* Speakers list is subject to change (latest update: 16 June 2017)

Yasuhiro Baba

Director of the Office of Fluorocarbons Control Policy , Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan

Mr. Baba joined the Ministry of Health and Welfare in 1996. He was in charge of climate change policy, waste management, environmental impact assessment and decontamination of radioactive materials. Mr. Baba currently works at the Japanese Ministry of the Environment. He holds the position of the Director of the Office of Fluorocarbons Control Policy at the Climate Change Policy Division in the Global Environment Bureau.

Marc Chasserot

CEO, shecco

Marc Chasserot is a specialist in natural refrigeration with over 15 years experience in the HVAC&R sector, starting as the Marketing Manager for the Norsk Hydro business unit specialised in CO2 transcritical refrigeration and heating. He worked closely with several Japanese manufacturers selling the market innovative "CO2 Ecocute heatpumps".

In 2006 Marc founded the industry leading website for CO2 cooling and heating experts worldwide, called This was followed by three additional industry resources for hydrocarbons, water and ammonia (namely:, and

Marc is co-founder and Managing Director of shecco sprl (Belgium), an independent market development company specialised in bringing Natural Refrigerants 'faster to market', working with numerous companies worldwide. Marc has  chaired and organised several international workshops bringing together leading policy and industry experts to discuss 'how to bring natural refrigerants' faster to market, known as 'ATMOsphere'. He is also an active member of ASHRAE.

Jan Dusek

Business Development Officer, shecco Japan K.K.

Jan holds a Doctor of Engineering degree in System Design from Hosei University in Tokyo and a Master’s degree from the Czech Technical University in Prague. During his studies, and research undertaken in the USA, Europe and Japan, Jan has centered his academic focus on environmental technologies and marketing strategies. Having lived in Japan for over 8 years, Jan communicates fluently in Japanese and has a rich experience cooperating with Japanese industry. Jan is currently based in Tokyo, responsible for business development activities and monitoring Asian markets on behalf of shecco Japan.

Ignacio Gavilan

Sustainability Director, The Consumer Goods Forum

In his role Ignacio leads the CGF’s Environmental Sustainability team that aims to position the consumer goods industry as a leader in protecting against climate change and reducing waste. The CGF has a unique Sustainability Steering Committee comprised of leading retailers and manufacturers in addition to a number of Working Groups that drive forward the CGF’s sustainability agenda on topics such as Refrigeration, Food Waste, Circular Economy and the procurement of deforestation-free commodities.Prior to his current role, Ignacio worked as Founder & Principal Consultant at Accipiter, a sustainability advisory service where he helped SMEs working in international markets to create strategic sustainability roadmaps. He also brings experience from 15+ years working for large corporations such as McDonald's, British Petroleum (renewable energy) and the mining company Anglo American.

Katsuhiko Harada

President, Nihon Netsugen Systems

Mr. Harada is the president of Nihon Netsugen Systems; manufacturer of chillers and heat pump systems partnering with GEA Refrigeration Technology in Germany. Mr. Harada takes leadership in introducing European CO2 supermarket cooling systems to Japan. In addition, Nihon Netsugen Systems manufactures natural refrigerant products like ammonia and propane chiller systems.
Mr. Harada holds Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Keio University, and Master of Arts in Economics from New York University. Prior to his current carrier, he worked as a journalist for the political division of NHK – Public TV Japan.

Akito Machida

Director, Head of Research and Development Center, Mayekawa

Akito Machida graduated from Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Chiba Institute of Technology, Japan. He joined to Mayekawa in 1985 and has developed an air cycle refrigerator, a turbo Brayton cycle refrigerator and a helium refrigerator. Currently, he is a director of Mayekawa Mfg. Co., Ltd, and Head of Research and Development Center since 2014.

Tetsuji Okada

President, Japan Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Industry Association

Mr. Okada is the President of the Japanese Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry Association (JRAIA). JRAIA represents all of the major manufacturers of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment in Japan. Prior to being the President of the JRAIA, Mr. Okada worked on the technical design of air conditioning equipment at Mitsubishi, where he had a distinguished career, including responsibility for Mitsubishi in Europe.

Shinichirou Uto

Architect, Energy Management, Lawson

Mr. Uto is in charge of the Store Development Division within Lawson, a Japanese leader in CO2 transcritical refrigeration systems installed in convenience stores (CVS). Mr. Uto's role encompasses the construction planning and promotion of Lawson's stores featuring the latest environmental technologies. Besides a specialty in CO2 refrigeration systems, Mr. Uto also carries out other energy saving measures in Japan and overseas.

Marek Zgliczynski

Manager of Commercial Refrigeration Product Engineering, embraco

Marek Zgliczynski has been a Manager of Commercial Refrigeration Product Engineering in Embraco Europe Srl since 1994. His responsibilities include the development of household and light commercial refrigeration products and related processes, the technical assistance to sales to promote the advantages of Embraco products as well as cooperating with customers in energy efficient and reliable refrigerating systems design. Marek was recently elected as a Chairman of IEC/SC61C subcommittee, an international committee taking care of the safety standardization for the refrigeration industry. He is also a Conference Chairman and a Reviewer in IIR publications as well as an Ashrae Member. Marek got his Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering after following courses in Turin Politechnic in Italy and in Warsaw Politechnic in Poland.