William P. Fuller

President,
The Asia Foundation

The Asia Foundation is a private, nongovernmental organization that supports through grants and other programs Asian development efforts in the fields of governance and law, economic reform and development, women’s participation, and regional relations. William Fuller has been serving as President of The Asia Foundation since 1989. Prior to joining the organization, Mr. Fuller served as Deputy Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) from 1987 to 1989, with responsibility for U.S. foreign assistance to Europe and the Near East. He previously served as Director of the USAID mission in Indonesia from 1981 to 1987. From 1971 to 1981, Mr. Fuller served with the Ford Foundation in Asia, first as an advisor to the National Education Commission and Ministry of Education in Thailand, and subsequently as Representative for Bangladesh. Mr. Fuller has also worked with the World Bank in Paris, with UNICEF in Beirut, Cairo and New York, and as a visiting lecturer at the University of Chicago. Mr. Fuller was Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Winrock International from 1995 to 1999 and its Chairman from 1999 to 2001. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and USAID’s Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid. He is also a board member of the World Affairs Council of Northern California, the Institute for the Future, the Bank of the Orient, and the Japan Society of Northern California, as well as a member of the Advisory Council of the Asian Development Bank Institute. Mr. Fuller’s contribution to international development efforts has been recognized through several awards and honors. He is a two-time recipient of the President’s Meritorious Service Award, in addition to USAID’s Distinguished Honor Prize and Korea’s Hueng-in Jang Medal for Diplomatic Service. He received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Dominican University and the Asia Pacific Leadership Award from the Center for the Pacific Rim, University of San Francisco, in 2002. Mr. Fuller holds B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University, and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.