Former Deputy Country Representative, Bangladesh
Expertise: Governance and civil society, decentralization and local government capacity building.
As of January 2011, Mr. Sayre is no longer with The Asia Foundation.
Jerome Sayre was the Deputy Country Representative for The Asia Foundation in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He assisted the Representative to oversee the Bangladesh programs, ensuring programmatic consistency and administrative compliance with internal and donor requirements, and directly manages various components of country programs. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Sayre provided independent consultant and advisory services to USAID and to UNDP in Bangladesh. Before moving to Bangladesh, Mr. Sayre served as Deputy Director of Redefining Progress, a nonprofit policy research and advocacy organization in California, where he developed partnerships and advocacy strategies with NGOs internationally. As a senior consultant with KPMG LLP and DMG-MAXIMUS, he provided technical assistance to decentralize authority, improve local service delivery, increase accountability and measure performance of local government agencies.
Mr. Sayre has extensive experience in NGO and project management, and has managed project budgets and project teams in both private and nonprofit environments. He also has skills in performance measurement, survey design and workshop facilitation. Raised in several developing countries, Mr. Sayre is an American who began his career as a journalist in Tokyo, Japan where he lived for five years. He also lived for six months in Taiwan and has traveled extensively in South and Southeast Asia. He speaks fluent Japanese, conversational Bangla, and basic Mandarin.
Education: Master of Public Policy, Harvard University with a concentration in International Trade and Development; B.A. from University of Oregon Honors College in International Relations.