Richard K. Pruett, Esq. is TSG’s director for operations in the Philippines. Richard is a principal of Pruett & Associates, a Manila-based political and strategic consulting firm. He is also executive director of Partnership for the Environmental Protection of the Pacific (PEPP), Inc., a Micronesia not-for-profit corporation that helps Pacific Island people address cross-cutting environmental issues vital to their sustainable economic development and physical well-being. A former career U.S. Foreign Service officer specializing in management, Richard served as Deputy Chief of Mission to six Pacific Island countries. He last served the U.S. Department of State as Senior Advisor in the Office of Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Island Affairs, where he focused on Pacific regional institutional architecture, maritime security, and environmental issues, and authored the Department’s definitive statement of U.S. Government policy toward Fiji. Richard was one of the first two U.S. diplomats permanently assigned to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, and the first U.S. Contracting Officer, establishing all U.S. Embassy Hanoi offices and its housing pool. From 1997-1999, Richard helped lead the Interagency on missile nonproliferation issues, with special responsibilities for China, North Korea and missile sanctions policy. Richard also was part of the Department’s “A Team” that opened U.S. Embassy Baghdad in 2004, where he established the Embassy’s first fully-functioning management office. As senior director for human resources, Richard led the most critical HR mission in the U.S. Government. Richard was Cornell University’s first exchange scholar with the People’s Republic of China and has a Masters in Strategic Studies Degree from the U.S. Army War College.