Dr. Richard R. Vuylsteke
President, East-West Center
1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96848-1601
Dr. Richard R. Vuylsteke took office as the East-West Center's 11th chief
executive on 1 January 2017. A former EWC grantee and staff member, he
rejoins the Center after several decades living in Asia and serving most
recently as president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.
Previously he served as president of the American Chamber in Taipei,
editor-in-chief of the Taiwan Review, and area studies coordinator for the US
Department of State Foreign Service Institute in Taipei. Earlier in his career,
he was a research fellow in East Asian Legal Studies at Harvard Law
School as well as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Rajasthan, India.
Originally from Illinois, Dr. Vuylsteke was an East-West Center grantee in the
1970s while he earned MA and PhD degrees from the University of Hawaii
at Manoa, specializing in Western and Chinese political philosophy. While still
a graduate student he joined the Center's staff as a research assistant to
the director of the Culture Learning Institute, and later worked as a special
assistant to the EWC president with a focus on Pacific community topics.
In addition, he taught courses at the University of Hawaii and Chaminade
University in Asian history and social, political, and legal philosophy.
He also worked at the Pacific Forum (now Pacific Forum/CSIS).