Carnegie Council Asia Dialogues Program Appoints Pacific Delegates for Tokyo Fact-Finding Trip on Gender Issues

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In November 2016, Carnegie Council's Asia Dialogues program is leading a week-long fact-finding trip to Tokyo on gender issues in Japanese society. Drawn from a variety of professional, regional, and academic backgrounds, the members of the delegation will engage in dialogue and research and publish their findings.

Photos of Carnegie Council Pacific Delegates

Top (l-r) O. Tsedendemberel, A. Kong, Atik Ambarwati, V. A. Ogawa. Middle (l-r) A. Panda, M. Vo, B. Babcock-Lumish, Emma Lo. Bottom (l-r) J. Amann, A. Porta, Y.Y. Min, K. Sollee

Topics on this fact-finding trip to Tokyo may include: women in the workplace, equal voice in politics, demographic trends, and gender rights.

In March, 2016, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs launched the Asia Dialogues program. By conducting original, empirical research and facilitating educational exchange, the program seeks to advance ethical inquiry around contentions within Asia and the United States. To learn more about Asia Dialogues, go to:

In November 2016, the program is leading a week-long fact-finding trip to Tokyo, Japan. The purpose of the trip will be to conduct dialogues with experts and practitioners and explore current issues relating to gender in Japanese society. Topics of conversation may include: women in the workplace, equal voice in politics, demographic trends, and gender rights.

The delegation will be hosted by four of Carnegie Council's Pacific Fellows who are based in Japan: Sonja Pei-Fen Dale, an adjunct assistant professor at Hitotsubashi University; James Farrer, professor of sociology and global studies at Sophia University in Tokyo; Natsumi Ikoma, director of the Center for Gender Studies and professor of literature at International Christian University, Japan; and Mari Miura, professor of political science at Sophia University's Faculty of Law in Tokyo.

The trip leverages both a global network of scholars and a method of moral inquiry that Carnegie Council has developed over the past several years. Drawn from a variety of professional, regional, and academic backgrounds, the group of Pacific Delegates has been selected to join this trip, engage in dialogue and research, and publish their findings.

Check out the group's reading list and discussion questions, assigned in preparation for the trip.

Pacific Delegates

Joseph Amann
Joseph Amann is the investment analytics lead at The Carlyle Group, where he oversees the firm's portfolio analysis platform across all global private equity, growth, credit carry fund, and real asset investments.

Atik Ambarwati
Atik Ambarwati works in Jakarta, Indonesia, as a program officer for Mercy Corps Indonesia, managing a program that aims to build resilience through the integration of gender and empowerment strategies.

Brian Babcock-Lumish
Major Brian Babcock-Lumish is the executive officer of the 205th Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Shafter, Hawaii.

Ao Kong
Ao Kong is currently a program officer at the United Nations Secretariat on humanitarian crisis coordination.

Emma Lo
Emma Lo holds a BA in political science, German, and Chinese from Kenyon College and has spent the past year in Taipei, Taiwan teaching English on a Fulbright grant.

Yin Yin Min
Yin Yin Min is a graduate of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) with a focus on gender and development studies (GDS).

V. Ayano Ogawa
V. Ayano Ogawa is an associate program officer with the board on global health at the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM).

Ankit Panda
Ankit Panda is a writer and journalist with expertise in international security and political economy. He is an editor at "The Diplomat," where he's written over 1,200 articles on politics, security, economics, and culture in the Asia-Pacific.

Angelique Porta
Angelique Porta graduated with a degree of BA international studies, major in development studies, and minor in gender studies. She became a defense analyst for the Armed Forces of the Philippines before entering law school.

Kristen Sollee
Kristen Sollee is a journalist, educator, and curator focused on the intersections between pop culture, feminism, and sexuality. She is currently on faculty at The New School and is the founding editor of Slutist, an award-winning sex positive feminist arts and culture site.

Otgonbaatar Tsedendemberel
Otgonbaatar Tsedendemberel is MA student in human rights at the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRP) of Mahidol University. He is the former Executive Director of the LGBT Center of Mongolia, where he helped lead the country's LGBT rights movement, and successfully advocated for LGBT rights internationally and domestically.

Mary Vo
Mary Vo is in the Master of Global Policy Studies program at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.

Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1914, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is an educational, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that produces lectures, publications, and multimedia materials on the ethical challenges of living in a globalized world. Go to:

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