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.
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.
Jill Chin (Senior Impact Associate)
Jill joined Asia Philanthropy Circle as a Senior Impact Associate in October 2020 and is currently working on projects across multiple sectors. In her previous capacity, Jill was a management consultant of a global education practice at LEK Consulting and EY-Parthenon where she advised education companies and investors on strategy and investment decisions. She is also experienced in the environmental sector having started her career at a waste management company. Having worked in Mumbai for a couple of years, she witnessed a city known to many as one of maximum contrasts due to its huge inequality. Her quest to make a difference in the social impact space has led her to join APC and she is excited to embark on impact-driven philanthropy work with the incredibly talented and dynamic team.
Jill holds a MSc in Applied Finance from the Singapore Management University and BSc in Civil Engineering and Economics from the University of Michigan. She currently serves as an ambassador for the nonprofit organisation HundrED to identify and raise awareness about impactful education innovations globally.
Jing Ning Lee (Intern)
Jing Ning joined the Asia Philanthropy Circle in September 2020 as an intern. Prior to joining APC, she has interned at the Ministry of Social and Family Development’s Strategic Planning, Research and Development Division and Youth Residential Services. She has also volunteered with Transient Workers Count Too – a non-profit that promotes equitable treatment for migrant workers, Salusbury World – a London school-based refugee charity, and Citizens UK – a community organizing group, working on the Migrants and Inclusion as well as Youth Justice campaigns.
Jing Ning is currently completing her MA in International Public Policy at Fudan University and holds a BSc in Social Sciences from University College London.
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.
Margie Ong (Malaysia Country Representative)
Margie is the CEO of Thoughts In Gear, a sustainability and social impact consulting firm. She works with corporations to include sustainability and ESG principles into their core business; and with non-profits for strategic and systemic impact. Her goal is to translate good sustainability ideas into clear strategic frameworks, roadmaps, and executable action plans. Her team also works closely on reporting and measurement to global standards in ensuring that impact is well defined, tracked, and reported upon.
Graduating as an electrical engineer, Margie has Sustainability Leadership certification with the London Business School. Before founding TIG, she honed her work experience with The Boston Consulting Group, Intel, HCL, and the CIMB Foundation.
TIG’s achievements include setting up Southeast Asia’s first Sustainability Accelerator, producing Asia’s Best Sustainability Strategy and Report, setting up Southeast Asia’s largest Collective Impact Initiative for education, producing a Harvard-commended SROI Analysis for public health which has been implemented across 8 countries and published globally on AIDF, and most recently producing a COVID-19 Vaccine Management Country Guide that has been used across the world.
Mark Fiorello (Project Advisor)
Prior to relocating to Singapore and joining APC, Mark was based in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he co-founded and served as the director of SOLIDARITAS, an Indonesian social enterprise providing advisory, consulting and training services to the non-profit, development, and public sectors.
Mark’s experience prior to founding SOLIDARITAS includes developing the performance and impact assessment systems for a flagship USAID governance programme in Indonesia, establishing the IPA/J-PAL country office in Sierra Leone, and managing a survey of Ghanaian cocoa farmers for Oxford University.
Originally from the United States, Mark holds an MA in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia and dual undergraduate degrees in International Studies and Business from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mimi Vu (Vietnam Country Representative)
Mimi is a partner at Raise Partners, a consulting practice that helps non-profits, philanthropists, private sector, and governments work together to achieve their highest social and environmental impact.
She has nearly 20 years of non-profit experience in communications, policy, fundraising, law enforcement training, trafficking, and modern slavery prevention in supply chains, programme development, and advocacy for organisations such as Pacific Links Foundation, VinaCapital Foundation, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, and the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
Mimi is considered one of the leading experts on Vietnamese trafficking and modern slavery and provides commentary for outlets such as The Washington Post, The Guardian, Forced Migration Review, BBC, Le Monde, Reuters, AP, VICE News, the South China Morning Post, and Sky News.
Mimi holds an MPA in International Policy from the New York University and is a native of Flint, Michigan. She has been based in Vietnam since 2006.
Mira Nadarajah (Senior Impact Associate)
Mira joined Asia Philanthropy Circle as a Senior Impact Associate in January 2021. In her previous capacity, she was a Research and Evaluation Associate at the Centre for Evidence and Implementation where she worked with government agencies and foundations to assess the efficacy of interventions and their implementation, thereby promoting policy and service decisions that have the best chances of succeeding.
Mira holds a BA (Hons) in Psychological and Behavioural Sciences from the University of Cambridge.
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.
Theresa Cua (Communications Manager)
Theresa joins Asia Philanthropy Circle as Manager for Communications and Programmes in January 2021. Prior to her appointment at APC, she has worked largely in international, non-profit environments in her dedication towards making a difference in the world.
Her previous roles include managing the communications desk for the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), an intergovernmental dialogue, under the Public Affairs Team at the Asia-Europe Foundation. She also headed branding, communications, and marketing at the VIVA Foundation for Children with Cancer, Impact Investment Exchange, the Singapore Committee for UN Women, and helped develop engagement strategies for the Cultural Exchange team during its inception years at the Singapore International Foundation. She began her career at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (Manila), working on its local government, political party reform, and Mindanao Peace Process portfolios.
Theresa graduated cum Laude with a BA in European Studies majoring in International Relations from the Ateneo de Manila University, and minor degree in French studies. She speaks—with varying degrees of fluency—English, Filipino, Mandarin, Hokkien, German and French, with a smattering of Japanese and Italian.
Van Ly (Vietnam Country Representative)
Van is a partner at Raise Partners, a new collaborative consulting practice bringing together expertise to share with organisations that contribute to the betterment of humanity.
She has 20 years of experience in non-profit fundraising and programme strategy, strategic marketing and communications planning and delivery, grant writing, corporate social responsibility and citizenship, as well as donor and stakeholder engagement.
Previously, Van worked at KPMG, Saigon Children’s Charity, and East Meets West Foundation in Vietnam. Before moving to Vietnam, Van worked in non-profit organisations in the United States, including the International Campaign for Tibet, the Laogai Research Foundation in Washington DC, and ARISE Foundation, an educational non-profit in Florida that trains at-risk youth in life skills.
Van holds an MA in Southeast Asian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Originally from Chicago, Van has been based in Vietnam since 2007.