Diya Nag serves as The Asia Foundation’s director for Strategy and Development for the Cambodia office. As an experienced international development professional and trained lawyer, Diya is passionate about a growing and developing Asia with equal access to opportunities for all, and about applying a gender and social inclusion lens to all programs.
In her current role, she provides high-level strategic advice and guidance to program implementation in key areas of the Foundation’s programming in Cambodia and the region including governance, gender equality, inclusive economic growth through bridging gaps in access to digital technology, and environmental resilience. She is also responsible for leading on strategic communications business development, and ensuring programs achieve high impact and results through robust monitoring, learning, and evaluation, and adaptive management approaches. She was previously the governance and legal specialist in Cambodia, working extensively on a large knowledge sector program. Before that, she was associate director of Programs with the Foundation’s office in New Delhi, India where her achievements included growing the Foundation’s programming in the areas of urban governance, regional trade and cooperation, and future of work.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Diya worked at the UNDP in India on improving justice delivery and legal reform, engaging closely with the Indian government and judiciary to improve access to justice for marginalized groups. She also spent time at the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) in New Delhi working on South Asia’s human rights advocacy on police and prison reforms at the Commonwealth level, and leading CHRI’s communications plan.
Education: Juris Doctor with a specialization in Global Law and Practice from the Syracuse University College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in Human Rights and Sociology from Barnard College, Columbia University. Diya is a member in good standing of the New York Bar, First Appellate Division.