Zoë Weaver-Lee is programs coordinator at the East-West Center in Washington and a former program associate at the Global Taiwan Institute. She graduated from Stetson University in 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Global Development and minors in Political Science and Asian Studies. During her time at Stetson, she spent two semesters in South Korea and Taiwan, after which she was awarded the Maris Prize for Undergraduate Research for her study regarding Taiwanese democratic development. Since her graduation, Zoë received the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship to study Mandarin in Taipei and returned to the United States to serve as a program associate for GTI.
She is one of the few researchers in the United States focused on Taiwan’s foreign assistance policy, has participated in renowned programs such as the Taiwan-US Policy Program, and presented her research at the North American Taiwan Studies Association conference. She will also be co-authoring a book chapter on Taiwan’s aid programs under President Tsai Ing-wen to be published in 2025.