Originally from Birmingham, UK, Matthew graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in Architecture. In the early 2010s, he gained experience working in marketing, advertising and web design before relocating to Asia to work in the education sector.
A prominent figure in Nagoya’s international community, Matthew is passionate about events and the power that they have to build connections, inspire and entertain, and has founded a popular grassroots events group that promotes international exchange and environmental action.
Matthew is coordinator of events, international relations and marketing at IAFOR and is responsible for ensuring that conferences operate efficiently, assisting in the procurement of speakers and programming, and attracting delegates to events through mailing lists, social media and advertising campaigns.
Ruth is originally from Germany, where she completed a bachelor’s degree in Contemporary Japanese Studies and Art History at Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf. Her interest in Japanese culture led her to Nanzan University in Nagoya, where she gained professional fluency in the Japanese language. In June 2017, Ruth relocated to Japan and earned the position of office manager at IAFOR, where she is responsible for human resources and journal administration.
Thaddeus Pope is a photographer, videographer and website/print designer with a passion for human-centred visual storytelling. 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.
His projects since joining IAFOR in 2013 include the redesign of the organisations network of 45+ 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.
For the past eight years, Nick has been involved in various projects at Osaka University. He worked at the University's Creative Unit tasked with increasing the University's international engagement. Today, Nick is still still involved in various PR projects with OU, Osaka School of International Public Policy, and the IAFOR Research Centre based at the school. 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.
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.