Izumi Kai

JERA Energy America LLC


Izumi Kai is President of JERA Energy America which procures gas and power for LNG production and export. In 2016, he joined Tokyo-based global energy company JERA Co. that produces about 30% of all electricity in Japan. Mr. Kai established JERA’s LNG optimization and trading platform globally. He was appointed Head of Freeport LNG Business, Senior Vice President of JERA Americas in 2019, and Chief Strategy Officer in 2021. Mr. Kai started his career as a civil engineer at Tokyo Electric Power Company and has 25 years of business development experience in Japan, Malaysia, Australia and the US. Mr. Kai serves as a member of the Board of Managers of Freeport LNG and led JERA Americas’ recent successful $2.5 billion acquisition of a 25.7% interest in Freeport LNG from Global Infrastructure Partners. Mr. Kai holds an MBA in Global Management from Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Sessions With Izumi Kai

Wednesday, 9 March

  • 12:00pm - 12:50pm (CST) / 09/mar/2022 06:00 pm - 09/mar/2022 06:50 pm

    Special Dialogue: Asia’s Energy Transition & the Role of Gas

    Panel Gas & LNG

    Asia has the world’s fastest growing energy demand and will see the largest rise in emissions in the coming decades. Its ability to manage both the climate agenda and energy transition—to deliver reliable and affordable access to power and to stem emissions and pollution—will be key to delivering on the region’s expectations for prosperity and sustainability. To address this challenge, Japan and several Asian partners have been developing the Asia Energy Transition Initiative. The region has the potential to transform into a global renewable energy hub. Recent energy shocks in Asia and Europe have demonstrated the critical importance of meeting natural gas demand for electrification, heating, and petrochemicals. How can Asia attract the investment it needs to meet these transitional challenges? What mechanisms can be employed for the Asia Pacific region to reach its net zero future while also guaranteeing a just transition?