Bradley Wo (Senior Associate)
Bradley Wo joins APC as a Senior Associate. Bradley completed his master’s degree in China Studies at the Yenching Academy of Peking University in 2019 with a thesis titled “Charitable China: An Analysis of the Top 50 Philanthropists”. He is excited to continue working with Asian philanthropy in his new role at APC.
Originally from Hawaii, Bradley has worked at foundations, non-profits, and international development aid organisations in the US and Asia. He has also co-founded the non-profit, Learning Across Borders, to grow environmental education opportunities for students in the Asia-Pacific region. Bradley has received a B.S. in Science, Technology, and Sociology from Stanford University and participated in International Honours Programme’s Social Entrepreneurship Programme in Brazil, India, and Uganda. A newcomer to Singapore, he is exploring as many aspects of Singapore’s amazing food culture as he can.
David Chew (Associate)
David is an Associate at the Asia Philanthropy Circle. Prior to joining APC, he trained and qualified as a lawyer in the UK, where he advised on issues such as product liability, modern slavery as well as environmental, social and governance standards in project financing. He has worked pro-bono for UNICEF and Advocates for International Development and also undertook a six-month secondment to Plan International, a development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. He is excited to build on his experience in the non-profit sector and learn more about the role of philanthropy in creating social impact.
David graduated with a degree in Law from Oxford University, where he was president of the microfinance society.
Elaine Khoo (Operations Manager)
Elaine is Operations Manager at the Asia Philanthropy Circle. She has extensive experience in human resource, office management and quality management system in various sectors to include education, manufacturing, consulting and IT.
Before moving to Singapore, she headed the HR, Administration and Quality departments of a systems integration company in Malaysia. She also led the company into achieving its ISO 9001 Accredited Certification and maintaining it thereafter. Prior to joining APC, she worked for the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network’s Chairman for three years before joining their Singapore office as Office Manager.
In her free time, she goes to the gym, enjoys music and movies.
Jiaxin Xu (Intern)
Jiaxin began as an Intern at the Asia Philanthropy Circle in May 2020. Prior to joining APC, he has interned at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the law firm Lee & Lee, and Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2), a non-profit that assists low-wage migrant workers facing difficulty over work injuries and unpaid salaries. He credits his time at TWC2 for exposing him to the urgent need for coordinated action, and the possibilities for philanthropic impact to fill critical gaps. He is greatly looking forward to learning from and contributing to APC’s work.
Jiaxin is a rising sophomore in the Dual BA Programme between Columbia University and Sciences Po; he is currently studying the social sciences in France, and he hopes to major in Economics-Philosophy when he arrives in New York. He is certain that his life has already peaked in his junior college days, during which he directed an award-winning short film, hosted an Airbnb, and backpacked across Iran.
Joy Poon (Intern)
Joy joined Asia Philanthropy Circle in May 2020 as an Intern. She is an undergraduate in her second year at the National University of Singapore. She is majoring in Political Science with a minor in Theatre Studies. Having volunteered for various projects that serve the needs of children and vulnerable adults, these experiences have motivated her to further her knowledge of collaborative social initiatives.
She is intrigued by philanthropy’s capacity to take risks in exploring different ways to serve communities. She is excited to build her understanding regarding collaborative philanthropy at APC. She looks forward to learning more about various philanthropic initiatives and how they bring about sustainable change across Asia in her short time at APC.
Laurence Lien (CEO)
Laurence Lien is Co-Founder and CEO of the Asia Philanthropy Circle.
Laurence is also the Chairman of Lien Foundation, a family foundation established in 1980. Under his leadership, Lien Foundation has become well-regarded for its forward-thinking and radical approach in the fields of education, eldercare and the environment.
Laurence was the CEO of the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre in Singapore from 2008-2014. In 2008, he founded the Community Foundation of Singapore and was its Chairman from 2013-2019. He is also Board Member of the Lien Centre for Social Innovation at the Singapore Management University.
Prior to his work in the non-profit sector, Laurence served in the Singapore Administrative Service, which forms the top echelon of public service leaders in Singapore. Laurence holds degrees from Oxford University, the National University of Singapore, and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In 2010, Laurence was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship. He was also a Nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore from 2012-2014.
Naomi Wang (Intern)
Naomi joined the Asia Philanthropy Circle in March 2020 as an Intern. Having pursued diverse internship and volunteering opportunities across Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, UK and France, she is keen to develop her understanding of the social impact and international development sectors through the lens of philanthropy. Naomi has previously interned at HealthServe, a non-profit serving the medical, legal and social needs of Singapore’s migrant workers. As Projects Officer of Oxford Development Consultancy, she managed a consulting project with VisionFund, an international microfinance organisation.
Prior to joining APC, Naomi pursued short-term Chinese language study at Beijing Language and Culture University. In her spare time, she writes for the Organisation for World Peace. Naomi graduated from Oxford University in June 2019 with a degree in History.
Natalie Kennedy (Deputy Director)
Natalie is Deputy Director at APC and focuses on our membership, supporting collaboration between leading Asian philanthropists. Prior to joining APC, Natalie led the Corporates & Institutions practice for Conjunct Consulting, a nonprofit organisation bridging private sector talent to capacity-building projects for social impact organisations. In this role, she led cross-sector collaborations between multiple stakeholders including corporate foundations and social responsibility teams, grantmaking institutions, government statutory boards, nonprofit organisations, and social enterprises.
She has co-directed the PACE Schools programme for the past five years, investing in education and library initiatives in rural areas of Myanmar and Cambodia. In the private sector, Natalie has worked in investment banking at Deutsche Bank, equity research at Morgan Stanley, and private equity consulting at Kurt Salmon Associates.
She has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University.
Stacey Choe (Director)
Stacey is Director at the Asia Philanthropy Circle since August 2016, working with leading Asian philanthropists on furthering their strategic philanthropy in the region. She served as the Membership Services Director at the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network for 4 years before her last role as Director of Policy Engagement. She spent three years in China as the marketing director of a boutique Italian consulting company, specialising in communications, events management, market research and strategy. In Singapore, she was responsible for regional incentive and rewards programmes at Intel Corporation, and prior to that, Stacey worked in the government sector on nationwide campaigns relating to social cohesion and national identity.
Stacey holds an MA in Social Anthropology of Development from SOAS, University of London, and a BA in Political Science and English Literature from the National University of Singapore. She is a 2019 Asia Foundation Development Fellow, and has also co-founded a Lean In chapter for professional women interested in social issues in Singapore.
Valentina Ko (Research and Communications Manager)
Valentina Ko joins APC as the Research and Communications Manager in July 2019. Prior to that, she had previously worked in the area of education intervention services for three years in California, USA. She served as a Coordinator at various national and local nonprofits that have a focus on reducing the juvenile delinquency rate through education attainment and also held the position of Programme Director with Stanford University’s East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring, a foundation project by Stanford to ensure equitable education access to the low-income community around them.
More recently, Valentina graduated with a Masters in Social Work (M.S.W) at Columbia University in the City of New York. During her time there, she worked in the field of criminal justice reform at the Office of Appellate Defenders where her field of practice is restorative justice with a focus on mass incarceration in the USA. Her work includes helping with appeal cases, working with the Parole Preparation Project for upcoming hearings, investigative work for the Innocence Project and addressing issues during conviction to ensure fair treatment of incarcerated persons.