Bingqing Xu (Intern)
Bingqing is a senior studying International Affairs at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. She is currently exploring the geopolitics in Asia-Pacific region and doing research on energy policies in Asian countries.
She has attended different exchange programmes in Taipei, Beijing and Seoul. And she has interned in different fields such as environmental focused NGO and consulting firm specialising in trade policies.
She holds a bachelor degree from department of Philosophy, Sun Yat-Sen University.
In her spare time, she likes playing tennis and swimming.
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 and friends, working out, 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.
Genevieve Ding (Intern)
Genevieve is a junior studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Yale-NUS College. She is a justice of the Student Government and a petition writer in the Members of Parliament’s office. She recently researched transitional justice in South Africa and aspires to work in international law.
She enjoys Greek mythology, ballroom dancing, and debating.
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.
Marcus Chua (Intern)
Marcus reads Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Yale-NUS College, and is currently exploring the tenets of human nature, especially with regard to the morality of certain desires and the human understanding of time.
In a bid to understand society as a whole through lived experiences, Marcus has been a grateful recipient of numerous opportunities including academic exchanges at Yale, Oxford, and Peking University, as well as internship stints across sectors such as the tuition industry, Social Enterprises, the Public Service, the media industry, and waiting on tables in restaurants. He hopes to use these experiences to empathise with and contribute to the collective narrative of his home nation of Singapore and the immediate region, as it navigates the complexities of the unfolding century.
Marcus has a strong appreciation for the discipline and practice of archiving, and is an avid badminton player, having been in the sport for over a decade. He believes in conversations advocating the intrinsic value of Failure, which he feels is imperative in an age of social media.
Mianmian Fei (Intern)
Mianmian is a senior studying Anthropology, Asian Studies and Human & Organisational Development at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, United States. She loves learning about Southeast Asian culture and has attended exchange programmes in Thailand, Brunei and Vietnam. Last summer, she worked as a Policy and Research Intern at the US-ASEAN Business Council in Washington, D.C. covering U.S. business activities in Singapore and the Philippines. She aspires to work in non-profit organisations or higher education institutions after graduation.
In her free time, she enjoys collecting postcards, keeping diary, traveling and trying different cuisines.
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, Programme Director for South Asia and as a consultant for the company’s consulting division. Recently, Taila ran a technical assistance programme 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.
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, behaviour 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.