Board of Directors
Dr Mary Astrid S. Tuminez
Dr Astrid S. Tuminez is the Regional Director (Legal and Corporate Affairs) for Microsoft, Southeast Asia. Formerly, she was the Vice-Dean (Research) of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. She has over two and a half decades of experience in public policy analysis, philanthropy, research and project management, teaching, and venture capital investment. Previously, she was Senior Research Associate of the Philippine Facilitation Project of the U.S. Institute of Peace where, with U.S. State Department funding, she assisted in peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Astrid has been a Senior Advisor, Strategy and Programs, for the Salzburg Global Seminar. She is also the former Director of Research for alternative investments at AIG (American International Group) Global Investment Corp.
In the early 1990's, she ran the Moscow office of the Harvard Project on Strengthening Democratic Institutions. From 1992-1998, she was a program officer at the Carnegie Corporation of New York, responsible for grant-making in conflict prevention, the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and democratization. She also worked with the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict, chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and Dr. David Hamburg. In 1998-1999, Astrid was a consultant to The World Bank and an institutional sales/ research professional at Brunswick Warburg, Inc. She holds a Master’s from Harvard and a Ph.D. from MIT. Astrid is a former Adjunct Fellow and a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Her publications include Russian Nationalism Since 1856: Ideology and the Making of Foreign Policy (Rowman and Littlefield, 2000), journal articles, essays, and opinion pieces for newspapers. Most recently, she published Rising to the Top? A Report on Women’s Leadership in Asia (launched at the April 2012 Women Leaders of New Asia Summit in Shanghai).
She has been a U.S. Institute of Peace Scholar, a Freeman Fellow of the Salzburg Seminar, a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, a Distinguished Alumna of Brigham Young University, and the recipient of fellowships from the Social Science Research Council and the MacArthur Foundation. She has been a member of the International Advisory Board of the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (Bangkok) and the Asian Women Leadership University project, and currently serves on the board of ASKI Global as chairwoman.
Sujit Mittra is the Joint Managing Director and Co-Founder at Premier Hotels of Asia, a leading international bespoke Hotel Representation company in the region with several luxury clients in its portfolio. He is also the Director and Co-Founder of Cognasia which provides Consulting, Engagement and Loyalty solutions as well as Talent Acquisition services to several brands across diverse industries.
He is an accomplished marketing, brand and communications professional with extensive experience in financial services and hospitality in diverse Asia-Pacific markets. During his over two decades career with American Express in various market-based and regional roles in Asia, he led Marketing, Reputation Management and Brand-building strategies especially focused for affluent customers. One of his key roles was to spearhead the company’s Philanthropic programs in the region and drive the company’s CSR strategy. Sujit has in-depth expertise and experience in Brand-building strategies, PLS and New Product Development, Loyalty strategy, Partnership and Alliances, Reputation Management, Sponsorships, Philanthropy and Employee Engagement.
Over the years, Sujit has developed an extensive professional and personal network of relationships with senior executives across several businesses in Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Sujit is passionate about supporting and advocating causes that make a real difference to the community and has worked for several causes over the years. These include campaigns such as heritage conservation, art education among school children and fundraising for disadvantaged children.
Sujit holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.
Rolando B. Victoria
As the Executive Director of ASKI Philippines and a certified Public Accountant, Rolando Victoria has 25 years of experience and is known as one of the pioneers in microfinance industry in the Philippines. He is one of the founding Board of Alliance of Philippine Partners in Enterprise Development (APPEND), Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc (MCPI), Central Luzon Association of Microfinance Institutions, Inc. (CLAM) and RIMANSI Organization for Asia and the Pacific. Recently, he was appointed as one of the Board Members of Inter-Asia Development Bank. He is also the President of Social Initiative Against Catastrophe (SICAT), Inc., a certified Public Accountant and also completed Program for Development Managers at Asian Institute of Management.
Professor Albert Chu-Ying Teo
Albert Chu-Ying Teo is an associate professor in the Department of Management & Organization, Business School, National University of Singapore (NUS). He served as the founding director of the NUS Centre for Social Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy from July 2008 to June 2011. He has a joint appointment with the NUS University Scholars Programme, and serves as a deputy director of the programme. He set up the NUS Chua Thian Poh Community Leadership Programme in November 2011, and serves as the director of the programme. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 1992 and 1994, respectively, from the Walter A Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. Albert is actively involved in community service. He is a volunteer programme coordinator at Patient Care Center, and serves as a management committee member of Catholic AIDS Response Effort. He also serves on the boards of directors of the following non-profit organisations: ASKI Global, Impact Investment Shujog, Solutions To End Poverty, and SquAIR Roots.
Michael Gilmore currently serves as the Research Director for Albizia Capital, an independent boutique fund management company that invests in consumer-focused companies in the ASEAN region. He has a wealth of experience in the research sector, starting his career at DBS Vickers Securities before moving on to UBS Investment Bank. During his tenure there, he raised UBS's Consumer sector research from 9th to 2nd, and media research from not-mentioned to Runner Up. He then moved on to become the Director of Asia Consumer and Media Research at Nomura, building their Asian consumer equities research team from scratch, finding analysts to cover the food, beverage, tobacco, retail and media industries in Hong Kong, China and Korea. In 2010, he joined HSBC as the Institutional Equities Sales and Account Manager. He helped re-brand the HSBC franchise in Singapore, raising it from a low-lying position with his client base to tiered across the board, and top 3 with a number of blue-chip names. Michael believes in causes that champion children, economic empowerment, and education. He is an Advisory Board Member with Friends-International, a leading social enterprise saving lives and building futures of the most marginalized children & youth, their families and their communities in South East Asia and across the world. He also organises the annual Luang Prabang Half Marathon, which see participants run through the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang, along the rivers Nam Khan and majestic Mekong, around temples and past schools filled with cheering, waving children. He released an e-publication, “A Very Good Year – To Learn About Wine”, which he co-authored with Herald van der Linde, in November 2012.