Laura Chen is Executive Chair of Hong Kong-based ZeShan Foundation, a family foundation of which she is a family member. The Foundation aspires to be a catalyst and a leveraging force through strategic and proactive giving and engaged philanthropy. Its current mandate focuses on four major areas: Health, Education, Philanthropy Development, and Support of Human and Social services in the local community. Through these mandates, substantial funding and effective partnerships have been developed in particular towards combating Hepatitis B and HIV/AIDS in China, with a goal towards improving the national public health system through policy change and with measurable impact.
Ms. Chen is a strong proponent of good corporate governance and accountability among NGOs and philanthropic organizations, and an avid believer in creating equitable partnerships between grant makers and recipients. Ms. Chen began her career in international banking in Washington, DC. Prior to her transition into the field of philanthropy, she spent over 20 years in the financial services and investments industries, with special interest in the areas of emerging market debt and real estate development. She currently serves on the boards of two major companies listed on the HK Stock Exchange and is a trustee of the Asia Society, Hong Kong. She is a long term supporter of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in China—a joint post-graduate degree program between the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University.
Ms. Chen holds an MBA from George Washington University.