Gordon Flake is the founding chief executive of the Perth USAsia Centre, a position he assumed in January of 2014. Mr Flake was executive director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, a Senior Fellow and Associate Director of the Program on Conflict Resolution at The Atlantic Council of the United States, and prior to that was director for research and academic affairs at the Korea Economic Institute of America. Mr Flake received his BA degree in Korean with a minor in international relations from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He completed his MA at the David M Kennedy Center for International and Area Studies at BYU. He speaks fluent Korean and Laotian.