Tony Zola began work in southeast Asia as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand in 1970. He went on to advise the Doi Tung Project to help villagers grow crops other than opium and add secondary schools, running water and a sanitation system to their communities. This development project became a model for alternative sustainable livelihood development and won a UN award. Zola then founded the Doi Tung Center for Social Entrepreneurship to spread the model around the region, including in Myanmar, Afghanistan and Indonesia where the Center successfully implemented several opium replacement projects. Currently, works as a social safeguards auditor at several hydropower development projects in Laos and advises ESG development projects throughout Southeast Asia.