Dr. Nicholas Barker, Ph.D., (Leadership Seminar Coordinator) 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).
Dr. Terance Bigalke, Ph.D., (Director, Education Programs) directs the Center’s education program division, which encompasses graduate degree and certificate scholarship programs, professional development programs, and educational policy research and training. He serves on the Center’s Management team, and the Editorial Committee for East-West Center Publications. Active in promoting international education at the college and university level, from 1989-2001 he was Malcolm Mouat Director of World Affairs at Beloit College (Wisconsin), directing an office of international programs that encompassed off-campus study, international student support services, and summer intensive study of less commonly taught languages. Dr. Bigalke also served as adjunct member of the Beloit faculty, teaching regional history of Southeast Asia and modern Indonesia. Prior to this, he was Assistant Director of the Midwest Universities Consortium for International Activities (MUCIA) based at Ohio State University, and Program Officer with the Ford Foundation Southeast Asian Regional Office in Jakarta, Indonesia. He received a Ph.D. in comparative world history from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a focus on 19th and 20th century Indonesia, and an M.A. in Southeast Asian history as an East-West Center grantee at the University of Hawai‘i. Dr. Bigalke has conducted research in Indonesia and the Netherlands, and studied in Thailand and Mexico. His most recent publication is Tana Toraja: A Social History of an Indonesian People (Singapore University Press: 2005).
Ms. Lori Ann Concepcion (Program Assistant) assists with the administration and logistics of the Asia Pacific Leadership Program. Previously, Lori worked as an administrative technician with Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, Sigonella (Sicily, Italy) from 2009-2010 and as a financial aid counselor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa from 2002-2008. She received a BA in Sociology and an MEd in Education Administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Lori is a member of Halau Pua Ali'i 'Ilima and volunteers with PA'I Foundation on various projects including MAMo (Maoli Arts Month).
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.
Dr. Scott MacLeod, Ph.D., (Director, APLP, Regional Core Issues Instructor) 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 (Education Project 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.