San Francisco and Bangkok, November 16, 2010 — The Asia Foundation announced the appointment of Kim McQuay as the Country Representative in Thailand. He succeeds Dr. James Klein, who retired as the Foundation’s Thailand Country Representative after 24 years of service in October 2010.
With more than two decades of international development experience in South and Southeast Asia, with a focus on governance, law, and human rights, Mr. McQuay will oversee programs in Thailand that promote peaceful conflict resolution, greater citizen engagement in political processes, and more responsive and transparent systems of governance. Key initiatives in his portfolio include public perception surveys on governance challenges, locally driven efforts to encourage open debate and constructive solutions to address the causes of conflict in southern Thailand, and promotion of informed dialogue on national development issues and public voice in political affairs.
Most recently, Mr. McQuay served as the Foundation’s Bangkok-based Regional Director for Law and Governance. In this capacity, he supported Foundation field offices in the design, implementation, and assessment of program activities in law and governance and related fundraising initiatives, including criminal justice, legal education, community legal service delivery, and legal empowerment.
Prior to this post, Mr. McQuay served as the Foundation’s Country Representative to Bangladesh. His appointment marked a return to Bangladesh, where he previously served as the Foundation’s Deputy Country Representative. His program responsibilities in Bangladesh included leadership of a comprehensive national election program, the launch of milestone local economic governance and community policing programs, engagement of religious and secular leaders of influence in national development efforts, and co-leadership of a three-country regional project on Legal Empowerment for Women and Disadvantaged Groups for the Asian Development Bank.
Mr. McQuay’s additional field experience with the Foundation includes service as Project Manager of two governance programs in Sri Lanka, Deputy Country Representative for Cambodia, and Jakarta-based Senior Director for Law programs.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. McQuay practiced corporate law in Toronto. He received his B.A. and LL.B. degrees from Queen’s University, and an LL.M in public international law from the University of Cambridge.