Asia Foundation Appoints Kim McQuay Managing Director of New Program Specialists Group

San Francisco, February 16, 2017 — The Asia Foundation announces the appointment of Kim McQuay as Managing Director of the Program Specialists Group. A Foundation veteran, Mr. McQuay is a seasoned expert in the field of international development with an emphasis on governance and law. In this newly-created role Mr. McQuay leads the Program Specialists Group—a unified team of technical specialists in key Foundation program areas who provide expert advice and technical assistance to country offices in program development, implementation, and fundraising; develop cross-sectoral approaches to address critical challenges in the region; identify new areas for potential programmatic engagement; and foster strategic partnerships.

This senior-level position reflects new organizational direction under The Asia Foundation’s recent TAF2020 Strategic Plan. The strategy articulates a strong sense of common purpose and direction for the Foundation to make an impact and ensure that its efforts will have a long-lasting impact on the critical issues facing Asia in the years to come. Under Mr. McQuay, the Program Specialists Group will contribute to the global development dialogue, drawing on the Foundation’s deep local knowledge, program experience, and innovative approaches within the donor, diplomatic, policy, and academic communities.

Through his 27-year career with the Foundation, Mr. McQuay has pioneered the Foundation’s work in a number of areas, including legal empowerment, community policing, and the “leaders of influence” program model of engagement with religious and secular leaders. Prior to this appointment, Mr. McQuay served as the Foundation’s Country Representative in Thailand since 2010, where he managed programs that promote peaceful conflict resolution greater citizen engagement in political processes and governance reform, and Thailand’s emerging role as a non-traditional Asian donor. 

He previously served as the Foundation’s Bangkok-based regional director for Law and Justice programs (2009-10), providing technical support to country offices Asia-wide on programs to promote access to justice, more efficient judicial administration, legal education reform, legal empowerment, and citizen participation in lawmaking. From 2003 to 2009 Mr. McQuay served as the Foundation’s country representative to Bangladesh, where his program responsibilities included leadership of a comprehensive national election program, the launch of milestone local economic governance and community policing programs, engagement of religious and secular leaders of influence in national development efforts, and co-leadership of a three-country regional project on Legal Empowerment for Women and Disadvantaged Groups (2007-09) for the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He also conducted a respected country governance assessment for the ADB.

Mr. McQuay’s additional field experience with the Foundation includes service as project manager of two governance programs in Sri Lanka (1990-92), deputy country representative for Bangladesh (1992-96) and Cambodia (1996-99), and Jakarta-based senior director for Law programs (2001-03). As special assistant to former Asia Foundation president William Fuller (1999-2001), he worked closely with senior executives and the board of trustees on a range of institutional policy issues and coordinated the Foundation’s regional human rights programs.

Mr. McQuay holds a bachelor’s degree and an LL.B. from Queen’s University; and an LL.M in Public International Law from the University of Cambridge.

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