Mehreen Tanvir is the program manager for The Asia Foundation in Singapore. She forges and strengthens the Foundation’s relationships with key partners and organizations. Based in Singapore, she acts as a liasion for country offices and the headquarters for regional programming, events, and exchange programs.
A development specialist with extensive field experience in South Asia, Mehreen specializes in institutional strengthening and capacity building to increase economic opportunity. She has previously worked with nonprofits, international organizations, and the private sector in designing, monitoring, and implementing donor-funded development projects. She has experience in public policy, outreach, and advocacy with governments, donors, and private sector partners.
Before joining The Asia Foundation, Tanvir promoted regional cooperation at the Asia Europe Foundation in Singapore by contributing to policy analysis, building partnerships, and promoting dialogue between Asian and European media and civil society. She also worked for DAI as a government relations specialist. She was instrumental in conceiving and launching their Center for Development Excellence, a groundbreaking effort to build the capacity of local development organizations in developing countries. She has also served as a consultant for the World Bank’s South Asia Sustainable Development Unit in Islamabad and Pakistan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs, working for the prime minister’s initiative for rural employment generation. Mehreen taught Development Economics at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics. She also holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School.
In her spare time, she enjoys visiting and volunteering at art museums and galleries. She is passionate about developing visual literacy in young children through art.