Team

Bradley Wo (Knowledge Resources Manager)

Bradley Wo assumed the role of Knowledge Resources Manager at the Asia Philanthropy Circle on 1 October 2021. He joined APC as a Senior Associate in 2019. 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.


Cindy Hsiao (Associate)

Cindy joined Asia Philanthropy Circle as an Associate in April 2021. Cindy has eight years of experience serving in the social enterprise, grant-making and non-profit space. Her previous roles include supporting the stewardship and evaluation of Australian social enterprise Thankyou’s impact and funding portfolio across water, sanitation and hygiene; maternal and child health; and food security programmes in low- and middle-income countries such as Nepal, India and Bangladesh. Since moving to Singapore, Cindy has been volunteering with various organisations serving migrant workers and is currently involved in capacity-building initiatives. Cindy is passionate about working with funders, non-profits and underserved communities themselves to sustainably improve the wellbeing of these communities. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne. In Cindy’s free time, she enjoys busting out a barre class or two and to balance it out, indulges in Singapore’s many culinary delights.


Joanna Yap (Operations Manager)

JoannaJoanna Yap joins Asia Philanthropy Circle as Operations Manager in December 2021. Joanna has spent more than 20 years in the corporate world and she holds a Bachelor in Marketing and Business Administration from University of Wales (UK). Outside of work, she enjoys gaming and reading. She also loves cooking. She finds cooking to be very therapeutic and looks forward to it every day.

 


Laurence Lien (Acting 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.


Lee Yang (Intern)

Lee YangLee Yang is an undergraduate student at NUS, majoring in the Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Environmental Geography). Recognising the severity of environmental problems, he is actively exploring ways to alleviate some of the problems. He has written for Earth.org, where he wrote a few pieces on clean energy and conservation. As part of the Sustainability Exchange program by EB Impact, he is also creating and attempting to launch a new card game that seeks to educate players on the environmental footprint of food. Lee Yang is also interested in the philanthropic sector, having recently interned as a climate researcher in Quantedge Advancement Initiative, one of the emerging philanthropic organisations in Singapore.


Li Li Tan (Finance and Governance Manager)

Li Li joined APC as Manager, Finance and Governance.  She has held leadership positions in several nonprofits ranging from children and youth sector, special needs and mental health sector.  Li Li’s passion lies in the nonprofit sector and she volunteers during her free time.  She is one of the many volunteer mentors with Centre for Nonprofit Leadership providing mentorship to aspiring new leaders, and she also chairs one of Kaplan’s Industry Boards to provide guidance and inputs on latest industry trends. Prior to joining the Social Service sector in 2006, Li Li spent 12 years in the corporate world, and held key roles in multinational corporations and also led finance teams in a regional headquarter based in Singapore, setting up finance structure and accounting systems in the region. Li Li holds a Bachelor in Business and Business Administration from RMIT University and has completed an executive Leadership programme in Nonprofits from Duke University.


Liu Jing (APC China Philanthropy Fellow)

Liu Jing is from China and joined APC as the APC China Philanthropy Fellow in June 2021. Liu Jing has worked for 17 years in the nonprofit sector in China. Her work covered areas such as education, volunteer service, community, environmental protection, strategy and governance. Liu Jing has also served as a consultant and volunteer mentor to nonprofits and the private sector, advising on programmes, communications, fundraising, management and strategic philanthropy. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the National University of Singapore. She is delighted to be able to begin her journey of learning and serving in the field of philanthropy in Asia through APC, and to offer her experience from working in China. In her spare time, she likes reading and music. Running is also one of her favorite things to do, and she particularly enjoys the fresh air in Singapore.


Maleeka Hassan (Intern)

Maleeka is a current undergraduate student at Yale-NUS College, where she plans to pursue a major in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Prior to joining APC, her interest in multi-stakeholder approaches to policy issues and inequalities led to her interning at the Asia Foundation, Advocata Institute and Verité Research (all located in her home country – Sri Lanka), where she carried out research and writing for several major projects. She is also a Policy Centre Head for the Roosevelt Institute chapter at Yale-NUS (a student- run public policy think tank) and co-hosts a wellness podcast on campus. In her free time, she likes to read and add more books to her ever growing list of ‘to be read’.


Margie Ong (Malaysia Country Representative)

Margie OngMargie 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.


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.


Nancy Chang (Intern)

Nancy ChangNancy is a third-year student at Yale-NUS College, where she is pursuing a major in Global Affairs and a minor in Psychology. Growing up in Latin America with Taiwanese parents, she has a lifetime’s worth of experience bridging communities together through language and culture. Nancy is passionate about climate action and creating social impact. She is currently part of the partnerships team at the student-led NGO GreenCheck, which supports grassroots climate initiatives in the most affected areas of climate change. Nancy has also had the opportunity of working with innovators in the field of climate justice in Taiwan, learning about new technologies that can be used to promote regenerative and sustainable systems everywhere. In her free time, she enjoys reading, dancing, and constantly challenging herself by developing new hobbies — most recently hiking and bartending!


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.


Sarah Tam (Programme Lead, Climate Collective)

Sarah Tam joined Asia Philanthropy Circle as the Climate Collective Programme Lead in October 2021. Sarah brings more than five years of experience across Asia and North America in environmental education, climate change research, and impact investing. These experiences have translated into a personal mission to equip businesses, governments, and individuals with the knowledge, skills, and experience they need to play a bigger role in sustainability. Prior to APC, Sarah spent over two years with a Singapore-based impact investing firm managing the company’s education arm and digital impact measurement platform. Sarah holds a Master’s degree in Geography and Environmental Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies (International Development) from the University of Waterloo. Her Master’s research focused on the two-way interactions of climate change and tourism in Sri Lanka. Outside of work, you can find Sarah rock climbing, biking, and experimenting with fusion Asian dishes.


Stacey Choe (Chief Operating Officer)

Stacey assumed the role of COO at the Asia Philanthropy Circle in July 2021 after spending five years as its Director.  She is passionate about 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 four 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.


Suyin Liu Lee (Philippines Country Representative)

Suyin is the Country Head for 88tuition Pte. Ltd., a Singapore-based enterprise that provides video-based learning with the social objective of helping every child achieve their full potential. She spent almost 20 years in the finance industry in the US and Singapore focusing on data analytics and product development for Charles Schwab and Franklin Templeton. Suyin engaged in community development activities including managing a Community Reinvestment Act loan portfolio, volunteering as a Loan Committee Member for the Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment (WISE) and establishing a scholarship fund for Filipino college students. Upon returning to the Philippines, Suyin was appointed Executive Director for Asia Society. Her team pioneered cutting edge programmes in governance, economy, education, and culture to foster cooperation and impact across the public and private sectors. Suyin holds a BA in Management Economics from the Ateneo de Manila University and obtained certificates in International Monetary Policy from the University of Vienna and Finance from UC Berkeley.


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 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 several charities and impact investing firms, 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.


Xiang Min Lim (Intern)

Lim Xiang MinXiang Min just graduated from NUS, with a degree in Philosophy and a minor in Linguistics. She is also an USP alumna, with the programme to thank for widening her intellectual horizons. She is passionate about learning how to help non-profits be more efficient and sustainable, having served as an Associate Consultant at Thrive Social Consulting (a student-run social consulting group). She also interned at Singapore Business Federation (SBF) as their Trade Association and Chambers Engagement intern to better understand trade relations and state support for small-medium enterprises. She is interested in how her philosophical training can bring something new to the table and developing knowledge of the regional social space. Outside of work, she is either reading, drawing or rambling about her favourite pet Instagram accounts. She is both a cat and dog person.