San Francisco, May 6, 2013 — On Monday, May 6, The Asia Foundation hosted United States Ambassador to ASEAN David L. Carden at its San Francisco headquarters for a roundtable discussion on “ASEAN and the Challenge of Chairmanship: Brunei 2013 and Burma 2014.” Asia Foundation President David D. Arnold provided the roundtable’s opening remarks. Ambassador Carden shared his insight with Asia Foundation senior staff, trustees, donors, and members of the ASEAN community. The program featured a Q&A with the Ambassador and included a discussion of challenges common to many ASEAN countries, such as natural resources management, education, economic growth and trade, natural disaster preparedness, and issues of governance.
Based in Jakarta, Indonesia, Ambassador Carden was sworn in as the United States’ first resident Ambassador to ASEAN in March, 2011, and officially assumed his duties on April 26, 2011, after presenting his credentials to ASEAN Secretary-General Dr. Surin Pitsuwan. Dr. Pitsuwan is also a former Trustee of The Asia Foundation.
Prior to being confirmed as Ambassador, Amb. Carden he was a partner at Jones Day, a leading international law firm, where he was responsible for coordinating the defense of litigation brought in the courts of numerous foreign countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg, the Netherland Antilles, and Barbados. He has extensive experience conducting discovery in foreign countries, and has defended and prosecuted claims and conducted investigations for and against entities in numerous countries, including Indonesia, Singapore, China, Saudi Arabia, and Syria.
Read more about Ambassador Carden in an upcoming edition of In Asia, The Asia Foundation’s highly regarded weekly blog.