San Francisco and Jakarta, December 2, 2008 — Today, The Asia Foundation announced the appointment of Laurel MacLaren as Deputy Country Representative in Indonesia, effective December 15. Ms. MacLaren is a skilled development professional with 10 years of experience managing programs in Indonesia funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Australian Government Overseas Aid Program (AusAID), and the Gates Foundation.
Currently, Ms. MacLaren is a Deputy Chief of Party for a USAID health project run by John Snow International, and prior to that she was Deputy Director for Programs for Save the Children in Indonesia, leading their response in Aceh to the 2004 tsunami. Ms. MacLaren has extensive experience in fundraising, strategic planning, and grants management, with technical expertise in civil society strengthening, health, and local governance reform. She speaks fluent Bahasa Indonesia, holds a Masters in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a B.A. in Anthropology and Women’s Studies at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
“Laurel is well-known and highly respected in Indonesian development circles, and will bring increased stature and rigor to our programs and operations in Indonesia,” said Dr. Robin Bush, The Asia Foundation’s country representative in Indonesia.
Since 1955, The Asia Foundation has assisted Indonesia’s transition from a fragile post-colonial state to a vibrant democracy with an increasingly dynamic economy. Today, in partnership with government agencies, civil society organizations, and the private sector, the Foundation continues its support of Indonesian initiatives to further consolidate its democracy, improve government services, and reduce poverty. The Asia Foundation’s Indonesia country program is facilitated by an international and national staff of over 60 and has a grants and technical assistance portfolio of over $50 million from a diverse range of multilateral and bilateral donors.
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