Country Representative, Cambodia

Meloney C. Lindberg has been The Asia Foundation’s country representative in Cambodia since 2017. She oversees a diverse portfolio of programs that range from governance and women’s empowerment to environmental resilience and economic development.

The Foundation’s office in Cambodia supports knowledge sector institutions to undertake inclusive research and policy dialogue and helped to initiate the SheThinks Network. The office also collaborates with communities and local governments in support of dialogue to effectively prioritize and utilize their local budgets.

As part of efforts to increase environmental resilience, the Foundation is focusing on systemic approaches to address plastic waste reduction and recycling, working with private waste collection firms and local stakeholders to test interventions to increase accountability and responsiveness in municipal solid waste collection. The office also supports efforts to integrate strategic environmental assessments into sustainable development programming.

Her women’s empowerment portfolio includes projects that advance women’s economic opportunities through skill development programs for women-led MSMEs and tech entrepreneurs; improve women’s safety and security by building government capacity to deliver legal services to survivors of gender-based violence, and strengthen women’s leadership in public service.

From 2009 to 2017, Lindberg as served as country representative in Mongolia, and from 2002 to 2009 she served as the Foundation’s deputy country representative in Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and the Philippines.

Education: Meloney Lindberg earned a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Miami University and a master’s degree in International and Intercultural Management from the School for International Training, World Learning in Brattleboro, Vermont.