Dr. Denise Eby Konan is Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa (UHM). As Dean, she provides leadership to twelve academic departments that provide 15 to 20 percent of student semester hours and degrees awarded by the university, as well as 10 to 15 percent of the majors.
Dr. Konan has long been active in local economic research. She is a Research Fellow at the University of Hawai'i Economic Research Organization (UHERO), where she previously served as the Director of the Energy & Greenhouse Gas Solutions (EGGS) research program, which specialized in issues of energy and greenhouse gas emissions reduction in Hawai'i. She also is the founding Director of the Center for Sustainable Coastal Tourism at the University of Hawai'i Sea Grant College Program. The center promotes respect for the culture, environment, and economy of Hawai'i and other coastal visitor destinations through research, education, and outreach.
A noted international trade economist, Konan has worked extensively in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. She has been a consultant to the World Bank, the Council of Foreign Relations, the Arab League, and governments of Egypt, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, and Hawai'i and publishes on issues of regional economic integration, trade in services, intellectual property rights, foreign direct investment and energy.
Konan also serves as the academic lead for the university’s Daniel K. Inouye Center for Democratic Leadership. Currently in the development stage, when complete the center will house academic programs that will advance public awareness of U.S. history and government, public service leadership, democratic ideals and global awareness through visiting and resident experts, communications programs and exhibits, public engagement and educational programs – particularly for K-12, lectures and other civic engagement efforts.
An award winning teacher, Dean Konan is also a Leadership Fellow with Science Education for New Civic Engagement and Responsibility (SENCER) of National Science Foundation, and a board member of the Asia Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience (APDR3) Network.
Dr. Konan served for two years as the Interim Chancellor and for three years as the Assistant Vice Chancellor of UHM. She received her undergraduate degree from Goshen College and her doctorate from the University of Colorado.