Your quarterly dose of APLP alumni news
Issue #19, Q1 2020: Special Issue on COVID 19

President's Message


These past couple of weeks or months for some of us have seen many changes take place in our daily lives.  I am sure the COVID-19 Pandemic is affecting all of you in both small and big ways.  It is in times likes this that true leadership shows and I believe each of our members will use the leadership skills and knowledge gained through experiences in APLP to lead the way in our household, businesses, or communities we are a part of.  

At our most recent APLP Alumni Board meeting in early March we discussed two initiatives that we are excited about: 1. Doing a virtual Pau Hana sometime in May 2. Restarting the global day of service.  Neither will be like what we have done in the past and more details will follow for both of these initiatives via email in April.

Speaking for the entire board, we express our utmost gratitude for each and everyone of you.  We care very much about your well being and hope all of you are taking this challenging time to look after yourself and your loved ones.  Take care and be healthy.


Blaine Baldwin


(i)  Message to EWC Leadership Program Alumni about COVID-19 (APLP Staff)
(ii) COVID-19 Handbook of Prevention and Treatment (Chen Ying, G16)
(iii) My Experience in Establishing Quarantine Centre for COVID 19 (Manoj Kumar, G19)
(iv) A Piece of Writing about Corona Virus (Diep Le, G19)
(v)  A Sharing from Wuhan (Duan Wei, G12)
(vi) A Sharing from Danang, Vietnam (Hanh Vu, G18)
(vii) The Art & Science of COVID-19 (Bill Hewak, G17)
(i)  LP Regional Expansion - NYC first stop of 2020 (APLP Staff)
(ii) APLP Alumni Week (Hendrick Cho, G11 &  Ivee Cruz, G6)
(i) Ariana Loehr (G19)
(i) Chandrabarna Saha (G17)
(ii) Alisha Bhagat (G12)


1. COVID-19 kāhea

As the COVID-19 pandemic bears out, the Pacific region will increasingly need vital resources. Concerned and capable individuals and networks are gathering information, equipment, supplies, abilities, and funds to support our medical personnel and frontline communities in getting the resources needed for immediate and long term recovery and transformation. 

Our network of APLP alumni is an extended group of a global ʻohana made up of gifted experts, practitioners, leaders, makers, and movers who all have the potential to activate our abilities, expand capacity and provide significant support to each other with the current situation in Hawai’i, the Pacific, and beyond.

This letter is a kāhea, call to action, a request for kokua from our piko, Hawaiʻi being the home, our foundation in which our APLP EWC relationships were birthed. We are currently seeking personal protection equipment (PPE), ventilators, medical practitioners and scientists with experience with COVID-19 (or other infectious diseases e.g. SARS, MERS, zika, dengue, tuberculosis). Likewise, we know that some of you also have similar needs and we would like to also facilitate those needs.

This form is an initiative to connect needs with resources around the Pacific. Please share the aid you may be able to offer as well as the aid that you may need. Mahalo nui in advance, grateful for your kokua.
With appreciation and aloha,
Jane Mi (G11), Laurien “Lala” Nuss (G10), and Dr. Rosanna "Rosie" ʻAnolani Alegado 

2. 2020 APLP Teaching Assistant 

We are still recruiting for the Teaching Assistant role for APLP, though the position won’t begin until 2021 (dates TBD). We are looking for individuals in the APLP alumni community who are willing to support our programmatic work in both administrative and curriculum-related tasks, thereby learning the "craft" of the EWC Leadership Program.

Here is the link to the application:                                     

3. Kaho‘olawe 2020 Volunteer Experience

There is still time to participate in the Kaho’olawe 2020 Volunteer Experience. If you are interested in volunteering in service to Kaho'olawe from May 21-25, 2020, please review the Volunteer Access Forms in detail, and complete the Kaho‘olawe 2020 Volunteer Experience Application. Do use the aforementioned Google form to apply and not the form on the KIRC website. Space for the Kahoʻolawe 2020 Volunteer Experience is limited, and applications are reviewed on a first completed, first submitted basis.
If you have any questions, or if you would like to discuss this opportunity in greater detail, please contact me directly via email.
Cerell Rivera (G6)

Message to EWC Leadership Program Alumni about COVID-19
APLP Staff

The East-West Center Leadership Program is adapting, like all of you and your communities, to function effectively and do what's needed to contain the spread of COVID-19. East-West Center staff are working from home to reduce in-person contact. March and April programs have been postponed, as has the Asia Pacific Leadership Program Generation 20, and the EWCA 60th Conference in June. Neither program has yet been rescheduled. 

Since we already communicate with most of our 'Ohana virtually, we want to say We're Right Here with You, and we will continue to update you as we know more. We will be offering sessions and conversations on-line for those who are interested. Check your email for the announcement about these opportunities. (If you need to update your email with the Leadership Team, you can do so here:
During this time of unknowns, we hope you’re able to pull from your EWC experience to gain insights, useful tools, and/or a supportive network. To share how you are doing this and hear from other alumni, join the #EWC_LPLeadsNow conversation online. 

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COVID-19 Handbook of Prevention and Treatment
Chen Ying (G16)
I would like to share this link with global community of APLP alumni. 

This is a translation version of COVID-19 prevention and treatment cases in China, in languages of Spanish, Italian, English, Korean and Japan. Hope that you can help spread it out.
In the past 50 days here in China, people suffered from fear. I feel miserable seeing it might happen again. Although it's far too early to say that scenario in China is fully under control, I feel better if I can do something, such as joining in some volunteer translating groups to spread the practices of non-profits. I always feel inspired when reading APLP alumni newsletter. I hope that the effort of this community can still support each other to past the dark times. 
Wish all of you safe and sound.
 Best regards,
Chen Ying 

My Experience in Establishing Quarantine Centre for COVID 19
Manoj Kumar (G19)
As India enters into stage 2 of Corona virus pandemic as per the instructions of government, a numbers of quarantine centers are established to contain the spread of virus. As a logistic and administrative officer, I was assigned to establish a quarantine centre at the institution where I am serving in state of Maharastra, India.

For effective management, I initiated with preparing separate Standard Operating Procedures for para medic staff, security personnel, transportation and disinfecting the quarantine centers. For logistics requirement, impromptu assessment boards were constituted for making procurement of emergency medical equipment and daily requirement items. Proper stocks of personal hygiene items are made for at least three months. All the social events, cinema halls and large gathering were postponed. Travel advisories were issued in  reference to avoid travelling; and in case it is unavoidable, proper personal care should be taken. Most importantly, people need to be reassured that there is no reason to get panic; awareness and proper precaution can restrain further spread of this virus.

Contact details:, +91 9485151147, Generation 19 

A Piece of Writing about Corona Virus
Diep Le (G19) 

The world is in the crisis of the nCov-19, and it is striving to handle the hazardous disease, pneumonia. The fast-spreading epidemic from China makes the world scared, and racism happens around the globe every day. We are afraid but should not reawaken racism. What we should do now is for people around the world to raise their awareness of protecting themselves and join hands to exterminate the virus which has so far infected more than 100,000 and killed more than 3,000 people. In that setting, the people in Vietnam are postponing every activity at school from kindergartens to universities. I am a lecturer at a university and have undertaken online teaching for 4 weeks since February. Online learning and teaching are big challenges to all of us when all students and teachers have to access the network at the same time, leading to technical errors during lessons. We pray for Vietnam and the world to overcome this crisis as soon as possible.
A Sharing from Wuhan
Duan Wei (G12)

I am Duan Wei, APLP G12. My family members are citizens of Wuhan. The following is my sharing: 
My parents and brother and I are in our rural hometown in Wuhan. Today is the 49th day of the city closure. From the 10th day after the closing, our food and vegetables were in serious short supply. The village party secretary said survival is the most important. As long as there was rice, we would eat porridge for the daily meal. People who we knew or our friends knew died by the virus directly and indirectly. Many incredible cases came everyday. This unprecedented experience cannot be described in 150 words. I am a psychotherapist and child educator. By observing and analyzing my own psychological process in the epidemic, I am not optimistic about the future mental health of Wuhan people. Since yesterday, whole Italy has been shut down. This is another thing that has never happened in human history. I hope everyone will enjoy every moment of health and peace.

The attached photo is a portrait of Doctor Wenliang Li, who was called a whistleblower, by a Wuhan netizen. He died of new crown pneumonia in the early hours of February 7, 2020.
All the best, 
Duan Wei
A Sharing from Danang, Vietnam
Hanh Vu (G18)

As I am writing this article, there have been 194 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Vietnam, and the number increases by dozens each day. From the beginning of February, schools have already been closed, and this week, we start a nationwide mandatory 2-week close-down for any non-essential businesses and services in a bid to contain the virus. 

Indeed we all feel the pain caused by COVID-19, either directly from actually catching the virus and having to live under quarantine, or indirectly from fear, loss of jobs, income, daily inconvenience, and future uncertainty. Nonetheless, we all try to remain positive and make the best out of the situation. As life slows down, we spend more time and energies on people and things that really matter, and brace ourselves for worst that might happen in the coming weeks or months.

Something fun to watch while in isolation mode:

I wish you all safe and sound wherever you are!
The Art & Science of COVID-19
Bill Hewak (G17)

In this uncertain and scary time of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the last painting of William Kurelek, Death Fears Him Who Resists Her, is in my mind.  As a medical doctor and epidemiologist, I believe that the light of knowledge (kamalamalama, in Hawaiian) can chase away the darkness of ignorance and fear.  Therefore, I would like to share with you some relevant health information that I hope you will find useful and interesting.  
First, the link below is to a video interview with Dr. David Morens of the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Dr. Morens explains the geographic and medical origins of coronavirus, and why it has been known for many years that a pandemic would eventually affect our modern world:
The next link is to a systematic review of evidence that support simple physical barriers, especially handwashing, possibly wearing masks, and definitely the isolation of potentially infected people, as effective ways to prevent the spread of respiratory virus infections: 
Finally, I would like to share a literary link to The Masque of the Red Death, by Edgar Allan Poe.  In this 1842 short story, the "happy and dauntless and sagacious" Prince Prospero and a thousand of his nobles retreat to a walled abbey to escape the Red Death, a fictional plague that kills its victims within an hour.  But the selfish elite soon encounter an unexpected visitor... and the story ends as only Poe could pen it:
May the breath of life (hā, in Hawaiian) of you and your loved ones stay strong.  Alohā!

LP Regional Expansion - NYC First Stop of 2020
APLP Staff
The Leadership Program is rallying around the 60th anniversary year by embarking on regional program expansion. The first initiative of the rally was scheduled for South Asia this month, March 2020. Changes in travel plans due to COVID-19 resulted in a pivot to New York City. APLP Alumni from many generations are doing incredible work in NYC and together, and/or with the support of the larger EWCA Chapter, there’s much opportunity. Discussions for future work focused on an XL series for impact entrepreneurs in the city; an EWC Lab NYC (once next application cycle opens soon); and women’s collective giving circle.
In the picture:
Loren Nadres (G4) Director of Economic Development, City of New York, Mayor’s Office for International Affairs
Bruce Reynolds (G4) Director of Social Impact, Dentsu Aegis Network
Christina Monroe (G4) Senior Manager, EWC Leadership Program
Others met but not captured on film:
Megan Whittaker (G12) Financial Crime Compliance, Goldman Sachs
Alisha Bhagat (G12) Senior Strategist, Forum for the Future
Cristina Verán (G7) Indigenous Arts and Culture Practitioner
EWC Chapter Alumni: Bill Armbruster, Rochelle J Almeida, Marion Boultbee, Gulbadan Habibi, Theodore Kaplan
APLP Alumni Week
Hendrick Cho (G11) &  Ivee Cruz (G6)

The first official APLP alumni week occurred in November 2019.  Moving forward, alumni week will serve as a homecoming for all APLP alumni to join us in Hawaii either virtually or in person.  In the future, we hope that some of you will visit Hawaii to reconnect and join the current APLP participants for alumni led sessions, especially during the APLP alumni week.
We hope that alumni week will also serve as a global reminder to give back to our APLP Ohana.  With many of our 600 APLP alumni far along in their personal action plan, we hope that you can share your wisdom.  We are looking for alumni to teach and lead sessions to the new cohort either virtually or in person.
Please take a moment to fill out our 1-minute survey to let us know where you live.  As we visit cities, we want to reach out to our local alumni.  Every question on the survey is optional, but we hope that you inform us on which sector you work.  We promise to never share your personal information.
We are in the process of building an alumni website to show which other alumni live in your area in addition to other alumni related materials.  So please check it out and if you have comments please connect with me at

Mahalo for taking the time and we hope to reconnect with you in the future… hopefully in Hawaii! 


With 2020 being the year of the 20th generation of APLP, the APLP Alumni Board thought this would be a great time to recall some of the memories that have taken place during the past 20 years in APLP.  So during the next year in the quarterly Navigator issues, please look forward to reading about some of the highlights or memorable occasions that fellow APLP alumni feel comfortable sharing. If you want to share a couple of your experiences please feel free to send brief write-ups to the Navigator Editor Team for future Navigator editions. - Blaine Baldwin -
Ariana Loehr (G19)

This past fall, I had the pleasure of joining my 25 colleagues from around the world in generation 19. Together we laughed, cried, hiked, swam, and hid in tents away from the wind and cold. While many of these experiences will stick with me for the rest of my life, there is one in particular that sticks out as the embodiment of what APLP is.

One drizzly Saturday morning in the Hale Manoa kitchen, I was speaking to two fellow APLPers about our plans for the day, when I mentioned that I might go to the Hawaii Annual Code Challenge. The two of them suddenly grew interested and joined me. The three of us came from very different industries (government/education, technology, and environment) in extremely different countries (Afghanistan, China and the U.S.), yet all of us bonded over the inspiration we got from these young coders. While we waited on the end results of the event, and ate our Buddy’s mochi, each of us discussed how tech events like this could be beneficial for each of our industries. To me, this moment embodied APLP because of the curiosity, connections, spontaneity, and fun that made it happen- just like all of our experiences during our four months together.


Personal updates
Chandrabarna Saha (G17)

As an APLP alumni I hope to exercise my learning, re-visit my leadership style, explore 'self', improved version 0.2.   

With Anjali Mental Health Rights Organization, I had the opportunity to design three days immersive "Team and Self-hood Building Workshop" with fourteen community barefoot mental health professionals. These women are creating a safe space for people with mental health issues, promoting wellbeing, and bridging the mental health care gap through awareness, advocacy, and empathy building in resource poor localities in West Bengal, India. But how do we build teams without building selves first? And, how do we build selves? The team of fourteen participated in chalking out their values through value card, played the island game, build marshmallow and pasta structure, and learnt the feedback techniques among other exercises.

Like APLP helped me re-build myself, the workshop aimed to help them un-learn, challenge, and seek the "I", that marks the beginning of something new.

Thanks and Regards,
Chandrabarna Saha

Personal updates
Alisha Bhagat (G12)

Aloha APLP ohana.

After APLP, I started working as a futurist at an organization called Forum for the Future and part of my role is to help people and organizations think strategically and long term during these ever-changing times. It has been a long time since my time (G12) in Burns Hall, but I’ve appreciated the opportunity to come back and talk about the future with different APLP cohorts, most recently G19. 

One of my essays was recently published in a collection of writing about the future entitled “After Shock: The world’s foremost futurists reflect on 50 years of Future Shock and look ahead to the next 50”. My essay focuses on more equitable and inclusive futures and how a focus on technological innovation can lose sight of important social changes. If you are interested in this topic please check out the book, its available on Amazon and elsewhere.   


We'll publish the Navigator every quarter with the next edition scheduled for June 2020. A few weeks prior we’ll send a message inviting you to submit stories and news. Until then, stay connected, be productive, and have fun!

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