February 11, 2011 — On January 1, The Asia Foundation welcomed David D. Arnold as its new president. A highly respected philanthropy and international development veteran, Arnold most recently led the American University in Cairo. He was previously a representative of the Ford Foundation, where he focused on South Asia, specifically India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
“David is an experienced leader, a respected educator, and an administrator with a wide-ranging background in development and governance practices in Asia,” said chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, Mike Armacost. “He has lived and worked for years in Asia and the Middle East, and understands local cultures, structures, and institutions.”
Mr. Arnold takes the helm from Douglas K. Bereuter, who presided over a six-year period of unprecedented growth and diversification in programming, funding, and staff at the Foundation. “I have known and admired the work of The Asia Foundation for many years, and am honored to lead this visionary organization,” said Mr. Arnold. “Sensitivity, knowledge, and agility have long been hallmarks of the Foundation’s programs and people, and the assistance it provides throughout Asia is critical to the future development of the region.”
“Mr. Arnold understands the myriad of challenges facing the region,” said Surin Pitsuwan, secretary-general of ASEAN, and a trustee of The Asia Foundation, “and he shares our belief that Asians themselves must contribute to, and participate in, Asian reforms and Asian agendas. I have full confidence in him as a leader, and I anticipate his presidency to be deft, robust, and inclusive.”