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Debra Ladner

Debra Ladner

Director, Program Strategy, Innovation and Learning

Acting Director, Governance and Law

Tel: + 66 (2) 233-1644 to 1647

Fax: + 66 (2) 237-7011


Expertise: Rule of law; human rights.

Debra Ladner is the director of Program Strategy, Innovation and Learning at The Asia Foundation, and acting director of Governance and Law. Previously, she worked as the director of Programs, Governance and Law.

She works with the Foundation's field offices to design, implement, and monitor programs in the areas of legal reform and development, alternative dispute resolution, access to justice, conflict resolution, and human rights. She has also collaborated with legal scholars and social scientists on designing cutting-edge empirical research to better understand the functioning of the courts and informal dispute resolution mechanisms and public perceptions of the role of legal systems in society.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Ladner served as a fellow in the office of the late Senator Wellstone, where she worked on human rights and foreign relations.

Education: Bachelor's degree from Middlebury College; master's degree from Saint Michael's College; Juris Doctor from Stanford University.

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