Speakers

The 13th Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities (ACAH2022) is a multidisciplinary conference held concurrently with The 13th Asian Conference on the Social Sciences (ACSS2022). Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. Registration for either conference will allow participants to attend sessions in both.

This page provides information about presenters. For details of presentations and other programming, please visit the Programme page.


  • Jun Arima
    Jun Arima
    University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Grant Black
    Grant Black
    Chuo University, Japan
  • Parissa Haghirian
    Parissa Haghirian
    Sophia University, Japan
  • Lisa Lam
    Lisa Lam
    Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), Hong Kong
  • Han Ling
    Han Ling
    The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Previous Speakers

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

Jun Arima
University of Tokyo, Japan

Biography

Jun Arima was formerly Director General of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), United Kingdom, from 2011 to 2015 and Special Advisor on Global Environmental Affairs for the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan, from 2011 to 2015. He has previously held various international energy/environment-related positions, including: Head of Division, Country Studies, International Energy Agency (IEA); Director, International Affairs Division, Agency of Natural Resources and Energy, METI; and Deputy Director General for Environmental Affairs at METI’s Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau. In the COP (UN Convention on Climate Change) 14, 15 and 16, he was Japanese Chief Negotiator for AWG-KP. He is currently a Professor at the University of Tokyo, Japan, where he teaches Energy Security, International Energy Governance and Environmental Policies in the Graduate School of Public Policy.

Grant Black
Chuo University, Japan

Biography

Dr Grant Black is an associate professor in the Faculty of Commerce at Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan, where he has taught Global Skills and Global Issues since 2013. Grant is engaged in diverse roles as a global manager, systems builder, executive leader and university professor. His research and teaching areas include global management skills, intercultural intelligence (CQ) and organisational management. He also has taught Japanese Management Theory at J. F. Oberlin University (Japan), and a continuing education course in the Foundations of Japanese Zen Buddhism at Temple University Japan. Previously, he was Chair of the English Section at the Center for Education of Global Communication at the University of Tsukuba where he served in a six-year post in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. He holds a BA Highest Honors in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara; an MA in Japanese 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. 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). Grant is President of Black Inc. Consulting (Japan), a business & university global strategic management firm based in Tokyo which helps individuals and organisations achieve their global targets. He is the director of the newly formed Nippon Academic Management Institute (NAMI) and the author of the forthcoming “Education Reform Policy at a Japanese Super Global University: Policy Translation, Migration and Mutation” (Routledge, 2021). He serves as a Vice-President and Auditor for the International Academic Forum (IAFOR).

Dr Grant Black is a Vice-President (at large) of IAFOR and Auditor of the organisation. He is a member of the Business & Economics section of the International Academic Advisory Board.

Panel Presentation (2022) | Accidental Leadership and Innovative Learning
Parissa Haghirian
Sophia University, Japan

Biography

Parissa Haghirian is Professor of International Management at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. She has lived and worked in Japan since 2004 and is an internationally renowned expert in international management practices with a focus on Japan. Professor Haghirian earned an MA in Japanese Studies from the University of Vienna in 1999, followed by an MA and PhD in Business Administration from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration in 2000 and 2003 respectively.

In addition to her work at Sophia University, Professor Haghirian has been a visiting professor at HEC Paris (France), Keio University (Japan), Waseda University (Japan), Aalto University (Finland), University of Saint Joseph (Macao), the University of Graz and the University of Vienna (Austria). She held a visiting professorship in Japanese Management at Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) in Munich, Germany, from 2011 to 2012.

Professor Haghirian has published numerous books, academic papers, and articles on the topic of Japanese management. She is the author of Understanding Japanese Management Practices (Business Expert Press, 2010) and Successful Cross-cultural Management: A Guide for International Managers (Business Expert Press, 2011), and she is also the editor of Japanese Consumer Dynamics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) and The Routledge Handbook of Japanese Business and Management (Routledge, 2016). Her latest books are Japanese Management: Market Entry, Crisis and Corporate Growth and Doing GOOD Business in China. Her new book Overcoming Crisis – Case Studies of Asian Multinational Corporations will be published in summer 2022.

In addition to academics and research, Professor Haghirian advises major multinational companies on intercultural understanding and cooperation, and she coaches top global managers for success when working across cultures by providing new perspectives and skills. Professor Haghirian is a regular keynote speaker at conferences and corporate events in Europe, Japan, and Asia.

Panel Presentation (2022) | Accidental Leadership and Innovative Learning
Lisa Lam
Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), Hong Kong

Biography

Dr Lisa Lam is the Director of the Centre for Innovative Service-Learning (CISL) at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU). She oversees the development, management, delivery and evaluation of academic service-learning courses and initiatives, as well as the University’s first co-working space, TriAngle, that engages students in the world of social good and innovation through transforming knowledge and empathy into actions. Dr Lam has served on the judging panels of a number of awards and competitions, recent ones included the international Wharton-QS Reimagine Education Awards 2021, and the City I&T Grand Challenge 2021, which was the first city-wide innovation and technology competition in Hong Kong. Previously, Dr Lam was the Assistant Director of General Education at HKBU and developed and managed the university-wide General Education and University Core curricula. She was also Registrar at the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ), and taught courses and managed programmes in the tertiary sector for over 15 years. Dr Lam holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Panel Presentation (2022) | Accidental Leadership and Innovative Learning
Han Ling
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Biography

Ling Han is an Assistant Professor in the Gender Studies Programme at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is a sociologist researching the intersection of gender, technology, and social innovation. She obtained her PhD from the University of California, San Diego, and was awarded a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS) to research and manage the China Social Innovation Program. She got her BA in Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and MA in China Studies and Sociology from Tsinghua University, China. Prior to joining CUHK, she was a Research Fellow at the Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy (ACSEP), helming the research thrust on social innovation & social entrepreneurship at the National University of Singapore Business School, and also worked as a researcher for Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN). She leads research initiatives to compare the institutions, organisations, and actors that drive social innovation education and social entrepreneurship in Asia. She also co-leads the global comparative project on the Civic Life of Cities Lab – Singapore with Stanford University and INSEAD. She has extensive collaboration experiences with foundations, nonprofit organisations, corporate philanthropies, and impact investors in China and Southeast Asia. She serves as an academic advisor and a regular contributor for Stanford Social Innovation Review China (斯坦福社会创新评论) and co-founded the Asia Academic Social Innovators Forum in 2021. She will start a new research cluster on Gender and Digital Transformation.

Panel Presentation (2022) | Grappling with Values: Gender Perspectives on Young Social Innovator’s Meaning of Work in China
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