Motoko Aizawa

Observatory for Sustainable Infrastructure

Motoko Aizawa is President of the Observatory for Sustainable Infrastructure. Based in Washington DC, she was a sustainability advisor at the World Bank from 2012-13. Before that, she worked for over 21 years at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), where she was the principal author of the organization’s Performance Standards and instrumental in the formation and implementation of the Equator Principles. She began her career as a project finance lawyer and later became an expert in environmental and human rights law and the non-financial aspects of due diligence.

Articles by Motoko Aizawa


High-Speed Rail Rivalry: Can China and Japan Drive Sustainability?

Thursday, June 20, 2019

This month, G20 leaders will endorse guiding principles for “quality infrastructure investment”, a priority for Japan. China’s support of these principles signals a willingness to address criticism of its Belt and Road Initiative. China and Japan, rivals in delivering high-speed rail, appear open to collaborating on projects that would meet high sustainability standards, writes Motoko Aizawa, President of the Observatory for Sustainable Infrastructure, who for 12 years headed the Policy and Standards Unit in the Environmental and Social Department of the International Finance Corporation (IFC).