Organising Committee

  • Dr William Baber
    Dr William Baber
    Professor, Kyoto University, Graduate School of Management, Japan
  • Dr Sarah Louisa Birchley
    Dr Sarah Louisa Birchley
    Professor, Faculty of Business Administration, Toyo Gakuen University, Japan
  • Dr Grant Black
    Dr Grant Black
    President, Black Inc. Consulting, Japan
  • Dr Joseph Haldane
    Dr Joseph Haldane
    Chairman & CEO, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
  • Professor Tom Houghton
    Professor Tom Houghton
    Director MBA (Oil & Gas), Curtin Graduate School of Business, Australia
  • Marco Koeder
    Marco Koeder
    Digital Business Director, J. Walter Thompson, Japan
  • Dr James W. McNally
    Dr James W. McNally
    Research Scientist, University of Michigan, USA & NACDA Program on Aging, USA
  • Professor Ted O’Neill
    Professor Ted O’Neill
    Professor, Faculty of International Social Sciences, Gakushuin University, Japan
  • Professor Haruko Satoh
    Professor Haruko Satoh
    Professor, OSIPP, Osaka University, Japan
  • Professor Philip Sugai
    Professor Philip Sugai
    Professor, Doshisha University, Graduate School of Business, Japan
Dr William Baber
Professor, Kyoto University, Graduate School of Management, Japan

Biography

Will Baber has combined education with business throughout his career, teaching business students in Japan and Europe and working in economic development for the State of Maryland and language services in Washington, DC. In his work he has frequently encountered cross cultural conflicts and synergies. He studies these issues as an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Management of Kyoto University. His research interests include cross-cultural adaptation and the impact of expatriates on the workplace. Dr Will Baber is Associate Editor of the IAFOR Journal of Business & Management.

Dr Baber is a member of IAFOR’s Academic Governing Board. He is Chair of the Business & Management section of the International Academic Advisory Board.

Dr Sarah Louisa Birchley
Professor, Faculty of Business Administration, Toyo Gakuen University, Japan

Biography

With an undergraduate degree in Geography, an MA in Education (TESOL) and a Doctorate in Education, with a focus on Management, Sarah Louisa feels extremely comfortable working in an interdisciplinary environment. She teaches courses in Organisational Behavior, Professional Skills, Academic Skills, Global Business and Management at Toyo Gakuen University, Japan and is also the Deputy Director of the International Exchange Center, responsible for running inbound and outbound study abroad experiences. Additionally, Dr Birchley works as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Tokyo, Japan, where she teaches courses in literature and presentation.

Sarah is currently a Series Consultant for the Pearson ELT textbook series, English in Common, based on the CEFR, and she has experience teaching and researching about CLIL and language policy in Japan. She is also a certified Birkman Consultant and is currently undergoing micro-expression training to improve her coaching skills.

Dr Birchley’s primary research is grounded in the field of Education Management. Recent research has explored the marketing of higher education, human resource management in education and organisational behavior in academic institutions.

Dr Grant Black
President, Black Inc. Consulting, Japan

Biography

Grant Black DSocSci CMgr FCMI FRSA Dr Grant Black is President of Black Inc. Consulting (Japan), a business & university global strategic management firm based in Tokyo. He holds a BA Highest Honors in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara; an MA in Buddhist Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles; and a Doctor of Social Science (DSocSci) from the Department of Management in the School of Business at the University of Leicester. Grant began his management training at Hyatt and has a career trend as global manager, systems builder, executive leader and university professor. Most recently he held a six-year post as an associate professor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Tsukuba. Research areas: global management skills, intercultural intelligence (CQ) and organisational management. Dr Black is a Chartered Manager (CMgr), the highest status that can be achieved in the management profession in the UK. In 2018, he was elected a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

Dr Joseph Haldane
Chairman & CEO, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan

Biography

Joseph Haldane is the Chairman and CEO of IAFOR. He is responsible for devising strategy, setting policies, forging institutional partnerships, implementing projects, and overseeing the organisation’s business and academic operations, including research, publications and events.

Dr Haldane holds a PhD from the University of London in 19th-century French Studies, and has had full-time faculty positions at the University of Paris XII Paris-Est Créteil (France), Sciences Po Paris (France), and Nagoya University of Commerce and Business (Japan), as well as visiting positions at the French Press Institute in the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (France), The School of Journalism at Sciences Po Paris (France), and the School of Journalism at Moscow State University (Russia).

Dr Haldane’s current research concentrates on post-war and contemporary politics and international affairs, and since 2015 he has been a Guest Professor at The Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, where he teaches on the postgraduate Global Governance Course, and Co-Director of the OSIPP-IAFOR Research Centre, an interdisciplinary think tank situated within Osaka University.

He is also a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Philology at the University of Belgrade, a Member of the International Advisory Council of the Department of Educational Foundations at the College of Education of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network for Global Governance.

From 2012 to 2014, Dr Haldane served as Treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (Chubu Region) and he is currently a Trustee of the HOPE International Development Agency (Japan). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society in 2012, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2015.

A black belt in judo, he is married with two children, and lives in Japan.

Professor Tom Houghton
Director MBA (Oil & Gas), Curtin Graduate School of Business, Australia

Biography

Dr Tom Houghton is Director of the MBA (Oil & Gas) at Curtin Graduate School of Business, Australia, and was previously a Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde, UK. His principal field of research is sustainable energy economics and he has a keen interest in energy for development, having established a training program in Renewable Energy for Developing Countries with UNITAR. Dr Houghton is a Visiting Professor at Nagoya University of Commerce and Business, Japan, where he provides courses in sustainable energy to MBA students. Before joining Strathclyde he spent more than five years in the power industry and a further eight in the banking sector, latterly as director at the Japanese bank Nomura. With colleagues in Asia and the United States, he established a consulting company in the renewable energy sector in 2011. Dr Houghton holds an MEng from Imperial College, an MBA from London Business School and a PhD from the University of Strathclyde.

Dr Tom Houghton is the editor of the IAFOR Journal of Sustainability, Energy & the Environment.

Marco Koeder
Digital Business Director, J. Walter Thompson, Japan

Biography

Marco joined JWT in 2015 as the Director of Digital Business supporting the digital business activities of the agency and its clients.

Originally from Germany, while based there he was one of the core members of I-D Media, a start-up that went IPO and became one of Europe's biggest digital agencies. He then moved to Tokyo to become the head of Cybermedia, a small digital strategy agency. There he was in charge of the development and implementation of digital strategies for clients, such as Bosch, Lufthansa, Disney, Nestle and others. He then joined MRM//McCann Japan as the Digital Marketing Director. Part of his daily business was to develop, implement and supervise online strategies for global brands in the Japanese market including web, mobile and social media.

Marco is a frequent speaker at industry events and has been teaching eMarketing and Social Media Marketing at the International University of Japan for a while. He is also the co-author of Six Immutable Laws of Mobile Business, a business strategy guide published by Wiley in the US/Europe and Korea.

In his spare time, Marco mentors start-up companies in Asia and Europe.

Dr James W. McNally
Research Scientist, University of Michigan, USA & NACDA Program on Aging, USA

Biography

Dr James W. McNally is the Director of the NACDA Program on Aging, a data archive containing over 1,500 studies related to health and the aging lifecourse. He currently does methodological research on the improvement and enhancement of secondary research data and has been cited as an expert authority on data imputation. Dr McNally has directed the NACDA Program on Aging since 1998 and has seen the archive significantly increase its holdings with a growing collection of seminal studies on the aging lifecourse, health, retirement and international aspects of aging. He has spent much of his career addressing methodological issues with a specific focus on specialized application of incomplete or deficient data and the enhancement of secondary data for research applications. Dr McNally has also worked extensively on issues related to international aging and changing perspectives on the role of family support in the later stages of the aging lifecourse.

Professor Ted O’Neill
Professor, Faculty of International Social Sciences, Gakushuin University, Japan

Biography

Ted O’Neill is a professor at Gakushuin University, Tokyo, in the Faculty of International Social Sciences. He previously taught at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Tokyo Medical and Dental University and J. F. Oberlin University. Ted was co-editor of The Language Teacher for the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) and later served on the JALT National Board of Directors as Director of Public Relations from 2012 to 2016. He received an MA in ESL and Bilingual Education from the University of Massachusetts/Boston, USA in 1996 and completed a postgraduate Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy through the Graduate School of Education at the State University of New York in 2014. He is a part of a research group studying implementation of content-based language education and content and language integrated learning in East and Southeast Asia with the generous support of The Research Institute for Oriental Cul­tures at Gakushuin University.​

Professor Ted O’Neill is a Vice-President (at large) of IAFOR. He is a member of the Educational Technology section of the International Academic Advisory Board.

Professor Haruko Satoh
Professor, OSIPP, 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.

Professor Philip Sugai
Professor, Doshisha University, Graduate School of Business, Japan

Biography

Dr Sugai is a Professor of Marketing within Doshisha University's Graduate School of Business and a Senior Fellow at the OSIPP-IAFOR Research Center at Osaka University. Dr Sugai also served as a Visiting Professor for Stanford University from 2015–2017, where he taught Innovation in Japan at the Stanford Overseas campus in Kyoto. Prior to joining the Doshisha University faculty, Dr Sugai taught at the International University of Japan in Niigata where he also served as Dean and Associate Dean of the IUJ Business School for six years.

Dr Sugai is the author of two books, The Value Plan and The Six Immutable Laws of Mobile Business (John Wiley & Sons) and has published case studies with Ivey Business School Publishing on KITKAT Japan, AGL, Hatsune Miku and Walt Disney Internet Group.

He received his Doctorate degree from Waseda University and his MBA in Marketing and Operations Management from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He has worked as a marketing executive at American Express, Muze, Inc., and Lightningcast, Inc., and currently serves as a marketing advisor and marketing strategy consultant to companies both in Japan and globally.