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minoruProfessor Minoru Sugaya

Professor SUGAYA, Minoru is a Professor of Media Policy and Economics at Keio University, Tokyo, Japan. After graduating Keio University in 1972, he had M.A. in public administration at International Christian University, M.A. in telecommunications at Michigan State University, and Ph. D. in International Christian University. He was visiting researcher at the Kennedy School at Harvard University in 1991 and at Michigan State University in 1992. In 1998, he was in the department of communication at the University of Hawaii as a Fulbright senior researcher. He has published and edited a number of books including The Transformation of Telecommunication Regulatory Structure in Japan, Keio Communications Review (2009), Video Content Industry and Film Policy (2009 in Japanese), Digital Content in the age of Transnational (2007 in Japanese), the Media Content Distribution in the East Asia (2005 in Japanese and Korean), Economics of Broadcasting Media (2000 in Japanese and Korean) , and Media Industry Policy in the United States (1997 in Japanese). He also published many English articles including Media Convergence Policy in Japan, Coping with Multimedia, Keio Communications Review, 2000, The Convergence of Telephone and Broadcasting in Japan, Keio Communication Review, 1996; and Cable Television and Government Policy in Japan, Telecommunications Policy, 1995. He has served as several government committee members and chairpersons including universal service, cable television, and media convergence. In 2006, Former Minister of Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Mr. Takenaka, designated him as a member of his study group on the future of telecommunication and broadcasting. He is also a president of the Japan Association of Information and Communication Research, a director of the Visual Information Promotion Organization.

alanProfessor Alan Howard

Professor Alan Howard is professor emeritus in anthropology from the University of Hawai`i. His research has been concentrated in Polynesia, particularly on the island of Rotuma. In recent years, along with his wife, Jan Rensel, he has been studying and writing about the Rotuman diaspora, including Rotuman communities in Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, the United States, Canada, and Europe. He is especially interested in the problem of maintaining a globally scattered culture, and the role that cyberspace can play in providing arenas for virtual communities. A major project over the past 15 years has been the Rotuma Website, which he created in 1996 and continues to maintain. In 2007 he and coauthored Island Legacy: A History of the Rotuman People.

gregAssociate Professor Greg Dvorak

GREG DVORAK spent his formative years living in Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands, where he was first exposed to the legacies and enduring contradictions of colonialism in Oceania. Having studied and worked for over a decade in Japan after graduating with a degree in Asian Studies from Rutgers University, he went on to pursue an MA in Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawai'i in 2004 and a PhD in Cross-Cultural History from the Australian National University in 2008. His work deals mainly with the intersections between nation, history, environment, and identity in Japan and Oceania. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Law at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo.

inamiProfessor Inami Masahiko

Masahiko Inami is a Professor in the School of Media Design at the Keio University (KMD), Japan. His researcg interest is in human I/O enhancement technologies including bio engineering, HCl and robotics. He received BE and MS degrees in bioengineering form the Tokyo Institute of Technology and PhD in 1999 from the Unibersity of Tokyo.


janDr Jan Rensel

Jan Rensel earned a PhD in cultural anthropology based on her research on the island of Rotuma. She joined the UH Center for Pacific Islands Studies (CPIS) as editor in late 2001. In addition to a co-edited book on the social implications of housing change, Dr Rensel has published several articles on socioeconomic change and migrant communities, including many with her husband, UH Professor Emeritus Alan Howard. They worked closely with the late Elizabeth Inia to publish her books about Rotuman proverbs and ceremonies (through USP's Institute for Pacific Studies); they have also written a history of the Rotuman people. Besides serving as managing editor of the Pacific Islands Monograph Series and The Contemporary Pacific: A Journal of Island Affairs (TCP), Dr Rensel spearheaded the move to make TCP back issues and other CPIS publications freely available online via the UH institutional digital archive, ScholarSpace.

kenjiProfessor Kenji Saga

1990-2002: Professor, Faculty of International Relations, Asia University, Japan
2002-2004: Research Fellow, Communication Research Laboratory
2004-2010: Research Fellow, National Institute of Information, Communication and Technology

Special Activity Field:
Global Trends of International Telecommunications and Information Policy Analysis of International and National ICT Strategies and Submission of Policy Recommendations to International Organizations (APEC, PECC, APT and ITU) and Government of Japan MIC and JICA) and Governments of developing countries.

yoshioProfessor Yoshio Utsumi

Name: Dr. Yoshio Utsumi
President, Japan Telecommunications Engineering and Consulting Service (JTEC)
Visiting Professor, Waseda University, Japan
Ex Secretary General of the ITU
Ex Deputy Minister Posts & Telecommunications, Japan
1965 BA from Faculty of Law University of Tokyo,
1972 MA from Department of Social Sciences, University of Chicago, Chicago USA
2006 Honorary Doctorate from Waseda University,
2012 Honorary Member of IEEE, USA for leadership in policy and initiatives leading to the growth of information and communication technologies
1966 Joined Ministry of Posts and Telecommunication, Japan
1966-1996 Hold various positions in Japanese Govt.
1997 Deputy Minister for Posts and Telecommunications
1999 Elected as the Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for two consecutive terms served until 2007.

toshioProfessor Toshio Kosuge

Professor of Digital Hollywood University, Professor Emeritus of University of Electro- Communications, Tokyo, Japan. He obtained Master's Degree in Public International Administration from International Christian University, Diploma of International Law from Hague Academy of International Law and LL.M from Leyden University, The Netherlands. He was in George Washington University as an exchange scholar.
He has specialized in information and communication policies and regulations. He also started class on international technical cooperation in ICT. He has been teaching in the universities more than thirty years.
He was a member of coordinators for PARTNERS,Post-PARTNERS and New PARTNERS Projects of International Cooperation among Asia-Pacific Countries including Pacific Islands for overcoming digital divide. He was also member of Feasibility Study Mission of USP Project for Communication Network. He served as JICA Expert in the Project on USP for Human Resource Development and Enhancement of USP Program of Information and Computer Science after JICA-USP net Project and a member of evaluation of the Project.

naokoProfessor Naoko Tosa

NAOKO TOSA is an internationally renowned Japanese media artist, born in 1961 in Fukuoka, Japan. After receiving a PhD for Art and Technology Research from the University of Tokyo, she was lecturer at Musashino Art University (1989-1994) and she was researcher at Media Integration & Communication Lab in Advanced Technology Research Labs.(ATR) 1995-2001. She was a fellow at the Centre for Advanced Visual Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 2002 to 2004. Currently she is a professor at Kyoto University and a visiting professor of the National University of Singapore.
NAOKO TOSA as an artist believes in the artistic concept that "various cultures in the world are connected just as one culture from the ancient time of human history at unconsciousness level overcoming nationalism". Connecting this concept to a computer, she has created a new concept called "Cultural Computing", creating a new frontier of art products to lead society to a richer future. Covering a wide range of areas, NAOKO TOSA's art includes visual art, video art, digital art, sculpture, just to name a few. Her works are collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the American Film Association, The National Museum of Art, Osaka and the Toyama Prefecture Museum of Modern Art, Nagoya City Art Museum, Takamatsu city museum of Art. She has exhibited her artworks at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the New York Metropolitan Art Museum and the New York Metropolitan Art Museum, the Long Beach Museum, International Berlin Film Festival New media Division among many locations worldwide. In 1996, she received the best paper award from the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia. In 1997, the L'Oreal Grand Prix for research combining art and science awarded her First prize. In 2000, she received a prize from the Interactive Art section in ARS Electronica. Also in 2004 she received 2nd prize for Nabi Digital Storytelling Competition of Intangible Heritage, organized by UNESCO2004. She received a research funding from the agency for cultural affairs in Japan 2000, from Japan Science and Technology Agency2001-2004, from France Telecom R & D 2003-2005, from one of the biggest game company, Taito Corp. (they built "Space Invaders") 2005-2008, from the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) 2005-2008, from NIKON CORPORATION 2009-2010, from Nissan Global Foundation 2011-2012.

reginaDr Regina Rudrud

A graduate of The University of Hawaii at Mānoa (UHM) Department of Anthropology ecological Anthropology Program specializing in Maritime and Fisheries Anthropology and The UHM School of Ocean and Earth Science Technology Department of Oceanography Graduate Ocean Science /Ocean Policy Program specializing in Sea Turtle Conservation Biology, she is currently completing her PhD dissertation on cultural constructions that manifest the high esteem, great regard, and deep respect for sea turtles held by Pacific Island populations and the implications of this high cultural valuation for conservation and management of sea turtle resources in the region as well as the revitalization of the cultural traditions, laws and rituals that surround them.
With a background in computer science, Regina's current projects involve the use of computer technologies in distance education. Collaborating with the University of the South Pacific (USP) Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies, she is developing an Online/Distance and Flexi Learning Course to increase student learning and teacher capacity at all 14 campuses of the USP. She is also working with the Marine Resources Authority and Ministry of Education in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) to strengthen marine turtle conservation efforts by developing curriculum to effectively increase public awareness, knowledge, and understanding regarding the cultural significance of turtles and the urgent need to protect turtle populations. Areas of expertise: Oceania, Polynesia, Hawaii, Micronesia, Marshall Islands (RMI), Melanesia, Fiji, Caribbean, Cayman Islands.

vilsoniProfessor Vilsoni Hereniko

Vilsoni Hereniko became the Director of the OCACPS in August 2010. Originally from Rotuma, he is the author of Woven Gods: Female Clowns and Power in Rotuma and co-editor of Inside Out: Literature, Cultural Politics, and Identity in the New Pacific, as well as authoring numerous scholarly articles, essays, and plays. Hereniko was the editor of the award-winning journal The Contemporary Pacific from 2002-2008 and his plays have been produced in Oceania, the United States, and England. His feature film The Land Has Eyes premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, followed by screenings at international and indigenous film festivals around the world, as well as at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Fiji submitted The Land Has Eyes to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for Oscar consideration. Hereniko has also made a short narrative film and a documentary. He has been a keynote speaker at many national and international universities, including the Australian National University, the University of Southern California, and the University of Notre Dame. An award-winning teacher, he has taught at the University of the South Pacific, the University of Washington, and for the University of Pittsburgh (semester-at-sea). He was also a Fellow of Corpus Christi at the University of Cambridge in England.

konaiProfessor Konai Thaman

Professor of Pacific Education & Culture, and UNESCO Chair in teacher education & culture, USP. Have worked for USP since 1974 – held positions of Director of the USP Institute of Education, Head of the School of Humanities, & Pro-Vice Chancellor. Main areas of interests include: culture & education; indigenous education; gender & higher education; and teacher education. Originally from Tonga, educated in NZ (BA), California (MA) and USP (PhD). Co founded the Rethinking Pacific Education by and for Pacific Peoples in 2001. Currently involved in global work relating to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development as well as Education for Peace & Intercultural Understanding. Is married to Prof Randy Thaman & they have two adult children & two grandchildren.

ansgarProfessor Ansgar Fehnker

Ansgear Fehnker has an interest in formal description and analysis of protocols and softwate. He received hid PhD at the Radbound University, Nijmegen on verification in timed and cyber-physical systems, worked as PostDoc with the model checking team, at Carnegie Mellon University , Pittsburgh, USA, and then joined NICTA, in Sydney, Australia. His work was focused on automated techniques for the analysis of C/C++ as well as on formal verification of protocols for wireless networks.

eliseDr Elise Huffer

Elise is the Culture Adviser for the Human Development Program of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, the oldest intergovernmental regional organization in the Pacific. In this role, Elise is responsible for promoting the development of the cultural sector in the Pacific Islands region, working directly with governments, non-governmental organizations and other regional and international agencies. Some of her major areas of work are the protection and promotion of traditional knowledge through legal and non-legal measures; the promotion of contemporary Pacific artists and producers; support for the preservation of cultural heritage, and the advancement of development policy which integrates cultural factors, including Pacific norms.
Prior to joining SPC, Elise designed and coordinated the Pacific Studies Program at the University of the South Pacific (a regional university which has 12 member States) and was responsible for the Institute of Pacific Studies Publications. During her 11 years at the USP, Elise's research was focused on Pacific norms of governance and development, gender and culture.

cresentinaMs Cresantia Frances Koya

Cresantia F. Koya is a Lecturer in Education at the University of the South Pacific. She is married to Tongan Artist Lingikoni Vaka'uta and they have twin teenage daughters. An artist and poet, her research interests include Indigenous Research frameworks, Cultural Epistemology, Curriculum Development, Teacher Education, Education for Citizenship and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). She currently teaches 'Theories and Ideas in Education' and "Curriculum Development' courses in the School of Education. Her community work includes capacity building for youth, women and Pacific Teachers.
She is currently working on a number of initiatives including an examination of education for citizenship through the arts and ESD; Spokenword as a extension of cultural expression; and mainstreaming ESD through the arts. She is a also a PhD Candidate at the University of the South Pacific exploring Art, Culture and Resilience in ESD in the Pacific.

dilawarDr Dilawar Grewal

Dr. Dilawar Grewal is the Associate Provost for Integrated Planning, and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Wagner College in Staten Island, NY. Previously, he was the Associate VP for Information Services/ Director of Research IT Services at the University of Kansas; Assistant Vice Provost for Research and Technology at East Tennessee State University; and Director at the Office of the Vice President for Research at Texas A&M University. He is well published and has over twenty years of experience in Information Technology and higher education. He is also an international consultant in IT. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and Texas A&M University.
Dr. Grewal is a technical and strategic advisor for government and companies in the areas of telecommunications, technological training and higher education technology leadership development. While he has extensive experience in designing technology related products in the area of security, his passion lies in the area of enterprise architecture and business relevance assessments for both companies and higher education institutions.

delsaMs Delsa Saini Atoa Moe

Ms Delsa Saini is the Cultural Presentations Director at the Polynesian Cultural Center in USA.
Cultural Presentations Director, since 1999
o Oversee operations of the Theater Dept, Cultural Islands Dept and Guide Services Dept
o Co-Producer for “HA: Breath of Life” Evening Polynesian Production (2009 – present)
o Producer for Hawaiian luau entertainment (on-going)
o Producer for “Rainbows of Paradise” Canoe Pageant (2002 – present)
o Producer for “Horizons – Where the Sea Meets the Sky” Evening Polynesian Production (1996 – 2009)
o Annual World Fire Knife Championship, MC and Steering Committee Member
o Annual “We Are Samoa Festival” Steering Committee Member

1978 – 1999
o Theater Managing Director
o Reservations Manager
o Guide Services Manager
o Account Executive, Incentive, Conventions and Group Sales
o Mistress of Ceremonies/Program Narrator
o Dancer
o Cultural Demonstrator

• BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY - HAWAII (BYU-H), Laie, HI June 1983 Bachelor of Science, Major: Travel and Tourism Management

• Married to Sinapati Moe
• Mother of 5 children (4 boys + 1 girl)
• Grandmother of 1 (girl)

Ms Repeta Puna

Repeta is a Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister on matters pertaining to Renewable Energy, Environment, ICT amongst others. She was responsible for the development of the Cook Islands National Policy on the Protection, Promotion and Preservation of Traditional Knowledge which resulted in a Cook Islands Traditional Knowledge Bill being drafted. That bill is scheduled to be presented to Parliament for enactment this month. Repeta was also instrumental in developing the current Cook Islands National ICT policy. Repeta has a Master of Philosophy in Public Policy from the Auckland University of Technology.

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