San Francisco and Kuala Lumpur, July 11, 2012 — The Asia Foundation announces the promotion of Herizal Hazri, Program Director in Malaysia to Deputy Country Representative in Malaysia. In his new role, Mr. Hazri is responsible for coordinating program design and implementation, developing and maintaining networks with government officials and the corporate sector, and researching Malaysian political and economic issues for the Foundation’s programs in Malaysia.
A skilled development expert with over 12 years of experience in the areas of political economy, elections, and NGOs and development, Mr. Hazri has been with the Foundation since 2005, and in 2009, was appointed Program Director in Malaysia.¬† In his previous position, Mr. Hazri was responsible for program design and coordination for the Foundation’s programs in Malaysia including, among other responsibilities, the development and oversight of a non-governmental elections program in cooperation with the Election Commission of Malaysia; management of the Malaysia Business Environment Index in Malaysia in coordination with RAM Holdings and Monash University; and the design and administration of¬† the National Dialogue on Islam and Democracy program in Malaysia in partnership with the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization in Malaysia.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Hazri served as a consultant with several think thanks and public policy consulting firms internationally and in Malaysia. He is known for his civil society development efforts in Malaysia, particularly in the area of human rights and democracy. He has worked in twelve Asian countries under the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) to promote democratization efforts, namely Indonesia, East Timor (now Timor Leste), Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Taiwan, and his home country, Malaysia. In 2004, Mr. Hazri managed the only International Election Observation Mission for the Afghanistan Presidential Election and deployed 45 long-term and short-term observers to Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran.
A frequent writer, Mr. Hazri has published three books on election observation and electoral politics: Report of the Indonesian Legislative and Presidential Election 2003-2004, Afghanistan Presidential Election 2004, and Politics of the Straits: an Observation of the Taiwan Legislative Election. He recently published a chapter on Malaysian south-south cooperation as part of the Foundation’s Asian Approaches to Development Cooperation project and is currently writing a chapter on “Malaysia and the Middle Income Trap” in Handbook of Emerging Economies, expected to be published in 2013.
Mr. Hazri holds a BEc in Development Economics from the University of Malaya and an MSc in Global Politics from the University of London for which he was granted a prestigious British Chevening Scholarship. He is a 2012 Stanford University Draper Hills Summer Fellow.