Hori Takeaki is a writer and anthropologist. He has published numerous works of non-fiction that focus on environmental, cultural and sociological issues including Anthropological Practice and Beliefs of Japanese Fishery, Is a non Hegemonic World possible?, PEN can change the World and the co-authorship of The View from Prague: Experience of the World Leaders at the Dawn of the 21st Century.

He has lectured at, and been professor to, several universities and has been an advisor to a number of major corporations. He was also Vice President of the US-Japan Foundation from 1987 – 1996. His journalistic career includes five years as an editorial board member of Japan Times Weekly from 1990 – 1995 and a member of the Foreign Correspondent Club in Tokyo. He currently teaches at Anglo-American University in Prague.

Hori has been Executive Director of Japanese PEN from 2003 and was previously a Board member of International PEN from 2001 – 2004 and 2007-2010.