Kuala Lumpur, August 16, 2007 — Today The Asia Foundation, the premier non-profit organization devoted to Asia’s development since 1954, announced the appointment of Anthea Mulakala as Country Representative designate in Malaysia. Ms. Mulakala brings a wealth of experience in program design, implementation, and management in South and Southeast Asia to her new position, which she will begin September 19. She replaces Mr. Julio A. Andrews, who led the Foundation’s office in Malaysia since its reopening in 2005.
Ms. Mulakala has been overseeing programs in Asia since 1991, when she joined the South Asia Partnership (SAP) in Ottawa, Canada, to manage and administer a $13 million CIDA project to strengthen non-government organization (NGO) capacity in Sri Lanka. During that time she also served as advisor on gender-based issues to SAP offices in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. From 1997-2005, she was with the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), initially in Bangladesh when she was team leader of a large Government of Bangladesh and multi-donor health project consortium, which provided essential health services to the poor through NGOs. Subsequently, as DFID’s Reconciliation and Development advisor in Sri Lanka, she developed and implemented the UK’s peace building and reconciliation strategy for the country, and chaired the Donor Working Group on the Peace Process, which consisted of bilateral donor agencies, UN agencies, and international financial institutions operating in Sri Lanka.
Currently a World Bank senior advisor to and operations manager for the $50 million multi-donor Decentralization Support Facility (DSF) in Indonesia, Ms. Mulakala has been piloting an innovative experiment in aid effectiveness and “donor harmonization” which brings together diverse development actors around common agendas in support of Indonesian decentralization.
Ms. Mulakala has a Masters Degree in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. She speaks French and intermediate Indonesian, Bangla, and Tamil.
“We are thrilled to welcome Ms. Mulakala to the Foundation,” said Douglas Bereuter, president of The Asia Foundation, “and we look forward to furthering our programs with Malaysian partners to support Malaysia’s continued development and to help build constructive, mutually beneficial U.S.-Malaysia relations.”