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.


Professor Aiko Kashimura, PhD (Japan)
Professor of Sociology and Psychoanalysis at Aichi University
Lecture: “Cultural Differences and Similarities of Japan, China and S. Korea in Modern Times”

Prof. Aiko Kashimura completed Graduate Courses at the Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, Faculty of Letters at the University of Tokyo. Her most recent books include “How does the Clinical Sociology Think?” (Seidosha, 2009) and “The Psychoanalysis of Neo-Liberalism” (pocket book of Kobunsha, 2007), co-authored “Routledge Companion to Contemporary Japanese Social Theory” (Routledge, 2013) and “The Consequences of Global Disasters” (Routledge, 2016).


Professor Ray Smith, PhD (USA)
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 (USA)
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.


Professor Glen D. Hook, PhD (United Kingdom)
Emeritus Professor of Japanese Politics and International Relations and former Toshiba Research Professor in the School of East Asian Studies, the University of Sheffield.
Lecture: “International Relations and Contemporary Japan”

Prof. Glenn D. Hook has published numerous articles and chapters in Japanese as well as in English on Japanese and East Asian politics and international relations, especially in relation to security, risk and governance. His publications include Environmental Pollution and the Media. Political Discourses of Risk and Responsibility in Australia, China and Japan (Routledge, 2017); Excavating the Power of Memory in Japan (editor, Routledge, 2016); Regional Risks and Security in Japan: Whither the Everyday (coauthor, Routledge, 2015); Japan’s International Relations: Politics, Economics and Security (coauthor, Routledge, 2012, third edition);


Assistant Professor Magdalena Ciubancan, PhD (Romania)
Professor of Language Studies (Japanese Linguistics)
“Dimitrie Cantemir” Christian University, Bucharest, Romania
Lecture: “Modern Japanese History”

Assist. Prof. Magdalena Ciubancan completed a PhD in Linguistics, at the “Babes-Bolyai” University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She served as President of The Association of Japanese Language Teachers in Romania between 2011 and 2015.  Her research interests include intercultural communication, cultural linguistics, contrastive linguistics, foreign language teaching methodology. Scientific publications include books on Japanese linguistics and Japanese language and articles on language aspects (in Japanese, English and Romanian) regarded from a contrastive perspective, as well as on the relation between culture and language. Currently, Assistant Professor Magdalena Ciubancan is a member in editorial boards of several scientific journals and volumes and organizer of conferences and symposia on Japanese Studies in Romania. Translation works from Japanese into Romanian include novels by Yasushi Inoue, Junichiro Tanizaki and Hiromi Kawakami.


Professor Jekaterina Kartašova, PhD (Lithuania)
Professor of Behavioural Economics and Finance
“Asia vs Europe – what makes us different?”
“Characteristics of Geopolitics, Economy and Culture of Asia and Asian Community”

Dr. Jekaterina Kartašova is the author of more than 30 scientific publications in different scientific journal, co-author of 2 monographs and scientific study. Her research interests include behavioural economics and finance, that also implies interdisciplinary research – Economics, Finance, Psychology. Dr. Jekaterina Kartašova and is well recognized as a researcher in Lithuania and internationally, participates in scientific and research projects.


Professor Mindaugas Briedis, PhD (Lithuania)
Professor of Philosophy Studies
Lecture:“Asian Community: Buddhism Culture and Confucius Tradition”

Prof. Mindaugas Briedis has published more than thirty articles about comparative studies of religions, cultural studies, media studies and phenomenology of culture. Prof. Mindaugas Briedis is co-author of the monograph, “The Science of Communication” with various other authors from Lithuania, USA and Japan (Kyoko Koma) and has participated in a number of discussions dedicated to philosophy, mythology and cultural-political analysis of the region at the Center of Oriental Studies, Vilnius university.


Dr. Linas Didvalis, PhD (Lithuania)
Professor of East Asian Studies
“Perception of History of Three Countries: Japan, China and South Korea”
“Historical Memory and its Impact Sino-Japanese Relations”

Dr. Linas Didvalis is a lecturer of political science at Vytautas Magnus University (Kaunas, Lithuania). He is teaching East Asian politics, society and development related courses both to BA and to MA students, and is coordinating study/research projects conducted at the Centre for Asian Studies. His main research interest is sustainability issues in East Asia region. Dr. Didvalis received his PhD from International Christian University (Tokyo, Japan) in 2015.


Associate Professor Jusif Seiranov, PhD (Lithuania)
Associate Professor of Institute of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Business, Mykolas Romeris University
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.


Lect. doct. Benas Brunalas (Programme Coordinator, Lithuania)
Director of the Master Programme: “International Politics and Economics”

Benas Brunalas is a lecturer in the Political Science Institute at Mykolas Romeris University and since 2013, became a doctoral candidate in political sciences at Vytautas Magnus University, Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy. Interests: Theories of geopolitics and international relations; Theories of foreign policy; Fear studies; Security studies; Identity studies; Lithuanian foreign policy.