NorCap is excited to announce the addition of four new Advisory Board Members in 2013! We feel very fortunate to welcome Mark Yang, Elizabeth Haenle, Holly Chang, and Hugh Kater to our team. They will certainly add invaluable support and guidance both to the NorCap staff and future NorCap Interns, and we hope their experience in in each of their respective disciplines (tech, startup, government, non-profit, and the environment) will help us all grow our careers and learn more from those around us.
Mark, Liz, Holly, and Hugh join NorCap’s existing Advisory Board comprising Evan Osnos, Tomer Rothschild, Han Bing, Denis Fasquelle and Jonah Greenberg.
Learn more about our new advisors below, and read about our team here.
Mark Yang – CEO of Ganji.com
Mark Yang is the founder and CEO of Ganji.com, the leading online classifieds site in China with more than 100M monthly active users. Before starting Ganji, Mark worked in Silicon Valley for various technology companies such as Juniper Networks. Mark was also the President and Chairman of Google China’s joint venture which operates Google.cn.
Mark graduated from Yale University with a Master Degree in Computer Science. He also received his Bachelor Degree in Engineering from Tianjin University and Master of Engineering University of Science and Technology of China.
Elizabeth Haenle, President of PLINC
Liz Haenle is a co-founder and president of PLINC LLC, an event and speaker consultancy based in Beijing, China. Prior to her co-founding the first Mainland China-based speaker bureau, Liz worked at the White House as the social secretary and residence manager to the vice president of the United States. During her tenure at the White House, Liz planned social events around the world for the president and vice president.
Prior to working at the White House, Liz served as an aide to former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Barbara Hackman Franklin, whom she assisted with global trade issues including U.S.-China trade relations. Liz joined Barbara Franklin Enterprises after planning events on Capitol Hill for a Congresswoman Helen Chenoweth (R-ID). She also served as Director of Scheduling for Senator Lugar during his campaign for U.S. president in 1996. In her first post-under graduate assignment, Liz worked for the 1996 centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. There she planned events and visits to Atlanta for the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Liz is also a director for Americans Promoting Study Abroad (APSA), a non-profit organization designed to support President Obama’s 100,000 Strong Initiative which provides opportunities for Americans to study in China.
Holly Chang, President of the Golden Bridges Foundation
Holly is a Chinese-American social entrepreneur, and has served over 100 nonprofits in China as a program builder and accelerator. She has an engineering, psychology and business background, with management experience in projects budgeted > US$1b.
In 2007, she invested her life savings to start the Golden Bridges Foundation to promote mutual understanding between China and the West through charitable projects. She is currently heading a new initiative called Project Pengyou (www.projectpengyou.org) to serve alumni of President Obama’s 100,000 Strong Initiative. Since its launch in 2011, Project Pengyou has received personal endorsements by Secretary Hillary Clinton, US Ambassador Gary Locke, and the project has received financial backing from the Ford Foundation.
Hugh Kater – Managing Director of China Carbon Forum
Mr. Hugh Kater is General Manager of the China Carbon Forum, a non-profit organisation providing independent, neutral platform of services to build relationships, build understanding, and share information among China’s climate change stakeholders. Hugh drives the organisation’s strategic planning and ongoing development. His achievements at CCF so far include delivery high-level climate change discussions, with a focus on market mechanisms; developing new business partnerships with carbon market consulting firms and academic institutions, and developing new alliances with high-profile organisations including the United Nations and the International Emissions Trading Association. Mr. Kater has a Masters degree in Environmental Management & Development from the Australian National University (ANU) with High Distinction and commendation from the ANU Chancellor. Prior to 2011, he spent 6 years in Australia’s private sector in business, strategic environmental program management and procurement. Mr. Kater has been living in Beijing since 2011 and speaks Chinese.