Acclaimed academic, Professor Krzysztof Gawlikowski, is the founder and Director of the Centre of East Asian Civilizations at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (SWPS) in Warsaw. He graduated in psychology from Warsaw University in 1967 and has undertaken further studies at the Peking Institute of Languages and at Peking University. The author of 15 major works, Prof Gawlikowski’s main fields of interest include East Asian political traditions and their impact on the modern society; comparisons of Confucian and western civilisations; and dialogue among civilisations and cultures. As well as SWPS, Prof. Gawlikowski has lectured at University of California, Santa Barbara; Waseda University (Japan), Renmin University of China, Thammasat University in Bangkok, as well as institutions in Italy, France and Germany. He has also served as an expert on East Asian and East European affairs for several governments and as an advisor to various companies, including big, international companies.