The Board of Directors of the Nepal Youth Foundation Hong Kong
Catherine LaJeunesse – Chair of NYF Hong Kong, Managing Director, QUOIN
Catherine has been working in finance for many years, having returned to Hong Kong after living and working in Singapore for 14 years with her family. She has an extensive network in the finance field and experience with organising benefit events for NGOs. Back in Hong Kong, Catherine runs her own Art Consultancy business ART+ADVISORY and focuses her efforts on supporting NYF’s marketing and fundraising efforts in Hong Kong and Asia.
Saskia Bowers‐Van der Stap – Founder & Member of NYF Hong Kong & US Board of Directors
Saskia has worked with ING Asia‐Pacific in Corporate Communications and with a financial executive search firm where she catered for private equity, hedge fund and investment banking clients. Late 2009 she decided to make the switch to fundraising and consultancy for NGOs. She is a volunteer consultant with the Business Development team of Asian Charity Services where she is responsible for the Youth & Children sector. Saskia is leading Nepal Youth Foundation’s efforts in Hong Kong and Asia together with a dedicated team of volunteers. She is also a Member of the Board of Directors for the Nepal Youth Foundation (US) since June 2010 and has resided in Hong Kong for 7 years.
Penny Barsha – Solicitor, Linklaters, Hong Kong
Penny has worked as a corporate lawyer in Australia and Hong Kong for over 12 years and has lived in Hong Kong since 2007. She assisted with the incorporation and registration of NYF in Hong Kong and since then has been a keen supporter of NYF both at fundraising events and by assisting with pro bono legal advice.
Bianca Lethanh Fischer – Secretary General, Microcred China
Bianca is currently General Secretary of Microcred China Ltd, an investment company with operations in China in the financial inclusion sector. She has over 20 years of professional experience in private commercial corporations and non-profit organizations, living and working in Asia, Europe, and North America. She joined the microfinance sector in 2003, and occupied various senior positions within a microfinance French NGO Group. In 2008, she became CFO of FinanCites, a social equity investment company. She has lived and worked in Hong Kong for over 10 years, and previously managed a Hong Kong company of 12 full-time staff from 2012 to 2014. Bianca has a Civil Engineering Bachelor Degree from the Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal (Canada).
Jean Marc Decrop – Owner & Independent Curator
Dhiraj Gurung – Co-Founder, Health Connection
Having trained from medical school and school of public health, Dhiraj has worked in local schools with the children from South Asian ethnic minority and low-income families. He has also worked as medical interpreter and translator for healthcare settings in Hong Kong. Earlier in 2016, Dhiraj co-founded Health Connection, a start-up social enterprise to educate and connect the cultural gap in healthcare between healthcare providers and South Asian ethnic minorities in Hong Kong. He is passionate about health equity, education and empowering young people in the community.
Advisory Board of Directors of the Nepal Youth Foundation Hong Kong
Renaud Samyn – Capital Global, Capital Research Company
Renaud has been involved with NYF since 2004 and has been an active campaigner and fundraiser for NYF through both his corporate and personal relationships. He is involved in fundraising and marketing efforts in Hong Kong and Asia, and regularly visits the projects in Nepal. Renaud has lived in Hong Kong for over 7 years.
Kelly Anderson – CEO, Nepal Youth Foundation USA
Kelly Anderson joined the Nepal Youth Foundation as Chief Executive Officer in November 2015, bringing almost 30 years’ experience in the non-profit sector.
Partnering closely with NYF President Som Paneru in Nepal, Kelly oversees NYF’s US office in Sausalito and helps to ensure sufficient resources are available for Nepal Youth Foundation’s essential programs providing shelter, health, education, and freedom for some of the world’s most destitute children.
Building on NYF’s tradition of empowering Nepali leadership to transform the lives of Nepali children and youth, Kelly’s priorities include ensuring a strong US headquarters, coordinating with dedicated leaders of global chapters, and supporting the Board of Directors in their governance role.
Since 1987, Kelly has held volunteer and leadership positions with local and statewide nonprofit organizations addressing social justice issues affecting the health and wellbeing of women and children.
Kelly grew up in a Midwestern town of 1,200 people, and attended the University of Michigan where she graduated with honors. After receiving her first passport at age 20, she’s been exploring the wider world ever since, visiting over 20 countries on five continents.
Joining NYF has given Kelly a profound respect for the Nepalese people, and deep interest in learning more about the country and its culture.
Reach Kelly at: Kelly@NepalYouthFoundation.org