We welcomed another member in the past few months.
Merle Hinrich is a global business leader, trade pioneer and philanthropist, with a vision to create opportunities, choice and engagement through sustainable global trade. He is the founder and former Executive Chairman of Global Sources Ltd and the Chairman of the Hinrich Foundation for sustainable global trade.
Merle’s career in global trade began in Asia. He founded Global Sources Ltd in 1970, driven by a belief that free and mutually beneﬁcial trade between East and West would help drive global economic prosperity and political stability. To achieve his vision of connecting sellers from Asia with buyers from the West to create international engagement, mutual understanding and spur Asia’s growth and development through trade, Merle turned Global Sources into Asia’s leading global trade online platform and business-to-business media company. The company was listed on NASDAQ in 2000 and sold to Blackstone in 2017.
In 2012, Merle founded the Hinrich Foundation, a private philanthropic organisation established for the charitable purpose of promoting sustainable global trade.
Merle’s charitable work and commitment to society and education extends beyond the work of the Hinrich Foundation. He is a Director of the Thunderbird Independent Alumni Association, a co-founder and former Chairman of The Society of Hong Kong Publishers, an Investment Promotion Ambassador with Invest Hong Kong, and an International Board Member of the Weizmann Institute of Science.
Merle graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Mathematics, and then obtained a Graduate degree in International Trade at Thunderbird School of Global Management. In recognition for his leadership and success as a truly globally-minded entrepreneur, in 1996 the University of Nebraska awarded Merle an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. In 2010 the Thunderbird School of Global Management awarded him an honorary degree of Doctor of International Law. In 2015, Hong Kong Baptist University awarded him an Honorary University Fellowship.
Merle and his wife, Miriam reside in Hong Kong.