Speakers

Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. This page provides information about presenters. For details of presentations and other programming, please visit the Programme page.


Keynote Speakers

  • Sachiko Ishikawa
    Sachiko Ishikawa
    Japan International Cooperation Agency, Japan
  • Haruko Satoh
    Haruko Satoh
    Osaka University, Japan
  • Yozo Yokota
    Yozo Yokota
    Center for Human Rights Affairs, Japan

Featured Speakers

  • Suvendrini Kakuchi
    Suvendrini Kakuchi
    University World News (Tokyo), Japan
  • Justin Sanders
    Justin Sanders
    Osaka University, Japan
  • Naoki Umemiya
    Naoki Umemiya
    Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan
  • Mark Williams
    Mark Williams
    International Christian University (ICU), Japan

Previous Speakers

View details of speakers at past ACEID conferences via the links below.

Sachiko Ishikawa
Japan International Cooperation Agency, Japan

Biography

Dr Sachiko Ishikawa is Senior Advisor on Peacebuilding and South-South Cooperation at the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). She worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Sasakawa Peace Foundation prior to her current post. She also teaches at Dokkyo University. Dr Ishikawa has contributed a number of articles related to the issues of Mindanao peacebuilding and ASEAN, including “The Role of a Development Agency in Peacebuilding: Track One-and-a-Half Mediation in Mindanao” in Asian Journal of Peacebuilding (2014) and “Towards a People-Centric ASEAN: A Challenge for ASEAN in a New Era” in Harvard Asia Quarterly (2011).

Keynote Panel Presentation (2019) | Education and Displaced People
Haruko Satoh
Osaka University, Japan

Biography

Haruko Satoh is Specially Appointed Professor at the Graduate School of Engineering Science in charge of CAREN (Osaka University Centre for the Advancement of Research and Education Exchange Networks in Asia) and also lecturer at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), where she ran the MEXT Reinventing Japan project on “Peace and Human Security in Asia (PAHSA)” with six Southeast Asian and four Japanese universities. She is also the President of the The Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA).

In the past she has worked at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), Chatham House, and Gaiko Forum. Her interests are primarily in state theory, Japanese nationalism and identity politics. Recent publications include: “Rethinking Security in Japan: In Search of a Post-‘Postwar’ Narrative” in Jain & Lam (Eds), Japan’s Strategic Challenges in a Changing Regional Environment (World Scientific, 2012); “Through the Looking-glass: China’s Rise as Seen from Japan”, (co-authored with Toshiya Hoshino), Journal of Asian Public Policy, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 181–198 (July 2012); “Post-3.11 Japan: A Matter of Restoring Trust?”, ISPI Analysis No. 83 (December 2011); “Legitimacy Deficit in Japan: The Road to True Popular Sovereignty” in Kane, Loy & Patapan (Eds), Political Legitimacy in Asia: New Leadership Challenges (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), “Japan: Re-engaging with China Meaningfully” in Tang, Li & Acharya (Eds), Living with China: Regional States and China through Crises and Turning Points, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

Professor Haruko Satoh is a member of IAFOR’s Academic Governing Board. She is Chair of the Politics, Law & International Relations section of the International Academic Advisory Board.

Keynote Presentation (2019) | Between Aspiration and Reality: Cultural Conflict in a University Classroom
Keynote Panel Presentation (2019) | Education and Displaced People

Previous Presentations

Keynote Presentation (2017) | Preserving and Challenging Culture: The Right to Education
Yozo Yokota
Center for Human Rights Affairs, Japan

Biography

Professor Yozo Yokota is an internationally renowned jurist and teacher of international law, international economic law and international human rights law. He is currently President of the Japanese Center for Human Rights Education and Training, Special Advisor of the Japanese Ministry of Justice, and a Member of the Committee of Experts of the International Labour Organization, and Commissioner, International Commission of Jurists. Professor Yokota started his career as Legal Counsel to the World Bank in Washington, D.C., before holding professorships in international law at International Christian University (Tokyo), the University of Tokyo, and Chuo Law School. He has also held visiting professorships at the University of Adelaide (Australia), and the law schools of the University of Michigan and Columbia University. As an internationally respected proponent of human rights, he has extensively advised the United Nations, serving as the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar between 1992 and 96 and a Member of the UN Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights between 2000 and 2007.

Keynote Panel Presentation (2019) | Education and Displaced People
Suvendrini Kakuchi
University World News (Tokyo), Japan

Biography

Suvendrini Kakuchi, Tokyo Correspondent for University World News, is a Sri Lankan journalist based in Japan and covering Japan-Asia relations for more than two decades. She focuses on building understanding and respect between diverse populations in Asia based on equality and collaboration. She is also a regular commentator on Asian issues for Japanese publications and television. Ms Kakuchi is a Nieman Fellow and the recipient of a fellowship for South Asian reporters from the Foreign Press Center Foundation, Japan.

Featured Panel Presentation (2019) | Independence and Interdependence: Educational Cooperation Across Borders
Justin Sanders
Osaka University, Japan

Biography

Justin Sanders has over 14 years of experience in the international and higher education sectors. Most recently he served as a Global Recognition Manager for the International Baccalaureate (IB), working with universities and higher education systems around the world to develop their admissions policies. Prior, he served as Research Specialist for the IB, overseeing a wide variety of educational research projects in diverse national settings. Before joining the IB he spent several years supporting good governance in community colleges around the United States with the Association of Community College Trustees, as well as two years as an education volunteer in Azerbaijan with the US Peace Corps. He received an MA in International Education from the George Washington University, and is in his final year of a PhD at Osaka University, Japan, examining the internationalisation of national universities in East Asia.

Featured Panel Presentation (2019) | Independence and Interdependence: Educational Cooperation Across Borders
Naoki Umemiya
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan

Biography

Dr Naoki Umemiya is Director, Technical and Higher Education Team, Human Development Department, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). He leads the team in charge of JICA’s cooperation projects in the technical and higher education sector in different regions of the world. He also works on a research project of JICA Research Institute as a researcher. Before taking the position in 2016, he worked for Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as a JICA expert and Associate Professor between 2013 and 2016. From 2005 to 2009, he was stationed in Bangkok, Thailand, and served for the ASEAN University Network/Southeast Asian Engineering Education Development Network (AUN/SEED-Net) as a JICA expert. He holds an MEd from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a PhD from Tokyo Institute of Technology. He specialises in comparative and international education, especially quality assurance, internationalisation of higher education, inter-university exchanges and cooperation.

Featured Panel Presentation (2019) | Independence and Interdependence: Educational Cooperation Across Borders
Mark Williams
International Christian University (ICU), Japan

Biography

Mark Williams is Vice President for International Academic Exchange at International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan. Until 2017, he was Professor of Japanese Studies and Head of East Asian Studies at the University of Leeds, UK. He took his BA in Japanese studies at the University of Oxford and a PhD in Japanese literature at the University of California, Berkeley. He was Chair of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Leeds between 2006 and 2011 and President of the British Association for Japanese Studies, from 2007 to 2011. Between 2011 and 2014, he was seconded to Akita International University, Japan, where he served as Vice President for Academic Affairs. His published works include Endō Shūsaku: A Literature of Reconciliation; Christianity and Japan: Impacts and Responses (co-edited with John Breen); Representing the Other in Modern Japanese Literature: A Critical Approach (co-edited with Rachael Hutchinson); and Imag(in)ing the War in Japan: Representing and Responding to Trauma in Post-war Japanese Literature and Film (co-edited with David Stahl).

Featured Panel Presentation (2019) | Independence and Interdependence: Educational Cooperation Across Borders