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Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary co-hosted the “Green Digital Finance for Achieving the SDGs” webinar.

The “Green Digital Finance for Achieving the SDGs” webinar was jointly organized by Tokai University, Yonsei University, Springer Nature, Green Finance Forum-Korea, Asia Research Center, and The International Society for Energy Transition Studies (ISETS) on June 30 – July 1, 2021.

In this 2-days webinar, distinguished presenters and discussants from academia, research institutes, government agencies, and industry from Japan, Korea, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Finland, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, and Uzbekistan, presented their research findings on the topic.
The final version of the studies presented in this webinar will be published in a book volume by Springer Nature with the chief editorship of Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary.

Video of day 1: Green Digital Finance webinar, June 30 2021 (Day 1) - YouTube
Video of day 2: Green Digital Finance webinar, July 1 2021 (Day 2) - YouTube
Biography of the speakers: http://www.pr.tokai.ac.jp/tuiist/english/tuiist/img/webinar20210630/005.pdf
Agenda: http://www.pr.tokai.ac.jp/tuiist/english/tuiist/img/webinar20210630/004.pdf

 

Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary co-hosted the webinar on innovative finance for technological progress.

“Innovative Finance for Technological Progress: Roles of Fintech, Financial Instruments, and Institutions” webinar was organized on July 5, 2021.

This webinar brought together policymakers, scholars, and experts from Japan, Iran, Singapore, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Bangladesh, Turkey, Sweden, and India to present best practices of financial innovations that facilitate innovative firms’ and startups’ access to finance and investment. In addition, it aimed to evaluate ways and methods to finance innovation and high technologies, especially in developing countries. The event was the joint webinar of Tokai University, Iran National Innovation Fund, Technology Studies Institute, and the Routledge publisher.

The output of this project will be published in an edited book volume by Routledge with the chief editorship of Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary

Video: https://youtu.be/ZmEQFELuNGk?t=4
Biography of the speakers: http://www.pr.tokai.ac.jp/tuiist/english/tuiist/img/webinar20210705/003.pdf

 

Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary presented at the workshop on energy market integration in Northeast India hosted by ERIA and the Confederation of Indian Industry

The workshop titled “Energy Market Integration in NER -India:  International Economic Linkages and Strategic Choices for Sub-Regional Cooperation” organized on  March 26, 2021 virtually. The workshop's objective was to discuss the key findings of the study done by the Economic research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) to provide opportunities to increase regional energy market integration in NER India and ASEAN cooperation. Also, the workshop aimed to identify potential strategic steps towards greater sub-regional cooperation.  This meeting was a concluding part of a larger study being carried out by ERIA in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

The study group members and presenters were senior-level experts and senior policy makers from the governments of India, Nepal, and Bhutan, the World Bank, ERIA, CII, and different universities, including the University of Tokyo, Tokai University, Australian National University, and McGill University.

Dr. Taghizadeh-Hesary is a member of this study group, and his presentation was on energy connectivity and cooperation between Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Iran, and South Asia.”

 

Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary presented at the ERIA’s working group on electricity market reforms. (ERIA: Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia)

Southeast Asia is on the way to achieving universal access to electricity by 2030. Millions of new consumers have gained access to electricity since 2000. Yet, some 45 million people in the region are still without it today, and many more continue to rely on solid biomass as a cooking fuel (IEA, 2019). Although achieving universal access to electricity and increasing the electricity market efficiency is crucial and a key to economic growth, these goals need to be achieved by aiming for the power market's sustainability. This means simultaneous to the universal electrification targets, the policymakers need to green the power sector and reduce the reliance on fuel fuels.

The 1st Meeting of Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)’s Working Group on “Electricity Market Reforms in ASEAN, India, and China (FY2021 –2022)” was organized on 14 –15 May 2021. Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary is a member of this working group. In this meeting, he presented the initial results of his ongoing research on ways to achieve a sustainable electricity market in Southeast Asia.

 

Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary delivered a lecture series on sustainability-related topics for Wuhan University.

On May 10 and 12, 2021, Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary was invited by Wuhan University to organize a virtual lecture series on “Green Finance, Energy Security and Sustainable Development” for the graduate students and faculty members. The lecture series was organized in 2 days and consisted of 6 lectures on bellow topics:
Importance of green finance for meeting the SDGs in the post-Covid-19 (Part 1 and 2), Role of renewable energy in enhancing the energy security, Optimal portfolio selection for investment in SDGs, Financing solutions for the economic feasibility of hydrogen projects and, local currency power purchase agreements with incremental tariffs.

 

Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary presented at the 2nd workshop on hydrogen sourced from renewables and clean energy in China

The 2nd Virtual Workshop on ‘Hydrogen Sourced from Renewables and Clean Energy: A Feasibility Study of Achieving Large-scale Demonstration in China’ was successfully held by the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) on 23 Mar 2021.

The study consists of sub-projects comprehensively covering technical, economic, financial, institutional, regulatory, and policy issues related to enabling large-scale green and clean hydrogen energy demonstration projects in China.Dr. Xiansheng Sun, former Secretary-General of the International Energy Forum and Director General of CNPC Economic & Technology Research Institute, delivered opening remarks at the workshop, highlighting the strategic importance of developing hydrogen, especially green hydrogen in China, under the country’s carbon neutrality target and the 14th Five-Year Plan. The project is timely and will deliver substantial outcomes to support relevant policy-making, according to Dr. Sun.

The working group consists of experts from both academia and industry, such as the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ), China Hydrogen Alliance (CHA), University of Technology Sydney, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Foshan University of Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Grantham Institute of Imperial College London, Tokai University, Japan, Singapore University of Social Sciences, Green World Low-carbon Economy & Technology Center, China, China Energy Engineering Group Co. Ltd (CEEC), and Foshan Institute of Environment and Energy, China.
The project aims to produce a special issue in collaboration with the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (IJHE), an SCI Q1 academic journal, by the end of the year, in addition to the publication of an ERIA research project report mid-year. The special issue is on 'Hydrogen Sourced from Renewable and Clean Energy: Feasibility of Large-Scale Demonstration Projects'.

Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary is a member of this working group, and his presentation was on: financing solutions for the economic feasibility of hydrogen projects.

 

Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary presented at the webinar series on “Global developments in the post-Covid-19 era” hosted by Tehran University.

Faculty of World Studies of Tehran University, Iran, and the Iranian Society of World Studies jointly hosted a webinar series on “Covid-19 pandemic and global development in the post-Covid-19 era”.
During this webinar series, four professors from Tehran University, Iran, and Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary of Tokai University, Japan, analyzed and presented the Covid-19 pandemic and the global development in the post-Covid-19 world from different aspects, including strategic and political, economic, environmental, and social.
During his visit to Tehran, Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary, invited by the Faculty of World Studies of Tehran University and gave a speech in this webinar series. His presentation was on “Covid-19, clean energy and the sustainable development goals”. The presentation was recorded at the Faculty of World Studies of Tehran University and broadcasted on March 17, 2021, from the faculty’s official Instagram account. For his informative presentation, he received  a letter of commendation from the dean of the Faculty of World Studies of Tehran University and the President of the Iranian society of World Studies

The recorded video of all presentations is available at the Instagram address: @iranian_studies_ut.

 

Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary gave a lecture on the Japanese economy for the graduate students of Bradford University, UK.

On Feb 22, 2021, Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary gave a lecturer on the Japan's monetary policy for the graduate students of development finance at the University of Bradford, UK. During this virtual invited lecture, Dr. Taghizadeh-Hesary talked about the structural reasons behind the long-lasting slowed economic growth in Japan, the ineffectiveness of the monetary policy, and the solutions for stimulating growth. Studying the experiences of Japan during the development process and also the contemporary slowed growth can provide insightful policies for other countries. Reference of his talks was the book that he co-edited titled “Japan’s Lost Decade: Lessons for Asian Economies”, Editors: N. Yoshino and F. Taghizadeh-Hesary, Springer Nature Group.

Link to the recorded video of the lecture: https://lnkd.in/g3bMsWz
(Passcode: x2zx.3%q)

Link to the book: https://lnkd.in/ggwciJE

 

Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary, presented at the inception conference of T20 Italy, organized under the G20 Italy presidency.

On Feb 9, 2021 the inception conference of T20 Italy brought together top experts worldwide to discuss challenges and possible proposals on the three priorities of the G20/T20 Italy (“People, Planet, Prosperity”) with a view to building a fairer, more inclusive and sustainable post Covid-19 world.

The Think20 (T20) is the official engagement group of the G20, bringing together leading think tanks and research centers worldwide. It serves as the ‘ideas bank’ of the G20 and aims to provide research-based policy recommendations to the G20 leaders.

Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary’s policy brief proposal was accepted in Task Force 2. Climate Change, Sustainable Energy and Environment of T20 Italy. During the first working group meeting, he presented his proposal for the policy brief on “Promoting Energy Efficiency Financing in G20: Role of Fiscal instruments”.

This task force aims to identify the challenges related to climate change, sustainable energy, and the environment and provide practical policy solutions for all countries worldwide.
The inception conference organized by ISPI - Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale, IAI - Istituto Affari Internazionali and University of Bocconi.

 

Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary hosted and morerated the webinar titled "Role of Green Finance in Achieving Energy Security in East-Asia"

"Role of Green Finance in Achieving Energy Security in East-Asia" webinar organized on January 29, 2021, by insightful presentations and discussions of senior-level experts of energy, environment, economics, and finance fields from academia, think-tanks, and industry from Japan, China, Singapore, and Australia.

The webinar started with the welcoming remarks of Prof. Yutaka Tsujinaka, vice-chancellor for art and humanities of Tokai University, followed by nine presentations, a Q&A session, and discussions.

The seminar aimed to discuss the role of green finance in promoting renewable energy projects in East-Asia and the role of renewable energy and regional cooperation in enhancing energy security in this region.

The webinar was the joint event of Tokai University, Jiangsu University, Tianjin University, Huaqiao University, International Society for Energy Transition Studies (ISETS), and The Society for Studies of Climate Finance.

More than 70 participants from different countries participated in this webinar.

Link to the video of the webinar: https://youtu.be/5J1ux3NIxvU

 

Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary chaired a session at the virtual policy dialogue on taxation in the digital economy, hosted by the Asian Development Bank Institute.

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased pressure on government budgets and public debt across Asia and the Pacific due to a rise in large-scale countercyclical expenditure programs and a decrease in tax revenues.

At the same time, governments are facing the need to secure additional financial resources to mitigate pandemic risks while promoting growth recovery and resilience measures critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals such as greater investment in education, health, and combating climate change.

The accelerating digitalization of the economy due to COVID-19 and the positive impact it can have on job creation and growth has the potential to boost domestic resource mobilization, vital to effective pandemic responses. Managing these dynamics poses many difficulties for the region’s policymakers, however.

The virtual policy dialogue on "Taxation in the Digital Economy: New Models in Asia and the Pacific" organized by the Asian Development Bank Institute on Jan 27-29, 2021. It featured new research examining options for optimizing taxation in Asia and the Pacific in the digitalization era and addressing related challenges. It also spotlighted the latest developments in revenue administration in the region and their implications for the taxation of the digital economy.

Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary chaired session 3, which was on the visions and challenges of digital taxation: case studies from Asia and the Pacific.

The paper presented in this policy dialogue will be published in a book titled "Taxation in the Digital Economy: New Models in Asia and the Pacific" with the co-editorship of Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary.

 

Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary presented at the webinar organized by the Astana International Financial Center -AIFC (Kazakhstan)

The Caucasus and Central Asia region countries took swift measures to mitigate the spread and impact of the Coronavirus. This comes at a steep economic cost, as the region faces a double impact from lockdowns and from a sharp decline in oil prices. As countries reopen, policymakers in the region must lay the groundwork for recovery to rebuild stronger, more resilient, and more inclusive economies. Not only should innovation, decarbonization, and social protection be placed on the agenda to anchor and empower Eurasia, but diversification strategies should also be a priority. As part of building back better, the role and the reform of state-owned enterprises (SOE) should also be carefully assessed. It seems that the governments’ large role in the economy impedes efficiency and entrepreneurship. What should be the best road map for reform to improve governance and prepare a process for privatization?

On Dec 10-11, 2020, a webinar titled "The Changing Structure of National Economies in Eurasia and Caucasus", organized by the Astana International Financial Center by gathering leading scholars and policymakers to discuss the topic.

Speakers were:

- Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary, Jr. Associate Professor of Economics, Tokai University, Japan
- Mrs. Rika Ishii, Lead Economist for Industry, Commerce and Agribusiness sector at the Country Sector Economics Department, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
- Mr. Nicolas Blancher, Mission Chief for Kazakhstan and Division Chief for Central Asia in the IMF’s Middle East and Central Asia Department
- Mr. Hans Christiansen, Senior Economist, Corporate Governance and  Corporate Finance Division, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
- Mrs. Aziza Umarova, CEO Smart Gov, Uzbekistan

Link to the video of the webinar:
https://www.reinventingbrettonwoods.org/project/aifc-dec-2020-sessions/

 

Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary presented at the webinar organized by The Policy Center for the New South (Morroco) and the ASEANplus Platform of the Ghent University (Belgium)

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the effects of globalization and deficiencies resulting from the absence of a clear vision and a coherent action on the European Union’s geopolitical projection (EU). This issue is also at the very heart of the new European Commission (2019-2023). What is notably at stake is the ‘future of Europe’ and the development of new partnership dynamics between Europe, Africa, and Asia. The final weeks of 2020 and the first months of 2021 are crucial in this respect, as most of the instruments and frameworks of the partnership between the EU and Africa will be (re)defined, whereas those existing between the EU and Asia are being re-assessed in the light of the current developments.

On 27 November 2020, the webinar titled: “Europe, Africa, and Asia: What Partnership Dynamics after 2021?” organized jointly by The Policy Center for the New South (Morroco) and the ASEANplus Platform of the Ghent University (Belgium). The objective was to build a solid research team to address the complex legal, geo-economic, and geopolitical issues at stake in Europe, Africa, and Asia. The short-term objective is to publish the first series of policy papers by the end of 2020, and the main objective of this conference is precisely to structure and deepen our reflection in this regard. After an introduction by the project coordinators on the challenges, opportunities, and perspectives of partnership dynamics after 2020, the first panel addressed geopolitics and triangular dynamics between Europe, Africa, and Asia. The second panel addressed the focus on partnership instruments, investments, regional and sectoral strategies, and the third on the potential for triangular cooperation and mutual Europe-Africa-Asia learning.

Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-hesary’s presentation was in the 2nd panel, and his talk was on the role of financial innovations in developing green infrastructure in Asia and Africa

The speakers were from various countries, including Belgium (University of Ghent), Morroco (The Policy Center for the New South), Thailand (Chiang Mai University), Brunei Darussalam (Institute of Asian Studies), and Japan (Tokai University).

Full video of the webinar: Europe, Africa and Asia: What Partnership Dynamics after 2021? - YouTube

 

Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary delivered a speech at the webinar on Climate Promise organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Department of Environment of Iran.

The Climate Promise is the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) commitment to support at least 100 countries to enhance their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) by 2020. NDCs are at the heart of the Paris Agreement on climate change. NDCs embody efforts by each country to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. UNDP is working with states to make their NDCs more technically robust and include new ways governments can follow their climate actions and finance their national goals. In Iran, the Department of Environment is the partner institute of UNDP.

The first webinar for experts from the Department of Environment was organized on Nov 10-11, 2020, where Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary delivered a speech on the financial mechanisms under the UNFCCC and the role of green finance for achieving these long-term goals.

 

Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary co-organized the webinar on “How to advance green bond markets by providing support for cross-border flows”?

With increasing concerns over climate change, many see climate finance as a solution to fund sustainable projects. Climate-related projects have difficulties accessing finance because of various risks associated with them and their low rate of return; therefore, it is essential to develop innovative financing instruments. Most recently, power purchasing agreements (PPA) and green bonds became popular instruments to develop renewable energy and other climate-related projects.

On Dec 7, 2020, leading experts from academia, international organization, and the financial sectors gathered to present their latest research findings on climate financing instruments. The seminar was a part of the ASEAN webinar series on climate finance. The webinar was the joint event of the Climate Bonds Initiative (UK), Tokai University (Japan), The Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ASEAN), Konrad Adenauer Foundation (Germany) and USAID Clean Power Asia

Speakers:
Dr. Farhad Tagizadeh-Hesary - Tokai University
Dr. Peter du Pont – Asia Clean Energy Partners
Dr. Han Phoumin – Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia
Mr. Joost Siteur – USAID Clean Power Asia

Moderator: Mr. Cedric Rimaud, CFA, ASEAN Program Manager, Climate Bonds Initiative

Link of video of the webinar:
https://youtu.be/CDEakyN-ne8

 

Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary presented at a webinar on renewable energy projects jointly organized by the Climate Bonds Initiative (Singapore), Astris Finance (US), Tokai University (Japan), TCX Fund (The Netherlands), and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (Germany).

On Nov 25, 2020, the webinar on “how to develop renewable energy projects in the illiquid markets?” jointly organized by the Climate Bonds Initiative (Singapore), Astris Finance (US), Tokai University (Japan), TCX Fund (The Netherlands), and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (Germany).

The webinar was for presenting the results of the research project on: “FX hedging for renewable energy projects in illiquid markets” that Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary and other speakers of this webinar contributed to it.

The speakers of the webinar were Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary (Tokai University), Mr. Hugo Virag (Astris Finance), Mr. Jerome Pirouz (TCX Fund), Mr. Javier Osegueda (Astris Finance), Mr. Christian Hubner (Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung ) and the event moderated by Mr. Cedric Rimaud (Climate Bonds Initiative).

The webinar was a part of the ASEAN webinar series of the Climate Bonds Initiative.

 

Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary presented at the “1st Virtual Workshop on ‘Hydrogen Sourced from Renewables and Clean Energy” organized by the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East-Asia (ERIA).

The 1st Virtual Workshop on ‘Hydrogen Sourced from Renewables and Clean Energy: A Feasibility Study of Achieving Large-scale Demonstration in China’ was held by the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East-Asia (ERIA) on 17-18 Nov 2020.

The study consisted of several studies covering technical, economic, financial, institutional, regulatory, and policy issues related to enabling large-scale hydrogen energy demonstration projects.

Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary is a member of this study’s working group, and his presentation was titled: Financing Solutions for the Economic Feasibility of Hydrogen Projects.

The working group consisted of experts from both academia and industry, such as the Institute of Energy Economics Japan (IEEJ), the China Hydrogen Alliance Research Institute, the University of Technology Sydney; Huazhong University of Science and Technology; Dalian University of Technology; the Asian Development Bank; the Grantham Institute of Imperial College, London; Tokai University, Japan; the Green World Low-carbon Economy & Technology Center, China; the China Energy Engineering Group Co. Ltd (CEEC), China; Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding Group (CGNPC); the Foshan University of Science and Technology; and the Foshan Institute of Environment and Energy, China.

The study has currently secured a special issue of the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, an SCI Q1 academic journal (Impact factor: 4.939). The second workshop under this study will be organized in mid of March 2021. The full project report is expected to be published by ERIA in July 2021.

 

Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary delivered a speech on the economic burden of neurological disorders in Japan at the Neuroscience-20 (N20) symposium of the G20 summit

Neurological disorders are increasingly recognized as major causes of death and disability worldwide. As populations are aging, and the prevalence of major disabling neurological disorders steeply increases with age, governments will face increasing demand for treatment, rehabilitation, and support services for neurological disorders. Just in the US, the combined annual costs of Alzheimer’s and other neurological disease totals nearly 800 billion dollars and is rapidly rising. Neuroscience 20 (N20), an initiative of the G20, organized by the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics on Nov 21-22, 2020, by gathering world-leading neuroscientists, practitioners, economists, and policymakers to discuss the topic and to prepare policy recommendations and drafting a resolution for the G20 leaders.

In this event, Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary presented his latest research on the economic burden of neurological disorders in Japan and also contributed to the resolution drafting from the economic perspectives.

Full agenda: G20-N20 Program Draft 20_11182020 (ymaws.com)
Reference of Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary’s talks: Economic Burden of Neurological Disorders in an Aging Society (Japan): A Panel Data Analysis | Asian Development Bank (adb.org)

 

Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary chaired the virtual workshop session on “Reforming Asian Utilities: Institutional Reforms for Boosting Private Investments.”

Asian utilities have been the subject of market-based economic reforms over the past few decades. However, the complexities of introducing market-based reforms in utility industries have been revealed by the reform experiences of many developing countries in the region. Today, Asia’s power sector faces challenges associated with de-carbonization, security of supply, energy access, energy market efficiency, and sourcing adequate financing to meet energy policy objectives. Difficulty in accessing finance is one of the critical factors constraining the involvement of the private sector in Asian utilities.

The Virtual Workshop on Reforming Asian Utilities: Institutional Reforms for Boosting Private Investments was organized by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), and the Economic Analysis and Policy journal (Elsevier) on Nov 18-19, 2020. Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary chaired the session on this first day on “Private investment in utilities and renewable energy projects.” This event featured new research on the development of Asian utilities, reforms for promoting sector-specific objectives, and ways of attracting private investment. Among the focuses were evaluating existing institutional frameworks, identifying areas in need of change, and addressing implementation challenges.

Papers presented during this virtual conference will be considered for inclusion in a special issue of the journal Economic Analysis and Policy (Scopus, Web of Science: SSCI, Impact factor: 1.973) with the co-editorship of Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary.

 

Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary chaired the session at the virtual conference on “Electricity Markets in Transition” organized by the Asian Development Bank Institute, the University of Wollongong (Australia), and the Energy Economics (Journal).

The liberalization of the global electricity sector has subjected electricity markets to varying levels of competition and regulation. Growing demand for electricity and investment in the sector in Asia and the Pacific is prompting the region’s developing economies to strengthen their energy reform agendas while considering the need to raise the share of renewable energy in electricity generation.

The virtual conference on Electricity Markets in Transition: Privatization, Competition, and Regional Cooperation was organized by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), the University of Wollongong (Australia), and the Energy Economics journal of Elsevier on Nov 4-5, 2020.

Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary chaired the session on “Electricity Market Regulation and Competition” on the second day of this prestigious event. This virtual conference featured new research on the liberalization of the global electricity sector. Among the focuses were effective policy development, raising renewable energy share in electricity generation, and prospects for greater regional cooperation within the sector.

The papers presented during this virtual conference will be considered for inclusion in a special issue of the journal Energy Economics (Scopus, Web of Science: SSCI, Impact factor: 5.203) with the editorship of Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary.

 

Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary co-hosted a webinar on Fiscal and Environmental Sustainability in the Post-COVID-19.

The Covid-19 pandemic is putting governments globally in severe fiscal status. From one side, the government revenues reduced as the economic downturns are shrinking the tax revenues drastically. On the other side, government expenditures increased substantially, as governments need to spend more on healthcare, protection measures, and transfer payments. Hence, it is vital to look for sound fiscal policies that can secure the economic growth in the Post-COVID-19 and, at the same time, reduce the budget deficit and keep fiscal sustainability. While looking for optimal fiscal policy to achieve fiscal sustainability, it is also crucial to consider environmental sustainability simultaneously. Fiscal policy has an essential role in assuring the sustainable use of resources and keeping the environment. This applied to both sides of the government budget. On the revenue side, carbon taxation and green bonds are two essential tools for stimulating green growth. On the other hand, tax cuts and subsidies can incentivize investments in green projects for sustainable development on the expenditure side.

With this background, On Oct 29, 2020, the webinar titled “Fiscal and Environmental Sustainability in the Post-Covid 19” jointly organized by Tokai University (Japan); Yonsei University (Republic of Korea), and Climate Bond Initiative (UK). The webinar aimed to gather senior-level experts from academia, governments, and the financial sector to discuss how to achieve fiscal and environmental sustainability in the Post-COVID-19.

The webinar started with the welcoming remarks of Professor Prof. Naoto Yoshikawa, Vice-Chancellor, Tokai University, Japan, and  Prof. Taejeong Lee, Dean, College of Government and Business, Yonsei University, Republic of Korea.

Then in the first session, two keynote speakers delivered their speeches. The first keynote speech was by Prof. Naoyuki Yoshino (Professor Emeritus, Keio University, Japan; Director, Financial Research Center, FSA Institute, Government of Japan; Lead Chair, T20/G20 Japan 2020; Visiting Professor, GRIPS). The title of his keynote speech was: “Optimal Fiscal Policy for Fiscal Sustainability in the Post-COVID-19”. The second keynote speaker was Dr. Kwang-yeol Yoo, Visiting Fellow, Asia Research Center, Yonsei University, Former First Senior Deputy Governor, Korea FSS, and his keynote speech title: Korea’s New Green Initiative to Sustain the Economy.

The next session had seven presentations by speakers from different countries:

Presentation 1: “Population aging and effectiveness of fiscal policy” by Prof. Hiroaki Miyamoto (Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan)
Presentation 2: “Frequent issuers and asymmetric information in green bonds markets” by Dr. Suk Hyun (Yonsei University & Asia Research Center, Republic of Korea)
Presentation 3: “Green bond for infrastructure financing through the value capture model”byMr. Cedric Rimaud (Climate Bond Initiative, Singapore);
Presentation 4: “Empirical analysis of the characteristics of green bond markets in Asia, Europe, and America” by Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary (Tokai University, Japan)
Presentation 5. “Fragility in modeling consumption tax revenue: implications for post-Covid-19” by Dr. Kazuki Hiraga (Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Tokai University, Japan)
Presentation 6: “Fiscal policy response during Covid-19 and beyond”by Dr. Gazi Salah Uddin (Linpoking University, Sweden)
Presentation 7: “How to advance the green bond markets by providing support for cross-border flows” by Mr. Jerome Pirouz (TCX Fund, The Netherlands) and Mr. Javier Oseguda (Astris Finance, Mexico)

The last section was the panel discussion on fiscal policy’s role in the three stages of Covid-19, which are: Emergency stage, exit stage, and the new normal file.
This session had two panelists:
Prof. Naoyuki Yoshino (Professor Emeritus, Keio University, Japan; Director, Financial Research Center, FSA Institute, Government of Japan; Lead Chair, T20/G20 Japan 2020; Visiting Professor, GRIPS)
Mr. Kwangchul Ji, (Director, International Organization Division, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Republic of Korea)

The event was initiated, co-hosted, and moderated by Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary.

The video of the whole webinar is available below link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZP0BKIKQZRI&t=42s&app=desktop

 

Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary delivered a keynote speech at the workshop on Finance for Sustainability, Climate Change, and Circular Economy.

On Oct 15, 2020, the virtual workshop on “Finance for Sustainability, Climate Change and Circular Economy” was organized by Peking University HSBC Business School (PHBS) Oxford Campus and the Chinese Economic Association (CEA) The United Kingdom. Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary, the keynote speech of this event. His presentation was on “optimal portfolio selection for investment in Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs.” The reference of his talks was based on his recent journal publication, which is available through this link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.frl.2020.101695

 

Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary was invited to speak for the new recipients of the MEXT scholarship.

On Oct 13, 2020, Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary spoke as a special guest for the student who newly received the Japanese government scholarship (MEXT).

In this meeting, Dr. Taghizadeh-Hesary, a MEXT alumnus who got this scholarship in 2011, spoke about study in Japan and the essential points that the students need to consider during their study period in Japan.

He explained his own experiences, formerly as a Ph.D. student, and since 2015 as a university lecturer. Then he answered the students’ questions regarding study and life in Japan.

This year, 14 Iranian students got MEXT scholarship and soon will start their studies at different Japanese universities

 

Dr Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary’s newly edited book titled: "Energy Insecurity in Asia: Challenges, Solutions, and Renewable Energy" published by the Asian Development Bank Institute.

Unlike energy security, energy insecurity has not been extensively studied. While energy security is broadly understood to represent energy resources' securing, mere physical availability does not necessarily mean that the resources can reach end-users.

Energy insecurity is not merely a mirror image of energy security, given the diverse consequences and impacts of the unavailability of energy for households.

Energy Insecurity in Asia will identify the challenges and explore potential solutions in the context of energy insecurity in Asia.

The book, in 367 pages, consists of two parts. Part I provides thematic and regional studies and solutions for dealing with energy insecurity in different Asian subregions. Part II discusses the importance of renewable energy in addressing energy insecurity and presents several country case studies. There are many factors that countries investing in renewables must consider, such as energy security, climate change mitigation, and reducing air pollution. This book is a timely and valuable resource for researchers and policymakers. It provides insightful case studies and offers practical policy recommendations for solving energy insecurity in Asia and other regions.

*The Asian Development Bank Institute is affiliated with the Asian Development Bank (ADB). An Asian think tank based in Tokyo, Japan, focused on identifying effective development strategies for Asia and the Pacific and supporting ADB member countries in managing development challenges. ADBI is the world's top-ranked government-affiliated think tank, according to the latest Global Go To Think Tank Index Report by the University of Pennsylvania Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program.

Link to the book (free download):
https://www.adb.org/publications/energy-insecurity-asia

 

Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary delivered a keynote speech at the International Conference on Business and Finance 2020 (ICBF 2020)

ICBF 2020 is organized and hosted by the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and co-organized by the University of Leicester, United Kingdom. The University of Lincoln, United Kingdom also participated in this event. Due to COVID-19 and restrictions for the travel of international speakers, the conference was onsite and online. The venue of the conference was the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. More than a hundred scholars, researchers, and graduate students from Vietnam and various countries participated in this event. The keynote speech title of Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary was the “Importance of Green Finance for a Greener World in the Post-COVID-19”. In his keynote speech he talked about COVID-19 and the oil price collapse, the importance of green finance in the post- COVID-19, and the development of the green credit guarantee scheme as a solution for boosting the private investments in green projects.

Picture_ UEH Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary, Aug 28 2020
 

Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary chaired the virtual conference on “Low-Carbon Finance and the Sustainable Development Goals” organized by the Asian Development Bank Institute.

Low-carbon finance and investment are essential to the growth of green energy projects that reduce carbon emissions and their negative health impacts, build climate-resilient infrastructure, and promote environmental sustainability, in accordance with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Yet, global investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency has declined in the last few years and could slow further while investment in fossil fuels remains dominant.

The virtual conference on Low-Carbon Finance and the Sustainable Development Goals was organized by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) on Aug 12-14, 2020. Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary chaired the second day of this prestigious event. This ADBI virtual conference featured research that examined impediments to low-carbon finance such as the lack of unified criteria for investment that advances climate-related SDGs and limited understanding of the fundamentals of low-carbon finance. It also addressed common questions about low-carbon finance, including the difference between green and traditional bonds, the extent to which green bond issuance reduces emissions, and policies needed to encourage investment that promotes climate-related SDGs.

Papers presented during this virtual conference will be considered for inclusion in a special issue of the journal Finance Research Letters (Scopus, Web of Science: SSCI, Impact factor: 3.527) with the editorship of Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary.

 

Dr Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary edited the book titled: Energy Sustainability and Development in ASEAN and East Asia

Jointly with Dr. Phoumin Han, Senior Energy Economist, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) & Professor Fukunari Kimura, Professor of Economics, Keio University, Japan and Chief Economist,  ERIA

The book just published by Routledge in London.

This book provides several multi-dimensional quantitative analysis of the relationship between energy and other subjects including but not limited to income and economic growth, environment and health, food and agricultural production.

The book also provides the most constructive policy recommendations concerning the relationship between energy, economic development, social development, and environmental development.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003026075

Link on Amazon

 

Yonsei University - Tokai University joint webinar

This event will be organized jointly by Tokai University (Japan) and Yonsei University (Republic of Korea). In this event, distinguished speakers from universities, financial sector and multilateral development bank will present their latest research findings on the topic. The objective is to provide policy recommendations for governments and financial institutions in financing the Covid-19 recovery plans using capital market especially through the issuance of green bonds and impacts bonds.

Date and Time: July 30, 2020 (9:00-12:30 Japan and Korea standard time)

Registration:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1vezhiP9ft4SLdmsrguQM74gTuUtT40el55-J0mjceHc/viewform?edit_requested=true

Note: You will receive the login information of the webinar by email after your registration approved by the secretariat.

Agenda & Webinar

 

Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary chaired the special session of the Asian Economic Development conference (AED2020)

Poverty reduction in all its forms remains one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. In developing Asia, rapid growth in countries and sub-regions such as China, India and South-East Asia lifted millions out of poverty, but progress has been uneven. On the other hand, the current covid19 pandemic and the global economic recession that it caused is pushing millions of people back to poverty.

On July 20, 2020 the special session of the Asian Economic Development (AED2020) on poverty eradication and inclusive sustainable growth, organized by Chiang Mai University, Thailand (Webinar). The objective was to present several empirical studies on the roles of small and medium-sized enterprises, local businesses and trusts, international remittances and microfinance, energy security and energy efficiency in poverty reduction and inclusive growth.

It was a pleasure for me to chair this session.

 

Dr. Taghizadeh held a seminar at Iran-Tehran University.

On Sunday Feb 16th, I had my seminar titled: Green Finance: Energy Security and Sustainable Development At the faculty of economics, Tehran University in Tehran. Almost 70 professors and graduate students participated in this seminar. I talked about different instruments for filling the green financing gap, role of renewable energy in improving the energy security and the optimal portfolio selection for investment in sustainable development goals, all came from my published papers and books.

The presentation was very interesting for the participants and many participants asked questions and I answered. At the end of the seminar I presented two of my recent published books to the deputy dean of the faculty for keeping at the library of Tehran university so that students and professors can use it.

After the seminar, I had discussion with the faculty for research and academic collaborations and we are planning for co-supervision of PhD students of Tehran university, faculty of economics.

Seminar on "Japan-ASEAN: Economic and Energy Outlook" hosted by Dr. Taghizadeh was held.

The seminar on "Japan-ASEAN: Economic and Energy Perspectives" organized by the IIST at the Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Tokai University on January 28, 2020. The seminar started by the welcoming remarks of Prof. TSUJINAKA, Vice-Chancellor of Tokai University and Prof. Takeuchi, head of Economics dept. of the Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Tokai University. The opening remarks was by Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary, Jr. Associate Professor of IIST who was the organizer of this event. Dr. Taghizadeh-Hesary in his opening remarks highlighted the importance of the cooperation between Japan and ASEAN. He stated that this cooperation contributed to the economic prosperity of the Southeast Asian economies for the last decades. At the same time, Japan has also used ASEAN economies as destination of her industrial relocations. This is to target a cost minimization of its production, especially, labor and land cost of ASEAN countries. In addition, ASEAN economies with young population and increasing middle-income class are suitable markets for Japanese products export. He added that, the seminar aims to focus on the recent progress of Japan-ASEAN economic relationship and the perspective of it in the China’s Belt and Road era in two aspects of Political-Economic and Energy with the focus on new and environmental friendly energies and specially hydrogen.

The first presenter was Dr. Nisit Panthamit who is Associate Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Economics, Chiang Mai University in Thailand and the Director of Center for ASEAN studies. He got PhD in economics from Wisconsin Milwaukee University in the US. He has extensive publications in international economics, trade and investment, and economic integration in prestigious journals and books. Dr. Nisit Panthamit talked on Japan-ASEAN cooperation in the era of Chinese Belt and Road. He mentioned that among ASEAN member countries, Japanese brands have popularity but gradually the competitiveness of Japanese products are reducing in the region comparing to Chinese products. He mentioned some policy recommendations for Japan in order to keep their cooperation size with ASEAN, including using potential of Japanese small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Many Japanese SMEs are producing high quality products; ASEAN market will provide good opportunity for them to expand their businesses out of Japan. In addition, this cooperation will provide other opportunities such as establishing joint venture companies with ASEAN SMEs. SMEs are a sector that Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is not targeting as BRI is more focusing on large scale projects. Furthermore, he highlighted role of academic diplomacy that will help Japanese students to know ASEAN culture and market better and will increase the mutual understanding.

The second presentation was by Dr. Yanfei Li who is Associate Professor of Economics, Faculty of Economics, Hunan University of Technology and Business of China and Research Fellow of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) in Indonesia. Dr. Li got his PhD degree in economics from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, He has extensive publications in energy economics, energy policy areas in prestigious journals and books. His presentation was on economics and environmental implications of renewable energy with the focus on hydrogen energy in Japan and ASEAN. He presented results of his joint study with Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary on feasibility of Hydrogen and applicability of it as a fuel source. According to the study, presently hydrogen with the price of 7-8$/Kg is not feasible but the study shows that if considering the current trend of cost reduction, within 2030 we should expect to have hydrogen as a feasible source of energy in the transportation sector. He mentioned that policies such as carbon pricing/carbon taxation can shorten this period. He proposed that establishment of Japan-China-ASEAN green and intelligent energy scheme would provide peace and promote connectivity in the region. Japan had high level of hydrogen technology, Chinese companies have high interest to invest into hydrogen projects and ASEAN will provide the market for establishment of the ASEAN-China-Japan hydrogen pathway.

Then after a coffee break, Question and Answer session organized that most participants asked their question and presenters answered. Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary concluded the seminar by highlighting the key points of the two presentations.

     
 
     
   
     
 

 

The 9th Tokai University Tenure Track System Symposium
"Artwork and Science"

Ms. Kaori Taguchi, Institute of Innovative Science and Technology (IIST), has been conducting optical research on contemporary art stored in Japan, in cooperation with art history research and historical research to reconstruct the composition of the work, the history of production, and research on the history.
Her findings were shared at symposiums held at Tokai University in 2017 and 2018.

This year, a symposium entitled “Art and Science” will be held on December 1st at Kasumigaseki. This symposium will be focused on more active and broad academic exchange with researchers in various adjacent fields in every institution.

The symposium brings together experts who are trying to open up new research perspective by “cutting science and art together” in various countries, and share their achievements and view point.

December 1st , 2019 13:00
The Tokai University Club, Kasumigaseki Building 35F
【Speaker】

Oda van Maanen Van Gogh Museum
Diego Tamburini : The British Museum, Department of Scientific Research
Tay Ann Ann Diana   University of Melbourne
Onoda Mayu   HORIBA TECHNO SERVICE Co., Ltd. Analytical Technology Center
Murotani Hiroshi   Tokai University, School of Engineering
Taguchi Kaori   Tokai University, Institute of Innovative Science and Technology

International Symposium SMELL in Contemporary Art

Date June 17 (Sat), 2017, 14:30~17:30
Venue  : Tokai University Shonan Campus
Open Multi Atelier (19-2F)
(4-1-1, Kitakaname, Hiratsuka City, Kanagawa)
   
(http://www.u-tokai.ac.jp/english/campus/
campuses/shonan.html
)
   

The 7th Symposium for Tenure Track Program

Date June 2 (Tues), 2017, 13:00~17:10
Venue  : Tokai University Shonan Campus
(4-1-1, Kitakaname, Hiratsuka City, Kanagawa)
    (http://www.u-tokai.ac.jp/english/campus/
campuses/shonan.html
)
   

International Symposium The Ganges River Dolphin

Date February 26 (Fri), 2016, 10:00~17:30
Venue  : Shizuoka Convention Arts Center
“GRANSHIP” Audio Visual Hall (2F)
(http://www.granship.or.jp/parking/)

Visit here for more information.
http://marinemammal.jimdo.com/symposium2016/

   

The 6th Symposium for Tenure Track Program

Date February 23 (Tues), 2016, 13:00~17:20
Venue  : Tokai University Shonan Campus
(4-1-1, Kitakaname, Hiratsuka City, Kanagawa)
    (http://www.u-tokai.ac.jp/about/campus/shonan/)
   

International Symposium
Baleen Whale Behavior

Date February 25 (Wed), 2015, 10:30~17:30
Venue  : Shimizu Terrsa, 6F Training Room (Large)
    (http://terrsa.net/access.html)

Visit here for more information.
http://marinemammal.jimdo.com/symposium2015/

   

Tokai University Micro/ Nano Enlightenment 【Tμne】

Date February 26 (Thu), 2015, 13:00~18:00
Venue  : Tokai University SHONAN Campus

Visit here for more information.
http://www.mnc.u-tokai.ac.jp/tune/

   

Tokai University Micro/ Nano Enlightenment 【Tμne】

Date Thursday, July 24, 2014
Time : 10:00 〜 17:30
Venue  : Tokai University Shonan Campus
 
   [Click to download flyer]
(635KB PDF)

FY2014 Tenure Track Researcher Arrival Seminar

Date Friday, June 27, 2014
Time : 16:30~17:30
Venue  : Tokai University Shonan Campus
[Abstract download]

Tokai University Micro/ Nano Enlightenment 【Tμne】

Date Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Time : 10:00 〜 19:00
Venue  : Tokai University Shonan Campus
 
   [Click to download flyer]
(693KB PDF)

FY2013_3 Tenure Track Researcher Arrival Seminar

Date Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Time : 17:00~18:00
Venue  : Tokai University Isehara Campus
[Abstract download] (Japanese-only)

International Symposium
DOLPHIN ACOUSTICS, BEHAVIOR AND COGNITION

Date Sunday, February 2, 2014
Time : 10:00~17:30
Venue  : Shizuoka Convention & Arts Center
“GRANSHIP” Room #901
[Abstract download]

The 4th Symposium for Tenure Track Program

Date Saturday, December 14, 2013
Time : 13:00 ~ 18:00 pm
Venue  : Tokai University Isehara Campus (143, Shimokasuya, Isehara-shi,Kangawa)
 
  [Click to download flyer] (1.9MB PDF/ Japanese-only)

FY2013_2 Tenure Track Researcher Arrival Seminar

Date Monday, November 25, 2013
Time : 17:30~18:30
Venue  : Tokai University Shimizu Campus
Broadcasted on TV: Shonan Campus

FY2013 Tenure Track Researcher Arrival Seminar

Date Friday, June 7, 2013
Time : 17:00~18:00
Venue  : Tokai University Shonan Campus
[Abstract download]

The 3rd Symposium for Tenure Track Program

Date Friday, December 14, 2012
Time : 13:00~18:00
Venue  : Tokai University Takanawa Campus (2-3-23, Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
 
  [Click to download flyer] (1.0MB PDF/ Japanese-only)

FY2012 Tenure Track Researcher Arrival Seminar

Date Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Time : 17:00~18:00
Venue  : Tokai University Shonan Campus
[Abstract download] (Japanese-only)

FY2011-2 Tenure Track Researcher Arrival Seminar

Date Friday, February 17, 2012
Time : 17:00~18:00
Venue  : Tokai University Isehara Campus
[Abstract download] (Japanese-only)

The 2nd Symposium for Tenure Track Program

Date Monday, December 19, 2011
Time : 14:00~18:00
Venue  : The Tokai University Club (Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
 
  [Click to download flyer] (1.7MB PDF/ Japanese-only)

FY2011 Tenure Track Researchers Arrival Seminar

Date Thursday, May 12, 2011
Time : 17:00~18:00
Venue  : Tokai University Isehara Campus
[Abstract download] (Japanese-only)

The 1st Symposium for Tenure Track Program

Date Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Time : 17:15~19:20
Venue  : Tokai University Shonan Campus
[Flyer download ( face / back )] (Japanese-only)