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Who We Are

Executive

Mark L. Clifford
Executive Director

Mark Clifford is the co-author of the Council’s book, Building Energy Efficiency: Why Green Buildings Are Key to Asia’s Future. Mark is the former editor-in-chief of both the South China Morning Post and The Standard (where he was also the publisher) and held senior positions at Business Week and the Far Eastern Economic Review. He is the co-author (with former WTO Director General Supachai Panitchpakdi) of China and the WTO: Changing China, Changing World Trade. He wrote Troubled Tiger: Businessmen, Bureaucrats and Generals in South Korea and co-authored Meltdown, on the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis. For further information see www.markclifford.org

Program/Research

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. and has advised both corporate and government clients around the world on global strategy and competitiveness issues. She obtained a B.A. from Yale University and an M.P.P. from Harvard University.

Jack Maher
Princeton in Asia Fellow

Jack Maher is the Council’s 2014-2015 Princeton-in-Asia Fellow. In 2013-14 he was a PiA Fellow with the Sustainable Cities team of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in Beijing. He previously worked in Boston at the law firm of Rose, Chinitz & Rose. Jack graduated from Middlebury College, where he rowed crew for four years, with a degree in Political Science and Chinese.

Jill Baker, CFA
Adjunct Fellow

Jill Baker has 18 years of professional experience in asset management. She has worked as an analyst for money management firms in New York City, most recently at Advent Capital Management. Her focus has been on the financial services industry. She is currently a candidate for an MS in Global Finance, (November 2012) jointly through Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Administration

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.

Advisor

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.