MDO Asia Pacific

Mission Development Office Asia Pacific

Launch of MDO Asia Pacific MDO Asia Pacific is launched in 2016

In January 2016, the Mission Development Office (MDO) based in Rome established an office in Asia Pacific to better serve the Units in this region especially those who have requested MDO assistance in strategic planning for mission effectiveness.  The role of this office mirrors the services offered by Good Shepherd International Foundation (formerly MDO) Rome such as capacity building, organizational development, resource mobilization and monitoring and evaluation.   It has direct accountability to GSIF Rome with annual progress reports submitted to the Asia Pacific Circle of Province Leaders.




From left:  Manuela Coletti (consultant), Anna Tram Nguyen (intern from Mid North America), Cristina Duranti (Director, GSIF) and Theresa Symons


Theresa Symons


Ms Theresa Symons

Regional Manager, Ms Theresa Symons

This position of Regional Manager for MDO Asia Pacific has been held by Theresa Symons since January 2016.  At the beginning, Theresa was seconded from the Province of Singapore/Malaysia for a period of two years.  This was extended in January 2018.  Theresa, formerly the Executive Director of Good Shepherd Services Malaysia, will continue to be based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

Theresa oversees MDO projects already begun in Asia Pacific:  India (jointly between South West India and Central East India/Nepal) and Phuket, Thailand.  For projects which are at initial planning stages, that is, in the Units of Sri Lanka and East Asia, Theresa works with an external consultant and the GSIF team in Rome.

Broadly, Theresa’s role involves:

  1. Coordinating GSIF (MDO’s) Organizational Development and Capacity Development projects in Asia Pacific.

  2. Fundraising and grant-seeking to build a donor base in Asia Pacific for international fundraising initiatives.

  3. Liaising with the Spirituality and Justice and Peace network to implement an integrated approach and best practices for mission effectiveness.


Project Officer role established

A Project Officer role was established in 2018, with Mr Sharil Dewa commencing on 15 October 2018.  Having previously worked in international NGOs, Sharil brings expertise in the area of grant raising and management, project cycle management, monitoring and evaluation, and communications.