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Jan Willem Blankert

Senior Advisor

An economist and statistician by academic training, Jan Willem spent many years as a diplomat for the European Commission. Numerous postings to Asia and the position as Special Advisor for relations between the EU and ASEAN mean he possesses an extensive knowledge of Asian affairs and a deep understanding of the policy issues.

John Farnell

Senior Advisor

John, a former Director in DG Enterprise, is now writing on EU-China economic relations. He was EU Visiting Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford University, for the academic year 2011-2012.

Gustaaf Geeraerts

Board Member

Gustaaf is a Belgian national who is the Director of the Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

James Moran

Senior Advisor

James has recently retired after long service with the European Institutions. He has wide experience in European foreign, security, trade and development policy in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

From 2002 he headed up the China division in Brussels and from 2006-2011 was  Asia Director and chief negotiator for a number of EU partnership agreements with China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

He also has extensive experience in the Middle East, having served as EU Head of Delegation to Egypt (2012-16), Jordan and Yemen (1999-2002).

Mascha Peters

Associate Fellow

Mascha is a political scientist with a special interest in Korea.  She has taught at the Free University Berlin and completed post doctoral research at the Institute of Asian Studies in Hamburg. A Korean Foundation Scholar, she was also a Visiting Fellow at Sogang University, Seoul.

Dandan Wan

Research Assistant
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Rui Yan

Head of Culture & Education

Fraser Cameron, Director

Board Member

Fraser has lived and worked in Belgium for 20 years. A former British diplomat and EU official, he is a visiting professor at several universities in Asia.

Tom Roe, Senior Vice President

Board Member

An Asia expert, from 2002-2012, Tom was Adviser to the Asia and Pacific Department of the European External Action Service in Brussels, including postings as EU Head of Mission in Hong Kong 2004-2008 and as EU Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Singapore 2010-2011. 

Piet Steel, President Corporate

Board Member

Piet is a former Belgian diplomat with considerable multinational experience related to Asia, especially Japan, Hong Kong and Vietnam

Axel Berkofsky

Senior Advisor

Dr. Axel Berkofsky is a Gianni Mazzocchi Fellow, University of Pavia, Italy. He is a former senior policy advisor at the EPC; his research interests focus on Japan and East Asia.

Sungjin Kang

Senior Advisor

Sungjin Kang is a South Korean lawyer working for LG Display in Seoul, South Korea. He used to work for law firms in Brussels. He specialises in international trade law and EU competition and regulatory laws. He is a member of the ASEF alumni and has a keen interest in EU-Asia relations.

Wei Shen, VP, Research

Board Member

Wei, an expert on China/Asia-Europe relations is Professor of International Affairs at the ESSCA School of Management, Angers.

John Kleinen,

Senior Advisor

Professor. John Kleinen is an anthropologist and historian. He is a staff member of  the Amsterdam International School for Social Science Research (AISSR) and the Maritime Research Centre Amsterdam (MARE) with an interest in the (environmental) history of Southeast-Asia and Vietnam in particular.   

Margaret Cameron

Board Member

Margaret, Director of FM Cameron Associates consultancy, has many years experience in educational and cultural projects both in the EU and Asia.