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

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.

Colleen Howe
Program Associate

Colleen Howe supports the Council’s research and member initiatives. A Phoenix, Arizona native, she was previously a reporter with the energy and commodities news agency Argus Media in Washington D.C. and Singapore. Colleen holds a B.A. in history from Pomona College, an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a graduate certificate from Nanjing University. As a graduate student focused on U.S.-China relations and international energy policy she helped to facilitate the 2015 U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, conducted research for the Environmental Defense Fund, and wrote about China’s business and economy for the China Economic Review.

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.

Susan Lim
Logistics Director

While pursuing a career in broadcast journalism, first in Singapore, then Hong Kong, Susan adapted skills acquired as a producer of television and radio current affairs documentaries and music and talk shows to actively pursue her interests in the technical arts of professional theatre. She subsequently transitioned to meetings and events. Susan has undertaken projects for corporate clients around the region, including an Asian tour with 3M-DisneyFest as Show/Stage/House Manager; Project Coordinator for the Hong Kong Handover Ceremony; Show Manager for the Fortune Global Forum, Shanghai 1999 and Hong Kong 2001; and Event Consultant for CEO Beijing Family University 2008. Some of her corporate clients include YPO/YPO Gold; NZ Embassy and NZTE in Beijing.

Ming Chan
Event Manager

Ming has over 20 years of experience in management and logistics. She has a strong production background with leading independent global brand communications agencies. Ming has worked on a broad variety of large-scale events, exhibitions and conferences, ranging from the Beijing Olympics and the Shanghai Expo (Australian Pavilion) to the Michelin Challenge Bibendum and Harvest Business School Alumni throughout the Asia Pacific region, working alongside international clients to achieve high production values.

David G. McIntyre

David G. McIntyre is an award-winning photographer originally from Los Angeles, California. He 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, which has taken him throughout the world including Russia, China, Korea, and Hong Kong. He has had the privilege of photographing 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

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.