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In 2014 the Foundation Modern East Asia Research Centre (MEARC) received a grant through the Leiden University Fund. The grant originated from the Vaes-Elias Fund. The board and directors of the centre decided to use these funds to put MEARC on a completely new footing including a change of governance structure as well as a change of name. The Foundation LeidenAsiaCentre was officially launched in January 2016.

Following the advice of the Supervisory Council, the LeidenAsiaCentre revised its structure in 2018. The former board of three directors, consisting of Prof. Dr Frank Pieke (executive director), Prof. Dr Katarzyna Cwiertka (director), and Prof. Dr. Remco Breuker (director), was replaced by single leadership. As of November 2018, Dr Florian Schneider is taking on this role.

The LeidenAsiaCentre and its Supervisory Council is grateful for the commitment and expertise that the founding directors Prof. Pieke, Prof. Cwiertka, and Prof. Breuker brought to the centre.

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SUPERVISORY BOARD AND INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL

A SUPERVISORY BOARD (RAAD VAN TOEZICHT) WILL MEET TWICE A YEAR TO ENSURE THAT THE ACTIVITIES UNDERTAKEN BY THE LEIDENASIACENTRE REFLECT THE DECISION OF THE VARIOUS GOVERNING BODIES OF THE CENTRE.

Dr. Ben Knapen was sworn in as Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, and as a consequence he laid down the office of chair of the Foundation of the LeidenAsiaCentre per 24-09-2021.

As of September 27th 2021, the composition of the Supervisory Board is as follows:

• Chair: Constance de Klerk-Waller, Former Chair Leiden University Fund
• Prof. Dr. Mark Rutgers, Dean of the Humanities Faculty
• Constance de Klerk-Waller, Former Chair Leiden University Fund
• Alexander Doorman, Partner Global Transactions Freshfields
• Ed Kronenburg, Former ambassador to China
• Jan Anne Schelling, Director human relations Royal IHC
Sabine Gimbrère, Director of the International Office/City of Amsterdam

Members are appointed in a personal capacity, with the exception of the Dean of the Humanities Faculty and the Chair of Leiden University Fund (LUF).

The LeidenAsiaCentre receives input from the International Advisory Council for its overall strategy. Consisting of academics and executives working on (East) Asia and drawn from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, this body will meet once a year to review the research and outreach activities of the centre, to advise on relevant developments and to strengthen the LeidenAsiaCentre network.

The International Advisory Council consists of:

• Prof. Bill Callahan London School of Economics
• Prof. Valerié Gélèzeau EHESS (Paris/IIAS)
• Prof. (mw) Emiko Ochiai Kyoto University
• Dr. Philippe Peycam Director International Institute Asian Studies (Leiden)
• Prof. Jennifer Robertson Michigan, Ann Arbor
• Monika Sie Dhian Ho Director Netherlands Institute for International Relations Clingendael
• Lay Hwee Yeo European Union Centre/Singapore Institute of International Affairs/National University of  Singapore
• Bert Hofman Director of the East Asian Institute at the National University of Singapore
 Haruko Satoh Osaka School of International Public Policy/OSIPP-IAFOR Research Centre