Country Director – Lao PDR, Swisscontact
Richard is Deputy Country Director for Swisscontact for Cambodia and Lao PDR. He is responsible for Swisscontact’s project portfolio in tourism destination development in two sub-national destinations and is project manager for a tourism skills development initiative in Lao PDR. He is a member of the Regional Management Team for Southeast Asia and an Inclusive Markets (IM) senior mentor for Swisscontact globally.
Richard has 11 years’ experience working in business membership organisations and international non-government organisations. Previously he has been Programs Director for International Development Enterprises (iDE) in Bangladesh, and Deputy Managing Director for the British Urban Regeneration Association (BURA) in the UK.
Richard has working experience across Asia and Africa, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Lao PDR, Tanzania, Myanmar, Nepal, and Zimbabwe. He holds an MSc (Distinction) in Urbanisation and Development from the London School of Economics (LSE), and a First Class MA (Honours) degree from the University of Edinburgh.