Speakers

Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. This page provides information about presenters. For details of presentations and other programming, please visit the Programme page.


  • Professor Georg Adlmaier-Herbst
    Professor Georg Adlmaier-Herbst
    Berlin University of the Arts, Germany
  • Professor Kaori Hayashi
    Professor Kaori Hayashi
    The University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Dr Ana Adi
    Dr Ana Adi
    Quadriga University, Germany
  • Professor Yutaka Kubo
    Professor Yutaka Kubo
    Waseda University, Japan
  • Stuart Galbraith IV
    Stuart Galbraith IV
    Film Historian
  • Professor Gary E. Swanson
    Professor Gary E. Swanson
    University of Northern Colorado, USA (fmr.)

Previous Speakers

View details of speakers at past MediAsia conferences via the links below.

Professor Georg Adlmaier-Herbst
Berlin University of the Arts, Germany

Professor Georg Adlmaier-Herbst is an internationally recognised expert in communication. He is the Scientific Director at the Berlin Career College of the University of the Arts Berlin. He is also a guest professor at the Jiao Tong University in Shanghai and the Latvian Culture Academy in Riga, and lecturer in Communication Management in two executive MBA programmes at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Dr Adlmaier-Herbst is a member of the Institute of Electronic Business’ "Council of Internet Sages", he has been voted a “Professor of the Year” (Social Sciences 2011), and has also written 22 books, many of which have been translated.

Keynote Presentation (2018) | When All the Research Says Otherwise but Fear Remains: On the Role of Facts in Dealing with Future Fears
Professor Kaori Hayashi
The University of Tokyo, Japan

Biography

Kaori Hayashi is Professor of Media and Journalism Studies at the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, the University of Tokyo. She has also served as Managing Director of the University of Tokyo Newspaper as well as a member of Broadcasting Ethics and Program Improvement Organization (an independent self-regulatory organization of the broadcasting industry in Japan) and a board member of the Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien (German Institute for Japanese Studies).

Besides conducting research and education at the University of Tokyo, Kaori Hayashi also holds several academic as well as professional offices, such as membership of the Broadcasting Ethics and Program Improvement Organization (a third-party organization in the broadcasting industry), guest researcher at the Asahi Shimbun, and board member of the Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien (German Institute for Japanese Studies). She is also a member of the board of the Japan Society for Mass Communication and Journalism Studies.

She was a Visiting Scholar at Northwestern University, at Goldsmiths, University of London as well as at Freie Universität Berlin as a recipient of the SSRC/Abe Fellowship for the year 2016-17. Her most recent English publications include “A journalism of care”, In Rethinking Journalism Again. Societal Role and Public Relevance in a Digital Age. Edited by Chris Peters and Marcel Broersma, Routledge, 2016, 146–160. She has also published a book in Japanese titled “メディア不信 何が問われているのか(Media Distrust: What are the real issues?”)in 2017, in which she compares media distrust in the USA, the UK, Germany and Japan. For her publication list, please see: http://www.hayashik.iii.u-tokyo.ac.jp

Keynote Presentation (2018) | Indifferent Publics – The Challenge of Japanese Media Today
Dr Ana Adi
Quadriga University, Germany

Biography

Dr Ana Adi is Professor of Public Relations/Corporate Communications at Quadriga University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, Germany and the chair of the Digital Communication Awards.

Dr Adi defines herself as a digital humanist, her research, teaching and consultancy on the strategic uses of digital and social media in a variety of communication fields including public relations, political communication and corporate social responsibility. More recently her research and consultancy have focused storytelling, protest communication and evaluation of communication.

Dr Adi is a member of the core research team of the Asia-Pacific Communication Monitor, a bi-annual survey launched in 2015/2016, and part of the global Communication Monitor series, which provides valuable insight into the communication industry and its future, assessing the impact of digital technologies, social media, mobile communications, and the need for strategic focus to align communication outcomes to organisational goals.

She is also the editor of the upcoming Protest Public Relations: Communicating dissent and activism (Taylor & Francis, edited by Ana Adi) and the co-editor of #rezist – Romania’s 2017 anti-corruption protests: causes, development and implications and Corporate Social Responsibility in the Digital Age (2015, Emerald).

Originally from Romania, Dr Adi obtained her PhD from the University of the West of Scotland, UK having investigated from a framing perspective the discourses about China, the Olympics and human rights during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games of activist groups, Olympic organisers, international media and online public. Prior to her studies in the UK, Dr Adi has graduated from institutions in Romania and the United States, the latter as a Fulbright Scholar.

Her work is showcased on www.anaadi.net.

Keynote Presentation (2018) | Presentation information will be added here shortly
Professor Yutaka Kubo
Waseda University, Japan

Biography

Yutaka Kubo is currently an Assistant Professor at the Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum at Waseda University, Japan. He received his BA in English with a concentration in Film Studies from Framingham State College, USA, and his MA and PhD in Human and Environmental Studies from Kyoto University, Japan. His research focuses on the exploration of queer sensibility in post-war Japanese cinema and on the films and TV dramas of Keisuke Kinoshita in particular. His other research interests include the representation of queer aging in Japanese cinema, the role of mobility in post-3.11 mourning films, and private/public spheres in home movies.

Featured Panel Presentation (2018) | Presentation information will be added here shortly
Stuart Galbraith IV
Film Historian

Biography

Kyoto-based film historian Stuart Galbraith IV has had a long and varied career, but throughout it all he has demonstrated a great respect for the past and a strong conviction that it should be preserved for future generations. An archivist for Warner Bros. and a researcher at MGM, he worked as a “film detective” tracking down long-lost original camera negatives and sound elements, and earlier helped initiate film preservation projects and procedures for the USC-Warner Bros. Archives.

Mr Galbraith is the author of seven books, including the critically acclaimed The Emperor and The Wolf, a joint biography of Toshiro Mifune and Akira Kurosawa, which was used as the basis for the 2015 documentary Mifune: The Last Samurai from Academy Award–winning documentary filmmaker Steven Okazaki. In addition to contributing Blu-ray and DVD commentaries, essays, and documentaries for films as varied as Battles without Honor and Humanity and Tora-san Our Lovable Tramp, Mr Galbraith has continued to produce many, many Blu-ray and DVD reviews.

His latest preservation project has been more personal, renovating a traditional 200 hundred year-old Japanese house in the mountains in northern Kyoto Prefecture, helping to preserve a minka built at a time when samurai still roamed the country. Mr Galbraith will join the conference by Skype from his beautiful renovated home in Kyoto to discuss Japan’s attitude towards its past, and efforts in Japan to preserve both its cinematic and physical history.

Featured Presentation (2018) | Presentation information will be added shortly
Professor Gary E. Swanson
University of Northern Colorado, USA (fmr.)

Biography

Gary E. Swanson is the former Mildred S. Hansen Endowed Chair and Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence at the University of Northern Colorado, USA. From 2005-2007 Professor Swanson was a Fulbright scholar to China and lectured at Tsinghua University and the Communication University of China. In summer 2008 he was Commentator for China Central Television International (CCTV-9) and their live coverage of the Beijing Olympic Games. Swanson repeated his assignment covering the London Olympics for CCTV-4 in the summer of 2012. Previously, he was professor and director of television for nine years at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University where he taught mostly graduate broadcast students. He has been an educator for 26 years; 20 years spent teaching at the university level. Swanson is an internationally recognized and highly acclaimed documentary producer, director, editor, photojournalist, consultant and educator. He has given keynote speeches, presented workshopsretd and lectured at embassies, conferences, festivals, and universities throughout China, South Africa, India, Papua New Guinea, Japan, The Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore, Greece, Germany, Jordan, Spain, Portugal, Peru, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Swanson has compiled a distinguished professional broadcast career spanning 13 years: From 1978 to 1991, Swanson worked for the National Broadcasting Company where he was honored with national EMMYs for producing and editing: The Silent Shame, a prime-time investigative documentary; Military Medicine, a two-part investigative series on NBC News; and Hotel Crime, an investigative news magazine piece. Swanson was an editor for "breaking news and features" for NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, the Today Show, Sunrise, Sunday Today, NBC Overnight, A Closer Look, Monitor, and other prime time news magazines. Swanson covered "breaking news" in 26 states and Canada for the network including trips and campaigns of presidents Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and Bill Clinton. Swanson was the Fulbright distinguished lecturer and consultant in television news to the government of Portugal in 1989. In 1992, he covered the XXV Olympics in Barcelona, Spain for NBC News as field producer and cameraman. Swanson has earned more than 75 awards for broadcast excellence and photojournalism including three national EMMYs, the duPont Columbia Award, two CINE 'Golden Eagles,' 16 TELLYs, the Monte Carlo International Award, the Hamburg International Media Festival's Globe Award, the Videographer Award, The Communicator Award, the Ohio State Award, the CINDY Award, the 2011 Communitas Outstanding Professor and Educator award, the 2013 Professor of the Year award, and many others. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana with a Bachelor's degree in Education in 1974, and a Master's degree in Journalism in 1993.

Professor Gary E. Swanson is a member of IAFOR’s Academic Governing Board. He is Chair of the Media & Film section of the International Academic Advisory Board.

Keynote Presentation (2018) | Presentation information will be added here shortly.

Previous MediAsia Presentations

Keynote Presentation (2017) | Fake News and the Attack on America’s Freedom of the Press