San Francisco, May 6, 2011 — Australia is a regional leader recognized for its innovative approach to addressing development and conflict challenges in the Asia-Pacific. The Asia Foundation recently established a board of directors in Australia, signaling its deepening presence in the country and strong commitment to the Australian perspective on aid and development.
Recently completing its legal registration, The Asia Foundation in Australia is governed by a group of distinguished academic and philanthropic leaders, including Carrillo Gantner, Chairman, The Sidney Myer Fund; Geoffrey Garrett, Chief Executive Officer, United States Studies Centre, The University of Sydney; Andrew MacIntyre, Dean, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University; Peter McCawley, Visiting Fellow, Economics Division, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University; and Jack Whelan, Secretary, The Asia Foundation, Australia.
In March 2011, Gordon Hein, vice president of Programs at The Asia Foundation, visited Canberra to participate in the inaugural meeting of new board, which took place at ANU.
Engagement between the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and The Asia Foundation has increased significantly in recent years. Bringing together their collective development experiences, The Asia Foundation and AusAID currently have a strategic partnership to deliver development assistance and address the key challenges in the Asia-Pacific region.
“I am pleased to extend a warm welcome to our new board in Australia,” said David D. Arnold, president of The Asia Foundation. “We value our strong and ongoing partnership with Australia. I look forward to working closely with our senior program staff and directors to shape our organization’s role in Australia to better address some of the critical challenges facing the international aid and development community today.”
As the new president of The Asia Foundation, Mr. Arnold will be in Sydney next week to meet with members of the board, AusAID, and other key partners. In addition, Mr. Arnold, an expert in Asian governance, will be the featured speaker at The Lowy Institute on May 11th. He will discuss reform movements in the Arab world–and the regional and international consequences if a similar series of events were to take place in Asia. Previously, Mr. Arnold was the president of American University in Cairo.
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