Gareth Crawford, President & CEO

Carey Institute for Global Good

As president of the Carey Institute for Global Good, Gareth Crawford is responsible for guiding the center’s mission to advance Wm. Polk Carey’s defining principle of “Doing Good While Doing Well” and to bring together innovative and dynamic people from around the world to seek creative solutions to the most pressing challenges of the day.

Gareth has extensive experience designing, implementing and leading non-profit humanitarian and development programs around the world. Prior to joining the Carey Institute for Global Good, Gareth served as Head of Disaster Risk Management in Asia for Plan International, one of the oldest and largest international child development organizations. His role included disaster preparedness, disaster risk reduction, disaster response and climate related programming across 14 countries in South and South East Asia. He was responsible for ensuring quality, accountability, sustainability and learning in all disaster-related programming in the region.

Most recently, Gareth led Plan’s response to super typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, designing and implementing a five-year relief and recovery program to support some of the worst affected communities in one of the worst storms ever recorded.

Previously as Head of Regional Resource Mobilization in Asia, he oversaw a growing grant portfolio across 14 countries. In this role he developed and implemented guidelines for effective grant-funded program design and development, was part of the global program effectiveness team, conducted strategic field operation reviews and was on the strategic high level leadership program.

Gareth has previously worked as Country Director and Program Manager focusing on children and women’s’ rights in fragile and developing states for the BBC World Service Trust, Save the Children and Medecins Sans Frontieres/ Doctors Without Borders in Kenya, Somalia, Uganda and Pakistan and has over 15 years of experience leading rights-based programs and operations in the Sustainable Development, Food Security and Agriculture, Economic Security, Health, Nutrition, Education, Media and Journalism sectors.

Gareth serves on the board of directors of Doctors of the World. Doctors of the World is an international humanitarian organization that provides emergency and long-term medical care to vulnerable populations while fighting for equal access to healthcare worldwide.

Gareth has a master’s in management and public administration and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and communication studies from the University of Liverpool. He grew up in Northern Ireland where he first started working as a volunteer with children and youth affected by conflict.


Ambassador Robert M. Orr

Member of the Board of Directors,

Council of American Ambassadors

Robert Orr was confirmed by the Senate as United States Executive Director with rank of Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in September 2010. In July 2013 he became Dean of the Board of the ADB, first American in history. He served as U.S. Ambassador to the ADB until 2016. From 2007-2010 he was Chairman of the Board of the Panasonic Foundation and concurrently Vice Chair of the National Association of Japan-America Societies, a member of the Board of Trustees of J.F. Obirin University and a member of the Board of the East-West Center Foundation.

From January 2002 until March 2007 Dr. Orr was President of Boeing Japan holding that position during the development of the most successfully selling airplane in history, the 787 Dreamliner, 35% of which is made in Japan.  Prior to joining Boeing, Ambassador Orr was Vice President and Director of European Affairs for Motorola based in Brussels.  And before that he held various senior level posts with Motorola in Japan culminating as Vice President of Government Relations.  In that capacity he successfully led the negotiations that opened up the cellular phone market in Japan.

In addition to the corporate world, the Ambassador has also spent many years in academia and the United States Government.  Between 1985 and 1993 he was a professor of Political Science at Temple University in Japan with two years off to run the Kyoto Center for Japanese Studies and the Stanford Center for Technology and Innovation at the Stanford Japan Center in Kyoto.  His book The Emergence of Japan’s Foreign Aid Power published by Columbia University Press won the 1991 Ohira Prize for best book on the Asia Pacific.

Dr. Orr’s career began in 1976 when he served for two years as Legislative Assistant to Congressman Paul G. Rogers (D-FL) a 12 term member of the U.S. House of Representatives.  Between 1978 and 1981 he served on the House Foreign Affairs Asia Subcommittee staff seconded from the Select Committee on Narcotics.  In 1981 he was appointed as Special Assistant to the Assistant Administrator of Asia in the U.S. Agency for International Development.

The Ambassador holds a B.A. in History, cum laude, from Florida Atlantic University, an M.A. in Government from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Tokyo University.  He speaks German and Japanese fluently.  He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Pacific Forum, Center for International and Strategic Studies.


Suzanne Siskel, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

The Asia Foundation

Suzanne E. Siskel is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The Asia Foundation, with accountability for supervision of the Foundation’s day-to-day operations and its 18 country offices in Asia.  She ensures effective and supportive collaboration and flow of communications among all units of the Foundation, represents the Foundation to its external constituencies, advises and informs the President on strategy and policy issues, and provides overall supervision to the Foundation’s financial services, global information services, human resources, country office coordination, general services, and internal audit units.

Previously Suzanne worked at the Ford Foundation from 1990 to 2011, serving in various leadership positions in field offices in Southeast Asia and in its New York headquarters. In her last role there she was Ford’s director of Social Justice Philanthropy, overseeing efforts to mobilize philanthropic resources and to build strong local and regional foundations engaged in social development in the United States and throughout the world. She also served as acting director of Ford’s Gender Rights and Equality unit in support of women’s economic rights, LGBT rights, and HIV/AIDS. In earlier roles heading Ford’s offices in the Philippines and Indonesia she was engaged in strengthening civil society; promoting economic development and community-based natural resources policy; educational reform; and enhancing local capacity for socioeconomic research and analysis.

Trained as a social anthropologist, Suzanne has served variously as a consultant, university teacher and researcher throughout Indonesia, in rural northeast Brazil and highland Chiapas, Mexico. She first lived and worked in Indonesia as a member of the first cohort of Luce Scholars in 1974 and later returned there as a Fulbright scholar and development advisor. Currently she is a trustee of the China Medical Board and of Winrock International, a member of the Global Philanthropy Committee of the Council on Foundations and serves on the boards of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, the Vicente Canyon Hillside Foundation, and Friends of the Fondation de France. She also has served on the Governing Council of the European Foundation Centre and was president of the Fulbright Association.  Suzanne studied social anthropology, receiving her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and her master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.