Scott Kroeker

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; international relations between the Pacific islands and the United States; sustainable tourism; professional development

Scott Kroeker has been at the East-West Center since 1998 when he began as a Research Intern in the Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP). He has held various positions within PIDP including JCC Project Officer, Project Officer, and Interim Senior Manager. and is currently a Senior Program Officer in the Center's Professional Development Program and program coordinator for two large U.S. Department of State-funded initiatives.

Mr. Kroeker is the Principle Investigator Pacific Islands Tourism Professional Fellows Program, which began in 2018 and builds capacity across the Pacific region by creating strong and enduring connections within the tourism industry. He is also the Co-Principle Investigator for the Asia Pacific Media and Dialogue Initiative, which engages, empowers, and trains young leaders, journalists, and policy influencers to build information networks, reliable sources, and practical strategies for identifying and responding to disinformation throughout Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands.

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.