Takanobu Aikawa has been in his current position, Senior Researcher, Renewable Energy Institute in Tokyo, since June 2016. He has been spurred by the Great East Japan Earthquake, and began to engage in a variety of bioenergy projects, mainly focusing on woody biomass. In June 2017, he was appointed as a board member of Japan Woody Bioenergy Association. He was previously employed in a senior research consulting position for Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co., Ltd. from 2004 to 2016 and was involved in investigations and consulting activities on forest sector. He obtained his Master degree in forest ecology from the Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University. In March 2016, he completed his doctorate in agricultural studies on the theme of human resources development policy in the area of forest management.