Kiyoshi Mana is the Director of International Operations, and is responsible for overseeing the global operations of the organisation, including IAFOR's conferences in Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East. He is also the Vice President for Global Partnerships and Affiliations, developing our expanding relationships with universities and organisations around the world.
An American of Japanese descent, Kiyoshi has long been fascinated by the country of his ancestors, studying both Japanese language and culture at San Francisco State, and also successfully training to be a sushi chef. Coming from a family of educators, he came to Japan in 2009 to continue his studies and to teach, before joining IAFOR in 2011 in a position that utilizes his marketing experience, and his strong commitment to education.
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A civil engineering graduate from the University of Nottingham, Alex first came to Japan in 1997. Previous to joining IAFOR, in 2013, Alex held positions in education management, information services, and international relations.
At IAFOR Alex helps oversee the general administration and operation of the organization.
Born and raised in Brighton, England, Thaddeus is an experienced photographer and videographer with a BA in Photography from the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, UK.
His duties at IAFOR include overseeing the design, media and marketing output of the organisation, as well as producing visual content for IAFOR and its publications, including THINK.
In January 2015, Thaddeus became the Creative Director of the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award - an international photography award which seeks to promote and assist in the professional development of emerging documentary photographers and photojournalists.
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Clare graduated with a BA in French and Italian from the University of Bristol before going on to study for an MPhil in Linguistics at the University of Cambridge. She spent several years working in Cambridge on the publications team of an online, open-access science journal publisher before relocating to the Kansai area of Japan. In her role as Publications Manager at IAFOR she is responsible for IAFOR’s peer-reviewed journals, as well as the IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award. Clare is the Editor of IAFOR’s online magazine, THINK.
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Originally from Leicester, England, Stephen Rudden is an experienced network and systems engineer with a BSc in Computing from the University of Westminster. Before joining IAFOR in April 2015, Stephen was a network engineer for a global consumer electronics company.
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Virpi Helena Yasuda has a BBA degree in Modern Languages and Business Studies for Management Assistants from HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Sciences, Finland. Her common passions for both Japan and languages brought her to Nagoya to study Japanese. Helena joined IAFOR soon after finishing her one and a half year Japanese language course at the Trident College of Languages and Hotel Studies. Her duties include assisting in finances and general administration.
Kristie helps manage communications, events and marketing spanning all of IAFOR’s media touchpoints. Born in Australia, raised in Hong Kong and educated in the US at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Kristie has a BBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
Prior to joining IAFOR in January 2017, Kristie spent several years in San Francisco consulting Japanese companies on their US marketing strategy and managing marketing activations for a US-Japan design agency.
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Mariko was born and raised in Nagoya, Japan. She majored in American History and as an exchange student in the US she focused on Gender Perspective. She then worked at the international sales section at a company in Aichi. Mariko also has translated correspondence exchanged between Japan and the US and has worked as a Study Abroad Counsellor.
Originally from Tokyo, Akemi moved to Nagoya in 2015. She majored in Tourism and learned Arabic before starting work at Qatar Airways, during which time she became immersed in Middle Eastern customs and culture.
Nami grew up in Aichi Prefecture of Japan, where she studied Commerce and Economics at university. She gained a senior secretary mechanic qualification before working for various automobile-related companies, with a particular focus on quality management and business administration.