The Asia Foundation Announces New Trustees and Honors Retiring Trustees

San Francisco, March 22, 2016 — The Asia Foundation, a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia, announces the election of two new members to its Board of Trustees at its Annual Meeting on January 30, 2016: Walter Jared Frost and Noeleen Heyzer. The Foundation also honored six trustees who completed their terms of service in January 2016 and rotated off the Board of Trustees: Geoffrey Garrett, Karl F. Inderfurth, Chien Lee, Thomas P. Rohlen, Teresita C. Schaffer, and Alice Young.

New Trustees

  • Jared Frost rejoined The Asia Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2016 after serving 2006-2015. He is Executive Advisor (previously CEO) and co-founder of the RMI Group, a support services group aimed at construction and oil exploration in Indonesia. RMI has cooperated with various multinational development agencies to fund projects throughout South and Southeast Asia in areas such as education, equipment maintenance training, transmigration, applied agricultural research, watershed and river basin development, village infrastructure as well as local government management. Frost has sponsored Asia Foundation projects in Indonesia since the early 1980s. He received his master’s degree in Business Administration in International Business Operation from the George Washington University, and was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from that school in 1987. He resides in Indonesia.
  • Noeleen Heyzer joined The Asia Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2016. Dr. Heyzer was the first woman to serve as the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) since its founding in 1947. As the Executive Secretary (August 2007-January 2014), she strengthened ESCAP’s capacity and effectiveness to support the countries of the region, using its convening powers and standard-setting authority, rigorous analysis, technical and policy assistance to build the economic and social foundations for inclusive and sustainable development. She was subsequently appointed as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Timor-Leste, working to support peace-building, state-building, and sustainable development. Prior to her appointment to ESCAP, Dr. Heyzer was the first woman from the South to head the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). She became its longest serving Executive Director for 13 years (October 1994–August 2007), transforming it from a small entity to a powerhouse leading in women’s empowerment and gender equality. Dr. Heyzer has served on numerous boards and advisory committees of international organizations, including the UNDP Human Development Report, UNDP Eminent Persons Group on Trade and Sustainable Development, the G77’s High-level Panel of Eminent Personalities of the South, the Asian Development Bank’s Eminent Persons Group, International Advisory Committee of the Institute of Social Studies at the Hague, Distinguished Fellow of the Asia Global Institute at Hong Kong University, Founding Board Member of the Institute of  Societal Leadership at Singapore Management University, and Board of Trustees of the National University of Singapore. Born in Singapore, Dr. Heyzer holds a Bachelor of Arts (Upper Hons.) and a Master of Science from the University of Singapore. She obtained a Doctorate in social sciences from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.

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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