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The Asia Foundation Announces New Board Leadership, Trustees

San Francisco, March 1, 2022 — The Asia Foundation, a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia, announced new leadership on the Board of Trustees at the January 2022 meeting. S. Timothy Kochis was elected as chair of the board; Ambassador Kathleen Stephens and Janet Montag were elected as vice-chairs, and Michael J. Green was elected as secretary of the board. At this meeting, The Asia Foundation’s David D. Arnold also informed the Board of Trustees that he is planning to step down as President at the end of 2022. This is Arnold’s twelfth year leading the Foundation and a robust process for recruiting and selecting his successor will be led by a specially constituted search committee of the board under the leadership of Vice-Chair Amb. Kathy Stephens.

In addition, three new members joined the board: Lin Jamison, Clare Lockhart, and Adil Najam. Lockhart and Najam have previously served on the board. This meeting marked the transition of members Howard Berman, Elizabeth Economy, Amb. Mark Lippert, Lauren Kahea Moriarty, Chairman Sunder Ramaswamy, and Term Trustees Dustin Palmer and Iromi Perera.

New members:

Lin Jamison joined The Asia Foundation’s Lotus Circle in 2012, with the goal of expanding the group’s presence among New York City’s young professionals. She established the Young Lotus Circle in 2013, hosting regular social and fundraising events to benefit the Foundation’s work on gender equality. Outside of the Lotus Circle, Lin is the Founder of Gem X, a social club for jewelry enthusiasts with over 1,000 members around the world. She is also the owner of Lin Jamison Jewelry, which offers bespoke jewelry consulting and design services to private clients.

Clare Lockhart is co-founder and director of ISE, which focuses on the functions of the state and approaches to enhancing the compact between citizens and state. She has lectured widely and written several articles and chapters on state and market functionality, development, institution-building, and citizenship. Lockhart is a senior fellow of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale where she teaches graduate courses on post-conflict and other transitions. She has lectured widely on issues of state and market functionality, accountability, and development.

Adil Najam is the dean of the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. He was formerly Vice-Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and a globally recognized authority on international environment and development policy. He has served as the Frederick S. Pardee Professor of Global Public Policy and the Director of the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University (2007-11) and prior to that as Associate Professor of International Negotiation and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (2002-07).

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