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EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT
Chairman


Richard WELFORD founded and developed CSR Asia, a consultancy and think-tank, currently with 7 offices in the Asia-Pacific region and known for its pioneering work around corporate social responsibility (CSR). He has over 25 years experience working with the business sector, United Nations, NGOs and other international agencies in the field of CSR with an emphasis on social justice, human rights, governance issues, community development and environmental management.

Richard is currently the adjunct Professor at the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok and the University of the South Pacific. He has 25 years of experience in academia, pioneering courses and programs covering a range of issues including shared value, inclusive business, private sector engagement, supply chain risks, human rights and community investment.

Richard is the author of 15 books and numerous refereed articles in the fields of environmental management and sustainable development. He is also the editor of 3 internationally recognized academic journals, developing and promoting research around business and sustainable development.

Richard is also a Board Director of a number of other organisations including ERP Environment, the Compliance Practitioners Association and AIDS Concern.
 

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Executive Directors


Erin LYON is a lawyer by training and worked for the international law firm, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer both in Europe and Asia. Erin has been working in Asia for over seven years and has lived and worked in the UAE and Indonesia as well as Singapore.

Erin has advised Asian, US and European companies. Clients have included Shell, Asia Pacific Breweries, CDL, Aviva and Oxfam with projects including strategy, reporting, stakeholder engagement, social impact assessment, community investment, ISO26000 and sustainable supply chains. Erin has a strong interest in the development of CSR in Asia and has worked with clients to assess the changing regulations and voluntary agreements that are developing in Asia and the impact they have on operations.

Erin has been an adjunct at the Singapore Management University School of Law, lecturing in Ethics and Social Responsibility and she has also taught Corporate Governance at SAICSA. She has also been an elected member of the GRI Stakeholder Council.

Erin was a founder and shareholder in Responsible Research a boutique ESG analysis firm, sold in 2012 to Sustainalytics.
 

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Mabel is Executive Director of CSR Asia. In her last eight years with CSR Asia, Mabel has engaged with and advised various multinational and local companies. Clients have included Accor hospitality group, adidas, Citi, City Developments Limited, Credit Suisse, Prudence Foundation and UNICEF with projects including advisory on sustainability strategy, stakeholder engagement, social impact assessment, corporate community investment and sustainable supply chains. She is also an experienced trainer and facilitator, and contributes to research that aims to build capacity on sustainable business practices in Asia.

Mabel leads on CSR Asia’s initiatives in Australia, supporting Australian companies with their sustainability practices in Asia, she is also responsible for CSR Asia’s Community Investment Round Table (CIRT) – a member-based regional network of corporate community investment practitioners. The CIRT envisions companies in Asia to play a key role in creating positive change for communities and plays an active role to share best practices in corporate community investment.

Prior to CSR Asia, Mabel had extensive experience in the development sector. In her last role, Mabel was in an Asia-Pacific regional role liaising with senior government representatives, NGOs, corporates and UN bodies, providing technical assistance to countries starting up national child protection helplines.

Mabel holds a BA (Political Science and Psychology) and a Masters in Public Administration (Policy, Public and Non-Profit Program) from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University.

 

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Mara is an Executive Director of CSR Asia managing the Hong Kong office. Mara has worked in corporate social responsibility in Asia for over six years and has lived in Singapore, Italy, Germany and Romania. She is a strong believer in the role of business in driving sustainable development.

Her role at CSR Asia includes leading advisory work, especially in the areas of sustainability strategy and reporting, stakeholder engagement, materiality assessment, community investment, supply chain sustainability and environmental services. Mara also contributes to CSR Asia’s research that aims to build capacity on sustainable business practices in Asia.

She has worked with a wide range of clients across different industries covering multinational and local companies and organisations such as Hong Kong Airport Authority, Huawei, Danone, Cathay Pacific, Bank of China Hong Kong, The Bank of East Asia, MTR Corporation, Oxfam, Swire Properties, Sun Hung Kai Properties, Swire Pacific, State Street, Hopewell Holdings, Hang Lung Group, State Street, FWD, PCCW, Wharf, Manulife, Aedas, Coca-Cola and others.

Mara is an experienced trainer and facilitator, having delivered capacity building workshops in Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam. She is a visiting lecturer at The University of Hong Kong teaching corporate sustainability and shared value. She also teaches corporate social responsibility at HKU SPACE.

Before joining CSR Asia she worked with ASrIA (Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia) engaging with financial institutions to create partnerships and raise awareness on Sustainable and Responsible Investment. Her previous work experience in the private sector covers tourism, market research and telecommunications.

Mara has a master's degree in Environmental and Energy Management at Bocconi University in Italy, and has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Romania. She is a graduate of the Oxford Scenarios Programme at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.
 

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DIRECTOR



Makiko AKABANE is the Director of CSR Asia Japan office. She has over ten years’ in corporate social responsibility in multi-sector and multi-national companies. Specializing in the areas of environmental responsibilities and corporate philanthropy, she has started up CSR sections of four multi-national companies included Starbucks Coffee Japan, salesforce.com foundation, Nikko Asset Management, and LUSH Japan. She has received the President Award from Starbuck Coffee Japan in 2002 and the Award for Excellence in Corporate Volunteering Initiatives from the Sawayaka Welfare Foundation in 2006. Her award winning CSR strategy is featured as successfully integrating CSR into business. She also has experience to launch the CSR sections in Singapore and CSR projects in Thailand, South Korea, and China.

Makiko has a BA in Political Science and a BS in Biology from Waseda University (Japan) and studied in Graduate Schools in the University of California Riverside, Tufts University (US) and Keio University (Japan).
 


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CONSULTANTS
 
Project Managers




Zheng Ying CHONG is a Senior Project Manager in the Singapore office. She joined CSR Asia after graduating with a first class B.A. (Hons) in Development Studies from the University of Melbourne, where she completed a thesis on social businesses. Her interest lies primarily in the leveraging of corporate expertise and resources to address development issues.

Joining CSR Asia in 2011, she has since worked on impact measurement and programme evaluation projects, corporate community investment strategies and conducted stakeholder engagement exercises for a diverse range of clients including ACCOR, Barclays, City Developments Limited, Citi, Fuji Xerox, SABIC, Shell, UNFPA and UNICEF.

Her experience includes working on research papers around business and vulnerable children and inclusive business strategies in the cocoa industry for clients such as Aviva and Oxfam. She has recently worked with clients such as Marina Bay Sands and the ONYX Hospitality Group on the reporting and communication of their sustainability efforts.
 

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Clelia DANIEL is a Programme Manager based at the Sasin Center for Sustainability Management (SCSM) in Bangkok, Thailand.

Clelia is an experienced programme manager with a specialization in international development, capacity building, communications and partnerships. She has extensive experience organizing trainings and outreach events in Asia and the Pacific to provide managers, CSR professionals and policy-makers with comprehensive information on the concept of sustainability and inclusive business practices. For three years, she managed the Professional Master’s Degree in CSR developed by CSR Asia in partnership with Asian Institute of Technology. She also contributed to the development of the Vietnamese Global Compact Local Network as a communications and partnerships specialist. Clelia has worked for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce, the Italian Ministry of Health and Navdanya, an Indian NGO. She also worked as a consultant for UNESCAP and Oxfam Italy. Prior to embarking on her international career, she worked on an experimental farm as a sustainability and communications manager.

 

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Jurgita BALAISYTE is a Project Manager for CSR Asia based in the Hong Kong Office.

Her role at CSR Asia includes work on sustainability strategy and reporting, stakeholder engagement, benchmarking, materiality assessment and research. Jurgita's expertise spans across sectors and industries with particular focus on humanitarian research and disaster resilience. She has a strong interest in the development of sustainability practices for luxury brands.

Prior to coming to Hong Kong Jurgita worked at INSEAD's Social Innovation Centre, France, where she was leading teams in business-relevant supply chain, operations management and stakeholder engagement research. Jurgita holds an MSc in Local Economic Development from the London School of Economics.
 

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Samantha is a Senior Project Manager and is responsible for sustainability consultancy projects ranging from research and reporting to strategy development and stakeholder engagement. Samantha led the team that organised the 2015 Shared Value Forum and subsequent workshops in Hong Kong. Her experience also includes facilitation of meetings, benchmarking, and issue-specific research, including a briefing paper on opportunities for inclusive business in the shrimp value chain. In the past four years with CSR Asia, Samantha’s clients included The Bank of East Asia, Hong Kong Airport Authority, NWS Holdings, Wheelock and Company, The Nature Conservancy, Oxfam, Sun Hung Kai Properties, Wynn Macau and Gammon Construction.

Prior to joining CSR Asia, Samantha spent three years working for an environmental non-profit organisation in Beijing, where she managed China’s largest youth conservation movement, the Green Long March, spanning 50 universities in 17 provinces. She spent a further two years in Beijing championing sustainability at boutique travel company WildChina, where she also managed the UK client portfolio and several corporate events. She has extensive experience facilitating cross-sector communication and has worked with companies such as BP, Starbucks, Goldman Sachs and Swire Pacific to design and execute bespoke CSR and employee engagement projects in Mainland China. Since returning to Hong Kong, her hometown, she has also co-founded a social enterprise that promotes urban farming through workshops and installing rooftop farms across the city.

Samantha holds a BSc in Natural Sciences from Durham University, UK, and is a member of the Durham University Asia Pacific Development Board.

 

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Nick WARELIS is a Project Manager based in Hong Kong office. He is responsible for sustainability consultancy projects ranging from research and reporting to strategy development and stakeholder engagement. He has worked on projects for both the NGO and private sectors, writing reports on inclusive business and the integration of conservation and development for clients such as Oxfam and Conservation International and sustainability reporting for Hang Lung Properties. 

Prior to joining CSR Asia, Nick worked as a Project Manager for a global food science organisation called IUFoST. For several years before this, he worked in Central Mexico for an environmental NGO, conducting research on regional water and food security.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Post-Graduate Degree in Applied and Community-Based Research.
 

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Justin TEO is a project manager based in the Singapore office. He has worked on sustainability reporting, community investment impact assessment and research papers for clients including Accor, Conservation International, Credit Suisse, Perfetti Van Melle, PwC, MPRL E&P, Marina Bay Sands and Sembcorp. Justin is particularly skilled in data management. He has also supported multi-stakeholder initiatives assuming the secretariat function for the High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach Steering Group and assists CSR Asia’s Strategic Partner and Community Investment Round Table (CIRT) membership networks.

Graduated with a B.Eng (Hons) in Environmental Engineering from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Justin has undertaken projects and feasibility studies in the field of integrated environmental management together with local environmental agencies and environmental professionals in Vietnam. He has also interned at TÜV SÜD PSB where building components are tested to ensure that buildings are energy efficient.

 

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Jacky NG is a Project Manager for CSR Asia based in Hong Kong. Jacky is involved in supporting project work in the field of stakeholder engagement, sustainability reporting and community investment.

Jacky graduated from the University of Hong Kong in Ecology and Biodiversity. During university, he interned at the Ocean Park Hong Kong for dolphin scientific research and also was a part-time staff of Ocean Park Hong Kong Conservation Foundation in assisting local wild monkey population control. Prior to joining CSR Asia, Jacky worked for a PR consultancy organising press conferences and media briefing for corporate clients in the retail and financial industries. During his work experience, he was able to work closely with the media and gained valuable experience in identifying the appropriate PR angles and strategies to create media interest and public awareness.

 

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Angela FOULSHAM is a Project Manager based in the Singapore office. Angela has over 11 years’ experience, coming from a science background having worked for large global engineering and environmental organisations. Angela holds a first class B.Sc. (Hons) and a Masters of Research with Distinction in science and technology disciplines.

Angela has worked in Singapore for five years, previously being based in Abu Dhabi (UAE) and the UK. As an Environmental Scientist, Angela’s skills lie in project management of multi-disciplinary studies, particularly environmental assessment and management, having completed numerous international Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Environmental Monitoring and Management Plan (EMMP) projects, but also projects including environmental consents, reporting, training, auditing, and baseline studies. Angela is a GRI certified reporting specialist. During 2015 Angela also worked with NTU’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences grading undergraduate coursework in the field of Environmental History.

 

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Karen PONG is a Project Manager in the Hong Kong office responsible for the implementation of CSR advisory and research projects. Since joining CSR Asia she was involved in advisory projects on sustainability reporting and stakeholder engagement for a number of prominent clients, including China Overseas Holdings, Bank of East Asia and Hang Lung Properties and. Karen also worked on a number of community investment research and consultancy services as well as benchmarking projects commissioned by our client or strategic partners, including the CSR Centre of the Swedish Embassy in Beijing, Prudence Foundation, FWD, State Street, Nomura and Oxfam.

Prior to joining CSR Asia, Karen worked at the language solutions division of a Fortune 500 financial printer. She managed a variety of translation and localization projects for high-profile clients like Nasdaq and Goldman Sachs, and had accumulated experience in client relationship management. Karen also interned in Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden in HK where she gained an initial understanding of sustainability in practice. Her main duties at Kadoorie were guiding eco-tours and developing environmental education materials for visitors.

Karen graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a double major in Political Science and Translation.
 

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Rebecca WALKER CHAN is a Project Manager for CSR Asia based in Hong Kong. Her role at CSR Asia includes advisory and research in the areas of sustainability strategy and reporting, stakeholder engagement and community investment and development.

Prior to joining CSR Asia, Rebecca spent over five years’ working in sustainability communications and environmental education. Most recently, she worked with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Geneva, Switzerland where she oversaw advocacy and reporting for Livelihoods and Energy and Environment programmes. Previously, she worked for Harvard University as a project lead where she designed and implemented interactive and experiential course material for Harvardx and for Harvard’s Sustainability and Environmental Management programme.

Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Liberal Arts in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University Extension School. As a graduate student, she served as the Membership and Public Relations Director, and then the President of the Harvard Extension Environmental Club.
 

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Rita YU is a Senior Project Manager for CSR Asia based in the Hong Kong Office. She is responsible for sustainability strategy and reporting, stakeholder engagement, benchmarking, materiality assessment and research.

Rita has solid and diverse experience in the subject of climate change and extreme events, particularly with respect to climate change science, impacts and policy. She has worked with a wide range of clients, stakeholders and policymakers from the governmental, non-profit and private sector communities, technical experts, as well as the general public in Asia, the United States and Europe. Prior to joining CSR Asia, Rita was a Visiting Scientist at the University of Washington (USA). She served as an Expert Reviewer for Working Group II Contribution to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Reports (IPCC AR5 WGII).

Rita holds a Ph.D. in Climate Science from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) and Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia (UK). She was a recipient of a doctoral grant from the AXA Research Fund.
 

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Sze Zen WONG is a Project Manager in the Singapore office. Her role includes working on impact measurement and programme evaluation, corporate community investment strategies, stakeholder engagement, sustainability reporting and research. She has worked with clients across different industries including Macquarie Group, City Developments Limited, Marina Bay Sands, NTUC FairPrice, Hitachi Asia and Prudential Malaysia.

Zen’s previous work experience includes leading an international client servicing team at a corporate insurance broking and risk management consultancy firm, handling donor relations at World Vision Singapore and managing marketing communications of a fashion brand at FJ Benjamin (Malaysia). She holds a B.A. in Business Systems from Monash University.
 

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Project Coordinators




Gloria LUO is a Project Coordinator based in the Hong Kong office supporting advisory and research projects in the areas of sustainability consultancy. She joined CSR Asia after graduating from the University of Hong Kong with double major in Economics and Political Science. During university, she developed strong interests in environmental sustainability and social responsibility through her involvement in various research projects on CSR strategies, Environmental Impact Assessment practices, and capacity building and international development in the energy sector. She also gained rich internship experience with responsibilities encompassing event management, business development, marketing research and communications.
 

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STAFF AND ADMINISTRATION




Minnie WEI is responsible for finance and administration in the Hong Kong office. She is responsible for the accounting of both CSR Hong Kong as well as Community Investment Round Table. Minnie graduated with a Business Accounting degree from the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia and is a qualified CPA member of CPA Australia. Before joining CSR Asia, Minnie has gained more than 20 years of accounting experience across various industries such as trading, retail and technology.
 

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Kelvin ON is the IT Manager responsible for managing all CSR Asia websites and providing technical support. Prior to joining CSR Asia, he gained five years’ experience in a shipping company. He handled different types of IT projects such as implementation of ERP system, upgrading of IT infrastructure and setting up network security.

He graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2007 with major in Electronics Engineering.
 

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Helena Day is the Communications and Marketing Associate for CSR Asia. She is responsible for developing and leading the communications strategy and delivering on tactical marketing related activities.

Prior to joining CSR Asia she was responsible for marketing large scale exhibitions and conferences, before transferring into the world of marketing agencies. Here she specialised in non profit communications and delivered integrated campaigns for many non profits including Macmillan, Barnardo’s, Action Aid, Age UK and the Salvation Army.

She has a BA from the University of Sheffield in East Asian Studies and Business Studies with a focus on marketing.
 

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Rohayu RAMLI is the Office Manager in the Kuala Lumpur office responsible for providing administrative and support services for the company. Ayu also assist in organising the CSR Asia Summit, as well as forums, briefings, trainings, and other special events. Ayu joined CSR Asia from BioX, an international CDM and Biodiesel Group, and has worked in the hotel management industry administrating projects and human resources activities. Ayu continued to enhance her knowledge and completed her secretarial studies in 2010.
 

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Vicky Chan is the Office Administrator in the Hong Kong office responsible for providing administrative and support services for the company. Vicky also assists in organising the CSR Asia Summit, as well as forums, briefings, trainings, and other special events. Prior to joining CSR Asia she has worked in the real estate industry with responsibilities across office administration, business development plus marketing and advertising. Vicky graduated from the Hong Kong Baptist University with a major in Finance and a minor in Communication Studies.
 

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ASSOCIATES

 




Helen ROETH is a CSR Asia Associate focusing on private sector engagement in disaster resilience. Before becoming an independent consultant Helen was with CSR Asia for almost four years, first as Project Manager and then as Director of Research based in the Hong Kong office. She has extensive experience in sustainability reporting, stakeholder engagement, sector benchmarking and carbon auditing. Helen has issued and co-authored a number of research and best practice papers including on disaster resilience, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and corporate philanthropy. Prior to her CSR career she was with the UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific in Jakarta where she worked on community-based disaster risk management. Before UNESCO she had been working with an Institute of Urban Water Management and the environmental consultancy IFOK in Germany. Helen is a graduate engineer in spatial planning from the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany.

 

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Leena WOKECK is a former Executive Director of CSR Asia and the founding Director of the CSR Asia Center at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Thailand where she was based until 2014. Having relocated to Amsterdam, the Netherlands she continues with CSR Asia as an Associate and works with partners and clients in both Europe and Asia. 

She has extensive experience advising organizations of various sectors and sizes and leads research and engagement projects on cutting edge issues and trends for the role of business in sustainable development. She is an accomplished trainer and facilitator and has developed and delivered executive education programs, including the joint CSR Asia-AIT Professional Masters Program in CSR. 

Leena has worked with the private sector as well as international organizations, NGOs and development agencies. Her focus areas include poverty alleviation, inclusive value chains, human rights, climate change adaptation, partnerships for sustainable development, sustainability reporting, sustainability standards and guidelines and stakeholder engagement. Immediately prior to moving to Bangkok in 2009 she spent several years working for the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). 

Leena holds an MSc in International Relations and Transnational Governance from the VU Amsterdam, a BA in International Studies from the University of Birmingham, UK, and has studied Cultural Anthropology and International Law at the University of Cologne, Germany.

 

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Mari NAKAJIMA is a free-lance interpreter and translator, works extensively in the fields of development assistance, environment, human rights and gender.

Works as a researcher for Rotary International and NGOs for international cooperation.

Worked for United Nations Population Fund, Geneva Liaison Office, as an Information Officer.

Master of Philosophy in Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge.

 

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Michelle BROWN is a former Executive Director of CSR Asia and based in the UK where she set up a Europe Office for CSR Asia. Her professional career has taken her from Canada to the UK, to South Korea, Vietnam, mainland China, Hong Kong, Laos, Cambodia, India, the Philippines, Thailand, South Africa and Kenya. She is now Head of Social Responsibility and Sustainability Programmes at the University of Edinburgh but continues to be involved in the CSR Asia network.

Michelle’s areas of expertise include corporate responsibility strategy and implementation, stakeholder engagement, supply chain issues, impact assessment and evaluation, community involvement and development and human rights. She has worked for various multinational companies, NGOs and international development agencies on a range of sustainability issues.

Michelle has a MA in Development Studies (Leeds) and completed some work towards a PhD at the University of Hong Kong. From 2010 to 2014 she was an adjunct faculty at the Asian Institute of Technology.
 

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