The Asian Conference on Business & Public Policy (ACBPP2020)

The Asian Conference on Business & Public Policy (ACBPP2020)

The Asian Conference on Business & Public Policy (ACBPP2020)

Join us online for ACBPP2020!

November 06–08, 2020 | Held online from Tokyo, Japan

Special Announcement: ACBPP2020 will be held Online

Due to continued uncertainties surrounding the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, IAFOR has made the decision to hold ACBPP2020 entirely online via Zoom.

View the Conference Programme

Keynote Speakers

  • Gautam Mahajan
    Gautam Mahajan
    Customer Value Foundation, New Delhi, India
  • Easan Sivaniah
    Easan Sivaniah
    Kyoto University, Japan
  • Philip Sugai
    Philip Sugai
    Doshisha University, Japan

Featured Speakers

  • Joseph Haldane
    Joseph Haldane
    The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
  • Haruko Satoh
    Haruko Satoh
    Osaka University, Japan

Welcome to The Asian Conference on Business & Public Policy (ACBPP2020), held in partnership with the IAFOR Research Centre at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, Japan.

ACBPP2020 encourages academics and scholars to meet and exchange ideas and views in an international forum stimulating respectful dialogue. This event will afford an exceptional opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, networking, and facilitating partnerships across national and disciplinary borders.

Since its founding in 2009, IAFOR has brought people and ideas together in a variety of events and platforms to promote and celebrate interdisciplinary study, and underline its importance. IAFOR continues to engage in many cross-sectoral projects across the world, including those engaging leading universities (Virginia Tech, UCL, Singapore Management University, University of Belgrade, Lingnan University, Barcelona University, University of Hawai’i, Moscow State University), think tanks, research organisations and agencies (the East-West Center, The Center for Higher Education Research, The World Intellectual Property Organization), and collaborative projects with governments, and international governmental organisations (Government of Japan through the Prime Minister’s office, the United Nations in New York), media agencies (The Wall Street Journal, JWT, HarperCollins).

With the IAFOR Research Centre at Osaka University, we have engaged in a number of interdisciplinary initiatives we believe will have an important impact on domestic and international public policy conversations and outcomes.

IAFOR's unique global platform facilitates discussion around specific subject areas, with the goal of generating new knowledge and understanding, forging and expanding new international, intercultural and interdisciplinary research networks and partnerships. We have no doubt that ACBPP2020 will offer a remarkable opportunity for the sharing of research and best practice and for the meeting of people and ideas.

ACBPP2020 will be held alongside The 10th Asian Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment (ACSEE2020). There will be joint plenary session and registration for one conference will allow delegates to attend sessions in the other.

We look forward to seeing you online!

The ACBPP2020 Organising Committee

William Baber, Kyoto University Graduate School of Management, Japan
Grant Black, Chuo University, Japan
Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
Tom Houghton, Curtin University, Australia
Anshuman Khare, Athabasca University, Canada
Sela V. Panapasa, University of Michigan, USA
James W. McNally, University of Michigan & NACDA Program on Aging, USA
Haruko Satoh, Osaka University, Japan
Philip Sugai, Doshisha Business School, Japan

Key Information
  • Location & Venue: Held online from Tokyo, Japan
  • Dates: Friday, November 06, 2020 ​to Sunday, November 08, 2020
  • Early Bird Abstract Submission Deadline: June 19, 2020*
  • Final Abstract Submission Deadline: August 21, 2020
  • Registration Deadline for Presenters: October 02, 2020

*Submit early to take advantage of the discounted registration rates. Learn more about our registration options.

Our Response to the Ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) Global Pandemic

Present, Publish, Participate On-site or Online

Continued excellence in service, wherever you are

Our commitment to you; academics, scholars and educators around the world, is to continue to run conferences where and how possible, but in the full knowledge that in these unprecedented and changing times, we must engage as much as is possible online, allowing those who choose not to travel, or who cannot travel, opportunities to present, publish and participate online.


Given the uncertainties surrounding travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, and related and evolving government responses, we understand that potential delegates’ plans may be subject to change beyond their control, and indeed many people may not be able to travel to our conferences. We will be as flexible as we can our side to allow delegates to switch registration types between “on-site” and “online” depending on their circumstances, up until one month before the conference, so that you can be assured that whatever your situation, you can still present, publish and participate.

IAFOR Research Centre (IRC) – “Innovation and Value Initiative”

The IAFOR Research Centre (IRC) is housed within Osaka University’s School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), and in June 2018 the IRC began an ambitious new “Innovation and Value Initiative”. Officially launched at the United Nations in a special UN-IAFOR Collaborative Session, the initiative seeks to bring together the best in interdisciplinary research around the concept of value, on how value can be recognised, and measured, and how this can help us address issues and solve problems, from the local to the global.

Why Join an IAFOR Conference?

The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) welcomes academics from all over the world to our interdisciplinary conferences held in Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East. Our events provide a unique international, intercultural and interdisciplinary environment in which to hear the latest world-class research and network with leading academics, professionals and practitioners.

Our conferences are meticulously planned under the direction of prominent academics to ensure that they offer programmes of the highest level, and are supported by some of the world’s leading academic institutions, including the University of London (UK), Virginia Tech (USA), University of Barcelona (Spain), Waseda University (Japan), University of Sussex (UK), Medill School of Journalism (USA), Moscow State University (Russia) and The University of Tokyo (Japan).

By facilitating dialogue between the world’s academics and thought leaders, IAFOR has become a pioneer in providing the research avenues and visionary development solutions that are necessary in our rapidly emerging globalised world. We welcome you to engage in this expanding global academic community of individuals and network of institutions, and look forward to seeing you at one of our future events.

Gautam Mahajan
Customer Value Foundation, New Delhi, India


Gautam Mahajan, President of Customer Value Foundation is the global thought leader in Customer Value and Value Creation. He mentors the Value Creation Alliance, and is Editor of the Journal of Creating Value, He is helping Value creation centres in Denmark and at the University of Maryland, as well as a Value School in Japan. He is also an inventor with products being used around the world, and has 18 US patents.

Gautam ran businesses for a Fortune 50 company in the USA for 17 years and has developed leaders, CEOs, and executives. He has consulted for Alcoa, DuPont, Continental Can, Reynolds, GE, GTE, ITC, Sealed Air, Azelis, Tatas, Birlas, Godrej, ITC, Toyo-Seikan, Viag, and Solvay. He is the author of 6 books, including: Customer Value Investment: Formula for Sustained Business Success, Value Creation: The Definitive Guide for Business Leaders, The Value Imperative, Total Customer Value Management: Transforming Business Thinking, and Creating Customer Value Makes You a Great Executive.
He was President of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the PlastIndia Committee, Vice President of the All India Plastics Manufacturers Association, and a Trustee of Plastics Institute of America. He has also been a member of the U.S.-India Think Tank, and Chairman of the US India Economics Relations Forum.

Among his honours is a Fellowship from Harvard Business School and the Illinois Institute of Technology. He was honoured by the Illinois Institute of Technology with its Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001. Recently, he spoke at the Centre for American and International Law in Dallas to an audience from 35 countries in India, in Berlin in 2006 at the European Fine Chemicals Conference, and in 2011 in New York, Akron, Columbus, Denver, Chicago, and California. He has spoken at conferences around the world on creating value. He has also reported in the Wall Street Journal.

Mr Mahajan is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, where he was an Institute Merit Scholar, has a Master’s degree in Mechanics, and an MBA from Suffolk University, UK.

Keynote Presentation (2020) | Value Creation in Times of Crisis
Easan Sivaniah
Kyoto University, Japan


Easan Sivaniah graduated in Physics and Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University and Imperial College, London and held research and teaching posts in Santa Barbara, Leeds, Texas and Cambridge, before his present situation as Professor of Molecular Engineering at Kyoto University. His cherished prize is a 25 meter swimming certificate earned at age 9, for which he surely got a sympathy prize since he sank at 20m. He is also the first person in his High School’s history (a 500 year old British Private School) to have failed a St. John’s ambulance First Aid certificate for giving the incorrect answer on what to do with a burns victim. In 2008, Prof. Sivaniah finally began a research group in Cambridge University on the premise of single-handedly saving the world. Still 12 years on, he clings to quaint quixotic ambitions of driving Entrepreneurship for Social Impact from the vantage point of a leading research group in Kyoto University. Most recently he has founded the venture OOYOO ( targeting low cost carbon capture, and about to embark on a new activity on the creation of monomaterial packaging for easy recycling.

Keynote Presentation (2020) | How to solve the 10 Trillion dollar problem of reducing CO2 emissions?
Philip Sugai
Doshisha University, Japan


Dr Sugai is a Professor of Marketing within Doshisha University's Graduate School of Business where he currently teaches Marketing, eMarketing, Marketing Research, and Sustainable & Responsible Marketing. Dr Sugai also served as a Visiting Professor for Stanford University from 2015 - 2017, where he taught Innovation in Japan at the Stanford Overseas campus in Kyoto. Prior to joining the Doshisha University faculty, Dr Sugai taught at the International University of Japan in Niigata where he also served as Dean and Associate Dean of the IUJ Business School for six years.

Dr Sugai is the author of two books, The Value Plan and The Six Immutable Laws of Mobile Business (John Wiley & Sons) and has published case studies with Ivey Business School Publishing on KITKAT Japan, AGL, Hatsune Miku and Walt Disney Internet Group.

He received his Doctorate degree from Waseda University and his M.B.A. in Marketing and Operations Management from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He has worked as a marketing executive at American Express, Muze, Inc., and Lightningcast, Inc., and currently serves as a marketing advisor and marketing strategy consultant to companies both in Japan and globally.

Keynote Presentation (2020) | Valuing Value
Joseph Haldane
The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan


Joseph Haldane is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of IAFOR. He is responsible for devising strategy, setting policies, forging institutional partnerships, implementing projects, and overseeing the organisation’s international business and academic operations, including research, publications and events.

Dr Haldane is a founding Co-Director of the IAFOR Research Centre, an interdisciplinary think tank situated at The Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), Osaka University, where since 2015 he has also been a Guest Professor, teaching on the postgraduate Global Governance Course.

A Member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network for Global Governance, Professor Haldane’s research and teaching is on history, politics, international affairs and international education, as well as governance and decision making.

In 2020 Dr Haldane was appointed Honorary Professor of UCL (University College London), through the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management. He also holds Visiting Professorships in the Faculty of Philology at the University of Belgrade, and at the School of Business at Doshisha University in Kyoto, where he teaches Ethics and Governance on the MBA programme. He is a Member of the International Advisory Council of the Department of Educational Foundations at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

Dr Haldane holds a PhD from the University of London in 19th-century French Studies, and has had full-time faculty positions at the University of Paris XII Paris-Est Créteil, Sciences Po Paris, and Nagoya University of Commerce and Business, as well as visiting positions at the French Press Institute in the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas, The School of Journalism at Sciences Po Paris, and the School of Journalism at Moscow State University (Russia).

Dr Haldane has given invited lectures and presentations to universities and conferences around the world, including at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and advised universities, NGOs and governments on issues relating to international education policy, public-private partnerships, and multi-stakeholder forums. He was the project lead on the 2019 Kansai Resilience Forum, held by the Japanese Government through the Prime Minister’s Office and the Cabinet Office in collaboration with IAFOR.

From 2012-2014, Dr Haldane served as Treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (Chubu), and since 2015 he has been a Trustee of the HOPE International Development Agency (Japan). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society in 2012, and the Royal Society of Arts in 2015.

Haruko Satoh
Osaka University, Japan


Haruko Satoh is Specially Appointed Professor at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), where she teaches Japan’s relations with Asia and identity in international relations. She is also co-director of the OSIPP-IAFOR Research Centre and she was previously part of the MEXT Reinventing Japan project on “Peace and Human Security in Asia (PAHSA)” with six Southeast Asian and four Japanese universities.

In the past she has worked at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), Chatham House, and Gaiko Forum. Her interests are primarily in state theory, Japanese nationalism and identity politics. Recent publications include: “China in Japan’s Nation-state Identity” in James DJ Brown & Jeff Kingston (eds) Japan’s Foreign Relations in Asia (Routledge, 2018); “Japan’s ‘Postmodern’ Possibility with China: A View from Kansai” in Lam Peng Er (ed), China-Japan Relations in the 21st Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017); “Rethinking Security in Japan: In Search of a Post-‘Postwar’ Narrative” in Jain & Lam (Eds.), Japan’s Strategic Challenges in a Changing Regional Environment (World Scientific, 2012); “Through the Looking-glass: China’s Rise as Seen from Japan”, (co-authored with Toshiya Hoshino), Journal of Asian Public Policy, 5(2), 181–198, (July 2012); “Post- 3.11 Japan: A Matter of Restoring Trust?”, ISPI Analysis No. 83 (December 2011); “Legitimacy Deficit in Japan: The Road to True Popular Sovereignty” in Kane, Loy & Patapan (Eds.), Political Legitimacy in Asia: New Leadership Challenges (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), “Japan: Re-engaging with China Meaningfully” in Tang, Li & Acharya (eds), Living with China: Regional States and China through Crises and Turning Points, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

Professor Satoh is a member of IAFOR’s Academic Governing Board. She is Chair of the Politics, Law & International Relations section of the International Academic Advisory Board.