San Francisco and Hanoi, November 10, 2010 — The Asia Foundation announced today the appointment of William Taylor as Deputy Country Representative in Vietnam effective January 3, 2011. Mr. Taylor has more than 6 years experience in international policy, strategic planning, program, and financial management roles. He will work under the direction of Country Representative Kim N. B. Ninh, who has led the Foundationâ€™s Vietnam office since 2005.Â This month marks the 10th year anniversary of the Foundationâ€™s resident office in Vietnam.
Most recently, Mr. Taylor held the position of Deputy National Security Council Coordinator within the Conflict, Humanitarian, and Security Department of the Department for International Development (DFID) in London. With DFID since 2009, first as Deputy Head of the Conflict Institutions Team, and then with the National Security Council Coordination Team, Mr. Taylor oversaw a large institutional capacity-building program focused on multilateral conflict and disaster prevention, mitigation and recovery. He has managed DFIDâ€™s contributions to the 2010 UK National Security Strategy, Strategic Defence and Security Review, and the National Security Council.
Prior to joining DFID, Mr. Taylor served in diverse roles including working for the International Organisations Department of the UK Governmentâ€™s Foreign and Commonwealth Office and serving as a Senior Project Manager with the Great Britain-China Centre.
Mr. Taylor received his B.A. in Government from the London School of Economics and his M.A. in State, Society, and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.