Mentors and Speakers

Brenda Lee

Former Vice President

Coca-Cola Greater China

Brenda Lee is the former Vice President of Coca-Cola Greater China. As the head of Public Affairs and Communications for 20 years, she was responsible for government and public affairs, issues management, media relations, sustainability and marketing and corporate communications. She has worked closely with various key stakeholders in Greater China including media, government officials, nonprofit organizations, and trade organizations. After retiring from her position at Coca-Cola, she founded her own charitable foundation to help women in Yunnan impacted by HIV/AIDS to improve their economic livelihoods. Brenda now acts as the Managing Director of B Lee and Associates, a strategic communication consultancy focused on reputation management, executive coaching, public affairs, marketing communications, media relations and government affairs in the Greater China region.

Brenda Lee

Coca-Cola Greater China

Ashwin Kaja

Founder

Investours

Ashwin is an lawyer at the international law firm Covington & Burling in Beijing, where he works on matters related to trade, public policy, and government affairs. Both through and beyond his legal practice, he has been deeply engaged in the globalization of higher education, developing international collaborations between universities around the world and teaching courses on negotiation at universities in China, India, Egypt, and Malaysia. In 2008, Ashwin founded Investours (www.investours.org), a social enterprise which runs tours bringing travelers to meet and fund local micro-entrepreneurs in east Africa.

Ashwin is from East Fishkill, New York. He studied economics and government at Harvard College and law at Harvard Law School. 

Ashwin Kaja

Investours

Hong Lin

Secretary General

Ginkgo Foundation

Ms. Hong Lin devoted herself to the philanthropic sector four years ago, making a change from a more than ten year’s career as a software engineer and program manager. Her former employers include Sun Microsystems, Microsoft and a Silicon Valley startup. She holds Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She is currently the Secretary General of the Ginkgo Foundation, an offshoot from the Narada Foundation based on its leading program the “Ginkgo Fellow Program,” with a vision to nurture a core community of young social entrepreneurs who will catalyze positive and sustainable social changes within China.

Hong Lin

Ginkgo Foundation

Yong Lu

CEO and Founder

Evergreen Asia Advisors, LLC

Yong Lu is the CEO and Founder of Evergreen Asia Advisors, LLC, a New York-based consulting firm advising on China-related philanthropic initiatives. Lu is a pioneer in enhancing the Chinese understanding of modern philanthropy. Her two books, Fundraising for a Cause (2014) and The Third Force: America’s Nonprofit Organizations and People-to-People Diplomacy (2011) are by far the most comprehensive introduction to Mainland China on the U.S. nonprofit system. She was an Executive Director at CCS, a leading nonprofit fundraising and strategic consulting firm headquartered in New York. Previously, she was the Director of Research at the Committee of 100 and Program Manager for the Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Lu is a frequent speaker and provides trainings for various Chinese social organizations. She was one of the founding consultants for launching the Schwarzman Scholars Program at Tsinghua University.

She is currently the New York Representative for the Center for China & Globalization. Lu received a B.A. in Communications from Fudan University and an M.A. in International Relations from Yale University.

Yong Lu

Evergreen Asia Advisors, LLC

Nicholas Kwan

Research Director

Hong Kong Trade Development Council

Nicholas Kwan is currently the Research Director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. He heads a team of around 30 economists and research professionals, providing research support on all macro-economic and business issues. From 2005-2012, Nick was the Asia Chief Economist and Head of Research (East) in Standard Chartered Bank. Before that, he was the senior manager of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) for seven years. Nick was also formerly the Regional Chief Economist of Merrill Lynch covering the Asia Pacific region from Korea to India for eleven years. Nick is an economics graduate of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, with an MBA from Warwick University in the UK and was a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Nicholas Kwan

Hong Kong Trade Development Council

Greg Berzonsky

Vice President, Global Engagement and Special Counselor to the President

United Way Global

Mr. Berzonsky advises the President and CEO on all matters related to international relationships with individuals and institutions.  He creates opportunities and cultivates relationships for the President and CEO of United Way Worldwide.

Prior to that role, Mr. Berzonsky was charged with overseeing planning, programs and grants at United Way’s 45 affiliated countries and territories as a member of United Way International’s leadership team.  These affiliates raise and allocate funds within their own communities to meet critical local needs. In 2003, these affiliates raised a combined total of more than $805,000,000 (USD), allocated for critical needs in their communities.  Including the funds raised within the United States of America, United Ways in total worldwide raised and distributed more than $4.7 billion (USD) in 2003 for important causes.

Greg Berzonsky

United Way Global

Zoe Shen

Vice Secretary General

One Foundation

Zoe Shen has worked at Horizon Research Consultancy Group, one of China’s earliest and most influential think tanks, for over a decade. She honed her leadership skills at Horizon, eventually becoming the youngest Vice President in the organization. Her extensive research experiences in public opinion and social studies have enabled her to serve as a local bridge between the public, Chinese government, and greater intentional community. After completing her Hubert Humphrey fellowship in the U.S. in 2011, Zoe came back to China and shifted from being a social researcher to taking on a leadership role in the philanthropy industry. She has also led an NGO startup, “Black Apple Youth,” which has an innovative approach to mobilizing local Chinese youth participation in philanthropic activities.

Zoe Shen

One Foundation

Chung To

Founder and Chairperson

Chi Heng Foundation

Chung To is the founder and chairperson of Chi Heng Foundation, a Hong Kong-based charitable organization. Chung developed a systematic and sustainable program which sponsors education and psychosocial care for over 8,900 children whose parents have died of or are dying of AIDS in seven provinces in China. Viewed by many as a best practice model, the program has become the largest non-governmental effort focusing on helping children impacted by AIDS in China. Named as one of “Ten Future Leaders of China” by People Magazine and “Ten Model Citizens in China” by Phoenix TV, Chung is a visionary leader in the NGO field, contributing to the development of civil society in China.

Chung received a bachelor’s degree at Columbia University and a master’s degree at Harvard University. Chung worked in investment banking in New York and Hong Kong for ten years.

Chung To

Chi Heng Foundation

Michelle Garnaut

Founder

Capital M Restaurant Group

Michelle Garnaut began her career as one of China’s most celebrated restaurateurs in 1989, when she opened M at the Fringe in Hong Kong. It swiftly grew into a city institution, and in 1999, M on the Bund opened, the first independent restaurant on the historic Shanghai waterfront. Like its predecessor, it soon became a beloved oasis for locals, visitors and lovers of good food and warm service.

Today, Michelle’s M Restaurant Group includes M on the Bund, Capital M in Beijing and Glam, a chic Shanghai dining lounge. Over the years, in tandem with the restaurants’ exuberant growth, an empire of cultural events has grown up. Michelle founded the Shanghai and Capital Literary Festivals, the Shanghai Chamber Music Festival and Competition and the M Literary Residency. She’s also the co-founder of the Village People Project, which aims to improve the lives and health of villagers in rural China and a supporter of Educating Girls in Rural China. In Beijing and Shanghai, she spearheads Mentor Walks, where up-and-coming professional women can seek advice from experienced mentors.

Michelle is the recipient of many international honors, including, in September 2015, the inaugural award in Food at the Advance Global Australian Awards.

Michelle Garnaut

Capital M Restaurant Group