Kazuhiko Takeuchi is President of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Director and Project Professor of the Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S) at the University of Tokyo, Senior Visiting Professor of United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS). He was a Vice Rector and Senior Vice-Rector of the United Nations University from 2008 to 2016. He has served, inter alia, as Chair of the Central Environment Council, Government of Japan, as Vice-President of the Science Council of Japan, as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Sustainability Science (Springer Nature) and as Distinguished Chair of the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies, University of Nairobi. Educated and trained as a geographer and landscape ecologist at the University of Tokyo, he engages in research and outreach activities on creating eco-friendly environments for a harmonious coexistence of people and nature, especially focusing on Asia and Africa. Recently, he has been working towards establishing a global foundation for developing the field of sustainability science aiming to build a sustainable society. He is deeply involved in the SATOYAMA initiative, aiming at the restoration and revitalization of socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes around the world, and Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) initiated by FAO.
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)