Maya Soetoro-Ng

Maya Soetoro-Ng is in a portrait style photo wearing a blazer and floral shirt. Maya Soetoro-Ng, peace-builder, educator and author is the featured speaker for the university’s 2022 baccalaureate ceremony.

Soetoro-Ng is a faculty specialist in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She also serves as the university’s liaison to the Obama Foundation.

Through her three nonprofits, Ceeds of Peace, the Institute for Climate and Peace and The Peace Studio, Soetoro-Ng is working to address key issues such as sustainability, negative public discourse, polarization and community level injustices through a peace-building lens, promoting cohesive relationships, negotiated solutions and collaborative problem-solving.

As co-founder and senior adviser of the Institute for Climate and Peace, Soetoro-Ng is working to protect small island developing states and other frontline communities that are among the first to suffer the devastating effects of climate change. Increasing heat, lack of fresh water and sea level rise are among the threats those communities face. At The Peace Studio, she is working to invest in the well-being and professional development of artists and journalists that are challenging injustice and bridging divides in local communities.