The Asia Foundation Names Ji Hongbo Country Representative in China

Beijing, January 25, 2016 — The Asia Foundation announces the appointment of Ji Hongbo to Country Representative in China. A Foundation veteran and China expert, Ms. Ji is a seasoned international development professional with special emphasis and experience in governance, transparency and access to information, rural development and natural resource management, and U.S.-China relations.

Ms. Ji joined the Foundation in 2007, and has been engaged in development work and international affairs for nearly 20 years. Previously serving as Deputy Country Representative in the Foundation’s Beijing office, she managed a variety of donor-funded programs in China focused on governance reform, legislative development, access to justice, and U.S.-China relations. She also managed a major Open Government Information initiative supported by the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Beijing and headed up a large USAID-funded administrative law initiative that concluded in 2012. Ms. Ji also oversaw key components of a multiyear program on U.S.-China relations funded by the Henry Luce Foundation.

Before joining the Foundation, Ms. Ji served as assistant manager for a CIDA-funded project on sustainable agriculture development, designing and implementing a $18 million participatory project in six Chinese provinces. Prior to that, she served as a consultant to the World Bank on several development initiatives, including poverty reduction and rural development projects in western China. Ms. Ji began her career working as a diplomat in the elite Translation and Interpretation Department of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs; she also served as an attaché at the Chinese Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York.

Ms. Ji holds a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from Beijing Foreign Studies University, and a master’s degree in International Relations, with a specialization in development studies from Yale University as a Henry H.L. Fan Fellow. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Administrative Law from the China University of Political Science and Law.

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our programs address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century—governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation.

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