Beverley Choo (Associate)
Beverley is a final-year student at Yale-NUS College, where she is pursuing a major in Environmental Studies and a minor in Philosophy. She is passionate about climate justice and is a Co-founder of the nonprofit GreenCheck that facilitates fundraising efforts, network creation, and capacity enhancement for community-led climate action groups at the frontlines of climate change. Beverley is also a Future Rising Fellow at Girl Rising, where she advocates for both climate justice and gender equity through education for girls and women. In addition to these experiences, she is also an organising member of the Students for a Fossil Free Future movement, and has been a climate action research intern with Quantedge Advancement Initiative and Health In Harmony. In her free time, Beverley loves creating art, scuba diving, and tending to her house plants!
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 (Projects Lead)
Cindy joined Asia Philanthropy Circle as an Associate in April 2021, and progressed to Projects Lead in 2022. 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.
Ee Jean Law (Intern)
Ee Jean is a penultimate student at Yale-NUS College where she is pursuing a major in Anthropology and a minor in Urban Studies. She is interested in exploring how we can better support impact organizations to scale their impact, and how we can facilitate more sustainable and impactful philanthropic giving. Prior to joining APC as an intern, she has worked at various organizations in the social impact space, ranging from social enterprises to philanthropic organizations and foundations. Currently, she is also a volunteer at Access Singapore, a Singapore-based non-profit that provides career exposure opportunities to underserved students. In her free time, she enjoys finding good coffee spots to feed her caffeine addiction, and going out to shoot film!
Jia Xian Seow (Associate)
Jia Xian joined Asia Philanthropy Circle as an Associate in February 2022. She is a part-time practising lawyer in Singapore at Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP, specialising in Private Wealth and Tax, and has spearheaded a brand new practice in Philanthropy and Non-profits at the firm. As part of her practice, she advises clients on the structuring, establishment and governance of philanthropic and non-profit structures. Jia Xian has volunteered for causes relating to youth-at-risk, education, and the arts, and is fuelled by a desire to play a part in the growth and support of strategic giving locally and within the region. Outside of work, Jia Xian unwinds by vibing to music, banging on the piano, forest bathing, and savouring local delectables.
Joan Poh (Head of Administration)
Joan joined Asia Philanthropy Circle as the Head of Administration in June 2022. She has more than 20 years of working experience, majority on administrative roles. She is IT savvy and finds satisfaction from using her computer skills to introduce innovative solutions for efficient improvements. Joan would participate as CSR committee member, self-initiate fund raising programs for homes or volunteer in humanitarian works whenever the opportunity arises. She hopes to contribute further in the non-profit sector with her administrative skills and computer skills built up over the years. Singing is her favourite pastime no matter where she lands, and she would also spend her time practicing yoga and meditation.
Koon Peng Ooi (Projects Manager)
Koon Peng is a Projects Manager at Asia Philanthropy Circle. He joins us from Social Finance UK where he was advising donors, investors and social enterprises on structuring innovative financing models to improve social outcomes. Koon Peng has worked on the scoping and design of several Social Impact Bonds in a range of issue areas, including access to basic services, employment and modern slavery. He previously worked in the debt syndication team at Morgan Stanley UK and was an ODI Fellow at the Ministry of Finance in eSwatini.
Koon Peng is originally from Penang, Malaysia. He holds an MSc in Development Economics from Oxford University and a BA in Economics from the University of British Columbia.
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.
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.
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.
Natalie Kennedy (Director)
Natalie became Director at Asia Philanthropy Circle after 3 years as its Deputy Director. She 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.
Nicole Wong (Associate)
Nicole is a recent graduate from NUS BBA with a specialisation in Marketing and Human Organizational Behaviour, with a minor in the German Language. She has had prior experience working with startups and SMEs in Germany and Singapore, with her roles ranging from growth hacking, user experience research to product management. Through these experiences, she has developed a passion for analysing and strategizing ways to increase the usability of digital products, with a strong focus on users’ needs. As part of her creative outlet, she loves learning about effective architectural and interior design, as well as dabbling in cinematography critique through films. She is also an avid “board gamer” and enjoys playing new board games and ranking them.
Runchen Huang (Executive, Membership and Projects)
Runchen recently graduated from Yale-NUS College, where she studied Global Affairs. She is passionate about labour rights and has spent a few years volunteering as a caseworker for migrant domestic workers at the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics. In school, she encouraged young people to advocate for social issues as President of the Community for Advocacy and Political Education. Additionally, she is expanding her interests in climate change and environmental justice and was a report writer in the Students for a Fossil Free Future movement. Prior to joining APC, she was an Editorial Intern at Lien Centre for Social Innovation and a Program Intern with Ashoka Singapore. She is interested in working with disadvantaged communities to gain access to justice and better living conditions in a just and sustainable future. In Runchen’s spare time, she enjoys reading and writing and is an intense critic of overhyped TV shows. Sometimes she draws.
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.
Vanessa Goeh (Intern)
Vanessa is in her final year of studies at the National University of Singapore, majoring in Social Work. She is passionate about work in the non-profit space and has interned at a variety of social impact organizations, ranging from social service agencies to non-profit organizations. She became interested in philanthropy as a result of her experiences, helping non-profit organizations scale through collaborative funding and effective grant giving practices. She previously worked on an initiative to assist non-profit organizations in running their events by matching them with the right event partners or vendors. In her spare time, she enjoys starting new sewing projects and watching films at The Projector.
Zheng Xian Soh (Intern)
Zheng Xian is an undergraduate at the National University of Singapore, where he is currently pursuing a major in Economics and a minor in Philosophy under the University Scholars’ Programme. Contributing towards a sustainable and inclusive world motivates him, and he continues to explore how to best make a difference. Currently, he is working with pro-bono student consulting groups, helping to lead the growth and partnerships department in Bridges for Enterprise, a non-profit organisation providing professional services for early-stage startups in developing countries. He has also served as a project lead in Conjunct Consulting, where he was involved in creating an impact-assessment framework for a social good organisation in Singapore. In his free time, he enjoys reading, cooking or taking long walks in nature, and he unwinds by rewatching sitcoms on Netflix!