Our Director

Anne Hilty, PhD, is a psychologist, writer and educator, working with individuals, organizations, and institutions. A native New Yorker — “natural global citizen” — she has lived abroad since January 2005 in both East Asia and Europe. She has been engaged in the promotion of global understanding throughout her career, traveling to 50+ countries thus far for her research.

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Dr Anne has always followed the model of scholar-practitioner. Having begun in the healthcare field in 1980, she maintained a psychotherapy and natural health practice in multicultural New York (1989-2004) as well as in both South Korea and Hong Kong (2005-2015). She has also been on the medical and/or counseling staff of several New York hospitals.

In addition to her clinical work and cultural research, Dr Anne has engaged in education as well as school management. She has given numerous public presentations, workshops, and seminars on cultural themes to promote intercultural understanding, including EWP’s signature Intercultural Trainings, and has published 200+ articles as well as several books and book chapters on cultural topics. Following a 5-year in-depth study of Jeju Island, South Korea, she serves currently (2014-2018) as a government-appointed Honorary Ambassador for Jeju Island, introducing and promoting Jeju culture globally.

Dr Anne has also undertaken international conference organization and event planning, most recently as Congress Organizer / Program Coordinator for the 2014 Business and Professional Women [BPW] International Congress held on Jeju Island with 800 participants from 54 countries. She currently serves as founding president of BPW Hong Kong (2015-2017) and maintains associate membership with BPW New York City. She is also an active member of both the BPW Intercontinental Club and the BPW International taskforce for Peace and Intercultural Understanding, the latter for which she is currently developing a “Women, Peace and Security” program.

This company represents Dr Anne’s 4th experience as an entrepreneur; she has also been on the start-up and early development teams for 3 academic institutions. She currently resides in Hong Kong, and continues extensive travel for research of the world’s cultures.

EWP: Promoting Global Understanding!


Dr Anne participating in the annual ceremony to Jeju Island’s creator goddess, Seolmundae Halmang — the first foreigner to do so. (May 2011)