About apec101nicole

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.

Elim Chew


Ashley and I were so fortunate to attend yesterday’s 2011 Hawaii International Women’s Leadership Conference at the Sheraton! All the speakers were phenomenal, and I wanted to take note of one speaker that truly inspired me.

Inside the 8th Annual Hawaii International Women's Leadership Conference

Singapore’s Elim Chew is an is much more than an entrepreneur.


As the President & Founder of Singapore’s leading retail chain, 77th Street, “Elim Chew helps youth and young adults realize their dreams, and believes businesses can do well and do good at the same time to create a more sustainable, inclusive and a better world.”


I spoke with Elim, and she mentioned that she also participated at APEC’s Women and the Economy Summit (WES) in San Francisco, hosted by Hilary Clinton. This summit included senior government officials and private sector leaders from all the APEC economies. This summit was in part of APEC’s SOM3 meeting. On the agenda were the topics of:

  • fostering women’s economic empowerment, and
  • focus on access to markets and capital, capacity building, and leadership
Elim’s “PhD” or PASSION, HUNGER, AND DRIVE empowers women and young children everywhere. She instills the importance of having an entrepreneurial mindset, regardless of your background and how old or young you are. One message I took away from her speech was the “10,000 hours of practice,” a concept adopted from the book “The Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell. 10,000 hours of practice of doing what you LOVE is required for mastery of the skill. Why not start now? 🙂

Elim and I speak briefly after her speech. Thank you!!!

Check out her bio to find out more (source: APEC Women Leaders Network), and
her Youth Outreach and Community Outreach organizations here:

Professor Robert L. Curry, Jr.

This summer at UHM, we are lucky to have an amazing professor teaching the only APEC-designated economics course called Contemporary Economic Issues: APEC (or ECON 496). Right now we are midway into the course and I am really enjoying it so far. Dr. Robert Curry is passionate about having the students understand the meaning behind APEC’s goals and tying it with how they affect economic and social development in the Asia-Pacific. I also really enjoy hearing about his experiences of teaching abroad in Asia.

For students interested in learning about APEC a little bit more in depth, some recommended reading materials are:

Southeast Asia: The Long Road Ahead by C. Y. Lim
East Asian Visions: Perspectives on Economic Development by I. Gill, et al
APEC at 20: Recall, Reflection, and Remake by H. Lim and K. Kesavapany

I’m excited about what’s ahead in the rest of the course!

More about Dr. Curry:

Professor Robert L. Curry, Jr. received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Oregon, and subsequently he has taught at the National University of Singapore, Vietnam National University, Burapha and Ram-Khamhaeng Universities in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Thailand, and universities in Africa and the U.K. Dr. Curry has focused his career primarily on international development in Southeast Asia. He has also been a Fulbright lecturer in Liberia and Zambia. Dr. Curry has been a consultant to the World Bank in Washington and Jamaica, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in Geneva, the official development assistance programs of the United States, and the Canadian bi-lateral development program to Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland. He has also been a consultant to trade union organizations in Zambia, Kenya, and Egypt. His publications on East Asia have appeared in the ASEAN Economic Review, Pacific Affairs, Southeast Asian Affairs the Journal of Third World Studies and elsewhere.