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Professor Pan Guang is the Director of the Shanghai Centre for International Studies and the Institute of European & Asian Studies at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. He holds a number of prestigious posts at Chinese institutions on International Studies, Asian Studies, Middle East Studies, and Jewish Studies.
Professor Pan served as a panellist in the Holocaust Programme's observance of the anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogrom, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 10 November 2008 under the theme "Nowhere to Turn". The event focused on immigration policies and their consequences for the Jewish people, which found it nearly impossible to escape Nazi persecution in Europe during World War II. Professor Pan provided an overview of the Shanghai Ghetto, which was one of the only safe havens during that time.
For his work in the field of Holocaust Studies, Professor Pan received several awards, including the James Friend Annual Memorial Award for Sino-Jewish Studies (1993), Special Award for Research on Canadian Jews from China (1996), the Saint Petersburg-300 Medal for contribution to China-Russia relations (2004), and the Austrian Holocaust Memorial Award (2006).
He has served as a member of the High-Level Group for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (AoC) since 2005, and was appointed as Ambassador of the AoC in 2008. He has travelled and lectured extensively in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Professor Pan has published books and articles on a variety of topics, several of which on the history of Jews in China and Asia.