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Euhwa Tran, MA

Corresponding Expert, New York/United States

Euhwa Tran was the chief program officer and chief of staff of the George H. W. Bush Foundation for U.S.-China Relations , where she created and managed programs focused on foreign policy, digital and mental health, cross-generational dialogue, Asian-American youth empowerment, climate change, and supply chains. She is based in New York, New York. Prior to this, she was the associate director of The University of Texas China Public Policy Center at the LBJ School of Public Affairs (CPPC), where she was primarily responsible for leading the center’s programmatic activities.

Ms. Tran also previously headed the Asia-Pacific program at the EastWest Institute (EWI), focusing on key political, military and security issues in the U.S.-China bilateral relationship. At EWI, she also served as the U.S. lead for the institute’s U.S.-Russia experts group on Afghan narcotrafficking. Founded in 1980 and dissolved in 2021, EWI had a 40-year track record of convening dialogue and back channel diplomacy to develop sustainable solutions for the world’s major political, economic and security issues. Among the leading EWI-figures were former long-term Vice Chancellor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany Hans-Dietrich Genscher, Bruce McConnell (Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security 2009 – 2013), Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger (Chairman of the Munich Security Conference MSC 2008 – 2022) and Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong (Ambassador of PR China to the United States 2005 to 2010).

Before joining EWI, Ms. Tran worked on international comparative education and elementary reading at an education policy and research institute in Washington, DC. She also has experience teaching English as a second language to students in Taiwan and the United States. She has lived, worked and studied in Beijing and Taipei. Ms. Tran holds a bachelor’s degree (BA) in History and Asian Studies from Cornell University and a master’s degree (MA) in Asian Studies from The University of Texas at Austin.

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