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Emanuel Yi Pastreich


Emanuel Pastreich Pastreich founded The Asia Institute in 2007 while working in Daejeon, Korea. Pastreich has conducted research projects on technology and its implications for society with the Korea Research Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology, Korea Research Institute for Standards and Science, the Korea Research Institute for Geoscience and Materials, Seoul National University, Center for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology and the Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety.

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Sarah Bregman

Vietnam Director

An anthropologist and educator by training, Bregman works as a lecturer in the English Faculty of Diplomatic Academy and serves as an expert consultant and program director at the Nguyen Binh Khiem High Quality Education System in Hanoi. Her current research focuses on low-fertility, migration, mobility, and multiculturalism, Korean-Vietnamese families, and education.

Senior Researchers

Nguyen Phuc Anh

Sino-Nom Studies Faculty, Vietnam National University

Alexander Krabbe


Alexander Krabbe is a peace activist, a citizen journalist and medical doctor who engages with a broad range of citizens in Europe to discuss critical issues in international relations.

Malik Ayub Sumbal

Senior Associate

Malik Ayub Sumbal is a geopolitical analyst, television commentator, and award-winning journalist with more than 17 years of professional experience working with leading media outlets.


Yo Kawanaka


Yo Kawanaka is a peace activist and author in Japan who started her activities in the protests against the response to the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. She joined the Asia Institute in 2017 and works there on environmental issues, peace and security, and mental health issues.

Shi Yuefeng


Yuefeng has a wide range of interests including international relations, peace studies, Chinese politics, international organizations, and sustainable development. His current research focuses on the development of Chinese think tanks and case studies concerning sustainable development.

William Wolff


William Wolff has extensive experience in education in China, Japan, Korea and the United States and takes a deep interest in contemporary education practice and policy in East Asia and around the world.


Jung Yoojin

Managing Director

Jung Yoojin serves as a translator in both English and Japanese, has translated several institute book chapters, and assists in editing across several disciplinary boundaries. Jung also conducts preliminary research on contemporary Korean science and developmental policies and assembles TAI seminars.

Dr. Deborah Havens

United States Representative

Dr. Deborah Havens has had a varied career in education as well as in television and in radio broadcasting, holding several certifications in education, management, leadership, and personal development training. She holds a doctorate degree in education at Eastern Michigan University.

Arthur E. Michalak


Arthur E. Michalak oversees internal and external communications, media relations, and directs strategies to support growth for the institute’s knowledge operations. Michalak engages with technologists, policy makers, writers, and academicians on developing communications that broadly shape issues at the institute.

Mariesa Ricks


Mariesa Ricks is a senior manager at HealthConnected, a comprehensive web-based platform serving the families of chronically-ill children. Ricks earned a M.S. at the Harvard School of Public Health, where she was actively involved in student government and university-wide student initiatives.