International Board

Dr. Ivo H. Daalder

President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Former US Ambassador to NATO; Former Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council, Chicago

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Ivo H. Daalder is president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He served as the US ambassador to NATO from 2009-2013.

Prior to his appointment as ambassador to NATO by President Obama, Daalder was a senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution, specializing in American foreign policy, European security and transatlantic relations, and national security affairs. Before joining Brookings in 1998, he was an associate professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and director of research at its Center for International and Security Studies. He also served as director for European affairs on President Bill Clinton’s National Security Council staff from 1995-97.

Ambassador Daalder is the author and editor of 10 books, including The Empty Throne: America’s Abdication of Global Leadership (with James M. Lindsay). Other books include In the Shadow of the Oval Office: Profiles of the National Security Advisers and the Presidents they Served — From JFK to George W. Bush (with I. M. Destler) and the award-winning America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy (with James M. Lindsay). Daalder is a frequent contributor to the opinion pages of the world’s leading newspapers, and a regular commentator on international affairs on television and radio.

Ambassador Daalder was educated at the universities of Kent, Oxford, and Georgetown, and received his PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is married to Elisa D. Harris, and they have two sons.

Prof. Lim Siong Guan

Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore; Former Group President, GIC; Former Head of Civil Service of Singapore, Singapore

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Siong Guan Lim was Group President of GIC from 2007 until the end of 2016, after which he was Advisor to GIC’s Group Executive Committee until March 2019. The GIC manages the financial reserves of the Singapore Government. He was Chairman of the Singapore Economic Development Board from October 2006 to June 2009. The Board is the Singapore government’s lead agency for planning and executing strategies to enhance Singapore’s position as a global business centre. Much of its work is attracting international corporations to set up manufacturing and services activities in Singapore as critical links in the global supply chain.

Siong Guan has been a Professor in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore since 2005, instructing on leadership and change management, as well as a Senior Fellow of the Civil Service College since 2006.

He was the Head of the Singapore Civil Service from September 1999 to March 2005. Siong Guan was the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defense (1981-1994), the Prime Minister’s Office (1994-1998), the Ministry of Education (1997-1999) and the Ministry of Finance (1999-2006). In every appointment he introduced innovative policies and practices which enhanced the drive, capacity, capability and performance of the organization. Siong Guan has chaired the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (2004-2006), the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (2004-2006) and the Central Provident Fund Board (1986-1994), and was a board member of many companies including Temasek, the other sovereign wealth fund manager of Singapore.

Jayne Plunkett

Group Chief Risk Officer; Member, Group Executive Committee, AIA, Hong Kong, China

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Aged 49, Jayne Plunkett is the Group Chief Risk Officer responsible for the Group’s risk and compliance functions. She joined AIA in November 2019 from Swiss Re, where she was most recently Chief Executive Officer Reinsurance Asia, Regional President Asia and member of the Group Executive Committee.

During her time with Swiss Re, Jayne had held several senior positions including Head of Casualty Underwriting for Asia and Division Head Casualty Reinsurance. Prior to that, she was with GE Insurance Solutions. Jayne holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Drake University. She is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Michael Schindhelm

Author, Film Director, Lugano/London, UK

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Michael Schindhelm (1960) lives in Ticino (Switzerland) and in London. He is a writer (German), filmmaker, performing arts expert and cultural advisor for international organizations. He served as director general of Theater Basel and founding director general of Berlin’s Opera Foundation and worked also as playwright (librettist), TV presenter (Der Salon, Swiss TV) and translator.

In 1979 he studied at the International University of Voronezh (USSR) and graduated 1984 with a Master of Science in Quantum Chemistry. From 1984 – 1986 he was Research Assistant at the Academy of Science in East Berlin.

Urs Schoettli

Consultant on Asian affairs; Former East Asia Correspondent of Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Tokyo/Zurich

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In 1978, Urs Schoettli was appointed Secretary General of the Liberal International, a world-wide federation of liberal and democratic parties, of which Urs Schoettli acted as Executive Vice President from 1983 until 1993. Also in 1983, he joined the Neue Zürcher Zeitung and became its South Asia Correspondent in New Delhi. Between 1986 and 1990, Urs Schoettli served as Representative of the German Friedrich Naumann Foundation in India. In 1990, he left the Neue Zürcher Zeitung and became Head of project of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Spain. Between 1993 and 1994, he served as Director of the political academy of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Portugal and as Honorary Director of the Commission for the Greater Europe in Vienna and Moscow. Urs Schoettli returned to the Neue Zürcher Zeitung as its Correspondent in Hong Kong in 1996. Three years later, he moved from Hong Kong to Tokyo and worked as the East Asia Correspondent of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung until 2002. During the following five years, Urs Schoettli was the China Correspondent of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, based in Beijing. Since 2007, he has been the Far East Correspondent for the Neue Zürcher Zeitung based in Tokyo. Urs Schoettli was Co-Editor of the reviews Indo Asia, LibroAperto and Debate Abierto. He has published widely on topics of liberalism, development policies and international security issues in Latin American, American and European journals. Urs Schöttli is also the author of numerous books on South Asia, citizenship and environmental issues. Urs Schoettli studied philosophy at the University of Basel.

Mona Sutphen

Senior Advisor, The Vistria Group; Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy in the Obama Administration, New York

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Mona Sutphen is a Partner at Macro Advisory Partners, and previously spent three years as Managing Director at UBS AG. From 2009 – 2011, she served as White House Deputy Chief of Staff for President Obama. Prior, she was Managing Director at Stonebridge International, and also served on the staff of the National Security Council during the Clinton Administration. Mona serves on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is co-author of The Next American Century, and holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College and an MSc from the London School of Economics.

Wang Shuo

Editor-in-Chief, Caixin Media, Beijing, China

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As Editor-in-Chief of Caixin Media, China’s leading business and finance media group, Wang Shuo focuses on providing high-quality news reports through leading an independent and professional standard in China.

Under his leadership, the Caixin editorial team won the Shorenstein Journalism Award from Stanford University for its commitment to integrity in journalism, and for its path-breaking role as a leader in establishing an independent media in China. Shuo won the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Institutional Journalism of the State Street Institutional Press Awards (Asia Pacific) in 2014.

Prior to Caixin, Shuo served as managing editor of Caijing, a business and finance magazine in China from 1998 to 2009. He has played a key role in the magazine’s editorial and management decision-making, and was behind many of the milestone articles that carried Caijing to fame.

Shuo was honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2012. He was also twice named a Young Leader at the 2007 and 2008 Boao Forum for Asia, and a Leader of the Next Generation by the Tallberg Forum in Sweden. He was named Yale World Fellow in 2016 by Yale University. He also serves as a member of the stars International Board.

Shuo holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Renmin University of China, a master’s degree in philosophy from Peking University, an executive MBA from the joint program of Fordham University and the China Center for Economic Research at Peking University, and a master’s degree in international public policy from Johns Hopkins University.

Yinglan Tan

Founding Managing Partner and CEO, Insignia Venture Partners; stars alumnus, Singapore

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Yinglan Tan is Founding Managing Partner at Insignia Ventures Partners. Prior to this, he was Venture Partner at Sequoia Capital where he was the first hire in Southeast Asia. On the investment front, Yinglan sourced multiple investment opportunities for Sequoia India including Tokopedia, Go-jek, Carousell, Appier (where he represented Sequoia on the board), Dailyhotel (where he represented Sequoia on the board), Pinkoi and 99.co. He was also involved with evaluation of these opportunities, diligence, writing of investment notes and supporting the investments with strategy, recruiting, business development and fund raising.

He serves on the Singapore Government’s Pro Enterprise Panel (headed by Head of Civil Service), the Committee on the Future Economy’s Sub-Committee on Future Corporate Capabilities and Innovation, and Investment Committee on Strategic Research Innovation Fund at Nanyang Technology University, as well as the Technology Enterprise Commercialisation Scheme Evaluation Committee for SPRING Singapore.

Yinglan was honoured as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012. He also serves on the WEF Technology Pioneer Selection Committee Panel (2015-2017), Young Leader by the Milken Insitute (2016), Top “40 leaders under 40” by Prestige Magazine (2015), one of 100 Leaders of Tomorrow by the St Gallen Symposium (2010), 100 Global Thinkers (2011) by think-tank Lo Spazio della Politica, a World Cities Summit Young Leader (2014), a WEF Global Agenda Council member on Fostering Entrepreneurship (2011-2013) and a Kauffman Fellow.

Yinglan was educated at Harvard, Stanford and Carnegie Mellon.

Prof. Hiroshi Watanabe

President, Institute for International Monetary Affairs (IIMA), Tokyo, Japan

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Hiroshi Watanabe is President of the Institute for International Monetary Affairs (IIMA) and former CEO and Governor of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Japan’s policy-based financing institution for international financing. In the past, he served as various positions, including Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs, in the Ministry of Finance (MOF). After leaving MOF, he took to teaching as professor of the Graduate School of Commerce and Management, Hitotsubashi University. Mr. Watanabe received LLB at the University of Tokyo and MA in Economics at Brown University.

Joerg Wuttke

President, European Union Chamber of Commerce in China (EUCCC); Chief Representative, BASF China, Beijing

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Joerg Wuttke is Vice President and Chief Representative of BASF China, based in Beijing. Since joining BASF in 1997, Mr. Wuttke has been responsible for helping guide the company’s investment strategies for China, negotiation of large projects and government relations.

Previous to joining BASF, Mr. Wuttke worked with ABB for 11 years.
From 2001 to 2004 Mr. Wuttke was the Chairman of the German Chamber of Commerce in China.  From 2007 to 2010, and 2014 to 2017 he was the President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China.

In January 2011 the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC), a Paris based body of major business associations that lobbies the OECD, named Mr. Wuttke to become Chairman of the BIAC China Task Force.

Since its establishment in 2013, Mr. Wuttke is member of the Advisory Board of Germany’s foremost Think Tank on China, Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), in Berlin.

From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Wuttke was Vice Chairman of the CPCIF International Cooperation Committee, a group representing Multinational Companies in China’s Chemical Association.

Mr. Wuttke holds a BA in Business Administration and Economics from Mannheim and studied Chinese in Shanghai 1982 and Taipei 1984-85. A frequent speaker on business and industry issues in China, he co-authored:
“The Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry in China” Springer Publishing Trust (2005);
“Energy Resources Security” Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (2006);
“My 30 years in China” ACA Publishing (2008)
“Gelebte Geschichte – 40 Erfahungen” (2012) CBT China Book Trading
“The Handbook of Chinese Organizational Behavior: Integrating Theory, Research, and Practice” Edgar Elgar Publishing in May 2012.
“ Peter Tichauer; Perspektivenwechsel” (2015) OWC
“The Dark Side of China’s Economic Rise” in “Europe and the World: Global Insecurity and Power Shifts; Helmut K. Anheier and Robert Falkner (eds.); (2017) University of Durham and John Wiley & Sons, Ltd