Former Fellows

Peter M. Beck

Former Fellow

Peter Beck is the Country Representative of the Asia Foundation and an ICAS Adjunct Fellow. Peter Beck joined The Asia Foundation in January, 2012. He is a seasoned Korea specialist and former Asia Foundation Haas intern. Prior to joining the Foundation, Beck was the Council on Foreign Relations Hitachi Fellow at Keio University in Tokyo, and the Pantech Research Fellow at Stanford University. Previously, he was the Northeast Asia Director for the International Crisis Group in Seoul (2004-2007) and Director of Research at the Korea Economic Institute in Washington, DC (1997-2004). He has also served as a member of the Ministry of Unification’s Policy Advisory Committee (2005-2007).

Beck has published numerous articles, including in such journals as Asian Survey and Foreign Affairs as well as the Bangkok Post, Japan Times and Wall Street Journal. He has served as a columnist for the Korea Herald, Weekly Chosun and Daily Dong-a.

He received his bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and conducted his graduate studies in Comparative Public Policy and International Relations at the University of California at San Diego’s Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. Beck studied Korean at Seoul National University, Yonsei University, and Hanguk University of Foreign Studies.

Sean Duffy

Former Fellow

Sean Duffy practiced litigation in the New York office of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and international arbitration in the Singapore office of Shearman & Sterling LLP. In addition to litigating disputes in the U.S. courts, he has also arbitrated disputes under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), and has also externed in the Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Professor Duffy was a Career in Teaching Law Fellow at Columbia Law School from January through April 2010. His research is in the area of transnational frictions between legal systems. He was an Adjunct Professor at Temple University, Japan Campus.

Sean Duffy received his Bachelor of Arts from Penn State University and his Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School, where he served on the Editorial Board of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law. Following law school, he clerked for the Hon. Jay C. Waldman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Hon. Frank M. Hull of the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. He is a member of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and is admitted to practice in the State of New York and the federal courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Florian Kohlbacher

Former Fellow

Dr. Florian Kohlbacher is the North Asia Director of The Economist Corporate Network, managing the Networks in Japan and South Korea.

Florian is an internationally renowned expert on global business and consumer trends, focusing on how to manage innovation, strategy, sustainability and change. Florian is particularly well known for his work on ageing and business and how companies can strategically manage the challenges and opportunities of population ageing. While global in nature, Florian’s work has a strong focus on the economies of Asia, in particular China, Japan and Korea and he has been based in Asia for the most part of the last 16 years.

Prior to joining The Economist Group Florian was an Associate Professor of Marketing and Innovation in the International Business School Suzhou (IBSS) at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) in China and the Founding Director of the XJTLU Research Institute on Ageing and Society (RIAS); he also was a Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Business & Economics Section as well as Deputy Director at the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) Tokyo, Japan.

Florian holds both a master’s degree and a doctorate from the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Vienna) and he began his career in B2B marketing in the transportation industry. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Temple University, Japan Campus where he teaches Asian Business and Global Marketing.

Among many international publications, he is co-editor of “The Silver Market Phenomenon: Marketing and Innovation in the Aging Society”, 2nd edition 2011, co-author of “Advertising in the Aging Society: Understanding Representations, Practitioners, and Consumers in Japan”, 2016, and author of “International Marketing in the Network Economy: A Knowledge-Based Approach”, 2007.

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Mihoko Matsubara (松原実穗子)

Former Fellow

Mihoko Matsubara is Chief Security Officer for Japan at Palo Alto Networks. In this role, she is responsible for developing thought leadership, threat intelligence and security best practices for the cyber security community and business executives in Japan. Prior to this, she served the Japanese Ministry of Defense for nine years until she received the Fulbright Scholarship to pursue her MA in International Relations and Economics at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC.

Upon graduation, she worked at a think tank in Honolulu, Pacific Forum CSIS, as a fellow to research Japan-US cyber security cooperation. After she came back to Tokyo, where she is currently based, she worked at Hitachi Systems as cyber security analyst to research cyber threat environments and policy issues, and also at Intel K.K., Tokyo, as Cyber Security Policy Director to lead cyber security and IoT policy influence efforts in Japan.

She has had various publications and speakership engagements. Her most recent publications include “Countering Cyber-Espionage and Sabotage: The Next Steps for Japanese-UK Cyber-security Co-operation” from the RUSI Journal, and “Japan’s New Cybersecurity Strategy: Security Without Thwarting Economic Growth” from the Council on Foreign Relations’ blog.

She was the first Japanese speaker (2015) at the NATO International Conference on Cyber Conflict in Estonia.

Hamish McDonald

Former Fellow, 2009-2010

A journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald, Hamish McDonald has spent much of his career working from Asian cities — Jakarta, Tokyo, Hong Kong, New Delhi and Beijing — and has won some top journalistic awards for his work. His books are Suharto’s Indonesia (1980), The Polyester Prince (1998), and (co-authored) Daeth in Balibo, Lies in Canberra (2000).

In September 2009, he began a three-month writing residency in Tokyo attached to Temple University, Japan Campus, where he worked on a narrative concerning individuals on both sides of the Pacific War, while observing contemporary Japan and taking part in current affairs debates.

Hiroko Mizushima

Former Fellow, 2009-2014

Hiroko Mizushima, M.D., Ph.D., a former Member of Japanese Parliament, is a lecturer of Neuropsychiatry at Keio University School of Medicine in Tokyo, Director of MIZUSHIMA HIROKO IPT Clinic, and Director of Japanese Society of Interpersonal Psychotherapy. She got her M.D. and Ph.D. at Keio University in Tokyo, and did her residency at Keio University Hospital. Her research focus is personality and treatments of eating disorders, depression and interpersonal psychotherapy. She has published more than ten books on her own and published five translations including Comprehensive Guide to Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Clinician’s Quick Guide to Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy of Depression, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Group.

She is a member of Academy for Eating Disorders (Japanese representative at Communication Committee), the International Society for Interpersonal Psychotherapy and on the board of several Japanese academic societies including the Japanese Association for Cognitive Therapy, the Japanese Association of Stress Science, and Japan Society for Eating Disorders, and she is also serving as a member of editing committee of the academic journal of Japanese Society of Anti-Aging Medicine.

Paul J. Scalise

Former Fellow

Dr. Scalise spent several years with Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein Japan Ltd. and UBS Global Asset Management as a Tokyo-based research analyst of Japanese energy and transportation companies, having been ranked by institutional investors Greenwich Survey’s number-one Japanese utilities analyst in 2001 among all UK financial institutions. He served as professorial lecturer at Sophia University teaching the political economy of international energy markets in Tokyo, Japan, was JSPS Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo, Senior Research Fellow at the IN-EAST Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen, and is a contributing energy analyst at several international consulting firms.Dr. Scalise’s work has appeared in numerous scholarly and business publications. Grants, scholarships, and fellowships from the Toshiba International Foundation, the Japan Foundation Endowment Committee, the Social Science Research Council and other organizations have supported his work. His latest academic publication is “In Search of Certainty: How Political Authority and Scientific Authority Interact in Japan’s Nuclear Restart Process” in Michael Heazle and John Kane (eds.), Policy Legitimacy, Science and Political Authority: Knowledge and Action in Liberal Democracies. New York: Routledge, 2016.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, cum laude, from Marist College, a master’s degree in Japan Studies and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a doctorate in Comparative Political Economy from the University of Oxford. He is fluent in Japanese, Italian, and Spanish.

Linda Semlitz

Former Fellow

Dr. Linda Semlitz is a US trained and Board certified psychiatrist with thirty years’ experience in global health leadership in clinical, corporate pharmaceutical, and non-profit settings in the US and internationally. Her primary area of interest is in the area of international child and adult mental health. In addition, Dr. Semlitz has served as medical director for Merck, Sharpe and Dohme, Inc. in Hong Kong and was Director of Medical Affairs at Banyu in Tokyo, where she developed the Scientific Affairs program. More recently, Dr Semlitz served as Executive Officer and Clinical Director of TELL, the only accredited mental health center in Japan dedicated to serving the needs of the international and Japanese community. Dr Semlitz worked to develop a disaster mental health training and response program at TELL following the 3/11 Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Accident. . This work has been published in Semlitz, Ogiwara, et al, “Psychological First Aid Training After Japan’s Triple Disaster: Changes in Perceived Self Competency,” International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilience, Vol 15, No. 3 pp 181-196 Chevron Publishing.

Dr. Semlitz earned her undergraduate and medical degrees at Brown University. She completed her psychiatric training at Cornell Medical Center, Westchester Division and Child Psychiatry training at Columbia University, New York Psychiatric Institute where she was Chief Fellow. She has published in areas of substance abuse, cross cultural mental health, and disaster psychosocial mental health responses. Dr. Semlitz has had clinical appointments at Columbia University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Oregon Health Sciences University, and National University of Singapore.

Dr Semlitz has served a member of the TELL Board of Directors, a non-profit mental health organization in Japan and as a board member to Singapore American Community Action Council.

Miae Jung

Former Visiting Researcher

Dr. Miae Jung received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Political Science from Ewha Womans University in Korea, and doctoral degree in Japanese Politics at University of Tsukuba in Japan. Upon completing a post-doctoral fellowship at Sung-Kong-Hoe University, she was a researcher of Institute of Social Science in Ewha Womans University(2002-2004), a research professor of Institute of Japanese Studies in Kookmin University(2004-2014), and a senior researcher of Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Tokyo(2014-2015).

Her research interests Japanese civil society, particularly partnerships between civil society organizations and the public sector or advocacy against government policies. She has researched transnational coalitions between Korean and Japan civil society organizations on historical issues. She also has a keen interest in gender politics and multicultural policy.

She has also served as a member of the Committee of Seoul City for Support for Multicultural Families(2012-2014) , an advisor of Suwon City(2013-2015), and a member of the board of directors of Institute of Gender Politics in Korea.