Ep: 40 Naoko Ishii 'Global Environment Facilitator'
Naoko Ishii is a professor, executive vice president and Director of the Center for Global Commons at the University of Tokyo since August 2020. The Center for Global Commons has the mission of putting academia at the forefront of achieving sustainable developmentFrom 2012 to 2020, Dr Naoko Ishii was CEO and chair of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The GEF is a grant providing organisation with a focus on environmental initiatives. She played a key role in producing the organisation’s first long-term and mid-term strategies. During her time in office, she managed to secure more than $4 billion in funding for the GEF. Naoko Ishii was Deputy Vice Minister of Finance from 2010 to 2012, - after a long career in finance – both domestic and international: she spent a large part of her career at the World Bank (Country Director for Sri Lanka and Maldives between 2006 and 2010, program coordinator for Vietnam between 1997 2001) and the International Monetary Fund.Naoko Ishi holds a BA in economics and a PhD in international development, both from the University of Tokyo. She is the author of a number of papers and award-winning books – she received the Suntory Prize in 1990 and Okita Memorial Prize for International Development Research in 2004. She is the recipient of the 2006 Enjoji Jiro Memorial Prize. LinksCenter for Global Commons https://ifi.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/units/cgc/Report on the pilot version of the Global Commons Stewardship Indexhttps://www.tokyoforum.tc.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/about/report_list.htmlNaoko Ishii’s Ted Talk: An economic case for protecting the planet (September 2017)https://www.ted.com/talks/naoko_ishii_an_economic_case_for_protecting_the_planetThe University of Tokyo is reminding the world to save our planet (March 2021)https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/the-university-of-tokyo-is-reminding-the-world-to-save-our-planetPositive Analysis for Long-Term Economic Development, Nikkei Publishing Inc. (2003)https://www.fasid.or.jp/english/okita_memorial_prize/