Scott Kroeker

Interim Senior Manager, Pacific Islands Development Program
Senior Program Officer, Professional Development Program
KroekerS [at]
MA, Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i
Area of Expertise: 

Political and economic development in the Pacific Islands; Trade and investment relations between the Pacific islands and the United States

Scott Kroeker has been at the East-West Center since 1998 when he began as a Research Intern in Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP). He held various positions within PIDP (including JCC Project Officer and Project Officer) in addition to being a Senior Program Officer in the Center's Professional Development Program before being appointed as Interim Senior Manager of PIDP in July 2018.

The ongoing projects managed by Mr. Kroeker include the U.S. Department of State funded Pacific Islands Tourism Professional Fellows Program and PIDP's role as the Secretariat for the Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders (PICL). Over his years at the Center he has been the webmaster and managing editor of the Pacific Islands Report and helped PIDP conduct many high-level intergovernmental meetings of the Standing Committee, JCC sub-committee, and PICL; three meetings between U.S. Presidents and Pacific Islands Leaders; five international election observation missions to various Pacific Islands; five Young Pacific Leaders Seminars (formerly Future Leaders of the Pacific); one election observation mission for journalists from the Pacific Islands to the U.S. in 2012; a multi-year series of high-level political dialogues (Talanoa) in Fiji after the 2000 coup; a capacity-building training for business associations in various Pacific Island countries; and all other activities carried out by the program.

Mr. Kroeker holds an M.A. degree in Pacific Islands Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Resource Management from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and a BS degree in Business Administration from Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas. He follows political development in the Pacific islands closely and serves on the editorial committee for the Center for Pacific Islands Studies’ Journal of the Contemporary Pacific.