Who We Are

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IAFOR is a confederation of leaders and opinion formers around the globe who have one thing in common: a desire to make a difference.

Since 2009 IAFOR has provided new perspectives to the thought leaders and decision-makers of today and tomorrow by offering constructive environments for dialogue and interchange at the intersections of nation, culture and discipline.

The organisation was founded by a small group of concerned Asian, European and North American academics and business professionals as a mission-driven politically independent organisation dedicated to providing and promoting meaningful dialogue irrespective of international borders. With the Asia-Pacific region emerging as a new and powerful centre of world events to rival the traditional European-American hegemonic axis, and with different and conflicting nationalistic fears and domestic political interests often dictating negative foreign policies, the stakes for ensuring cooperation between the Asian states and the Western world have never been higher, and IAFOR's mission is more relevant than ever.

Since its founding IAFOR has been committed to ensuring that Asian leaders and opinion formers in both the public and private sectors, in education, the media and business, have had the chance to meet their colleagues in other countries, and discuss issues of national and international relevance and importance.

Through its international, intercultural and interdisciplinary conferences, research and publications, IAFOR has become the network hub for information exchange across Asia and beyond, connecting individuals and institutions across the globe, and the thought leaders of today with those of tomorrow.


The International Academic Forum could not exist without the dedication of the people who drive its activities forward – from the leadership and expertise of the senior academics who sit on boards and conference committees right through to the volunteers who give their time to assist at IAFOR events. Find out more about the people involved in IAFOR using the links below.