Moderator: Masanori Kobayashi

Senior Research Fellow

Ocean Policy Research Institute-Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Mr. Masanori Kobayashi is Senior Research Fellow, Ocean Policy Research Institute (OPRI) of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) in Tokyo, Japan. He undertakes research work on ocean and sustainability policy including sustainable blue economies, marine resource management, sustainable fisheries and marine renewable energies.

He worked on sustainability issues at the Ocean Policy Research Foundation, the Yokohama National University, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, the United Nations (New York, Geneva and Bonn) and the Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He holds LL.M (University of Georgia School of Law), M.A. (International Christian University), LL.B. (Chiba University), and completed the doctor course without degree on life and agricultural sciences (University of Tokyo).

His publications include “Capitalizing on co-benefits and synergies to promote the blue economy in Asia and the Pacific” ADBI Working Paper Series, No.1295, 2021. “Overcoming the COVID-19 calamity — Impacts on Japan’s fishery sector, 2020. OPRI Perspectives, “Sustainable Development Goal 14 for Conservation and Sustainable Use of Oceans and Resources: Strategies and Challenges for Pacific Small Island Developing States” Journal of Japan Society of Ocean Policy, 2017 and “Participatory Sustainability Research for Risk Management and Leadership Development” Springer, 2014.