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Executive Committee

Mr. Arief Yuwono
Indonesia
Council Chair

Mr. Arief Yuwono is currently the Senior Advisor to the Minister for Energy, Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MOEF), Republic of Indonesia. 

Mr. Yuwono started his career serving the Ministry of Environment in 1982. For over thirty years, he held several senior positions covering a wide range of responsibilities. Most recently, he was the Deputy Minister for Environmental Degradation Control and Climate Change at the Ministry of Environment and Senior Advisor to the Minister for Energy at MOEF. 

He graduated as a Forestry Engineer from the University of Gadjah Mada and holds a Master of Arts Degree from the Faculty of Geography in collaboration with the Institute of Environmental Studies in Toronto, Canada.

 

Dr. Vu Thanh Ca
Vietnam
Intergovernmental Session Chair

Dr. Ca spent several years teaching at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in Saitama University before serving in senior positions for Vietnam’s Administration of Seas and Islands (VASI). Currently he is the Director of the Department of International Cooperation and Science-Technology.  His research interests include coastal and ocean natural hazard management and mitigation, climate change impact, risk and vulnerability assessment and adaptation measure development and integrated coastal management. 

Dr. Ca took his Bachelor of Science in Oceanography at Hanoi University and his Masters Degree in Coastal Engineering from the Asian Institute of Technology. His PhD in Environmental Engineering is from Saitama University in Japan. 

 

Dr. Jae Ryoung Oh
RO Korea
Technical Session Chair

Dr. Oh has worked on international cooperation and research focused on coastal and marine environmental management for 35 years. He is currently the Principal Researcher of the South Sea Research Institute at Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST). In previous years, Dr. Oh served in leading roles for several laboratories including the Library of Marine Samples at KIOST, the Marine Environmental Studies Laboratory in Monaco and the Marine Environmental Research Laboratory at Korea Ocean Research & Development Institute.

Dr. Oh received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and his Masters Degree in Analytical Chemistry from Sogang University. He took up Marine Chemistry at the University of Liverpool and earned his PhD in Environmental Dynamics and Management from Hiroshima University. 

 

Dr Vann Monyneath
Cambodia
Council Co-Chair

Dr Monyneath has long experience with coastal management issues, with over a decade of experience coordinating and managing coastal and marine environment and resource management programs, and half a decade similarly managing climate adaptation and resilience programs. He has served as Chairman for the Cambodian Senior Official on the Environment delegation to ASEAN, solidifying the regional impact of his work, and has served internationally by representing Cambodia in the United Nations Environment Assembly. He currently serves as the Deputy Secretary General of the National Council for Sustainable Development, as well as the Deputy Secretary General of the National Committee for Coastal Management and Development.

After achieving a BSc in Fisheries Science at the Royal University of Agriculture in Phnom Penh, Dr Monyneath expanded his experience with an MSc in General Maritime Administration and Environment Protection from the World Maritime University, before obtaining a PhD in Environmental Management from Preston University. In addition to his other work, he now serves as a lecturer and supervisor at the Royal University of Agriculture.

Mr. Keita Furukawa
Japan
Technical Session Co-Chair

Dr. Keita Furukawa has more than 30 years’ experience with marine and coastal environmental research and coastal ecosystem restoration project implementation. This includes work within governmental institutions, along with ocean policy studies at the Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (OPRI-SPF). His scientific work has examined the open ocean, estuaries, tidal-flats, seagrass beds, coral reefs, and mangrove forests. He has been actively involved in local, national, regional, and global action for marine environment conservation and restoration. His career includes a research position at the National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management (NILIM: former PHRI) from 1988 to 2013, and as visiting research fellow at the Australian Institute for Marine Science (AIMS) from 1994 to 1996. Since April 2013, he has worked for the OPRI-SPF on topics including Ocean governance, Blue Economy, Ocean Education, and Integrated Coastal Management.

Ms. Chen Yue
China
Intergovernmental Session Co-Chair

Ms. Chen Yue graduated from China Ocean University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Chemistry. She holds a Master’s degree in Maritime Resources Management from the Department of Maritime Studies and International Shipping at the University of Wales. Formerly Director-General for International Cooperation in the State Oceanic Administration, Ms. Chen is now the Acting Director-General of Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Natural Resources of the People’s Republic of China. She is responsible for China’s bilateral cooperation with foreign countries and its participation in regional and global cooperation on marine issues, including marine scientific research, marine ecosystem conservation, marine environment monitoring and disaster mitigation, blue economy, and ocean policy.

Ms. Chen has led the Chinese delegation to the Consultative Meeting of Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes at Sea for more than 23 years, and served for four years as the Chairman of the Consultative Meetings of the Convention from 2009 – 2012.