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Executive Board

WINHEC is led by an Executive Board consisting of elected representatives from member nations. WINHEC receives fiscal support from the Hualani Foundation, a nonprofit based in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Dr. Elmer Guy PhD


Since 2006, Dr. Elmer Guy has served as the president of Navajo Technical University (NTU), which is a member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), a community of 37 tribally and federally chartered institutions of higher education. Navajo Technical University offers certificate to master’s degree programs.

Prior to becoming president, Dr. Guy also served NTU as its vice president of academics and student services and its dean of instruction. In 2011 and 2012, under Dr. Guy’s leadership, NTU was named one of the top 120 community colleges in the United States by the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program.

Before joining NTU, Dr. Guy was appointed by the Navajo Nation president to serve as both the executive director and deputy director of the Navajo Nation Department of Education. During his tenure with the Navajo Nation Department of Education, several needed programs were successfully developed and implemented, including two trusts for the handicapped ($7 million) and for vocational education programs ($6 million); the Navajo Medicine Man Apprentice School; and a comprehensive teacher education program, all of which have been institutionalized and remain in full operation.

Dr. Guy earned his undergraduate and doctorate degrees from the University of Arizona, and in between, a graduate degree from the University of San Francisco. Dr. Guy serves on the board of the American Indian High Education Consortium, the American Indian College Fund board, the College Board’s Community Colleges Advisory Panel, as well as other regional and national associations.

Dr. Jolan Hsieh PhD 


Tabe, imumi.
Ti yaw ta maka purux ki Kong-Ā -Na ka tu Sinkang.
Ta’u ka Siraya ta ti yaw.
Ti Bavaragh Dagalomai ta nanang aw.
Matawtaw’ux ko tu Tonghwa Daygako.

Dr. Jolan Hsieh (Bavaragh Dagalomai) is from Siraya Nation of Taiwan. She is a professor at the Dept. of Ethnic Relations and Cultures and Director of Center for International Indigenous Affairs from College of Indigenous Studies at National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan.

She received her Ph. D degree in Justice Studies (2002) from Arizona State University - Tempe, USA. Her research expertise are Human Rights, Law and Society, Gender / Ethnic / Class Studies, Critical Legal Studies and Transitional Justice, Global Indigenous Movements and Politics, Indigenous Education and Mainstreaming Policy.

Jolan served as advisor to the Presidential Office's Indigenous Peoples' Historical and Transitional Justice Committee and Convener of Subcommittee on Reconciliation.

Executive Committee



Indigenous Nations Affiliation 


Elmer Guy WINHEC Co-Chair Navajo (USA Mainland)Navajo Technical University
Jolan HsiehWINHEC Co-ChairSiraya (Taiwan)National Dong Hwa University
Leanne HoltDeputy Co-Chair Worimi | Biripai (Australia)Macquarie University
Bubba MartinDeputy Co-ChairOneida (Canada)Six Nations Polytechnic
Berice AnningSecretaryKeinjan | Bidjara | Goomeroi (Australia)University of Technology Sydney
Sean TopkokTreasurerIñupiaq, Sámi, Kven, Irish, and Norwegian (Alaska)University of Alaska Fairbanks
Rongo WetereWorld Indigenous Nations University (WINU) | ChairManiapoto | Tainui (Aotearoa, New Zealand)World Indigenous Nations University
Keiki KawaiaeaBoard of Accreditation | Chair(Hawaii)University of Hawaii Hilo

Paul Whitinui
Onawa Mclovr

World Indigenous Research Alliance (WIRA) and WINHEC Journal | Co-ChairsTe Aupouri | Ngāpuhi | Ngāti Kuri (Aotearoa, New Zealand) and Maskiko-nehiyaw | Swampy Cree (Canada)University of Victoria, Canada
Vicki-Ann Speechley-Golden
Global Indigenous Elder Alliance (GIEA) | ChairWandandian | Yuin (Australia)Griffith University and Natshihec, Australia
Boni RobertsonGlobal Research Alliance | ChairKabi (Australia)Macquarie University
Oddbjørg Heatta Sara Board member


Sámi High School and Reindeer Husbandry School
Eddie WalkerWebsite | ChairNgāti Kahu | Te Rarawa (Aotearoa, New Zealand)Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
Umi JensenWINHEC | Membership Representative(Hawaii)Hualani Foundation

 World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium

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