Leadership

Columbia Alumni Association of
Taiwan Board Members

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Chris Wei (Executive Director & President, SEAS & CBS ‘90) Chris has 25 years of experiences in strategic management consultancy and business development for both telecom equipment as well as services.  He has been in charge of a corporate venture capital fund for the last 10 years.  Being an enthusiastic lacrosse dad, he co-found Taiwan Lacrosse Association (TWLA) in 2014 with his son and partners and enjoys being an active member of international lacrosse community. Chris has also served on the Alumni Board in Taiwan for more than 10 years.

 Cathy.jpg Cathy Wen-Chi Yang (Director, SIPA ‘86) Cathy has been working in the real estate industry since graduation from SIPA. She is currently General Manager of Tower Division in Taipei Financial Center Corp., owner of TAIPEI 101. She also serves as Trustee on the board of CTBUH, Council on Tall Building and Urban Habitat. Cathy has always been a volunteer for the Club and has been on the board for 11 years.
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Leo Thinby Liu (Director, TC ’86) Leo currently serves as the President of Wild Bird Society of Taipei. He got his MA degree from TC in ’81. Then, he went back Taiwan for work. In ’83 he returned to school for an advance study and completed his Ed.D. degree three years later. During the past 30 years he taught at universities and worked at TV stations. He was the Chair of the Department of Journalism at Shih- Hsin University. He also served as the Chief Executive of Broadcasting Fund.

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Stanley Ko (Executive Director, CBS ‘99 ) Stanley received his MBA from Columbia Business School and is a member of the Family Business Program Advisory Board at Columbia Business School. He is also the president of Ko Hospitality Group, a boutique hospitality management company that operates in the Greater China, Japan, Southeast Asia and USA regions. Ko Hospitality Group focuses on three key business areas: representing established brands, helping nascent brands to grow, and creating wholly new restaurant concepts.

 

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Jack Chih-Yuan Hou CC06 (Exective Director, CC ’06) Jack double majored in East Asian Languages and Culture and Political Science. He received master’s degree in Regional Studies at Harvard University. He is now serving as the Vice President of Universal Cement Corporation and Director in affiliated companies such as Tainan Spinning, China Himent and Lioho Machinery.

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Fermi Wang (Director, SEAS ’91) Fermi is CEO and co-founder of Ambarella Inc., which was funded in early 2004. Ambarella is a fables semiconductor company, focusing on the next generation computer vision and Ultra HD video markets. The company’s products are used in a variety of professional and consumer applications including digital security cameras, and automotive video processing solutions. Ambarella became a public company in 2012 (NASDAQ: AMBA). Before Ambarella, Fermi was CEO and co-founder of Afara Websystems, which pioneered throughput computing for servers, and was acquired by Sun Microsystems in July, 2002. In 2016, Fermi received Distinguished Alumni Award from National Taiwan University.

 

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Kuo-Hsien Su (Supervior, GSAS ’95) Kuo-Hsien is Professor of Sociology (since 2007) and Dean of College of Social Science (2015-2018) at National Taiwan University. He holds degrees from National Taiwan University (BA in history) and Columbia University (MA and PhD in Sociology). Before joining the National Taiwan University, he was a faculty member at the National Taipei University and National Sun Yat-Sen University. Prior to his appointment as dean of College of Social Science, he had served as the Sociology Department’s chair from 2009-2012. His current research interests include social stratification and social mobility, social networks, sociology of education, and sociology of organizations.

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Yen-Ling Chen (Supervisor, GSAPP ’03) Yen-Ling, registered architect in New York State and LEED AP, is the co-founder of Yen Partnership Architects in Taipei. Her multi-disciplinary design firm has won numerous design awards and competitions in both interior and architecture. Aside from the commercial projects, the recent projects also include several public building projects in Taipei, Hsinchu and Taichung, such as public housing and museums. The firm is actively participating public event and exhibitions exploring the social value that a design firm could contribute to the society. She also dedicates her time teaching as visiting lecturer in several universities in Taiwan. Prior to the establishment of her own design firm, she has wide range of international architecture and real estate experiences in Japan, US and China.

 

 Wen_Yeu.jpg Wen-Yeu Wang (Director, Law ’83) Wen-Yeu is a professor of law at College of Law, National Taiwan University since 1996. He practiced corporate and financial Law at Lee and Li, Taipei and Sullivan & Cromwell, New York, respectively, for 7 years, and served as a commissioner at Fair Trade Commission, Taiwan Executive Yuan.  Former president of the Asian Law and Economics Association; current Chair of Taiwan Committee and Titular Member, International Academy of Comparative Law.
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Rachel Chen (Director, CBS ’89) Rachel is an independent director of Welgene Biotech. She used to be the president of TAHO Pharmaceuticals. Before she moved to the bio/pharma industry, she has worked for more than 10 years as VP of Corporate Finance for Citibank Taiwan, and then as Senior VP of Bank SinoPac in Taiwan, in charge of the investment, lending, and banking business with healthcare industries. She had her master study in Immunology from the Akron University in Ohio and then worked as a medical researcher at College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University before entering MBA program at CBS. 

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Frank Wang (Director, SEAS ’96) In 2011, Frank founded Athena Capital focusing on “under-valued” publicly listed company investments in Greater China. Since 2000, Frank has been on Columbia Alumni Representative Committee and is now Co-Chair for Taiwan ARC team.  Frank is also an Assistant Professor in National Chengchi University.  In 1996, Frank started his career as Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs on Wall Street; and his team was voted as America's best technology investment research team on Greenwich Survey.  He then joined Citigroup Global Assets Management and started Asian Technology investment research.  In 2000, Frank returned to Taiwan and co-founded a venture capital firm.  Prior to founding Athena Capital, Frank also worked for Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley, in which his team was voted by Institutional Investor survey as top Taiwan Strategy, Asian Semiconductor, Asian Software, and Asian Hardware research team.

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Jeff Ming-Jang Tsai (Executive Director, GSAPP ’96) Jeff has been working in real estate industry for more than 20 years.  He currently works as the Chairman of Taroko Development Corporation, specialized in retail property development and operation.  He also the President of GlobalTown International Business Center with 8 locations in Taipei.  Meanwhile, he is the Chairman of Taiwan Council of Shopping Centers and the board director of ICSC Asia Pacific Advisory board.

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June Chen (Executive Supervisor, TC ’99) June is assistant professor in the Graduate Institute of Educational Policy and Leadership at Tamkang University in Taiwan. She received her master in Counseling Processes from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University in 1990 and her Ed.D. in Organization and Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1999. June has been a volunteer for CAA since 2000 and has served on the board since 2011. Her recreational interests include traveling, performing arts, movies, and reading.

 

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Angela Yao (Director, SW ’95) Angela is the director of Social Affairs Bureau of Kaohsiung City Government. She used to serve as the director of Happy Mount Social Welfare Charity Foundation Home for the Disabled and work as the manager of Community Affairs and Microsoft Giving at Microsoft Corporation in Taiwan.

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Chingyu Yao (Executiv Director & Vice President, SIPA ’03) Chingyu  is the Executive Secretary of International Affairs Advisory Council in Taipei City Government. She was diplomat of Taiwan for 15 years and had worked on wide range of issues including the UN, the North American, and the European and was stationed in New York for six years. In addition, she was for two years at the National Parliament as the House's official interpreter (Chinese- English) and PR officer from 2007-2009. She took with her this unique blend of global and local experience to Taipei City Government in Jan 2013. Since then, she has been working as a Counselor to the Mayor on International Affairs, Mainland Chinese Affairs and Gender Equality.

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Zoe Lin (Director, SIPA ’03) Zoe is the anchor of TTV Prime time news.  She is also an awards-winning journalist. Prior to taking on her current role in 2010, Zoe had reported on many of the largest stories, domestically and internationally.  As a political correspondent, Zoe started to cover President Ma Ying-jeou since he was Taipei Mayor in 2003 and had been following his career till Ma’s first year of presidency. Zoe has covered numerous world-renown figures as well as local entrepreneurs and famous entertainers. She also received the Excellent Journalism Award, known as Taiwan’s Pulitzer Prize, for her coverage of the major earthquake in Christchurch in New Zealand in 2011.  Zoe started her TV journalism career with TTV in 2003 after graduating from Columbia University.

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Jenny T.Y. Ling (Director, GSAPP ‘88) Jenny has had diverse careers in Architecture, Interior Design and Regional Planning Consulting, across Taiwan, U.S. and China. Currently Jenny is Assistant Professor at Tamkang University in Taiwan, where she teaches architecture and a founding partner of AJL architects.  She is fluent in Chinese, English and Spanish and participates in community service and women groups where she advocates women right and environmental issues.  Jenny has been part of the ARC helping to interview students for the school and a Committee Member of the Columbia University Alumni Association in Taipei since 1995.

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Johnny Chiu (Director & Secretary, GSAPP ’06) Johnny has lived, worked and taught in NZ, Australia, Sweden, Japan, US. He currently resides in Taiwan and is the principal of J.C. Architecture, a multidisciplinary design firm with projects ranging from hospitality, commercial, institutional to industrial design. The firm has won several awards such as IDA, TID, Golden Torch Award, FIABCI and Chinese Golden Stone Architecture Award. Johnny is also the founder of Qmemore.com, a digital lost & found pet service, OUT scholarship, daring Taiwanese students to dream far and travel far, and Room 144, an exchange platform for disciplines to share their professional knowledge. His latest adventure includes pursuing a PhD degree from RMIT, Australia.

 Martin.jpg Martin Chiang (Director, SEAS ‘98) Martin is currently VP of Foxconn Healthcare Business Group and has spent over 15 years in Taiwan and mainland China for business development and private equity. Martin received his master degree in mechanical engineering, worked in telecom industry and extended the experience into emerging market for investment management and his own start-up business. Martin is a longtime volunteer for the alumni club and had served on the board since 2003, he also played an active role in the Ivy League intercollegiate society in Taiwan and had coordinated many successful events including Ivy Ball and Ivy Cup Games.

 

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