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Pacific Forum’s Annual Dinner Returns, Celebrating 20 Years of Young Leaders Program


Key Figures in Geopolitics to Convene in Honolulu on April 16th, 2024

Honolulu, Hawaii, April 16th, 2024 – The Pacific Forum is delighted to announce the return of its Annual Dinner, a cornerstone fundraising event set to take place on April 16th, 2024, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

This year holds special significance as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of our Young Leaders program, a milestone in cultivating the next generation of international policy professionals.

The Annual Dinner serves as a crucial fundraiser, providing essential unrestricted financial support for the Pacific Forum’s initiatives.

Our esteemed chairman, Jim Kelly, former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian/Pacific affairs, will be honored for his invaluable contributions to our organization.

📅 Date & Time: Tuesday, April 16, 2024
📍 Venue: The Royal Hawaiian Resort, Honolulu, Hawaii

Event Highlights:
Celebrating Young Leaders: Join us in commemorating two decades of the Young Leaders program, a platform that has nurtured over 1,000 scholars and foreign policy professionals from 56 countries. Learn how this initiative continues to shape the future of international policy affairs.

Distinguished Keynote Speakers: We are honored to feature Young Leaders alumni, Eric Sayers, Managing Director at Beacon Global Strategies LLC; Adjunct Fellow and Director of the Center for Indo-Pacific Affairs and Assistant Professor of Asian Studies at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Kristi Govella; and current Young Leader and nonproliferation fellow, Brandt Mabuni, for a panel discussion about US foreign policy in the Indo-Pacific

Brad Glosserman, Pacific Forum’s Senior Adviser and Deputy Director and Visiting Professor  at Center for Rule-Making Strategies at Tama University, will be moderating the panel.

Their insights promise to provide a unique perspective on the evolving landscape of the Indo-Pacific.

Expert MCs: The event will be moderated by Ralph A. Cossa, President Emeritus and WSD-Handa Chair in Peace Studies, and David Santoro, President of the Pacific Forum, ensuring insightful discussions throughout the evening.

About James A. Kelly:
James A. Kelly, Chairman of the Board and President Emeritus of Pacific Forum, is a distinguished figure in international affairs, having served as a former assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs. With a rich background spanning decades of diplomatic service, Mr. Kelly’s contributions to peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region are unparalleled.

About the Young Leaders Program:
Since its inception in 2004, the Young Leaders Program has been a beacon for aspiring professionals in international policy affairs. With over 1,000 current members from 56 countries, the program continues to empower the next generation of leaders by fostering cross-cultural opportunities and honing policy analysis skills.

Matching Donations
In a significant gesture of support, board members of the Pacific Forum will match donations made towards the Young Leaders program during the Annual Dinner, up to a total of $14,000. This initiative underscores our commitment to nurturing the next generation of foreign policy leaders and celebrates two decades of dedicated effort in the Indo-Pacific region.

Ticketing & Registration:
Secure your spot and join us for this memorable evening by registering HERE.

Save the Date:
This exclusive gathering promises an evening of reflection, celebration, and forward-looking discussions.