Christopher Wyrod is The Asia Foundation’s deputy country representative in Indonesia. He has worked in international development since 1994 with a particular focus on governance, peace building, and democratic transitions.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Christopher Wyrod spent six years directing political transition programs for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Myanmar, Côte d’Ivoire, and Sri Lanka as Deputy and Acting Country Representative for the Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI). In Myanmar, Wyrod designed strategy and programming to mitigate inter-communal conflict and support the peace process. He also led the U.S. Embassy’s election observation team in Rakhine State during Myanmar’s historic democratic vote in 2015. Before working in Myanmar, Wyrod directed USAID’s post-conflict reintegration program in Sri Lanka following the end of its 26-year civil war, focusing on conflict-affected communities in the north and east of the country.
Prior to joining the U.S. government, Christopher Wyrod served as the Country Director for Internews in Sri Lanka and for the International Republican Institute (IRI) in Timor-Leste. In Sri Lanka, he oversaw humanitarian information programs for populations displaced by conflict, journalist trainings, and production of radio broadcasts advocating good governance and reconciliation through a network of media houses across the country. In Timor-Leste, Wyrod conducted leadership development for youth and political parties, directed a landmark national public opinion poll, and assisted the Council of Ministers and the Office of the President in public outreach.
In Washington DC, he managed a grant portfolio supporting human rights and democracy in fragile states for the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). He also conducted research on democratization and post-conflict reconstruction at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) and on conflict-induced displacement at the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI). Wyrod has observed elections in Myanmar and Sri Lanka with the U.S. Embassy, in Nigeria, Bangladesh and Mongolia with IRI, in Mauritania with the National Democratic Institute (NDI), and in Liberia with NED.
Christopher Wyrod has received fellowships from the U.S.-Indonesia Society (USINDO) to study Indonesian language and culture at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and from the Freeman Foundation to study nagauta shamisen performance in Kyoto, Japan. He also spent five years teaching in Shiga, Japan through the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, and in Guinea, West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer.
Education: Wyrod holds a master’s degree in International Development from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University, where he was a Henry R. Nau Fellow. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and English from the University of Michigan, and a certificate in Refugee Studies from York University in Toronto, Canada.