The Asia Foundation Announces New Trustees and Honors Retiring Trustees

February 16, 2017 — The Asia Foundation, a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia, announces the election of three new members to its Board of Trustees at its Annual Meeting on January 30, 2017: Ambassador Daniel F. Feldman, Ms. Czarina Medina-Guce, and Ms. Diana D. Won. Ambassador Karl F. Inderfurth and Ambassador Teresita C. Schaffer re-joined the Board of Trustees for a third term.

The Foundation also honored five trustees who completed their terms of service and rotated off the Board of Trustees: Professor Stephanie Fahey, Dr. Hong Seok-Hyun, The Hon. Kenneth I. Juster, Mr. Chong-Moon Lee (who has returned to Trustee Emeritus status), and Dr. Douglas H. Paal.

New Trustees

  • Ambassador Daniel F. Feldman joined the Board of Trustees in 2017. He is currently a partner in the International Trade practice at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld LLP. He is also a Senior Advisor at the Albright Stonebridge Group. Amb. Feldman served as Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the U.S. State Department, during which time he was given the rank of Ambassador.  While at the State Department, he was a principal advisor to Secretaries of State John Kerry and Hillary Clinton on issues related to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and South Asia. Amb. Feldman created and managed the International Contact Group, a group of more than 50 countries most invested in Afghanistan, and engaged frequently with key countries in the region, including India and China, as well as NATO partners. He also represented the U.S. at numerous multilateral fora regarding Afghanistan and Pakistan, including those sponsored by the United Nations, the World Bank, and the IMF. For his service, Amb. Feldman was awarded the State Department’s two highest honors, the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award and the Secretary’s Distinguished Honor Award. Prior to joining the State Department, Amb. Feldman was a partner at the law firm Foley Hoag LLP, where he was co-chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility practice. His previous government experience included serving as Director of Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs on the National Security Council staff during the Clinton Administration, and as Counsel on the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. He was also a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and on the South African Constitutional Court. Feldman has served as a national security advisor on the presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Kerry, and Al Gore, and helped to found, and subsequently served on the board of, the National Security Network, a nonprofit foreign policy organization. He holds a J.D. from Columbia University, an M.P.A. from Princeton University, and a B.A. from Tufts University. Feldman is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as a former White House Fellow, and a former Henry Luce Scholar, when he worked at the Hong Kong Law Project.
  • Marcia Czarina Corazon del Mundo Medina-Guce joined The Asia Foundation Board of Trustees in 2017. She is currently Data Center Product and Business Development Specialist of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), a 28-year-old, multi-awarded, independent, non-profit media firm in the country. At PCIJ, Czarina leads initiatives for development of new and expanded policy, program, and capacity-building engagements related to data journalism, open data, and open government in the Philippines. Until 2016, Czarina served as Executive Director of Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP). At ULAP, she handled program initiatives and policy advocacy for LGUs with development partners from private, national government, and CSOs, as well as research partnerships. She has served as focal person for local governments in the Philippine Open Government Partnership Steering Committee, and several policy committees in key government agencies. Prior to her work in ULAP, she worked at the Asian Institute of Management’s Team Energy Center for Bridging Leadership, Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy, and ABS-CBN’s former “The Correspondents” documentary program. For ten years, she has been a faculty member at the Ateneo de Manila University in the Development Studies Program and the Sociology and Anthropology Department. She has published articles in national and regional academic journals, and co-wrote and co-edited several books, and conducts research on social development, leadership, program development and assessment, and monitoring and evaluation for different local and international development organizations. Czarina finished her bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from Ateneo de Manila University, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and completed her master’s degree in Sociology from the University of the Philippines–Diliman.
  • Diana D. Won joined the Board of Trustees in 2017. She is currently located in New Jersey. As a 2015-2016 Luce Scholar in Seoul, Korea, she worked for the Merry Year Social Company (MYSC), a social innovation and impact consulting firm that works across sectors to advise social impact portfolios for companies and partners with government to train social entrepreneurs. At MYSC, Diana managed a KOICA program to train entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia, lectured at universities on design thinking, and helped adapt frameworks to measure social impact for businesses. Prior to her Luce year, Diana Won studied public policy analysis at the University of Michigan’s Ford School. While receiving her graduate degree, she completed internships at the U.S. Department of State, William Davidson Institute, BoP Global Network, and USAID Global Development lab. Diana was a Fulbright Grantee in Bucaramanga, Colombia teaching at la Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga from 2011 to 2012. She has experience in community economic development, working in local communities in Newark, NJ. Diana holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School and a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning and Public Policy from Rutgers University.

Returning Trustees

  • Ambassador Karl F. Inderfurth rejoined The Asia Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2017, after having served 2008-2016. He is a Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is the former John O. Rankin Professor of the Practice of International Affairs and Director of the International Affairs Program at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. He served as Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs (1997-2001), with responsibility for, among other countries in the region, India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. He was Special Representative of the President and Secretary of State for Global Humanitarian Demining (1997-1998), and, from 1993 to 1997, served as U.S. Representative for Special Political Affairs to the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador. His portfolio included UN peacekeeping, disarmament and security affairs. During this time, Inderfurth also served as Deputy U.S. Representative on the UN Security Council and took part in Council missions to Somalia, Mozambique, Burundi, Rwanda, and Western Sahara. Prior to his presidential appointments, Inderfurth worked as a national security and later a Moscow Correspondent for ABC News (1981-1991) and received an Emmy Award in 1983. He also served on the professional staffs of the Senate Intelligence and Foreign Relations Committees and the National Security Council. He is co-author of Fateful Decisions: Inside the National Security Council, published by Oxford University Press in 2004. He received his master’s degree from Princeton University, and was a Fulbright Scholar at Strathclyde University in Scotland.
  • Ambassador Teresita C. Schaffer rejoined The Asia Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2017, after having previously served 2008-2016 and as Secretary of the Board of Trustees 2014-2016. She writes and speaks on economic, political, security and risk management trends in India and Pakistan, as well as on the region that extends from Afghanistan through Bangladesh. She is a non-resident Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution, and serves as a Senior Adviser to McLarty Associates, a Washington-based international strategic advisory firm. In a 30-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, Schaffer was recognized as one of the State Department’s leading experts on South Asia, where she spent a total of 11 years. Her other career focus was on international economic issues. She served in U.S. embassies in Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh, and from 1992-95 as U.S. Ambassador in Sri Lanka. During her assignments in the State Department in Washington, she was Director of the Office of International Trade and later Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Near East and South Asia, at that time the senior South Asia policy position in the State Department.

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