About Us

Our mission is to enhance communication, understanding and productive engagement with the nations and peoples of Asia by facilitating and coordinating a wide range of educational programs, advanced research projects, and community outreach activities.

The UT Dallas Asia Center is the first and only U.S. center of our kind to integrate science, technology, engineering, culture and commerce to facilitate every kind of meaningful connection with all the diverse regions of Asia. As our global economy evolves ever faster, the Asia Center is poised to create a supportive environment for partnerships that benefit all participants.

Monique Wedderburn


Director, University of Texas at Dallas Asia Center
800 West Campbell Road, SM 32
Richardson, Texas 75080
O:972.883.2902 | Fax: 972.883.2989
utdallas.edu/asiacenter | Email: [email protected]

Area of Expertise: International education and training, poverty alleviation, building Asia Pacific regional knowledge, networks among students, young leaders, scholars and leadership development.

Monique Wedderburn is the Director of the University of Texas Dallas Asia Center. She provides overall leadership for the Center’s programs, ensuring intellectual and cultural education about Asia’s foreign policy, business and public policy.

Ms. Wedderburn has over 20 years’ experience working with professionals and students around the world. She is skilled in bridging gaps by coordinating a wide range of international educational programs, advanced economic development projects, and community outreach activities.

Ms. Wedderburn came to the University of Texas at Dallas in 2011 from her prior work as Senior Program Officer at the East West Center (EWC; Honolulu, Hawaii). At the EWC, she coordinated short-term professional development and led visits to Vietnam, China, Thailand, Japan, Bangkok, Cambodia, and Washington, D.C. that addressed topics such as intercultural leadership, politics of globalization, and economic development. In her work with the Pacific Business Center and U.S. Department of Interior she completed economic development work for communities in Hawaii, American Samoa, Virgin Islands, and Palau.

Ms. Wedderburn spent her formative years in Mexico, Zaire (currently the Democratic Republic of Congo), Pakistan, Thailand, and Zimbabwe. She earned her MBA (with Honors — Beta Gamma Sigma) from the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai’i and her Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Colorado State University. Ms. Wedderburn is an alumna of the Board of Directors for the Texas Lyceum, graduate of Leadership Women, and her volunteer efforts have included serving on community boards.