Kevin J. Cottrell

Director of Talent and Training

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As BowerGroupAsia’s director for talent and training, Kevin works to develop capacity in the company’s 23 offices, ensuring that team members provide top-notch products and service for BGA’s clients. Kevin exemplifies the company’s motto of putting people first as he leads its recruiting processes, talent development and training programs.

Kevin joined BGA as the research director for mainland Southeast Asia, then was promoted to head of research to drive the company’s top-line research agenda. Covering a range of sectors including technology, digital economy, healthcare, energy and infrastructure development, his specialties included political risk analysis, issue monitoring and crisis management.
Immediately prior to joining BGA, Kevin worked for Sorini, Samet & Associates, a government relations and public policy consultancy firm in Washington D.C. specializing in international trade policy. Here he performed international trade data and risk analysis for U.S. textile and apparel manufacturers and foreign embassies.

Kevin has extensive experience in the Asia-Pacific and speaks multiple regional languages. He received a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), concentrating in Southeast Asia studies and economic policy. During his studies, he interned at APCO Worldwide in Bangkok.

Kevin also holds a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from Brigham Young University and spent time working for translation/interpretation services before transitioning to international relations. He has studied various languages including Russian, French, Dutch, Korean, Lao and Burmese. He speaks, reads and writes fluent Thai.


  • Cambodia
  • Global
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

Functional Expertise

  • Government Affairs
  • Human Resources
  • Policy
  • Research & Development
  • Strategy
  • Trade


  • Administration
  • Consulting
  • E-Commerce
  • Education
  • Electronics
  • Energy
  • Entertainment
  • Fast-Moving Consumer Goods
  • FinTech
  • Food & Beverage
  • Government Affairs
  • Hospitality
  • ICT
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Retail
  • Shipping
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Textiles
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (2015)— Master of Arts in International Relations and International Economics; Southeast Asia Studies and Economic Policy
  • Brigham Young University (2008)— Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics