San Francisco and Ulaanbaatar, July 20, 2009 — The Asia Foundation announced the appointment of Meloney C. Lindberg as Country Representative in Mongolia. Ms. Lindberg was most recently the Foundation’s Deputy Country Representative in Sri Lanka where she worked to strengthen local governance, improve access to justice, and bolster community-based responses to conflict. In Ulaanbaatar, she succeeds William S. Foerderer Infante who served as Country Representative in Mongolia for three and a half years.
Ms. Lindberg brings over 15 years of hands-on development experience in Asia and 11 years of experience with the Foundation, where she first joined in 1994 as a program officer in Nepal. There, she assisted in developing programs on women’s legal rights and pilot projects for community mediation and civic education. In 1998, she moved to Development Alternatives, Inc. and managed a study of women’s organizations in post-conflict settings for United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Center for Development Information and Evaluation. In 2002, she rejoined The Asia Foundation in Manila as a Deputy Country Representative, and developed new program ideas in the areas of Information and Communications Technology, e-governance, and corporate good governance.
From 2004 to 2008, Ms. Lindberg was the Foundation’s Deputy Country Representative in Afghanistan, where she provided management and oversight for institutional strengthening of governance, civil society, education, and media. She also facilitated the distribution of new texts and educational resources to schools, universities, public libraries, non-governmental organizations, and other institutions through the Books for Asia program.
Ms. Lindberg received her B.A. in International Studies from Miami University in Ohio and her M.A. in International and Intercultural Management at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.