Staff

  • Alexander Pratt
    Alexander Pratt
    Director of Operations
  • Kiyoshi Mana
    Kiyoshi Mana
    Director of Events
  • Thaddeus Pope
    Thaddeus Pope
    Director of Media & Design
  • Nick Potts
    Nick Potts
    Publications Manager
  • Ruth Mund
    Ruth Mund
    Administrative Coordinator
  • Virpi Helena Yasuda
    Virpi Helena Yasuda
    Senior Administrative Support Staff
  • 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 Media & Design

Biography

Born and raised in Brighton, England, Thaddeus Pope is an experienced media and design professional with a BA in Photography from the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.

His duties at IAFOR include overseeing the media and design 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 that seeks to promote and assist in the professional development of emerging documentary photographers and photojournalists.

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)

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.

Virpi Helena Yasuda
Senior Administrative Support Staff

Biography

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.

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.