Ernest Bower is currently Senior Adviser and Director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies Southeast Asia Program. Prior to joining CSIS, he formed BrooksBowerAsia, a consulting firm specializing in the Asia-Pacific region. Before that, he served for a decade as President of the US-ASEAN Business council working with government and private-sector leaders form the United States and Southeast Asia. He also engineered key private-sector initiatives such as the U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement Coalition, the U.S.-APEC Business Coalition, and numerous other initiatives. Mr. Bower serves on the boards of the Special Olympics Asia, the United States-New Zealand Business Council, and the United States-Indonesia Society. He also served on the U.S. Department of State’s Advisory Committee on Trade and Investment. Mr. Bower received his B.A. from Colgate University.