Meghan W.T. Nalbo is The Asia Foundation’s country representative in Nepal. She brings nearly two decades of experience in governance and development in Asia.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Meghan was a foreign service officer with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) where she last served as director of the Democracy and Governance office at USAID in Nepal. Her work at USAID spanned over nine years during which she held a variety of positions, also including as USAID’s Asia regional coordinator for the Global, Regional Policy Team, where for two years she was the technical lead in the Center for Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance in Washington, DC and as a program officer in Bangladesh. During her tenure at USAID, Meghan supported the agency’s evolving work on examining cross-sectoral development programming, thinking, and working politically programmatic implementation, as well as various partnerships with academic institutions in order to advance more rigorous development evidence generation, learning, and data utilization. In addition to her work at USAID, she has also worked with the UN Development Programme, the University of Leeds Law School, and the International Center for Transitional Justice.
Meghan was a Fulbright Fellow in Nepal in 2003-2004, where her research focused on marginalized political and cultural identities and rights against the backdrop of Nepal’s ten-year civil conflict.
Education: Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University, where she specialized in human rights and South Asia, and a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from Bowdoin College in Maine, completing a year-long cultural immersion program in Nepal through Pitzer College.