Staff

  • Alexander Pratt
    Alexander Pratt
    Director of Operations
  • Kiyoshi Mana
    Kiyoshi Mana
    Director of Events
  • Thaddeus Pope
    Thaddeus Pope
    Director of Visual Communications
  • Nick Potts
    Nick Potts
    Publications Manager
  • Brian Aycock
    Brian Aycock
    Academic Project Coordinator
  • Dr Elena Mishieva
    Dr Elena Mishieva
    Publications Coordinator & Managing Editor, Academic Publications
  • Ruth Mund
    Ruth Mund
    Administrative Coordinator
  • Inkar Alshimbayeva
    Inkar Alshimbayeva
    Marketing Coordinator
  • Mariko Oguri
    Mariko Oguri
    Senior Administrative Support Staff
Alexander Pratt
Director of Operations

Biography

Alexander Pratt is the Director of Operations at IAFOR, where he oversees the general administration and global operations of the organisation. 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.

Kiyoshi Mana
Director of Events

Biography

Kiyoshi Mana is the Director of Events at IAFOR, and is responsible for overseeing the global events 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 utilises his marketing experience, and his strong commitment to education.

kmana@iafor.org (in English or Japanese)

Thaddeus Pope
Director of Visual Communications

Biography

Educated at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, Thaddeus Pope is an experienced media and design professional with a passion for human-centred visual storytelling and photography, and a keen interest in how ideas and messages can be communicated through clear and functional design.

In his role as Director of Visual Communications, Thaddeus is responsible for defining and developing the visual direction and user experience for IAFOR’s online and print-based platforms, including websites, publications, social media, direct mail, display materials and advertisements. He is also IAFOR’s principal event photographer/videographer.

His projects since joining IAFOR in 2013 include the redesign of the organisations network of 35+ websites; the creation of IAFOR’s online magazine THINK – The Academic Platform; the production of The Greatest Gift with the Hope International Development Agency; and the establishment of the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award.

tpope@iafor.org (in English)

Nick Potts
Publications Manager

Biography

For the past five years, Nick has been involved in various projects at Osaka University. Until recently he worked at the University's Creative Unit and was tasked with increasing the University's international engagement. Before that, for four years Nick worked on the MEXT Reinventing Japan project on “Peace and Human Security in Asia (PAHSA)” with six Southeast Asian and four Japanese universities.

Prior to Japan, Nick worked in Singapore for a United Kingdom-based organisation specialising in international educational, exams, arts and cultural opportunities.

In his role as Publications Manager at IAFOR he is responsible for IAFOR’s peer-reviewed journals, as well as the IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award. Nick is the Editor of IAFOR’s online magazine, THINK.

npotts@iafor.org (in English)

Brian Aycock
Academic Project Coordinator

Biography

Brian Aycock is the Academic Project Coordinator, and is responsible for overseeing IAFOR's academic conferences in Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East, and is the organisation liaison with the conference Organising Committees.

A native of the United States, Brian served in the US military during multiple overseas operations, then joined the Peace Corps to work on economic development in sub-Saharan Africa before pursuing postgraduate studies in economics at the University of Glasgow (UK). After teaching at a university in Japan for several years, Brian returned to the US to manage the refugee employment department of a resettlement agency, assisting refugees as they arrive in the United States. In addition to his current position at IAFOR, he is pursuing postgraduate research in international law, with a focus on refugee and human rights law, and is a Research Associate at the IAFOR-OSIPP Research Centre.

Dr Elena Mishieva
Publications Coordinator & Managing Editor, Academic Publications

Biography

Dr Elena Mishieva is the Publications Coordinator and Managing Editor of Academic Publications for IAFOR, where she works with the Publications Manager, journal editors and authors to oversee academic publications. She is also a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Area Studies at Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia, and holds a PhD in philology from the same university. Dr Mishieva has a number of publications on discourse analysis, online youth communication, and ELT, and is a member of the National Association of Applied Linguistics (Russia), and the National Association of Teachers of English (Russia). Her current academic research interests concentrate on cultural and national identity and related state educational policy, including ways of developing cultural identity by means of ELT.

Ruth Mund
Administrative Coordinator

Biography

Ruth Mund is the Administrative Coordinator at IAFOR. She studied Contemporary Japanese Studies and Art History at Heinrich Heine University (HHU) in Düsseldorf, Germany, which included a year-long overseas student exchange program with Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan. After graduating from HHU, she returned to Nagoya to join IAFOR in 2017.

Inkar Alshimbayeva
Marketing Coordinator

Biography

Inkar Alshimbayeva is the Marketing Coordinator at IAFOR. She earned her Computer Science degree at University College London (UCL) in London, UK. After completing her BS, she was awarded a MEXT Scholarship (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan) to continue her education at Doshisha University, where she completed an MBA focused on marketing. Inkar has been with IAFOR since graduating from Doshisha University.

Mariko Oguri
Senior Administrative Support Staff

Biography

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.