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Addressing the Critical Issues Facing Asia - 60 Years
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William Stadden  Cole

William Stadden Cole

Senior Director, Program Strategy, Innovation and Learning


Tel: (415) 982-4640

Fax: (415) 392-8863

Email: william.cole@asiafoundation.org

Expertise: strategic planning; governance and politics in Asia; political economy; civil society; Islam in Asia; South and Southeast Asia with Afghanistan and Indonesia.

William Stadden Cole is Senior Director for Program Strategy, Innovation and Learning, with responsibility for overseeing the Foundation's country strategic planning process. Prior to his current position in San Francisco, he served as the Foundation's Senior Director for Governance and Law program, and Director of the Economic Policy Reform program in Indonesia.

Dr. Cole has been instrumental in introducing a range of new program areas and directions for the Foundation, including advancing political economic approaches to development programming and development of programs focusing on security and development, counter-corruption programming, and small and medium business policy reform. He has played a key role in the re-establishment of the Foundation's office and programs in Afghanistan after 9/11. He travels often in the region, with particular emphasis on Afghanistan and Pakistan. He has written widely and is a frequent speaker on topics related to Asian development, governance reform, security reform, Afghanistan, and the political economy of social and economic reform and development. Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Cole served under an appointment to USAID in the Bureau for the Near East, where he established the Governance and Democracy Program immediately following the first Gulf War, and in the Bureau for Europe and the former Soviet Union, where he established a political economy strategic planning unit. Dr. Cole has lived in Asia for more than 13 years working in foreign aid and research-related positions focused on economic policy research, democracy and governance reform, social change, strategic planning and management, and project design and evaluation.

Education: Bachelor's degree in Natural Sciences and Mathematics from Washington & Lee University; master's and doctor of philosophy degrees in Cultural Anthropology from Washington University.

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