Dr. R.M. Ikram Azam is a free-lance writer, author of 125 books in English, ranging from fiction and verse to research work in Futuristics: Islam, Pakistan, Creativity, Literary Studies, Research Methodology, Education, Basic: Life, Education and Language Skills, Moral Values Education and Integrated Family Studies, Interfaith Interaction, Social Change, Geosociology: Geopolitics, Geoeconomics, Geostrategy, International Political Economy, and Peace Studies. Dr. Azam has also edited and contributed to, additionally, another 25 books. He has had his education in Pakistan, the USA and U.K. Dr. Azam is the conferee of several distinctions: literary awards and academic honours. He is a Fellow of the WFSF (World Futures Studies Federation), USA; and a Life Member, and Member of the Global Advisory Council of the WFS (World Future Society), USA. Dr. Ikram Azam is a recipient of the Warner Bloomberg Award, USA, for “Excellence in Futures Studies” (1998), and the Cultural Doctorate (C.D.) in “Futuristics Philosophy”, from the World University (Roundtable), USA (2000). Dr. Azam is a graduate (‘ndc’) of the NDC (National Defence College), Pakistan (1979-80). Being the Pioneer Founder of Futuristics in Pakistan, he is the Hony. Chairman of The PFI: The Pakistan Futuristics Foundation and Institute, an NGPI: Non-Governmental Peace Institute (started in July, 1986), and its literary-educational predecessor wing Margalla Voices, Islamabad (1976), Pakistan. As an Educator, he is associated with some local-national institutions and universities as a Visiting Professor. He has supervised the research work of several Graduate, and Post-Graduate (M.A.; M.Phil. and Ph.D.) students and scholars. His focus is on Preferable (Normative) Social Change engineered through Creativity: Human Integrated Development by means of Creative Education As “Irfan”: Enlightenment, Moral Values Education, Basic Life, Language, and Education and Communicative Skills and Integrated Family Studies. Dr. Azam conceptualized and introduced “Advanced Integrated Studies” in Pakistan. He has also presented the concept of Geosociology in his pioneering work, Geosociology and the Future, (The PFI; 2004). He highlights the Geosociology of the Third/Muslim World and its indigenous peoples, cultures, languages, literatures, and ideologies. The latest/recent conferments on him include:
• Entry in the IBC, Cambridge UK, Dictionary of International Biography: 1998-1999.
• IBC Foremost Professionals and 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the World: 2008.
• International Professional of the Year 2007, UK; 2007.
• IBC 21st Century Award of Achievement: 2008.
• IBC Leading Educators of the World: 2008.
• Fellow, Advisory Directorate International, USA: 2009.
• The International Plato Award For Educational Achievement, UK; 2009.
• International Educator of the Year 2009, UK; 2009.
Prof. Murray Hunter has been involved in Asia-Pacific business for the last 30 years. He first entered the cosmetic industry in the 1970s with a joint venture with the Andrew Jergens Company (US Fortune 500 Company). He then took over the position as export manager for the family group and opened up markets in South-East Asia, the Middle East, and Pacific region building sales to just above USD $ 20 million per annum from a zero base. Murray in 1980 moved to Jakarta Indonesia to set up a factory and marketing organization for PT Hunters Jaya Indonesia for the family group. Upon returning to Australia, Murray became a director of a public listed company at the age of 26, responsible for the household division turning over more than AUD 75 million per annum. In 1988 Murray formed his own company New Approach Products Pty. Ltd and within his third year of operations was ranked 5th in the BRW-Price Waterhouse Fast 100 list, a very good accomplishment considering most of the top 10 companies were involved in the ICT industry. Murray returned to South-East Asia in the mid 1990s and set up Hunters Brands Sdn. Bhd., as a subsidiary of Hunters Brands Pty. Ltd. Australia, now manufacturing in China and exporting back to Australia and Malaysia, with a current turnover of approximately AUD $20 million per annum. He assisted the Krauch Family in Brazil. In Malaysia Murray has consulted to Sime Darby Marketing, Bejaya Group, and Dietheim/Harpers Group. Murray introduced Tea tree or Melaleuca alternifolia to Malaysia in the early 1990s. He currently works as an associate professor at the University Malaysia Perlis, spending a lot of time consulting to Asian governments on community development and village biotechnology. Murray is the inventor/author of three boos and a number of chemistry patents in Australia and as a researcher was the first to report many new natural compounds in international journals like the prestigious Journal of Essential Oil Research.
Prof. Dr. DIETRICH FISCHER, born 1941 in Münsingen, Switzerland, is Academic Director of the World Peace Academy in Basel. He is a founding member and part of the faculty of the Galtung Institut for Peace Theory and Practice in Grenzach-Wyhlen, Germany. From 2003-2009, he was Academic Director of the European University Center for Peace Studies in Stadtschlaining, Austria. He is a Board Member of the TRANSCEND Peace University (www.transcend.org/tpu) and Director of the TRANSCEND University Press (www.transcend.org/tup). He got his Ph.D. in Computer Science from New York University in 1976 and his MA in 1971. In 1968, he obtained a Licentiate in Mathematics from the University of Bern, Switzerland. From 1976-86 he taught economics at New York University. From 1986‑88 he was a MacArthur Fellow in International Peace and Security Studies at Princeton University. From 1988-2003 he taught computer science at Pace University, New York. He is author of Preventing War in the Nuclear Age (1984) and Nonmilitary Aspects of Security: A Systems Approach (1993) and co‑author of Warfare and Welfare: Integrating Security Policy into Socio‑Economic Policy (with Nobel Laureate Jan Tinbergen, 1987), Winning Peace: Strategies and Ethics for a Nuclear‑Free World (with Wilhelm Nolte and Jan Oberg, 1989), Conditions of Peace: An Inquiry (with Grace Boggs, et al., 1991), and Peaceful Conflict Transformation and Nonviolent Approaches to Security (with Johan Galtung, 1999), as well as many articles on peace and development. He has been a consultant to various United Nations agencies on issues of disarmament and development.
Dr Ahmad Rashid MALIK earned his Doctorate from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, in 1998, and M.A. Degree from the International University of Japan, in 1989. Mitsubishi Corporation in Tokyo, Japan, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra, Australia, sponsored his higher studies respectively. He did his Post-Doctoral Fellowship, sponsored by Korea Foundation, at the Economic Institute of Yonsei University, Seoul, Republic of Korea, in 1998.
Dr Malik’s area of interest is East Asia with a focus on international political economy. His research concentrates on Japan, South Korea, ASEAN, Oceania, and also generally the Asia-Pacific region. He regularly writes on current issues in English newspapers, magazines, and journals. Recently, Dr Malik has been awarded the Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellowship for one year (May 2010 – May 2011). As JF Fellow he conducted a research on The Operation Enduring Freedom-Maritime Interdiction Operation (OEF-MIO): Implications for Japan, United States, and the Region.
Besides an extensive teaching and research experience, Dr got numerous publications. Being the only expert on Pakistan-Japan relations, he is the author of the book Pakistan-Japan Relations: Continuity and Change in Economic Relations and Security Interests (London & New York: Routledge 2008). Up to recently Dr Malik worked for the Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) during 2005-2010. Previously, he worked as Economic Analyst/Adviser for Daewoo International Pakistan.
Dr Malik has been awarded a number of international awards and received international recognitions for his work on international political economy that included: The Princeton High Professional Accomplishment Honour conferred by Princeton University, New Jersey, USA, for 2009-201o. His name was included in Strathmore’s Who’s Who, New York, USA, for 2009-2010, Presidential Who’s Who, Valley Stream, New York, USA, for 2009-2010, Heritage Who’s Who, Bellmore, New York, USA, for 2009-2010, Emerald Who’s Who, New York, USA, for 2009-2010, in the field of international political economy with a focus on Pakistan-Japan relations, Daewoo Executive, and role in development economy. Currently, he is affiliated with the Faculty of International Relations of Preston University, Islamabad, where he supervises M.Phil and PhD students.