Board of Governors
Publisher, Vogue Hong Kong
Desiree is a media veteran with over 20 years' of experience. She has held senior posts at major newspapers including South China Morning Post where she held the positions of Arts Editor and Editor of the Sunday Magazine, as well as the launch editor of STYLE magazine. Earlier she served as Features Editor at The Standard. In 2008 Desiree launched Time Out Hong Kong, which she operated profitably for close to a decade. During her tenure, the magazine won 15 industry awards. She also contributes to the International New York Times. Desiree is passionate about social causes, sitting on three nonprofit boards; The Women's Foundation, Design Trust and Women Helping Women. Born in Hong Kong and educated in the United States, she is fluent in Cantonese, English and Mandarin.
Director, Cartland Consulting
Former Assistant Director of Social Welfare, Hong Kong Government
Upon graduating from the University of Oxford in 1972, Rachel joined the Hong Kong Government and subsequently served in a variety of senior posts given wide exposure to policy formulation processes, management and the Hong Kong political scene. She possesses extensive experience in the Government Secretariat in specialty areas including broadcasting, arts and culture policy. In 1995, Rachel was appointed Assistant Director of Social Welfare (Social Security) managing 2000 staff and an annual budget of HK$25 billion; there she delivered a socially critical service of high political sensitivity, impacting all sectors of grassroots Hong Kong. Programmes included CSSA, 'Support for Self-Reliance', Computerised Social Security System, the Criminal and Law Enforcement Injuries Compensation Scheme and the Traffic Accident Victims Assistance Scheme. Rachel worked at the Education and Manpower Bureau in 2001-2 and left the Hong Kong Government in 2006 to set up Cartland Consulting, which specialises in public sector consulting.
Managing Principal and Head of Capital Markets, Gaw Capital
Christina has spent 15 years in the investment banking industry with Goldman Sachs for almost 9 years and UBS for another 6 years holding various senior positions in equities and prime brokerage divisions. She left UBS as a Managing Director and joined the private equity side in real estate fund management business, she is now a Partner at Gaw Capital, responsible for all fund raising, investors relations and marketing functions.
Susan D. Hutchison (Board Chair)
Head of Human Resources, Asia Pacific Region, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR)
Susan is responsible for all HR related matters for KKR Asia Pacific. Prior to joining KKR, she worked at Goldman Sachs, where she was Executive Director in Human Capital Management. Prior to Goldman Sachs, she was a Director of Talent Management (Europe and APAC) at The Corporate Executive Board (U.K.)Limited. She also previously managed the regional recruiting efforts for Yahoo! Europe, one of the world’s most innovative online companies.Susan holds an MBA from Queensland University of Technology, Australia (1998 Medallion recipient as top graduating student). She has been actively involved with The Women's Foundation, firstly as a mentor, then Co-Chair of the Mentoring Programme from 2011 – 13 and most recently Co-Chair of the Mentoring Programme Alumni Network.
Founder and CEO of human-at.work
Lale Kesebi is Founder and CEO of human-at.work. She is a sought-after strategist, innovator, and transformation coach. Her work focuses on how to create high performance cultures and how to make transformation stick for companies. Lale began her career in Canada as a litigation lawyer and has lived in Asia for 20 years. Prior to her current venture, she worked in both profit and not-for profit sectors in leadership roles culminating in nearly 15 years at Li & Fung, the last 8 of which she was a member of the executive team leading transformation, building out innovation and designing the social impact of the company through purpose across teams in 40 countries. She regularly speaks on leadership, innovation, and strategy that influences transformation and in 2017 was invited to deliver the commencement address at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill's Kenan Flagler Business School. In 2018 she gave a TED talk on "Why it's time to bring yourself to work". Lale is also a Trustee of the Asian University for Women and Advisor to several Asian start-ups disrupting incumbents. She is a graduate from Dalhousie University in Canada and lives in Hong Kong with her husband and three children.
Angelina Kwan (Board Vice-Chair)
Chief Operating Officer, BitMEX
Prior to her present role, Angelina was Head of Regulatory Compliance for the Listing and Regulatory Affairs Division at the Hong Kong Exchange and Clearings Ltd. Previously she was Head of Equities at CLSA and the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Stratford Finance Limited, a Compliance and Corporate Governance Consulting Firm. She has over 27 years of experience in Asia and the United States in business development, restructuring, regulatory/compliance, as well as investor and stakeholder relations. Angelina started her career at KPMG and has held senior management, committee and/or board positions with the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong, Cantor Fitzgerald/BGC Partners, Kleinwort Benson, HG Asia Limited, Sony Pictures and the REORIENT Group (SEHK376). She is currently an Independent Non-executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Aviva Life Insurance Hong Kong, a Hong Kong Government appointed member of the Women’s Commission and the Financial Reporting Council Process Review Panel, a Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Securities Industry Development Corporation of Malaysia, the Vice-Chairman and Director of The Women’s Foundation, an Honorary Adjunct Professor of Finance for the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and serves on a number of other Boards and committees. Angelina is a Certified Public Accountant in the United States and Hong Kong.
Head of Asia Pacific Equities Distribution, Goldman Sachs
Tom is head of Asia Pacific Equities Distribution and head of the sovereign wealth fund business within the Securities Division in Asia Pacific. He is a current member of the Securities Division Asia Pacific Operating Committee, Securities Division Client and Business Standards Committee and Asia Pacific Client and Business Standards Committee, and a former member of the Partnership Committee. Tom joined Goldman Sachs in 1992 in New York Equities. He began working in Southeast Asia Shares in 1994 and moved to Hong Kong in 1995. In 1998, Tom moved to New York to co-head the Asian Shares sales business. He returned to Hong Kong in 2001 to head the Asia Pacific Shares business. In 2004, Tom became head of Asian Equity Products Group Distribution, and in 2005, he became head of Pan-Asian International Equities Distribution, based in Tokyo. He was named co-head of Asia Securities Division Distribution in 2009 and returned to Hong Kong. Tom was named managing director in 2002 and partner in 2006. Tom is a member of The Global Fund for Children’s Hong Kong Leadership Council. Tom earned an AB from Dartmouth College in 1992.
Michelle Paisley (Honorary Treasurer)
Managing Director, CC Strategic Partners
Michelle is a strong advocate for the programmes that TWF runs, particularly those that help young women have higher aspirations, and set braver goals. She has over 25 year of experience in financial markets with a focus on public and private equity. She is currently involved in fund raising for growing companies, start-ups, private equity, and managed funds, with a particular interest in FinTech. Michelle has worked as an analyst, fund manager, sales person and business leader with top global firms such as Macquarie Group, Bankers Trust, Citigroup and James Capel. More recently as a Managing Director at MVision Strategic, she led a global entrepreneurial team to provide Private Equity and Credit funds with strategic advice and fund raising support. Michelle loves the challenge and chaos of balancing a full-time career in the dynamic global financial markets, with being the mother of three, and the stimulation and reward of her not for profit work. Whoever said “you can’t have it all”, made it a certain life goal. Michelle has a global background, and has lived in Hong Kong, Australia and the UK. She is a certified company director, and a member of the Institute of Company Directors (UK). Michelle holds an MA (Hons) from St Andrews University, Scotland in French and Psychology. She also studied French language and literature at l'Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV). Michelle is a mentor on TWF’s 2016/17 Mentoring Programme for Women Leaders.
Senior Partner, Head of Asia, Brunswick Group
Tim has been with Brunswick for 20 years - based in London, then New York, before moving to Hong Kong in 2004 where he leads the firm’s business in Asia. Tim’s work bridges corporate and financial communications, crisis communications and issues management, with expertise in M&A, IPO and reputation communications.Before joining Brunswick, Tim was a political campaign director for the UK's Liberal Democrat party, running many of their parliamentary campaigns, including securing a by-election win with the largest majority in British parliamentary history.
Director – Executive Office, BlackRock
Clarence is Chief of Staff to BlackRock's Asia-Pacific Chairman and is responsible for special projects as well as major cross-functional initiatives. Prior to this role, he was a member of the Asia-Pacific Strategy & Corporatem Development team and before that he served as BlackRock's Head of Corporate Governance & Responsible Investment Asia ex-Japan. In this role, Clarence was responsible for integrating environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) into investment and risk management processes for the regional equity investment team. Clarence’s service with the firm dates back to 2005, including his years with Barclays Global Investors (BGI), which merged with BlackRock in 2009. At BGI, he was responsible for voting and engagement in relation to UK and European investee companies. In 2008 he was recognized as a Rising Star of Corporate Governance by the Millstein Centre for Corporate Governance. Prior to joining BGI in 2005, Clarence worked for Greenwich Associates as a corporate finance research associate. Clarence earned a BSc degree in economics and philosophy from City University in 2000.
The Hon. Mrs. Anson Chan GBM, GCMG, CBE, JP
Former Chief Secretary for Administration, HKSAR
Mrs. Anson Chan is the former Chief Secretary in both the British colonial government of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government under the Chinese rule. She was also an elected member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong for Hong Kong Island between 2007 and 2008.
Alicia Kershaw (TWF Co-Founder)
President, The Fund for Women in Asia
Cynthia Chung (Hon. Legal Advisor)
Cynthia D'Anjou Brown (TWF Founding Member)
Philanthropy Advisor, HSBC Family Office Services Limited
Dr. Eleanor Holroyd
Professor of Nursing, Head of the Division of Nursing and Midwifery, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Director, Whitespace (Branding & Interactive Agency)
Dr. Alexandra von Ilsemann
Professor for History and Political Science, International Affairs, Temple University, Tokyo, Japan
Former Under-Secretary for the Environment, HKSAR
Former Non-Official Member, Executive Council
Noriko Honda Chen (TWF Founding Member; TWF Board Vice-Chair until July 2012)
Senior Vice President and Research Director, Capital Worldwide Investors
Dr. Staci Ford (TWF Founding Member)
Honorary Lecturer, Department of History, Hong Kong University
Rosalyn Hongsaranagon (TWF Honorary Treasurer until December 2011)
Vice President, Capital World Investors
Chair, TWF Human Resources Advisory Council
Head of Merchant Banking Division (APAC), Goldman Sachs
Estella Huang Lung (TWF Founding Member; TWF Board Chair until March 2011)
CEO, Children’s Medical Foundation
Shalini Mahtani (TWF Founding Member)
Founder & Board of Director, Community Business
Head of D&I APAC, Bloomberg LP
Emma Sherrard Matthew
CEO Asia - Pacific, Quintessentially Group
Kay McArdle (TWF Board Chair March 2011 to end 2014)
Founder, RNeufeld Consulting
Former Director, Asset Management, Credit Suisse
Elisabeth Scott (TWF Founding Member)
Managing Director, Schroder Investment Management (HK) Ltd
Pamela Smith (TWF Co-Founder)
Partner, No Harm Done Design, L.L.C.
Jean Sung (TWF Board Co-Chair January 2015 to February 2016)
Head of the Philanthropy Centre, J.P. Morgan Private Bank, Asia Pacific
Elizabeth Thomson (TWF Founding Member)
Chairwoman and Founder, ICS Trust (Asia) Limited
Director, Global Relationship Management, Citigroup Global Markets Asia
Dr. Mike Yao
Associate Professor, College of Meida, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Senior Partner, Financial Services, Asia Pacific EY