Board & Committee

Members of the Board

David Bateson (Chairman)

David Bateson joined Canon in 2006 to head the Europe, Middle East and Africa legal team. Since then he has taken on responsibility for intellectual property, sustainability, government affairs and data privacy. Governance and risk management are also part of his remit. Mr Bateson has worked in the electronics, IT-services, software, market-research and legal sectors, in a range of corporate cultures including Japanese, US, Anglo-French and British. He is a member of the Canon Europe Operations Committee and is involved in wider corporate activities such as mergers and acquisitions, transformation, customer insight and mentoring.

In April 2020, he joined the Board of Trustees of CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), which is leading a movement against suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK and the cause of 18 deaths every day.

Willem R. van Gulik (Extra-Ordinary Board member)

Born 1944 in China, received an international education. In 1971 appointed Curator of the Japanese Department of the National Museum of Ethnology at Leiden, the Netherlands, and from 1982 to 1990 Director. Since 1985 Professor of Japanese Art and Culture and since 1994 Professor of East-Asian Art and Culture at Leiden University. President of the Netherlands-Japan Association, the International Society for Japanese Art and member of several foundation and association boards.

Sabine Zimmer

Born 1972 in Germany joined NT-ware in 2006 after holding various positions in Finance and HR in Germany and Luxembourg. As NT-ware grew, her responsibilities within the Company have expanded. Besides Finance and HR, she is involved in most administrative processes of NT-ware. Besides the tasks at NT-ware, she supports local committees that deal with the education and development of young people in technical areas and in everyday life.

José Ignacio Rodrigo Fernandez (Treasurer and Secretary)

Born in Madrid in 1958, received a First in Law, Economics and Business Administration; has been a Spanish state lawyer since 1984. Appointed as legal advisor to the Spanish Secretary of State for Finance, Director of Fireco and the Ares Bank. Professor of Community Law at Comillas University and State Finance School. In 2008, received Magna Cum Laude as Iuris Doctor by the Law School of the Universidad de Río Piedras, Puerto Rico. Published and lectured widely.

Members of the Executive Committee

Axel Berkofsky

Professor at the University of Pavia, Italy, Co-Head of the Asia Center at the Milan-based Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale (ISPI) and Research Affiliate at the European Institute of Japanese Studies at the Stockholm School of Economics.  Axel Berkofsky is The University of Pavia's Delegate for the Asia-Pacific Region. He is also Executive Committee Board Member at the Stockholm-based European Japan Advanced Research Network (EJARN). Previously, Dr. Berkofsky was Senior Policy Analyst and Associate Policy Analyst at the Brussels-based European Policy Centre (EPC), Research Fellow at the Brussels-based European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS). Axel Berkofsky has published numerous papers, articles and essays in journals, newspapers and magazines and has lectured and taught at numerous think tanks, research institutes and universities in Europe and Asia. His research interests are amongst others Japanese and Chinese foreign and security policies, Chinese history, Asian security and EU-Asia relations.

Andrew Fisher

Born in Oxford in 1965, graduated in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge (1986) and with a DPhil in theoretical physics from the University of Oxford (1989). After spells as a Junior Research Fellow at St John’s College Oxford and as a Royal Society European Fellow at the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, he joined the faculty at the University of Durham in 1993 and transferred to UCL (University College London) in 1995. He has been a Professor of Physics there since 2001 and a Principal Investigator in the London Centre for Nanotechnology since 2006. He work on the quantum behaviour of electrons in nanoscale structures such as molecules and quantum wires, especially on how they flow and how they can be used to represent information. A recipient of the Maxwell Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics, he is a Fellow of the Institute and of the American Physical Society.

Dermot Moran

Professor of Philosophy (Metaphysics & Logic) at University College Dublin, Ireland, and President of the International Federation of Philosophical Studies/Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie (FISP). His books include: The Philosophy of John Scottus Eriugena. A Study of Idealism in the Middle Ages (1989), Introduction to Phenomenology (Routledge, 2000), Edmund Husserl. Founder of Phenomenology (Cambridge: Polity, 2005), Husserl’s Crisis of the European Sciences: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2012), and The Husserl Dictionary (Bloomsbury, 2012), co-authored with Joseph Cohen. He has edited Husserl’s Logical Investigations, 2 vols. (Routledge, 2001), The Shorter Logical Investigations, The Phenomenology Reader, co-edited with Tim Mooney (Routledge, 2002), Phenomenology. Critical Concepts in Philosophy, 5 Volumes, co-edited with Lester E. Embree (Routledge, 2004), The Routledge Companion to Twentieth Century Philosophy (Routledge, 2008) and, with Rasmus Thybo Jensen, The Phenomenology of Embodied Subjectivity (Springer 2014). He is Founding Editor of The International Journal of Philosophical Studies (1993) and Editor of the book series Contributions to Phenomenology (Springer).

Wilhelm Schwaeble

I am an immunologist who studied the molecular composition of an ancient humoral immune defense system called “complement”. While my early work focussed on the composition and regulation of each of the three activation pathways of complement and their cross-talk within the immune response, I applied the insight into the molecular events that drive the antimicrobial and proinflammatory activities of complement to establish antimicrobial therapies as well as therapies that ameliorate complement-driven inflammation which is often a decisive factor in the immunopathology of acute or chronic inflammatory disease. I am working at the University of Cambridge where my research team is closely involved in both basic and translational research to develop and promote novel strategies to treat both infectious and inflammatory diseases in close relation with an industrial partner. We are also part of the NIHR/MRC-funded network of immunologists that fight against the devastating impact of the present pandemic health crisis caused by SARS-CoV-2 driven disease termed COVID-19.

Seigo Shima

Born 1960 in Osaka, Japan. Received a Master degree in Agriculture from Osaka Prefectural University and Ph.D in Agriculture from the University of Tokyo. Researcher at Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (1985-1994, Chiba, Japan). 1993-1995 Alexander-von-Humboldt Research Fellow at the University of Marburg, Germany. Since 1995, Group Leader (Microbial Protein Structure) of the Department of Biochemistry at the Max-Planck-Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg.