San Francisco, July 11, 2006 — Public Policy and Economics Expert Assumes Leadership Position
The Asia Foundation, the premier non-profit organization devoted to Asia’s development since 1954, announced today the appointment of Roderick Brazier as its country representative in Cambodia. In this position, he will lead Foundation efforts in Cambodia to contribute to democracy, and broad-based national development. For the past three years, Mr. Brazier has been the assistant country representative in Indonesia for The Asia Foundation. In that role, he developed and managed on-the-ground programs in the areas of economic reform, gender, counter trafficking, elections, and legal reform. He has also served as the Foundation’s director of economic programs in Jakarta from 1999 to 2003. Mr. Brazier officially began his post in Phnom Penh yesterday.
“Not only does Rod have outstanding experience in foreign affairs across the Asia-Pacific region, he has a strong, nuanced understanding of our key areas of focus in Cambodia: governance, human rights, and economic reform,” said Douglas Bereuter, president of The Asia Foundation. “His expertise will tremendously benefit the people and organizations we support there.”
Prior to working for The Asia Foundation, Mr. Brazier worked for CastleAsia, a Jakarta-based consulting firm. Before that, he worked as an analyst of Indonesian politics and business in the Australian Prime minister’s Foreign Affairs Advisory Agency, the Office of National Assessments, and in the Australian Department of Defense.
Mr. Brazier’s articles on the Indonesian and regional economy have been published in the International Herald Tribune and Jakarta Post, and he is a certified native speaker in the Indonesian language. Mr. Brazier holds a bachelor’s degree (with honors) in Asian and International Studies from Griffith University, Australia and a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
The Asia Foundation maintained an office in Cambodia from 1955 until 1975, and in 1989, resumed programs with Cambodian refugees along the Thai-Cambodia border. It reestablished its representative office in Phnom Penh in 1993.