Akira Sakano

Chair of the Board of Directors, Zero Waste Academy Japan

Bachelor’s in Policy Studies. Experience in various management roles in both non-profits and corporates in Japan, Mongolia and the Philippines. In 2014, moved to Kamikatsu, the first municipality declaring the zero waste ambition in Japan and joined the Zero Waste Academy. Currently serve as the Chair of the Board of the Directors, Zero Waste Academy, Japan. Delivers planning and implementation of zero waste policy services to local governments and businesses, organizes the Zero Waste Accreditation system for businesses to brand efforts to achieve the zero waste goal, and delivers more than 100 sessions/lectures annually to advocate for zero waste practices. Global Shaper, World Economic Forum; 2015-16, Head, Global Shapers Community Osaka Hub.