Robin Bush

International Regional Office Director - Asia

Robin Bush


  • PhD, Political Science, University of Washington
  • MA, International Studies, Ohio University
  • BA, Political Science, University of South Carolina

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Robin Bush directs RTI’s operations in Asia. From our regional office in Jakarta, Indonesia, she oversees our work in technical assistance, institutional strengthening, business and strategy development, and program support on behalf of governments, foundations, and private-sector clients throughout the region. Before being named director, she led our research and strategic collaborations in Asia, seeking to diversify and engage our client base. She also headed the Knowledge Sector Initiative, an Australian government-funded project in Indonesia aimed at strengthening evidence-based public policy. 

Dr. Bush’s research interests center on the intersection of religion, politics, and development. Immediately before joining RTI in 2014, she led the Religion and Development in Asia project at the National University of Singapore. The project brought opportunities to interact with leaders in development and academia throughout Asia. Dr. Bush is currently engaged in research on South-South collaboration, and on changes in development assistance as a result of changing geopolitical relations with the rise of Asian donors.

Dr. Bush’s background also includes more than a decade at The Asia Foundation in Indonesia, and working in a series of strategic and research roles in Singapore and Indonesia. Having grown up and lived most of her adult life in Indonesia, she is a close observer of Indonesian politics and society, as well as Southeast Asia more broadly.