Karsten van Riezen, Ph.D.

Area Director for South Asia


  • D.I.S. Intercultural Studies; Cook School for Intercultural Studies, California, United States, 2015
  • M.A. Education; University of Utrecht; Utrecht, Netherlands
  • B.Ed. Education; Pedagogic Academy; Ede, Netherlands
  • Literacy Specialist Courses; SIL International, High Wycombe, England

Current Position

Associate Executive Director for Eastern Asia and the Pacific, 2016 – and Area Director for South Asia, SIL International, 2013 – 

Other experience

  • SIL South Asia Group; Facilitator of LCI network Facilitator (Last Command Initiative), India, 2009 –2012
  • SIL South Asia Group, Director, India/Nepal, 2006–2009
  • SIL South Asia Group, Associate Director for India, 2000–2006
  • Indian Institute for Cross Cultural Communication (IICCC), Board member ex-officio, India 2000–2006
  • SIL South Asia Group, Liaison for language development initiatives, India, 1998–2012
  • SIL South Asia Group, Educational Consultant, Kumauni Language Project, India, 1997–2004
  • SIL Philippines, Literacy Specialist Matigsalug Literacy Project, 1996–1997

Other Affiliations and Relevant Experience

  • Lecturer at Wittenberg College, Netherlands, 1993–1994
  • Teacher Primary School, Netherlands, 1998–1994
  • Volunteer worker in education, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Bangladesh, 1987–1988
  • Dutch Army, Military service, Netherlands, 1986–1987