Anthony Richter is the regional director for the Middle East, North Africa, and Southwest Asia. Richter joined the Open Society Foundations in 1988 and has established more than 20 of the Foundations’ offices and developed programs such as Revenue Watch, the Central Eurasia Project, and Eurasianet, and led Open Society’s work backing the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture.
Richter was founding chairman of the Revenue Watch Institute, and served on the boards of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and the Open Government Partnership.
He has written for the New York Times, the World Policy Journal, and other publications. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Richter received a BA, with high honors, from Wesleyan University and an MA in Slavic languages and literatures from Columbia University. He speaks French, Persian, and Russian.