Speaker Profile

Dr. Ernest Z. Bower

Dr. Ernest Z. Bower

Senior Adviser (Non-resident), Southeast Asia Program Center For Strategic & International Studies, USA

Ernie Bower is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on the Asia Pacific, particularly Southeast Asia. He founded and is the President & CEO of BowerGroupAsia, the premier US based business advisory company focused on supporting the world’s best companies working in Asia. BGA has offices in seventeen countries across the IndoPacific region. Ernie has built several of the foundational American institutions focusing on policy and business in Asia and Southeast Asia. In addition to creating BGA, he led the effort to create first chair for Southeast Asian Studies at Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and helped found, build and lead the US-ASEAN Business Council. He is the chairman of the advisory board for Southeast Asia at CSIS.

Ernie is widely recognized as one of the strongest proponents for close ties between the United States and Asia. In recognition of his contributions, the King of Malaysia has awarded him the Darjah Panglima Jasa Negara (PJN) bestowing the title of “Datuk” and the president of the Philippines named him as a rare foreign holder of the rank of Lakan, or Commander. He also serves several business and humanitarian organizations including the United States chair of the Advisory Council on Competitiveness for the Vietnamese Prime Minister, the Special Olympics, vice chairman of American Australian Council, the Institute for Religion & Public Policy, the Asian University for Women and the Board of Advisors of the United States-Indonesia Society. Ernie is a leading advisor and commentator on the business, economics and security issues in Asia.

Ernie earned a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and studied Mandarin Chinese at Middlebury College’s renowned Sunderland School of Foreign Language. He lives in Fairfax, Virginia with his wife Sam, their three children and loyal Australian shepherd Blue.


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