Keoni Williams

Director, Young Leaders Program

Mr. Keoni Williams is Director of the Young Leaders Program at Pacific Forum, a Honolulu-based foreign policy think tank focused on the Asia-Pacific region. In this role, he manages outreach and selection of 50-100 Young Leaders annually; designs program goals for a network of more than 1,000 young scholars hailing from 56 countries; and collaborates with a broad set of organizations in the US and Asia to support the funding and execution of objectives. He concurrently manages the Hawai'i Asia-Pacific Affairs Leadership Program (APAL), an initiative designed to ensure the next generation of Hawaiʻi’s business, political, and civil society leaders can effectively address the challenges of the 21st century and understand Hawaiʻi’s role in regional trends. Prior to joining Pacific Forum, he worked on public policy in the Hawaii State Legislature and US Senate. Keoni holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Korean and communications from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, having studied for one year at Korea University. His research interests center on the nexus between economics and security in Asia, focusing on the Korean Peninsula.