Piin-Fen Kok is a former director of the China, East Asia and United States program at the EastWest Institute.
She is responsible for developing and managing EWI’s activities focusing on building strategic trust between the United States, China and key East Asian players. Kok has more than a decade’s experience in public policy analysis and government relations concerning China and Asia. She has written and commented on political, economic, security and military aspects of the U.S.-China relationship, developments in the Asia-Pacific region, cybersecurity and climate change.
Prior to joining EWI, she had worked closely with governments and brand owners to develop and advocate trade-related intellectual property policies in China and across the Asia-Pacific, including at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. Before that, she was a political journalist in Singapore covering national politics and foreign affairs in the wake of the Asian financial crisis. Kok has a Master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University. She is fluent in English and Chinese.