San Francisco and Phnom Penh, July 13, 2009 — Today, The Asia Foundation announced the appointment of Gavin Tritt as Country Representative in Cambodia. He succeeds Roderick Brazier, who served as the Foundation’s Country Representative from 2006 to May 2009.
An expert on governance, counter-corruption, and education in Asia, Mr. Tritt joined the Foundation in 1993 as a program officer for economics in the Foundation’s Center for Asian and Pacific Affairs.
From 1999-2002, he was the Foundation’s Deputy Country Representative in the Philippines, where he developed and managed programs, including in economic and counter-corruption reform. Mr. Tritt also managed the Pacific Economic Outlook project. For the following six years, as director of the Foundation’s Books for Asia program, Tritt oversaw the dramatic expansion of the program, which now donates one million books a year throughout Asia. During his tenure, the number of book donations tripled and the program expanded to provide books and educational materials to Afghanistan, India, and Bhutan. Tritt then moved from the Books program to serve as director of the Foundation’s Governance programs. In this capacity, he led the design and implementation of programs on counter-corruption and local governance, as well as the Foundationâ€™s strategic planning and evaluation efforts.
Tritt holds a B.A. in East Asian studies from Yale University and a M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University.