Leadership

Columbia Alumni Association of
Taiwan Board Members

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Chris Wei SEAS’90/CBS’90 (Board Member and President) Dual master - Operations Research in SEAS and MBA in CBS.  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.

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Cathy Wen-Chi Yang86 SIPA (Board Member) 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 ’86 TC (Board Member) Leo currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Journalism in Shih Hsin University. 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 28 years he teaches in colleges , works in TV stations by turns. He was the President of Wild Bird Society of Taipei for 4years. He also served at the Peace Line as a volunteer for 20 years.

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Pauline Wang '93 LAW (Board Member) Pauline has both Taiwan and US legal educations, as well as Bar qualifications in both countries with more than 20 years of legal experience. Pauline specializes in government procurement and private participation in infrastructure projects and has vast experience in assisting clients in handling the project planning, bidding process, contract negotiation, contract management and dispute resolution. Pauline received her LL.M. from Columbia University School of Law in 1993, and is the partner of Lee and Li Attorneys-at-Law, the largest law firm in Taiwan.  She is currently serving as board director of the Taiwan Club.

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Jack Chih-Yuan Hou CC06 (Board Member) 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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Teeming Tsao ’83 MBA (Board Member) Tsao worked as the country head for Agri-chemical business of American Cyanamid and Wyeth before being acquired by BASF to cover both Taiwan and mainland China. Now, run a small biotech MFG for various advanced Bio wound dressings, especially the chitosan based hemostatic agent to save lives of military personnel under enemy fire. Other than the board member of TMBIA and chair of the Regulatory committee, Teeming has been a volunteer board member for CAA as well as the leader of MBA club for Uris Hall in Taipei.

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Jeng Wei ’82 Medical Center (Board Member) Dr. Wei is the Director of Heart Center of Cheng Hsin General Hospital. He graduated from National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, in 1974, and finished his resident training at Tri-Service General Hospital in 1979. In 1980-1982, he studied at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and obtained Dr. of Medical Science degree. In 1982, he became the youngest chief of Cardiovascular Surgery and years later, chairman of Department of Surgery at Tri-Service General Hospital. In 1994, he moved to Cheng Hsin General Hospital where he had ever been the hospital director for 3 years.

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Lee-Cheng Chen SEAS ’82 (Board Member) Mr. Chen currently serves as chairman of Gibsin Engineers, Ltd.  Gibsin is a Taiwan-US joint venture engineering consultant company specialized in fossil power and rapid transit projects. Gibsin engineered 80% of Taiwan’s fossil power plants. Mr. Chen is author of three energy/climate related books and is active in Taiwan energy field.

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Wen-Yeu Wang, ’83 LL.M., (Board Member) A professor of law at College of Law, National Taiwan University since 1996. Had 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, M.B.A., ‘89 (Board Member) Rachel is now President of TAHO Pharmaceuticals Ltd., which is a new drug development specialty pharma she founded in 2010 and had the shares listed in Taiwan Stock Exchange in 2014. 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 in CU. 

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Frank Wang ’94 BS/’96 MS (Board Member) Frank started his career as Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs on Wall Street. His team was voted by Greenwich survey as America’s best Technology Investment Research team. Later, Frank joined Citigroup Global Assets Management and started Asian Technology investment research.  In 2000, Frank returned to Taiwan and worked for Grand Capital Group, Credit Suisse, and Morgan Stanley, in which his team was voted by Institutional Investor survey as top Taiwan Strategist, Semiconductor, and Software Analyst in Asia. In 2011, Frank founded Athena Capital Management focusing on “under-valued” publicly listed company investments in Taiwan. Since 2000, Frank has been on Columbia Alumni Representative Committee.  Frank is also a Board Director of Taipei American School, and an Assistant Professor for National Chengchi University.

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Jeff Ming-Jang Tsai 96 GSAPP (Board Member) 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 '99 TC (Board Member) 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, reading, and socializing with friends.

 

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Angela Yao '95 SW (Board Member) Director of Social Affairs Bureau, Kaohsiung City Government

  • Director, the Private New Taipei City Happy Mount Social Welfare Charity Foundation Home for the Disabled.
  • Manager, Community Affairs and Microsoft Giving, Microsoft Corporation, Taiwan Branch.
  • Member of Review Committee, United Way of Taiwan.
  • Senior Secretary of the Premier of the Executive Yuan.
  • Senior Secretary of the Minister's Office, Ministry of the Interior, Executive Yuan.
  • Secretary for General Manager, the Bureau of Labor Insurance, Ministry of Labor, Executive Yuan.
  • Supervisor/Center Director, Children Are Us Foundation, Taipei Community Care Center.
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Ching-Yu Yao '03 SIPA (Board Member and Secretary) Ching-Yu was a diplomat of Taiwan for 15 years. She 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 an Advisory Officer to the Mayor on International Affairs, Mainland Affairs and Gender Equality.

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David Hung-Chun Chou ’95 MBA (Supervisor) David has completed  30+ cross border transactions of venture capital & private equity investment (the first ever investor of Alibaba and Hsu Fu Chi Food), merger & acquisition, fund raising, IPO, and business facilitation.  Total transaction amount is about USD 2 billion.  He has acted as a financial and strategic consultant to 300+ companies in the US, China, HK, Taiwan, Europe, Israel, Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia.   David has been a member of the Club’s director board and supervisor board for 13 years.

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Jenny T.Y. Ling '88 GSAPP (Supervisor) 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 ’06 GSAPP (Supervisor) 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.

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Martin Chiang98 SEAS (Supervisor) Martin is currently VP of China Prosper Capital and has spent 10 years in mainland China for private equity investment. Martin received his master degree in the field of biomedical engineering, worked in Taiwan’s leading telecom company for business development, and extended the experience into emerging market for financial jobs and his own start-up business. Martin is a longtime volunteer for the alumni club and serves on the board since 2003, he also devotes in Ivy League intercollegiate society and initiated many significant activities both online and offline.

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Zoe Lin ’03 SIPA (Supervisor) 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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