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.
Jiaxin Xu (Intern)
Jiaxin joined the Asia Philanthropy Circle as an intern in May 2020, and is presently working part-time on a feasibility study of a strategy to promote the ethical recruitment and employment of Singapore’s low-wage migrant workers. Prior to joining APC, he has interned at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, a law firm, and a non-profit serving migrant workers facing difficulty over work injuries and unpaid salaries.
Jiaxin is a 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.
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.
Mark Fiorello (Deputy Director)
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.
Ming Zee Tee (Intern)
Ming Zee joined the Asia Philanthropy Circle in August 2020 as an Intern. She has a degree in law from Oxford University. She is passionate about environmental law, climate change policy and sustainable finance, and keen to explore the opportunities for philanthropic impact in these areas.
Prior to joining APC, she has worked with Climate Law and Policy, an environmental NGO advising on the implementation of UN REDD+ and Green Climate Fund projects; Uncomfortable Oxford, a social enterprise educating the public about Oxford’s histories of racial inequality, gender and class discrimination, and colonialism; and the law firms Allen & Overy, Linklaters, and Norton Rose Fulbright. At Oxford, she ran the interdisciplinary journal Anthroposphere: The Oxford Climate Review, wrote for student publications such as Cherwell and Common Ground Journal, and spent far too much time in the cheese aisle at Tesco.
Naomi Wang (Impact Associate)
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 joined APC as the Research and Communications Manager in July 2019. Prior to that, she had worked in the area of education intervention in California, USA as a Coordinator at a national nonprofit and later, held the position of Programme Director at Stanford University’s East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring; a foundation project by Stanford to ensure equitable education access to the marginalised communities around them. More recently, Valentina worked in the field of criminal justice reform at the Office of Appellate Defenders New York. Her responsibilities included helping with appeal cases, parole hearings, investigative work for the Innocence Project and addressing issues during conviction to ensure fair treatment of incarcerated persons.
Valentina graduated with a Masters in Social Work (M.S.W) at the Columbia University in the City of New York, where her field of practice is restorative justice with a focus on mass incarceration in the USA.