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This page shows the professors giving the lectures during the APU Virtual Mini University Program.

Virtual Mini University Program Professors

ALCANTARA Lailani Laynesa (APM)

Session: Diversity and Inclusion: Making Teamwork Work


Degree MBA, University of Tsukuba
PhD in Management, University of Tsukuba
About Professor Alcantara received her Ph.D. in Management from the University of Tsukuba as a Japanese government scholar. She has published articles and cases in the areas of international management and organization science in international peer-reviewed journals. She has also earned professional certificates on management and leadership from AACSB, Harvard University, and Cornell University.

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FAN Pengda (APM)

Session: Lessons learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic from the perspective of Finance


Degree Ph.D. in Economics, Kyushu University
About Dr. Pengda Fan is an assistant professor at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Kyushu University, Japan. Prior to his appointment at APU, he also taught finance in Akita International University, Japan. Specializing in the field of Corporate Finance, his research interests are initial public offerings (IPOs), corporate governance and Environmental, Social, & Governance (ESG). His work has been published in Small Business Economics, Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, Journal of Economics and Business. He has been teaching a wide range of finance related subjects: Finance, Corporate finance, Investment Strategy, Financial Market and Institutions. He also dedicated himself to supervising students who are targeting top-tier graduate schools in conducting empirical research.

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GOMEZ Oscar A. (APS)

Session: World development, environment and human security


Degree Master and PhD. Tohoku University (Environmental studies)
About His main interest is in global governance and the practice of human security ideas, particularly in relation to (humanitarian) crises (disasters, forced displacement, conflict, pandemics, climate change). He was Research Fellow at Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Research Institute for 5 years, and has helped draft several papers for UNDPs Human Development Reports (2014, 2016, 2020, ongoing). Some of his recent publications include edited books on Human Security Norms in East Asia (Palgrave) and Crisis Management Beyond the Humanitarian-Development Nexus (Routledge), and papers such as “Localization or deglobalization? East Asia and the dismantling of liberal humanitarianism” in Third World Quarterly, “Japan and the international humanitarian system: In the periphery by design, principle or strategy?” in Asian Journal of Comparative Politics, “International migration and human security under the COVID 19 pandemic” for a forthcoming edited volume, and “Protecting our human world order: A human security compass for a new sustainability decade”, a background paper for UNDP.

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HIRANO Miharu (APS)

Session: International law and its impact on our everyday life


Degree Ph.D. Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability, Kyoto University
LL.B. Faculty of Laws, Kyoto University
About Specializing in the field of international law, I research rules and institutions that relate to fresh water. Water can be a source of conflict between States as well as among people, and this tendency is becoming stronger. In my opinion, international law could serve as a tool to prevent, mitigate and solve such conflicts. For example, States have recently affirmed the existence of the human right to safe drinking water and their respective international legal duties to take steps to provide water for all (according to the United Nations, at present 844 million people lack access to the basic level of water service in the world). An increasing number of treaties on internationally shared watercourses, a widening scope of environmental conventions such as for the protection of wetlands, and the expanding field of international economic law that regulate foreign investment to water infrastructures or trade in water are other examples of the development of international law relating to water. Looking at them from the perspective of water, are they harmonized and effective in solving water-related problems world-wide? Or do we see overlaps and gaps? Furthermore, these questions also lead to a theoretical inquiry on the institutionalization of international legal order.

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LEE Geunhee (APM)

Session: What is management and how can you start your own business?


Degree Ph.D. (Business Administration), Temple University
Ph.D. (Tourism), Rikkyo University
Master (Tourism), Rikkyo University
About Professor Lee completed his Ph.D. in Business Administration from Temple University in 2012 after acquiring a master’s degree in Tourism. His research interests are marketing research, consumer behavior, viral marketing, and co-creation. His work has been published in Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing, Journal of Information Technology & Tourism, Pan-Pacific Journal of Business Research, and Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research. Prior to his appointment at APU, he served as the CEO of an education content developing company he founded.

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MANTELLO Peter A. (APS)

Session: AI and Society


Degree M.F.A. Master of Fine Arts, Media Arts, Concordia University
B.F.A. Bachelor of Fine Arts, Film Production, Concordia University
B.A. Bachelor of Arts, Asian Studies, Carleton University
About Peter Mantello is a Professor of Media, Ethics, and Technology at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Oita Japan. His research explores the porous boundaries and feedback systems between new media, AI, culture, conflict, and emerging technologies. Prior to his academic life, Mantello worked as a war photographer in conflicts zones in Burma and Cambodia as well as a creative director of advertising in Bangkok. Besides expertise in emotional AI, he has published on diverse topics such as videogames, jihadist media, memes, selfies, and computational policing. He has been awarded numerous grants and awards for his documentary photography, game design, experimental films, and scholarly work. Currently, he is a principal investigator on two projects dealing with various aspects of artificial intelligence. The first deals with computational advances in policing, criminal justice, and the shift from post-hoc to precrime society. The second project examines the cross-cultural ethical, political, social, and philosophical dimensions of emotional artificial intelligence in smart city design in the UK and Japan.

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OTSUKA Kozo (APM)

Session: Macroeconomic policies for inclusive recovery


Degree PhD (Economics), the University of Sydney, Australia
About Kozo Otsuka is a professor in the College of International Management. He obtained his PhD in economics from the University of Sydney, Australia. His research interests include economic growth, productivity, technology and innovations.

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VAFADARI M. Kazem (APS)

Session: Globally important Agriculture Heritages of Oita


Degree Master Degree, Graduate School of Economics, ISU University
Ph.D., School of Asia Pacific Studies, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
About Dr. Kazem Vafadari is Director of International Center for Asia Pacific Tourism (iCAPt); academic director of the Kunisaki city research center for world agriculture heritage, Oita, Japan and Division Head, Graduate school of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) Tourism and Hospitality (THP) Beppu, Japan. He worked with United Nations University and Kanazawa University in Japan before joining APU in 2011. He is an expert on Tourism and natural resource management and tourism applications of agriculture heritage landscapes. His research background also includes community building and rural revitalization and destination branding.

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