Mark R. Thompson is head of the Department of Asian and International Studies (AIS), and director of the Southeast Asia Research Centre (SEARC), both at the City University of Hong Kong. He has previously held positions in Germany (Erlangen-Nuernberg, and Dresden) and the United Kingdom (Glasgow). He was Lee Kong Chian distinguished scholar of Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore and Stanford University as well as a visiting professor at Kyoto University and Passau University. A Rotary Foundation scholar at the University of the Philippines in 1984–1985, he was visiting fellow at the Institute of Philippine Culture, Ateneo de Manila University 1986–1987 and completed his Ph.D. in 1991 in political science at Yale University with Juan J. Linz and James C. Scott as supervisors with his dissertation later published as The Anti-Marcos Struggle (Yale 1995). He is also the author of Democratic Revolutions (Routledge, 2004), co-editor of Dynasties and Female Political Leaders in Asia (2013), and the author of a number of journal articles on Asian politics, most recently “Democracy with Asian Characteristics,” Journal of Asian Studies, 74, no. 4 (November 2015) and, together with Stephan Ortmann, “China’s ‘Singapore Model’ and its Limits,” Journal of Democracy, 27, no. 1 (January 2016). He is currently completing a co-authored book manuscript about the Philippine presidency.
Since 2003, Prof. Dr. Gunter Schubert has held the chair of Greater China Studies at the Asian and Oriental Studies Institute of the University of Tübingen. He is also Director of the European Research Center for Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT), founded at the University of Tübingen in 2008. Prof. Schubert's research focuses on local governance and local policy implementation as well as on private sector development in the PRC, the political economy of Sino-Taiwanese relations and foreign and security policy issues in the East Asian region. Prof. Schubert also has a long-standing interest in the political development of Taiwan and Hong Kong. He has written numerous books and articles on these topics and is editor of the recently published volume Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Taiwan (Routledge, 2016), a comprehensive introduction to the politics, economy, society and culture of contemporary Taiwan.
Dr. Bernd Villhauer studied philosophy and art history in Freiburg, Jena and Hull (UK) following a business apprenticeship. Born in Karlsruhe and now a husband and father in Tübingen, Dr. Villhauer completed his doctoral dissertation on the thought of Aby Warburg, and went on to work for several media and publishing firms, and most recently as Editor-in-Chief for Narr Francke Attempto. He has also enjoyed lecturing stints at universities in Karlsruhe, Jena, Darmstadt and Tübingen in cultural and media studies, philosophy and economics. He is a co-founder of the Institut für Praxis der Philosophie e.V. in Darmstadt.
Since the summer of 2013, Dr. Villhauer has taught the “Money and Ethics” seminar at the Weltethos-Institut (Global Ethic Institute). He has also organised the popular “Klüger wirtschaften” (‘Better Business’) event series. His current research interests include monetary theory and financial ethics, on which he also writes regularly in his popular German blog "Finanz & Eleganz".