Timothy Buehrer

Chief of Party, ASEAN Connectivity Through Trade and Investment Project


Ph.D. and MPP, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
J.D., Harvard Law School


An economist and lawyer, Dr. Buehrer has advised governments on reforming economic and trade policy, working in Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, Micronesia, and the Middle East. His record for directing complex policy-reform initiatives has earned him recognition at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and among governments worldwide as a trusted adviser, capable manager, and intellectual leader.

As Chief of Party for the USAID and State Department’s ASEAN Connectivity through Trade and Investment (ACTI) Project, Dr. Buehrer supports the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in implementing the ASEAN Economic Community. The project focuses on facilitating investment and trade, through creation of the pathbreaking ASEAN Single Window for electronic border clearance, promotion of entrepreneurship through small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and support for efforts to meet the region’s needs for energy and information and communications technology. The project works closely with the U.S.-ASEAN Business Alliance for Competitive SMEs, an innovative, ACTI-led collaboration between USAID and American businesses.

From 2011 to 2013, Dr. Buehrer led USAID’s Supporting Economic Analysis Development in Indonesia (SEADI) Project, which worked with the government of Indonesia, university research centers, and think tanks to analyze and implement policies to promote employment and reduce poverty. Dr. Buehrer and his team collaborated with the Ministry of Trade, the Ministry of Planning (Bappenas), the capital and financial markets regulatory agency (OJK), and the National Team to Accelerate Poverty Reduction, addressing trade policy, food security, poverty reduction, employment, pensions, and insurance, among other areas.

From 2007 to 2011, Dr. Buehrer was the Chief of Party for the ASEAN-US Technical Assistance and Training Facility Phase II, a USAID-State Department project supporting the ASEAN Secretariat in establishing the ASEAN Community by 2015. The Facility team worked with ASEAN on trade facilitation, customs reform, harmonization of standards and conformity assessment, disaster management, pandemic preparedness, education, human rights, anti-money laundering, and migrant worker rights.

As the former Team Leader for the Trade Environment component of USAID’s Technical Assistance for Policy Reform II (TAPR II) project in Egypt from 2006-2007, Dr. Buehrer worked with the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Customs Administration, the port authorities, and others to facilitate trade and raise the capacity of government staff in trade policy and trade facilitation. From 2002 to 2006, Dr. Buehrer was the senior economist and Chief of Party for the Assistance for Trade Reform Project, also in Egypt. He implemented all aspects of the project in trade reform, trade facilitation, conformity assessment, and WTO compliance.

For another Nathan Associates project, Dr. Buehrer advised the Indonesian government on macroeconomics, monetary policy, and trade. Before joining the firm, he advised the Indonesian government on trade and macroeconomic issues, the Ministry of Finance and Planning of Mozambique on fiscal and macroeconomic issues, and the Federated States of Micronesia on economic policy. He has used computable general equilibrium models to analyze economic policy in Nepal, Mozambique, and Slovenia.

Dr. Buehrer has written papers on trade policy and investment as well as exchange rate policies, among other topics. These include "A Computable General Equilibrium Model of Nepal," with Filippo di Mauro, and "Cutting Red Tape: Lessons from a Case-based Approach to Improving the Investment Climate in Mozambique," with Louis Wells.

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