Mr. Yoji Sato (Japan)
Chairman and President of the One Asia Foundation

Mr. Yoji Sato is the founding Chairman and President of the One Asia Foundation, based in Japan. After graduating from Waseda University, he worked at his father’s distribution company in Japan before starting his own company. Mr. Yoji Sato has devoted his whole life to his vision of “One Asia”.


Professor Norio Suzuki, PhD (Japan)
Professor of Political Philosophy
Lecture: “One Asia Community: Cultural, Political and Economic Aspects”

Prof. Norio Suzuki (PhD, Politics) is currently Dean of Faculty of International Communication at Aichi University. He is also a member of committee of International Center for Chinese Studies (ICCS) at Aichi University, where he works on several research projects of Islam and China. He was Director of Institute of International Affairs of Aichi University from April 2010 until March 2011. He was a visiting professor at l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques d’Aix-en-Provence from October 2005 until September 2006. He is also a member of CHERPA (Croyance, Histoire, Espace, Régulation Politique et Administrative) at Sciences po Aix since 2006.


Associate Professor Kenji Nakayama, PhD (Japan)
Professor of International Relations in East Asia and Peace Studies
Lecture: “Local Government Cooperation and East Asian Community: A “Sub-Regionalism” Perspective”

Kenji Nakayama is an Associate Professor at Soka University, Japan. He earned his MA and PhD degrees from Waseda University, Graduate School of Social Sciences, Japan. He specializes in international relations in East Asia and peace studies. He was a staff of Secretariat of the House of Representatives in Japan, before joining Soka University. His primary publications include “A Study of Endogenous Governance and Transnational Actors in Northeast Asia” (2015) and “An Introduction and Reference for Asian Regional Integration” (co-authored, 2013). Latest publication is “Mekong Region and Changing Borders,” in The New International Relations of Sub-Regionalism: Asia and Europe (co-authored, Routledge, 2018).


Professor Akira Kimura, PhD (Japan)
Professor of Peace Studies
Lecture: “Seeking a Common Understanding on Issues of Atomic Bombings: From the Viewpoint of Nagasaki”

Akira Kimura is a Professor of Kagoshima University. He major in the problem of the Atomic Bombing to Japan by USA in August 1945, and studied in the East Asian Community and Okinawa, as well. He is now the Co-chairman of the Academic Society of the East Asian Community. He has written many books about the problem of the Okinawa and the East Asian Community.


Professor Seonbae Lim, PhD (United States of America)
Professor of Information Systems Management
Lecture: “Living Innovation: A New Paradigm for Enriching Asian Community”

Seongbae Lim is a professor and department chair at St. Mary’s University, USA. He specializes his research in innovation strategy. He has published more than one hundred papers and conducted many keynote speeches about innovation for world-renowned institutes such as the United Nations. He recently published a new book, “Living Innovation from Value Creation to the Greater Common Good.”


Professor Ray Smith, PhD (United States of America)
Professor of  Inter- cultural Communications and Behavior Studies
“Asia vs Europe – what makes us different?”
“Characteristics of Geopolitics, Economy and Culture of Asia and Asian Community”

Prof. Ray Smith, an expert in organisational leadership issues, has a long history of teaching and lecturing not only in the U.S., but also abroad. He has also lectured at the Anglo-American University in the Czech Republic and is a member of the Fulbright specialists programme.


Professor Joseph Pilotta, PhD (United States of America)
Professor of Communication and Sociology Studies
Lecture: “Confucianism and Democratization in Asia”

Prof. Joseph Pilotta current works include Communication Theory of Society, Culture, Civilization and World Systems, The Making of the Knowledge Society and the Next. Former Professor at the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio and currently visiting Professor and Affiliate of  Mykolas Romeris University. Professor Joseph Pilotta completed a PhD in Communication at the Ohio University and a PhD in Sociology at the University of Toronto, Canada. Prof Pilotta has published 18 books and 200 more, articles, book chapters and presentations and is the current editor of Book Series Contemporary Cultural Studies, Nova Science Press. Special interest in Chinese innovation and its impact on Itself and Its Globalization of Innovation Impact on East Asia in 21st Century.


Professor Andreas Stoffers, PhD (Germany)
Professor of International Management
“Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank AIIB – China’s Answer to the West?”
“Business Communication in a Globalized World”

Prof. Andreas Stoffers studied political science and economics with a focus on International Relations and completed his PhD on German – Thai relations. Andreas has many years of practical management experience at Deutsche Bank AG (1996-2014). During this time, he was a long-time member of Deutsche Bank AG Vietnam Executive Board. In 2014, Andreas became Full Professor of International Management at the University of Applied Languages SDI in Munich. Moreover, he is Visiting Professor at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur/Malaysia and at the Vietnamese-German University in Saigon/Vietnam. Andreas is also appointed commercial judge at Munich District Court. His main research areas are the bilateral relations between EU and ASEAN as well as cross-cultural management.


Associate Professor Asun López Varela, PhD (Spain)
Associate Professor at the Department of English Studies
Lecture: “Cross-Cultural Communication: Future Cooperation Prospects for Asia and Europe “

Asunción López-Varela research interests are Comparative and World Literature, Cultural and Education Studies, as well as Cognitive and Intermedial Semiotics. Since 2007, she coordinates of the research program Studies on Intermediality and Intercultural Mediation SIIM. A proactive member of the profession, currently, López-Varela is Vice-Chair of the Department of English Studies at UCM, President of the European Society of Comparative Literature and member of Executive Committee of the Association of Alumni of the Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard University and of the Marie Curie Alumni Association MCAA, where she forms part of the Grant & Awards, Policy and Gender & Equality working groups.  López-Varela serves as external evaluator for various EU programs. In order to strengthen relations between Europe and Asia, López-Varela coordinates the Complutense-One Asia Foundation Seminar Series on Cross-cultural dialogue funded by the One Asia Foundation. She is honorary member of the Poetry Award Committee of Beijing Literature and ArtNetwork. López-Varela is also an editor and a member of the scientific committee of various academic journals. For more information on her pursuits and publications, please see: https://www.ucm.es/siim/asun-lopez-varela; https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1616-5830


Professor Lauri Paltemaa, PhD (Finland)
Professor of East Asian Studies
Lecture: “Sino-Japanese Relations from the 1860s to the Present”

Professor Lauri Paltemaa is currently the director of the Centre for East Asian Studies at the University of Turku. His research interests include East Asian and especially Chinese politics and contemporary history. His most recent research topics include politics of disasters and disaster management in the region.


Assoc. Prof. Gražina Čiuladienė, PhD (Academic Coordinator, Lithuania)
Professor of Social Studies (Pedagogy)
Lecture:  “Asian Ways of Managing Conflicts: A Cross Cultural Examination of Tactical Behaviors in Interpersonal Conflicts”

PhD in social studies (pedagogy), graduate of Vilnius University. Associate Professor in the Institute of Education Sciences and Social Work and in the Institute of Communication of Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius (Lithuania). Member of the International Association of Conflict Management (IACM). Research interests include the issues of interpersonal conflicts, cultural context shaping conflict resolution strategies, intercultural competence.  The author of 33 academic publications and a monograph dealing with this subject.


Lecturer Irmantas Pečiūra (Lithuania)
Lecturer of Global Politics and Security Studies
Lecture:“China’s Grand Strategy: Implications to Asia and the rest of the World”

Irmantas Pečiūra main research interest is China’s Grand Strategy and its (Political, Economic and Cultural) Implications to East Asia Region and the Rest of the World. Irmantas Pečiūra is a lecturer at Mykolas Romeris university and he is an official member of 16+1 High-level Academic Platform (16 CEE countries + China) in which he is collaborating with other researchers on topics relating to China-CEE countries cooperation in the context of One-Belt-One-Road initiative, EU-China relations and East Asia’s security architecture. Irmantas Pečiūra actively participates in various international scientific conferences and forums related to the mentioned topics.


Giedrė Svirbutaitė Krutkienė (Lithuania)
Lecturer of Economic Integration in Asia Studies
Lecture: “Economic Integration in Asia”

Giedrė Svirbutaitė-Krutkienė is a researcher and project coordinator at the Law Institute of Lithuania. She holds a MA in Economics and MA in Political Science. Main research interests are social policy and political economy, with the special focus on the analysis of social models ant the welfare state regimes, as well as the processes of economic and political integration, namely in the European and Asian regions.


Assoc. Prof.  Jusif Seiranov, PhD (Lithuania)
Associate Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Economics and Business
Lecture:  “The Economic Miracles of Asia: Is the Parade Over?”

Assoc. Prof. Jusif Seiranov is an Associate Professor from the  Institute of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Business at Mykolas Romeris University.He graduated from M. Lomonosov State University, Moscow, in 1987 and received his Ph.D. in economics from M. Lomonosov State University in 1991. Assoc. Prof. Jusif Seiranov has been with Mykolas Romeris University since 2009. His current research interests include studies of economic policies and studies of Asian economies. Presently, Assoc. Prof. Jusif Seiranov is a member of Asian Centre of Mykolas Romeris University and lectures on Asian economies for master and bachelor students.


Justina Razumaitė (Lithuania)
Chief Officer,  Policy Analysis Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lithuania
Lecture:  “Political Development of Japan: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives”

Justina Razumaitė completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, at Vytautas Magnus University, Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy in 2005. During the period of  2003 to 2004 she was an exchange student at Waseda University, Japan and studied Japanese Language, Politics of Japan, Japan and Pacific Rim Countries, Social Anthropology of Japan, Planning of International Development. From 2005 to 2009 she completed a Master of Arts in China Studies at National Chengchi University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Taiwan. Since June 2011, Justina is the Chief Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania. Research interests include: East Asian politics, international relations, human rights.


Assoc. Prof. Konstantinas Andrijaukas, PhD (Lithuania)
Associate Professor of Asian Studies and International Politics
Lecture:  “Geo-Strategies of Major Powers and Security Architecture of Today’s (North) East Asia”

Associate Professor of Asian Studies and International Politics (2016) at Vilnius University; formerly a senior visiting scholar at China’s Fudan (Shanghai, 2011) and Zhejiang (Hangzhou, 2013) universities as well as Columbia University (New York City, USA, 2017, Fulbright Scholar Program); participant of academic conferences and guest lectures in numerous institutions across Europe, Asia and America; author of a dozen academic publications in several languages, including a Lithuanian-language book on the contemporary relations between China, Russia and India.


Prof. Raimundas Dužinskas, PhD (Lithuania)
Professor of Economics Studies
Lecture:  “Economic Integration in Asia”

Professor Dr. Raimundas Dužinskas is a professor at Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania. He specializes his research in Economic integration in Europe and Asia, National State economic policy and Global risks and crisis. He is the author of numerous articles and actively participates in research visits in the United States of America(1991,1996) Finland (1992), Netherlands (1993) and in Sweden (1994).