Dr. Kazuo Nadaoka is professor emeritus and specially appointed professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology. He is a scientific steering committee member of Sustainability Initiative in the Marginal Seas of South and East Asia (SIMSEA) and the chair of the SIMSEA subcommittee in the Science Council of Japan (SCJ). He was also a former Vice-President of Japanese Coral Reef Society (JCRS), a council member of International Coral Reef Society (ICRS) and Chair of Coastal Engineering Committee in Japan Society of Civil Engineers (CEC/JSCE). His main research fields are coastal ecosystem conservation studies, integrated coastal zone management, and coastal oceanography engineering. He is currently working as the Japan side PI for two international projects; one is “Comprehensive Assessment and Conservation of Blue Carbon Ecosystems and their Services in the Coral Triangle (BlueCARES)” Project under the SATREPS program jointly funded by JICA and JST, which is a six-year trilateral joint project between Japan, Indonesia and Philippines, another is “Coastal Ocean Assessment for Sustainability and Transformation (COAST Card)” Project under the Belmont Forum CRA-Oceans, which is a four-year international joint project between USA, Japan, Philippines, India and Norway.