Board of Trustees (click on Trustee for more information)

Ronnie C. Chan, Chairman, Hang Lung Group, Hong Kong
chanRonnie C. Chan is Chairman of Hang Lung Group Ltd. and its subsidiary Hang Lung Properties Ltd. Mr. Chan also co-founded the Morningside group. In addition, he is Chairman of the Executive Committees of One Country Two Systems Research Institute and of Better Hong Kong Foundation. He founded and chairs China Heritage Fund, and is an Advisor to and former Vice President of China Development Research Foundation in Beijing. Internationally, Mr. Chan is Co-Chair of Asia Society and Chairman of its Hong Kong Center, a Director of the Board of Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics, and a member of Council on Foreign Relations, National Committee on United States-China Relations, and Committee of 100. He is founding Chairman Emeritus of Asia Business Council, a former Chairman of Hong Kong-United States Business Council, and a former member of the governing board of World Economic Forum. Mr. Chan is a Trustee of University of Southern California.
Elizabeth Eder Zobel de Ayala, Chairman, Teach for the Philippines, Philippines
ZobelElizabeth “Lizzie” Eder Zobel is the Co-founder and Chairman of Teach for the Philippines. Lizzie also co-founded Sa Aklat Sisikat Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving functional literacy in public school students in the Philippines. In its 12 year history, Sa Aklat Sisikat collaborated with the Department of Education in training over 25,000 educators and touched the lives of over one million students in public schools throughout the country.

In addition to education, Lizzie is very committed to reproductive healthcare rights and currently sits on the boards of the Population Council (USA) and the Family Forum (Philippines). Lizzie contributed to the passing of the Reproductive Health Bill in December 2012, which aims to provide universal access to reproductive health for Filipinos. She was the Presidential appointee to the Board of the National Museum of the Philippines for nine years.

Lizzie is originally from Cali, Colombia and now resides in Manila with her husband, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, and their four children. She graduated from Boston College with B.A. in Philosophy and Economics.
Daniel Tsai, Chairman, The Fubon Group, Taiwan
Daniel M. Tsai is the Chairman of Fubon Financial Holdings, the second-largest and the most comprehensive financial services group in Taiwan, with total assets of US$148.9 billion as of September 2013. Over the past half century, Fubon Financial Holdings has evolved from a property and casualty insurer into a banking, securities, life insurance, and asset management business.

Mr. Tsai joined Fubon Group in 1981. During his 33-year tenure, he has strived to grow the company in Taiwan, and also led Fubon’s expansion into China and Hong Kong. In recognition of his effort in the integration of financial services in Greater China, Euromoney honored him with the Outstanding Contribution to Greater China Financial Services award in 2009.

Mr. Tsai is also involved in the telecommunications and cable TV sector. He is Vice Chairman of Taiwan Mobile, a leading convergent services provider in Taiwan.

Mr. Tsai received his Bachelor degree of Law from National Taiwan University in 1978, and Master degree of Law from Georgetown University in 1979. He has served on the University of Southern California Board of Trustees since April 2012.
Jamshyd Godrej, Chairman, Godrej and Boyce, India
GodrejJamshyd N. Godrej is the Chairman of the Board of Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Co. of India, which manufactures and markets home appliances, furniture, security equipment, precision tools, and chemical, metal, and plastic products. He is the Chairman Emeritus of Aspen Institute India (now known as Ananta Aspen Center), a Trustee and President Emeritus of World Wide Fund for Nature–India, Trustee of the Asia Society, and the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation. He is a Director of the World Resources Institute and of ClimateWorks Foundation and Global Footprint Network in the United States, and the Chairman of the CII-Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Center and India Resources Trust. He is a member of the Toyota Motor Asia Pacific Regional Advisory Committee and is the past President of the Confederation of Indian Industry and of the Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association. He is an ardent yachting enthusiast and has done extensive cruising along the west coast of India and in the Baltic and North Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea. The President of India conferred on him one of its highest civilian awards, the Padma Bhushan, in 2003. He graduated in mechanical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Ruth A. Shapiro, Chief Executive, The Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society
Shapiro Dr. Ruth A. Shapiro is the Chief Executive of the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society (CAPS).

Dr. Shapiro is the Editor of The Real Problem Solvers, a book about social entrepreneurship in America. The Real Problem Solvers was published in China with the addition of Chinese social entrepreneurs in March, 2015. She also co-authored the book, Building Energy Efficiency: Why Green Buildings are Key to Asia’s Future.

Dr. Shapiro is also the Principal of Keyi Strategies, a consultancy specializing in increasing understanding and networks between Asia, Europe and the United States. Prior to founding Keyi Strategies, Ruth Shapiro founded the Asia Business Council and served as its Executive Director since its inception in 1997 until May 2007. She is now Senior Advisor to the Council. In overseeing the Council’s programmatic initiatives and through her consulting work, Dr. Shapiro gained expertise on issues such as corporate social responsibility, scenario planning, education, training and innovation, corporate governance, energy efficiency, social entrepreneurship and Asian regional economic growth and political change.

Dr. Shapiro spent the early part of her professional career in the field of international development. Within this field, she held management positions and built new program areas at the Academy for Educational Development, the Harvard Institute of International Development and Global Outlook.

Dr. Shapiro holds a doctorate from Stanford University and Master’s Degrees from Harvard University and George Washington University. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Michigan.

Advisory Board
Shin Dong Bin, Chairman, Lotte Group, South Korea
Nazir Razak, Group Chairman, CIMB Group, Malaysia
Vichit Suraphongchai, Executive Chairman, Siam Commercial Bank, Thailand
Ratan Tata, Chairman, Tata Trusts

Staff (click on Staff member for more information)
Mehvesh Mumtaz Ahmed, Research Director
Mehvesh Mumtaz Ahmed has extensive experience in research and analysis across public finance, public policy, and economics in the non-profit and for-profit sectors. She has worked for the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Unit at the World Bank, for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and for the New York City Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget under Mayor Bloomberg. She has also been an academic, having taught Economics to undergraduate and MBA students. Prior to joining CAPS, Mehvesh was working in the strategy consulting and social enterprise space in Hong Kong.

Mehvesh was a PhD candidate in Political Economy at Princeton University, holds a Master in Public Affairs in Economic Policy from Princeton University, and a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) degree in Philosophy and Economics from the London School of Economics. Mehvesh speaks Urdu fluently and is conversant in Hindi.

Vincent Cheng, Research Associate
Vincent Cheng has traversed both the think-tank and social enterprise spaces in Hong Kong to develop research-informed actions for agendas relating to education and healthcare issues.

Prior to joining CAPS, Vincent was at Wofoo Social Enterprises, dedicating his time to testing and driving new social innovation models – such as that of “shared value” – to leverage actors beyond the public sector to address unmet social needs aptly, innovatively and sustainably. His work was focused particularly on addressing the predicaments that the Hong Kong public healthcare system faces in a rapidly aging society.

Vincent holds a MA in Literary and Cultural Studies from the University of Hong Kong, and a BA in English Language and Literature from Hong Kong Baptist University. He speaks Cantonese, English, and Mandarin.

Alexandrina (Sandy) Collaco, Office Manager
Ms. Alexandrina B J Collaco is the Office Manager of the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society (CAPS). Alexandrina has been involved in the business of Office Management and organization throughout her entire career and has been involved in the Hotel and the Search Industries holding senior positions in Hong Kong.

A graduate of the respected Maryknoll Convent School in Hong Kong, Alexandrina is fluent in English and conversant Cantonese. She is a passionate and energetic achiever with a flair for bringing people together, precise in the execution of her involvement in events and delivers consistent, dependable results.

Alexandrina is Portuguese and lives in Hong Kong.

Heesu Jang, Research Associate
Heesu Jang is Research Associate for the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society. Prior to this, Heesu has worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Seoul, and for Bloomberg in Hong Kong.

Heesu holds a Bachelor of Arts with Departmental Honors and Cum Laude in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he focused on Chinese and Korean domestic politics and foreign policy.

He has lived in Korea, China, and Hong Kong, and he is fluent in English, Korean, and Mandarin.

Marissa Fung Shaw, Deputy Director of Donor Services
As Deputy Director of Donor Services, Marissa brings varied and extensive experiences in philanthropy and the non-profit sector which is enriched by her previous role as an entrepreneur. With a successful track record in developing donor relationships, Marissa's design background enables her to apply design-led thinking in the conception and realisation of innovative projects for donors and their partner organizations.

Marissa has served actively in both management and board trustee positions in non-profit organisations in Hong Kong and the US where she focused on fostering international cultural exchange, and empowering youth through arts enrichment and education.

A designer by training, Marissa graduated from Brown University in Visual Arts, and continued her design training in London. She also holds a Masters with Distinction in Non Profit Management from the University of Hong Hong.

Marissa is a member of the Hong Kong SAR Art Sub-Committee and the Small and Medium Enterprises Committee (SMEC) of the Trade and Industry Dept. She serves on the boards of The Fringe Club, The Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection and the Asian Cultural Council.

A native of Hong Kong of mixed heritage, Marissa speaks English and Cantonese fluently, and is conversant in Mandarin and French.

Maureen Tai, Director of Administration
Prior to joining the non-profit sector, Maureen spent over a decade at Grant Thornton UK LLP as a corporate finance adviser and regulator to senior management of companies operating in diverse industries and jurisdictions. She project managed and led complex public listing/IPO transactions and was a qualified executive (nominated adviser) with the London Stock Exchange plc. From 1997 - 2005, Maureen was a corporate lawyer at large international law firms in London and Toronto. She received an LL.B and BA (Economics and Japanese Studies) from the University of Toronto.

Maureen is passionate about literacy, women and children's issues, and is involved in The Women's Foundation of Hong Kong's mentoring programme as well as an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (Hong Kong). She speaks Bahasa Malaysia, Japanese, Cantonese and rudimentary Mandarin.

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