Nobuyuki Higashi is responsible for global energy and environment strategy at INPEX CORPORATION where he previously served as General Manager of the Asia, Oceania & Offshore Japan Project Division.
Prior to joining INPEX in 2013, Higashi spent 31 years as a banking official at the Japan Bank for International Corporation (JBIC), most recently as Executive Officer overseeing both sovereign and project financing in the oil & gas and infrastructure sectors in the Asia Pacific region. He also previously served as the Japanese Representative Director of the Credit Guarantee Investment Fund (CGIF) established by the ASEAN+3 Forum and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Higashi has considerable experience in LNG project financing through direct involvement in projects in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Qatar and the Russian Far East. He spent two years at the International Energy Agency (IEA) as a gas analyst in 2008-2009 where he published “Natural Gas in China,” having previously also issued several reports and studies including “The Governing Ability of China, Economics Chapter IX; Energy,” a joint research study published in 2006.