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. In 2017, she proposed the Indo-Pacific strategy with maritime security to the administration of PM Abe. She has MAs in education, international relations and a PhD in ICT4D (Otago University, NZ). Currently she is working on a second PhD in international ocean law at Doshisha University (Kyoto).