The Asia Foundation Appoints Susan Marx as Deputy Country Representative in Timor-Leste

San Francisco and Dili, May 5, 2010 — The Asia Foundation announced today it has appointed Susan Marx as its Deputy Country Representative in Timor-Leste. Ms. Marx comes to the Dili office from her post in Afghanistan, where she joined the Foundation in January 2008 as Program Manager for the Access to Justice program and later served as Acting Deputy Country Representative.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Marx was a consultant for the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights, and an Area Coordinator for the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development in charge of humanitarian assistance in northwest Afghanistan. Previously, she worked as a Program Officer for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Baghdad, Iraq. Along with substantial experience managing and developing programs, Ms. Marx has significant expertise in democracy, governance, and human rights.

Ms. Marx received a B.A., summa cum laude, in International Relations and Public Policy from the University of Southern California, an M.A. in African and International Development Studies from the University of California at Los Angeles, and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University.

Since 1992, the Foundation has cooperated with local institutions in Timor-Leste on constitutional development and legal reform, education, foreign affairs, human rights, and leadership development. Responding to emerging needs in the country’s development, the Foundation now supports programs to strengthen the rule of law and the legislature’s role and effectiveness in legal reform; advance women’s rights; and improve the ability to manage conflict effectively. The Foundation works in partnership with key governmental and non-governmental organizations throughout the country in carrying out these programs. Read more about the Foundation’s programs in Timor-Leste.

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