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.
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 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.
Terry Hsiao is an entrepreneur, advisor and investor with extensive experience in telecom, software, cloud and fintech. Currently an Adjunct Professor teaching Entrepreneurship at Marymount University, Terry had previously founded multiple technology companies that were acquired by Sybase, Verifone, and Kaleyra where he helped its public listing on NYSE in November 2019.
Mr. Hsiao served on the board of Virginia’s Center of Innovation and Technology, a state-funded economic development and investment agency. He is the current President of Monte Jade DC, a 501c3 non-profit organization representing Asian American business leaders and entrepreneurs for the past 25+ years. He also co-founded and serves as Executive Director at DC MIT Alum Angel Group.
Terry received a BSEE Honors degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rutgers University and a Master’s degree in Management of Technology from MIT Sloan School of Management.
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.
Dr. ERIC LIN
Ting Mei Chau has a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from City University of New York’s Baruch College. In addition to her professional work life (Budget Director in FEMA), she has been very active in serving local Montgomery County Asian American communities, by volunteering in various organizations and groups. Currently she is the President of Chinese American Parent Association of Montgomery County (CAPA-MC), the former Chair of Asian Pacific American Student Achievement Action Group (APASAAG), and lifetime member of Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) and Asian American Government Executive Network (AAGEN). She lives in Montgomery County, Maryland, with her husband Chris, her son Marshall, her parents and her in-laws.