Keynote Speakers


Yoshinori Nakagawa | Sophia University, Japan

Born in 1977, Yoshinori Nakagawa obtained his degree in Engineering from the graduate school of civil engineering at the University of Tokyo. He subsequently held positions as an assistant professor at the same university and as an associate professor at Kochi University of Technology. Currently, he serves as a professor at the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies at Sophia University. Additionally, he is affiliated with and leads a three-year project at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature.

Nakagawa specializes in qualitative research, particularly life story studies. Leveraging this expertise, he is actively involved in academic exploration of Future Design and its practical application in real-world contexts. Future Design involves the development of social systems that ensure the well-being of future generations.




Satya Harpalani | Southern Illinois University Carbondale, USA


Dr. Harpalani serves as a Professor in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Materials Engineering and Associate Dean of the College of Engineering, Computing, Technology and Mathematics at Southern Illinois University. Starting with his PhD dissertation work at University of California Berkeley, he has devoted his entire academic career to studying flow in porous media, with emphasis on production of natural gas, geologic storage of carbon dioxide and bioconversion of coal to natural gas. He has conducted research in the amount of over $20M, with funding from US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency and large private operators, like British Petroleum, ConocoPhillips, Advanced Resources International, VICO Indonesia and IKAV Energy. Recently, he has expanded his research in the area of production of hydrogen in situ, its storage and production. Finally, Dr. Harpalani has authored in excess of a hundred publication, mostly in the area of flow in deep rocks and graduated a large number of graduate students.




Abbas Taheri | Queen's University, Canada


Abbas Taheri is a Tenured Associate Professor at the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, where he holds the Chair in Mine Design.
Abbas has over 20 years of industry, research, and teaching experience in geotechnical engineering, rock mechanics, and mining engineering. In 1999 he earned a BASc in Mining Engineering and in 2002 an MASc in Rock Mechanics from Amir Kabir University of Technology, Iran. He worked for over four years in the industry in civil and mining engineering projects before moving to Japan in 2005 to a PhD in geotechnical engineering at Yokohama National University. His PhD thesis has been internationally acknowledged as outstanding research work and has been awarded a runner-up certificate (Proxime Accessit) of "ISRM Rocha Medal 2010" from the International Society for Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering (ISRM). In 2008 he was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and joined Tokyo University of Science. In 2011 he was appointed as a lecturer and then a senior lecturer at the University of Adelaide, Australia, until 2021, when he moved to Queen’s University, Canada, as an Associate Professor.
Abbas is the president of the Commission on Deep Mining of the ISRM. Dr Taheri is/was a member of the Editorial Board of several scientific journals, including “Soils and Foundations”, “Bulletin of Engineering Geology and Environment”, “International Journal of Mining Science and Technology,” “Minerals” etc. Abbas is/was the chair, organizer, and member of the organization committee of many international symposiums and workshops. He has produced more than 160 refereed publications. Dr Taheri has developed and toughed several courses in geotechnical engineering and mining operation.

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