San Francisco, August 11, 2011 — The Asia Foundation, the premier nonprofit, non-governmental organization devoted to Asia’s development, announces the appointment of Véronique Salze-Lozac’h as its Director of Economic Reform and Development. Previously, Ms. Salze-Lozac’h served as Regional Director for the Foundation’s Economic Reform and Development theme based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She succeeds Dr. Bruce Tolentino, who is now the Foundation’s Country Representative in Afghanistan.
Ms. Salze-Lozac’h is a leading economist who brings strengths and experience in private sector development and business environments to this highly visible position. With a particular focus on key issues such as policy reform, women’s entrepreneurship and evaluation, she is known for expertly combining sophisticated knowledge of high-level policy issues with a hands-on sensibility of how reform efforts impact local businesses and communities.
Since joining the Foundation seven years ago, Ms. Salze-Lozac’h has worked on all aspects of the Foundation’s Economic Reform strategies, approaches, and programs. She has been directly involved in the design and implementation of a number of country programs, including the Economic Governance Indices (EGI) measuring the local enabling environment for private sector enterprises in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. Exemplified in this signature EGI tool, the Foundation is recognized in the international community for using empirical data as a basis for economic reform and development.
“We are thrilled that Véronique accepted the position. She has an extraordinary understanding of the Foundation’s role and unique approach in supporting critical and necessary economic governance reforms across Asia,” said David D. Arnold, President of The Asia Foundation. “Véronique has played an integral role, and will continue to do so, in the expansion of the Economic Reform and Development program into one of the Foundation’s most successful programs.”
Ms. Salze-Lozac’h has a Master of Arts in English from the Sorbonne, a Master of Arts in International Affairs and Economics from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, and a Master of Arts in Public and International Affairs and Ph.D. in Economic Development from the University of Pittsburgh. For her detailed bio, read more here.