Dili, November 8, 2012 — The President of The Asia Foundation, David D. Arnold, will make his first visit to Dili from November 13-15, 2012 to personally extend the Foundation’s respect and long-term commitment to the country’s leadership for a just, peaceful, and prosperous Timor-Leste. On his three-day visit to Timor-Leste, Mr. Arnold will meet with government counterparts, donors, and other development partners to discuss further collaboration within the Foundation’s expanding programs in education, gender-based violence, local governance, community policing, innovative technologies, and public policy research and dissemination.
As the sixth president of The Asia Foundation, since January 1, 2011 Mr. Arnold leads all aspects of The Asia Foundation, including its headquarters in San Francisco, an office in Washington D.C., and 17 different country offices in Asia.
Before joining The Asia Foundation, Mr. Arnold served as president of the American University in Cairo (AUC) for seven years. During his tenure at AUC, Mr. Arnold oversaw the construction of a new, state-of-the-art $400 million campus, including the region’s largest English-language library and the first public park in the suburb of New Cairo. Mr. Arnold spearheaded AUC’s $125 million fundraising campaign, the largest in the University’s history. He also oversaw the launch of several new academic programs, including the University’s first Ph.D. program, and expanded AUC’s continuing education and community outreach programs.
Previously, Mr. Arnold served for six years as executive vice president of the Institute of International Education, the world’s largest educational exchange organization. From 1984 to 1997, he worked for the Ford Foundation, serving as its first program officer in the field of governance and then for six years as the organization’s representative in India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
Mr. Arnold visits all Asia Foundation field offices throughout the year, where he engages local staff and leadership in formulating programming that is responsive, sustainable, and in line with the Foundation’s core mission. His visit to Timor-Leste coincides with visits to Foundation offices in the Philippines and Thailand.