David N. Merrill, Board Member

President of the U.S. Indonesia Society; Former US Ambassador to Bangladesh
(1994–1997); Former Mission Director of USAID in Indonesia (1987–1990); Deputy
Assistant Administrator of USAID in Washington (1990–1993); former senior USAID
assignments in Manila, Bangkok and Rangoon; Rank of Career Minister, the
highest rank in USAID; Senior positions with global energy companies; Former
Senior Vice President, International, at Nathan Associates, an economic consulting
firm in Washington, DC (2001–2007);  As U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh, Mr.
Merrill worked with political leaders to provide support for free and fair 1996
elections that led to Bangladesh’s first peaceful transfer of power between
democratically elected leaders; In 1997 helped Bangladesh gain a $500 million
increase in U.S. investment in the energy sector; Built a coalition of private sector,
NGOs, donors and government to address U.S. buyers’ issues in Bangladesh and
maintain industrial employment; As Mission Director for USAID in Indonesia,
managed a wide range of programs including financial sector development,
democracy and civil society, population, environment, education, support for
agricultural policy reform, housing sector development, and health sector financing;
As Deputy Assistant Administrator in Washington, managed U.S. aid programs in
the Near East and assisted Eastern Europe’s transition to democracy and
economic reform; From 1966–87 Mr. Merrill held other posts in USAID Washington
overseeing U.S. economic aid to East Asia and the Pacific, conducting USAID’s
Congressional relations, and serving in USAID posts in Asia. Education: MPA from
the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in Asian economic
development and public administration; M.A. in International Affairs from the
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; Bachelor’s degree from
Brandeis University. Mr. Merrill is married to Irrum Mehmood Merrill.
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