Who We Are


Mark L. Clifford
Executive Director

Mark L. Clifford is the executive director of the Asia Business Council and author of The Greening of Asia: The Business Case for Solving Asia’s Environmental Emergency. Previously he was editor-in-chief of the South China Morning Post, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Standard, and Asia regional editor for BusinessWeek. He co-authored the Council’s books Through the Eyes of Tiger Cubs: Views of Asia’s Next Generation and Building Energy Efficiency: Why Green Buildings Are Key to Asia’s Future. Mark’s other books on Asia examined China’s entry into the WTO, the 1997-98 financial crisis, and Korea’s economic development. Mark graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and was a Walter Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University. He has lived in Hong Kong since 1992. For further information see


Janet Pau
Program Director

Janet Pau leads the Council’s research and member initiatives on current and emerging issues that affect Asia's business and policy developments. She is co-author, with Mark Clifford, of the book Through the Eyes of Tiger Cubs: Views of Asia’s Next Generation. Previously, she was Manager at A.T. Kearney’s Global Business Policy Council in Washington, D.C. She obtained a B.A. from Yale University and an M.P.P. from Harvard University.

Joanna Sobolewska
Princeton in Asia Fellow

Joanna Sobolewska is the Council’s 2016-2017 Princeton-in-Asia fellow. Joanna was born in Suwałki, Poland and is fluent in Polish, but has spent the last 15 years in New Jersey. Joanna is a 2016 graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where she focused on environmental studies. Joanna spent a semester abroad in Belfast, Northern Ireland at Queen’s University. She enjoys travel and has been to every continent except Antarctica. In the U.S., Joanna’s path serendipitously crossed with those of Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz during a summer internship in Washington, D.C., and Chris Christie and Donald Trump in the course of off-campus activities.

Jill Baker, CFA
Adjunct Fellow

Jill Baker is a Research Advisor at Terra Alpha Investments. She was the principal researcher for The Greening of Asia: The Business Case for Solving Asia’s Environmental Emergency.  Jill has a Masters of Science in Global Finance from the New York University’s Stern School of Business and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (joint degree program). Jill is a Chartered Financial Analyst with two decades of experience in the finance industry. She serves on the board of New York City-based Foundation for Child Development.


Winnie Wu
Administrative Director

Winnie Wu manages all aspects of the Council's administration. She also organizes and executes all logistics for the semi-annual Council forums, including liaising with members' corporations, government officials, and service providers in various Asian countries. Previously, Winnie was Studio Manager at Atelier Pacific Limited, Communications Manager at the Metro Broadcast Corporation, and Public Relations Officer at Radio Television Hong Kong. Winnie obtained a B.A. from the Open University of Hong Kong.

Moneta Chon
Administrator/Executive Assistant

Moneta Chon supports the Council’s executive director and handles all administrative tasks. She has years of professional experience in supporting senior management as well as administrative and media work. She has also worked in event and project management. Her previous employers include TVE International Enterprises, American Express International Inc., Sing Tao Daily, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, and Hebe Haven Yacht Club. Moneta obtained a B.A. from the Open University of Hong Kong and a Postgraduate Diploma in Integrated Marketing Communications at HKU Space.


Ruth A. Shapiro
Founder and Senior Advisor

Dr. Ruth A. Shapiro is the Principal of Keyi Strategies, a consulting firm specializing in creating broader networks, understanding and business ventures between individuals and companies in Asia, Europe, and the United States. Dr. Shapiro served as the Council's first Executive Director since its inception in 1997. She also co-authored the Council’s book, Building Energy Efficiency: Why Green Buildings Are Key to Asia’s Future. Dr. Shapiro holds a doctorate from Stanford University, Masters degrees from Harvard University and George Washington University, and a B.A. from the University of Michigan. Her book The Real Problem Solvers (Stanford Business Books) has come out in Mandarin. The Chinese edition of the book includes the English version plus seven additional chapters on social entrepreneurship in China. The book can be purchased through this link.