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Teresita C. Schaffer

Teresita C. Schaffer

Secretary, Board of Trustees

Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Senior Advisor, McLarty Associates


Teresita C. Schaffer joined The Asia Foundation's Board of Trustees in 2008, and became Secretary of the Board of Trustees in 2014. 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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