The Japan Society

Eiji Wakiwaka

Born and raised in Japan, Eiji Wakiwaka earned an undergraduate degree in commerce from Waseda University, Japan and an MBA from Harvard University.

He joined Mitsui & Co. Ltd in the Accounting Department of their Tokyo Head Office in 1973, and then transferred to their New York Office after the Harvard MBA program in 1978. After 3 and half years in New York, he returned to Tokyo in charge of Mitsui’s global oil trading activities in 1982.

In 1985, he left Mitsui and joined BP’s trading team in London, and became BP’s global oil trading manager, followed by a series of management positions in the UK Retail, Rotterdam and Antwerp Refining, and the US downstream in Cleveland, USA. He came back to London in 1993 to work for BP Exploration and Production (upstream) in charge of gas strategy in Asia Pacific, and then became CFO for BP Asia Pacific in Singapore, before returning to London in 1998 to work for Russia, Central and Eastern Europe downstream business development. In 1999, he returned to Japan to develop Retail business (now divested) and later became in charge of BP‘s Gas business in Japan, Korea and Taiwan. He also became President of BP Japan in 2001.

He returned to London in June 2009, and joined the Clinton Foundation in the area of Carbon Capture and Storage projects in Europe for Clinton Climate Initiative. He now acts as advisor to Clinton Climate Initiative.