Dr Tremewan was elected as APRU’s 4th Secretary General and took up the role from June 2011. He has led a consensus-building process to re-focus the organisation through implementing a new Strategic Framework that delivers increasing value to its members.
Before heading the APRU Secretariat, he was the Vice-President/Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) of the University of Auckland, New Zealand's leading research university.
He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in social anthropology from the University of Auckland, a Ph.D. in political science (on Southeast Asian politics) from the University of Canterbury, and a master's degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.
He was a visiting professor at Peking University in 2007 - 2008, and a visiting fellow at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 2003. He was elected a senior associate member of St. Antony's College, Oxford University, in September 1991 from where he published the book The Political Economy of Social Control in Singapore (Macmillan and St Martin’s Press, 1994, reprinted 1996).
In 1995 he became the founding director of the New Zealand Asia Institute, which he led until 1999. Previously, he held positions as a senior consultant, executive secretary, and research director for international development organizations based in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Tokyo.
A specialist on social regulation in Southeast Asia, his research has recently focused his research on internationalisation and diversity, national growth strategies and the politicisation of ethnicity. He was recently a member of an EU-funded collaborative research project on the globalisation of higher education.
Dr Tremewan is a member of the international board of Regional Action on Climate Change and was previously a member of the board of Education New Zealand and an Advisory Trustee of the Chinese Language Foundation. He was the founder of the Cambodia Trust (NZ). He has led reviews of university international strategies and operations as well as being a member of a US accreditation panel.
“I am confident and enthusiastic about APRU because it has a unique coherence and reach which fits the current geopolitical shifts towards the Pacific Rim. There is now huge potential to use this remarkable alliance for truly transformational action which brings together education, research, and innovation with policy in fruitful partnerships engaging other international organisations, governments, business and local communities. At the same time, collegial activities amongst members yield benefits for all.”