The Asia Foundation Welcomes Four New Trustees

Jakarta and San Francisco, March 3, 2008 — Board members Scott Cook, Karl F. Inderfurth, Thomas P. Rohlen and Teresita C. Schaffer will contribute vast international expertise to Asia’s development? 

The Asia Foundation, the premier non-profit organization devoted to Asia’s development since 1954, announced at its winter board meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, the election of four new members to its Board of Trustees. Mr. Scott Cook, Ambassador Karl F. Inderfurth, Dr. Thomas P. Rohlen, and Ambassador Teresita C. Schaffer will join The Asia Foundation in 2008 as it continues its work in over 20 Asian countries, improving governance and economic success throughout the Asia-Pacific region and fostering enhanced relations among the people and governments of Asia and the U.S.

“We are very pleased and honored by our new trustees’ commitment to The Asia Foundation,” said Douglas Bereuter, president of The Asia Foundation. “Their deep knowledge of Asia and U.S.-Asia relations will support our important programs throughout the region.”

SCOTT COOK co-founded Intuit Inc. and now serves as the chairman of the Executive Committee . He is also the company’s former president and chief executive officer. Originally a brand manager at Procter & Gamble, Mr. Cook later managed consulting assignments at Bain & Company before founding Intuit in 1983 and creating the Quicken personal finance software. He subsequently helped guide the growth of Intuit to produce industry standards such as TurboTax and QuickBooks. Mr. Cook is also a member of the board of directors of eBay, Procter & Gamble, the Harvard Business School Dean’s Advisory Board and the Intuit Scholarship Foundation. He earned an MBA from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics from the University of Southern California, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

KARL F. INDERFURTH is the John O. Rankin Professor of the Practice of International Affairs and Director of the International Affairs Program at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. He served as Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs (1997-2001), with responsibility for, among other countries in the region, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. He was Special Representative of the President and Secretary of State for Global Humanitarian Demining (1997-1998), and, from 1993 to 1997, served as U.S. Representative for Special Political Affairs to the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador. His portfolio included UN peacekeeping, disarmament and security affairs. During this time, Ambassador Inderfurth also served as Deputy U.S. Representative on the UN Security Council and took part in Council missions to Somalia, Mozambique, Burundi, Rwanda, and Western Sahara. Prior to his presidential appointments, Mr. Inderfurth worked as a national security and later a Moscow Correspondent for ABC News (1981-1991) and received an Emmy Award in 1983. He also served on the professional staffs of the Senate Intelligence and Foreign Relations Committees and the National Security Council. He is co-author of Fateful Decisions: Inside the National Security Council, published by Oxford University Press in 2004. He received his M.A. from Princeton University, and was a Fulbright Scholar at Strathclyde University in Scotland.

THOMAS P. ROHLEN is Professor Emeritus and Senior Fellow with Stanford University’s Institute for International Studies, and a former Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. He has also taught at the University of California, the University of Hawaii, and Harvard University. He served in Japan with the U.S. Foreign Service from 1962 to 1965. A Japan specialist by training, his past research has focused on such topics as Japanese corporate organization, the labor market, Japanese schooling, and, more broadly, on matters of economic and cultural change seen through the lens of contemporary institutional practice. He is also a founder of the Aspen Institute’s Executive Program on Japan, the Stanford Japan Center, and the Kyoto Center for Japanese Studies. The author or editor of nine books and numerous articles, his writings have received a number of prizes including the Ohira Prize, the American Educational Research Critics’ Award, and the Berkeley Prize in Asian Studies. The American Anthropological Association presented him its Edward J. Lehman Award for Public Service in 1991. He has a bachelors degree from Princeton and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania.

TERESITA C. SCHAFFER is director of the South Asia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Prior to that, Ambassador Schaffer worked in the U.S. Foreign Service for over 30 years, and was one of the State Department’s principal experts on South Asia. She was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia from 1989 to 1992, the senior-most South Asia position in the department at the time, and U.S. ambassador to Sri Lanka from 1992 to 1995. Ambassador Schaffer also served as Director of the Foreign Service Institute from 1995 to 1997. Other diplomatic posts have included Tel Aviv, Islamabad, New Delhi, and Dhaka, as well as a tour as Director of the Office of International Trade in the State Department. Author of numerous publications on South Asia, including Kashmir: The Economics of Peace Building (2004), Pakistan’s Future and U.S. Policy Options (2004), and several publications on U.S. trade policy options in South Asia and the HIV/AIDS epidemic in India, Ambassador Schaffer has taught at Georgetown University and American University. She speaks French, Swedish, German, Italian, Hebrew, Hindi, and Urdu, and has studied Bangla and Sinhala.

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