blue Planet Foundation, whose tireless efforts helped pave the way for Hawaii to enact a policy that calls for electric utilities throughout the state to rely on 100% renewable energy by 2045.
He is now focusing beyond Hawaii to help others enact mandates for 100% renewable energy in their regions. He has spoken at three Inter-Parliamentary Union assemblies, where he collaborated with the 178 member countries to draft an emergency climate change resolution.
His newest initiative, Blue Planet Alliance, takes a “mandate first” approach to initiate global climate change action. The Alliance aims to create measurable and scalable results among individuals, organizations, cities, states, countries and eventually, the world.

Hideo Tone
Program Officer, Toyota Foundation

Hideo Tone is program officer of the Toyota Foundation and in charge of the International Grant Program which promotes mutual exchanges and focuses on common issues in East and Southeast Asia. Prior to joining the Foundation, he had been program officer of Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE), an independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan organization dedicated to strengthening Japan’s role in international networks of dialogue and cooperation. During his term, Mr. Tone was engaged in high level bilateral and multi-sectoral dialogue and exchange programs with Korea and Germany, as well as activities of the Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ), to which JCIE serves as secretariat to support the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, one of the biggest health donors based in Geneva.

Hiroto Ono
Manager, Regional Activities Support Projects, Seven-Eleven Foundation

Hiroto Ono is the Manager responsible for regional activities support projects at Seven-Eleven Foundation. His role includes building a nationwide network of environmental NPOs as an officer of the foundation. He is also the coordinator for the “Overseas Study Program for Environmental NPO Leaders” which marks its 22nd year this year. He has been engaged in presenting best practices of Japanese environmental NPOs as well as case studies in Germany, an environmentally advanced country, and serving as a judge at the Low-Carbon Cup, the national competition for the activities to prevent global warming.

Hongpeng LEI
Director Climate Change Programme, Children Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)

Hongpeng leads CIFF’s China strategy, portfolio and operations. He is Chief Representative of the CIFF China office and oversees China team and portfolio, which includes energy transition, carbon pricing, sustainable cities and urbanization, improving air quality, green finance, climate and environmental governance, and green Belt and Road Initiative, etc.
Hongpeng’s career spans government, think tank, NGOs and philanthropies. His roles prior to CIFF include directing the Energy Program of World Resources Institute China and leading WWF China’s climate and energy team. He also worked on building energy efficiency and green buildings for over 4 years at Chinese government. Hongpeng sits on the Board of Energy Foundation China.

Keith Porter
President and CEO, The Stanley Foundation

Keith Porter became president and CEO of the Stanley Foundation in February 2013. Previously, he was the foundation’s director of policy. In that post, he played a leadership role in the foundation’s transition toward a dynamic, advocacy organization focused on specific multilateral policy-change goals. This included developing and implementing a new strategic plan, creating work plans and theory-of-change models, evaluating progress, and maximizing the foundation’s impact through increased networking and collaboration with a wide range of institutions and individuals. Porter was coproducer and co-host of the foundation’s nationally syndicated public radio program on world affairs, Common Ground, from 1988 to 2004. He holds a graduate degree from Illinois State University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Klaus Milke
Chair, F20

Klaus Milke is the Chairman of the Steering Group of Foundations 20 with the background as Founder and Chairman of Stiftung Zukunftsfähigkeit.
Since 1991 he is also in the Board of Germanwatch, a German development and environmental Non-Governmental Organization (www.germanwatch.org).
He has graduated economics, followed by studies of sociology and political science and – with experience in the executive board of a middle sized company – he is today consulting governments, corporates and civil society groups.
By advice, moderation and advocacy work he is active in various networking and campaigning processes mainly on climate and energy and on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda “in, with and from” Germany with the SDG.

Mika Ohbayashi
Director, Renewable Energy Institute

Mika Ohbayashi is a founding member and Director at Renewable Energy Institute since 2011. Before joining the Institute, Ohbayashi worked for International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi as Policy and Project Regional Manager for Asia Oceania. She served as Deputy Director at Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies for 8 years since its establishment in 2000. She also worked for UKFCO at the British Embassy to Japan, as Advisor for Climate Change Projects and Policies before joining IRENA, and started her carrier in the energy field by joining Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center in 1992. She coordinates many scientific study projects, takes leadership to team up various networks including national parliamentarians and local authorities, domestically and internationally to improve sustainable energy society. She was awarded the Global Leadership Award in Advancing Solar Energy Policy by the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) in 2017.

Natasha Shih
Social Investment Officer, Gender Investment and Innovation Department, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Natasha Shih is the Social Investment Officer at The Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF). She was one of the founding members of Asia Women Impact Fund, a USD100 million impact investment fund carved out from the foundation’s endowment and is so far one of the largest impact investing funds in Asia. Her primary responsibility is managing the investments of the fund, including asset allocation planning, deal sourcing, investment selection, conducting due diligence and monitoring performance of the whole portfolio. Natasha is also involved in various ecosystem building works such as speaking at flagship impact investing conferences e.g. AVPN, East Asia Impact Investment Forum, China-ASEAN Impact Investment Forum etc. Prior to her career in impact investing, Natasha was an equity research analyst at UBS Investment bank, a social entrepreneur, and Volunteer Consultant at TechnoServe Nairobi. Natasha holds an MBA degree from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and a bachelor in finance from National Taiwan University.

Nobuo Tanaka
Chairman, Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Nobuo Tanaka is Chairman of The Sasakawa Peace Foundation. He had been a former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) from 2007 to August 2011. He began his career in 1973 in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), and has served in a number of high-ranking positions, including Director-General of the Multilateral Trade System Department. He was Minister for Industry, Trade and Energy at the Embassy of Japan, Washington DC. He has also served twice as Director for Science, Technology and Industry (DSTI) of the Paris-based international organization, OECD.

Stefan Schurig
Secretary General, F20

Dipl. Ing. Stefan Schurig is the Secretary General of the Foundations Platform F20 (F20). He is an architect by training and has worked for some 20 years with governments and parliamentarians around the globe on sustainability subjects. Before he joined the F20 platform in 2017 he was at the Executive Board of the World Future Council Foundation (WFC) and appointed member of the steering committee of the World Urban Campaign of the United Nations. Stefan also teaches at the Master programme of Urban Planning at the Hamburg University (HCU). Stefan was also a member of the Senior Management Team of Greenpeace Germany until 2007.

Tomas Kåberger
Chair of the Executive Board, Renewable Energy Institute

Tomas Kåberger has been the Chair of Executive Board of Renewable Energy Institute since its foundation in 2011. Academically, he got an MSc in Engineering Physics, a PhD in Physical Resource Theory, and Docent in Environmental Science at Chalmers. He has been professor in International Sustainable Energy Systems at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University, and he is currently affiliate Professor of Industrial Energy Policy at Chalmers University of Technology.
Industrially, he has had leading roles in companies providing fuels and technology in the bio-energy industry, another company developing sustainable energy solutions for the automotive industry, and a company operating wind power plants. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Vattenfall, and as Industrial Growth Executive of the European company InnEnergy.
Politically, he has served on board of Swedish and European Environmental Citizen’s organizations, several Swedish Government Committees developing energy and environmental legislation, and China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development as a member of a task force on Low-Carbon Industrialization Strategies. From 2008 until 2011 he was Director General of the National Swedish Energy Agency. He is also a member of the Swedish Climate Policy Council established in 2018.

Yoshinori Yamaoka
President, Japan Foundation Center / Chairman, Civil Society Initiative Fund

Yoshinori Yamaoka is President of the Japan Foundation Center since 2014. He is also Chairman of the Civil Society Initiative Fund which he founded in 2002. In 2001 Yamaoka became a professor at Hosei University, and later received the title of a professor emeritus. He also established the Japan NPO Center in 1996 where he successfully filled the posts of Executive Director, Secretary General and Chairperson and became Adviser after retiring. His career as an expert in the field of non-profit organizations started when he became freelance after serving as a program officer for the Toyota Foundation where he joined after finishing his graduate study and working experience in urban planning.

Zhang Li
Secretary General, Society for Entrepreneurs and Ecology (SEE) Foundation

Prof Li Zhang, Ph.D. is a field biologist and research professor on Ecology at Beijing Normal University. He has appointed as the Secretary General of the Society for Entrepreneurs and Ecology (SEE) Foundation, the China’s leading environmental NGO since April 2016. He works on China’s environmental policy studies on collective forest tenure reform, eco-compensation, protected area legislation, wildlife protection law, community conservation agreement, wildlife trade and tracking control related policies. Prof. Zhang is also on the judge panel of Ford Motor Environment and Conservation Grant and working on grantmaking to support China grass root environmental NGOs’ capacity building since 2002.

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