Carlos Juan Paolo “Chip” Vega ’04 (B.S. Economics summa cum laude ’07) was elected president of University of Hawaii’s East West Center Participants Association (EWCPA). Vega was installed as the newest President of the EWCPA during the induction ceremony last October 2011, attended by Mary Hammond, Dean of the Education Program, Charles Morisson, President of the East West Center, as well as the previous board members.
The EWCPA is an organization of over 400 active graduate students at the University of Hawaii representing more than 50 countries from all over the world. These students study and carry out research through various competitive scholarship grants administered by the East West Center among which include the Asian Development Bank-Government of Japan Scholarship, East West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship, Freeman Foundation Scholarship, US-South Pacific Scholarship and the Obuchi Student Scholarship.
Vega is the only Filipino member of the new board and one of the few Filipinos to have claimed the position in recent years. He is an ADB Degree Fellow, earning his MA in Economics and will be joining the Hawaii State Energy Office to participate in the work going into its various projects including the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative. Congratulations Brod!