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Ms. Gretchen Alther (Leadership Education Specialist) organizes the EWC’s Pacific Islands Women in Leadership (WIL) program, and leads the on-line learning phases of both the WIL and the Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) leadership programs. Prior to joining EWC, Ms. Alther designed and managed programs to support disaster relief, conflict zone aid, and resilience in marginalized communities in the US, Myanmar, Pakistan, Nepal, Guatemala, Gaza, Colombia, Haiti, and Afghanistan. Ms. Alther also facilitates sustainability leadership programs for the Earthwatch Institute and develops and teaches courses with Human Rights Education Associates. She earned a B.A. in Latin American Studies and Natural Resource Management from Texas A&M University, an M.A. in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, and a postgraduate certificate from the EWC (APLP G12). Ms. Alther is fascinated with critical decision making and problem solving through appreciative and lateral thinking. She does her best thinking during long-distance runs.

Dr. Nicholas Barker, Ph.D., (Senior Leadership Education Specialist) teaches the APLP's Leadership Seminar and coordinates the East-West Center Leadership Certificate.  Dr. Barker’s leadership research interests include: indigenous models of leadership in the Asia-Pacific; diversity training; negotiation and conflict resolution; visioning, strategic planning, and coaching; transformational leadership; gender and leadership; effective communication; team building and group dynamics; power, influence and ethics; and facilitation and collaborative leadership. Trained as a cultural anthropologist at Cambridge University, England, his anthropological research examines the global and historical phenomenon of religious mortification, with particular focus on contemporary religious revivals in South and Southeast Asia, and the history of ideas about pain and the human body. Recent publications include articles in the Modern Encyclopedia of Asia; the Encyclopedia of Southeast Asian History; and the Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance. Recent projects include the BBC/Discovery television documentary, Beyond Endurance. Dr. Barker is an affiliate graduate faculty member in the Department of Anthropology and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. He has conducted long-term fieldwork in the Philippines and was formerly on the faculty of the Department of Anthropology at St. Andrews University, Scotland, as well as a Visiting Fellow at Nagoya University, Japan, and the University of the Philippines (Diliman).

Ms. Nina M. Dutra (Senior Program Officer) coordinates the administrative and admissions processes of the Asia Pacific Leadership Program.  She completed a B.A. in Behavioral Sciences (Phi Beta Kappa) at Drew University and a M.A. in Social Anthropology of Development (Distinction) at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.  Prior to joining the East-West Center, Nina worked with the Monterey Institute of International Studies (Monterey, California), the Self-Employed Women’s Association (New Delhi, India), the Office of Strategic Partnerships at the New York City Department of Education (New York, New York), and Family Promise (Summit, New Jersey).  Nina has conducted research on a wide range of topics including reintegration issues for female ex-combatants in Eritrea, Muslim women’s rights on the Swahili Coast, and civil-military coordination in humanitarian operations in Afghanistan.   

Ms. Mary Hammond, (Dean and Interim Director, Education Program).  As Dean, she manages the student programs and scholarships at the East-West Center, with approximately 300 students each year from across the US and 42+ countries who live in residence and participate in East-West Center cultural exchange and collaborative activities, cooperative study, and leadership development projects.  As Interim Director, she works with Education staff on the Center's leadership development programs and initiatives, faculty and professional development programs and higher education policy research activities.  Ms. Hammond has worked in international education for nearly 30 years, including teaching English language and administering English language and teacher training programs as well as working in senior administrative positions.  She has aslo worked in international admissions and recruitment, and the enhancement of exchange programs, international institutional partnerships and funding streams.  In the US, she has worked at Harvard University, the University of Southern California, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and Hawaii Pacific University.  Internationally, she grew up in Japan, lived and taught in China for two years in the early 1980's - in Beijing and in the Northwest province of Ningxia - and was a Fulbright grantee at Istanbul Technical University.  She received her M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Washington.

Dr. Scott MacLeod, Ph.D., (Director, Leadership Programs and Associate Director) was Director of the award-winning Asia-Pacific Management Cooperative Program in Vancouver Canada for eight years. He was nominated as the Canadian Internationalist of the Year and was the founding Chair of the McRae Institute for International Management, with activities in 19 countries in Asia and Latin America. He has received major research awards from the Ford Foundation, Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs. He has carried on fieldwork in Nepal, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. In his 20 years of working with Asia he has published on a wide scope of topics ranging from Malaysia's economic trajectory to Hong Kong's food system to Singapore's shift towards becoming an "Intelligent Island." Dr. MacLeod is currently completing Geographies of the Global Economy (Toronto: Oxford University Press). Other recent publications include Accessing Asia, (Ottawa: Foreign Affairs), and The Emergence of Extended Metropolitan Regions in ASEAN, in Y.M. Yeung and C.P. Lo (eds.) Emerging World Cities in Pacific Asia. (Tokyo: United Nations University Press). Ongoing research involves social network analysis and emergent economic systems.

Ms. Christina Monroe (Leadership Education Specialist) leads personal and professional development activities and the U.S. East Coast Field Study for the Asia Pacific Leadership Program.  She also coordinates the U.S. State Department-funded, Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on Global Environmental Issues, a five-week institute for 20 undergraduates from Southeast Asia and the Middle East in Hawaii and the U.S. mainland. She serves as co-Chair of the East-West Center’s Sustainability Task Force.  Prior to joining EWC, Ms. Monroe was a lecturer for the Chancellor's Leadership Program and Director of the Service Learning Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder from 1998 to 2002. She received a BA in sociology (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Tulsa and a MA in social sciences from the University of Amsterdam, where she conducted qualitative research on cultural and educational exchanges for her degree in ethnicity and nationalism. In 2004 she was a fellow in the Asia Pacific Leadership Program at the East-West Center.

Ms. Cheryl Tokita (Program Assistant) assists the Asia Pacific Leadership Program with classroom support, administration, and program related activities. Prior to joining the Leadership Program, Ms. Tokita was a Project Assistant with the Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership (APHERP) and Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) and an Education Program student assistant. She earned a dual-focus history and East Asian Language & Literature (EALL) B.A. in Asian Studies with a minor in Korean (Phi Beta Kappa) and a M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa.  Ms. Tokita’s masters research was split between two elements of Korean popular culture: the penetration of Korean pop culture into the domestic-oriented Japanese music market, and the effectiveness of Korean national branding through the creation and longevity of soft power resources.