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Cynthia Bunton - CRBi

Cynthia R. Bunton
Washington DC, USA
Phone: +1 202-230-4117

Member: WNG Board of Advisors
Chair: WNG International Roundtable Steering Committee

Previously, Cynthia Bunton worked at the International Republican Institute (IRI) as Director of the Asia division (2004-2009). In that position she oversaw programs in Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia and Sri Lanka.

Prior to joining IRI, Bunton served as a career Foreign Service Officer whose last assignment was Office Director of the Office of Country Reports and Asylum Affairs in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. Overseas she served as Consul for Political, Economic and Commercial Affairs at the American Consulate in Naples, Italy, Deputy Political Counselor, American Embassy The Hague (Netherlands), Policy Advisor for Central and Latin America and the Caribbean at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations (New York), Special Advisor to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs and Staff Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs (Washington). Her first two assignments were as a Consular Officer in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and a rotational officer in Copenhagen, Denmark. She also served 18 months as an Observer in the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in the Sinai, Egypt.

Bunton has been recognized numerous times for her work at the U.S. State Department. For her outstanding leadership of the Office of Country Reports she received the State Department's Superior and Meritorious Honor awards. She received another Superior Honor award for her coverage of political issues during the Gulf War. She received the Department of State's Franklin Award for exceptional efforts in developing programs to advance intellectual property rights protection in southern Italy. She also received the "Mentor 2001" award from the Public Leadership Education Network for her dedication to mentoring high school and college students.

An avid singer, Bunton is President of the Foundry United Methodist Church choir in Washington and has sung with the Deo Sacrum choir in The Netherlands and I Cantori di Posillipo in Naples, Italy as well as toured Europe as an undergraduate with the Chatham College choir. She has also served as Host/Interviewer for the "American Literature Today" series sponsored by the John Adams Institute in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and has presented lectures on a wide range of foreign policy and social issues. She is a Trustee of Chatham College, has served on the board of the Women's International Network (WIN) and has been a delegate to numerous conferences at home and abroad. She is also an accomplished voiceover artist who has provided voice-over talent for The Discovery Channel and PBS.

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Bunton earned her bachelor's degree in political science from Chatham College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and her masters in international affairs from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), University of Pittsburgh. Bunton speaks Italian and Dutch.
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