Maaretta Jaukkuri Foundation

Robert Templer is the Founder and Director of the Higher Education Alliance for Refugees, an organisation aimed at developing new ways to provide education and training for the forcibly displaced around the world. Until recently, he was also a Professor of Practice at the School of Public Policy at Central European University focusing on conflict and violent extremism.

Prior to that, he was the Director of the Asia Program at the International Crisis Group between 2001 and 2012, establishing more than a dozen research programs across the region. He led a Crisis Group team that investigated war crimes in Sri Lanka and headed the organisation's research on Myanmar. He has worked in more than twenty countries in Asia producing nearly 400 reports covering issues as diverse as nuclear proliferation and emerging religious movements. He has focused on post-conflict policing, corruption and constitutional development.

Robert was the Indochina correspondent for Agence France-Presse from 2003-2007 before spending four years as a visiting scholar and Freedom Forum Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of Shadows and Wind: A View of Modern Vietnam (Abacus, 1999) and has written extensively for publications around the world including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The New Republic and The Far Eastern Economic Review.