Bio and Headshot

Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng is a Faculty Specialist in the College of Social Sciences at

the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She also serves as the University’s liaison to

the Obama Foundation and works with the Foundation’s Leaders program and

Global Girls Alliance on initiatives in Hawaiʻi and the Asia-Pacific region.

Previously, she was the Director of the Matsunaga Institute for Peace at the

University of Hawaiʻi, where, in addition to leading outreach and development

initiatives, she also taught Leadership for Social Change, Peace Movements,

Peace Education, and Conflict Management. For many years, she worked at the

College of Education at the University, where she taught Multicultural Education,

Social Studies Methods, and Peace Education at both the graduate and

undergraduate levels. Maya sits on several voluntary boards and is the

Co-Founder of the non-profits Ceeds of Peace, The Peace Studio, and The

Institute for Climate and Peace. In 2021, Maya launched a podcast entitled “The

Bravethrough Series: Courageous Conversations on Community” in partnership

with KTUH Honolulu.