Asia Foundation’s George Varughese to Serve as Senior Visiting Scholar

San Francisco, August 31, 2015 — The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative in Nepal George Varughese has been invited by the University of Wyoming to serve as Visiting Professor and 2015-16 Senior Scholar in the University’s Global and Area Studies program. The distinguished position has previously been held by Marc Wall, former US Ambassador to Chad, international journalist Elinor Burkett, and most recently, Ahmed Rhazaoui of the United Nations Development Program.

The in-residence program offers practitioner-scholars the opportunity to join a dynamic university community with the resources to expand their writing and scholarship. The program will enable Varughese to teach and write about the critical issues that he has worked on first-hand in his 15 years with The Asia Foundation in both Nepal and Afghanistan.

During Varughese’s time at the University of Wyoming, he will remain connected to the Foundation’s work on the ground in Nepal as a new Constitution is promulgated and medium-term earthquake recovery efforts are implemented. Efforts in the Kathmandu office will be led by Edward Anderson, Acting Country Representative, and Deputy Country Representative Nandita Baruah. Anderson previously served as Country Representative in Sri Lanka, and Associate Representative in Thailand, among other positions.

For the past few years in Nepal Varughese has focused on supporting an effective political transition; facilitating conflict transformation, peacebuilding, and alternate dispute resolution; strengthening women’s security and combating the trafficking of persons; and supporting local governance research and practice. Prior to this, as Asia Foundation  country representative in Afghanistan, Varughese oversaw capacity-building initiatives in the Afghan government, supported electoral management capacity building; women’s advancement; and public education and discourse on democratic political processes. He spearheaded the internationally-respected annual Survey of the Afghan People. He holds a joint doctorate in public administration and political science, with an emphasis on public policy, political theory, and environmental policy. Varughese was 2010 Senior Visiting Fellow of The Australian National University’s Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy and 2008 Senior International Fellow of the City University of New York’s Graduate Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society. 

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our programs address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century—governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation.

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