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Geneva Forum on



Hybrid Series Events

October 11th–15th 2021

East Asia, as a geographic concept, involves Greater China, Japan, Mongolia, and the Korean Peninsula. Home to some of the world’s most ancient civilisations, East Asia has never been unimportant in history.


Today, this region has an increasingly significant role to play in shaping the world economically, politically, and culturally. Yet, the world still lacks knowledge about the region, which may turn into an impediment to engage this region in global governance and the international development agenda more deeply and constructively.


To bridge the gap, the China and East Asia Studies Initiative (CEAS), a student-led association based in Geneva, proposes to hold an annual forum on East Asia. The forum is aimed to be a platform for in-depth discussions and constructive dialogue surrounding East Asia, encouraging intellectual, professional, and cultural exchange at all levels. 

The Geneva Forum on East Asia is designed to be comprehensive and consists of three pillars: the academic forum, the career forum, and the social forum.

The target audience of the Forum is students, scholars, and professionals with an interest in East Asia and its relationship with the world. 

Featured Speakers


Dr. Jean-Jacques de Dardel

Former Ambassador of Switzerland to the People’s Republic of China, Mongolia and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (2014-2019), Distinguished Alumnus of IHEID


Dr. Marie-Laure Salles

Director of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) since 2020


Dr. Yasutami Shimomura

Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the Graduate
School of Environmental Management at Hosei University,
Japan. Former Board Member at Japan Bank for
International Cooperation


Dr. Giacomo Luciani

Professor at the Paris School of International Affairs,
Sciences Po, and at the Graduate Institute of International
and Development Studies (IHEID)

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Dr. Isabel Pike

Assistant professor, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, IHEID

Faculty affiliate, Gender Center, IHEID 


Dr. Michael Reiterer

Distinguished Professor at CSDS of the Brussels School of
Governance; Former Ambassador of the European Union to
the Republic of Korea (2017-2020); Deputy head of
Mission/minister at the EU delegation to Japan.
Distinguished Alumnus of IHEID


Dr. Sunhye Kim

Assistant Professor 

      Department of              Women's Studies 

      Ewha Womans                 University


Dr. Kim Sungmoon

Professor of Political Theory, associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and
director of the Center for East Asian and Comparative
Political Philosophy at City University of Hong Kong


Soojin Han

Coordinator, HR Planning & Development Officer at the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (TCS)


Dr. Haibin Zhang

Associate Dean of the School of International Studies,
Professor, Doctoral Supervisor and Dean of
Department of International Organizations and
International Public Policy at Peking University


H.E. Mr. Michael Clauss

Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union (since 2018), former Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the People's Republic of China (2013-2018)


Dr. Xue Gong

Assistant Professor in the China Program of S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Ms. Upala Devi

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H.E. Mr. Jari Gustafsson

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Dr. Andrew Michael Ong

Regional Director, Asia-Pacific Regional Office of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Ambassador of the Republic of Finland to the Hellenic Republic and the Republic of Albania (since 2020). Former Ambassador of the Republic of Finland to Japan (2009-2013) and the People's Republic of China (2013-2015)

Director of the Division for Asia and the Pacific of the
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

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