About Us

Ashley Aitken

Ashley is going into her final year of study and will graduate with a degree in Economics,   with a minor in Spanish. She was born and raised in New Zealand, and came to the states on a full academic and track and field scholarship. Ashley currently works for the office of the Lt. Governor of Hawaii as an intern, while also working as an account executive for the University paper, Kaleo. She enjoys running, theatre, singing, playing her guitar, just about anything to do with being outdoors.

Kathy L. Aldinger

Kathy is a senior honors student majoring in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution.  She is currently completing the APEC Certification Program and is working with the UH Foundation as a UH APEC Communications Intern.  In the past, Kathy has worked as a licensed Financial Advisor with American Express Financial Advisors and New York Life Insurance Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Savannah, Georgia.  Since moving to Hawai’i she has worked as a licensed travel agent before becoming a full-time student at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.  Her interests include traveling with her husband, Scott, writing and spending quality time with her grandchildren.

Olga Bogach

Olga is a Ph.D. student in Economics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her dissertation research focuses on foreign direct investment and financial crises, primarily in the Asia-Pacific region. In her role as a graduate assistant to Dr. Denise Konan, she helps to coordinate the APEC Student Internship Program and assists with UH APEC-related projects. Olga was born and raised in Russia, where APEC-2012 will take place. Olga enjoys playing beach volleyball, hiking, and the outdoors.

Joshua Boney

Joshua is a third year honor student majoring in Economics and minoring in Speech at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Before entering the University of Hawaii at Manoa Joshua owned a cleaning franchisee for three years and played one season of semi-pro football. Currently, he is a seasonal tax preparer and marketer at Liberty Tax. While at UH he has interned under the Chief Investment Officer of HIERS $11 billion pension fund. His other investment related internships include a finance academy, hedge fund and consulting firm.  He has currently dedicated himself as a volunteer intern at APEC. His research interests to date include financial institutions, stock market behavior and financial investments and derivatives.

Elizabeth Bowman

Elizabeth is a third year student double majoring in Political Science and Economics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  She spent the previous year volunteering with the International Youth Fellowship in South Korea and following this trip she worked with Representative Hansen Clarke in Detroit, Michigan during his Congressional campaign. She is now interning for APEC 2011. Elizabeth is a recent graduate of the Manoa Peer Advising Program, she is the Chief Justice of the ASUH Supreme Court, and she’s also an active member of the Manoa Pre-Law Association. Elizabeth enjoys reading, hiking, swimming, and all activities related to the outdoors.

Nicole Cacal

Nicole is a fourth year honors student majoring in Finance and International Business with a minor in Economics. She is currently an intern for the APEC 2011 Hawaii Host Committee while completing the APEC Certificate Program. In the past, Nicole was an assistant to the Vice President of Investments at UBS Financial Services and has also interned at other financial services and accounting firms. She is also working to complete the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program. Born in Germany, Nicole has traveled to many countries before coming to study in Hawaii. Her interests include reading, traveling, writing music, and learning foreign languages.

Milly Chang

Milly is a 2008 Regents Scholar, completing her fourth (and final!) year of her undergraduate degree in Accounting and Finance with a minor in Economics. She is currently interning with the APEC 2011 Hawai’i Host Committee while balancing her responsibilities as the Golden Key International Honour Society Region 9 Representative and Beta Alpha Psi Workshop Coordinator. Born and raised on Oahu, her interests include non-traditional exercise (ask me what this encompasses), food (both eating and baking), community service, and traveling. She hopes to one day travel to one of the other Hawaiian islands as she has not yet visited any besides Oahu.

Naiyang Chang

Naiyang is an international student from Taiwan. This is his fourth year as a student majors in Psychology and Economic at University of Hawai’i at Manoa. He currently positions in International Student Association as Vice President. Naiyang also volunteers in UH APEC 2011 program and interns at Northeast Asia Economic Forum as Research Assistant. Naiyang enjoys outdoor activities like surfing, camping and fishing which make Hawai’i a veritable paradise for him.

Taylor M. Gardner

Taylor is a senior undergraduate student originally from St. Louis, Missouri majoring in Economics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, pursuing the APEC Certificate. He is currently an APEC Communications Intern, after finishing an earlier internship at Merrill Lynch.  Taylor also works as the Opinions Editor at the university newspaper, Ka Leo. After his final semester this fall, he hopes to pursue a career in financial services or journalism, and has a long-term goal of becoming a Foreign Service Officer. Taylor’s interests include writing, surfing, hiking, drumming, snorkeling, and adrenaline rush activities such as skydiving. He enjoys new experiences and hopes to travel the globe someday.

Jeremy Hine

Jeremy is a junior working on completing a double major in Economics and Psychology. He is currently working as an intern for the APEC Host Committee and State Department at the East West Center.  Born in Pennsylvania, Jeremy spent his formative years in England, where he lived for 11 years.  Being a dual citizen and an avid traveler, Jeremy considers himself a citizen of the world.  Along with traveling, Jeremy enjoys reading, hiking, debate, and watching TV.  Jeremy hopes to continue on to get masters in International Economics from the University of Hawaii.

Robert Hurwitz

Robert is a second year student, double majoring in Economics and Mathematics at the University of Boston. Currently, he is working on completing the APEC Certificate Program and is interning at the East West Center and working for the Host Committee and State Department at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Robert was born in Oregon and lived most of his life in Washington D.C. His interests include swimming, running, reading, music, and film.

Niroshan Kariapper

Niroshan is a senior at the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he majors in Political Science. He is an intern at the APEC 2011 Hawaii Host Committee and an intern at the Hawaii State Legislature.  His interests include reading, traveling, and numismatics.  Niroshan has traveled to China (Beijing, Shenzhen, Urumqi, Hong Kong), Thailand (Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai), Myanmar aka Burma, and Singapore.

Kyung-Ri Lim

Kyung-Ri is a senior honors student majoring in Economics. Kyung-Ri is from Korea. She is currently working as a volunteer intern at the NEAEF (Northeast Asia Economic Forum), which is a non-governmental organization that sponsors and facilitates research, networking, and dialogue relevant to the economic and social development of Northeast Asia. It is the first internship for her. Her interests include hiking, traveling and reading.

Kelly (Sun Young) Park

Kelly is a fourth year student majoring in Political Science, Economics and Spanish at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She was one of the four UH Manoa Congressional Fellows for Spring 2011 semester. In Congress, she worked for Representative Mazie K. Hirono as a foreign policy fellow focusing on the U.S. FTAs with Korea, Colombia and Panama. Currently, Kelly is interning with APEC 2011 and working on completing the APEC Certification Program. She has a great interest in international relations and plans to pursue a career in the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer.

Kai Zhou

Kai is a second year graduate student pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration at the Shidler College of Business. Born in China, Kai immigrated to the United States at an early age and has lived in Hawaii for most of his life. He majored in Psychology as an undergraduate and currently works as a Project Coordinator within the Social Science Research Institute at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Post graduation, Kai would like to work in the consulting industry. His current interests includes traveling (has been to 7 APEC member economies and will be adding Canada to the list soon), along with tennis and hiking.