Ainekaart_Vietnam.docThe joint module is taught by lecturers or researchers whose competence in Asian Studies is authenticated as follows:

  • (a)by having received at least one degree in an Asian Studies program or
  • (b) by having fully defended a Masters of Art/Science or Doctoral thesis in a theoretical discipline or
  • (c)by having at least international peer reviewed publications on Asian Studies or
  • (d)by enrolling in a doctorate in Asian Studies.

 

The module also involves lecturers or researchers of other academic fields who have studied Asia related issues as a part of their research and who:

(a)haveas a minimum a qualification of a lecturer and are currently involved in a research project on Asian society, economy or politics or

(b)have been practically involved in Asia focused research for at least a year. 


LECTURERS' SURNAMES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER:
(The introductions of the guest lecturers teaching classes in the joint module are located at the end of the list)

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Ilzija Ahmet

Associate Professor of  Finance and Banking at  Tallinn University of Technology, PhD 

ilzija.ahmet@tseba.ttu.ee CV (ETIS)




    Ilzija Ahmet is an Associate Professor of Finance and Banking at Tallinn University of Technology. She was born in Tatarstan and was raised in the Islamic faith. She graduated cum laude from the Moscow University Department of Economics in 1987 and defended her Candidate of Economic Sciences (PhD)thesis at the same institution in 1994. In the 1990’s Ilzija worked in financial management for a number of Estonian companies. From 2001 onwards she has worked as an Associate Professor and taught courses including Financial Management, Finance and Banking, Management Accounting and Controlling. Ilzija provides training in both Estonian and international in house training projects. In 2008 the Institute of Certified Financial Managers (UK)noted her as their best trainer in finance. Her main areas of research are behavioural finance and its core beliefs, the unique characteristics and identity of the Estonian Russians and education in the languages of ethnic minorities.


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Raul Allikivi

Director of the Economic Policy Division at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications 


Raul.Allikivi@mkm.ee
CV    


    Raul Allikivi works as the Director of the Economic Policy Division at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications where his responsibilities include assessment of Estonian economic competitiveness and its relationship to current trends in and around the world. He has gained a wealth of practical experience through meeting Asian businesses and foreign investors and in 2011 Raul became responsible for the preparation of Estonia’s Asia directed activity plan. In addition to his other work he has been a lecturer on International Economic Policy at Tallinn University for the last five years.Raul received a Master’s degree in International Relations from Waseda University in Japan and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Tartu, with an Economics minor.

 

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Eiki Berg

Professor of International Relations Theory at the University of Tartu, PhD    

eiki.berg@ut.ee CV (ETIS)





    Eiki Berg PhD, is a professor of International Relations at the University of Tartu. His areas of research include critical geopolitics, identity politics, borders and bordering, secession and the division of power, territoriality, legitimacy and issues of sovereignty in contested political entities. He co-authored ‘Discourses and Practices’ (with Henk van Houtum, Ashgate, 2003), ‘European Integration’ (with Piret Ehin, Ashgate, 2009) and contributes to various acknowledged international journals such as the Journal of Baltic Studies, Geopolitics, Political Geography, Cooperation and Conflict, Global Society, Space and Polity, Europe-Asia Studies, Regional and Federal Studies, Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie, The Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, Nations and Nationalism, Journal of International Relations and Development, International Spectator.In the Eastern and Southeast Asian region his main interest is in the relations between mainland China and Taiwan. 

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Karin Dean

Senior Researcher (PhD)
Middle Eastern and Asian Studies 
Estonian Institute of Humanities, Tallinn University

karindean@ehi.ee
CV (ETIS) 



    Karin Dean (PhD) lived and worked in China (1995-1996), in Thailand (1996-2007) and from 2007 onwards periodically in Vietnam. The topic of Karin’s doctoral thesis at the Department of Geography, National University of Singapore (1999-2003) was the Burmese (Myanmar) military regime and cross-border ethnic minorities, for which she conducted field-work at the Sino-Burmese border and in Burma. Karin is interested in Burma’s armed ethnic opposition groups, whom she mediated for with the Geneva-based organisation The Henry Dunant Centre for Humanitarian Dialogueand for the UN Special Envoy to Burma Razali Ismail in Kuala Lumpur between 2002-2006.From 2007Karin has taught and conducted research at the Estonian Institute of Humanities (Tallinn University).Karin is interested in the political geography of Southeast Asia (her research on Burma and ethnic minorities continues) and studies identity politics, power, borders and bordering, territoriality and legitimacy, local practices and places and their significance to the aforementioned issues.

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Pawan Dutt

Lecturer in the Chairof Law and Technology 
at Tallinn University of Technology 

pawan.dutt@ttu.ee
CV (ETIS)

    


    Pawan Dutt is a lecturer in the Chair of Law and Technology at Tallinn University of Technology. He teaches Intellectual Property Law. His educational background includes Bachelor degrees in Chemistry and in Law (both from the University of Mumbai, India) and a LL.M from Tallinn University of Technology. He is a qualified advocate and a member of the Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa. He is also a solicitor and a member of the Bombay Incorporated Law Society, Mumbai. He is registered as a Patent Attorney with the Indian Patent Office. He has practiced law for nine years in the Bombay High Court and has travelled extensively throughout India in connection with legal matters.

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Wolfgang Drechsler

Professor in the Chair of Governance 
at Tallinn University of Technology, PhD

wolfgang.drechsler@ttu.ee  CV (ETIS) 




    Wolfgang Drechsler is Professor and Chair of Governance at Tallinn University of Technology and Vice Dean for International Relations of the Faculty of Social Sciences. He has a PhD from the University of Marburg. He has served as Advisor to the President of Estonia, as Executive Secretary with the German Wissenschaftsrat during German Reunification, and, as an APSA Congressional Fellow, as Senior Legislative Analyst in the United States Congress. Wolfgang Drechsler has been a consultant to several international agencies, most recently to the EU, the OECD, the Council of Europe, SIGMA, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the UNDP; he has worked, in various capacities, on national development plans for Estonia, Peru, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Brazil, and Norway. He has received the Estonian National Science Award, Social Science category; the Alena Brunovskà Award for Teaching Excellence in Central and Eastern Europe; the Outstanding Alumnus Award from Bridgewater College; the NISPAcee Merit Award; the Maarjamaa Rist; and the German Federal Merit Cross. One of his current areas of interest is Non-Western, especially Chinese and Islamic, Public Administration.

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Peeter Espak

Researcher of Oriental Studies, 
Centre for Oriental Studies,    
Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Tartu (PhD) 

peeter.espak@ut.ee 
CV (ETIS)

    Peeter Espak, PhD, researcher of Oriental Studies, Centre for Oriental Studies, Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Tartu. His main areas of research are Middle Eastern religion, mythology and history (emphasis on the 3rd millennium B.C.); comparative religion and mythology: the creation myth in various nations;Middle Eastern military ideologies and their development, reflections of historical process today.He has lectured on the history, mythology and literature of Middle Eastern countries at the University of Tartu (e.g. Introduction to Mesopotamian Cultural Studies, Mesopotamian Cultural Studies 2, Mesopotamian History Studies, The History of Hittites,Material Art and Culture of Mesopotamia and the Eastern Mediterranean Region, Mesopotamian Religion, Sumerian and Akkadian Mythology, The Creation Myth, Middle Eastern Religion Studies A, etc). He has also published various scientific and popular scientific articles: more information in ETIS

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Helen Geršman

Lecturer of Middle Eastern and Asian Studies 
at Tallinn University Estonian Institute of Humanities 

helg@tlu.ee
CV (ETIS)

 

 

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Mart Helme

Lecturer at the Department of International Relations at Tallinn University of Technology 






    Mart Helme was born on the 31st of October 1949 in Pärnu and graduated from Pärnu Secondary School No. 2. In 1973 he graduated from the University of Tartu Faculty of History. He then worked as a publisher and journalist until 1986.  From 1986 to 1989he was a farmer in Pärnu County. In 1990 he returned to journalism and publishing and became the Managing Director of the Estonian Publishers’ Association.From 1994 to 1995 he was the Director of Division at the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 1995 to 1999 he was the Estonian Ambassador in the Russian Federation and in 2000 became the Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From then to date he is once again an active publisher, journalist and a writer. Since 2001 he has been a lecturer of International Relations at the International University Audentes (currently known as the Department of International Relations of Tallinn University of Technology). In 1995 he was given the title of Lifelong Ambassador by president Lennart Meri. Books by Mart Helme: Wikipedia. 

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Kadri Jõgi

Lecturer of Middle Eastern and Asian Studies
at Tallinn University Estonian Institute of Humanities 

kadrike.j@gmail.com
CV 



    Kadri Jõgi was born in 1980 in Tallinn. In 2002 she graduated from Durham University (UK) where she studied Arabic and Politics. She has also studied at Alexandria University and received a Master of Arts in Middle East Regional Studies from the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Oriental Studies in 2004. Since 2004 Kadri Jõgi has worked as a lecturer at Tallinn University and has supervised both BA and MA theses. She has been encouraging a wider knowledge and understanding of Arab countries, their culture and way of life in Estonia. Kadri Jõgi is also a diplomat of the Republic of Estonia and in promoting relations between Estonia and Arab countries worked on the project to establish the Estonian Embassy in Cairo, Egypt.

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Martti Kalda 

Head of Department of Middle Eastern and Asian Studies 
at Tallinn University Estonian Institute of Humanities 
     
martti@ehi.ee 
CV



    Martti Kalda feels equally at home in the university’s lecture hall or in the wide expanses of Asia. He received his MA in Asian Studies from the Estonian Institute of Humanities in 1999, specialising in Indian history and culture. He has been a lecturer at the Estonian Institute of Humanities, Institute of Law, Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonian School of Diplomacy and Tallinn Folk University. He often appears on television and radio. From 2005 Martti Kalda has been a lecturer of Indian Studies at the Estonian Institute of Humanities in Tallinn University and in 2007 became Head of the Middle Eastern and Asian Studies department. Martti Kalda’s main areas of research are the history, society and religions of South Asia but he is also widely knowledgeable in Asian politics in general. Over the years he has gained a vast amount of practical experience through his travels in Asia.

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Liisi Karindi

Chinese Social and Economic Policy,  MA 

liisikarindi@hotmail.com
CV





    Liisi Karindi has been working on issues concerning contemporary China for over 10 years now.  The subject of her MA thesis at Heidelberg University in Germany was “Chinese Labour Contract Law – A Bargain for Political Legitimacy?” (2010). In addition, Liisi has been studying for a year in Tsinghua University in Beijing and a year in the Chinese Culture University in Taipei. She was last working in China as an advisor on the economic and structural reform programme for the German company German Development Cooperation / Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in Beijing. Currently she’s a consultand for GIZ and a business lecturer in Ulan Bator in Mongolia. Previously she has been also working as a business development assistant in the consultancy Dezan Shira & Associates in Beijing and as an assistant in the trading company Vitraco Gernot Förster in Shanghai.

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Tanel Kerikmäe

Tallinn University of Technology 
Jean Monnet Chair of European Law, PhD 

tanel.kerikmae@ttu.ee
CV (ETIS)



    Tanel Kerikmäe is a professor of European Law at Tallinn University of Technology. He has studied at Tartu, Tallinn and Helsinki Universities and has advanced his studies through courses at Cambridge, Oxford, EUI as well as other international courses. His practical experience in Central Asia comes from his involvement in the EU project in Kyrgyzstan where Tanel spent a long period of time as a GTZlegal expert and was one of the leaders of the unit responsible for the constitutional reform. During his career as a teacher Tanel has taught Human Rights, International Law and European Law (also concentrating on the prism of cultural relativism and the law of international relations) both in Estonian and foreign universities (RGSL, University of Lucerne, Bishkek). He has been helping to assess project applications for the European Commission EACEA for several years and been an active member of the ECSA with the aim of introducing a European legal area in Asian countries and promoting dialogue between European and Asian legal cultures.

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Jekaterina Koort

Lecturer of Chinese Studies 
at Tallinn University Estonian Institute of Humanities 

katjakoort@hotmail.com
CV (ETIS)




    Jekaterina Koort, MA, is a lecturer of Chinese Studies at the Tallinn University Estonian Institute of Humanities. Koort has studied Chinese at Taiwan Pedagogical University as well as Zhejiang University in China and has advanced her studies as a grantee at the Centre for Chinese Studies at Taiwan National Library.She defended her MA thesis (Cum laude) in Asian Studies at Tallinn University and continues her doctoral studies at Tallinn University.

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Jyrki Käkönen

Professor of International Relations and European Studies 
at Tallinn University, MA Program Director of International Relations 

jyrki@tlu.ee
CV (ETIS) 








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Märt Läänemets

Senior Researcher at the Centre for Oriental Studies  
of the University of Tartu, PhD 

mart_laanemets@yahoo.com 
CV (ETIS)



    Märt Läänemets, PhD (2009, History, University of Tartu) is a senior researcher at the Centre of Oriental Study at the University of Tartu, a teacher of Chinese at the Language Centre of the University of Tartu and the president of the Estonian Oriental Society. His main areas of research include: The Story of Chinese Thought, Culture and History, Chinese language, current Chinese domestic and foreign policy, relations between China and Taiwan, Buddhism and its impact on societies. He has published over 50 research papers and various articles in the aforementioned areas. He has also translated Sun Tzu’s ‘The Art of War’ into Estonian. Märt Läänemets has advanced his experience and conducted research at Chinese and Taiwanese universities and research institutes.

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Eoin McNamara
 

PhD candidate at the Institute of Government and Politics,
University of Tartu


eoin.mcnamara@ut.ee
CV

  

 Eoin Micheál McNamara is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Government and Politics, University of Tartu. He holds an M.Sc. in security studies from University College London, United Kingdom and B.A. (Hons.) in history and politics from University College Dublin, Ireland. He has also studied at the University of Bergen, Norway. He has previously lectured in Transatlantic Relations at the University of Tartu. With regional specializations focusing on South-East Asia and the Euro-Atlantic Area (NATO), his research interests encapsulate some of the contemporary debates in international security. Where South-East Asia is concerned, he is particularly interested in how domestic security issues affect intra-ASEAN diplomacy and the region’s rise in international politics. He is currently researching a publication assessing the regional constraints curtailing Indonesia’s ambitions as a rising power.     


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Leon Miller

Lecturer of Comparative Religion and Intercultural Communications, 
Chair of Communication and Culture 
at Tallinn University of Technology  

leonmonroemiller@yahoo.com
CV



    Leon Miller is a lecturer of Technology in Ethics, Comparative Religion, Intercultural Communications and International Relations at Tallinn University.  His educational background includes studies in Religion and Behavioural Science (including advanced studies in association with the University of Chicago Divinity School and The U of C Cluster of Theological Schools). His specialties include the History of Religion, The History of Culture, International Relations, Intercultural Communications and The Role of Business Ethics in an Interdependent Global Arena. He has a number of peer-reviewed publications in the areas of the Philosophy of Religion, International Relations and Business Ethics in a Globalised World.

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Peeter Müürsepp

Head of the Department of International Relations 
at Tallinn University of Technology, PhD 

peeter.muursepp@tseba.ttu.ee  
CV (ETIS)





    Peeter Müürsepp defended his PhD in Philosophy at Vilnius University.Professor Müürsepp has been a visiting researcher at various foreign universities: the London School of Economics and Political Science, theNew School for Social Research (New York), Roskilde University Centre.He has also worked in management at several Estonian universities and has held the titles of Vice Rector and Acting Rector. He is currently the director of the Department of International Relations, the Head of the Department of Communication and Cultureand alsothe Vice-Dean of International Academic Affairs for the Tallinn School of Economics and Business Administration.

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Michiru Nagatsu

Philosophy of Social Science,
PhD 

michiru.nagatsu@ut.ee
CV 




    Michiru is primarily a philosopher of science with interests in methodological and  metaphysical issues in economics and cognitive science. He studied law at the  University of Tokyo (BA, 2001), and political science at the Graduate Schools of Law  and Politics, the University of Tokyo (MA, 2003). Michiru moved to the UK to study  philosophy in 2004, and obtained an MSc (London School of Economics and Political  Science, 2005) and a PhD (University of Exeter, 2009). From 2009 to 2010 he was a  Sustainable Consumption Institute Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of  Philosophy, University of Manchester. Michiru's work has been published in journals such as Synthese, the Philosophy of the Social Sciences and the Journal of Economic  Methodology. Michiru has taught various courses ranging from the Philosophy of Art  to Game Theory at the University of Tallinn, University of Tartu, Estonian  University of the Life Sciences, and Estonian Academy of Arts, and in 2012 became   a senior research fellow at Tallinn University of Technology. 

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Maret Nukke 

Lecturer of Middle Eastern and Asian Studies 
at Tallinn University Estonian Institute of Humanities 

maret.nukke@tlu.ee
CV (ETIS)



  Maret Nukke graduated from the Estonian Institute of Humanities in 1998 and since then has taught Japanese at the Estonian Institute of Humanities, the Institute of Law and the Estonian Academy of Arts. From 2005 Maret has been a lecturer of Japanese Studies and language at Tallinn University. She completed her studies at the University of Helsinki and is about to defend her Doctoral thesis which investigates the issues of adapting elements of traditional Japanese  theatre in today’s society. She was already drawn to issues in Japanese society in her Diploma thesis (Suicide in Japanese Society) and in addition to societal issues has also lectured about Japanese theatre, art, folklore and linguistics but still intends to maintain Japanese society as the main focus of her research.

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Katrin Nyman-Metcalf

Head of Chair of Law and Technology 
at Tallinn University of Technology, PhD 

katrinmetcalf@hotmail.com
CV (ETIS)




  Katrin Nyman-Metcalf is Professor of International and Comparative Law and Chair of Law and Technology at Tallinn Law School, Tallinn University of Technology as well as being a regular visiting Professor at universities in Latvia and Georgia. Apart from her academic work, Katrin works globally as an international consultant in the area of communications law (media, telecommunications and the information society). Her PhD from Uppsala University in Sweden (1999) deals with the law of outer space. Katrin has published extensively on international and EU law as well as on legal reform in countries in transition. She is an Estonian national and a resident of Tallinn.  She has lived in five other countries for extended periods and worked for shorter periods in several more across Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.

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Urmas Pappel

Chinese Political Philosophy and Social Policy,  MA 

urmas.pappel@gmail.com 
CV (ETIS)





   Urmas Pappel (MA in Theology)graduated from the MA studies of both the  University of Tartu Department of Theology and the Lund University Centre for East and Southeast Asian Studies. He studied Chinese at Taiwan Pedagogical University and has worked in the People’s Republic of China. His areas of research include Eastern Asian Culture and History, Tibetan socio-political issues and over the last six years have focused on the modern Chinese political thought and social issues. U. Pappel has worked and resided in Shanghai since 2010.

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Eve Parts

Associate Professor of Economic Theory 
at the Institute of Economics, University of Tartu, MA 

eve.parts@ut.ee
CV (ETIS)

 

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Rein Raud

leading researcher at Tallinn University Estonian Institute of Humanities and professor of Japanese Studies at the University of Helsinki



rein.raud@tlu.ee
CV (ETIS)


    

   Rein Raud, PhD, is the founder of the Estonian Institute of Humanities and a former Rector of Tallinn University (2006-2011). He is currently a leading researcher at Tallinn University Estonian Institute of Humanities and professor of Japanese Studies at the University of Helsinki. Rein is a member of the editorial board for several academic and / or Asian-related journals (AkadeemiaKeel ja KirjandusPhilosophy East and West). He is also a member of the European Association for Japanese Studies and the Chair of the Finnish Society of Japanese Studies. Rein has written numerous books, collections of poetry and is also the editor of Japan and Asian Modernities (2007) published by Routledge/Kegan Paul. He has been published in international journals such as Asian PhilosophyPhilosophy East and WestMonumenta Nipponica and also in Estonia. As an example his series of ten essays has been published in the magazine Director where he discusses the cultural differences including the East Asian cultural environment and communication trends and Asian-style capitalism.

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Tõnu Roolaht

Associate Professor and Senior Researcher 
of International Business  
at the University of Tartu, PhD 


tonu.roolaht@mtk.ut.ee CV (ETIS) 

   


  Tõnu Roolaht is an Associate Professor and senior researcher of International Business at the University of Tartu. His research work concentrates on innovation policy, sustainable business and the roles of businesses under foreign ownership. At the University of Tartu Department of Economics and Business Administration he teaches international business administration, innovation management, operations management and processes and supply chain management. The rise of the Asian region, its changing role in the manufacturing relationship and Asian cultural characteristics and their religious context as factors influencing the target market have all been discussed at length within the aforementioned courses.

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Vladimir Sazonov

Researcher at the Centre for Oriental Studies and
researcher of Ancient Near Eastern Languages and  
Cultures at the University of Tartu, PhD 


vladimir.sazonov@ut.ee
CV (ETIS)


    Vladimir Sazonov, PhD (History), University of Tartu. Vladimir is a researcher of Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at the Centre for Oriental Studies. He has advanced his studies in Göttingen and Basel. He has studied Middle Eastern history, archaeology, literature and the following languages: Sumerian, Akkadian, Hittite, Ugaritic, Old Persian, Arabic and Persian. From 2001 he has also been an active participant in international conferences. He is a member of the International Association for Assyriology, the Society of Biblical Literature, the Estonian Oriental Society and the Estonian Assyriological Society. His main areas of research include Ancient Near Eastern national ideology and propaganda, political history and religion. From 2005 he has been lecturing on Near Eastern Culture and Religion at the University of Tartu, the Tallinn University and others. He has published several articles in various scientific journals, Estonian and foreign newspapers and has translated Eastern texts. 

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Siim Sikkut

Economy Expert at Estonian Development Fund 


siim.sikkut@gmail.com
CV




    Siim Sikkut is an economy and foresight expert at the Estonian Development Fund. The main focus of his work is emerging economies; especially the Asian countries, their business opportunities and ways to enhance economic cooperation with them from an Estonian perspective. He is also currently the Estonia-India Foresight Director. Siim received his Master’s degree in the Chinese Economy and Business at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, where his dissertation focused on the growth of foreign investments by Chinese businesses and the relevant governmental support policy. He received his BA in Public and International Affairs (with focus on economic policy) from Princeton University, USA.

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Elo Süld

University of Tartu 
Department of Theology 
Social Sciences and Culture, 
MA 
elo.suld@eelk.ee
CV (ETIS)

 

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Toomas Tiivel

Estonian biologist and diplomat
Lecturer at Tallinn University of Technology, 
PhD 
toomas@ubc.ee
CV

    Lecturer at the Department of International Relations at Tallinn University of Technology. Graduated from Tartu State University (1975) as a biologist. Research fellow at Institute of Experimental Biology and Institute of Chemical Physics & Biological Physics, Estonian Academy of Sciences (1975-1989), Director of Academic Press Estonian Academy of Sciences (1989-1992), elected Professor and Head of Chair of Biology Tallinn Pedagogical University (1993-1996), MFA Estonia (1992-2006), Ambassador to the Republic of Latvia (1994-1998), Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden (2000-2004), Chief of Protocol (2004-2006), lecturer on diplomacy and international affairs at International University Audentes and Tallinn University of Technology (2005-2012), Commissioner General of Estonia for World EXPO 2010 Shanghai (2008-2011). Elected member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (2001). About 60 scientific papers. Published 31 books.

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Priit Vahter

Researcher at the Chair of  
International Business and Innovation,  
Institute of Business Administration,  
Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, 
University of Tartu, PhD 


Priit.Vahter@mtk.ut.ee 
CV (ETIS)

 

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Urmas Varblane

Head of Division of Humanities and  
Social Sciences at the Estonian Academy of Sciences, PhD 


urmas.varblane@ut.ee
CV (ETIS) 

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Tiia Vissak

Senior Researcher at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration 
at the University of Tartu, PhD 


tiia.vissak@ut.ee
CV (ETIS)

    Tiia Vissak (PhD in Economics and Business Administration) is a Senior  Researcher at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at the  University of Tartu. Her main research areas are international business,  linear and non-linear internationalisation, networks and strategic  alliances and emerging economies (including China). She has published 122  scientific research articles, including some in the following journals:  Transformations in Business & Economics, the Qualitative Report, the  Journal of East-West Business, the Journal of Euromarketing and in books  published by international publishers such as Emerald, Routledge, Haworth  Press, Edward Elgar and Springer. She has also been actively participating  in numerous research projects. T. Vissak has taught International  Economics at the University of Tartu since 1998.

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Teet Toome 

University of Tartu  
teettoome@yahoo.com
CV (ETIS)

    Teet Toome has a MA in World Literature from the University of Tartu and has advanced his studies at the University of Delhi where he received a MA in Buddhology and at the Shanghai University Foreign Language School. His main areas of research include Buddhism and Indian and Tibetan Studies. He works as a librarian at Tartu University Library. He has lectured at the University of Tartu, Tartu Folk University and at the Institute of Buddhist Studies. He is also one of the authors of the ‘Lexicon of the Eastern thought’.

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Karl Toomet

Tallinn University’s Department of Middle Eastern and Asian Culture, lecturer 



karl.toomet@gmail.com
CV

Karl Toomet was born in Tallinn in 1986. In 2010. he graduated from BA Archaeology of Ancient Civilisations degree from the University of Liverpool. Karl acquired his MA degree in Terrorism, Security and Society in 2013. from the King’s College London. During and after his studies Karl worked at the world renown think tank International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). Since 2013. spring has Karl worked as a junior lecturer at Tallinn University’s Department of Middle Eastern and Asian Culture. Karl’s lectures focus on the political and security situation and history of the Middle East region. His specific academic interests lie in asymmetric conflict and terrorism threat disseminating from the Middle East region. During his free time Karl keeps fit with sports such as floorball and lacrosse. Karl also has taken up playing the banjo.

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Xiaotan Zhang

Doctoral Studies at the Department of Economics at the University of Tartu, 
lecturer 


zxt_china@hotmail.com
CV (ETIS)




    Xiaotian Zhangis a Doctoral Candidate at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at the University of Tartu. He received his BA and MA degrees in Belarus and has also studied architecture in China. He has been a lecturer at the University of Tartu and the Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences and has also participated in research projects with partners from Germany, Finland, Sweden and China. Xiaotan Zhang is responsible for the cooperation between the University of Tartu and Chinese institutes of higher education. He is also an entrepreneur: he is the founder and chairman of the board of Raatuse International Trade ltd, which arranges trade between the Baltics and China. In addition he has also written articles for ‘Äripäev’, ‘Ärileht’ and ‘Lietišķā Diena’ on Asian-focused business. 

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Xiaosong Zheng

Docent in Business Administration at Tallinn University of Technology

   

xiaosong.zheng@ttu.ee
CV (ETIS)


Xiaosong Zheng is a docent in Business Administration at Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia. Before taking this position he worked as a lecturer at Shanghai University in China for five years. Xiaosong has also worked as a manager in a software company in China for a few years. Xiaosong received a PhD in IT from University of Oulu in 2007. He also holds an MSc in Accounting from University of Oulu and an MSc in Economics from Hanken School of Economics. During the last ten years Xiaosong has taught a number of business courses on Asia in several universities in the world including University of Vaasa, University of Oulu, University of Technology Sydney. Xiaosong has published widely in business, economics and IT fields. His current research interest is on doing business in Asia.

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GUEST LECTURERS

(SURNAMES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)

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Chipamong Chowdhury 

 MA, Buddhist and South Asian Studies, University of Toronto (2012) 
MA, Religious Studies, Naropa University, Boulder, USA (2010)
MA, Theravada Studies, University of Kelaniya , Colombo, Sri Lanka (2005)

CV

  


  Chipamong Chowdhury is a contemplative scholar, researcher, and practitioner of Theravada Buddhism. He is also an engaged Buddhist activist/monk. He studied in Burma, Sri Lanka, USA and Canada from where he received graduate and post-graduate degrees in Buddhist and Asian Studies. His interest includes Buddhism and Politics, Gender, Sexuality, Monasticism, Buddhist Philosophy, Buddhist sacred hagiographies, and other features of contemporary Buddhism. He has given many talks on Buddhism and Asian spirituality in various institutions and presented papers in many international conferences, including Columbia University, George Mason University, University of Toronto, Waterloo University, University of Colorado and Syracuse University 

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David R. Loy
ameerika filosoof ja zen-budismi õpetaja, PhD



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   David Robert Loy is a professor, writer, and Zen teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism. Loy is a professor of Buddhist and comparative philosophy. His BA is from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and he studied analytic philosophy at King’s College, University of London. His MA is from the University of Hawaii in Honolulu and his PhD is from the National University of Singapore. His dissertation was published by Yale University Press as Nonduality: A Study in Comparative Philosophy. He was senior tutor in the Philosophy Department of Singapore University (later the National University of Singapore) from 1978 to 1984. From 1990 until 2005 he was professor in the Faculty of International Studies, Bunkyo University, Chigasaki, Japan. In January 2006 he became the Besl Family Chair Professor of Ethics/Religion and Society with Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, a visiting position that ended in September 2010. In April 2007 David Loy was visiting scholar at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. From January to August 2009 he was a research scholar with the Institute for Advanced Study, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. From September through December 2012 he was in residence at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, with a Lenz Fellowship.