The Third Conference on Sustainable Business, Energy and Development in Asia

The Hotel Clio Court Hakata
November 4-6, 2015

Fukuoka, Japan

Join us in Fukuoka, Japan — a city regarded as a model of urban renewal and a tourism dynamo!

Deadline for Submissions: Friday, August 14, 2015

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Inquiries contact: secretariat@esdfocus.org

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Fukuoka Welcome

Welcome to Fukuoka City, which, according to Newsweek Magazine, is regarded as one of the World’s 10 Most Dynamic Cities. Most recently,  the international renowned Monocole Magazine included Fukuoka in its list of the 10 most liveable cities in the world. In fact, in this year’s summer edition, the City was named as the 14th most livable city in the world, ranking higher than other great cosmopolitan and metropolitan locales like Hong Kong, Singapore and Paris. MONOCLE introduced Fukuoka as “a model of urban renewal” and “a tourism dynamo”, referring to its City Hall’s unique initiatives which includes a provision for making Internet access much wider via its Fukuoka Free Public WIFI Service. In addition, there has also been the recent renewal of Ohori Central Park and forming a economic cooperative relationship with its sister city of Busan, Korea.

COSDA 2015 Welcome

Today’s rapidly globalizing world has spawned dynamic changes from rising affluence and urban migration to heavy demands put on our finite resources and the environment.  The breakneck pace of development and consumption of modern society is an unsustainable course that threatens our ecosystem and future.  As humanity is the root of the problem, it is only reasonable that we are part of the solution.  Our response today focuses on sustainability, i.e., a balanced approach to economic activity, environmental responsibility and social progress. However, it is social responsibility that provides the cohesive framework for which the equilibrium between economic growth and the well-being of society and the environment can be maintained, where profit and self-interest alone do not dictate policy or one’s daily actions.  Accordingly, modern society demands both individual and corporate social responsibility for optimal impact, whereby all participants serve as conscientious leaders and role models to better their community, nation and the world.

Guided by this insight, the United Nations launched the UN Global Compact in 2000, an ethical paradigm for businesses that integrates human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption as well as other universal values like the Millennium Development Goals.  This model, coupled with sustainability, inspires and challenges organizations to be profitable while minimizing their negative environmental impact and following societal expectations.

We believe that social responsibility has its roots in the individual and expands to business communities, impacting both local and global communities on all levels.  As a result, together we must forge a path that integrates social and environmental concerns in our daily routines and business practices.

COSDA 2015, to be held in Fukuoka, Japan, is an international conference that offers a platform for scholarly and applied conversations among a wide variety of stakeholders concerned with the continual challenge of advancing the global sustainability agenda: people, planet, and growth.

As the fields of social responsibility, sustainable development and sustainable business cross over into multiple areas and disciplines, authors are welcome to submit from a range of topics, perspectives, and disciplines. The range of research submissions may include conceptual, empirical, experimental, and case studies. With the theme of Local Solutions to Global Problems the conference will promote a critical understanding of the innovative and organic approaches concerning business, energy and development toward sustainability.

This is an international, peer-reviewed conference. Full papers are welcome, but not required. Registered participants with an accepted abstract and/or refereed full paper will be published in the proceedings (ISSN 2188-6881). We invite abstract submissions of 250 words to be submitted through our online system on the following themes:

  • Climate Change and Sustainability
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Energy, Water and Environment
  • National and International Law
  • Science & Technology of Sustainability
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Fishing
  • Sustainable Business, Production and Consumption
  • Sustainable Development and Global Governance
  • Sustainable, Alternative and Renewable Energy
  • Sustainable Tourism, Ecotourism and Geotourism
  • Urban and Rural Sustainability and Resilience
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Other Areas (Please Specify)

Host Organizing Committee Chairperson

Takayuki Yamada Takayuki Yamada
Chairperson, Board of Directors
The PRESDA Foundation of Japan

Takayuki Yamada is a co-founder of the PRESDA Foundation of Japan. He currently serves as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors.

PRESDA is an independent, private, non-profit, chartered organization founded in 2010 by members of Rotary International to raise awareness in the realm of sustainable development and human rights and thereby increase the quality of life for the global community.

Mr. Yamada also serves on the Polio Plus Committee of Japan. In 2011 and 2013 he led humanitarian and medical missions to India and Bhutan to assist with immunization efforts to eradicate polio in South Asia. Most recently, Mr. Yamada was appointed to serve on the Rotary International Youth Exchange Programme in Japan.

Co-Chairperson and Program Director

Professor Michael Sasaoka Michael Sasaoka
Special Programs Director, ESD Focus, The PRESDA Foundation of Japan
Academic Director, TIER A Research Center, Japan

Professor Michael Sasaoka oversees special programs, events and business development for ESD Focus, which mobilizes ideas and raises awareness for the PRESDA Foundation of Japan. Michael holds degrees in international business and Japanese from San Diego State University, USA. Combining his interests in business and education he has been involved with education and training in Japan for the past seventeen years at the secondary, tertiary and corporate level. He has worked in curriculum design roles with YMB, ETS and CIEE. His research interest include globalization, sustainable development, oceanography and overfishing. Presently, he is involved with a private research center that tracks data and implements nationwide TOEIC examinations.  In his free time, he is an avid aquarist and maintains a sixteen-hundred liter, aquascaped saltwater aquarium. He is passionately concerned about the impact of pollution and overfishing on the global health of oceans and reefs.

Program Adviser and COSDA 2015 Featured Speaker

Hossein Esmaeili Hossein Esmaeili, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Law
Flinders University, Australia

Dr Hossein Esmaeili, is an Associate Professor of Law at Flinders University. He previously taught at the School of Law, University of New England and Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales and School of Law, University of Western Sydney. Dr Esmaeili’s teaching areas include Real Property Law, Trusts, Immigration and Refugee Law, Comparative Law and Public International Law. He is the author of The Legal Regime of Offshore Oil Rigs in International Law (2001, Ashgate, Aldershot) and has published scholarly articles in leading law journals in Australia, Europe and the United States. Hossein is the Co-Editor of Flinders Law Journal and Editor of State Practice Section of Journal of Islamic State Practices in International Law (UK).

Program Adviser and Immediate-Past Chairperson

Professor William Kittredge William P. Kittredge, Ph.D.
President, Cervelet Management & Strategy Consultants, Thailand
Visiting Professor, The Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand

Dr. William P Kittredge is the President of Cervelet Consulting. He is a senior level professional specializing in strategic economic development planning and has significant private sector entrepreneurial and executive experience. He has served as a Director National Programs and Performance Evaluation in U.S. Department of Commerce, Professor of Public Policy & Finance at Carnegie Mellon University, Australia and US Government representative at Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), France, amongst various senior management positions and appointments.

Program Adviser and Past Featured Speaker

MartinRomeroMorett Martin G. Romero-Morett, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of the Economics Department
University of Guadalajara, Mexico

Dr. Martin G. Romero Morett earned a Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Buffalo, a master’s degree at the University of Washington and a BA in Economics from the University of Guadalajara. He has served as an official in the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Economic Development of the State of Jalisco, Mexico. But his most extensive experience has developed in the university as a professor of undergraduate and graduate students; as a researcher in the field of economic integration processes; and as an officer, where he has been coordinator of the BA in Economics and Head of the Department of Economics at the University of Guadalajara. He was the co-founding director of the Master of International Economic Relations and Cooperation (Latin America-European Union), which is a program that is taught jointly with the Center for Latin American Studies at the Rey Juan Carlos University.

Program Adviser and Past Featured Speaker

SalvadorPenicheCamps Salvador Peniche-Camps, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics
University of Guadalajara, Mexico

Professor Salvador Peniche-Camps teaches in the Department of Economics at the University of Guadalajara, where he is also the coordinator of the Integral Basin Management Project in the University Center of Economics and Administrative Sciences. In addition, he also holds the title of Director of the International Seminar on the Santiago River Basin.

His primary research interests are in water administration, ecological economics and water economic fields. He has been working in international lobbying initiatives as well as international consulting for Mexican NGOs.

Dr Peniche-Camps has published extensively and he is the director of the scientific journal “Expresion Economica”, which is maintained by the Economics Department of the University Center of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of Guadalajara.

Program Adviser and Inaugural Chairperson

metri Bhimaraya Metri, Ph.D. (IIT – Bombay)
Dean (Academic) and Professor of Operations Management
International Management Institute
Former Dean of MDI & SSBS
President, Indian Subcontinent-region
Decision Sciences Institute (DSI), Atlanta, USA

Dr Bhimaraya Metri is Professor of Operations Management at the International Management Institute (IMI), located in Delhi, India. Prior to joining IMI, Professor Metri served as the Dean of the Strathclyde SKIL Business School, and also held numerous academic leadership positions, including Dean (Academics) and Dean (Graduate Programmes), and Chairman (PGPM) at top league B-school MDI Gurgaon. He has also served at Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani. Prof Metri has published over 90 research articles in international and national journals and proceedings. He is on several editorial advisory boards of national and international journals.

Program Adviser and Inaugural Keynote Speaker

John_Stayton John Stayton
Executive Director of Graduate and Professional Programs
School of Business and Economics
Sonoma State University, USA

John Stayton is the Executive Director of Graduate and Professional Programs for the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University, a position which encompasses both the evening and executive formats of SSU’s traditional and wine business MBA programs. After fifteen years in high technology industrial marketing, John desired to leverage his business background by developing a profession that would serve the environment and society. In 2000, he co-founded the world’s first graduate program in sustainable business that, in 2002, became known as the GreenMBA.

In 2010, John co-founded the Venture Greenhouse and now serves as its Director. The Venture Greenhouse (www.venturegreenhouse.org) is an early stage accelerator for scalable enterprises that address environmental and social issues. He also speaks and consults on venture creation, sustainable enterprise and organizational change as a Partner in CircadiaOne (www.CircadiaOne.com), a firm which guides enterprise change to sustainability.

Conference affiliates and initiatives that we support:

Sonoma State University  Dominican University of California Green MBA Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, UIC
Hiroshima Peace Institute  PRESDA Foundation of Japan  University of Guadalajara
Venture Greenhouse Clinton-Climate-Initiative  The Global Compact
 Flinders Law School Adelaide Australia CARE Defending Dignity Fighting Poverty Friends of the Global Fight


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