Meet The Team

GIFT’s vibrant global team has diverse backgrounds, experience, and interdisciplinary skill sets. Our world-class project research, design and management are all conducted in-house, with a leadership team involved at every step, from ideation to facilitation.

CAROLINE NGAI

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

CHANDRAN NAIR

FOUNDER & CEO

ERIC STRYSON

MANAGING DIRECTOR - GLOBAL SERVICES

JUSTIN NG

ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT

KARIM RUSHDY

FACILITATOR

MEI CHEUNG

HEAD OF OPERATIONS

MYRA CHEUNG

CONSULTANT

OLIVIA LAI

MANAGING DIRECTOR - HONG KONG

PIAL KHADILLA

MANAGING DIRECTOR - MALAYSIA

ROHAN HAZELL

CONTENT MANAGER

RAFIQAH ABDUL GHANY

PROGRAMME MANAGER - ASEAN

STEVEN YUEN

SENIOR PROGRAMME MANAGER

VALERIE LIANG

PROGRAMME MANAGER

VENUS DULANI

PROGRAMME ASSOCIATE

VIJI NAIR

OPERATIONS MANAGER- ASEAN

VIDYAKARAN SUBRAMANIAM

PROGRAMME ASSOCIATE – ASEAN

SPEAK TO US

  • CHANDRAN NAIR
    FOUNDER & CEO

    For more than three decades, Chandran has advised governments and MNCs on strategic management, leadership issues and sustainability, and is often invited to facilitate for top corporate education providers including Duke CE, INSEAD and NUS. He was previously Chairman of ERM in Asia Pacific, helping establish it as the world’s leading environmental consultancy. Chandran is on the Executive Committee of the Club of Rome and is a member of WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Governance for Sustainability and Experts Forum, where his thought leadership is sought for its fresh insights and intellectual honesty. He is the author of the best-seller – Consumptionomics: Asia’s Role in Reshaping Capitalism and Saving the Planet, and The Sustainable State: The Future of Government, Economy and Society.


  • CAROLINE NGAI
    OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

    Caroline is the Office Administrator at GIFT. She supports daily office operations and also handles programme-related logistics. She has prior experience in merchandising, secretarial and administration work. Caroline obtained her degree in Business Administration from Jinan University in Guangzhou. She has an interest in environmental and social issues and is a professional cross country runner and a hiker. She is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin and English.


  • DICKY CHOW
    PROGRAMME ASSOCIATE

    Dicky is a Programme Associate at GIFT. Prior to joining GIFT, he worked in the HKSAR Government to organising events including workshops, meetings and visits to the Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore. He also has experience working in the non-profit space and MNCs to managing marketing campaigns, conferences and ceremonies. Dicky holds two degrees, in Law and Business Administration, from the University of Hong Kong. He is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin and English.


  • ERIC STRYSON
    MANAGING DIRECTOR – GLOBAL SERVICES

    In addition to leading GIFT’s dynamic team and business, since 2008, Eric has facilitated more than 50 experiential leadership programmes in fifteen countries. He is well versed in introducing new ideas on governance, business and sustainability and coaching participants to think critically about their role as leaders. Before joining GIFT, Eric spent several years managing multi-stakeholder partnerships between global brands and civil society groups in the United States and China. He writes and speaks regularly on topics related to leadership development and the changing role of business in society. Eric is an alumnus of Stanford University and holds a Masters from Hong Kong University.


  • JAQUELINE P’NG
    MARKETING MANAGER

    Jaqueline is the Marketing Manager at GIFT. Before joining GIFT, she was a broadcast journalist at The Edge TV and a feature news writer at Sin Chew Daily. She holds a B.S.Sc in Journalism and Communication from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is fluent in English, Mandarin, Malay, Cantonese and Hokkien.  For enquiries : jpng@global-inst.com


  • KARIM RUSHDY
    FACILITATOR

    Karim joined GIFT in 2010 as Business Development Manager. Over the next decade he served as Head of Programmes in Hong Kong, and as Managing Director of GIFT ASEAN in Malaysia where he led the transformation of a small rep office into a fully-fledged regional business.

    During this period Karim designed and facilitated dozens of public and custom development programmes for thousands of professionals from Fortune 500s, regional MNCs, Government Agencies and NGOs. Karim’s articles on insights gathered through his work in the classroom and in the field have appeared in a range of publications.

    In 2021 Karim left his executive role at GIFT to pursue graduate studies in mindfulness – a practise he is deeply passionate about. He continues to contribute to programme design and facilitation, and is an advisor to GIFT’s new EdTech company GIFT.ed

    Karim has lived in Asia for over 20 years. Prior to GIFT, he was a partner in a successful Shanghai-based food and beverage company which today operates almost 50 restaurants across a dozen major Chinese cities. Karim has an MBA from Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in China, and is pursuing a Masters in Teaching Mindfulness Based Courses at Bangor University in the UK.


  • MEI CHEUNG
    HEAD OF OPERATIONS

    Mei was a founding team member when GIFT was set-up in 2004 and instrumental in overseeing all administrative requirements. As Head of Operations, Mei oversees the operational management of the GIFT office and supports business development initiatives. Prior to joining GIFT Mei was a Manager of CSR and Systems Auditing, TUV Rheinland Hong Kong Ltd. and Greater China Regional Business Field Manager for TUV Rheinland STAR services. Mei graduated with a BA (Hons) in Business Studies from Westminster University, London and is fluent in English and Cantonese.


  • MYRA CHEUNG
    CONSULTANT

    Myra is a Consultant at GIFT and is responsible for managing advisory projects relating to sustainability and social impact and developing transformative leadership programmes.

    Myra’s background is in strategy and evaluation for public health policy and interventions and is experienced in project management, capacity building and stakeholder engagement (NGOs, government and industry). She has had experience working in cross-cultural environments in Zambia, Cambodia, Canada, Singapore and Hong Kong. Myra has an MSc in Public Health specialising in Health Promotion, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London. She also holds a BSc with a major in Cell Biology and Genetics and a minor in Human Nutrition from the University of British Columbia, Canada.


  • KUBEEHRAN PRASATH
    DIRECTOR

    Kubeehran helps manage all aspects of GIFT’s regional office including business development, advisory and programmes. Prior to GIFT he spent close to a decade at the Central Bank of Malaysia where he oversaw the supervision of foreign banks covering governance, risk management, culture, and ethics. He was also a Short Term Consultant at the World Bank, facilitating exchange of Malaysia’s financial sector experience with stakeholders across ASEAN.

    He holds a Bachelor of Accounting from Multimedia University and is a Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). He obtained his Master of Finance from Judge Business School, University of Cambridge in 2016. He is fluent in Malay and Tamil and enjoys Indian Carnatic music.


  • OLIVIA LAI
    MANAGING DIRECTOR – HONG KONG

    Olivia is the Managing Director of GIFT’s Hong Kong office. She manages all of GIFT’s programmes, including overseeing a team of experienced Programme Managers and the design and development of programmes and workshops for GIFT’s global clients. Prior to joining GIFT, she was a management executive at a multinational property developer based in Hong Kong. Olivia graduated with a Bachelors degree in International Relations and Master of Management from The University of British Columbia and holds an MSc in Real Estate from The University of Hong Kong. She is fluent in English and Cantonese.


  • PATRICIA PETER
    OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR – ASEAN

    Patricia is the Office Administrator at GIFT ASEAN. She supports daily office operations and handles programme-related logistics. She has prior experience in the education line as an assistant teacher, working closely with special needs students to support in skill development through various strategies. She also worked in an advertising agency as a personal assistant and supported the PR and business development team. Patricia obtained her diploma in Mass Communication from TAR College. She is a passionate advocate against animal cruelty and has passion for singing.


  • PIAL KHADILLA
    MANAGING DIRECTOR – MALAYSIA

    Pial leads the GIFT Southeast Asia office in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia which she opened in 2016. She is responsible for expanding GIFT’s footprint and impact in the region through purposeful leadership learning, outcome driven facilitation and sustainability advisory. Pial’s professional experience spans banking, e-commerce, coaching and entrepreneurship. She is a passionate gender equity activist and regular speaker on elevating the role of women in society and mothers in the workplace in particular.

    Pial is a mother of five, an ontological coach-in-training, and a fluent Malay speaker. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Bath, England and is a certified health-coach.


  • RAFIQAH ABDUL GHANY
    PROGRAMME MANAGER – ASEAN

    Rafiqah pursued her BA in International Relations with French from the University of Nottingham (Malaysia Campus) where her main area of studies were focused on the ASEAN region and global issues pertaining to global security. Throughout her years as student, she was actively involved in sports and student-led societies. Prior to joining GIFT, Rafiqah’s interest in language brought her to South Korea for an intensive Korean language program at Seoul National University. She is fluent in English, Malay, Indonesian and Korean.


  • ROHAN HAZELL
    Content Manager

    Rohan is a Content Manager at GIFT and is involved in the management of GIFT’s content for its Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur offices, including articles, podcasts and business reports. Prior to GIFT, Rohan worked at a London-based market research firm where he conducted quantitative and qualitative analysis for global brands to better link consumer mindsets to behaviours. Rohan holds a BA in Geography from the University of Oxford.


  • STEVEN YUEN
    PROGRAMME MANAGER

    Steven is a Programme Manager at GIFT. He has lived in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden. Prior to joining GIFT Steven spent four years in Japan’s Kochi Prefecture teaching and organising grassroots internationalisation events, and another four years in Osaka managing student exchange programs and institutional partnerships for Kwansei Gakuin University. He received his professional degree in Architecture from the University of New South Wales, and holds a Master Education of Higher Education from the University of Hong Kong. Steven is fluent in Japanese, Cantonese and English, and is proficient in Mandarin.


  • VIDYAKARAN SUBRAMANIAM
    PROGRAMME ASSOCIATE – ASEAN

    Vidyakaran is a Programme Associate at GIFT ASEAN where he coordinates programmes out of the Kuala Lumpur office. Prior to joining GIFT, he was at an international NGO working with underserved communities in Malaysia, coordinating, designing and implementing programmes for community upliftment. Vidya is a lawyer by training and has several years of experience working with government and non-governmental organizations in the non-profit sector. He obtained his LLB (Hons) from the University of London and is fluent in Malay and Tamil.


  • JUSTIN NG
    ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT

    Justin is an Associate Consultant at GIFT and is responsible for supporting advisory projects relating to sustainability, innovation and social impact.

    Justin worked in New York and Hong Kong, including notable companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers and most recently at Deloitte Digital in a consulting role. At PwC Hong Kong, he was in the Government and Public Sector Consulting practice and was involved in local projects related to Smart City, IoT infrastructure and start-up innovation. Justin has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and a BSc in Media, Culture & Communication from New York University.


  • MURARI K.
    CHIEF INFORMATION SECURITY OFFICER, UOB SINGAPORE

    Murari is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for UOB Singapore. Prior to joining UOB, he worked in various leadership roles in several multinational corporations across the banking, consumer and consultancy industries.

    On top of his role at UOB, Murari has taken on international and regional industry leadership and advisory roles. He currently serves on the Advisory Panel for Cyber Youth Singapore (CYS), is a Senior Industry Advisor for CIO Academy Asia and is a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors (SID). He previously served on the International Board of Directors for the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Centre (FS-ISAC) and was a member of the ISACA International Professional Standards Committee.


  • KELLY CHAO
    HEAD OF CUSTOMER MANAGEMENT & ANALYTICS, PRUDENTIAL CORPORATION ASIA

    Kelly is the Head of Customer Intelligence & Analytics of Prudential. She leads customer management across the region leveraging data insights and analytics to deepen engagement with customers, fill their protection gaps and enable seamless experience. Prior to joining Prudential, Kelly held numerous leadership roles for top financial institutions. She has over 20 years of delivering business results with analytic solutions in sales & marketing, operations, risk management and HR.


  • LEO CHAN
    DIRECTOR OF HR, MICROSOFT

    Leo is the director of human resources in Microsoft Hong Kong. He oversees the day-to-day operations of all people-related programs to support the growth of the Hong Kong subsidiary. Having worked at the technology and life insurance sectors in North America and Asia Pacific, he brings a diverse set of skillset specializing in talent management, people development, organizational learning and talent acquisition. Prior to Microsoft, Leo was most recently the Head of Talent Management & Development at AIA, in charge of developing customized career advancement and contemporary talent retention strategies. He also elevated the role of human capital management beyond conventional means to reverse mentoring programs, next-gen summit, innovative hacks, design thinking and career roadmap visualizations. Leo is a huge advocate in working with the businesses to drive bespoke, relevant and practical solutions for their people.


  • KK LING

    STRATEGIC PLANNING ADVISOR

    HONG KONG/SHENZHEN CORPORATION

    Mr K. K. Ling is a professional town planner. He was the Director of Planning of HKSAR Government and President of the Hong Kong Institute of Planners. He is now the Director of Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He also serves the community as the Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Housing Society, Director of the Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited and Chairman of its Entrepreneurship Committee, and the Chairman of the Country and Marine Parks Board. He is also the Adjunct Professor of the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Professor of Practice (Planning) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.


  • VALERIE LIANG
    PROGRAMME MANAGER

    Valerie is Programme Manager at GIFT. Prior to joining GIFT, she spent several years in the Legal Industry, with a particular focus on corporate law, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Global Leadership and Development at the University of Hong Kong. She received her law degree from University College London and is a member of the New York Bar. She is fluent in Mandarin, English and Cantonese.


  • VINOBHA ANTHONY DOSS
    PROGRAMME ASSOCIATE-ASEAN

    Vinobha Anthony Doss is a Programme Associate at GIFT ASEAN. Prior to joining GIFT he was in the practice of civil litigation and dispute resolution. He has been involved in various public policy shaping cases lodged in the Malaysian courts. His creative approach coupled with the depth in legal knowledge has resulted in effective legal reasoning and client management. Vino graduated from the University of London and was called to the Malaysian Bar in 2017. He speaks fluent English, Malay, basic Cantonese and basic French.


  • VIJI NAIR
    OPERATIONS MANAGER-ASEAN

    Viji is the Operations Manager at GIFT Asean.  She oversees the operational management of the KL office.

    Prior to joining GIFT, Viji worked in various organisations and has spent the last 15 years on NGO work mainly focusing on performance arts and cancer respectively.  Viji holds a BA (Hons) in Psychology from the Dublin Business School.  She speaks English, Bahasa Malaysia, and Malayalam.


  • BRENDA CHEAH
    PROGRAMME MANAGER-ASEAN

    Brenda oversees the programme design and implementation, as well as content development at GIFT. Prior to GIFT, Brenda was a Senior Economist at the Central Bank of Malaysia for almost 8 years, leading macroeconomic assessments and growth projections for monetary policy deliberation. Passionate about public policy, she also sought to diversify her research interests and expertise over the years – ranging from trade competitiveness and investment incentives to social protection. When COVID-19 hit, Brenda had a hand in crafting various stimulus measures to support the vulnerable groups in Malaysia.

    She holds a degree in BSc. in Economics with honours from the University of Warwick, UK. She has also attended various professional courses by the International Monetary Fund and the Bank of Korea at Washington D.C., Singapore and South Korea. She is fluent in Malay, speaks several Chinese dialects and knows basic Korean.


  • VENUS DULANI
    PROGRAMME ASSOCIATE

    Venus is Programme Associate at GIFT. Prior to joining GIFT, she worked at the United Nations, USL Technology and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has experience in climate change and sustainability planning, stakeholder engagement and community outreach. She graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Studies, with an additional concentration in Inequality Studies. She is fluent in English and Hindi, proficient in Spanish, and conversant in Cantonese.