Dr. Richard R. Vuylsteke

President, East-West Center

1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96848-1601

PHONE: 808.944-7103
Fax: 808.944.7106
EMAIL: Richard.Vuylsteke@EastWestCenter.org

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).