Indo-Pacific Leadership Lab

image of logoThe Japan Foundation (JF) and the East-West Center (a think tank headquartered in Honolulu), co-organize an annual international leadership-development initiative, titled the ‘Indo-Pacific Leadership Lab’ program. The program is designed to offer emerging leaders from the region a year-long “deep dive” into the region’s biggest issues, with the central theme focusing on ‘Climate Change and Adaptation’.

Over the course of the year-long program, participants will outline shared threats to the region posed by climate change, identify barriers to effective leadership on this issue, co-create solutions and test them in real-world settings, thus addressing challenges to implementation in the Indo-Pacific region.

During the program, participants will work individually or in small groups to conduct research activities and exchange ideas online. The results of each cohort will be disseminated through research papers and public symposia.

Program Advisor
Norichika Kanie (Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University)

Announcement of Recruitment: Cohort 2 (2024-2025)

Applications for the 2nd cohort are now closed

  • Applicants must be a citizen and resident from Japan, United States of America, Oceania, South Asia or Southeast Asia
  • 5-10 years of deep work or research experience in an area with clear connections to climate change mitigation, adaption planning, natural resources or environmental governance, or related area
  • Verbal fluency in English, with strong written English skills
  • Able to commit to one week of travel in Hawaii, Fiji and Japan (three weeks total), plus monthly virtual connections in between travel
Schedule(tentative) Hawaii (December 2024) Fiji (April 2025) Japan (September 2025)
Items covered by the Program Round-trip discount economy class international airfare, domestic transportation,
accommodation, meals, applicable visa fees (if required), and overseas travel insurance.
Application Procedure For more information, please visit the East-West Center’s website.
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Meet the Fellows

Sixteen fellows from twelve countries have been selected as the first cohort (2023-2024) of recipients of the Indo-Pacific Leadership Lab.

Cohort 1 (2023-2024) Activity Report

The first cohort fellows joined the program in Hawaii (January 2024), Fiji (April 2024). They learned about the local climate change risks and efforts in community initiatives. They also visited various institutions that work on climate change issues in their region and had discussions that strengthened partnerships and networks on “Climate Change and Adaptation”. The final program in Japan is scheduled for September 2024.

Hawaii Program (Honolulu) 29 January – 2 February 2024
Fiji Program (Nadi, Suva) 22-26 April 2024
Japan Program (Tokyo and another city) September 2024 (tentative)
Hawaii Program(29 January – 2 February 2024)
  • Group photo (Hawaii Program)
  • Photo of the discussion by participants (Hawaii Program)
Fiji Program(22-26 April 2024)
  • Group photo (Fiji Program)
  • Photo of the discussion by participants (Fiji Program)
  • Photo of the outdoor workshop (Fiji Program)

East-West Center Website

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