Robert Ashe


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Date of Birth:

11 February 1953

Academic Background

1970-1973 Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, United Kingdom
  Diploma -- Member of the Royal Agricultural College


Professional Experience


2010                    Retired in Lombok, Indonesia


2002 - 2009

UNHCR, Regional Representative, Jakarta, Indonesia (covering Brunei Darrusalam, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, and Timor Leste)



UNHCR, Head of Liaison Office, Dili, East Timor



UNHCR: Chief of Programme Coordination & Operations Support Section in Geneva, Switzerland



UNHCR: Chief of Change Management Support & Coordination Unit/ Operations Management System Section in Geneva/Switzerland; responsible for coordinating and implementing a variety of change initiatives within UNHCR in terms of new processes, procedures and IT systems



UNHCR: Head of the Liaison Office in The Hague/Netherlands; responsible for all aspects of the work of UNHCR in the Netherlands, including providing legal advice on asylum applications and training to Dutch police and military officers going on UN peace-keeping operations



UNHCR: Chief of the Programme Coordination and Budget Section in Geneva/Switzerland;  responsible for (a) the coordination of all UNHCR programmes world-wide and allocation of resources within an annual budget in excess of US$1 billion; (b) control and maintenance of the UNHCR staffing table; and (c) supervision of the programme management training, statistics and food unit



UNHCR: Senior Programme Coordination Officer in Geneva, Switzerland;  responsible for global budget review process, rewriting/updating of UNHCR's "Programme and Project Management" manual, coordination of country programme objectives and training/guidance on UNHCR's Financial and Management Information System



UNHCR: Head of Sub-Office in Showak/eastern Sudan; responsible for 70 staff in five locations managing a programme of protection and assistance to some 250,000 refugees in 33 locations



UNHCR: Programme Officer in Khartoum/Sudan; responsible initially for refugee programmes in Western Sudan and repatriation of Chadian refugees to Chad; later responsible for programming, monitoring and evaluation of programmes for Eritrean and Ethiopian refugees in eastern Sudan



Food for the Hungry International: Assistant to the Executive Vice President in Switzerland; responsible for global day to day operations, including planning/implementation of relief projects, commodity tracking/reporting, and planning/monitoring of development projects



Food for the Hungry International: Area Director for Thailand, Laos and Bangladesh; responsible for refugee feeding programmes, child sponsorship programmes and development projects



Independent study and research in England



Comité Européen d'Aide aux Refugiés: Country Director in Thailand designing and implementing appropriate technology and vocational training projects in seven refugee camps and two areas of Thai villages



International Committee of the Red Cross: Field Delegate on the Thai/ Cambodian border; responsible for (a) the design and implementation of a logistical distribution system for food commodities, household supplies and agricultural inputs (known as the "Landbridge") to the population of western Cambodia; and (b) the management of a camp population including the establishment of an unarmed civilian police force



Christian Outreach: Field Director in Thailand; responsible for implementing supplementary feeding programmes, self-help projects and vocational training in Cambodian refugee camps



Arable foreman on 800 acre farm in England


1973-1974 Project Vietnam Orphans: volunteer in South Viet Nam doing rehabilitation work in orphanages and day care centres


Other Details

Languages: English (mother tongue)
  French (good working knowledge)

Thai, Khmer, and bahasa Indonesia (basic)


Computer skills:

MS Office suite, e-mail systems, mainframe financial and personnel systems, web design


Honours: 1978 -- Thai Red Cross Medal of Merit for services to refugees
  1980 -- Member of the British Empire (MBE) for relief work among refugees