Maaike OKANO-HEIJMANS is a senior research fellow at the Netherlands Institute for International Relations ‘Clingendael’ in The Hague, which she joined in 2006. She is Clingendael’s scientific coordinator for the Asia-Pacific Research and Advice Network (#APRAN) for the European Commission and the European External Action Service.

Maaike is a regularly invited speaker at track 1.5 dialogues, think tanks and universities in Europe and Asia. She is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Leiden, where she teaches the course ‘Non-Western Diplomacy’ in the Master of Science in International Relations and Diplomacy (MIRD).

Her research interests are in economic diplomacy and international relations in East Asia, EU-Asia relations, and in consular affairs and diplomacy. Maaike contributed numerous research articles to international newspapers, journals and popular magazines. Her work has been published/translated in English, Dutch, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic.

Maaike obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, and holds Master degrees from the University of Amsterdam and Waseda University in Tokyo.

For more details, visit Maaike’s personal page on the Clingendael website.