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.

Amy Lee
Administration Manager/Executive Assistant

Amy Lee supports the Council’s executive director and handles all administration work. She has been working in administration and HR related field and has years of experience in supporting senior management. She has a broad working experience in different private sectors including trading, accounting, electronics, advertising and architectural.

Jennifer Lo
Program Associate

Jennifer Lo conducts research on Asia’s dynamic business and policy landscape for the Council’s publications and program for members. Previously a journalist based in Hong Kong, she wrote for the Nikkei Asian Review, Financial Times, China Daily Asia and South China Morning Post. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism and LLM from University of Hong Kong, and a master’s degree from University of Oxford.

Jill Baker
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 and is a contributor to Jill has a Master 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.

David G. McIntyre

David G. McIntyre is an award-winning photographer originally from Los Angeles, California, and has lived in Hong Kong since 1995, and lived in Moscow and Beijing previously. During his career as a photojournalist, he has worked for many of the world’s leading publications and companies, and has taken him throughout the world including Russia, China, Korea and Hong Kong. He has had the privilege of photographic numerous historic figures and events as well as multiple Olympic Games. David and his family are also active in NGO work with International Care Ministries in the Philippines, along with both Mother’s Choice and Crossroads in Hong Kong.

Jon De Rule
AV Consultant

Over the course of his 40-year involvement in theater, opera, live concerts, and corporate productions, Jon has honed his technical and creative abilities to conceive, create, and produce unique events and shows. Clients have included Mercedes, Visa, Cathay Pacific, Louis Vuitton, Apple, and HSBC. Over the last three years Jon has worked to establish Bambu Stage, a theater company with its own venue in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Bambu Stage is designed to help younger Cambodians learn live performance skills and to rebuild the creative performance arts of the country after the devastation of the 1970s.


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.