The Asia Foundation Announces New Trustees and Trustees Emeriti

San Francisco, July 10, 2015 — The Asia Foundation, a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia, announces the election of four new members to its Board of Trustees: L. Brooks Entwistle, Reuben Jeffery III, Theodore L. Eliot III, and Meredith Ludlow. In recognition of their continued dedication and support, the Foundation also designated five former trustees, who completed their terms of service in January 2015, as Trustees Emeriti of The Asia Foundation: Gina Lin Chu, Ellen Laipson, Susan J. Pharr, Missie Rennie, and Judith Wilbur.

New Trustees

  • L. Brooks Entwistle joined The Asia Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2015. As the Chief Executive Officer of Everstone Capital, Brooks leads the day to day management of the firm, with a particular focus on large deal origination and cross border transactions. Prior to joining Everstone in 2014, Mr. Entwistle was a Partner at Goldman Sachs where he spent 22 years in various capacities, including 15 years based in Asia. Most recently, he was Chairman of Goldman Sachs South East Asia as well as CEO of Goldman Sachs Singapore. Prior to this, he spent 5 years in Mumbai as CEO and Founder of Goldman Sachs India where he was responsible for leading and building the firm across all divisions. He was the founder of Goldman Sachs Asia High Technology Group. Earlier in his career, Mr. Entwistle served as a District Electoral Supervisor with the United National Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) and worked at McKinsey. Mr. Entwistle holds a bachelor of arts degree from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard University. He is also currently a Board member of The Aspen Institute, EmancipAction and Young Life. Mr. Entwistle is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Explorers Club.
  • Reuben Jeffery III joined The Asia Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2015. He is the President, Chief Executive Officer and member of the board of Rockefeller & Co. and Rockefeller Financial Services, Inc. Prior to joining Rockefeller & Co. in 2010, Mr. Jeffery was a Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington, D.C. and previously served seven years in the U.S. government in a variety of positions, including as Under Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs and as Chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. He spent eighteen years at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he was Managing Partner of the firm’s Paris office and of its European Financial Institutions Group in London. Before joining Goldman Sachs, Mr. Jeffery worked as a corporate attorney with Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. Mr. Jeffery received an M.B.A./J.D. from Stanford University and a bachelor of arts in Political Science from Yale College. He is currently a member of the President’s Council on International Activities at Yale University, a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a board member of the Financial Services Volunteer Corps, a non-executive director of Barclays PLC, an advisory board member of Tower Brook Capital Partners LLP, a member of the International Advisory Council of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) and a member of the International Advisory Committee of J. Rothschild Capital Management Limited.
  • Theodore L. Eliot III joined The Asia Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2015. He is the president of the Connell Brothers Division of Wilbur-Ellis Company, a leading distributor of specialty chemicals and ingredients with operations across the Asia-Pacific region. Connell Brothers has 43 full service sales, marketing and distribution operations in 17 countries and over 1000 employees. Mr. Eliot joined the company in 1978 and spent 18 years in Asia managing local and regional operations. He returned to the United States in 1997 and became president in 1999. He currently works out of the San Francisco headquarters and travels extensively among the Connell Brothers operations in Asia. Mr. Eliot is a graduate of Callison College, University of the Pacific (1978) where he earned a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Economics. In 1990, he completed the Stanford Business School Executive Program.
  • Meredith Ludlow joined The Asia Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2015. She is the Director of Global Advisory at Gensler, an architecture and design firm, where she focuses on global market expansion, intelligence and strategy. Previously, Ms. Ludlow had lived and worked in Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei. At the US Department of Commerce in Shanghai, she counseled US companies on Mainland entry, export and expansion strategies, and served on the US Ambassador’s Task Force on Intellectual Property Rights. While with Chindex International, Ms. Ludlow helped to establish Shanghai’s first international standard, full-service hospital, and as a senior consultant with Ernst & Young in Beijing, she advised China’s central bank on the nation’s first distressed debt sale to foreign investors. More recently, she was Vice President at Pacific Epoch, a China investment research firm backed by Goldman Sachs. Ms. Ludlow is a member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations and the Pacific Council on International Policy, and also serves on The Asia Foundation’s President’s Leadership Council and as a Lotus Circle Advisor. She holds a bachelor of sciences degree in Economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Trustees Emeriti

  • Gina Lin Chu served on the board of trustees of The Asia Foundation 2006-2015, and was appointed Trustee Emerita in June 2015. She is a longstanding supporter of various non-profit organizations and projects that help promote multi-cultural awareness, particularly among Asian and American communities. Ms. Lin Chu is a Trustee Emerita at Asia Society, New York. She was an Independent Director of the Singapore listed company, Medtecs. Her previous board membership including Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, Eisenhower Fellowships, Asian Art Museum – San Francisco, Bhutan Foundation, Give2Asia and Friends of Dunhuang. She is a recipient of the Philanthropy/Community Service Award from the Committee of 100 and was honored as Philanthropist of the Year by the Asian American Federation of New York in May 2006.
  • Ellen Laipson served on the board of trustees of The Asia Foundation 2003-2015, and was appointed Trustee Emerita in June 2015. After 25 years of government service, she became the president and chief executive officer of the Henry L. Stimson Center in April of 2002. Previously she served as a special assistant to the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations (1995-1997), and director for Near East and South Asian Affairs, National Security Council (1993-1995). Laipson co-managed the interdisciplinary study Global Trends 2015 and directed outreach to think tanks and research organizations on a wide range of national security topics. Her earlier government career focused on analysis of and policymaking on Middle East and South Asia.
  • Susan Pharr served on the board of trustees of The Asia Foundation 1995-2015, and was appointed Trustee Emerita in June 2015. She is Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics and director of the WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University. She joined the Harvard faculty in 1987. From 1974-1976, she served as staff associate at the Social Sciences Research Council. Thereafter, until 1986, she was on the faculty of the department of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also has served as a senior social scientist with the Agency for International Development. Her current research focuses on shaping civil societies, and the changing nature of relations between citizens and states in Asia.
  • Missie Rennie Taylor served on The Asia Foundation’s board of trustees 1999-2015, and was appointed Trustee Emerita in June 2015. She was elected as Vice Chair of the board in 2008. She is currently a strategic media consultant and is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She has spent 30 years in television news, for the most part at CBS as the executive producer of CBS News Sunday Morning and CBS Weekend News. She has covered many major news stories, including political conventions, elections, the first Gulf War, international presidential trips, and anniversaries of D-Day and V-E Day. She has been awarded eight Emmys and the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award. In addition to CBS, Ms. Rennie has worked with ABC News and Public Television. Following CBS, she became the vice-president of ThirdAge Media, an Internet company that was partly owned by CBS Inc. Ms. Rennie was also the recipient of a Luce Fellowship and worked as a television correspondent in the Philippines. Other boards that Ms. Rennie serves on include Vassar College, Teachers College, USTA Foundation, Common Good, Global Cities, and the First National Bank of Long Island. She is the co-chair of Vassar College’s Capital Campaign and is also an Overseer of the International Rescue Committee and a Selector for the Luce Scholarship Program.
  • Judy Wilbur served on the board of trustees of The Asia Foundation 2006-2015, and was appointed Trustee Emerita in June 2015. She is chair of the Brayton Wilbur Foundation, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Wilbur-Ellis Company, 870 Market Street Association, Flood Ranch Company and the Asian Art Museum Commission and Foundation, where she served as Chair of the Commission from 1981-1988 and Chair of the Foundation from 1989-1990 as well as chairing several major advancement projects. She is the widow of Brayton Wilbur Jr., former Chairman of the Board at The Asia Foundation and whose father, Brayton Sr., was a founding member of the Foundation in 1954. Mrs. Wilbur is former President of the Commonwealth Club, and the recipient of numerous social service awards. She is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley.

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