Leadership Program


Leadership education at the East-West Center draws upon a deep well of experience. For over 50 years, the Center has been working with and producing leaders from diverse fields across the region. We have done so through an approach that links high-level content with experiential learning and emphasizes practical application of ideas.  This approach actively engages leadership challenges with diverse cohorts of participants across disciplinary boundaries and confronts assumptions, stretches perspectives, and inspires action.

The ultimate vision of the East-West Center's Leadership Program is the creation of communities of action leading to a more peaceful, prosperous and just Asia Pacific region.  The scope and impacts of these communities are growing rapidly.  Learn more about each Leadership Program by clicking on one of the links below:

The East-West Center’s Leadership Program’s activities have outcomes as diverse as our participants and programming. In common all participants are part of a rapidly growing community which spans many countries and sectors of work.  To share more about Leadership Program's alumni and outcomes, we will periodically highlight a different Alumni Profile:

Aynne Kokas, APLP Generation 2 (2002)

Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP), Generation 2, 2002 - 2003
Place of Origin/Nationality:  American
Current City: Charlottesville, VA
B.A., International Relations and Chinese, University of Michigan
Ph.D., Asian Languages and Cultures with Media and Technology Concentration, UCLA
English, Bislama, Basic French

Prior to joining the APLP, Aynne was a management consultant for the global automotive and engineered products industries with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. She lived in Michigan. Before APLP, she had never even visited Hawai‘i or practiced yoga.

After completing the APLP Fellowship, Aynne was first a media professional in China, then did her Ph.D. at UCLA. She is now the Fellow in Chinese Media at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University and a professor of media studies at the University of Virginia. Aynne teaches yoga regularly and has conducted classes everywhere from Los Angeles to Bali to Shanghai to the Trans-Siberian Railroad (ill-advised, but very fun).