Peter Hershock

is director of the Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) at the East-West Center (EWC) in Honolulu, Hawai'i. He is trained in both Buddhist and Western academic traditions and received his PhD in Asian philosophy from the University of Hawai'i. Hershock has written several books about the relevance of Buddhist ideas and concepts for contemporary social challenges including technology and development, education, human rights, and the role of values in cultural and social change.

Tina Rahimy

is a political philosopher. She studied at the Philosophy Faculty of Erasmus University, Rotterdam, and obtained her PhD for research into various forms of political action with regard to inclusion and exclusion. Tina has been involved in research and education at Erasmus University and various colleges. She was previously active in urban developments related to art and culture and currently teaches Social Work at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences.

Sarah Flavell

is Senior Lecturer in Religions, Philosophy, and Ethics at Bath Spa University in the UK. She obtained her PhD as an Irish Research Council Scholar at University College Cork (The National University of Ireland) where she researched the similarities between the thought of Japanese philosopher Nishitani Keiji and the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Her expertise lies in continental Chinese philosophy, in particular Taoism.

Shalina Sinha

is lecturer in Non-Western Philosophy at University of Reading in the UK. She received her PhD from the University of Sussex and has previously taught at the University of York and SOAS (University of London). Shalini also studied economics and has previously lived in Canada and India. Her research focuses primarily on Hindu and Buddhist ethics, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of action.

Michael Onyebuchi Eze

is a historian and philosopher with a primary focus on culture, nationalism, and social change. He is Assistant professor in Political Science at University of Amsterdam and Fellow at University of Cambridge. Michael has published books on African Ubuntu philosophy and Africa's colonial history and has previously taught at universities in the United States, Germany, Nigeria and South Africa.


Hadeer Abo El Nagah

is Associate professor in Literary Studies at Prince Sultan University in Riyad, Saudi Arabia. Originally from Cairo, Egypt, where she studied English literature, her mission is to bridge the gap between Islam and the Western world. Hadeer has published various books addressing misconceptions about Islam, and has lectured in the US under the Fulbright Visiting Specialist Program.

Chiara Robbiano

is Assistant professor in philosophy, honour's director, and tutor at University College Utrecht (Utrecht University). She was born in Genova, Italy where she studied philosophy, and she obtained her PhD in Classics at the University of Leiden. Chiara's research focuses on cross-cultural and comparative philosophy, including comparisons between ancient Greek, Indian and Japanese thinking. In 2019, Chiara will be Visiting professor at Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan.