As Counterpart International’s Regional Director for Asia Programs, Phil Sforcina leads a large and dispersed team of field-based and headquarters staff to implement Counterpart’s programs. Phil brings more than 30 years of technical programming expertise across diplomacy, international development, and defense.

Before Joining Counterpart

Phil has spent his professional life leading teams in program design and implementation in civil society engagement, governance and electoral management, gender-based violence, citizen security, coalition military coordination, community policing, countering violent extremism, disaster management and humanitarian assistance, as well as people migration and refugee affairs. Phil has deployed on long-term residential assignments for implementing partners of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) across the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Australia’s Department of Foreign affairs and Trade (DFAT), and several United Nations (UN) agencies in countries during periods of major social and political transition including: Afghanistan, Yemen, South Sudan, Iraq, Jordan, Kosovo, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Honduras, and Papua New Guinea.


  • Master of Business, Human Resource Management, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
  • Graduate, The Royal Military College Duntroon, Canberra, Australia.

Achievements, Certifications and Special Projects
In Iraq in 2005 while on a USAID-funded program, Phil led the technical effort in changing the international community’s approach to civic engagement throughout the Al Anbar Governorate. At the time, possibly the country’s most dangerous and largest Governorate; Phil personally led the liaison with dispersed coalition and Iraqi military commanders as well as conducting civic engagement forums with tribal sheiks and imams. His efforts directly and positively affected the citizen participation in the follow-on election and enhanced the goal of citizen engagement in the legitimate democratic process.

Phil has taught leadership and effective communications at the Royal Military College of Australia (RMC) and the University of Queensland (UQ). During his time with the Australian military Phil was awarded the prestigious Prince of Wales Award for excellence, which provided him the opportunity to work on exchange at the United States Military Academy (USMA), West Point.

Why I’m passionate about our work
“Having grown up with my Dad as a great community service role model, from a young age I learned the enduring value of people communicating effectively and working collaboratively to solve local challenges. This power of the human spirit exists everywhere that I have worked and travelled, and it still excites me to see that activated and realized across more communities.”

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