Asia Foundation Appoints Wendy Barron as Deputy Country Representative in Afghanistan

January 26, 2017 — The Asia Foundation announces the appointment of Wendy Barron to Deputy Country Representative in Afghanistan. In this capacity she will provide leadership support and will focus on designing, evaluation, implementing, monitoring, and reporting program activities.

Ms. Barron has over ten years of international development experience, leading complex programs in Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, and Sudan, with particular focus on refugee issues, sustainable livelihood development, education, and humanitarian assistance including humanitarian demining.

Most recently, Ms. Barron worked was Country Director for ChildFund International in Afghanistan (CFA) where she provided leadership and management for a multi-sectoral program including education, child protection, livelihoods and youth empowerment. Previously, Ms. Barron served as the Country Director in Iraq for Mines Advisory Group (MAG), where she led and managed the country operation that worked closely with the Government of Kurdistan to clear the millions of landmines, and other explosive devices associated with war, along with mine risk education of refugees and internally displaced persons.

From 2006 to 2012 Ms. Barron held multiple positions, including Country Director, with Windle Trust International in Sudan and South Sudan, with a focus on access to education and the Access to Safety and Justice program.

Ms. Barron holds a Master of Business Administration degree, specializing in International Business Management, from the University of Otago in New Zealand.

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