INDSR’s inaugural chairman Kent Feng Shih-Kuan (馮世寬) is an air force veteran and was Taiwan’s Minister of National Defense from May 2016 to February 2018. Between 2006-2008, Mr Feng was chairman of the Aerospace Industrial Development Corp, or AIDC, which has built and upgraded a generation of Taiwan’s advanced fighter jets and jet trainers.

INDSR’s president Lin Cheng-Yi (林正義) is a well-known scholar on Taiwan-China affairs and was Taiwan’s Deputy Minister of the Mainland Affairs Council from May 2016 to April 2018. Between 1988-2003, Mr Lin was a research fellow, deputy director and director at Academia Sinica, a prominent research institution in Taiwan, before becoming director of the Institute of International Relations at National Chengchi University between 2004-2005