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Scholars and Senior fellows

Distinguished Guest Scholar
Kurt M. Campbell
Former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs;
Co-Chair of the Board of Directors, Center for a New American Security (CNAS);

Kurt M. Campbell is currently Co-Chair of the Board at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and Founding Partner, Chairman, and CEO of The Asia Group, a strategic advisory and investment group specializing in the dynamic and fast-growing Asia Pacific region. Dr. Campbell also contributes a regular column for the Financial Times and is writing a book about his experiences working on Asia in the Obama Administration, entitled The Pivot. From 2009 to 2013, he served as the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, in which capacity he is widely credited as being a key architect of the “pivot to Asia”. Previously, he also served as Director of the Aspen Strategy Group, Chairman of the Editorial Board for the Washington Quarterly, founder and Chairman of StratAsia, and Senior Vice President, International Security Program Director, and Henry A. Kissinger Chair at CSIS.


Distinguished Guest Scholar
Michael J Green
Senior Vice President for Asia/ Japan Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS);
Associate Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Dr. Green is Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair at CSIS and an associate professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He served on the staff of the National Security Council (NSC) from 2001 through 2005, first as Director for Asian Affairs, with responsibility for Japan, Korea, Australia, and New Zealand, and then as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for Asia, with responsibility for East Asia and South Asia. Before joining the NSC staff, he was Senior Fellow for East Asian Security at the Council on Foreign Relations, Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center and the Foreign Policy Institute, an assistant professor at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, a research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses, and Senior Adviser on Asia in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He also worked in Japan on the staff of a National Diet member.


Senior Fellow
Tatsuhito Tokuchi
Executive Board Member and Research Fellow at the Center for Industrial Development and Environmental Governance (CIDEG), Tsinghua University
Independent Director, PetroChina Company Limited

Mr. Tatsuhito Tokuchi is currently a Board Member and Research Fellow at Tsinghua University’s Center for Industrial Development and Environmental Governance (CIDEG), and serves as Foreign Committee Member of the Foreign Experts Advisory Committee (FEAC) at the Chinese State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA). Previously, he served as Managing Director & Chairman of the Investment Banking Committee at CITIC Securities Co., Ltd., which he joined in 2002. While at CITIC Securities, Mr. Tokuchi participated in and was the lead manager for numerous restructurings of large-cap Chinese state-owned enterprises as well as for various IPOs, including for the five largest Chinese banks. He has also led a team that served as the financial adviser for many Chinese and foreign corporations’ domestic and cross-border M&A transactions.

Prior to CITIC Securities, he spent more than 20 years at Daiwa Securities Group, Inc., where he was mainly responsible for the firm’s international investment banking business in Tokyo, New York, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Singapore. When he was in Singapore, Mr. Tokuchi also served as Vice-Chairman of the Singapore Investment Banking Association. He also has been providing consulting services on Chinese issues to Toyota Motors Corporation, Tokio Marine Group, and the Hoshino Resort Group.

Mr. Tokuchi holds a MA in Chinese economy from Stanford University and a BA from Beijing University. He has edited two books: “Chinese SOEs’ Overseas IPOs” and “Restructuring of the Chinese Enterprises”. In 2009, he was awarded the China Friendship Award, China’s highest award for foreigners who have made outstanding contributions to China’s economic and social progress.


Senior Fellow
Masayuki Hironaka
Lieutenant General, Japan Air Self Defense Force (Ret.)

LtGen Masayuki Hironaka (Ret.) is a senior adviser at ITOCHU Corporation, a general trading company. Prior to his retirement in 2014, he was the commander of Air Training Command. Hironaka was born in 1955 in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. He entered the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) as a graduate of the National Defense Academy. He was assigned to numerous operational, command, and staff positions, serving as the director of Personnel and Training Department, Air Staff Office, the director of Operations Department, Joint Staff Office, the commander of Western Sector Air Defense Force, and the commander of Air Support Command. He received a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and was a research fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University.


Senior Fellow
Joi Ito
Director of the MIT Media Lab

Joichi Ito is the director of the MIT Media Lab. He is chairman of the board of PureTech Health and a board member of Sony Corp., the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Mozilla Foundation and The New York Times Co. He is the co-founder and a board member of Digital Garage, an Internet company in Japan. He has created numerous Internet companies, including PSINet Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan. He was an early-stage investor in Formlabs, Flickr, Kickstarter, littleBits, Path, Twitter, Wikia and other companies.

In 2008, Ito was named by Businessweek as one of the 25 Most Influential People on the Web. In 2011 Foreign Policy Magazine named him one of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers. Also in 2011, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institute in recognition of his role as one of the world’s leading advocates of Internet freedom. In 2011 and 2012, Nikkei Business selected him as one of the 100 most influential people for the future of Japan.

In 2013, Ito was awarded a Doctor of Literature, honoris causa, from The New School. In 2014, he was inducted into the SXSW Interactive Festival Hall of Fame and was awarded the Golden Plate Award by the Academy of Achievement. In 2015, Ito was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from Tufts University.