Board & Management
Laurence Lien is Co-Founder and CEO of the Asia Philanthropy Circle (APC), a membership-based platform for Asian philanthropists to exchange, learn and collaborate. Laurence is also the Chairman of Lien Foundation, a family foundation that has become well-regarded for its forward-thinking and radical approach in the fields of education, eldercare and the environment.
Laurence was the CEO of the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre in Singapore from 2008-2014, and was the Chairman of the Community Foundation of Singapore from 2013-2019. Prior to his work in the non-profit sector, Laurence served in the Singapore Government. Laurence holds degrees from Oxford University, the National University of Singapore, and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He was also a Nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore from 2012-2014.
Christopher Wilson was born in London and attended Manchester University under a British Army university scholarship. He attended The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1976 and 1979, and in 1980 joined The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, an infantry regiment, in Germany. He served 10 years, and was posted to Belfast, Northern Ireland, and the Sultanate of Oman. In 1987 Christopher left the Army and went to work in the fund management industry in the City of London. He was posted to Singapore in 1990, to set up an office for his employer, GT Management. From 1993 to 1997 Christopher was based in Hong Kong as a private banker, heading up the Asia region for Union Bancaire Privee. He joined Coutts bank at the end of 1995, and came back to Singapore in 1997. Christopher left banking end of 2003, to set up his own consultancy business, focussing on helping western technology groups to find strategic partners in Asia. He also consulted to a number of banks, including Morgan Stanley and Coutts.
In 2008 Christopher set up a philanthropic venture in Cambodia, to deliver clean safe water to rural communities. The venture received full Cambodia NGO status in 2013, (Water and Healthcare Foundation (WAH): www.wahfoundation.org) and since then has been supplying clean water to schools, hospitals, and health centres. Christopher is also involved in setting up a global Multi Family Office based in Singapore.
Lim Swee Lin
Swee Lin is an executive and integrative health coach. Her foundation for coaching is built from working in the professional development function with McKinsey & Company, helping internal clients improve their performance and build their path towards partnership. As a holistic health enthusiast, she has developed a series of transformational hacks to help busy executives get into and sustain peak performance.
As a former management consultant with McKinsey & Company Swee Lin worked with clients across Asia in industrial and B2B sectors. Her career with the Firm has included roles in Professional Development and People Leadership, the Global Ombudsman Office, Asian Women’s Initiative and New People Asia Strategy. Prior employers include A.T. Kearney, a-Connect, Tenneco Automotive Asia, the Economic Development Board of Singapore and Viva Foundation for Children with Cancer.
Swee Lin completed her MBA from The Wharton School and BSc from The London School of Economics and Political Science. She authored “10 Easy Habits Of Eating Well, Being Well”.
Mr Sivaram has forty years of external audit experience and is currently a board member and Audit Committee Chairman of the Land Transport Authority, Singapore Institute of Technology, and Singapore Turf Club.
Mr Sivaram has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Bombay, and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.