Jake Hamstra

Special Advisor to the President
hamstraj [at] eastwestcenter.org
Area of Expertise: 

Politics, economies and foreign relations of Micronesia (RMI, FSM, Palau); China in the Pacific; Southeast Asian macroeconomics

Jake Hamstra is the Special Advisor to the President. In this capacity, Jake is engaged across the spectrum of the East West Center’s work, with a particular emphasis on programmatic areas impacting Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Previously, he was the Senior Policy Advisor at the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade office in Honolulu where he led engagement with the Compact States and analysis on regional economic, political, and defense/security issues. In Hong Kong, Jake served as an editor and lead analyst at The Economist Intelligence Unit, specializing in Asia with particular responsibility for Southeast Asia. Jake has 22 years of residence in Asia. He holds Masters degrees in International Relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University) and in Political Philosophy from Georgia State University.