Trustee of The Asia Foundation

Director, Institute for State Effectiveness
Senior Fellow, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs



Clare Lockhart joined The Asia Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2013. She is co-founder and Director of the Institute for State Effectiveness, where she works on rule of law, social, and economic policy issues across a range of countries. She has lived and worked in Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States.

She was educated at Oxford, (where she obtained a double first in Modern History), Harvard and the Inns of Court School of Law and is a member of the Bar of England and Wales. She is the author of a number of papers and toolkits on state- and institution-building and development, including the book Fixing Failed States: A Framework for Rebuilding a Fractured World. She teaches regular seminars on the role of the state and the rights and responsibilities of citizens, as well as development challenges in different contexts. She serves on a number of boards including the Alliance for Peacebuilding and was selected as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, and a member of Europe’s “40 under 40” by the Friends of Europe. She lives in the United States with her husband and two small children.