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Panel of APEC Experts

Undergraduate students from the UH Manoa Department of Economics learn from Asia-Pacific experts, who provide their personal insights into various economic and political issues of the region. From defense to the negotiation of trade agreements, these experts bring another perspective--their careers--to the academic world. The articles and interviews available here showcase the wealth of knowledge and experiences of the University of Hawaii community. 


  1. 1. APEC's Importance to Hawaii: Talk by Former APEC Ambassador Lauren Moriarty
  3. Lauren Moriarty, the former U.S. Ambassador to APEC and the current dean of the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies, speaks with UH economics students about her experiences as a senior U.S. official in APEC.
    2. The Future of APEC: Interview with Dr. Charles Morrison

Dr. Charles Morrison is the author of numerous articles and a book on APEC, Morrison was a vocal lobbyist for bringing the summit to Hawai‘i. He is currently the president of the East West Center.


Dr. Lee H. Endress is an affiliate graduate faculty member in the UH Mānoa Economics Department and the former dean of the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies.



 4. Trans Pacific Partnership: Discussion by Dr. Peter Petri and Dr. Michael Plummer

  1. Dr. Petri is a Senior Fellow at the East-West Center as well as an economics professor at Brandeis University and a principal consultant for the Asian Development Bank. 



Dr. Plummer is the Head of the Development Division of the Trade and Agriculture Directorate of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as well as the editor of the Journal of Asian Economics.




  1. 5. APEC and Higher Education: Interview with Dr. Deane Neubauer

  2. Dr. Deane Neubauer is a Professor Emeritus  of the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Political Science Department. Dr.Neubauer is also a senior consultant on the upcoming APEC Conference on Quality Higher Education.




6. Natural Disasters and APEC Emergency Preparedness: Interview with Dr. Ilan Noy

Dr. Ilan Noy is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. His current research focuses on the reasons for financial crises, the impact of capital flows, and the economics of natural disasters.




7. The APEC Summit and its Impact on the Hawaiian Community: Interview with Dr. Jon Osorio

Dr. Jon Osorio is a scholar, full professor on the faculty at the KamakakÅ«okali Center for Hawaiian Studies of 19th century political and social history in Hawai‘i, and author. He has also been a constant activist and advocate for Hawaiian self-determination. He has developed and taught classes in history, law as culture, music as historical texts, and research methodologies for and from indigenous peoples.




8. APEC and the Congressional Leader: Interview with Representative Hanabusa

Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa represents Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District.

She brings to Washington a passionate hardworking and fearless approach to advocacy, honed by more than three decades spent fighting for rights of her clients in the halls of justice and her constituents on the floor of Hawaii State Legislature. Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Natural Resources Committee.

9. What does APEC mean to South Korea?: Interview with Dr. Dongsoo Kim

Dongsoo Kim, one of University of Hawaii at Manoā’s Korean alumni is now serving as a Chairperson of KFTC (Korea Fair Trade Commission) since 2010. He previously served as a Chairperson of the Korea Exim Bank (The Export-Import Bank of Korea), which is the largest public bank for supporting corporations’ global business. Dr.Kim also has served as a Director of Consumer Policy Division, Director of Price Policy Division, Director General of Economic Cooperation Bureau, Director General of Multilateral Trade Bureau, Deputy minister for Public Relations, and Vice Minister at Ministry of Strategy and Finance in South Korea. He holds his Master’s degree in Public Administration from Seoul National University, and PhD in Economics from University of Hawaii at Manoā.


10. Northeast Asia Economic Forum: On Energy and Green Growth

Northeast Asia Economic Forum (NEAEF) is a non-governmental organization that sponsors and facilitates research, networking, and dialogue relevant to the economic and social development of Northeast Asia.


11. Women and APEC: Interview with Ms. Karen Knudsen

Karen Knudsen directs the East-West Center’s News and Information operations, Arts Program, Associates (alumni) Office, program representatives in the region, EWC briefings for government officials (local, national and international), and community and public relations. She was elected in 2006 to a fifth four-year term on the Hawai‘i State Board of Education (BOE) and currently serves as first vice chair of the BOE.


12. Hawai’i Ku Like Kakou Community Mural Project: Interview with Ms. Roopal Shah

Roopal Shah is a co-founder and former executive director of Indicorps. A graduate of Harvard University and the University of Michigan Law School, Roopal practiced law for almost a decade, clerking for Federal District Judge David Alan Ezra in the District of Hawaii, practicing at a law firm in DC, and serving as a federal prosecutor in San Diego.


13. Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono and APEC 2011

Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono represents Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congresswoman's district includes rural Oahu, the seven Neighbor Island, and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Congresswoman Hirono serves on two key U.S. House committees: the Committee on Education and the Workforce and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. During APEC, Congresswoman Hirono was one of the honorary members representing the State of Hawaii. 

14. Peace and Education: Interview with Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng

 Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng holds a Ph.D. in international comparative education from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Dr. Soetoro-Ng supports peace-building efforts locally, as well as internationally. She is publishing a peace education guidebook for parents and educators to expand the horizon of community-led educational efforts.

15. APEC Intern: Kelly Park

Kelly Park will graduate next Spring with a B.A. in Political Science, Economics and a minor in Spanish. She was one of the four UH Manoa Congressional Fellows for the Spring 2011 semester. In Congress, she worked for Representative Mazie K. Hirono as a foreign policy fellow. Next semester she will be interning at the Governor’s Office as a public relations fellow. Kelly has a great interest in international relations and plans to pursue a career in the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer. Upon graduation she hopes to study International Public Policy in Washington D.C.



For more information, please contact:

Denise E. Konan Director,
Advisor to the UH President on APEC