Dr. Rieko Hayakawa has worked on Pacific and ASEAN issues since since 1988 as the Secretary General of the Japan-ASEAN youth organization. She launched the upgrade for USPNet as a Japan/Australia/NZ ODA project, as well as the maritime security project for the western Pacific and many other projects. Currently she is working on a second PhD in international ocean law at Doshisha University (Kyoto).

Co-author Dr. Jennifer L. Anson is the executive director of the Anti-Human Trafficking Office of the Ministry of Justice, Republic of Palau. She is also a 2012 Olympian (Judo) for Palau at the London Olympic Games. A graduate of the University of West Florida, including graduate studies in psychology, she has also held other professional positions in the Palau Ministry of Justice.