San Francisco and Jakarta, October 23, 2008 — Today, The Asia Foundation announced the appointment of Dr. Robin Bush as Country Representative in Indonesia, effective November 6. Dr. Bush has served as Deputy Country Representative for the Foundation in Indonesia since 2006. Dr. Bush replaces Dr. Douglas Ramage, who, since 1996, has expanded the scope of the Indonesia country program to include an international and national staff of over 60 and a grants and technical assistance portfolio of over $50 million from a diverse range of multilateral and bilateral donors.
“I am very confident that in the appointment of Dr. Robin Bush we have named a very capable and knowledgeable leader for our office in Indonesia” said Douglas Bereuter, President of The Asia Foundation. “Indeed, she already has played a major role in the development of the Indonesia program into one of the largest and most successful of the Foundation’s country programs. Through her knowledge about Indonesia and her strong experience and training in development activities she brings extraordinary strengths to this highly visible and important role.”
Prior to becoming Deputy Country Representative, Dr. Bush was The Asia Foundation’s Regional Director for Islam and Development, responsible for assisting Foundation offices Asia-wide in developing Islam-related programs. These programs included civil society, education, and anti-poverty programs implemented in collaboration with Muslim organizations. Dr. Bush has been with the Foundation since 1998, when she joined its Indonesia office as a Program Officer for the Islam and Civil Society program. In Indonesia, she facilitated programmatic innovations that led to police and Muslim clerics working together to improve community security, bringing civic education and student-centered teaching to madrasah and Islamic schools, and enabling Muslim civil society organizations to improve service delivery at local levels.
“The Asia Foundation is a special organization, and I’m honored to be a part of its unique approach to development in Indonesia,” said Bush, who has lived in Indonesia for over 20 years.
In addition to being an experienced development professional, Bush is an internationally recognized scholar of Indonesian politics and Islam in Indonesia. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Washington and her MA in International Studies from Ohio University. She is the author of numerous articles on Islam and democracy in Indonesia, and her book, Nahdlatul Ulama and the Struggle for Power within Islam and Politics in Indonesia, is forthcoming next month from ISEAS press.