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aboutILF

The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) is a non-profit organization that promotes the civic awareness, public involvement and economic effectiveness of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community. Our mission is to develop young leaders in the United States in the fields of public service, entrepreneurship and the international arena through a network of business and community leaders, and to expose emerging leaders in other Pacific Rim countries to the American perspective in business, education and policy.

Since 2000 ILF has provided scholarships and leadership training for over a thousand select APA college students nation-wide. It prepares the young generation to become leaders in the public, business, academic, community and professional arenas. It includes the Civic Fellowship Program, Youth Leadership Academy, Washington Leadership Program, Emerging Leaders Public Forum and International Exchange Program. It is comprised of an exciting series of internships, leadership training, lectures, seminars and discussions on topics ranging from international relations to public diplomacy and the legislative process.

ilf Entrepreneurship and Innovation Committe

The International Leaders Foundation (ILF) Entrepreneurship and Innovation Committee was founded in April 2018 by first generation immigrants with wide-ranging expertise in business (see board members here). The committee focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation as core strengths of the next generation of Asian business leaders, with special focus on areas such as Entrepreneurship & Business Development and Business Operation & Management. We seek to fulfill three core missions.

Core mission 1

establish MULTI-GENERATIONAL DIALOGUE FOR ASIAN POWER

​The international business experience of Asian-American entrepreneurs brings valuable experience and diverse perspectives to young Asian and Asian-American leaders, The Committee's board seeks to mentor a community of distinguished entrepreneurs, cultivating young leaders in future Asia-US relations and global affairs.

Core mission 2

OPEN DOORS TO

NEW BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

Help Asian-American businesses strengthen ties among Asian-American enterprises in the U.S. and around the globe, through ILF’s network and business initiatives. Asian-American business growth means growth for our community, for future generations, and for the nation.

Core mission 3

BUILD STRONGER BONDS WITHIN THE COMMUNITY

A stronger community needs distinguished individuals as well as collective effort. The committee hopes to strengthen the Asian community by cooperation among generations as well as among business sectors. Our community’s lasting influence depends not just on the insights of its current leaders, but also on the inherited wisdom of past generations. 

Meet The Board Members and Advisors

FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN OF GREENCOURT GROUP

 

GREENCOURT CURRENTLY OWNS AND OPERATES MORE THAN 1 MILLION SQUARE FEET OF COMMERCIAL PROPERTY IN SHANGHAI, AND HOLDS MORE THAN 20 MILLION SQUARE FEET OF LAND RESERVE IN CHINA. GREENCOURT EXPANDED TO WASHINGTON D.C. METRO AREA IN 2012. SHANGHAI GREENCOURT GROUP US, THE US SUBSIDIARY OF GREENCOURT GROUP, FOCUSES ON REAL ESTATE PRIVATE EQUITY INVESTMENT AND ASSET MANAGEMENT IN D.C., BOSTON, AND NEW YORK MARKETS.

CHAIRWOMAN & BOARD MEMBER

STEPHANY NAIFEN YU

PHILOSOPHER AND INVESTOR

MR. CUI RECEIVED HIS BACHELOR'S AND MASTER'S DEGREE IN PHILOSOPHY FROM FUDAN UNIVERSITY. FROM 1989 TO 1996, HE TAUGHT AT EAST CHINA NORMAL UNIVERSITY, WHERE HE SERVED AS DEPUTY HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY. HE HAS ALSO SERVED AS SECRETARY GENERAL OF SHANGHAI CENTER FOR CHINESE AND WESTERN PHILOSOPHY AND CULTURE. HE RECEIVED HIS DOCTORATE IN PHILOSOPHY FROM FUDAN UNIVERSITY IN 1996. FROM 1996-1998, HE WAS A VISITING SCHOLAR IN THE  EAST ASIA DEPARTMENT AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY, HAVARD-YENCHING INSTITUTE, US INFORMATION AGENCY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC. HE HAS BEEN ENGAGED IN REAL ESTATE AND E-COMMERCE BUSINESS SINCE 2000.

VICE CHAIR

WEIHONG CUI

EXPERIENCED MEDIA PROFESSIONAL

 

MR. TANG HAS MORE THAN 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN MEDIA. HE HAS BEEN A REPORTER, CHIEF EDITOR AND PRODUCER OF SHANGHAI MEDIA GROUP (SMG). HE IS CURRENTLY CEO OF YUAN MEDIA GROUP, AND VICE PRESIDENT OF AMERICAN-CHINESE CEO SOCIETY, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA BRANCH.

VICE CHAIR

TING TANG

VICE PRESIDENT AND SENIOR COUNSEL OF SHANGHAI GREENCOURT GROUP US

MS. WANG JOINED GREENCOURT CAPITAL AS VICE PRESIDENT AND SENIOR COUNSEL. BEFORE THIS POSITION, MS. WANG SERVED AS SENIOR TAX ATTORNEY OF LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION, SHE ACCOMPLISHED VARIOUS PROJECTS INCLUDING: FORMATION AND OPERATION OF UNITED LAUNCH ALLIANCE, A JV BETWEEN LMC AND BOEING, ETC. MS. WANG ALSO WORKED AT THELEN REID & PRIEST LLP WHERE SHE CONDUCTED RESEARCH AND DRAFTED MEMORANDA INVOLVING VARIOUS CORPORATION FEDERAL AND INTERNATIONAL TAX ISSUES.

CHIEF DIRECTOR

NINA WANG

ENTREPRENEUR

SARAH HAS 17 YEAR’S EXPERIENCE IN INTERNATIONAL TRADING, MERCHANDISE LICENSE, MANUFACTURING, WHOLESALE, RETAIL, AND E-COMMERCE. SHE IS CO-FOUNDER AND CEO OF AY ENTERTAINMENT GROUP INC., CO-FOUNDER OF FMX NEW MEDIA INC., CO-FOUNDER OF THE FUTURE VR/AR LABORATORY, FIRST CEO AND CO-FOUNDER OF GLOBAL 3D MEDIA CO. SHE IS ALSO A WINNER OF THE “NEW PRODUCT AWARD” GRANTED BY THE INTERNATIONAL ADVANCED IMAGING SOCIETY. SARAH SERVED AS A BOARD MEMBER OF SEVERAL INTERNATIONAL GROUPS AND SHE IS A LONG-TERM MEMBER OF EO, ENTREPRENEUR ORGANIZATION.

 BOARD MEMBER

(NEW YORK DIRECTOR)

SARAH XU

ENTREPRENEUR

DR. ERIC LIN IS CO-FOUNDER AND COO OF TVMINING MEDIA & TECHNOLOGY CO.,LTD. HE ALSO OVERSEES TVMINING’S INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS HEADQUARTERED - SUNTV, AN INNOVATIVE INTERNET TV SERVICE FOR OVERSEA CHINESE COMMUNITY. ERIC LIN IS AN IT VETERAN WHO HAS WORKED FOR A NUMBER OF FORTUNE 500 GLOBAL COMPANIES SUCH AS MICROSOFT, SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS, MOTOROLA, KPMG AND NEC. DR. LIN GOT HIS EXECUTIVE DOCTORATE WITH HIGHEST HONOR FROM TSINGHUA - UNIVERSITY OF PARIS EDBA PROGRAM,  ERIC LIN SERVES AS ADVISOR FOR STATE SOFTWARE PARKS, FOUNDING MEMBER OF ALUMNI FUNDING COMMITTEE OF NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT SCHOOL OF PEKING UNIVERSITY. HE IS ALSO A MEMBER OF YABULI CHINESE ENTREPRENEUR FORUM.

BOARD MEMBER

Dr. ERIC LIN

BANKER

HAIWEN CURRENTLY WORKS AT CATHAY BANK IN MARYLAND ROCKVILLE BRANCH AS A VICE PRESIDENT AND BRANCH MANAGER. HAIWEN STARTED HER BANKING CAREER FIRST AT PROVIDENT BANK, THEN CHEVY CHASE BANK, AND FINALLY CAPITAL BANK SINCE 2003. HAIWEN HAS ALSO BEEN HEAVILY INVOLVED IN ASIAN COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS. CURRENTLY, HAIWEN IS SERVING ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR THE MONTE JADE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY DC CHAPTER, SHE IS AN MEMBER OF INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION, ENTREPRENEUR COMMITTEE ALSO AN ADVOCATE FOR ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN ADVISORY GROUP FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD AND A COMMITTEE MEMBER OF BALTIMORE GLOBAL FEDERATION OF CHINESE BUSINESS WOMEN ASSOCIATION.

ADVISOR

HAIWEN LEE MACKLEER

PRESIDENT OF

CODEX BIOSOLUTIONS, INC.

 

MR. LU HAS BEEN ENGAED IN BIOTECHNOLOGY AND BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT FOR NEARLY 30 YEARS. HE GRADUATED FROM FUDAN UNIVERSITY IN 1988. HE RECEIVED HIS DOCTOR'S DEGREE FROM GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY IN 1997. FROM 1997 TO 2000, HE DID POSTDOCTORAL WORK AT NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH. HE WAS THE SENIOR SCIENTIST AT BD BIOSCIENCES FROM 2000 TO 2007. IN 2009, HE FOUNDED CODEX BIOSOLUTIONS, INC AND HAS SINCE SERVED AS PRESIDENT OF THE COMPANY.

2018 BOARD MEMBER

Dr. JIAMING LU

EDUCATION ENTREPRENEUR

MS. JIANG JOINED JP MORGAN PRIVATE BANK IN 1994, WHERE SHE ESTABLISHED MORGAN ADVICE LAB'S MORGAN ASSET PROJECTION SYSTEM (MAPS) AND ADVISED ULTRA-HIGH-NET-WORTH CLIENTS ON PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT. IN 2003, SHE JOINED PALOMA PARTNERS' INTERNAL FUND AS MANAGING DIRECTOR. SHE LATER BECAME A PARTNER AT GLOBAL ENDOWMENT MANAGEMENT LP IN CHARLOTTE, NC. IN 2006, SHE CO-FOUNDED FUDAN FUZHONG OVERSEAS FOUNDATION, A 501 (C) (3) REGISTERED NGO DEDICATED TO SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF CHINESE STUDENTS' EDUCATION. SHE SERVED AS PRESIDENT FROM 2006 UNTIL 2014. SHE IS CURRENTLY A BOARD MEMBER AND TREASURER OF THE AESTHETIC EDUCATION AND SOCIAL IMAGINATION CENTER OF THE MAXINE GREENE INSTITUTE. 

2018 BOARD MEMBER

FANGHUA JIANG

FOUNDER OF

CAPSTAR COMMERCIAL REALTY

 

JOHN P. LIN IS FOUNDER OF CAPSTAR COMMERCIAL REALTY. JOHN HAS BEEN IN THE COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY SINCE 1983. GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND COLLEGE PARK AND EARNED HIS MASTER'S DEGREE FROM JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY. JOHN HAS BEEN NAMED A MARYLAND TOP 100 MINORITY BUSINESS ENTREPRENEURS THREE TIMES, MOST RECENTLY IN 2017. HE HAS BEEN A VISITING PROFESSOR AT UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND REAL ESTATE PROGRAM AND CHAIRMAN OF THE ASIAN REAL ESTATE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, DC CHAPTER. 

2018 BOARD MEMBER

JOHN LIN

FOUNDER AND CEO OF

CAPITAL VAN POOL LLC

DR. ZHANG IS THE FOUNDER AND CEO OF CAPITAL VAN POOL LLC AND THE FOUNDER OF GLOBAL TOUR LLC. HE EARNED HIS PHD IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH. HE IS AN IT AND CYBER SECURITY PROFESSIONAL, AND A CISCO CERTIFIED INTERNETWORK EXPERT.

2018 BOARD MEMBER

Dr. GEORGE ZHANG

Our Sponsors

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Viinet Inc
The Chinese Finance Association
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Yuan Media
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Sino-American Pharmaceutical Professional Association(SAPA)
Washington DC/Baltimore Chapter
Chinese American Civil Engineers Society
FMX New Media Inc.
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Cathay Bank