Former Senior Director, Economic Development and Chief Economist

Véronique Salze-Lozac’h left the foundation in November, 2015.

Véronique Salze-Lozac’h is The Asia Foundation’s former director of Economic Development. She is an economist, with a strong political science background, who joined The Asia Foundation in 2003, after working for both the public and the private sector on private sector development, business environments and policy reforms. In her current position she oversees strategic planning for the Foundation’s economic programs and is responsible for overseeing and providing technical support to programs in the Foundation’s 18 offices in Asia. In this role she supports Asian initiatives to enhance economic governance to accelerate and sustain inclusive economic growth and broaden economic opportunities.

Based in Asia, Ms. Salze-Lozac’h provides technical assistance and leads applied research projects in emerging-market countries working frequently with such clients as the USAID, Australian Aid, the World Bank, other bilateral and multilateral donors, and the private sector.

Her work has been based on collecting and analyzing information and data on the barriers to business development in Asia through research studies; Ms. Salze-Lozac’h has worked on the design and implementation of Economic Governance Indices measuring economic governance and the local enabling environment for private sector enterprises in Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. She has extensive experience of result-driven approaches to reform based on constructive Public-Private Dialogues at the sub-national level. Ms. Salze-Lozac’h has also worked on programs related to trade and WTO and on regional projects aimed at improving the business environment for the garment industry.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Salze-Lozac’h worked for a French agency on business environment issues and foreign direct investments, traveling extensively to the Indian Ocean area, including Madagascar, Mauritius Island, and South Africa, as well as to countries in Europe and Asia. Mrs. Salze-Lozac’h worked with private investors and local and national authorities to identify investment opportunities and create a more supportive local business environment. More recently, as the manager of her own consulting firm, VSL Consulting, she worked on a variety of private sector development projects for both the public and private sectors. Areas of expertise included micro-finance, value-chain analysis, business-plan development and foreign direct investments. In 2000, the French Minister of Economy and Finance asked Ms. Salze-Lozac’h to organize the first European conference on microfinance in Paris that led to the creation of the Western European Microfinance Network.

She has served as a lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh and more recently taught project engineering and company creation to African and Asian professionals for the French Development Agency (AFD). She occasionally gives lectures in a joint master’s program of the French University Lyon 2 and the Royal University of Laws and Economics of Cambodia and is a frequent speaker on topics related to Asian economic development, governance reform, and constraints to private sector development.

Most recent publication: Co-author of the collective publication “Innovations in Strengthening Local Economic Governance in Asia“, The Asia Foundation, 2011.

Education: M.A. (honors) in English/political sciences, Paris IV Sorbonne, France; M.A. in international affairs/economic development, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po Paris), France; M.A. (honors) in public and international affairs and Ph.D. (all but dissertation) in economic development at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs of the University of Pittsburgh, United States.