David Timberman is a political analyst and development practitioner with 30 years of experience analyzing and addressing political and governance challenges, principally in Southeast and South Asia. Recently he was a Visiting Professor of Political Science at De La Salle University in Manila, where he taught courses on Southeast Asian politics and policy reform in the Philippines. As a Technical Director at MSI he has conducted or managed multiple assessments, studies and evaluations intended to inform US government development strategies and programs. As a senior democracy and governance (DG) advisor in USAID’s Asia Near East Bureau he advised USAID Missions on the development of their DG and conflict strategies and programs. As a senior DG advisor to USAID Indonesia he was deeply involved in the design and implementation of elections, civil society, parliamentary strengthening and anti-corruption programs. Through his positions with the National Democratic Institute and the Asia Foundation he worked closely with political parties and NGOs across Asia. He has lived and worked in the Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore, including experiencing first-hand the democratic transitions in the Philippines (1986-1988) and Indonesia (1998-2001). He has written extensively on political and governance issues in the Philippines and has edited or co-edited multi-author volumes on the Philippines, Cambodia and economic policy reform in Southeast Asia. He holds a MA in International Affairs from Columbia University and a BA in political science (with honors) and history from Tufts University.