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Asia-Pacific participants

Participants attending "Asia-Pacific: an agenda for new challenges" in Vancouver on 18-20 September, 2015


His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston CC CMM COM CD
Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada. Formerly: President, University of Waterloo; Principal and Vice-Chancellor, McGill University; Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario; President, Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada; President, Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities; Founding Chair, National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy. Formerly: A Member of the Program Advisory Committee of The Canadian Ditchley Foundation.

Mrs Janice Charette 
Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet (2014-). Formerly: Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council and Associate Secretary to the Cabinet  (2010-13); Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs (2010-12); Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development (2006-10); Deputy Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (2004-06); Associate Deputy Minister of Health and Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet, Plans and Consultations, Privy Council Office (2003-04); Assistant Secretary to Cabinet (Priorities and Planning), Privy Council Office (2000-02).

Dr Mark Thomson 

Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) (2002-): Senior Analyst. Formerly: Director, Budget and Management Program, ASPI; Member, Defence Industry Policy Review team (2006-07); Force Development and Analysis, Department of Defence: Political Military Adviser to Commander, International Force for East Timor (1999); Civilian Truce Monitor, Bougainville (1997).


Dr Malcolm Cook 

Senior Fellow, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore (2013-). Formerly: Dean, School of International Studies, Flinders University (2011-13); Program Director, East Asia, Lowy Institute for International Policy.


Dr Iftekhar Chowdhury
Principal Research Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore (2009-). Formerly: Foreign Minister of Bangladesh (2007-09); Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), New York (2001-07); Facilitator, UN Reforms (2005); Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN, Geneva (1996-2001); Ambassador to Qatar (1994-96); Special Advisor to Secretary General, UN Conference on Trade and Development (2000); Chairman, UN Information Committee; Chairman, World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Policy Review Body; Chairman, WTO Committee on Trade and Development; President, Conference on Disarmament.


Mr Renato Baumann 

Economist, Division for Sector Studies, Infrastructure and Innovation, Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA) (2015-); Professor, Diplomatic Academy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil (2013-); Professor, Department of Economics, Universidade de Brasília (1983-). Formerly: Director, International Unit, IPEA (2012-15); Coordinator, BRICS Think-Tank Council (2014); Director, UN/ECLAC Office in Brazil (1995-2010); Advisor to the Vice-President, The World Bank (2010).


Mr Stewart Beck
President and CEO, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. Formerly: Department of External Affairs and International Trade: Canadian High Commissioner to the Republic of India with concurrent accreditation to the Kingdom of Bhutan and to Nepal; Consul General in San Francisco; Consul General in Shanghai; Director General, North Asia Bureau; Director General responsible for senior management; Assistant Deputy Minister for international business development, investment, and innovation. A Member of the Program Advisory Committee, The Canadian Ditchley Foundation.

Mr Stuart Bergman 
Deputy Chief Economist and Director, Economic and Political Intelligence Centre, Export Development Canada (2011-). Formerly: Director, Economic Analysis and Forecasting unit, Export Development Canada.

Dr Eva Busza 
Vice President, Research and Programs, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. Formerly: Director of Policy and Strategic Planning for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; Asia-Pacific Team Leader, Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, UNDP; Senior Advisor, Security Sector Reform Programs, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs; Assistant Professor, Department of Government, College of William and Mary; Research Fellow: Columbia University, George Washington University, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Brookings Institution, Center for International Security and Arms Control at Stanford University.

Mr Donald Campbell 
Senior Strategy Advisor, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP, Vancouver; Distinguished Fellow, Asia Pacific Foundation; International Co-Chair, Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (2012-); Board of Directors, Toyota Canada Inc. Formerly: Executive Vice-President, CAE Inc., Montreal (2000-07); Canadian Co-Chair, Canada-Japan Forum (2003-06); Deputy Foreign Minister of Canada and Personal Representative of the Prime Minister for G8 Summits (1997-2000); Ambassador of Canada to Japan (1993-97); Deputy Minister of International Trade (1989-93); Assistant Deputy Minister United States (1985-89); Ambassador to Korea (1984-85). A Member of the Program Advisory Committee, The Canadian Ditchley Foundation.

Professor Wendy Dobson 
Professor and Co-Director, Institute for International Business, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto (1993-); Chair, Pacific Trade and Development Network. Formerly: Associate Deputy Minister of Finance (1987-89); President, C. D. Howe Institute (1981-87). A Member of the Board of Directors, The Canadian Ditchley Foundation.

Mr William Downe 
Chief Executive Officer, BMO Financial Group (2007-); Director: ManpowerGroup Inc., Catalyst Inc.; Board Chair, Catalyst Canada Advisory Board; Board Member: Canadian Council of Chief Executives, International Monetary Conference; Member: Government of Canada's Advisory Council on Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders; International Business Leaders Advisory Council of the Mayor of Beijing (IBLAC), International Advisory Council of Guanghua School of Management at Peking University. Formerly: Federal Advisory Council, Federal Reserve Board.

The Hon. David Emerson PC 
Corporate Director, Public Policy Advisor and Senior Advisor, CAI Funds (2008-); Chair, Asia Pacific Foundation (2015-); Board of Directors: Finning International Inc., Stantec Inc., TimberWest Forest Corporation, Chorus Aviation Inc., Postmedia Networks Inc., Conair Group Inc., D-Wave Systems Inc.; Chair, Premier's Council for Economic Strategy; Chair, Energy Policy Institute of Canada; Co-Chair, Prime Minister's Advisory Committee on the Public Service; Member, International Advisory Council, China Investment Corporation. Formerly: Government of Canada: Minister of Foreign Affairs; Minister of International Trade; Minister of Industry. Province of British Columbia: Deputy Minister of Finance; Secretary to Treasury Board; Deputy Minister to the Premier; Secretary to Cabinet. Private sector: President and CEO, Canfor Corporation; President and CEO, Vancouver International Airport Authority; Chairman and CEO, Canadian Western Bank. A Board Member, The Canadian Ditchley Foundation.

Ms Kirsten Hillman 
Assistant Deputy Minister, Trade Policy and Negotiations, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada; Canada's Chief Negotiator, Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. Formerly: Director General, Trade Negotiations; Senior Legal Advisor, Canada's Permanent Mission to the World Trade Organisation; Senior Counsel, Trade Law Branch; Co-Chair, NAFTA Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes; Senior Counsel, International Environment and Oceans Bureau; Chair, Compliance Committee UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution.

Mr Ron Hoffmann 
Chief Representative for the Asia Pacific Basin, Government of Alberta. Formerly: Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Canada: Director General, Strategic Policy; Senior Coordinator, Asia Policy and Strategy; Ambassador to Thailand (cross accreditation to Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos); Ambassador to Afghanistan; Minister for Political Affairs and Public Diplomacy, London; Director, Defense and Security Policy; Senior Departmental Advisor to the Foreign Minister; Deputy Head, Economic and Trade Program, Beijing.

Mr Peter Kruyt 
Vice President, Power Corporation of Canada (1996-); Chairman, Investment Committee, Sagard China; Chairman, Power Pacific Corporation Limited and Power Energy Corporation (Power Corporation subsidiaries); Director, La Presse ltée; Chairman, Canada China Business Council (2003-). Formerly: Chairman, Board of Governors, Concordia University (2005-12); Alternate Director, Board of CITIC Pacific Ltd, Hong Kong (2003-14).

Mr Donald R. Lindsay
President and CEO, Teck Resources Limited (2005-); Member, Minister of Finance's Economic Advisory Council; Member, Minister of International Trade's Global Markets Action Plan Advisory Council; Member, Canadian Council of Chief Executives; Board Member, Manulife Financial Corporation (2010-) and BC Children's Hospital Foundation (2006-); Chair, Board of Governors for Mining and Metals for the World Economic Forum (2014-). Formerly: Chairman, International Zinc Association (2007-11) and prior to Teck, President of CIBC World Markets responsible for Investment and Corporate Banking and Asia Pacific Region.

The Honourable Kevin Lynch PC, OC 
Vice Chairman, BMO Financial Group. Formerly: Clerk of the Privy Council; Secretary to the Cabinet; Head of the Public Service of Canada (2006-09); Executive Director for the Canadian, Irish and Caribbean Constituency, International Monetary Fund, Washington, DC (2004-06); Deputy Minister of Finance (2000-04); Deputy Minister of Industry (1995-2000). Chairman of The Canadian Ditchley Foundation (2010-) and a Governor, The Ditchley Foundation.

Mr Tiff Macklem 
Dean, Rotman School of Management (2014-). Formerly: Senior Deputy Governor, Bank of Canada (2010-14); Associate Deputy Minister of Finance and G7 Deputy for Canada (2007-10); Bank of Canada: Deputy Governor (2004-07); Adviser to the Governor (2003-04); Chief of Research Department (2002-03); Research Adviser (1996-2002); Assistant Chief, Research Department (1993-96).

Mr Don McCutchan 
International Policy Adviser and Member, Gowlings International Strategic Advisory Group; Director, Northstar Trade Finance Inc.; Adviser, Greta Energy. Formerly: Officer, Canadian Department of Finance; Executive Director, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Vice-President and Secretary, The Canadian Ditchley Foundation.

Ms Daphne Meredith 
Deputy Minister for Western Economic Diversification Canada (2012-). Formerly: Chief Human Resources Officer, Government of Canada; Associate Deputy Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada; Assistant Secretary of the Economic Sector and Assistant Secretary of the Corporate Planning and Priorities Sector, Treasury Board Secretariat; Lecturer in Economics, Queen's University and Royal Military College of Canada.

Ms Cleo Paskal 
2015 Fellow, Trudeau Foundation; Associate Fellow, Chatham House; Adjunct Faculty, Manipal University, India. Formerly: Columnist, National Post; Columnist, Toronto Star; Producer, BBC. Author: 'Global Warring: How Environmental, Economic, and Political Crises Will Redraw the World Map' (Macmillan).

Mr Ian Smith 
CEO, Clearwater Seafoods, Bedford, Nova Scotia; Board Member, Canadian Council of Chief Executives; Board Member, Chartered Professional Accounts of Canada's Corporate Oversight and Governance Advisory Board; Board Member, The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council; Board of Governors, Food and Consumer Products of Canada. Formerly: Vice President, Business Development North America Soup Sauce and Beverage, Campbell Soup Company (2009-10); General Manager, Greater China, Campbell's (2006-09).

Mr John Stackhouse 
Senior Vice President, Office of the CEO, Royal Bank of Canada; Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto; Senior Fellow, C.D. Howe Institute, Toronto. Formerly: Editor-in-Chief, The Globe and Mail (2009-14); Business Editor, The Globe and Mail (2004-09); National Editor, Foreign Editor, Correspondent-at-Large, Foreign Correspondent. Board Member, The Canadian Ditchley Foundation.


Mr Rajat Nag
Distinguished Fellow, National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi; Senior Fellow, Emerging Markets Forum, Washington, DC (2014-); Visiting Professor, Strategy and Development Issues, Asian Institute of Management, Manila, and Emerging Markets Institute, Beijing (2014-). Formerly: Managing Director General, Asian Development Bank (2006-13); Director General, Southeast Asia and Mekong Departments, and Special Advisor to the President on Regional Cooperation and Integration (concurrently), ADB (2002-06).


Dr Pitman B. Potter 

Professor of Law, Law Faculty, and HSBC Chair in Asian Research, Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia; Senior Fellow, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. A Member of the Program Advisory Committee, The Canadian Ditchley Foundation.


Mr Huaiyuan Chen 

Research Associate, Centre on Asia and Globalisation, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

Professor Liu Ming 
Executive Director, Research Professor and Director of Center for Korea Studies, Institute of International Relations, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. Formerly: Director, Institute of AsiaPacific Studies; Visiting Scholar, Stanford University (2000), Seoul National University (1996), Columbia University (1993).

Dr Tao Wang 
Resident Scholar, Energy and Climate Program, Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy. Formerly: Program Manager, World Wildlife Fund China; Core Researcher, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and Science and Technology Policy Research Department, University of Sussex (2006-09).


Dr Injoo Sohn 

Associate Professor, Master of International and Public Affairs Program; Director, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Hong Kong. Formerly: Visiting Fellow, Center for East Asia Policy Studies, The Brookings Institution; Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program; Visiting Research Fellow, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, Princeton University; Lecturer, George Washington University; Consultant for Intergovernmental Group of 24 (G-24) and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); Visiting Fellow, Shanghai Institute for International Studies and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Commissioner, Warwick Commission on International Financial Reform; Fellow, Salzburg Global Seminar.


Mr Saumitra Chaudhuri

Chairman, Committee for All Industry Rates of Duty Drawback, Finance Ministry; Chairman, Committee on Fiscal Statistics, Statistics Ministry; Senior Fellow, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. Formerly: Member Economic Advisory Council to Prime Minister (2005-14); Member, Planning Commission of India (2009-14); Economic Advisor and Research Co-ordinator, ICRA Limited (1993-2009); Executive Editor, Money & Finance; Steel Authority of India Ltd and State Bank of India (1986-91); Senior Economist, Joint Plant Committee, Department of Steel (1983-85); Bureau of Industrial Costs & Prices, Ministry of Industry (1981-83).

Mr Dhruva Jaishankar
Transatlantic Fellow, Asia Program, German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). Formerly: Program Officer for Asia, GMF; Senior Research Assistant/Research Assistant, The Brookings Institution; News Writer and Reporter, CNN-IBN; Brent Scowcroft Award Fellow, The Aspen Institute.

Mr Pramit Pal Chaudhuri 
Senior Associate, Rhodium Group; Foreign Editor, Hindustan Times, New Delhi; Member, National Security Advisory Board to India's Prime Minister (2011-); Associate Fellow, The Asia Society, New York; Member, Council of Emerging Markets; Member: Aspen Institute Italia, Asia Society Global Council, Institute for International and Strategic Studies. Formerly: Editorial Writer: The Telegraph, The Statesman; Media Fellow, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; Fellow, Henry Stimson Centre, Washington, DC; Hubert Humphrey Fellow, University of Maryland-College Park; South Asian Fellow, Cornell University; Bernard Schwartz Fellow, Asia Society.

Dr Harinder Sekhon 
Senior Fellow, U.S. Studies Program, Vivekananda International Foundation, New Delhi. Formerly: Senior Fellow, U.S. Studies Programme, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi; Intelligence and Strategic Analyst, National Security Council Secretariat, Government of India; Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Centre of Contemporary Studies, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (1999-2001); Associate Professor of History, MCMDAV College for Women, Chandigarh (1986-98).


Professor Akiko Fukushima 

Professor, Aoyama Gakuin University, concurrently Member of the Advisory Panel on National Security Strategy and Defense Capabilities, Prime Minister's Office. Formerly: Senior Fellow, Japan Foundation; Director of Policy Studies, National Institute for Research Advancement.

Mr Ayumi Konishi 
Asian Development Bank (1988-): Director General, East Asia. Formerly: Country Director for Vietnam; Director, Governance, Finance and Trade Division, Southeast Asia Department. UN Economic Commission for Western Asia in Iraq; UN Secretariat in New York; UN Economic Commission for Africa in Ethiopia.

Mr Shingo Yamagami 
Japanese Diplomatic Service (1984-): Ambassador for policy planning and international security policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Formerly: Minister, Political Section, Embassy of Japan, London (2009-); seconded to National Police Agency as Director, Police Administration, Ibaraki Prefecture (2007-09); Director, Treaties Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2004-07); Director, Second North America Division (2003-04); Director, Inspection Division (2003); Senior Coordinator, General Affairs Division (2003); Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations and International Organisations in Geneva (2000-03); Consul, Consulate-General, Hong Kong (1998-2000); Deputy Director, China and Mongolia Division (1996-98).


Dr Tae-hyo Kim

Professor, Department of Political Science, and Dean, Graduate School for National Strategy, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul; Visiting Scholar, Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley; National Security Advisor (2012); Deputy National Security Advisor (2008-11).


Professor Alexander Fedorovskiy

Head, Pacific Studies Section, Institute of World Economic and International Relations, Moscow
(1996-). Formerly: Executive Secretary, Center for Contemporary Korean Studies (2003-07); Professor, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (2002-04).


Professor Joseph Liow 

Lee Kuan Yew Chair in Southeast Asia Studies and Senior Fellow, Brookings Center for East Asia Policy Studies; Professor of Comparative and International Politics and Dean, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Co-Editor, Asian Security Book Series (Routledge); Advisory Board, ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation.


Ms Kirida Bhaopichitr 

Research Director for International Research and Advisory Service, Thailand Development Research Institute. Formerly: Senior Economist, Macroeconomic and Fiscal Management Global Practice and Country Economist for Thailand, World Bank Group.

Dr Kitti Prasirtsuk 
Director, Institute of East Asia Studies, Thammasat University. Formerly: Visiting Professor, University of California, Berkeley.


Mr Stephen Lillie 

Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service (1988-): Director, Asia Pacific (2013-). Formerly: Ambassador to the Philippines; Consul-General, Guangzhou, China; Director, UK Trade and Investment Office in India.

Mr Rupert Potter 
Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service (1992-): Consul General, British Consulate-General, Vancouver. Formerly: Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy, Manama (2008-12); Vice Consul, British Embassy, Amman (1995-98); Political Section, British Embassy, Stockholm (1999-2002); London assignments: South Asia Department, Afghanistan Unit and North America Department; Cabinet Office; secondment with the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Dr Catherine Wills 
Art Historian. A Governor and Member of the Council of Management and Programme Committee, The Ditchley Foundation; A Member of the Board of Directors, The American Ditchley Foundation.

Dr Balbina Hwang
Visiting Professor, American University. Formerly: Visiting Professor, Georgetown University and National Defense University; Senior Special Advisor to Assistant Secretary of State, East Asia
(2007-09); Elected Board Member, Council for Security Cooperation in Asia Pacific.

Dr Jamie Metzl 
Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council, Washington, DC; Chief Strategy Officer, ORIG3N, Boston, MA. Formerly: Executive Vice President, Asia Society; Deputy Staff Director and Senior Counselor, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Director, Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs, National Security Council; Candidate for United States Congress (2004); Human Rights Officer, United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (1991-93). Author: 'Genesis Code, The Depths of the Sea', and a history of the Cambodian genocide. New novel, 'Eternal Sonata', out Fall 2015.

The Honorable Nicholas Rostow 
University Professor, National Defense University, Washington, DC (2010-); Senior Research Scholar, Yale Law School (2010-). Formerly: University Counsel and Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs, The State University of New York (SUNY) (2006-10); General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor to the US Permanent Representative to the United Nations (2001-05); Charles H. Stockton Chair in International Law, U.S. Naval War College (2001); Staff Director, U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (1999-2000); Special Assistant to the President of the United States and Legal Adviser to the U.S. National Security Council (1987-93). A Member of the Advisory Council, The American Ditchley Foundation.

Ambassador Stapleton Roy 
Director Emeritus, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC; Senior Advisor, Kissinger Associates Inc.; Co-Chair, The United States-Indonesian Society; Advisory Director, Freeport-McMoran. Formerly: U.S. Diplomatic Service: Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research (1999-2000); Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia (1996-99); to the People's Republic of China (1991-95); to Singapore (1984-86).

Mr Jeffrey Schott 
Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics; Member, Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee, U.S. Government; Member, Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, State Department. Formerly: Board Member, International Trade and Finance Association (1993-95); Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (1982-83); Official, U.S. Treasury Department (1974-82).

Dr Mireya Solís 
Senior Fellow and Philip Knight Chair in Japan Studies, Brookings Center for East Asia Policy Studies.

Mr Casimir A. Yost
Adjunct Professor, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University. Formerly: Director, Strategic Futures Group, National Intelligence Council (2011-13); Director, Long Range Analysis Unit, National Intelligence Council (2009-11); Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University (1994-2009): Marshall B. Coyne Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, Director, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy and Co-Chair, Schlesinger Working Group on Strategic Surprises; Director, Center for Asian Pacific Affairs, Asia Foundation (1990-94); President, World Affairs Council of Northern California (1986-90); Foreign Policy Advisor to Senator Charles McC. Mathias Jr and professional staff of the Committee on Foreign Relations (1977-86). A Member of the American Ditchley Advisory Council.

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