Farrah Meisel Toobin

Head of Research

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Farrah leads the research team at headquarters and is forward deployed in the region to work with BGA Asia-based staff on implementing best practices. An intuitive and experienced researcher with direct experience living and working in Thailand, she has worked in a variety of capacities in the private, public and non-profit sectors in Japan, Thailand and with Asian subsidiaries in the United States.

In Japan, Farrah taught high school English and developed the department’s curriculum. She later returned to the United States to support the operations team at a Japanese publishing company where she managed relationships with Asian vendors while successfully reducing the company’s overall costs.

In Thailand, Farrah served six months at a grassroots civil society organization working at the intersection of international development and human rights. She co-coordinated an international advocacy campaign with multiple rights-based non-government organizations.

As part of her master’s thesis, she consulted for the U.S. Agency for International Development to review the role of development in civil-military operations during the U.S.-Vietnam War. The report was later published in the InterAgency Journal.

Farrah received a Master of Public Policy degree from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College.