NDPTC's cadre of instructors are of the highest caliber, very well-respected in their fields and disciplines. Many have advanced degrees in science, engineering, planning, and architecture, and years of practical experience as leaders within their field of expertise.
Kem Lowry is Adjunct Senior Fellow at the East West Center. He is Professor Emeritus and former chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawai`i. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science, University of Hawai`i in 1976. He has been a visiting scholar at the Institute for International Relations and Development in Asia, Sophia University, Tokyo; visiting faculty at the Department of City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina; and a Pew Fellow at the Marine Policy Program, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He has published articles on planning and environmental management, coastal management and evaluation in journals including American Planning Association Journal, Urban Law Annual, Publius, Environmental Impact Assessment Review, and Policy Studies Review. He is also the co-author of Choosing Change: A Self Assessment Manual for Non-Profits.
Dr. Lowry has served as a consultant to the U.N. Development Planning agency, the Asia Foundation, the U.S. Agency for International Development, UNICEF-China, the Packard Foundation, the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment, and several state agencies in Hawai`i. He designed and participated in training programs and workshops on coastal management, evaluation and environmental mediation in Indonesia, the Philippines, the US, China and Sri Lanka.
He is a mediator and a former director of the Program on Conflict Resolution, University of Hawai`i, a member of the Advisory Board of the Center on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Hawai`i State Judiciary. Lowry is recipient of both the Robert Clopton award and the Hung Wo and Elizabeth Lau Ching Foundation Award for UH Faculty Service to the Community. He served on the editorial boards of the American Planning Association Journal and the Journal of Ocean and Coastal Management.