Anjali Shivananda (Associate)
Anjali has worked in the area of child rights for three years in India. Her work experience involves primary and secondary research on food security of children from the disadvantaged communities, drafting the Food Security Rules for the State of Karnataka, undertaking awareness generation programmes in lower socioeconomic communities in India. She was also part of a study to assess the working of Special Courts, established to try cases registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. She also provided training to stakeholders on child sexual abuse laws.
Anjali has co-authored publications with her team from the Centre for Child and the Law, Bangalore relating to the food security of children, child sexual abuse law and the Juvenile Justice system in India.
She has a Bachelor of Law degree from University Law College, Bangalore University and is currently pursuing her Master in Public Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore as a Li Ka Shing scholar.
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, IT and most recently non-profit.
Before moving to Singapore, she headed the HR, Administration and Quality departments of a local 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 enjoys spending time with family, catching up with friends, music and movies.
Gautam Ramnath (Programme Director)
Gautam Ramnath is focused on the development of innovations at the nexus of emerging markets development, shared value, impact investment, inclusive business, supply and distribution chain reinforcement, sustainable technologies, and intelligent corporate social responsibility. Prior to establishing his own consulting enterprise, Mr. Ramnath was Director of the US & Latin American Investments, Innovations & Partnerships Division for the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), a Swiss based international foundation, linked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; charged with catalysing game changing, market based solutions within the nutrition arena to provide increased diversity and access to sustainable and affordable nutrition based interventions to the most vulnerable populations globally.
Prior to GAIN, Mr. Ramnath served in the Executive Office of Compact Operations in Washington DC and as the Resident Country Director for Mali, West Africa, for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), an innovative and independent U.S. foreign aid agency helping to lead the fight against global poverty though a focus on economic development, good policies, country ownership and results. Mr. Ramnath has brought together his networks of public, private and charitable organisations to develop, broker and implement infrastructure, agriculture, health and land development partnerships in the United States, Eurasia, Latin America and the African continent for the last 20 years.
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 is currently its Chairman. 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.
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 has varied interests in social, political and community development, and has also co-founded a Lean In chapter for professional women in Singapore.
Taila Mueller (Deputy Director)
Taila Mueller joins APC to focus on designing and implementing the ASEAN Community Impact Fund. She brings a unique and diverse perspective on philanthropy having worked with or collaborated with multiple stakeholders in the space, including philanthropic intermediaries, wealth management institutions, multilateral donor agencies, foundations, and impact enterprises in Asia and the United States.
Prior to joining APC, Taila worked for Philadelphia based Geneva Global, a philanthropic consulting firm, in various capacities including Business Development Manager, Program Director for South Asia and as a consultant for the company’s consulting division. Recently, Taila ran a technical assistance program for Impact Investment Exchange Asia, which provided critical business development services to impact enterprises across Asia. She has also worked for the Singapore Business Times, reporting on banking and philanthropy in Southeast Asia, and the Citigroup Private Bank.
Taila started her career as a corporate finance analyst for the UBS Investment Bank’s Oil and Gas group. She has a Masters of Arts in Economics and International Development from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies(SAIS) and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Cornell University.
Valentina Ko (Intern)
Valentina Ko has worked in the area of education intervention services for three years in California, USA. Her area of specialisation focuses mainly on working with families from low-income communities and undoing racism in historically disenfranchised communities. She has worked with national and local nonprofits that has a focus on reducing the juvenile delinquency rate through education attainment.
Valentina is currently a Masters of Social Work (M.S.W) student at Columbia University in the City of New York as well as a social work intern at the Office of Appellate Defenders, an extension of the Legal Aid Society that works closely with the Department of Justice (DOJ) in New York City. Her current field of practice while in school is on restorative justice where she works with indignant criminals and focuses on mass incarceration in the USA. Her work includes helping convicted criminals with appeal cases, wrongly convicted criminals or addressing issues during conviction as well as helping previously incarcerated individuals reintegrate into society.
Wei Kong (Deputy Director)
Wei joins APC in mid-July 2017 as Deputy Director. Wei worked for eight years in Singapore to gain deeper understanding around ageing issues. He led engagements across private, public and non-profit sectors providing insights into end-user and stakeholder needs and wants. Project teams drove research and development into consumer perceptions, behavior and usability to define better user experiences. Work done included improvements to healthcare service delivery, accessibility of public transport, and user-centric options in aged care.
Prior to that, Wei has eighteen years experience in Asia and Europe taking consumer and professional product ideas to market. As a product designer and developer he built and led consultancy plus in-house teams working with commercial, creative, technical, and operational resources to meet market and end-user demands.
Wei has worked with individuals, start-ups to multinationals, and professional bodies to communities of interest. His interests are in developing networks across sectors to tackle evolving societal and economic opportunities.