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Executive Committee

Dr. Antonio La Viña
Council Chair

Dr. La Viña is an educator, lawyer and advocate of environmental and human rights issues. He is the Dean of the Ateneo School of Government in the Philippines and simultaneously serves on the board of national and international organizations on the environment and social entrepreneurship. Prior to this, he worked for eight years at the World Resources Institute based in Washington, D.C. From 1996 to 1998, Dean Tony was appointed Undersecretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources of the Philippines. He is a leading expert on climate change, biodiversity, sustainability and environmental law with dozens of published books, articles and papers. 

Dean Tony obtained his Masters (LLM) and Doctorate in Law (JSD) from Yale Law School. His Bachelor of Laws is from the University of the Philippines and his undergraduate degree in A.B. Philosophy is from the Ateneo de Manila University.


Mr. Arief Yuwono
Council Co-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. Zhang Haiwen
Intergovernmental Session Chair

Dr. Haiwen has been working with the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) since 1999 and is currently its Director-General of the Department of International Cooperation. She is an advisor to the Chinese Association for the Law of the Seas and is a part-time professor at Beijing Normal University. Dr. Zhang has many years of experience in international marine affairs and marine legal issues. She took part in amending and drafting ocean-related law and regulations such as the Marine Environmental Protection Law of China, Sea Area Use Management Law of China, and Islands Protection Law of China, among many others. She has published books, theses and articles on the law of the sea and frequently participates in UN conferences or international academic institutions’ events on marine legal issues and international marine affairs.

Dr. Zhang has a PhD and Masters Degree in International Law from the Law School of Beijing University. 


Dr. Vu Thanh Ca
Intergovernmental Session Co-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. 


Makoto Harunari
Technical Session Chair

Mr. Harunari has an extensive career in developing national and international maritime policy. He served at the Japanese Ministry of Transport for over 30 years and became the Director General of the Maritime Bureau of the Ministry before retiring from the government. In 2008, he became President of the Japan Maritime Center, a key think tank in the Japanese maritime community. After three years at Japan Maritime Center, Mr. Harunari became Managing Director of Japan Institution for Transport Policy Studies (ITPS), a prestigious think tank that works closely with the Japanese government. ITPS covers a variety of transport policies including maritime policy. With his in-depth experience and knowledge in maritime issues, he has presented to maritime experts around the world and published numerous papers.

Makoto earned his law degree at the University of Tokyo in Japan.


Dr. Jae Ryoung Oh
RO Korea
Technical Session Co-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.