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Tom Smith TsengTom Smith Tseng
Senior Executive Director of Development
International & Campus Initiatives
University of California, San Diego

Tom Smith Tseng took up his current post at UC San Diego in January, 2018. He oversees fundraising efforts for Chancellor's Associates, the Preuss School, Libraries, Athletics, and Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion. He is also tasked to develop a campus-wide international fundraising program. Prior to UCSD, Mr. Tseng was vice president for development at the University of Hawai‘i Foundation, responsible for central development functions and fundraising at UH Manoa, the flagship campus.

Mr. Tseng has had nearly three decades of administrative experiences in American higher education, and more than 23 years in university advancement with a particular focus on raising large gifts from abroad. Before returning to Honolulu, where he attended high school, he was a senior director at Stanford University responsible for the development operation outside of the United States. Tseng was also senior director for the Western & Asia-Pacific regions in Alumni Relations and Development (ARD), the University of Chicago's satellite office in Palo Alto, California, from 2006 to 2010. Prior to that assignment, he held progressively more responsible positions, first in admissions then in development, at Cornell, Harvard and Stanford Universities.

Born and raised in Taiwan, Tseng's parents moved the family to Hawai‘i when he was a teenager. After graduating from Cornell, he worked briefly as a civilian engineer for the U.S. Navy in Washington, D.C. He migrated from admissions to advancement in 1994 when he joined the international regional office during Cornell's $1.25 billion campaign. He has specialized in raising large gifts from an overseas constituency ever since.

Tseng believes in and supports CASE's mission. He presented on international fundraising at the Summit for Advancement Leaders in 2006 and again in 2017. In 2008 and 2011-13, he convened and chaired the CASE International Fundraising Conferences, and served as conference chairman emeritus in 2014-15. He was also a faculty of the CASE Asia-Pacific Advancement Institutes in Mandarin held in Beijing in 2011 and Hangzhou in 2012. He was a co-chair for this study tour in 2017.

Tseng has his bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering from Cornell. He is an elected member (on hiatus) of the Cornell University Council, and is the immediate past president of his alumni class council.

Steve StaplesSteve Staples, Ph.D.
Executive Director of International Development
Princeton University

Dr. Staples's role as Executive Director of International Development at Princeton punctuates a 25 year career in higher education. He leads a team of frontline major gift officers focused on raising philanthropic gifts for university priorities. Prior to serving in this role, he was the Director of Leadership Gifts at Princeton. As a regional manager during the University's five-year Aspire campaign, Dr. Staples and his team were instrumental in achieving the record-breaking total of $1.88 billion in 2012, with more than 65,000 donors and 8,300 volunteers.

Prior to arriving at Princeton in 2006, Dr. Staples served in a variety of sport marketing and external relations positions at Harvard University and the University of Illinois, his graduate alma mater. Today he continues his longstanding relationship with Illinois as an adjunct lecturer, teaching online graduate courses on marketing and critical issues in sport management. He launched his teaching career at Northeastern University, where he played a key role in creating its sports leadership graduate program. He holds his bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky.


Cherry ChuChu Sze Pun Cherry
Co-Chairperson, Parent Advancement Council
Phillips Academy

Chu Sze Pun (Cherry) has been actively involved in education and charity efforts. Cherry played an active role at St Paul's Co-Educational College in Hong Kong as its Vice Chair of Parent-Teacher Association. She is now the co-chairperson of Parent Advancement Council of Phillips Academy at Andover in USA. She was a member of organizing committee for Asia Charity Services, Bring Me A Book, and Teach for China respectively. Cherry is the co-chair of the Women of Hope campaign and is now actively involved in the Men of Hope campaign to support the cancer fund and heart fund of the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital Foundation. She is also a fund raising committee member of Asian Cultural Council in 2018. Cherry has been actively involved in the fund raising efforts for Teach for China for the past few years. She is on the board of Dalton School in Hong Kong.

Before becoming a full time mother, Cherry was an Executive Director in investment banking division of Goldman Sachs Asia. Prior to Goldman Sachs, she worked at Citibank focusing on the China market. Cherry graduated from University of Hong Kong. Cherry is a mother of two children.

Michelle ChowMichelle Chow

Michelle is a consultant in the private client and tax team.

She joined Withers in 2013 having more than 15 years' experience. She advises on wealth planning matters including setting up discretionary trusts, from initial advice on trust structures to transfer of assets to distribution; change of trustees, preparing letter of wishes, trust restructuring and termination of trusts. She also advises on corporate structures and compliance issues.

Michelle also has a broad range of experience on charity law, including advising on the setting up of charitable organizations and governance matters for universities, schools, banks, corporations and individuals. In addition, she also advises on negotiating and preparing donation agreements, the use of funds for charitable purposes, making and receiving donations, charities operations and dealing with the Inland Revenue Department and Companies Registry as well as various private banks on issues relating to setting up charities and compliance. Michelle was admitted in England and Wales (1997), Hong Kong (1998) & British Virgin Islands (2014).

Ti Hua DennigTi Hua Dennig
Counsel Advisor, Center on Contemporary China
Princeton University

Ti Hua Dennig is a Princeton University parent, who is also a Counsel Advisor at the Princeton University Center on Contemporary China. Mrs. Dennig is an educator and she currently serves as a member of the Board of Governors at Chinese International School in Hong Kong. Mrs. Dennig studied at Peking University in China before earning a Master's Degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in the US.

Joyce HeJoyce He
Senior Legal & Tax Manager

Joyce is a senior PRC legal and tax specialist based in Wither's corporate team in Hong Kong. She has more than 17 years of progressive and intensive experience in the PRC legal industry, and focuses on mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investments, joint ventures, corporate, commercial and employment matters related to investment and operation in China. Joyce also advises on a variety of PRC-related tax matters, including tax compliance and tax incentive application.

Joyce advises clients across a diverse range of sectors, including retail, distribution, technology and pharmaceutical.

Ed HuEd Hu
Head of External Relations
Harvard-Westlake School

For over 30 years, Ed Hu has worked in the secondary and higher education arena. Ed currently serves as the Head of External Relations at Harvard-Westlake School, an independent grades 7-12 day school in Los Angeles, overseeing admissions, advancement, alumni relations, and communications. During his tenure as Chief Advancement Officer (from 2002 to 2014), he successfully oversaw the completion of a $175 million capital campaign in 2010 (with a total of $187 million raised).

Ed joined Harvard-Westlake School in 1994 and served as Associate Director of College Counseling and Dean of Juniors and Seniors before turning to advancement. He has also taught psychology, served as faculty advisor to the Asian American Awareness Club, the Straight-Gay Alliance, and Project 10.

Ed is currently a commissioner on the CASE Commission on Philanthropy.

A native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Ed graduated from Brown University in 1987 with a degree in psychology. Ed also worked in college admissions at Occidental College and Brown University. For his alma mater, Ed has served in a number of volunteer positions, including the Brown Alumni Association Board of Governors, national co-chair of the Multicultural Alumni Committee, advisor to the Asian American Alumni Alliance, board member of the Association of Class Leaders, the Co-Coordinator of the Brown Alumni Schools Committee of Los Angeles, and the President's Advisory Council on Diversity.

Patrick HurworthPatrick Hurworth
Head of School
International School of Beijing

Born sometime in the last century, Patrick lived the first 26 years of his life in the UK before accompanying his then girlfriend (now wife) to Geneva where he began his first role in an overseas setting teaching at the International School of Geneva. Six years later, accompanied by his wife (same wife) and their two children, Patrick left to live in the US, where he spent the next 12 years as a teacher and as Secondary School Principal at Atlanta International School. Hong Kong was the next professional setting, where he served as the High School Principal at Hong Kong International School, before beginning his first Head of School role at the International School of Beijing (ISB) in July of 2017. Patrick is a graduate of the University of Hull, the University of Nottingham and the University of Bath. He is a citizen of both the UK and the US. A former rugby player, Patrick speaks French, juggles, cooks but not all at the same time.

Carlos LiuLiu Xiaozong (Carlos)
Managing Director of Family Foundation
Clear Fortune Management Co., Ltd

Mr. Carlos Xiaozong Liu joined Huawei Technology Company as Computer Engineer in 1996. He served in Huawei for many positions, and experienced Huawei growing from a small national company to an international corporation.

In 2009, Mr. Liu studied in Kellogg Management School, and received MBA degree. He founded the Clear Fortune Management Company in 2012, and served as Managing Director. In 2014, he founded DePu Education Investment Company as the Chairman of the Board. Mr. Liu holds a MBA degree from Kellogg Management School. Mr. Liu joined Huawei in 1996 and served as Director of Huawei Subsidiaries in many countries. Mr. Liu now serves as MD of Family Foundation.

Ellen SullivanEllen Sullivan
Director of International Advancement
Phillips Academy

As director of international advancement at Phillips Academy, Ellen shapes cultivation and gift development strategies for Andover's top potential campaign donors, and manages a portfolio of international principal giving prospects. She came to Phillips Academy after a long career in higher education, at Harvard University and Boston College, where she held similar positions in international advancement. Previous roles include director of corporate and foundation relations, associate director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and admissions officer for Harvard College. Ellen has a B.A. in political science from Boston College and a M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, with a focus on international education. Ellen is a board member of South Africa Partners, a Boston-based nonprofit organization focused on advancing health and education in South Africa. She is a past member of the Board of Trustees of CASE, where she was Chair of the International Committee and the honoree of the John Lippincott Award for Global Advancement and Support of Education (2017). She was also the convener of the Advisory Council on Education of the Fetzer Institute, an operating foundation in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Oliver WeisbergOliver Weisberg
Managing Partner
Blue Pool Capital

Mr. Oliver Weisberg is a Managing Partner of Blue Pool Capital, a multi-strategy investment firm based in Hong Kong. The firm invests in all the major asset classes including public and private equity and real estate globally. The firm is owned by the management and manages the assets of the management and a group of close-knit long term investors.

Before joining Blue Pool, Mr. Weisberg was a Partner at Citadel (Hong Kong) Limited, having joined the firm in 2006. Prior to joining Citadel, Mr. Weisberg was with Deutsche Bank Hong Kong where he ran the Strategic Investment Group / Distressed Products Group. Prior to that, Mr. Weisberg was with Goldman Sachs & Co in both the Asian Special Situations and Principal Investment Area divisions where he was on the team managing the firm's investments in Ping An Insurance and

Mr. Weisberg received his B.A. from Harvard College and then completed a one-year advanced Chinese language program at the Stanford University Center at National Taiwan University.

Mr. Weisberg is on the board for Teach for America's affiliate, Teach for China, where he serves as a Vice Chairman. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Harvard University Shanghai Center and the Harvard China Fund. Mr. Weisberg is on the board of the National Urban Squash Education Association, a member of the Lincoln Center China Advisory Council, the Chairman of the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Asian Advisory Board, and a member of the Young Presidents' Organization.