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Senior Director for International Development Cooperation

Anthea Mulakala is the senior director for International Development Cooperation at The Asia Foundation. In this capacity she leads the Foundation’s work on Asian Approaches to Development Cooperation. She served as country representative in Malaysia from 2007 to 2014. Since 2010 she has concurrently led the Foundation’s engagement on development effectiveness and aid policy. She has been overseeing programs in Asia since 1991.

Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked for the World Bank in support of Indonesian decentralization, for South Asia Partnership, strengthening NGO capacity in Sri Lanka, and advising on gender-based issues to their offices across South Asia, and for the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) as team leader of a large Government of Bangladesh and multi-donor health project consortium, and subsequently as DFID’s Reconciliation and Development advisor in Sri Lanka. Anthea Mulakala speaks French and intermediate Indonesian, Bangla, and Tamil.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, with honours, from the University of Western Ontario; master’s degree in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.