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.