Former Country Representative, Pakistan

Gareth Aicken left the Foundation in 2016.

Gareth Aicken was formerly The Asia Foundation’s country representative in Pakistan.

He was DFID’s (United Kingdom Department for International Development) Country Representative in Pakistan from 2001 to 2005 and first joined DFID in 1990 as London-based section head of DFID’s Pakistan program. He remained in this position for three years, and traveled frequently to Pakistan in this capacity.

From 1993 to 1998, Aicken worked in Malawi, first in the DFID regional office and then on secondment to the European Commission (EC) Delegation where, as civil society advisor to the EC and the Malawi Ministry of Justice, he worked on governance, human rights, and women’s issues and managed the design of the EC’s first Rule of Law program. From 1998 to 2000, Aicken worked in DFID’s Conflict and Humanitarian department, and briefly in its Caribbean regional office. Since his return from South Asia in 2007, he has been working in DFID’s Research Department.

From 1979 to 1990 Aicken worked for the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation where he developed and managed training programs in the Caribbean and Africa. From 1976 to 1978 he was an education officer with the Government of Australia, developing and implementing secondary and tertiary education projects for aboriginal populations.

Education: Master’s degree in Manpower Studies from Westminster University School of Management; master’s degree in English from Cambridge University (Churchill College); postgraduate Certificate in Education from Cambridge.