Asia Foundation Appoints Jane Sloane to Head Programs to Empower Women and Promote Gender Equality

San Francisco, October 6, 2016 — The Asia Foundation announces the appointment of Jane Sloane to Director of Women’s Empowerment Programs. Sloane will oversee the Foundation’s integrated approach to advance gender equality across its programs in the Asia-Pacific region, in conjunction with the Foundation’s country field offices and local partner organizations.

Ms. Sloane brings to the Foundation significant experience working with both public sector bilateral/multilateral organizations as well as the private sector, including in the Bay Area. She has over thirty years of experience working in international development and over fifteen years of experience in leadership roles focused on advancing women’s rights and promoting gender equality around the world. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Sloane was Vice President of Programs with the Global Fund for Women, where she led a team of program staff in managing Global Fund for Women’s global grant-making and programmatic initiatives.

Ms. Sloane earlier served as Vice President of Development with Women’s World Banking (WWB) in New York, focusing on WWB’s Center for Microfinance Leadership, an extended Girls’ Savings Program, and new technologies in support of women’s savings. She also served as Executive Director of International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA), based in Melbourne, Australia, supporting women’s rights organizations across Asia and the Pacific. Ms. Sloane was founding CEO of the Social Entrepreneurs Network in Australia, and held executive positions with social sector organizations including World Vision, AusAID, and Marie Stopes International.

Ms. Sloane is a recipient of a Global Ambassadors Award from the Advance Foundation, a Woman of Distinction Award from the Asia Pacific Women’s Business Council, a Churchill Fellowship, an Australian Government Endeavour Fellowship, a Human Rights Medal from the Vietnam Women’s Union, and a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Adelaide, Australia. She holds a master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Sydney, and a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Adelaide.

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 work across the region addresses five overarching goals—strengthen governance, empower women, expand economic opportunity, increase environmental resilience, and promote regional cooperation.

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