Jeff Kucharski is a strategic thinker, policy entrepreneur and academic. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Royal Roads University in Victoria, B.C. Before retiring from the public service in 2012, he was an Assistant Deputy Minister in the Alberta Department of Energy responsible for international energy policy, strategic planning and intergovernmental relations. Kucharski spent almost half his working career in Japan in various roles including as Managing Director of the Government of Alberta’s trade office in Tokyo and as Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner in Nagoya, Japan on secondment to the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Prof. Kucharski is a regular speaker and presenter on energy and trade related issues. His academic research interests include international trade, energy policy, energy trade, and the geopolitics of the international energy business. He holds a Doctor of Energy Science degree from the Graduate School of Energy Science, Department of Socio-environmental Energy Science, Kyoto University in Japan and MBA and B.Com degrees from the University of Alberta.