Ronny Adhikarya, Ph.D.
Ronny Adhikarya is a retiree of the World Bank in Washington D.C. and United Nations/FAO in Rome. He currently gives lectures at conferences on topics, such as the challenges of digital disruption and AI-tech-based applications. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Hawaii-Indonesia Chamber of Commerce and on the EWC Executive Board.
Mrs. Daphne Roberts bell
Daphne Roberts Bell has worked in social work, community development, and philanthropy and has served nine years on the local council, along with supporting settlement services for Hawai’i’s community. She advocates for effective action on climate change locally and nationally and encourages and supports able younger women to stand for council.
Her topics of interest: Environment and Climate, Gender Equality, and Social Issues
Mr. Jonathan Bensky
After joining the Peace Corps in Nepal, Jonathan (Jon) Bensky began his career in the U.S. Foreign Service, State & Commerce Departments, in Vancouver, Madras/Chennai, Colombo, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, New Delhi, Singapore, and Brussels. Now retired and living in Seattle, he is involved in local volunteer activities, including domestic politics and international affairs.
His topics of interest: Economics, Politics and International Relations, and Science and Technology
Connect with him here on LinkedIn: Jonathan Bensky
Mr. Arvinder S. Brara
Arvinder (Ari) Brara likes to spend his time writing articles and books and has a great interest in health and environment-related matters. His future interests are in health and the environment, and he would like to collaborate with the East-West Center to plan an international conference focused on environmental issues.
His topics of interest: Education and Exchange, Environment and Climate, and Leadership
Connect with him here on LinkedIn: Arvinder Brara
DR. JASWINDER BRARA
Dr. Jaswinder (Jay) Brara has worked on poverty alleviation strategies in India, project and financial management in the U.S., and also teaches Economics in online MBA Programs. At the conference, he looks forward to building a multimedia interactive database of EWC Alumni continuing from the EWCA Southern California Impact Retreat Conference.
His topics of interest: Economics, Education and Exchange, and Politics and International Relations
Charles Chen, Ph.D., PMP, Pe
As an APLP Generation 4, Charles Chen is currently teaching, researching, and publishing in the Social Science and Science Citation Indexes, the European Reference Index for the Humanities, and the Arts and Humanities Citation Index journals. In the future, he is interested in collaborating with other EWC colleagues in publishing works in more of these journals.
His topics of interest: Economics, Education and Exchange, and Environment and Climate
Connect with him here on LinkedIn: Charles Chen
Dr. gaye christoffersen
Gaye Christoffersen is the editor of Russia in the Indo-Pacific: New Approaches to Russian Foreign Policy, Routledge (2022), and author of “Russian Thinking about CSTO Peacekeeping: Central Asia, China, and the Ukraine War,” The Asan Forum (May 2022). She is currently working on co-authoring a book titled Russia’s Turn to the East.
Her topics of interest: Environment and Climate and Politics and International Relations
Connect with her here on LinkedIn: Gaye Christoffersen
Ms. Moushumi Das Purkayastha
Moushumi Das Purkayastha has a long professional experience in supporting the cause of marginalized women and children in the fields of education, women, and child rights through various top-level NGOs. She is now working in the field of business and continues to support small groups of young woman entrepreneurs.
Her topics of interest: Education and Exchange, Gender Equality, and Leadership
Connect with her here on LinkedIn: Moushumi Das Purkayastha
Mrs. Gulbadan Habibi
📍New Jersey, USA
Gulbadan Habibi worked for UNICEF as a Program Officer. She was instrumental in drafting committees of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. Her work focuses on protecting the rights of children, women, and refugees.
ms. najma haque
Najma Haque is a retired government officer of the Ministry of Education in Bangladesh and is now working with some EWC friends for social uplift-ment in some of the villages there. With the help of her fellow EWC colleagues, she hopes to create something more permanent. She believes young, talented Bangladeshi’s can work wonders with a little help and encouragement.
Her topics of interest: Education and Exchange, Environment and Climate, and Population
Mr. C. David Hickey
David Hickey is now retired from the University of Florida Smathers Libraries, as an Asian Studies Bibliographer. Currently, he is continuing to pursue research and avocational interests in Chinese Studies, films, and reading. In the future, he would like to support EWC endeavors, such as hosting possible grantee visits to the University of Florida.
His topics of interest: Education and Exchange, Arts and Culture, and Travel and Tourism
Connect with him here on LinkedIn: David Hickey
Dr. Ahmad Reza Hoshmand
Reza Hoshmand is a Senior Advisor at the Global Institute of Service Leadership and former Director of General Education at Hong Kong Baptist University. In the future, he hopes to collaborate with EWC colleagues to discuss the economic development in the Asia Pacific Region.
His topics of interest: Economics, Politics and International Relations, and Leadership
Connect with him here on LinkedIn: Reza Hoshmand
Mr. Ishfaq Hussain
Ishfaq Hussain is a current video journalist. In the future, he hopes to progress and work for a renowned organization.
His topics of interest: Education and Exchange, Environment and Climate, and Media
Mrs. May Imamura-uruu
May Imamura is a Special Ed. Teacher from Waipahu Elementary with 35 years of experience writing curriculum for American Samoa, Western Samoa, Fiji, and Tongan culture. She is also a donor to the East-West Center and offers scholarships for current EWC students. Since retiring in 2000, she likes to spend her time traveling.
Mr. greg knudsen
Greg Knudsen is a former Director of Communications at the Hawaii State Department of Education, as well as a former magazine editor and Peace Corps volunteer. Now retired, he enjoys photography, traveling, and mental health support. He is also an EWC alumni and a Hawaii Chapter board member of the East-West Center Association.
His topics of interest: Politics and International Relations, Arts and Culture, and Media
dr. dayaprasad g. kulkarni
📍New York, USA
Dayaprasad Kulkarni is the founder and director at Aarogya Seva. Dr. Kulkarni is also a medical doctor, public health specialist, entrepreneur, artist, and development consultant. He would like to collaborate with his fellow EWC colleagues on addressing healthcare problems with innovative solutions, as he has initiated several health-tech solutions.
His topics of interest: Education and Exchange, Public Health, and Arts and Culture
Connect with him here on LinkedIn: Dayaprasad Kulkarni
Claire Koch Langham, Ph.D.
Claire Langham has done field study in many different countries as a Fulbright recipient. She has 12 years of experience in the U.S. Diplomatic Service and is a former chapter leader of the EWCA Southern California Chapter. She looks forward to upcoming EWCA SoCal Chapter activities and the EWC International Conference.
Her topics of interest: Education and Exchange, Politics and International Relations, and Travel and Tourism
miss cheryl cadeline lee
Cheryl Lee is an environmentalist interested in community building, policy analysis, and social innovation.
Her topics of interest: Environment and Climate, Politics and International Relations, and Social Issues
Connect with her here on LinkedIn: Cheryl Cadeline Lee
Dr. Maria Chelo Manlagnit-De Venecia
Maria Manlagnit’s past and current works include economic research and policy analysis in the fields of monetary & banking, development economics, women empowerment & racial equity, and housing and urban economics. She is looking forward to participating in new EWC programs, particularly in the Washington D.C. area, and furthering the mission of the EWC.
Her topics of interest: Economics
dr. ingebord kendall maranto
Ingeborg Kendall Maranto is currently interested in sustaining growth and encouraging and enabling cooperation.
Her topics of interest: Economics, Leadership, and Travel and Tourism
Connect with her here: Ingeborg Kendall Maranto
Mr. Lawrence Meacham
Lawrence (Larry) Meacham teaches American and World Politics in the University of Hawaii system and volunteers at the Democratic Party of Hawaii and in election campaigns. In the future, he is looking forward to constructing information and community networks for seniors, as well as mentoring students.
His topics of interest: Politics and International Relations
Prof. Linda K. menton
Linda Menton is a retired professor of education at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. At the alumni conference, she hopes to catch up with her former EWC classmates.
Her topics of interest: Education and Exchange, Politics and International Relations, and Arts and Culture
Dr. Linda Miller
Dr. Linda Miller is a retired educator who does re-enactments. In 2020, she provided the East-West Center a $25,000 scholarship for students. Her future interests include preserving the legacy of the USS Nevada in World War II, as well as collaborating with the EWC Art Department.
Ms. yukiko miyazato
Yukiko Miyazato has conducted research within the cruise industry, international trade and Education. In the future, she would like to coordinate with scientists and researchers on international networking and educator’s exchange.
Her topics of interest: Education and Exchange, Travel and Tourism, and Science and Technology
Dr. Fumiteru Nitta
Fumiteru Nitta is interested in intercultural interaction between Americans and Japanese and multicultural interactions among Asians, Pacific Islanders, and Americans.
His topics of interest: Education and Exchange, Arts and Culture, and Social Issues
Ms. Regina M. Ordonez
Regina Ordonez is a facilitator of human and management development workshops for multiple projects. She is also a former professor at the Asian Institute of Management and DeLaSalle University in Manila. She hopes to help resolve education challenges of Filipino students and parents and address the broken values of virtual environments among its voter population due to social media.
Her topics of interest: Education and Exchange, Media, and Leadership
Dr. Rebecca S. Ovitt
Rebecca Ovitt conducts support group classes for divorced, widowed and separated individuals. In the future, she will continue her work in the same field- reaching out to broken-hearted people.
Her topics of interest: Education and Exchange, Leadership, and Social Issues
Dr. shafiqur Rahman
📍South Carolina, USA
Shafiqur Rahman is a Bangladesh TV Producer, Mass Media Professor and Chairman at Mississippi Alcorn State & South Carolina State Universities. In the future, he hopes to collaborate with his EWC colleagues on media management, press freedom, social media cyber security, and other similar topics.
His topics of interest: Education and Exchange, Politics and International Relations, and Media
mr. ronald Richmond
Ronald (Ron) Richmond is a former Fiji grantee and geologist. He started the EWC Soccer Team and is a Hawaii Rugby Union Representative. In Fiji, he was the Director for Mineral Development and founder of the South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission. He is also a member of the Scientific Review Board. He is now retired and interested in climate change-related topics.
His topics of interest: Environment and Climate, Leadership, and Science and Technology
Connect with him here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Cerell rivera
With a unique focus on business strategy and operations, Cerell Rivera has developed new business models and managed global programs in a variety of industries, including Fortune 100 enterprises, start-ups, and nonprofits. She is passionate about creating opportunities for people to achieve their full potential- personally, professionally, and economically.
Her topics of interest: Economics, Education and Exchange, and Social Issues
Connect with her here on LinkedIn: Cerell Terese Rivera
Ms. Cindy yoshiko shirata
Cindy Yoshiko Shirata is the former Secretary-General of the Science Council of Asia in 2010 and 2011. In 2005 she helped organized the EWC Tokyo Conference. In the future, she hopes to collaborate with EWC colleagues to discuss the East-West Center’s Leadership Program from a Japan Management point of view.
Her topics of interest: Economics, Environment and Climate, and Gender Equality
Connect with her here on LinkedIn: Cindy Yoshiko Shirata
mr. mohammad sadiq sohail
Mohammad Sohail has held positions as a director of a research institute, a university lecturer, a socio-political advisor, and a security analyst. His areas of interest are political economy and economic security in South Asia, international relations, policy studies, security studies, women’s rights, and human rights.
His topics of interest: Politics and International Relations, Leadership, and Social Issues
mr. david stilwell
David Stilwell has served 35 years in the US Air Force, including as the Defense Attache to the People’s Republic of China, and transitioned to the State Department as Assistant Secretary for East Asia and the Pacific. He would like to collaborate on improving K-12 education and working to get news outlets back to reporting news and information.
His topics of interest: Politics and International Relations and Media
Connect with him here on LinkedIn: David Stilwell
Ms. sri liana suryo-atmojo
Sri Liana Suryo-Atmojo’s enduring interests have been in anthropology and teaching languages, especially English as a second language to immigrants to Canada. She plans to continue nurturing her interests in anthropology, languages and history.
Her topics of interest: Education and Exchange, Gender Equality, and Social Issues
mr. richard tillotson
Since retiring from a career in advertising, Richard Tillotson has published two novels, produced a play, and written several (unproduced) screenplays. He has also written newspaper columns on climate change. In the future, he hopes to collaborate with EWC colleagues to discuss more creative writing and the future United States elections.
His topics of interest: Environment and Climate, Arts and Culture, and Media
Mr. takashi Tsuchiya
Takashi (Taka) Tsuchiya is a former CLI grantee and used to assist Japanese companies’ overseas business with Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO). Though he is now retired from his full-time job, Tsuchiya is a Japanese Licensed Guide Interpreter and may facilitate interchange of visitors to Japan.
His topics of interest: Politics and International Relations and Travel and Tourism
representative gene ward, ph.d.
Since leaving the East-West Center, Representative Gene Ward served 12 terms in the Hawaii House of Representatives. He now serves on the EWC Board of Governors and helps to make the East-West Center into the best thought leadership and cross-cultural instrument for better relationships in the world.
His topics of interest: Economics, Politics and International Relations, and Leadership
mr. michael s. zdanovich
Michael Zdanovich currently teaches English for Academic Purposes at George Mason University, Korea. He wishes to discover more about the history of the Japanese and Korean people in the Pacific islands and has interests in the archaeological record of the Pacific islands.
His topics of interest: Education and Exchange and Politics and International Relations
Connect with him here on LinkedIn: Michael Zdanovich