Andres Parraguirre
Program Officer at Yunus Center AIT (Asian Institute of Technology)
Chief Medical Officer & Founder Social Health Enterprise

With 3 years of experience in the field of social entrepreneurship, starting different projects, and participating in different programs around the world. Successfully connected with the ecosystems in México, Chile, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Bangladesh.


Chien-wen Mark Shen (Ph.D.)
Associate professor at National Central University

Dr. Chien-wen Shen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Business Administration at National Central University (NCU). He also serves as the Director of the Yunus Social Business Center and the Center for Media and Social Impact at NCU. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in industrial engineering and management sciences from Northwestern University. His research interests include business analytics, information management, supply chain management, decision science, and social business. Dr. Shen has published over 70 papers and presented numerous invited, plenary, or named lectures.
He has also been participated with more than 30 research projects supported by Ministry of Science and Technology, National Science Council, Ministry of Transportation and Communications, Ministry of Education, Chung- Shan Institute of Science and Technology, and National Science Foundation (USA). Currently he serves as an editorial board member of the Operations and Supply Chain Management: An International Journal and the International Journal of Social Business.
He is also the Executive Director of the Social Impact Institute of Taiwan and a committee member on Intermodal Freight Terminal Design and Operations of the Transportation Research Board. Additionally, he established the “Yunus Prize: Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition” in Taiwan. This Prize is to honor Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Prof. Yunus’s contributions to social business and to promote social entrepreneurship to the youth.


Faiz Shah (Professor)
Head, Development Management/ Director Yunus Center AIT at Asian Institute of Technology

Dr. Faiz Shah currently heads Development Management at the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, and as part of the AIT Extension Cluster supports the work of the Yunus Centre at AIT. He teaches on the CSR masters program at the AIT School of Management, coordinates the AITE Healthcare Resources Group, co-directs the Energy Distribution Services Management & Technology program, and is visiting professor at the College of Innovation at Thammasat University, Bangkok


Gillian Sullivan Mort (Professor)
College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce, La Trobe Business School, Australia

Professor Gillian Sullivan Mort researches in marketing, social marketing, international marketing, nonprofit, social entrepreneurship, young consumers and branding. She has over 100+ publications including books, book chapters, journal articles and refereed conference papers. She edits the Journal of Nonprofit and Public Sector Marketing and serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing and the Australasian Marketing Journal. Her work on social entrepreneurship is widely cited. Professor Sullivan Mort has received research funding to support her research from the Australian Research Council Discovery Grants scheme, Telecommunications Research Grants, the Queensland State Government Treasury, the Victorian State Government Treasury, the University of Queensland and the Australian National University. Professor Gillian Sullivan Mort is an experienced educational leader and served on the Executive of ANZMAC 2010 – 2013; as Head of Discipline 2009 – 2014 LTU ; and Head of Department of Marketing and Tourism and Hospitality 2012 – 2013.


Ksenia Kubasova, MA, MPH
Director, Global Studies & Social Entrepreneurship BA Program, Thammasat University

Ksenia Kubasova is director of the undergraduate program in Global Studies and Social Entrepreneurship at Thammasat University, a multi-disciplinary degree that aims to foster future leaders, change makers and social entrepreneurs. The program offers a hands-on, project-based social entrepreneurship education where students get to prototype concrete solutions to real social problems and potentially scale their projects to fully fledged enterprises. Courses include foundations of leadership, social innovation projects, and global studies.


Manish Biyani
Associate Professor, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Manish Biyani, Associate Professor, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Dr Manish Biyani received the ME (2001) in Bioengineering and PhD (2004) in Biological Science from Saitama University, Japan. Acquiring higher education in Japan, Dr Biyani built a career in the field of Biotechnology and was invited as Research Scientist to join two major national projects of JST (Japan Science and Technology), CREATE and CREST, for 10 years from 2004 to 2013, where Dr Biyani used nanobio-device tools to develop high-speed molecular evolution reactor for screening novel and highly-functional bio-molecules and bio-drugs. Dr Biyani also appointed as staff (Res. Assistant Professor) in the Department of Bioengineering at The University of Tokyo from 2009-2013. In 2014, Dr Biyani is invited to join Hokuriku Life Science Cluster (HLSC) project and appointed as staff (Res. Associate Professor) in Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.


OTABE Edmund Soji (Professor)
Faculty of Computer Science and Systems Engineering, Department of Computer Science and Electronics


Mohammod Monirul Islam
Associate Professor of Public Health at National Institute of Fitness and Sports (NIFS) in Kanoya.

He is a Permanent Faculty Member of the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya where I have been teaching 1) Public Health and 2) Environmental Sciences to the undergraduate students; conducting practical classes on Physical Education I and Physical Education II for undergraduate students with especial focus on Exercise Gerontology and Lifestyle Related Disease Prevention; Teaching Health Science, Health Promotion to the Graduate Students. Teaching Health Promotion ONLINE for graduate students from the University of Tsukuba under the Joint Master’s Program in International Development and Peace through Sport (http://tkjids.taiiku.tsukuba.ac.jp/en/). Supervising undergraduate students to conduct research followed by writing their undergraduate thesis papers. Working as a co-supervisor for both Master’s level and PhD level graduate students.


Naoki Nakashima (Professor)
Chief Medical Officer & Founder Social Health Enterprise

Naoki Nakashima MD PhD is a professor in the Medical Information Center / the chief of the international medical relations office in Kyushu University Hospital. He has been a specialist of diabetes mellitus for 20 years and simultaneously worked as a specialist of medical informatics for 10 years. He is a councilor member of Japanese Society of Diabetes Mellitus and the director of the scientific committee of Japan Association for Medical Informatics. He focuses on the disease management methodology to prevent chronic diseases as diabetes mellitus and complications. He has organized the “Carna project” which aims to establish a Japanese model for disease management of diabetes mellitus from primary to tertiary prevention as a social system. He is also a founding member of “Telemedical Development Center of Asia (TEMDEC)” in Kyushu University which promotes a broad band telemedical network in Asia Pacific area. TEMDEC is the most active institute for international telemedicine in Asia-Pacific area.


Noriatsu Matsui (Professor)
Department of Human Cultures, Teikyo University Junior College

Dr. Matsui has earned a Ph.D. in economics from the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, with the dissertation titled, “Economic Justice and Income Distribution.” His major area of research and teaching is Development Economics, particularly concentrating on national poverty, rural poverty, income disparity, discrimination, empowerment of women, and famine analysis. His interest in research is mainly based on human development approach rather than just ‘economic’ development. Thus, he has researched in the framework of Microcredit for poverty reduction, Human Development Index, social business, and local currency movements. The regions he has done researches are Southeast Asian countries, Korea, Thailand, China (Quizhou), Bangladesh. Most recently, he engaged in a small scale survey in rural Marawi.


Rafiqul Islam Maruf (Ph.D.)
Research Associate Professor
Medical Information Center, Kyushu University, Japan

Dr. Rafiqul Islam Maruf is working as an Associate Professor at Medical Information Center of Kyushu University Hospital under Kyushu University, Japan. Before joining here in this October, he has been working as a Director (Operations) of Global Communication Center, the ICT based R&D wing of Grameen Communications, Bangladesh. Earlier Dr. Maruf worked in Japanese IT industries for 12 years after completing his Ph.D. in Information Engineering in 1993 from Hokkaido University, Japan.
Dr. Maruf has been associated with various Internet standardization organizations, government bodies and business communities. He has attended many International Conference, Seminars and events of ICT around the world and spoke on ICT for development. His interest covers in the areas including ICT for agriculture, education, environment, information and healthcare.


Poonchai Chitanuntavitaya
Head, Development Management/ Poonchai Chitanuntavitaya, MD (TBC)
Chief Medical Officer & Founder Social Health Enterprise


Pradeep Ray (Professor)
Centre For Entrepreneurship  at the University of Michigan Joint Institute at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China

He was the founder and Director for 10 yrs at the Asia Pacific ubiquitous Healthcare research Centre, University of New South Wales, Australia that was designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre on eHealth (in 2013). In APuHC, Pradeep has been working on a range of innovative projects on eHealth and mHealth (jointly with the industry, country governments and global bodies like WHO, ITU and IEEE) in eHealth (using Information and Communication Technologies in Healthcare) and mHealth (healthcare using mobile phone technologies) across the Asia Pacific region. He is currently leading research on social entrepreneurship, such as Universal Healthcare based on UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) through public-private partnerships. He has been the founder of IEEE Healthcom, the premier international conference on eHealth that has been held annually since 1999. He is now an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer on Social Implications of Technology.


Syed Abidur Rahman
Visiting Senior Lecturer at Universiti Utara Malaysia


Seyedeh Khadijeh Taghizadeh (Nastaran)
Senior Lecturer
OYA Graduate School of Business, Universiti Utara Malaysia

Seyedeh Khadijeh Taghizadeh (Nastaran) obtained her PhD in Service Marketing from Universiti Sains Malaysia. She has also completed her post-doctoral fellowship in Centre of Social Innovation, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS. Erstwhile she has been working for seven years in tourism and health industry in Iran. At OYA Graduate School of Business, she teaches courses related with Marketing, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Data Analysis. She is supervising student in marketing, entrepreneurship, and transformative service research. Her research interests are in service innovation, social innovation, marketing, and entrepreneurship, and service marketing in context of large and SME ventures. She has published some of her works in indexed journals such as Journal of Strategic Marketing, Journal of Knowledge Management, Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Social Indicator Research, Management Decision, Journal of General Management, and etc. She has also participated in national and international conferences. She is reviewer of several Thomson Reuters indexed journal and also holds position as managing editors of two peer-reviewed international journals.


Tetsukazu Yahara (Professor)
Director, Institute of Decision Science for a Sustainable Society, Kyushu University, Japan.

Dr. Yahara is coordinating a trans-disciplinary graduate education program on decision science covering sciences of environments, disaster, health, governance and human cooperation. He has over 30 year experience of ecology and evolution, conservation biology and biodiversity science and is now leading some projects including plant diversity assessments in tropical forests of SE Asia. He contributed to the development of bioGENESIS core project of DIVERSITAS. He also contributed to developing a global network of biodiversity observation as a co-chair of GEO BON working group 1 and is now chairing Asia-Pacific biodiversity observation network (APBON).


Takao Toda (Ph.D.)
Vice President for Human Security and Global Health
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

As the Vice President for Human Security and Global Health, Dr. Toda promotes strategic planning and implementation of JICA’s operations. Dr. Toda received Ph.D at the Graduate School of International Development in Nagoya University in 2009, master’s degree at the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences in the University of Tokyo in 2001, and LL.B at the Faculty of Law in Kyoto University in 1984. For more than three decades, he has been playing various key roles of strategizing and implementing Japan’s ODA, such as Group Director on Peace Building, Group Director on Human Security, Senior Fellow of JICA Research Center, Chief Representative of Bangladesh Office, Director General of Human Development Department. He has a wide range of knowledge and experience especially on the operationalization process of Human Security, which has been the core concept of Japan’s diplomatic policy of international cooperation.


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