May 1, 2012 — Earlier this year, The Asia Foundation announced the election of five members to our Board of Trustees: Karl Eikenberry, Geoffrey Garrett, Sunder Ramaswamy, Masako Shinn, and Alice Young. “I am delighted to welcome this exceptional group of global leaders to our Board of Trustees,” said Michael H. Armacost, Chairman of the Board. “Each new member brings deep-rooted expertise and unique accomplishments in their respective fields.”
Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and retired Army General Karl Eikenberry brings extensive expertise, particularly on Afghanistan, having served two tours there, including leading the civilian surge directed by President Obama to set the conditions for transition to full Afghan sovereignty. The ambassador also served as the Director of Strategic Planning and Policy at U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii, as Defense Attaché to the People’s Republic of China, and several operational assignments in Korea. He is fluent in Mandarin and has an advanced degree in Chinese history from Nanjing University. Geoffrey Garrett, a dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia, is founding CEO of the United States Studies Centre and Dean of the University of Sydney Business School and was a Fulbright Scholar at Duke University, where he earned his Master’s and Phd. Sunder Ramaswamy is the President and Frederick C. Dirks Professor of International Economics at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Over the past 20 years, he has held visiting positions at distinguished universities in India and the United States. His principal fields of specialization are Development Economics, International Economics, Issues in Applied Microeconomics, and Quantitative Methods. Masako Shinn is the founder of Graphis Asia, a publisher of books and magazines on Asian design, and is one of The Asia Foundation’s Lotus Circle Advisors. Shinn is also a trustee of the Japan Society, on the Board of the Sackler Gallery, and has served on the Kennedy Center’s President’s Advisory Council on the Arts. Alice Young is a returning Asia Foundation trustee, serving from 2003-2011. She is Partner and Chair of the Asia Pacific Practice Group of Kaye Scholer LLP International Law Firm. Young was named by Crain’s in their list of the “Top 100 Minority Executives” and by Avenue Asia magazine as one of the most influential Asian-American corporate lawyers in the United States.