Meet our Staff & Advisors
Give2Asia's team of international grant making specialists and local experts provide unparalleled insight into causes across the Asia-Pacific region.
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President & CEO
Birger Stamperdahl joined Give2Asia in 2006 and has served as its President & CEO since 2014. Birger works directly with donors, foundations, and corporations seeking to build strategic charitable partnerships across the Asia-Pacific. As a leading advocate for locally-led philanthropy, Birger has spoken to audiences at Stanford PACS, the World Affairs Council, the Council on Foundations, the Asia Venture Philanthropy Network, and the Conference Board.
Prior to joining Give2Asia, Birger had a successful PR career in Silicon Valley. As a Vice President at Porter Novelli, a global marketing and communications firm, he advised such clients as HP, EMC, McAfee, and BMC. Birger holds degrees in Journalism and Political Science from the University of New Hampshire.
Vice President of Partnerships
Sheena Agarwal provides senior leadership to Give2Asia’s core services and strategic initiatives. She manages Give2Asia’s corporate services team, fiscal sponsorship network, country advisor network, and disaster philanthropy portfolio. Sheena comes with over 15 years of experience in international development and community programming for both private and nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining Give2Asia, she worked primarily with USAID-funded projects in a variety of sectors including civil society strengthening, local governance, and environmental management. She has a Master’s degree in International Development from American University in Washington, D.C.
Vice President of Finance & Administration
Reza Badiee is responsible for overall gift administration, budget management, financial tracking and reporting, annual audit preparation, human resources, administration of Give2Asia’s Hong Kong entity, managing relations with Give2Asia’s back-office provider and other vendors, and coordinating with the Board of Directors. As a seasoned professional with more than 40 years of nonprofit finance and management experience, he has held senior management positions in organizations such as the National Immigration Law Center, Women’s Funding Network, Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Life Chiropractic College West, and YWCA of Oakland.
Vice President of Family Philanthropy
Aqeela Jogee is responsible for managing the philanthropic services that Give2Asia provides to individuals and families that seek to strengthen local communities and grassroots organizations across 23 countries in Asia. Prior to joining Give2Asia’s senior management team, Aqeela provided customized philanthropic advice and services to a portfolio of corporate and family donors. Before joining Give2Asia, Aqeela managed and administered US Department of State-funded grants for iEARN-USA where she strengthened organizational capacity of local nonprofits and education programs in countries with significant Muslim populations throughout South Asia, the Middle East, and West Africa. Originally from Malawi, Aqeela moved to the US to pursue higher education. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in social work from Bradley University, and a Master’s degree in social work and international development from Washington University in St. Louis. She is an outdoor enthusiast, budding cook, and avid traveler.
Carol Yang (Xiao Qing)
Vice President & China Chief Representative 副总裁 中国首席代表
Director of Operations
Anna Hong leads operations management and process improvement initiatives, enabling Give2Asia staff to better serve our partners. Anna brings a wide range of experiences in finance and operations, including financial planning & analysis, audit, controls, and change management. She transitioned to the non-profit sector in 2017, and her goal is to apply same rigor and process excellence she has honed throughout her career. Born in Korea, Anna embraces both Korean and American cultures and strives to help connect Korean communities. Anna holds an MBA in Operations and Finance from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Operations Research from Columbia University.
Director of Marketing
As the Director of Marketing, Keith Weissglass is responsible for accelerating Give2Asia’s philanthropic mission to support local charities and communities across the Asia-Pacific. His portfolio includes brand, communication, product marketing, and demand generation. Prior to joining Give2Asia, Keith served in leadership roles across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. After starting his career running political and environmental campaigns, Keith advised state and local governments at Gartner Consulting. He later entered the high-tech industry, holding leadership roles at three successful software startups. Keith holds an MBA from the University of California, Davis and a BA in psychology magna cum laude from Haverford College.
Chief Representative, Hong Kong SAR PRC
Minnie Yeung joined Give2Asia in 2019 to lead the Hong Kong Give2Asia Foundation Limited. Her role is to ensure that the Foundation serves the local community’s needs, working with donors, family foundations, major corporations, local partners, and networking with high net-worth individuals. Before joining Give2Asia, Minnie founded a successful media group. Minnie trained as a classical pianist at the Beijing Music Academy.
Staff & Advisors
Account Director, Corporate Giving
Senior Manager of Partnerships
Alexie Ferreria Mercado oversees Give2Asia's Fiscal Sponsorship, Country Advisor, and Disaster Response programs. She joined Give2Asia in 2012 as a Field Advisor for the Philippines and has managed the Fiscal Sponsorship Program since 2016. Prior to joining Give2Asia, Alexie was with the Asia Pacific Philanthropy Consortium, an independent association that supported the growth and development of philanthropy in the Asia Pacific region. Alexie completed her Master’s degree in International Relations in the Brussels campus of the University of Kent, Canterbury. She is also a graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University, with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications.
East Asia Regional Manager & Country Advisor, Australia & New Zealand
Anita Toy has over 10 years’ experience balancing the demands of the financial services industry and not-for-profit sector with community expectations. She has a deep understanding of Australia’s philanthropic sector and community landscape. In her career, she has steered over $60m to charitable causes in Australia, strategically partnered with organizations to achieve social impact and strategically advised HNW clients including trusts & foundations to give with intent. Anita aspires to educate and inspire others on social good to effect positive social change.
Country Advisor, Pakistan
Arsalan Kashfi is a development professional with over twelve years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He holds a Master’s degree in Statistics from Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad. He is a former fellow of US State Department’s Emerging Leaders of Pakistan (ELP) Program, Emerging Global Leaders Initiative (EGLI) - Atlas Corps and Prince’s Trust International Leadership Program UK. Currently, Kashfi is serving as Senior Program Officer at Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy (PCP).
Disaster Program Manager; South-East Asia Regional Manager; Country Advisor, Indonesia
Country Advisor, Mongolia
Batbold Zagdragchaa has over 15 years of experience in project management, program development, social science research and project evaluation. Prior to joining Give2Asia, he led International Development Research Center (IDRC, Canada) - funded mega project, to enhance use of information technologies in the education, governance and livelihoods sectors of Mongolia. He also managed a local NGO, which aimed to promote Mongolia’s relationships with the Asia-Pacific region. Batbold holds a Master’s degree in International and Development Economics from the University of Namur, Belgium.
Associate Country Advisor, India
Bindu brings to Give2Asia more than two decades of experience in the development sector in both grassroots and donor organizations. Her past experience includes grants management; research, monitoring and evaluation; building evidence-based social and behavior change communication campaigns; generating business for organizations; capacity building of different stakeholders; and developing user-friendly knowledge management products. She holds a Masters and Bachelors degree in Sociology.
HR and Operations Associate
Christine Leong Knight works closely with the Director of Operations to design and maintain the systems and infrastructure of the human resource and finance setup. After spending more than a decade working in the publishing industry for startups and global brands in Asia and Europe, Christine brings her administration and management experience to the Operations team at Give2Asia with an emphasis on talent empowerment and process improvement.
Account Associate, Corporate Giving
Cole Newcomb helps Give2Asia's corporate and foundation clients achieve their international grantmaking goals. Before joining Give2Asia, Cole interned with the McCain Institute’s Combatting Human Trafficking Program and with the San Francisco-based legal aid organization, Open Door legal. He also served as a summer associate for Calvo Fisher & Jacob LLP and for Humanity United. In 2018, Cole received a BA in History, with a specialization in Middle East studies, from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. In his free time, he enjoys taking care of unique houseplants, running, and listening to his favorite vinyl albums.
Account Director, Corporate Giving
Emma works with Give2Asia's corporate donors to accomplish their impact goals. A Sweden native, she brings a global perspective with experience in international development and nonprofit management. Prior to joining Give2Asia, Emma worked at Fiscal Management Associates, focusing on helping nonprofits build fiscal resilience for increased impact. Before that, she worked to help underserved communities across the world access to financial markets through microloans at Kiva. She holds a B.S. in International Development from Lund University.
Country Advisor, South Korea
Finance & Admin Manager, Hong Kong SAR PRC
Account Director, Corporate Giving
Jared Tham collaborates with Asia-based corporate donors for Give2Asia. As a partnerships specialist, he has worked with intermediaries in the non-profit sector, such as the Lien Centre for Social Innovation and the Community Foundation of Singapore, to create partnerships for social impact.
Jared holds a Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration from SMU as well as a Bachelor of Communication Studies from Nanyang Technological University. In his spare time, he reads broadly, goes for hillside runs, and plays the djembe.
Asia-Pacific Network Manager
With 15 years of international experience in diverse industries including sports, state government, and non-profits, Jill Chang now oversees a team across 23 countries at Give2Asia. She is also a published author and public speaker. Her book “Quiet is A Superpower” was a #1 bestseller in Taiwan and is being translated into different languages. Jill is a fellow of Harvard SEED for Social Innovation and was featured in Girls in Tech Taiwan 40 Under 40 in 2018. Jill holds a Master's degree in Sports Management from University of Minnesota. She is based in Taipei, Taiwan.
Account Associate, Family Philanthropy
Jimmy holds a M.A in Public Policy and B.A. in Economics and Public Policy from Stanford University. Prior to Give2Asia, he was a Fulbright Scholar in China researching the development of social enterprises. His previous experiences include working at Arabella Advisors and being an AmeriCorps member.
Country Advisor, Timor Leste
Senior Country Advisor, Japan
Operations Manager & Business Development Manager, China 运营经理 战略发展经理
Program Director, China 项目总监
Li Xing brings a wealth of experience from the energy, commodity and financial sectors to his role in Give2Asia. Previously, he was in the business sector and has been working in investment bank and trading companies for more than 15 years in organizations such as Deutsche Bank, BP and Mercuria Group in Beijing and Singapore. Li Xing holds a MBA from Durham Business School in the UK.
Country Advisor, Cambodia
Lim Siv Hong is a social development specialist with 20 years of experience working with International Non-Government Organizations, partnering with government agencies, NGOs, and stakeholders at the subnational level with various development projects. She has extensive experience in grant management, and has strengthened the capacity of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), particularly working to promote CSOs accountability and professionalism. She has also provided technical assistance to partner organizations on project design, planning, implementation and evaluation concerning Women Empowerment, Education Program, Labor Migration and Counter-Trafficking to promote good governance among the civil society organizations.
She holds a BS in Agriculture from the Royal University of Chamkar Dong, Cambodia, and a M.A. in Management of Rural Development from Khorn Kean University, Thailand, and Fellowship Certificate on Pedagogy Skill from Ukraina University, Russia, and Chevening certificate on Government Relation with NGOs and Civil Society in the UK.
Senior Program Manager, China 高级项目经理
Account Director, Health Programs
Ly Tran manages the relationship with one of Give2Asia’s biggest donors with philanthropic footprint across 10 countries in Asia Pacific. An anthropologist by training, Ly had worked extensively in international development. Ly started her career serving indigenous Quechua communities in Peru. She then worked for a number of United Nations organizations (UNICEF, UNESCO, FAO, ILO) and international NGOs for over a decade. In 2008, she co-founded ThreeTrees, a volunteer network that supported children with disabilities in Vietnam. Ly holds an MA in Public Policy and International Development from the Netherlands and Spain.
Country Advisor, Philippines
Marianna Fernando-Pacua has over 10 years of experience working with private sector led development initiatives in climate finance, environment and social sustainability, and corporate social responsibility. She is the Sustainability Manager for Cebu Pacific Air, responsible for monitoring and formulating strategies for the improvement of the airline’s environmental and social performance. Hanna has a bachelor’s degree in Human Ecology and Social Development from the University of the Philippines Los Banos, and earned her Masters of Development Communication from the University of the Philippines Open University. She is also an alumna of the Beahrs Environment Leadership Program (ELP) at the University of California at Berkeley.
Finance Manager & Risk Control Manager, China 财务经理 风控经理
Mi Nan joined Give2Asia’s Beijing Representative Office in 2018 as a financial manager. She is responsible for financial, tax and due diligence of the Beijing Representative Office, and monitors the whole process. Prior to joining the Beijing Representative Office, Mi Nan worked at the Galaxaco China Group Beijing office. This is a representative office of a wholly-owned US company in China that entered China in 1995 and invests in China for large global enterprises or investors. At the Beijing office, she conducted due diligence in the early stage, coordinated communication with government departments and banks, and supervised the project in the later stages.
Country Advisor, Afghanistan
Country Advisor, Singapore
Sarah serves Singaporean nonprofits as their local partner, providing access to US donor funding and philanthropic services. She helps match Corporate and Individual Donors to local charities, conducts Due Diligence, and carries out end-to-end grant management and impact reporting on behalf of the donors.
Sarah has 3 Masters Degrees (Business Administration, Economics and Public Policy) and 15+ years of cross-industry experiences in social enterprises, NGOs, banks and technology startups. Sarah has worked in India, USA, Australia and currently works in Singapore in a dual capacity - Country Adviser for Give2Asia and Senior Advisor for The Asia Foundation.
Country Advisor, Laos
Country Advisor, India
Parul Sachdeva leads grant management to grantees and in-country donors in India. Parul has over a decade of experience in social sector grant making, project management, monitoring and evaluation, and corporate social responsibility. Prior to joining Give2Asia, Parul worked in grant management and corporate social responsibility with Charities Aid Foundation India and Indo Global Social Service Society (IGSSS). She also supported child right programs for CRY and Plan International, addressing education, malnutrition, early childhood care, survival and protection issues. Parul received her Master's degree in Social Work and Bachelor’s degree in Geography from Delhi University.
Country Advisor, Thailand
Poonsook Pantitanonta joined Give2Asia at its inception. She also serves as the Director of Management for The Asia Foundation based in Thailand. Poonsook has over 36 years of experience working with both non-government and government organizations in grant making and managing exchange programs focused on disaster management, environment, public participation, human rights, and other related program areas. She has organized and coordinated regional activities such as conferences, seminars, trainings and exchange programs conducted in Thailand.
Poonsook has an MBA from Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, and an MPA from the University of Hartford, Connecticut, USA.
Director of Programs, Hong Kong SAR PRC
Rose joined Give2Asia Hong Kong SAR office in 2019 and responsible for program development, field advisory and project management in Hong Kong. Rose has more than 12 years of management experience in nonprofit sectors for both International NGOs and local charities in Hong Kong with a focus in poverty alleviation and sustainable development.
Rose holds a Master degree from Macquarie Graduate School of Management. She earned her BA in Business Management from Leeds Beckett University.
Country Advisor, Sri Lanka
Sharadha de Saram is a Communications Specialist by profession. After completing her film studies in Berlin, Germany, she worked as a film editor around the world before returning to Sri Lanka to head the Current Affairs Division of the State Television Station, Rupavahini. Sharadha has scripted and directed numerous documentaries on development issues for both Government and Non-Government Organizations. Having worked as Media Consultant with UNICEF Sri Lanka with focus on children's issues she later co-founded the Sunshine Charity, which cares for vulnerable children living in the eastern province of the country.
Country Advisor, Malaysia
Country Advisor, Myanmar
Country Advisor, Nepal
Dr. Tamang has over two decades of work experience in non-profit [NGO] sector with specific knowledge in project management, research and social development. He has a PhD in Social Welfare (USA), and a Masters’ Degree in Health, Population and Nutrition (UK). He has a unique blend of academia, research and management experience for managing development, research and advocacy projects. He has worked with diverse populations in Nepal, Hawaii and the US Affiliated Pacific Islands. His passion and research/scholarship goals are to serving the under-served, geographically challenged (rural) and resource limited communities; and promoting social justice and equity. He currently works for Nick Simons Institute as a researcher and also serves on board of directors for NGOs in Nepal.
Chief Operating Officer, China 中国事务首席运营官
Tan Jun has 20 years of experience working in financial management, auditing, project investment and risk control. At Give2Asia, Tan Jun is responsible for project risk control, financial management of Give2Asia’s China Representative Office, communication with relevant government departments, and overseeing daily operations. He also maintains good relations with government departments, banks, and other authorities.
Program Manager, China 项目经理
Luna is responsible for managing G2A China programs on a wide range of program areas, providing donor stewardship and grant making related services, developing and delivering other advisory services, and providing support to the whole China team. Previously, she worked on business cooperation and project management in environmental and energy-saving industry and worked on business cooperation in a commercial trading company.
Country Advisor, Bhutan
Thinley Choden is a social entrepreneur and an independent consultant. In addition to her work at Give2Asia, Thinley manages a boutique impact travel company, freelances as a film producer, and advocates for social entrepreneurship and impact investment.
In 2008, Thinley founded READ Bhutan, a non-profit which she grew and managed until 2014. She has also worked for Acumen Fund and for WFP in Bhutan and New York.
Thinley holds a Wharton Executive Certificate in Strategic Decision Making, a MPA from University of Hawaii, and a post-graduate Leadership certificate from East-West Center in Hawaii. She has a BA Economics from Beloit College, Wisconsin.
Country Advisor, Vietnam
Country Advisor, Bangladesh
Towfique is passionate about empowering vulnerable groups and envisions transforming societies to build an inclusive, peaceful and prosperous world. He has over a decade of experience with different international and national groups, including U.S. Department of State, UN WFP, Commonwealth Secretariat, non-profit and private sector. His experience includes multi-stakeholder coordination, program management, platform management, market system development, grant management and consultancy. Towfique is the founder of the South Asian Youth Society (SAYS). He holds an MA in Globalisation, Business and Development under Institute of Development Studies (IDS) from University of Sussex, UK, and another Master degree on Public Policy and Governance.
Program Manager, China 项目经理
Corporate Account Associate
Tiffany holds a Master's in International Education Development from University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford. Prior to Give2Asia, she worked in the private sector developing social impact partnerships. Her previous experiences include interning with UNICEF's Education and Nutrition sections in Timor-Leste and working with Bay Area education nonprofits.
Country Advisor, Japan
Yuko Fujino has served as a Give2Asia Country Advisor for Japan through Japan NPO Center since April 2017, and has also independently worked on program evaluation, grant writing, and translation projects for nonprofit organizations in Japan. In addition to her work in the social sector, she teaches and tutors English. Whatever the role, Yuko finds it exciting to be able to encourage and assist in initiatives that empower minority and marginalized communities.
Associate, Fiscal Sponsorship
Yvette Camba assists in managing Give2Asia’s Fiscal Sponsorship program. She provides administrative support, monitors and updates grant portfolios with Give2Asia grantees, and conducts research for business development and background checks for due diligence requirements.
Previously, Yvette worked at the International Finance Corporation working with both private and public sector projects. She then moved to the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development on policy and development programs in partnership with the Government of the Philippines. A nurse by profession, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from San Beda University Manila in 2011 and earned her professional license in the same year.
Board of Directors
Board Chairman, US; Board Member, Hong Kong SAR PRC
Mr. SyCip advises a variety of companies in their cross-border endeavors between the US/Europe and Asia. Mr. SyCip assumed the role of Board Chairman in August 2016 after having served as a Board Director since 2005.
Prior to setting up his own offices, Mr. SyCip had a career in banking, including serving as CFO of United Savings Bank, a leading provider of banking services to California’s Asian communities and a major originator of home mortgages in the State. He currently sits on the corporate boards for Bank of the Orient in San Francisco, Cityland Development Corporation, Paxys, Inc., Premiere Horizon Alliance Corporation, Sinag Global Energy Corp., and Spence & Co. Ltd.
Mr. SyCip currently serves on the board of several international and Asia-focused nonprofits, including the International Institute for Rural Reconstruction in New York, Global Heritage Fund in San Francisco, and the US-Philippines Society in Washington DC. He has also served as Commissioner for the City and County of San Francisco’s Social Services Department. He was Director and Treasurer of the San Francisco Education Fund and the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and served on Stanford University’s Institute for International Studies Advisory Board, as well as Grameen Foundation USA's Philippine Advisory Council.
Vice Chair, US
Elisabeth Kvitashvili is an accomplished development professional with global humanitarian and crisis response leadership and field operations expertise spanning more than 35 years. A career Senior Foreign Service Officer who served as USAID Mission Director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives as well as Russia, she also served in Pakistan, Honduras, Russia, Italy, and Afghanistan before retiring in October 2015. She also served as Deputy Assistant Administrator in USAID’s Bureau for Middle East with oversight of the Iraq, Jordan and Yemen portfolios, Humanitarian Affairs Counselor to the U.S. Ambassador, USUN-Rome and Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance.
While in Afghanistan, 2002-2003, she led USAID’s reconstruction program. In the mid-1980’s she was based in Peshawar, Pakistan where she designed the USAID Cross Border Humanitarian Assistance Program for Afghanistan. During 1997-1998, she traveled throughout Afghanistan undertaking humanitarian assessments with the UN. She has also spent significant field time in the North and South Caucasus, Iraq, Nepal, Bosnia, Rwanda, Burundi, the DRC, Ethiopia and Eritrea working primarily on humanitarian and conflict-related programs.
She has been an adjunct at Johns Hopkins University-SAIS and most recently Georgetown University where she taught a graduate-level course on conflict.
In retirement, Elisabeth advises a number of for-profit and non-profit organizations with development and humanitarian programs in the Middle East and volunteers at the International Rescue Committee on refugee resettlement.
She holds a master’s degree in Near East Studies from the University Of London School Of Oriental and African Studies and a diploma in international relations from Paris University School of Political Science.
Vice Chair, US
Dr. Agrawal is a professor in the Department of Operations and Management Information Systems, and has served on the faculty since 1992. Currently, he also serves as the Associate Dean of Faculty. He was a visiting professor at The Wharton School in 1999-2000 and 2000- 2001, and at Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, in 2004. He has also worked as a Systems Analyst with Tata Consultancy Services in Bombay, India.
He holds an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Institute of Technology, B.H.U., India; M.S. in Management Science from the University of Texas at Dallas; and an M.A. and Ph. D. in Operations and Information Management from The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Agrawal’s expertise is in the areas of supply chain management, service supply chain management, and manufacturing competitiveness. He is a co-editor of a book titled Retail Supply Chain Management and has contributed chapters in a number of books. He has published his research in journals such as Harvard Business Review, Interfaces, Operations Research, Naval Research Logistics, IIE Transactions, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Journal of Retailing, and Production and Operations Management. He serves on the editorial review board of Production and Operations Management and is an Associate Editor for MSOM.
Naren teaches courses in supply chain management and operations management in MBA and executive MBA programs. He has conducted numerous management development seminars internationally and consulted with companies in the retail and high-technology industries.
Dr. Agrawal has received a number of teaching awards including the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence (at Santa Clara University) every year since 1996, and the MBA Core Curriculum Teaching Award at The Wharton School. He is a twice recipient of the Breetwor Fellowship, which is awarded to tenured faculty members who have distinguished themselves as teaching scholars and are making notable service contributions to the School, the University, and the profession. He has also received numerous research grants from the Leavey School of Business and the Retail Management Institute.
He is a Research Faculty Associate of the Retail Workbench Research & Education Center, and a member of INFORMS.
Board Member, US
For more than three decades Al Njoo has built businesses in Asia, the USA and Africa, focusing primarily on energy and finance. He is the Principal of Benchmark Group, Singapore. It invests, develops, and operates oil/gas production globally. It had successful developments in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, California-US, and Madagascar. Prior to Benchmark, Al was an energy banker at JP Morgan for many years. For over 25yrs he has been the local partner and Director at Merrill Lynch Indonesia.
Alongside his business career, Al has promoted education, impact investing and cancer research for many years. He has sponsored an innovative Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) Asia, based in Singapore, home of Asia’s first private and public platforms for Social Enterprises (SEs) to raise capital efficiently. Al served on the advisory board of UBS Bank first impact investment fund. His foundation has provided long-term funding to a scholarship program that supports Asian students engaged in PhD cancer research at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In recent years, Al has been involved in Indonesian development efforts, sponsoring the building of new schools in Nias in Sumatra after the Asian tsunami of 2004, and working with NGO Geohazards International for preparedness against tsunamis. He has contributed funding to IRRI, the International Rice Research Institute, to develop a program targeted at increasing the productivity of Indonesian rice farmers.
Board Member, US
William P. Fuller served as President and CEO of The Asia Foundation from 1989 until 2004 and is currently President Emeritus. From 2004 to 2008 he was Vice Chairman and Senior Adviser of ChinaVest, a merchant bank with offices in Shanghai, Beijing and San Francisco.
Mr. Fuller was Deputy Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Washington, D.C. from 1987 to 1989, responsible for foreign aid to 16 countries in the Near East and Europe. He joined USAID in 1981 as Director of the USAID mission in Indonesia and lived in Jakarta for nearly six years.
From 1971 to 1981, Bill served with the Ford Foundation in Asia, first as an advisor to the National Education Commission and Ministry of Education in Thailand, and later as head of the Foundation’s office in Bangladesh which supported programs to develop micro-finance, agriculture, and health. In earlier years, he worked with the World Bank in Paris, and with UNICEF in Beirut, Cairo, and New York.
During his career, Bill has served in leadership roles in business and community organizations. He is currently on the boards of Array Networks, Inc. in Milpitas, California and the Bank of the Orient in San Francisco. He has been a member of the Advisory Council of the Asian Development Bank Institute in Tokyo, the Advisory Council for the Goldman Fund, and was until 2007 Chair of the Board of Directors of the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto. He is on the board of Winrock International, a global organization that provides technical assistance to agriculture, forestry and environmental/clean tech projects, and was Board Chair from 1999 to 2001. He is currently Vice Chair of the board of Give2Asia , a Vice Chair of the Japan Society of Northern California, a board member and treasurer of the World Affairs Council, and a board member of the China Foundation for Education and Culture in Taiwan. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the President’s Council of the United Religions Initiative.
Mr. Fuller’s contributions to international development efforts have been recognized by a number of awards and honors. He is a two-time recipient of the United States President’s Meritorious Service Award and USAID’s Distinguished Honor Prize. He received Korea’s Hueng-in Jang Medal for Diplomatic Service from Korea’s President in 1997, the Asia Pacific Leadership Award from the Center for the Pacific Rim, University of San Francisco in 2002, an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Dominican University in 2002, the annual Citizens Award from the World Affairs Council in 2004 for work in international development and philanthropy, and Mongolia’s highest civilian award, the Medal of Friendship, presented by Mongolia’s President in 2004.
Bill holds B.A., and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.
Board Member, US
Having been a management consultant for over 45 years, Bill (although now “semi-retired”) still accepts an occasional assignment in the greater Seattle area. Focusing his practice in the area of Strategic Pay and Personnel Issues, he works exclusively with the Boards of Directors and CEOs of privately held, for-profit, Pacific Northwest companies. His efforts are devoted to helping organizations align their reward systems with their values, cultures, and strategic goals. Often this evolves into strategic planning, goal setting, success measurements, team building, group problem solving skills and related efforts.
Currently, Bill spends most of his time and energy with his non-profit work in SE Asia. With his SE Asia Foundation, Bill is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty for those less fortunate. Believing strongly that the key to this is education – and especially educating girls – Bill seeks out and supports organizations working to educate children and provide job skills training to women. His unique approach to this support involves funding coupled with coaching to improve management skills and the long-term sustainability of the organization. Traveling to the region four times each year, Bill remains a “hands-on” consultant.
Bill also is an active partner in the Together We Can Change the World (TWCCTW) group, along with Scott Friedman, Jana Stanfield, and many other talented speakers, authors, and trainers committed to the same goals of helping the impoverished to a more self-sustaining life in SE Asia.
As a co-founder of Donworth, Taylor & Co., a Seattle based HR and labor relations management consulting firm, he consulted in that capacity for 13 years from 1975 through 1988. Prior to that he was a consultant with Price Waterhouse & Co. in Los Angeles and Seattle for nine years. His early experience also includes nine years in both line and staff positions in Southern California industry.
His long record of active service in the Institute of Management Consultants includes Past President of the Pacific Northwest Chapter. From 1989 to 1991 he served as Vice President for the Pacific Western Region and as a member of the National Board of Directors. After that he served a three-year term as one of the three U. S. Trustees to the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI). A long time Rotarian, he was an active member of the Downtown Seattle Rotary Club No. 4 for 25 years. He was also active in the American Compensation Association and the Northwest Compensation Forum, and has served as a director of the ACT Theater and the Seattle Center Foundation in Seattle. He is a Snohomish County Master Gardner and for two years served as President of the Edmonds in Bloom Association.
Bill and his wife, Pat, live in Edmonds, just north of Seattle. What little spare time there is is spent gardening, wandering around the country in his motorhome, hiking, fly fishing, playing poker, rooting for the Mariners, staying fit, and playing with Corvettes.
Board Member, US
Dr. Tseng has over 25 years of valuable experience in the highly competitive Information and Communication Industries where he became a CEO at an early age. He was a co-founder of Microtek, the world class leader in the Image Scanner industry, one of the first and most successful IPO companies based in the prestigious Taiwan Science Park. Since retiring from active corporate management, Dr. Tseng has drawn on his rich experience and turned his attention to teaching and mentoring the CEO’s of tomorrow, as well as serving on the advisory boards of many large companies.
Prior to returning to Taiwan in 1980, Dr. Tseng worked for over 10 years in USA based companies such as Lockheed, Xerox, and NRL where he held increasingly responsible positions in such areas as system design, technical marketing and Hi-Tech enterprise management. As a skillful negotiator, Dr. Tseng used his skills and entrepreneurial talents to secure many highly lucrative OEM, ODM, and distribution contracts with large globally recognized companies such as Siemens, Philips, Hitachi, GEC, Data I/O, Panasonic, Rockwell, and NEC.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University in 1970, Dr. Tseng earned his Masters, then Doctoral degrees in Computer Science and Electronics Engineering from UCLA. He holds patents for Keyboardless Input Method and has been active in publications.
For the last 10 years, Dr. Tseng has been Chairman of the Little Dragon Foundation, whose mission is to guide entrepreneurs of tomorrow. At the same time, he has also held seats on the boards of several Hi-Tech technology enterprises and educational organizations. He continues to serve as Vice Chairman of Arlotto and director of AIPTEK and Arima, Overseas Director of Canada National Institute of Nano-Technology, and Chief Advisor of China National Nano- Technology Application Center.
Dr. Tseng is a Director of the USA-based “Committee of 100” and is Co-founder of ECO Foundation for environment. He is the special advisor to Tsinghua University President and EMBA Professor. He also serves as Business Advisory Council (BAC) member for the University of Alberta, Canada. His academic posts have included Adjunct Professorships at City University of Hong Kong, University of Alberta (Canada), and as CEO Training Professor at Tsinghua University. He is also a Co-founder of Monte Jade Science & Technology Association (USA).
Dr. Tseng received a prestigious “Friendship Award” from the Chinese government in 2008, one of the highest-level state awards given to foreign citizens. He also received the “2004 Distinguished Achievement Award” from CIE (Chinese Institute of Engineers, USA) in recognition of his “pioneering work and leadership in high-tech industry” and “contribution in education on industrial management”.
Dr. Tseng is very happily married. His daughter is studying at Harvard University and presently divides his time among Beijing, Taiwan and USA in order to fulfill his many global commitments.
Board Member, US
David D. Arnold became the president of The Asia Foundation on January 1, 2011, after serving as the 10th president of the American University in Cairo (AUC) for seven years. There, he oversaw the construction of a new, state-of-the-art $400 million campus, including the region’s largest English-language library and the first public park in the suburb of New Cairo. Mr. Arnold spearheaded AUC’s $125 million fundraising campaign, the largest in the University’s history. He also oversaw the launch of several new academic programs, including the University’s first Ph.D. program and new masters’ programs in education, biotechnology, gender studies, digital journalism, and refugee studies. Under Mr. Arnold’s leadership, AUC expanded its continuing education and community outreach programs and created new scholarship opportunities funded by private donors, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. State Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative.
Previously, Mr. Arnold served for six years as executive vice president of the Institute of International Education, the world’s largest educational exchange organization. Between 1984 and 1997, he worked for the Ford Foundation, serving as its first program officer in the field of governance and then as the organization’s representative in India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
Mr. Arnold began his public service career in 1975 in his home state of Michigan as a program budget analyst with the Michigan Department of Labor. He moved to Washington, D.C., in 1977 to join the National Governors Association, where he handled intergovernmental relations in the areas of employment, housing, and economic development. He later served as executive director of the Coalition of Northeastern Governors, a regional think tank and policy institute.
He holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Michigan State University, as well as a B.A. from University of Michigan.
Board Member, US
Mr. Hong is formerly the president of National Vincera Capital, a Taiwan-based venture capital company focusing on growth-stage investments in Taiwan. He concurrently served as President of National Holding Company, Ltd., a private investment company based in Taiwan.
Prior to this position, Mr. Hong served as Chairman of SinoPac Financial Services (USA) Ltd., a retail broker-dealer based in Los Angeles; and as a director of SinoPac Asset Management International Co., Ltd., and Far East National Bank.
Prior to SinoPac, Mr. Hong served as a Senior Associate at Electra Fleming Inc., a private equity management firm with $350 million in private investments in middle market companies. Previously, Mr. Hong worked as an analyst at the Blackstone Group, an investment banking boutique, with its mergers and acquisitions and leveraged buyouts groups.
Mr. Hong graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with dual bachelor’s degrees in finance and electrical engineering. His family is active in promoting cultural and artistic initiatives in Taiwan.
Board Member, US
Board Member, US
Freda L. Zietlow, CFA, is an international investment and finance executive with over 20 years of institutional investment and private wealth management experience. She is currently Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager at Fiduciary Trust International. Prior to joining Fiduciary, Freda was Founder and Managing Principal of Peridot Capital Partners.
Freda earned her MBA in Finance and eCommerce from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and received her Master of Science in Real Estate from Columbia University. She graduated with high honors from the University of California-Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture. She has held the Charter Financial Analyst designation since 2002.
Freda serves and has served on many non-profit and corporate boards. She is currently a Trustee and Investment Committee Chair of Give2Asia, an Endowment Committee and Board Director of Piedmont Council BSA and an active member of the Women Corporate Directors (WCD) Foundation. Freda was until recently an independent Director at Bank of the Orient, an international bank with offices in California, Hawaii, and China.
Board Member, US & Hong Kong SAR PRC
Ms. Schilling is a co-founder of the Union Square Investment Company with her husband Alexander H. Schilling. Union Square Investment Company is an investment manager.
Since the 1980s, Ms. Schilling has been actively involved in a number of civic and advisory groups that address issues concerning small business owners, woman- and Asian-owned businesses, and state and local development. In addition to being the first woman president of the Asian Business League of San Francisco, she was formerly vice chairman of the San Francisco Economic Development Corp. and director of the State of California Small Business Advisory Board. She has also been a member of the SF Chamber of Commerce, California Council to Promote Business Ownership by Women, the Advisory Council on Small Business and Agriculture of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and the Greater Market Street Development Association. She is currently a member of the Board of the Bay Area Council, and was a director of Golden West Financial, which was publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange.
Currently, Ms Schilling is a member of the Board of Regents of the University of California, a Board member of Give2Asia, and the Committee of 100.
Ms. Schilling holds a B.A. in both Economics and Political Science from U.C. Berkeley and a Master’s degree in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, Arizona.
Board Member, US
Michael’s recent experience includes representing a national distribution and business service company in three class actions and approximately 70 federal district court actions involving wage and hour issues and the enforcement of arbitration agreements. Michael has advised shopping centers, hotels and schools regarding public access issues involving the First Amendment. He represented the Ohio Turnpike Commission in federal litigation regarding the demand by union members to engage in picketing on restricted Turnpike access areas.
Michael recently advised a multinational corporation in the reorganization of its executive management team and assisted clients regarding various privacy concerns. Michael has spoken with client groups and at seminars on new issues regarding employee privacy and employer monitoring of information technology facilities such as email and voicemail. He has participated in the US Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force and spearheaded a team of lawyers in the financial services practice group that assisted financial service businesses on compliance with privacy provisions of the Financial Services Modernization Act.
Michael is on the board of the United Way of the Bay Area Annual Campaign, and has served as vice chair of the board of directors and chair of the 75th Anniversary Campaign for Catholic Charities of the East Bay, the social welfare arm of the Catholic Diocese of Oakland. He provides pro bono assistance to other nonprofit institutions in the Bay Area including the Asian Art Museum Foundation. Michael serves as the managing partner for Squire Sanders' NorCal offices.
Board Member, Hong Kong SAR PRC
Nick Chan is a Partner at Squire Patton Boggs, a top ten most global law firm with 45 offices in 20 countries where he serves as Partner (since 2004) with practice group responsibility for Asia Pacific region. Mr. Chan served in-house at two Fortune 100 technology companies AT&T and Cisco Systems where he had regional responsibilities. He serves on the Council of FuHong Society, an NGO focused in helping intellectually disabled people to live with dignity and as an integral part of our community. He is the Honorary Legal Advisor of Origin Charity Foundation which has funded and supported the establishment of many schools in rural Mainland China. He is the Convenor of Tech Response to COVID-19, an NGO focused to use technology to empower ordinary people to control the spread of COVID-19, and to reduce the workload of healthcare workers. Mr. Chan serves on the Hospital Governing Committee of two hospitals in Hong Kong.
Mr. Chan also serves on the DIT committee, Belt and Road committee and as Vice Chairman of the Legal Committee of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Chan is the Chairman of eBRAM International Online Disputes Resolution Centre, a joint community LawTech effort to provide better and more cost-efficient access to justice by adopting and deploying the latest technology and solid legal knowledge. Mr. Chan devotes a lot of time to advance the Rule of Law, innovation, technology, education and the broader community, serving as Legal Aid Services Council member, previously as Law Society Council Member and still Vice Chairman of InnoTech Committee and Belt and Road Committee, as the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Council Member, Chairman of Knowledge Transfer Committee and IPO Industrial Fellowship Enrichment Program Fellow, and as Chairman and committee member for several Hong Kong Government appeal boards, as committee member serving on academic boards at CityU and HKU, and serves on the Entrepreneurship Programme Management Committee for PolyU. Nick also serves as advisory committee member of the Hong Kong Innovation and Technology Venture Fund. Nick publishes widely and is a columnist with a weekly column in a leading newspaper Headline News (頭條日報) to help share legally related information with the public.
Mr. Chan is an elected Hong Kong deputy to the 13th National People's Congress of the People’s Republic of China.
Board Chairman, Hong Kong SAR PRC
Board Member, Hong Kong SAR PRC
Chair Emeritus, US & Hong Kong SAR PRC
Ta-lin Hsu is the founder and chairman of H&Q Asia Pacific. Since its inception, H&Q Asia Pacific has managed 23 funds of over US$2.7 billion in committed capital. Prior to founding H&Q Asia Pacific in 1986, Dr. Hsu worked at IBM for 12 years, reaching the position of senior manager in the research division — with corporate responsibility for advanced research and development of mass storage systems and technology — before joining Hambrecht & Quist as a general partner in 1985. He served as Give2Asia's Chairman of the Board from 2011 to 2016.
Dr. Hsu received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley following a M.S. in electrophysics from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and a B.S. in physics from National Taiwan University. Dr. Hsu was a founding member of the prestigious Technology Review Board of Taiwan, which was instrumental in the establishment of the country’s technology industry. Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Group, Primax Electronics Holdings, Ltd., are some of the boards of public and private companies Dr. Hsu currently serves.
Dr. Hsu is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Board Member of K.T. Li Foundation for the Development of Science and Technology, the Founding President of the Chinese Institute of Engineers / USA SF Bay Area Chapter.
Board Member, US
Yiwen Li is currently the Director for Global Strategy and Business Development at NantHealth, a NASDAQ listed healthcare and biotech company aiming at transforming healthcare and defeating cancer. Mrs. Li is responsible for the strategy and execution of establishing strategic partnerships outside the US, including Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and Middle East. She has over eight years’ experience in investment analysis and international business development.
Prior to NantHealth, Mrs. Li worked at Capital Group Companies, one of the world’s largest investment management companies with US$1.3 trillion under management. Mrs. Li worked in multiple functions across investment, marketing and sales, operations during her years at Capital Group. She initiated and developed the national effort to offer wealth-planning services to Ultra-High Net Worth Asian American individuals and families. Prior to that, Mrs. Li worked three years as an associate investment analyst focusing on publicly traded companies in emerging markets. She specialized in investment research in the following markets: Mongolian market, Asian semiconductor sector, and Chinese consumer sector.
Prior to Capital Group, Mrs. Li worked as a consultant at the United Nations headquarter in Vienna. She worked closely with the head of the Asian Division at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization on China-related project; she also developed and implemented country programs for Vietnam, Nepal, and Pakistan. Mrs. Li received an MSc in Economic History with merit from the London School of Economics; an MA in Global Studies with Outstanding from University of Vienna; a dual Bachelors’ degree in German Studies and English Studies from Beijing Foreign Studies University. As one of three candidates in China, Mrs. Li received Erasmus Mundus scholarship from European Union from 2006-2008.
Mrs. Li is the author of “There is no right answer to growing up”, a book expected to be published in 2017 by the largest Chinese publisher Joint Publish House. Mrs. Li has lived in fifteen cities, seven countries, and three continents, is fluent in English, Mandarin, and German.
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