About 300 scholars, officials, educators and business leaders from more than 25 areas all over Asia, the Pacific and the U.S. gathered at Peking University in Beijing Sept. 1-3 for an East-West Center international conference on the theme of “Community Building and Leadership in Asia Pacific.”
The conference featured more than 100 substantive presentations and panels on current regional topics, including international relations, economics, environment, education, arts and culture, health, and much more. The Honorable Gary Locke, United States Ambassador to the PRC, gave the keynote address.
The East-West Center and EWC Alumni Association will recognize six outstanding alumni and two alumni chapters for their exceptional accomplishments and service at the EWC/EWCA International Conference in Beijing, Sept. 1-3 at Peking University.
Recipients of the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award are:
Senen Bacani, former Philippines Secretary of Agriculture under President Corazon Aquino and current Chairman and President of La Frutera, Inc., the Philippines’ largest banana exporter. Bacani established his successful company in the autonomous region of Mindanao helping to bring jobs to the war-torn region. He envisioned La Frutera as a model of how Muslims and Christians can work together.
Amanda Ellis, New Zealand’s Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade in charge of international development. Ellis formerly served as Lead Specialist for Gender and Development for the World Bank, where she played a vital role in economically empowering women in an impressive number of the world’s developing countries.
Join the Tibet (Himalayas Everest Base Camp) 12-Day Trekking Tour and support EWC Scholarships
Dates: September 4 to 15, 2012
Organized by Jean (Eng) Geer (CLI 78-79), firstname.lastname@example.org
Ever since I trekked the Himalaya of Nepal to the South Face Everest Base Camp, trekking the Himalaya of Tibet to the North Face Everest Base Camp has been a top “to do in this life.” The Himalaya range is magnificent and the North Face of Mount Everest is described as spectacular. Gary McCue in his book, Trekking Tibet shared: “Nowhere in the Himalaya can the immense height of Mount Everest (29,035 ft, 8850 m) the highest point on Earth, be appreciated as it can be in Tibet. . . . The North Face is arguably its most spectacular side, a sheer wall of rock and ice rising over 2 vertical miles (3.7 km) . . . “