Roger Smith

Asia Lead

Tokyo, Japan

Roger Smith

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Roger Smith is the Asia Lead for SteelWatch. He has been active on steel and heavy industry since 2020, including negotiations of aspects of the ResponsibleSteel standard related to greenhouse gas emissions and the responsible sourcing of materials. He works closely with civil society partners in Japan to build bridges within the Asia-Pacific region and with allies in Europe and North America.

Roger has worked in Japan since 2014, when he moved to the northeastern Tohoku region to promote the reconstruction following the devastating earthquake and tsunami. Before coming to Japan he worked for a decade as an advocate, grassroots leader and lobbyist on climate change and renewable energy in Connecticut with Clean Water Action. He coordinated state and regional coalitions that built grassroots power to set national policy precedents on scaling up renewable energy and energy efficiency. Roger graduated with a degree in history from Wesleyan University.

I’m driven by the realization that climate change impacts all of us and addressing it means building movements to fight it beyond national and regional boundaries.

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