Conference Program


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Tentative and subject to change (as of 6/16/22)

Virtual participants will follow this schedule but with added bonus features including backstage interviews and virtual-only conversations to engage with other attendees.



All sessions on Day 1, June 30th will be held at the Hawai’i Convention Center (HCC)

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Opening Ceremony

Welcome Remarks and Roll Call of EWCA Chapter Delegates
Annalisa Burgos (Jefferson Fellow 2019), News Anchor and Reporter, Hawaiʻi News Now


9:35 AM

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Kurt Campbell (East-West Seminars 1999, 2000, 2010) US Deputy Assistant to the President, Coordinator for Indo-Pacific Affairs on the National Security Council (Washington DC, USA) - virtual
Moderator: Nirmal Ghosh (East-West Seminars 2016), U.S. Bureau Chief, The Straits Times (Washington DC, USA) 


10:10 AM

Keynote Speaker

Acting Under Secretary of State Liz Allen, Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, US Department of State (Washington DC, USA)
Moderator: Steve Herman (East-West Seminars 2012, 2014), Chief National Correspondent, Voice of America (Washington DC, USA)


10:40 AM – 10:55 AM

Morning Break


10:55 AM

Plenary Speaker

Allies and Partners: Delivering Integrated Deterrence
Major General Chris McPhillips, Director, Strategic Planning and Policy at US Indo-Pacific Command (Camp Smith, Hawaiʻi, USA) 


11:15 AM

Plenary Program

Asia Matters for America: How and How Much? Facts, Polls, and Perspectives
Dr. Satu Limaye (Research Program 2005, East-West Seminars 2005), East-West Center Vice President and Director, East-West Center in Washington (Washington DC, USA) 


11:30 AM

Plenary Panel

Senior Correspondents in the US-Indo-Pacific

Robert Delaney, North America Bureau Chief, South China Morning Post (Washington DC, USA) 
Nirmal Ghosh (East-West Seminars 2016), US Bureau Chief, The Straits Times (Washington DC, USA)
Ann Hsieh, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, The Storm Media (Taipei, Taiwan) 
Jungmin Lee (East-West Seminars 2015), Washington DC Correspondent, Korean Broadcasting System (Washington DC, USA) 
Khuldune Shahid (PDP 2020-2021), Pakistan Correspondent, The Diplomat (Lahore, Pakistan) 
Arfa Khanum (Journalism Program 2018), Senior Editor, The Wire (New Delhi, India) 
Additional senior correspondents from the region (invited). 

Moderator: Dr. Satu Limaye, (Research Program 2005, East-West Seminars 2005), East-West Center Vice President and Director, East-West Center in Washington (Washington DC, USA) 


12:30 PM – 1:55 PM

Alumni Awards Presentation Luncheon


2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

EWC Strategic Priorities + Alumni Actions Breakout Sessions

The purpose of this session is to catalyze alumni’s intergenerational expertise and experience around the five strategic priorities of the newly released phase one of the EWC Strategic Plan:

Equip and Develop Leaders

Partner with the Pacific Islands

Foster Environmental Solutions

Support Good Governance

Convene Impactful Dialogues


3:30 PM – 3:45 PM

Afternoon Break


3:45 PM – 4:30 PM

Cultural Workshops and EWC Strategic Priorities + Alumni Actions Share Back
Choose one of three workshops offered or join for the share back of EWC Strategic Priorities + Alumni Action Breakout Sessions. Workshops are limited in space and will be on a first come, first served basis. Please make sure you arrive on time to the workshop you select.  Workshops will not be repeated unless time allows.

Workshop 1: Hula Lesson (virtual attendees may join this workshop)

Workshop 2: Lei Wili (lei making)

Workshop 3: Origami Folding

EWC Strategic Priorities Alumni Actions Breakout Sessions Share Back


4:45 PM – 5:30 PM

East-West Center Association (EWCA) Executive Board and Alumni Membership Meeting

All participants are invited to attend


5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Alumni Reception

Welcome Remarks by EWC President Suzanne Vares-Lum
Hula and musical performance by the Royal Hawaiian Band




All sessions on Day 2, July 1st will be held at the East-West Center (EWC) Campus


8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Morning Tours (virtual attendees will automatically join multiple tours)

Departs at 8:00 AM
Makai Tour - Livable Hawaiʻi Kai Hui takes you to the iconic Ka Iwi Coast to hear the hard-earned success story of community-driven protection, co-led by EWC alumnus and long-time staff Phil Estermann.

Departs at 9:00 AM
Mauka Tour - Ka Papa Loʻi ʻo Kānewai taro patch experience with Alapaki Luke, EWC alumnus and Associate Professor and Kumu Hawaiian Studies at University of Hawai'i then tour the “Pacific Gathering” exhibition with EWC Arts Program staff.

Departs at 9:00 AM
Māhele Revisited Tour – Participatory reenactment of Oni vs Meek Trial at King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center and discussion with Supreme Court Justices McKenna and (tentative) Wilson.


1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Box Lunch


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Plenary Panel Session

Vulnerable Deltas in Southeast Asia: Climate Change, Water, Waste, and Socio-Economic Transformation with EWC Research Program’s Early Career Fellows, Dr. Micah Fisher, Dr. Kevin Woods, Dr. Phanwin Yokying, and Dr. Ming Li Yong.


3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

EWC Showcase and Talk Story

Find and strengthen connection points and collaborations between alumni and staff by visiting interactive and informative program ‘pods’. Collect stamps at pods by completing a fun task to fill your stamp card and enter your name in a prize drawing. 

Communication and External Relations

Research Program

Leadership Program

Pacific Island Development Program

Education Program

EWC Washington DC Office

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Farewell Reception


Free Evening

Participants are free to enjoy the rest of the evening for dinner with friends.




Participants Depart

Optional Post Conference Tours (in person only)

Heirloom Sugar Cane Tour & Rum Tasting on Hawaiian Agricultural Lands
Saturday, July 2 or Sunday, July 3 between 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM, $25/person. Sign up at and enter “East-West Center” in comments section of form.

Community Workday at Ka Papa Loʻi ʻo Kānewai
Saturday, July 2 at 9:00 AM - Help cultivate the lo‘i using traditional Hawaiian farming methods alongside community members and practitioners, ku‘i ‘ai, ku‘i ka imu. Free, no sign up required. Wear clothes that can get dirty and meet at the Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge (2645 Dole Street, Honolulu, HI 96822, UH-Manoa campus). More information:

Snorkel and Scuba Dive on Private Chartered Boat Just for EWC Friends
Sunday, July 3rd, $100/person.  Meet at Kewalo Basin Harbor at 10:45 AM, return by 3:00 PM. Sign up HERE.  Payment required on 1st Day of the conference at Registration Desk.




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