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A Message from EWC President Suzanne Vares-Lum

Suzanne Vares-Lum

With its foundation in Hawai‘i, East-West Center stands at the heart of this century’s most consequential region. The Indo-Pacific, home to more than half the planet’s people and two-thirds of its recent economic growth, is center stage for some of our world’s best opportunities for progress, as well as some of its most daunting challenges to peace and sustainability. While many Indo-Pacific nations are growing in affluence, influence, and international prominence, the region also faces mounting impacts from climate change, COVID-19, corruption, and geopolitical competition. Waves of regional change pitch communities between breakthrough and disaster.

East-West Center’s work is built on the conviction that capable, committed, and connected leaders make the difference in turbulent times like these. We believe leadership transcends social sectors and roles. It is an individual’s capacity and commitment to making a positive change in their own organizations, communities, and nations through influence, interactions with others, and innovation. East-West Center’s strongest lever of positive impact is convening, developing, and equipping more promising and diverse leaders to address critical challenges together.

This strategy is anchored in the Center’s long legacy of leaders. EWC’s 68,000 alumni from 179 nations demonstrate the difference such leaders can make. Over the past six decades, they have helped make critical discoveries and decisions that enabled the tremendous growth we see in the Indo-Pacific today. Our alumni continue to catalyze positive change, and their tremendous legacy is the Center’s foundation for growth.

A Message from EWC President Suzanne Vares-Lum

Suzanne Vares-Lum

With its foundation in Hawai‘i, East-West Center stands at the heart of this century’s most consequential region. The Indo-Pacific, home to more than half the planet’s people and two-thirds of its recent economic growth, is center stage for some of our world’s best opportunities for progress, as well as some of its most daunting challenges to peace and sustainability. While many Indo-Pacific nations are growing in affluence, influence, and international prominence, the region also faces mounting impacts from climate change, COVID-19, corruption, and geopolitical competition. Waves of regional change pitch communities between breakthrough and disaster.

East-West Center’s work is built on the conviction that capable, committed, and connected leaders make the difference in turbulent times like these. We believe leadership transcends social sectors and roles. It is an individual’s capacity and commitment to making a positive change in their own organizations, communities, and nations through influence, interactions with others, and innovation. East-West Center’s strongest lever of positive impact is convening, developing, and equipping more promising and diverse leaders to address critical challenges together.

This strategy is anchored in the Center’s long legacy of leaders. EWC’s 68,000 alumni from 179 nations demonstrate the difference such leaders can make. Over the past six decades, they have helped make critical discoveries and decisions that enabled the tremendous growth we see in the Indo-Pacific today. Our alumni continue to catalyze positive change, and their tremendous legacy is the Center’s foundation for growth.