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Akiko Fukushima

Advisory Board

Dr. Akiko Fukushima is a Research Fellow at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo.  She is also Adjunct Professor of the Law School at Keio University, Director of Policy Studies at the National Institute for Research Advancement (NIRA), Senior Fellow at the Japan Foundation and Visiting Professor at the University of British Columbia Canada. 

Isabel Hilton

Senior Advisor

Isabel is a London based writer and broadcaster, and founder and editor of, an innovative, fully bilingual Chinese English website devoted to building a shared approach on climate change and environmental issues with China. Based in London, chinadialogue launched in 2006 now has offices in Beijing, Delhi and San Francisco.

Kishore Mahbubani

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Dean and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, Kishore Mahbubani previously served for 33 years in Singapore's diplomatic service and is recognised as an expert on Asian and world affairs.

Hanns Maull

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Professor Hanns W. Maull holds the Chair for Foreign Policy and International Relations at the University of Trier in Germany. He is also Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Foundation for Science and Policy (SWP), Germany’s most important think tank on foreign and security policy. Professor Maull is an authority on EU-Asia relations and has published numerous books and articles on the subject.

David Pilling

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David Pilling is the Financial Times’ Asia Editor overseeing the FT’s coverage of the Asia region from Afghanistan to Australia, including China, India and Japan. He is also an Assistant Editor at the FT and won an award in 2011 for the quality of his weekly column.

Rodolfo Severino

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A former Secretary General of ASEAN, Rodolfo is Visiting Senior Research Fellow, ISEAS, Singapore

Ninh Ton‐Nu‐Thi

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Madame Ton‐Nu‐Thi Ninh, formerly Vietnam’s ambassador to the EU (2000-2003) is President of the private Tri Viet University. She was previously a member of the national assembly and served as Vice‐Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee. She holds the French Legion d’Honneur  and the Belgian Order of Leopold II.

Graham Watson

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Sir Graham Watson is the Liberal Democrat MEP for the South West of England. A qualified interpreter, Graham worked for HKSC in their London and Hong Kong offices before entering the European Parliament. He maintains an active interest in the Far East, currently chairs the EP delegation to India, and is learning Chinese.

Hong Zhou

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Professor Zhou is Director General of the Institute of European Studies, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing. She is one of China's leading experts on EU-China relations.

Gareth Evans

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Gareth John Evans, AO, QC, is a former Australian politician from 1978 to 1999 representing the Australian Labor Party, serving in a number of ministries including Attorney-General and Foreign Minister from 1983 to 1996. He was president and chief executive officer of the International Crisis Group and is a Member of the Global Leadership Foundation.

Kennedy Graham

Advisory Board

Dr Kennedy Graham has been a Member of Parliament in New Zealand since 2008. He has been a New Zealand diplomat, a UN official, and an academic (Visiting Professor, International Relations, College of Europe; Senior Adjunct Fellow, School of Law, University of Canterbury).