Board of Trustees

Chair

Daniel M. Tsai
Chairman
Fubon Group
Daniel M. Tsai
Chairman
Fubon Group

Daniel M. Tsai is Chairman of Fubon Group. Originating in 1961 with the founding of Fubon Insurance, Fubon Group now offers the most comprehensive financial services in Taiwan and is also involved in telecom, cable TV, e-commerce, property development, and content businesses.

Mr. Tsai joined Fubon Group in 1981. He helped Fubon Financial Holdings grow from a small property and casualty insurance company into Taiwan’s second-largest financial holding company. As of September 2020, Fubon Financial Holdings was a leader in every sector of financial services in Taiwan, with total assets of $307.6 billion. He is also Chairman of Taiwan Mobile, a leading provider of mobile communications, cable TV, fixed broadband services, and digital content in Taiwan. Fellow Fubon Group member company momo.com is Taiwan’s leading virtual shopping brand, encompassing e-commerce and TV home shopping, catalogue shopping, and mobile channels.

Mr. Tsai graduated from National Taiwan University in 1978 and received his Master’s degree in law from Georgetown University in 1979. He has served on the University of Southern California’s Board of Trustees since April 2012.


Vice Chair

Takeshi Niinami
Chief Executive Officer
Suntory Holdings
Takeshi Niinami
Chief Executive Officer
Suntory Holdings

Tak Niinami is the Chief Executive Officer of Suntory Holdings, one of the world’s leading consumer products companies with operations throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Oceania.

Prior to joining Suntory in 2014, Mr. Niinami served as CEO of Lawson, Inc., which he grew into one of Asia’s major convenience store operators, posting profit growth for 12 consecutive years and quadrupling its market capitalization during his tenure.

Outside of Suntory, Mr. Niinami is a member of the Council on Social Security Reform for All Generations. and the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy, where he has served as senior economic advisor to the prime minister since 2014. He is also Vice Chair of the Board of Councilors of Keidanren (Japan Business Federation)  and Vice Chairman of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives. Mr. Niinami is a member of the International Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Board, the World Economic Forum’s International Business Council, the Global Board of Advisors of the Council on Foreign Relations, and The Business Council in the United States.

Mr. Niinami received the Global Leadership Award from the Committee for Economic Development in 2016. He received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.


Board of Trustees

Cheng Wai Keung
Chairman and Managing Director
Wing Tai Holdings, Ltd.
Cheng Wai Keung
Chairman and Managing Director
Wing Tai Holdings, Ltd.

Cheng Wai Keung is Chairman and Managing Director of Wing Tai Holdings Ltd. He is also Deputy Chairman of Temasek Holdings Pte Ltd. and Vice Chairman of Singapore-Suzhou Township Development Pte Ltd. He is Director of Singapore Health Services Pte Ltd., advisor to Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. Singapore, and Member of the Board of Supervisors of the China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park Development Group Co. Previously, Mr. Cheng served as a director and chaired boards in various industries both locally and overseas. He has served on the Economic Development Board, the Singapore Trade Development Board, the Singapore Productivity and Standards Board, as well as various national committees. Mr. Cheng has also been involved with grassroots organizations for nearly 30 years. He was appointed by the Singapore president as a Justice of the Peace in 2000 and was recognized by the Singapore government with the Public Service Star (BBM) in 1987, the Public Service Star (Bar) (BBM-Lintang) in 1997, and the Distinguished Service Order (DUBC-Darjah Utama Bakti Cemerlang) in August 2007. In addition, Mr. Cheng was awarded the Alumni Service Medal in 2006 by the University of Chicago, from which he graduated with an M.B.A. in 1973. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University in 1971.

Chey Tae-won
Chairman
SK Group
Chey Tae-won
Chairman
SK Group

Chey Tae-Won serves as the Chairman of SK Group. He oversees the 125 companies primarily focused on the energy, chemical, telecommunications, semiconductors, bio-pharmaceutical, trading, and service industries that as of 2020 comprised SK Group.He began his career in 1991 as Managing Director at Yukong Ltd., now known as SK Innovation, and was appointed Chairman and CEO of SK Group in 1998.

Mr. Chey continues to expand the group, which had combined sales of $120 billion in 2019, beyond the Asia-Pacific region. SK was ranked 73rd in the Fortune Global 500 list of the world’s largest enterprises in 2019.

Mr. Chey was recently named Chairman of the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Seoul Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and is an active member of numerous other business and civic organizations, including the Council of Advisors at the Boao Forum for Asia. Mr. Chey previously co-chaired the World Economic Forum’s East Asia Economic Summit and served as the Director of the Advisory Board of the United Nations Global Compact. He was also a member of the International Council of Advisors at the Brookings Institution.

Mr. Chey holds a B.A. in physics from Korea University and a Ph.D.in economics from the University of Chicago.

Dinh Ba Thanh
Founder, Group Chairman and CEO
DatVietVAC Group Holdings
Dinh Ba Thanh
Founder, Group Chairman and CEO
DatVietVAC Group Holdings

Dinh Ba Thanh is the founder, Group Chairman, and CEO of DatVietVAC Group Holdings. Established in 1993, it is now Vietnam’s largest media entertainment technology group, covering two main businesses: media and entertainment, and digital ventures.

DatVietVAC’s media and entertainment business has three pillars. The first pillar is content provision, which creates, acquires, and distributes international and Vietnamese content and manages Vietnam’s largest portfolio of celebrities, influencers, and creators. It is estimated that each Vietnamese watches its content at least once a day. The second pillar is media platform ownership, which includes a network of nationwide TV channels and out-of-home properties. The third pillar is communication services, which connects brands with audiences through  creative initiatives, brand strategy, strategic media, and planning and digital marketing services.

DatVietVAC’s digital ventures business is also making its mark in Vietnam with the recent launch of its own video streaming platform, VieON. A collaboration with BCG Digital Ventures, VieON became the most downloaded app in Vietnam within a week of its launch. The digital ventures business also offers an online entertainment platform, AI and big data services, and various marketplaces.

DatVietVAC has been consistently recognized as a market and community leader. It was named one of the top 25 global growth companies by the World Economic Forum and was listed in the Best Companies to Work for in Asia 2020.

Mr. Dinh serves as Chairman of the Board of Eastspring Investments Vietnam Navigator Fund and is an International Board Member cum Chairman of the Chief Executive Organization in Vietnam.

Charles Li
Chairman, CEO and Co-founder
New Markets HK Limited
Charles Li
Chairman, CEO and Co-founder
New Markets HK Limited

Charles Li is the Chairman, CEO,  and Co-founder of New Markets HK Ltd., a fintech investment platform company.

Mr. Li retired from Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX) at the start of 2021 after serving as ChiefExecutive for more than 10 years.

During his tenure at HKEX, Mr. Li orchestrated some of the most significant strategic initiatives in HKEX’s history, including the 2012 acquisition of the London Metal Exchange, which provided HKEX with its first commodities contracts, and the launch of central counterparty OTC Clear in 2013.

He also helped cement Hong Kong’s role as a conduit for the outside world to invest in China with thelaunch in 2014 of the Stock Connect trading link between the Hong Kong and Shanghai stock exchanges. This created a new opening for international investors to gain exposure to China’s domestic market. It was followed by a similar link with the Shenzhen stock exchange, as well as a bondmarket equivalent.

Prior to HKEX, Mr. Li served as chairman for J.P. Morgan China and was responsible for all of J.P. Morgan’s businesses in China. From 1994 to 2003, he worked at Merrill Lynch China, where heserved as president from 1999 to 2003. Prior to this, he practiced law in New York with Davis Polk & Wardwelland Brown & Wood.

Mr. Li was born in Beijing and was an offshore oil worker in the North China Sea and then an editor-reporter for China Daily before leaving China for further study.

Serge Pun
Chairman
Yoma Group
Serge Pun
Chairman
Yoma Group

A native of Yangon, Myanmar, Serge Pun spent his formative years in China during the Great Cultural Revolution and arrived in Hong Kong at the age of 21. He started out his career as a salesman at a Hong Kong-based real estate firm where he worked for ten years. In 1983, Mr. Pun founded Serge Pun & Associates, Ltd. in Hong Kong and returned to the country of his birth to establish SPA Myanmar in 1991.

In 1992, he founded one of the first public companies in Myanmar, First Myanmar Investment, which later became the first listed company on the new Yangon Stock Exchange in March 2016. He led two other companies to successful listings on the Singapore Exchange – Yoma Strategic Holdings on the Main Board in 2006 and Memories Group on the Catalist Board in January 2018.

Today, Yoma Group has grown to become one of Myanmar’s leading corporations with 40 companies actively operating in seven business sectors: banking and financial services, real estate development, automotive, agriculture and logistics, luxury travel and tourism, consumer services, and healthcare.

Arif P. Rachmat
Executive Director
PT. Triputra Investindo Arya
Arif P. Rachmat
Executive Director
PT. Triputra Investindo Arya

Arif P. Rachmat supervises a private holding company with significant investment in various publicly listed companies including Adaro Energy, palm oil and wood business DSN, rubber company Kirana Megatara, mobility and logistics business Assa, as well as privately held enterprises such as Daya Group, a Honda dealership. As a co-founder and Executive Chairman of TAP Group, Mr. Rachmat oversees a palm oil and rubber businesses with about 40,000 employees and 20,000 smallholder partnerships.

Mr. Rachmat holds leadership roles at the Indonesia Business Association and the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, where he is head of the Agroforestry Department. He also serves as Chairman of Endeavor Indonesia and is an active member of the Boards of Trustees of the Asia Business Council, Singapore Management University, and the Partnership for Indonesia’s Sustainable Agriculture . In addition, he sits on the Boards of Advisors of The Nature Conservancy Indonesia and the Indonesian Palm Oil Association.

In the realm of philanthropy and stewardship, Mr. Rachmat serves as Chairman of the GK Indonesia Foundation. He is a member of  the Young Presidents’ Organization and has been recognized as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

Mr. Rachmat graduated with Master’s and B.S. degrees in operations research and industrial engineering from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Upon graduation, he worked for General Electric Company in the  U.S. and globally for seven years in various leadership roles.

Mr. Rachmat graduated cum laude with a Master’s and B.S. in operations research and industrial engineering from Cornell University. He then worked for General Electric Co. for seven years in various leadership roles.

Nazir Razak
Chairman
Ikhlas Capital
Nazir Razak
Chairman
Ikhlas Capital

Nazir Razak is currently Chairman of ASEAN private equity firm Ikhlas Capital. He retired as Chairman of CIMB in October 2018 after a 29-year career with the ASEAN banking group.

Dato’ Sri Nazir served CIMB in various capacities before becoming Group CEO in 1999 and then Chairman in 2014.

He spearheaded the Group’s transformation from a mid-sized Malaysian merchant bank into the fifth-largest ASEAN universal bank. He was the youngest recipient of Finance Asia’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 and was awarded Euromoney’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2012. In 2015, he was the winner of the Asia House Asian Business Leaders Award.

A strong advocate of ASEAN economic integration, Dato’ Sri Nazir was the inaugural Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s ASEAN Regional Strategy Group. He also led the establishment of the ASEAN Business Club and the CIMB ASEAN Research Institute. He graduated from the University of Bristol in 1988 and obtained an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge in 1989. In 2019 he was the inaugural Transformational Leadership fellow at Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government.

Salil Singhal
Chairman Emeritus
PI Industries Ltd.
Salil Singhal
Chairman Emeritus
PI Industries Ltd.

Salil Singhal is the Chairman Emeritus of PI Industries Ltd., a leading agrochemical company in India. His other businesses in the group are Secure Meters Ltd. and Wolkem India Ltd. He was Chair- man of the Pesticides Association of India, now called the Crop Care Federation of India; he was elected Chairman Emeritus for life. He was the Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Northern Region and headed the CII National Council for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises. He is the Chairman of the CII National Council on Agriculture and a member of the CII National Council. He has been named Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 (Life Sciences and Agrochemicals) by Ernst & Young, and Best CEO for 2014 (Mid-sized Chemical Industry segment), as well as India’s Best CEO for 2015 (Agriculture & Allied) by Business Today. He received the Global Corporate Leader of the Year award from Power Brands, the Agricultural Leadership Award for Lifetime Achievement at the seventh International Agriculture Summit, the Leadership for Business Transformation award given by KPMG at the Horasis Conference in Malaga Spain, the Lifetime Achievement Award at the CNBC- AWAAZ Rajasthan Ratna Awards ceremony, and the Special Achievement Award at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards. He is an Independent Director of steel, building, construction, and hospitality companies.

Chartsiri Sophonpanich
President
Bangkok Bank
Chartsiri Sophonpanich
President
Bangkok Bank

Chartsiri Sophonpanich is President of Bangkok Bank, a leading Southeast Asian bank and Thailand’s market leader in corporate and business banking.

Bangkok Bank’s multi-tiered distribution platform spans more than 1,000 domestic branches and 240 business centers and business desks across Thailand, serving more than 17 million customer accounts. Products and services are also provided through digital channels such as mobile and internet banking services for business and retail customers.

Bangkok Bank has a long-standing presence across Southeast Asia, as well as in China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Its international network includes more than 300 branches in 14 economies, the largest overseas network of any Thai bank.  Its major international subsidiaries include PermataBank, Indonesia’s twelfth largest bank by total assets serving 3.75 million customers in 62 cities across the archipelago and a pioneer in mobile banking and mobile payment technology in Southeast Asia’s largest economy. Bangkok Bank (China) has six branches providing coverage across the major regions of China, and Bangkok Bank Berhad has five branches across Malaysia.

Mr. Chartsiri holds Master’s degrees in management and chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (U.S.) and a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (U.S.).

Teresita Sy-Coson
Vice Chairperson
SM Investments Corporation
Teresita Sy-Coson
Vice Chairperson
SM Investments Corporation

Teresita Sy-Coson is the Vice Chairperson of SM Investments Corp. (SMIC), a Philippine company invested in market- leading businesses in retail, banking, and property. SMIC also invests in ventures that draw upon high-growth opportunities in the Philippine economy.

Her expertise has helped advance the Group’s development in the retail business through its flagship The SM Store, SM Supermarket, and specialty concepts. Ms. Sy-Coson is the Chairperson of BDO Unibank, the Philippines’ largest bank measured by consolidated resources, assets under management, and capital. She is as an Advisor to the Board of Directors of SM Prime Holdings, Inc., an integrated property developer with wide-ranging interests in malls, residences, commercial buildings, leisure, and tourism.

Staying true to the legacy of its founder, Henry Sy, Sr., SM envisions building businesses that are catalysts for development in the communities it serves.

Ms. Sy-Coson serves as the Vice Chairperson of SM Foundation, Inc., which recognizes the transformative impact of contributions to education, healthcare, and agriculture, especially to underserved Filipinos.

Zhang Xin
CEO Founder
SOHO China Ltd.
Zhang Xin
CEO Founder
SOHO China Ltd.

Born in Beijing in 1965, Xin moved to Hong Kong at age 14 and labored as a factory girl. At 19, Xin ventured to the UK where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Sussex and a Master’s degree in development economics from Cambridge University. After graduating, she launched a career ininvestment banking with Goldman Sachs and Travelers Group.

Ms. Zhang serves as a Trustee of the Museum of Modern Art and the Asia Society. She is also a member of the World Economic Forum, Davos, the Council on Foreign Relations Global Board of Advisors, and the Harvard Global Advisory Council. Xin holds an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Sussex and has served as a visiting fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. Ms. Zhang and husband Pan Shiyi are members of Bill Gates’s Breakthrough Energy Coalition that funds technology developments that will enable a zero-emissions energy future.

In 2005, Ms. Zhang and Mr. Pan established the SOHO China Foundation and in 2014 launched the SOHO China Scholarships, a $100 million initiative providing financial aid to Chinese students at leading international universities. Giſt agreements totaling $35 million have been signed with Harvard University, Yale University, and the University of Chicago.