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•  Richard WELFORD
Executive Directors
•  Leena WOKECK •  Michelle BROWN
Country Directors
•  Mara CHIOREAN (Hong Kong) •  Makiko AKABANE (Japan)
•  Roatchana SUNGTHONG  
Director of Partnerships
•  Jemima JEWELL  
Senior Project Managers
•  Gabriel CHONG •  Mabel WONG
•  Nichapat NA THALANG  
Project Managers
•  Claudia WOO •  Iris LUI
•  Esther TEH •  Chris YE
•  Zheng YING CHONG •  Jessica BOUCHER
•  Jeffrey YING •  Clelia DANIEL
 Sirinut THANATRAKOLSRI •  Radhika Mittal
 Aparna VENKATACHALAM •  Samantha Woods
Project Coordinators
•  Jacky NG  
Finance Manager
•  Rita HO  
IT & Administrator
•  Kelvin ON •  Songpon (Brian) SAENGPUN
Events and Marketing
•  Angel NG •  Basil LING
Office Managers
•  Karen Diane LEGASPI •  Rohayu RAMLI
•  Yashvi PATHAK  
Senior Associates
•  Alyson SLATER •  Nigel BLACKWOOD


Richard WELFORD is one of the founders and the chairman of CSR Asia. He has over twenty years of experience working in the fields of environmental management and social responsibility. He was one of the early pioneers in developing social audit and reporting methodologies with UK-based organisations such as The Body Shop, IBM and Eastern Electricity in the 1990s. From 2002 to 2010 Richard was also a professor at the University of Hong Kong and headed up the Corporate Environmental Governance Programme. He has worked with some of the leading multinational enterprises and local companies and NGOs in Asia including Disney, CLP, Nike, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, Swire Pacific, Cathay Pacific, HP, IBM, HSBC, Citigroup, Accor, Credit Suisse, UBS, P&G and Adidas.

Richard’s work has had a strong emphasis on environmental sustainability and social justice. He has worked with companies on developing their CSR strategies and with NGOs on developing private sector engagement plans. He has also worked on policies and implementation plans covering a range of issues including governance, supply chain risks, human rights, community investment, poverty alleviation, conservation and biodiversity.

Richard is also a Director of ERP Environment, a UK based publisher and sits on the Board of AIDS Concern in Hong Kong.
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Erin LYON is an Executive Director of CSR Asia based in Singapore. Erin is a qualified solicitor in England and Wales, having trained with 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 Indonesia as well as Singapore.

Erin has advised Asian, US and European companies on Corporate Social Responsibility. Recent clients have included HP, Dell, DHL, Bursa Malaysia (the Stock Exchange of Malaysia), CDL and Singapore Petroleum Company with projects including CSR disclosure, stakeholder engagement, 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. She also focuses on the development of CSR disclosure in Asia and is responsible for the Asian Sustainability RatingTM. Erin is also an elected member of the GRI Stakeholder Council.

As well as advising companies and other organizations, Erin is 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.
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Rikke NETTERSTROM is an Executive Director of CSR Asia based in Malaysia. Rikke has over 15 years multi-sector experience in corporate responsibility strategy, stakeholder engagement and communications. At CSR Asia, her focus is on Board-level engagement to promote responsible business practices at major Asian and international companies.

Prior to this, she was responsible for environmental and social issues for two of the world’s sustainability leader - The Body Shop International plc and Novozymes A/S, preparing strategies for over 50 markets globally. As an investment analyst and a public affairs consultant, she provided advisory services to multinational companies within a range of sectors, including consumer goods, agrichemicals and financial institutions. She has worked extensively throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas, delivering workshops at Board and senior management level in China, Malaysia, Hong Kong and the US. Rikke was closely involved in the creation of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil as an Executive Board member, and recently served as Interim Secretary General of the organisation. She holds an MSc in International Business from Copenhagen Business School and postgraduate qualifications from Thammasat University, Thailand.
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Leena WOKECK is the Director of the CSR Asia Center at the Asian Institute for Technology (AIT) in Bangkok. She has worked on sustainable development, responsible business practices, accountability and transparency with CSR practitioners and sustainability experts in the private sector as well as international organizations, NGOs and development agencies. Having previously worked for the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), she has extensive experience in sustainability reporting and global multi-stakeholder processes.

Leena’s role includes advising and training organizations of various sectors and sizes on CSR and the effective implementation of business strategies and partnerships for development. Through the unique positioning of the CSR Asia Center at AIT, she leads research and engagement projects on cutting edge issues and trends for the role of business in sustainable development in Asia and works on developing and delivering training and executive education programs, including the joint CSR Asia-AIT Professional Masters Program in CSR.

Leena holds an MSc in International Relations and Transnational Governance from the VU Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 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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Michelle BROWN is the Director of CSR Asia’s European office and based in the UK. Prior to moving to the UK she lived and worked in Asia for 15 years (mainland China, Hong Kong, Vietnam) and has also has worked in Laos, Cambodia, India, the Philippines, Thailand, the UK and Canada.

Michelle’s areas of expertise include corporate responsibility strategy and implementation, impact assessment and evaluation, stakeholder engagement, supply chain issues, community involvement and development and human rights. She has helped companies to implement guidance of the ISO 26000 and the IFC Performance Standards and has supported international development agencies on private sector engagement. Clients have included the adidas-Group, the Asian Development Bank, CLP, Cairn Energy, CARE, PepsiCo, Oxfam, Procter and Gamble, and the United Nations and other companies. She also works as a consultant with the ILO/IFC Better Work programme and was previously a Country Director for VSO in China. Before to moving to the UK, Michelle headed up CSR Asia’s community investment work based out of Hong Kong.

Michelle has a MA in Development Studies (Leeds) and completed some work towards a PhD on CSR in developing countries (University of Hong Kong) where she also taught CSR modules as part of the Corporate Environmental Governance Programme. She currently teaches on two courses in the professional Masters degree at the CSR Asia Centre at AIT.
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Mara CHIOREAN is the Country Director of the CSR Asia Hong Kong office. She is responsible for overseeing and leading consultancy work especially in the areas of sustainability strategy and reporting, stakeholder engagement, community investment, climate change and supply chain services. She also delivers CSR Asia’s training modules and contributes to research work. Since she joined CSR Asia, she worked on consultancy projects with companies such as Danone, Cathay Pacific, Bank of China Hong Kong, Bank of East Asia, Swire Properties, Sun Hung Kai Properties, Swire Pacific, Hopewell Holdings and others.

Before joining CSR Asia she was working with ASrIA (Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia) where she contributed to the Carbon Disclosure Project 2010 Asia ex-Japan. She has extensive experience in training in the NGO sector in Romania. She has a masters degree in Environmental and Energy Management at Bocconi University in Italy, and was an Economics graduate in Romania.
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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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Roatchana (Nui) SUNGTHONG is Head of Programs at the CSR Asia Center at AIT, based in Bangkok. Roatchana leads on business and product development, market expansion and relationship management with existing and prospective partners and clients. She is responsible for overseeing the development of the Center’s knowledge base on CSR in Thailand, communicating key issues and trends through a variety of channels and engaging the network on emerging CSR priorities and effective strategies for sustainable development.

Roatchana has extensive experience both in the private and the nonprofit management sectors. She worked as an Industry Analyst for Windsor Consulting, an international telecommunications consultancy in Australia, and was responsible to the Managing Director for the operations in Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries. Her last position before joining CSR was Acting Country Manager with ActionAid (Thailand). In addition to management, Roatchana's main expertise is in fundraising. She was the co-author of Giving in Thailand, the first report on the state of nonprofit fundraising in Thailand. Roatchana is also a co-founder of Fundraisers in Thailand, a professional support organization with more than 100 members.

Roatchana holds a Bachelor of Economics (Industrial Economics) from Ramkhamheang University in Thailand and a Master of Business (Marketing and E-Commerce) from Victoria University in Australia. 

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Jemima JEWELL is Director of Partnerships, based in the Hong Kong office. She is responsible for deepening engagement with CSR Asia’s Strategic Partners, and developing the partnership network.

Jemima’s background is in corporate sustainability and strategy development, with a particular interest in socially inclusive business. Her expertise includes the use of ‘futures techniques’ (such as long-term scenario planning, horizon scanning and visioning) to create organisational change. She spent several years working at the sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future as a Senior Advisor on their futures team. At Forum Jemima worked with multi-national businesses including PepsiCo and Swire, and public sector bodies such as the UK Department for International Development, on long-term planning for sustainability.

Jemima joined CSR Asia from ToughStuff, a solar solutions company, where she was Head of Partnership Development for the international relief sector. She has completed a year’s professional leadership programme in social enterprise and has a first class BA in Human Sciences from Oxford University.
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Gabriel CHONG is a Senior Project Manager at CSR Asia Malaysia. Gabriel helps our clients conceptualise, develop and manage projects. Gabriel leads the team on stakeholder engagement. He has also conducted research on reputational risk, sector benchmarking, written sustainability reports, and delivered our trainings. His background in social work and involvement with NGOs gives him a broad understanding of community investment opportunities, partnerships, and programme evaluation. Gabriel is responsible for organising the CSR Wednesday briefings in Malaysia.

Gabriel holds a Bachelor in Communications and a Masters in Social Work. He has managed projects addressing social issues ranging from mental healthcare, urban poverty to HIV/AIDS while living in the US, UK and Malaysia. Prior to joining CSR Asia, Gabriel was the Communication Officer at the Malaysia office of Wetlands International. He taught social work at a Malaysian university, conducted and published research papers. Gabriel took a brief sabbatical from the NGO community and spent two years in the corporate sector.
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Mabel WONG is a senior project manager at CSR Asia. Mabel is responsible for CSR Asia’s Community Investment Roundtable (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. In her last four years with CSR Asia, Mabel has also advised and worked with companies on strategic community investment - including Accor, Citi, HP, Intel, DHL. Prior to CSR Asia, Mabel has over 7 years experience in the NGO sector focusing on children’s issues. 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 initiatives.

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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Nichapat NA THALANG is the senior outreach coordinator at the CSR Asia Center at AIT in Thailand. Her role includes liaison with other outreach centers at AIT, coordinating outreach activities to build CSR Asia’s networks in Thailand and neighboring countries in Southeast Asia, and their engagement in the lead up to the CSR Asia Summit 2013 that will be held in Bangkok.

Nichapat has several years of experience managing donor-funded research and development projects in South East Asia, especially focusing on capacity building needs and activities. She also has experience in working on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and market and trade mechanisms for development. She brings a special interest in innovative business solutions that effectively contribute to sustainable development as well as business models at the base of the pyramid.

Nichapat has a Master’s degree in Cooperation and Development from IUSS, Pavia, Italy. She also holds a B.A. in International Relations from Thammasart University, Bangkok, Thailand.
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Claudia WOO is a project manager based in the Hong Kong office. She has been involving in various CSR consultancy projects around sustainability reporting, stakeholder engagement, materiality assessment, industrial benchmarking, CSR policy formulation, supply chain workshop and CSR event. Some of the clients that she has worked with are Aedas, Bank of China (Hong Kong), British Council (Manila), CLP, Hopewell Holdings, Sun Hung Kai Properties, among others.

Before joining CSR Asia, Claudia worked for the Asia Case Research Centre (ACRC) of The University of Hong Kong. She wrote real-life business cases and relevant teaching notes concerning companies operating in Asia. Topics that she has written include CSR strategy, accounting ethics, green marketing, supply chain management, and cross-cultural studies.

Claudia is a PhD holder graduated from the Cardiff University, UK. Her dissertation looked into the development and stakeholder perspectives of company advertising which contains socially beneficial messages. The exploratory research was done through multi research methods, including case study, personal interviews with corporate respondents, focus group discussion with consumer respondents, and content analysis of television advertisements.
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Iris LUI was born in Hong Kong and raised in the UK. Her education and work experience has helped her to establish her role in CSR Asia to undertake consultancy projects and training especially in the areas of corporate social responsibility strategy, community investment and stakeholder engagement in China and Hong Kong. Iris graduated from the University of Manchester, UK, in B.soc.sci (Hons) Sociology and an MA in International Relations (International Politics).

Prior to joining CSR Asia, Iris worked for the NHS in the UK to carry out compliance on the diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients, and provided analysis reports in accordance to the UK national validation and audit procedures. More recently, Iris worked for a pioneer think tank, researching and advocating on issues of importance to Hong Kong ranging from minimum wage, housing affordability, poor housing, reverse mortgage and captive insurance. During her work experience, she was able to work closely with business leaders and senior professionals and gained a valuable insight into how the business community can come together and work for the betterment of Hong Kong.
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Esther TEH is a Project Manager based in Malaysia. She is responsible for CSR related research and supports consultancy projects in the area of community investment and stakehsolder engagement. Prior to joining CSR Asia, Esther lectured in the field of Communications. Throughout her academic career, she has been researching on CSR, especially in the Asian scene. Esther’s keen passion on CSR sparked from being actively involved in community service activities for over 13 years. She holds postgraduate qualifications, specialising in communications and business administration.
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Zheng Y CHONG is a Project Manager in the Singapore office. She recently graduated with a 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 potential contribution corporations can make in the developing world and the formation of Public-Private Partnerships for social and community development. She has recently worked on evaluation and strategy pieces for Citi and UNICEF.
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Jessica BOUCHER is working as a part-time project manager in the Europe office. She has experience in capacity building, facilitation, project management, biodiversity and ecosystem services, effective communications and innovative outreach mechanisms.

She has recently worked as a consultant with the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Flora and Fauna International (FFI), Plan Vivo, Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme (BBOP), International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA), Equator Principles Association and the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM). This work focuses on building sustainability capacity in the private sector by providing consistent, clear and simple guidance and advice on how to incorporate biodiversity and ecosystem services issues into lending, investment and project decisions.

Jessica believes that working with the private sector to create change hinges on the ability to communicate the materiality of environmental, social and governance considerations in innovative and forward looking ways. Jessica holds a BSc in Environmental Science from Carleton University and an MSc in Hydrology from the University of Edinburgh.
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Jeffrey YING is a Project Manager based in the Hong Kong office. He has extensive experience with issues and stakeholder management, as well as research on environmental, sustainability, and energy issues. Prior to joining CSR Asia, Jeffrey worked on environmental communications for CLP Holdings, one of the largest investor-owned power businesses in Asia Pacific. He was involved with developing the company's sustainability framework and helped draft company policies and guidelines. Jeffrey also has experience working in an environmental consultancy where he assisted in a variety of projects for corporate clients. His work includes contributing to a consultancy study of climate change for Hong Kong, focusing on the vulnerability and adaptation capabilities of the region.

Jeffrey holds a Masters in Corporate Environmental Governance from the University of Hong Kong where he specialized in climate change adaptation and the role of business. He also holds a Bachelors in Political Science and Science and Technology Studies from the University of California, Davis.

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Clelia DANIEL is the Program Manager responsible for the Professional Master’s Degree in CSR. She is based at the CSR Asia Center at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Thailand.

Clelia is an experienced project manager with a specialization in capacity building, facilitation, communications and partnerships. She contributed to the development of the Vietnamese Global Compact Local Network as a communications and partnerships specialist. She has extensive experience organizing trainings and outreach events in Asia and the Pacific to provide companies, NGOs and policy makers with comprehensive information on the concept of sustainability and sustainable business practices. 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. Prior to embarking on her international career, she has worked on an experimental farm as sustainability and communications manager.

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Chris YE is a project manager of CSR Asia Hong Kong Office. She joined CSR Asia at Guangzhou in 2009 and is experienced on CSR consultancy projects, especially in the areas of CSR/sustainability reporting, stakeholder engagement and community investment.

She is good at integrating the global leading ideas and best practices into the local business context and has worked with a wide range of companies and organizations of various sectors, including China Southern Airlines, Beijing Airport, Huawei, Danone, China Overseas, CNOOC and Shell, UOB, P&G, H&M, GAP, British Council, Netherlands Embassy and MBA School of Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. She’s also been working on projects that involve CSR management system establishment, supply chain management, capacity building, CSR/sustainability education, non-financial risk assessment and so on.
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Sirinut (May) THANATRAKOLSRI is a Project Manager at the CSR Asia Center at AIT in Thailand. Her responsibilities include a variety of projects with businesses and other clients in Thailand and beyond as well as research into CSR practices of companies in Thailand, especially on sustainability reporting where she is responsible for the Data Partnership with GRI.

Sirinut has extensive experience working with both NGOs and government agencies. Prior to joining CSR Asia, she worked on SME capacity-building for a non-profit organization in Thailand. Having worked with Responsible Research (now Sustainalytics) in Singapore, she has experience in research on sustainability practices and ESG disclosure focusing on the 30 largest Thai companies. Her duties also included conducting an in-depth company report in the Thai cement industry.

Sirinut holds a Master of International Studies from Seoul National University, South Korea. She also holds a BA in Political Science with a focus on International Relations from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.
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Radhika MITTAL is a Project Manager in the Singapore office. Radhika graduated from the National University of Singapore in June 2012. She has done internships with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore, Singapore and has worked with AIESEC in Singapore and Thailand on HIV-Aids projects. Her interest in CSR started during university years where she was actively involved in expanding AIESEC's (global youth organization) business relations and partnerships with socially responsible corporations in Singapore and overseas. At CSR Asia, she has worked on data analysis for a GRI report and assisted in community investment related projects and research.
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Samantha WOODS is a Project Manager based in the Hong Kong office. She is responsible for sustainability consultancy projects ranging from research and reporting to strategy development and stakeholder engagement.

Prior to joining CSR Asia, Samantha spent five years in Beijing, first managing a nationwide environmental programme involving 50 Chinese universities, and then championing sustainability at a boutique travel company. She has extensive experience building cross-sector partnerships and has worked with companies such as BP, Starbucks, Goldman Sachs and Swire Pacific to design and execute bespoke CSR 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 micro-farms across the city.

Samantha holds a BSc in Natural Sciences from Durham University, UK.

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Aparna VENKATACHALAM is a Project Manager in the Europe Office. She is experienced in Research, Stakeholder Engagement, Programme Management and Reporting, Sustainable Development, Impact Assessment, Employee Engagement, Campaigns and Communication.

Prior to joining CSR Asia, Aparna was working at the EdelGive Foundation, in Mumbai. She was responsible for undertaking research and due-diligence of EdelGive’s investees. Her responsibilities also included conducting impact assessments, monitoring and evaluation of investee organizations, budget utilization, providing capacity building support to investees, assistance in fund raising, and organizing employee engagement programs and events.

Aparna has a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from York University in Toronto, Canada, with a specialization in Corporate Social Responsibility. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Development Studies and Anthropology.

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Jacky NG is a project coordinator 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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Rita HO is responsible for finance and administration in the Hong Kong office. She is responsible for the accounting of CSR Hong Kong as well as the Community Investment Round Table. She has an Accountancy degree from the University of New South Wales and a Finance degree from the Macquarie University, Australia. Before joining CSR Asia, Rita has gained years of finance and administration experience working for services and FMCG industry.
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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. His experience is also in website, newsletter and magazine advertisement design.

He graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2007 with major in Electronics Engineering.
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Songpon (Brian) SAENGPUN is a Program Officer at the CSR Asia Center at AIT.

His role includes a variety of responsibilities supporting the Professional Masters Program in CSR, events and training, as well as other projects delivered by the CSR Asia Center at AIT. Before joining the CSR Asia Center at AIT, he spent two years working for Sodexo at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT).

Brian obtained a Bachelors degree in Business Administration with a major in Management Information Systems from Rajamangala University of Technology Thunyaburi, Thailand.
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Angel NG is an Events and Marketing Manager of CSR Asia in the Hong Kong Office. She joined CSR Asia in August 2010 with a proven marketing background with an international exhibition organizer in Hong Kong. With over 5-year experience on conference management, event marketing and public relations, Angel is responsible for CSR Asia’s annual conferences, trainings, corporate marketing and media partnerships.
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Basil LING is the Events and Marketing Assistant of CSR Asia in the Hong Kong Office. His role includes assisting in a variety of events and programs with focus on the CSR Asia Summit. During university, he interned with multiplicity jobs such as secretary, counter helper, marketing assistant. He also provides administrative support for the Hong Kong Office.

He graduated from Lingnan University major in Marketing and International Business.
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Karen Diane LEGASPI is the Office Manager stationed in Singapore, responsible for administrative and support services for the company. She joined CSR-Asia from Robinsons Land Corp. – Commercial Centers Division, a major real estate player and operating one of the most successful mall chains in the Philippines. She has worked as Marketing Communications Officer for six years and Operations Officer for a year for the company in Cebu City Office. Aside from work, Karen basks in travelling and cooking.
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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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Yashvi PATHAK is the Finance and Operations Manager at the CSR Asia Center at AIT in Thailand. Prior to joining CSR Asia, she worked with Deloitte Tax India Pvt Ltd as a Senior Tax Analyst. She has experience in U.S Taxation, Accountancy and Corporate Finance. Her responsibilities include managing the operations and finances of the Center, coordinating project budget management, and ensuring the smooth running of the operational and financial aspects of the joint venture partnership between AIT and CSR Asia.

Yashvi holds a Double Masters in Finance and Accountancy. She has done her Masters in Business Administration with a major in Finance from the Institute of Chartered Financial Accountants of India, Bangalore and Masters in Commerce with a major in Accounts from DDU University India.
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Alyson SLATER is a CSR Asia Associate, with a focus on the role of business in development and poverty alleviation. She brings over 12 years of experience in both corporate social responsibility and international development. She spent three years at the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) in Bangkok where she worked with policymakers from 85 developing countries to improve access to formal financial services for the poor. Previous to joining AFI, she worked as a consultant providing services to companies on corporate responsibility issues ranging from climate change to human rights.

She was the Director of Strategy and Communications at the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) from 2001 to 2007 where she helped build a global network of companies, investors, non-profits, and others, and engaged them in the development of the sustainability reporting framework and associated support services. Prior to joining GRI she spent a year at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in Geneva.

She received her Masters Degree in Resource Management and Environmental Studies from the University of British Columbia, and an honors Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and Environmental Studies from McGill University, both in Canada.

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Nigel BLACKWOOD lives and works in Yangon and joined CSR Asia as an Associate in September 2012. Nigel is responsible for establishing CSR Asia’s presence in Myanmar. He works in a representative capacity, building links with government, embassies, development agencies, international organisations and the private sector. His role incorporates local capacity building and strategic advice for foreign companies entering the market.

Nigel worked as a diplomat for the British Foreign Office for more than 10 years serving in London, Stockholm, Brussels, Madrid, Yangon and Shanghai. While posted in Yangon from 2002-2007, he was primarily involved in development work, liaising closely with UN agencies, NGOs and other international and local organisations.

After taking a career break from the diplomatic service in 2009, Nigel gained an MBA at Melbourne Business School, focussing on business ethics, CSR and governance in Asia. He previously studied a BA Hons in Spanish & Business Studies at Queen Mary College, University of London.

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Mie KAJIKAWA joined CSR Asia in October 2012 as an Associate to help its Tokyo office with business development and to manage sports-related projects for global offices.

As the Founder and CEO of Cheer Blossom, Inc., which received the Ernst & Young Groundbreakers Award 2011, Mie has experience in sports-related CSR/cause-marketing in Japan and worldwide, while she has led NGO Sport For Smile which she established in 2010 to empower socially marginalised people using the power of sport and about which she spoke at a TEDx event in Tokyo. As a social entrepreneur she was selected as a panel member of ScenaRio 2012, one of the official Rio+20 initiatives, together with the IPCC SG Pachauri and globally recognised figures.

With solid professional experiences of sales, marketing and communications, and executive administration at Japanese travel agency, global financial firms, management consulting firms, and at sports organisations, Mie has served as a liaison officer with former US Secretary of State, the late IOC Honorary President Juan Antonio Samaranch, the Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary and various ministers of the Japanese government.

Mie holds a Master in Sports Administration from Ohio University, USA, and a Bachelor in Literature, majoring in sociology, from Nagoya University, Japan.

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