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Past Pacific Leadership Fellows

Dean Peter Cowhey, Nirupama Rao and Professor John AhlquistCCGT brings leaders to UC San Diego from around the globe to engage in dialogue, research and teaching with students, alumni, faculty and the San Diego community. Having completed its 16th year, CCGT now has hosted 109 fellows from 25 different countries.

Regional Clusters

We have organized our past Pacific Leadership Fellows by countries and regions.

Residencies by Year

Below we have listed our past Pacific Leadership Fellows by year.


David M. Malone
Under-Secretary-General, United Nations, Canada
Residency Dates: Oct. 17-21, 2022

Toomas Hendrik Ilves
Former President, Estonia
Residency Dates: Oct. 24-Nov. 6, 2022

Marites Vitug
Editor at Large, Rappler, Philippine
Dates of Residency: Nov. 7 - 11, 2022

Carlos Viana de Carvalho
Head of Research, Kapitalo Investimentos, Brazil
Residency Dates: Jan. 17-27, 2023

Jong-Wha Lee
Professor, Korea University, South Korea
Dates of Residency: Feb. 13-24, 2023

Philip Duffy
Climate Science Advisor, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, United States
Residency Dates: April 24-28, 2023


Maurizio Vecchione, Chief Innovation Officer, Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation, United States
Residency Dates: April 11-15, 2022

Kate Wilson, CEO, Digital Impact Alliance, United States
Residency Dates: Feb. 14-24, 2022


Bennett Freeman, Principal, Bennett Freeman Associates LLC
Residency: Oct. 7-18, 2019

Rebecca MacKinnon, Director, Ranking Digital Rights
Residency: Oct. 14-25, 2019

Nirupama Rao, Former Indian Ambassador to the United States, India
Residency: Nov. 5-15, 2019

Sudhakar Rao, Chairman, BSE Training Institute, India
Residency: Nov. 12-22, 2019

Tiago Falcão, Secretary, Renda de Cidadania, Brazil
Residency: Jan. 20-31, 2020

Charles Dallara, Partner, Partners Group AG
Residency: Feb. 10-19, 2020


Aruna SundararajanSecretary of the Indian Department of Telecommunications, India
Residency: Oct. 1-5, 2018

Santiago LevyVice President for Sectors and Knowledge, Inter-American Development Bank, Mexico
Residency: Oct. 15-19, 2018

Luciano RezendeMayor, City of Vitória, Brazil
Residency: Oct. 30-Nov. 10, 2018

Caitlyn Chen, Vice President, Tencent, China
Residency: Dec. 1-4, 2018

Luis Videgaray, Former Foreign Minister and Finance Minister of Mexico
Residency: March 11-22, 2019

Arindam Bhattacharya, Senior Partner and Director, BCG Henderson Institute, The Boston Consulting Group, India
Residency: April 22 - May 7, 2019


Somkiat Tangkitvanich, President, Thailand Development Research Institute
Residency: Oct. 30 – Nov. 6 , 2017

Eduardo Porter, Economic Scene Columnist, New York Times
Residency: Jan. 22-26, 2018

Alberto Trejos, Dean, INCAE Business School in Costa Rica
Residency: Feb. 10-18, 2018

Sviatoslav (Slava) Vakarchuk, Co-founder, Center for Economic Strategy; Lead Vocalist for Okean Elzy
Residency: Feb. 20-22, 2018

Gregory Lee, Global President, Nokia Technologies
Residency: April 30 - May 18, 2018


Sir Tadataka Yamada, Life Sciences Team Venture Partner & Growth Buyout Team Senior Advisor, Frazier Healthcare Partners
Residency: Oct. 3-7, 2016

Keping Yu, dean, School of Government, Peking University
Residency: Oct. 3-14, 2016

Yoriko Kawaguchi, former Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Environment, Japan;
Professor, Meiji Institute for Global Affairs, Meiji University
Residency: Feb. 9-20, 2017

Justice Tassaduq Jillani, former Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Pakistan
Residency: Feb. 27 - March 10, 2017

Enrico Letta, former Prime Minister, Italy; dean, Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences Po
Residency: April 10-14, 2017

Mauricio Tolmasquim, professor, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Residency: May 22 – June 2, 2017


Reiko Akiike, partner and managing director, Boston Consulting Group
Residency: Oct. 3-10, 2015

Poh Kam Wong, professor and director of the Entrepreneurship Centre, National University of Singapore
Residency: Nov. 1-11, 2015

Robert Hormats, vice chairman, Kissinger Associates Inc.
Residency: Feb. 1-14, 2016

Muhamad Chatib Basri, former Minister of Finance, Indonesia
Residency: March 28 – April 8, 2016

Antonio Ortiz-Mena, senior advisor, Albright Stonebridge Group
Residency: March 28 – April 8, 2016

Eric Gan, executive vice president and director, Softbank Corp.
Residency: May 3-6, 2016

Edna Jaime, director general, México Evalúa
Residency: May 11-21, 2016


Masaaki Shirakawa, former governor, Bank of Japan

Residency: Feb. 17–28, 2014

Kan Suzuki, former politician, Democratic Party of Japan
Residency: Oct. 27 – Nov. 6, 2014

Jose Dalisay, professor and novelist, University of the Philippines (Philippines)
Residency: Jan. 20–30, 2015

James Ding, managing director, GSR Ventures
Residency: Feb. 8–12 , 2015

Jorge Guajardo, former Mexican ambassador to China
Residency: Feb. 8–21, 2015

Sachio Semmoto, founder, former chair and CEO, eAccess Ltd/EMOBILE Ltd
Residency: April 2–15, 2015

Hiroshi Fujiwara, founder and president, BroadBand Tower, Inc.
Residency: May 11–24, 2015


Cai Fang, vice-president, Chinese Social Science Academy
Residency: April 1–11, 2013

Sohn Hak-kyu, former governor of the Gyeonggi-do province in South Korea
Residency: Jan. 20–31, 2014

Charles Zhang, founder, Board Chair and CEO of Sohu
Residency: Feb. 3–7, 2014

Hideichi Okada, former vice minister for international affairs, Japan
Residency: March 1–14, 2014

Chris Locke, founder, Caribou Digital (United Kingdom)
Residency: April 7–19, 2014

Xia Guang, director general, Policy Research Center for Environment and Economy, Ministry of Environment Protection
Residency: April 21 – May 16, 2014

Arturo Sarukhan, ambassador, Mexican Foreign Service
Residency: Nov. 3–12, 2014


Noelle Lenoir, partner, Kramer Levin (France)
Residency: Oct. 22 – Nov. 2, 2012

Adela Navarro Bello, co-director, Tijuana-based weekly Zeta
Residency: April 15–26, 2013

Mark S. Ward, senior advisor on Assistance to Syria, American Embassy in Turkey (United States)
Residency: May 6–10, 2013

Alejandro Poire, former secretary of interior of Mexico
Residency: May 15–23, 2013

James Fallows, National Correspondent, The Atlantic (United States)
Residency: Oct. 5–16, 2013

Joaquin Vial, board member, Central Bank of Chile (Chile)
Residency: Oct. 31 – Nov. 8, 2013


Nobuo Tanaka, former executive director, International Energy Agency
Residency: Jan. 7–20, 2011

Taro Kono, director general, Liberal Democratic Party’s International Bureau
Residency: Feb. 7–10, 2011

Yuri Okina, research director and chief senior economist, Japan Research Institute, Ltd.; executive vice president, National Institute for Research Advancement (NIRA)
Residency: May 2–12, 2011

Ma Zhong, dean and professor, School of Environment and Natural Resources, Renmin Univeristy
Residency: Nov. 14 – Dec. 2, 2011

Lu Xuedu, advisor, Climate Change and Carbon Market, Asian Development Bank
Residency: Jan. 9–13, 2012

Joao Batista de Rezende, president, Anatel Communications (Brazil)
Residency: Jan. 9–13, 2012

Ji Zou, China director, World Resource Institute, and professor, Renmin University
Residency: Jan. 24–Feb. 3, 2012

Shigeki Morinobu, president, Japan Tax Institute
Residency: March 5–9, 2012

Rizal Sukma, executive director, Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta (Indonesia)
Residency: April 23 – May 4, 2012

Jacques Marcovitch, professor, strategy and international affairs, University of Sao Paulo (Brazil)
Residency: April 25 – May 4, 2012

Francisco de Paula Gutierrez, professor, economics and finance, INCAE Business School (Costa Rica)
Residency: May 14–25, 2012

Paul Ramadge, former editor-in-chief at The Age and current vice chancellor professorial fellow and executive director, Global Initiatives at Monash University (Australia)
Residency: Oct. 1–13, 2012

Il SaKong, chair and CEO, Institute for Global Economics
Residency: Nov. 5–13, 2012

Hidehiro Konno, boardmember, Mitsubishi Corp.
Residency: Nov. 24 – Dec. 7, 2012


Masakazu Toyoda, chair and CEO, Institute of Energy Economics, Japan
Residency: Jan. 19–22, 2010

Kazuhiko Toyama, CEO and representative director, Industrial Growth Platform
Residency: March 1–13, 2010

Nguyen Anh Tuan, former chair of VietNamNet Media Company and former founder and editor-in-chief of VietNamNet Newspaper; current co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Boston Global Forum (Vietnam)
Residency: May 16–30, 2011

Alejandro Pisanty, professor, School of Chemistry of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
Residency: May 17–28, 2010

Miguel Szekely Pardo, former undersecretary for planning and evaluation, Ministry of Social Development and current public policy advisor for Josefina Vazquez Mota (PAN)
Residency: June 1–8, 2010

Hiroshi Nakada, former mayor, Yokohama, Japan
Residency: Oct. 18–27, 2010

Kevin Casas-Zamora, former vice president of Costa Rica and current secretary for political affairs at the Organization of American States (Costa Rica)
Residency: Nov. 1–12, 2010

Un-Chan Chung, former prime minister, Republic of Korea and Current Chairman of Commission on Shared Growth for Large and Small Companies, Republic of Korea
Residency: Jan. 20–26, 2011

Lan Xue, dean, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University
Residency: Jan. 29 – Feb. 19, 2011


Andrew Robb, Australian federal member for Goldstein (Australia)
Residency: Jan. 5–30, 2009

Patricio Meller, professor, University of Chile (Chile)
Residency: Feb. 2–13, 2009

Ryozo Hayashi, consulting fellow, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry
Residency: Feb. 9 – March 6, 2009

Sung-Hoon Kim, president, South Korea's Citizens Movement for Environmental Justice
Residency: March 29 – April 18, 2009

Glen Fukushima, senior fellow, Center for American Progress
Residency: April 20 – May 1, 2009

Sigrid Arzt, former technical secretary of Mexico’s National Security Council and current commissioner of the Federal Institute for Access to Information and Data Protection (IFAI)
Residency: Sept. 28 – Oct. 8, 2009

Xiaonian Xu, professor, China Europe International Business School
Residency: Jan. 15–29, 2010

Chung-in Moon, professor, Political Science, Yonsei University
Residency: Feb. 15 – May 7, 2010

Chalongphob Sussangkarn, distinguished fellow, Thailand Development Research Institute (Thailand)
Residency: March 9–13, 2009

Major General Shahzada Alam Malik, former chair, Pakistan Telecom Authority (Pakistan)
Residency: April 6–10, 2009

Emilia Pires, minister of finance of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste (Timor-Leste)
Residency: April 13–21, 2010

Takatoshi Ito, professor, Graduate School of Economics in Tokyo
Residency: April 30 – May 7, 2010

Lazaro Cardenas Batel, former governor of Michoacan, Mexico and current senior scholar of the Latin America Program at the Wilson Center
Residency: May 3–7, 2010

Chan-Mo Park, former president, Pohang University of Science and Technology
Residency: May 5–8, 2009

Alma Rosa Moreno, former ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom
Residency: Oct. 18–29, 2010

Xielin Liu, professor and associate dean, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Residency: Nov. 18 – Dec. 12, 2010


Daeje Chin, former minister, Information and Communications, Republic of Korea
Residency: Jan. 8–12, 2008

Jerome Cohen, adjunct senior fellow, Council on Foreign Relations and Professor, New York University (United States)
Residency: March 1–31, 2008

Muhammad A. S. Hikam, former state minister for technology and research (Indonesia)
Residency: April 28 – May 28, 2008

Pablo de la Flor, former peruvian vice minister of international trade and member of the Organizing Committee for Education CADE 2013 (Peru)
Residency: May 10–16, 2008

Jaime C. Laya, chair, Philtrust Bank (Philippines)
Residency: Nov. 13–21, 2008

Do Hoai Nam, president, Vietnamese Academy for the Social Sciences (Vietnam)
Residency: April 6–10, 2009



Mario Arana, former president, Central Bank of Nicaragua and current director of Fundacion Nicaraguense para el Desarrollo Economico y Social (Nicaragua)
Residency: April 4–14, 2007

Jorge Rodriguez-Grossi, former minister of energy and finance (Chile)
Residency: May 10–24, 2007

Sergio Ley, former ambassador of Mexico to China and current president of the Asia-Pacific Directorate at the Mexican Business Council for Foreign Trade (COMCE)
Residency: May 17 – June 4, 2007

Kazumasa Kusaka, executive adviser, Dentsu Inc.
Residency: May 30 – June 17, 2007

Kien Pham, vice chair, VietNamNet Media Group and president and co-founder, The Vietnam Foundation (Vietnam)
Residency: Nov. 13–21, 2007

Sir Donald Cruickshank, former chair, London Stock Exchange (United Kingdom)
Residency: December 2007 – May 2008


Shuli Hu, founder and editor-in-chief, Caijing
Residency: March 26 – June 17, 2006