Elise Huffer, (France and USA)
Elise Huffer is the Culture Adviser in the Human Development Programme of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community based in Noumea, New Caledonia. In this position she is responsible for the promotion of culture in the Pacific Islands region. This entails implementation of model laws for the protection of traditional knowledge, the promotion of measures to assist the development of the arts and crafts sector (including the protection and promotion of natural resources the arts and crafts sectors depend on) and the promotion of cultural epistemology. The SPC covers 22 Pacific Islands Countries and Territories and works closely with member countries, the civil society sector and other governmental and non-governmental regional and international agencies.
From 1997-2007 she held positions as Associate Professor and Acting Director, Institute of Pacific Studies Publications/Pacific Studies Program, Pacific Institute of Advanced Studies in Development and Governance (PIAS-DG), at the University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji. She was also in charge of IPS Publications, a publishing house specialised in the Pacific region which focused on presenting Pacific views and fostering Pacific writers and researchers.
Huffer's educational achievements include 1991 Ph.D. in Political Science, International Relations (July 1991), Highest honours with commendation of the jury, Universite d'Aix-Marseille III; 1988-1990 Research scholar, Institut de Recherche Scientifique pour Ie Developpement en Cooperation (ORSTOM), Noumea ; 1986 M.A. in Political Science with Honors. Universite de Toulouse; 1983 B.A. in Political Science, International Relations, Magna Cum Laude, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)