Mark was raised in an immigrant family in Toronto, Canada, with strong appreciation for the power of education to improve the path of both an individual and an entire community. He moved to Asia in 1994 after having also lived in Italy and the United States, and in pursuit of a childhood ambition has branched back from a 20-year career in finance and investment toward social service. Mark was formerly a #1-rated equity analyst at Morgan Stanley, where he worked for 16 years and ran its global telecom research team, after which he provided strategic investment advice to News Corporation and a local venture capital firm. His prior work took him around Asia, with extensive experience in China, India and ASEAN. He graduated on the Dean's List from the Ivey Business School at Western University in London, Canada, and studied at Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi in Milan, Italy.
ALAN TSOI, Board of Director
Alan oversees an operation of over 5,000 tax and legal professionals in 26 countries in Asia Pacific. Alan has over 25 years of experience in growing the firm's business and advising clients in doing business in the U.S. and Asia Pacific. Prior to the current role, Alan has held a number of other positions, including Co–leader of Asia Pacific International Core of Excellence, Asia Pacific Mergers & Acquisition Tax Leader, China Cross Border Taxes Leader, China Strategic Tax Client Leader, Deputy China National Managing Tax Partner and Northern China Tax Managing Partner, and National Consumer and Industrial Products Leader.
Alan was voted the “Top Tax Advisor” in China by International Tax Review four times. He has been invited twice by the China Ministry of Finance to be the foreign tax advisor in the China Tax Reform process and has participated in many government sponsored tax seminars and working groups.
Alan graduated from the Brigham Young University with a Master's degree in Taxation and a Bachelor's degree in Accounting. He is a member of America Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has been an active member in the business communities, including serving as the Vice Chairman of America Chamber of Commerce China. He was the founding member and a board member of Sports Beijing, a parent-led NGO provides after school sports activities to children in Beijing, and currently serving as a board member of Sprouts Foundation to create a legacy of social responsibility with a focus on disadvantaged children in Asia, Council Member of the Association of Business Students of Hong Kong University, and Advisory Board Member of the School of Business of Macao University of Science and Technology.
ELLA BETSY WONG, Board of Director
Ella was born in Hong Kong and attended primary and secondary school in Diocesan Girls’ School (DGS) in Kowloon, Hong Kong, where she grew up with the school motto of “Daily Giving Service”. After leaving DGS, Ella studied in Oxford University in England through the Lee Shau Kee Scholarship, and subsequently Columbia University School of Law in New York. Ella is now a Senior Vice-President and the General Counsel of NBA China. She oversees all legal work across a variety of businesses including consumer products, marketing partnerships, digital and television, throughout China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau. From her early education and family influence, Ella greatly appreciates the importance of both formal education and learning through extra-curricular activity. In addition to education-related initiatives at NBA China, Ella is also active in alumni work for DGS, focusing on administering a scholarship to subsidize university tuition for DGS students.
CHENG-YI TONG, Board of Director
Cheng-Yi is long time friend of the Shuper family who believes education is the foundation of change and opportunity. She grew up in Malaysia in a family that sacrificed much to ensure their children received a good education. Her family believed education brought understanding and opportunity, not only for ourselves but also for humanity. Prior to joining Sprouts she was a banker, an entrepreneur and a retailer. She also served as the Treasurer for Lifeline Shanghai, an NGO in that city. She recently returned to calling Hong Kong home, having worked and lived in Canada, the US, Japan and China and traveled widely in Asia in previous roles. Cheng-Yi also graduated from the Ivey Business School at Western University in London, Canada.