Professor Stuart D. B. Picken

International Director of Programme
IAFOR, Japan

Stuart Picken IAFOR Staff Profile

Professor Stuart D. B. Picken is the Chairman of the International Advisory Board, and in this role is Chairman of the Organization. As Chairman of IAFOR, Professor Picken helps guide the academic and political strategy of the organization, and assists in the forging of global institutional partnerships. He is also responsible for the development of the IAFOR Research Institutes. The author of a dozen books and over 130 articles and papers, Professor Picken is considered one of the foremost scholars on Japan, China, and Globalization in East Asia.

As an academic, Professor Picken has devoted more than 30 years to scholarship in Japan, notably as a Professor of Philosophy at the International Christian University in Tokyo, where he specialized in ethics and Japanese thought, and as International Adviser to the High Priest of Tsubaki Grand Shrine (Mie prefecture). He has also served as a consultant to various businesses, including Jun Ashida Ltd., Mitsui Mining & Smelting Corp., Kobe Steel, and Japan Air Lines. In November 2008, the Government of Japan awarded Professor Picken the Order of the Sacred Treasure for his pioneering research, and outstanding contribution to the promotion of friendship and mutual understanding between Japan and the UK. The honour is normally reserved for Japanese citizens and is a mark of the utmost respect in which Professor Picken is held by the Japanese Government. More recently, in 2012 he was invited to London to attend a reception at the Japanese Embassy, hosted by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko as an expression of their gratitude towards Britons who had helped support Japan after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Professor Picken helped organize fundraising efforts through both the Japan Society of Scotland, of which he is the chair, in the UK, and IAFOR in Japan.

Although now resident in Scotland, Professor Picken divides his time between the UK and Japan. He is also Chair of the Japan Society of Scotland, the Chairman of the Academic Board of New College, Birmingham. He lives near Glasgow with his wife and two children.

Associated IAB Members:

Dr. William Baber (Kyoto University, Japan)
Professor Don Brash (Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand)
Lord Charles Bruce of Elgin and Kincardine
(Patron, Japan Society of Scotland
Patron, Scottish Centre of Tagore Studies at Edinburgh Napier University
Chairman, Kolkata Scottish Heritage Trust)
Professor Michael A. Cusumano (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
Professor Dean June Henton (Auburn University, USA)
Professor Michael Hudson (University of The University of Missouri, Kansas City)
Vice-Consul Kathryn Kiser (US State Department, USA)
Mr Shahzada Khalid (SAARC Energy Center, Pakistan)
Mrs Eri Kudo (United Nations World Food Programme, Japan)
Dr. Merlin Levirs (Ritsumeikan University, Japan)
Dr. Craig Mark (Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan)
Dr. Andrea Molle (Chapman University, USA)
Professor Vasile Meita (Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism, Romania)
Ms Karen Newby (Par les mots solidaires, France)
Mr Lowell Sheppard (HOPE International Development Agency, Japan)
Dr. Jeffrey Sommers (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA)
Professor Yozo Yokota (The Human Rights Institute, Japan)
Mrs Elly Zaniewicka (BBC, UK)

Associated Events:

The IAFOR Asian Conference on the Social Sciences (2010 onwards)
The IAFOR European Conference on the Social Sciences (2013 onwards)
The IAFOR North American Conference on the Social Sciences (2014 onwards)
The IAFOR Asian Conference on Sustainability, Energy and the Environment (2011 onwards)
The IAFOR European Conference on Sustainability, Energy and the Environment (2013 onwards)
The IAFOR North American Conference on Sustainability, Energy and the Environment (2014 onwards)
The IAFOR Asian Business and Management Conference (2010-2013)
The IAFOR Asian Conference on Business and Public Policy (2014 onwards)
The IAFOR European Business and Management Conference (2014 onwards)
The IAFOR Asian Conference on Politics, Economics and Law (2013 onwards)
The IAFOR European Conference on Politics, Economics and Law (2013 onwards)

Associated Publications:

The IAFOR Journal of the Social Sciences
Editor: Dr. Seiko Yasumoto (The University of Sydney, Australia)
The IAFOR Journal of Sustainability, Energy and the Environment
Editor: Dr. Alexandru I. Petrisor (Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism, Romania)
The IAFOR Journal of Business and Management
Editor: Dr. Merlin Levirs (Ritsumeikan University, Japan)
The IAFOR Journal of Politics, Economics and Law
Editor: Dr. Craig Mark (Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan)

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