Board of Directors

  • Ronald Lee, Co-Chair
  • Lily J Ng, Co-Chair
  • Ronna Chao
  • Patricia Chu
  • Andrew Gardener
  • Matthew Ginsburg
  • Sunita Makhija
  • Phyllis Marwah
  • Julie Parkinson
  • Gretchen Ryan
  • Dr. Gary W Stephens
  • Nancy Chang (Yang)
  • Joseph Wan

Standing Committees

Services Committee

  • Gretchen Ryan, Co-Founder, Adoptive Families of Hong Kong
  • Erica Liu-Wollin
  • Caran Wong
  • Christine Ma-Lau
  • Joseph Wan, Senior Advisor, Cinven Limited

Adoption Committee

  • Gretchen Ryan, Co-Founder, Adoptive Families of Hong Kong
  • Erica Liu Wollin
  • Caran Wong
  • Christine Ma-Lau
  • Joseph Wan, Senior Advisor, Cinven Limited

Finance Committee

  • Deepak Rao, Founder & CEO, Heritage Investment Company Limited
  • Matthew Ginsburg, Former Managing Director & Head of Investment Banking, Asia Pacific, Barclays Capital
  • Paul Kennedy, Senior Advisor, Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Ltd.

Fundraising Committee

  • Phyllis Marwah, Co-founder, Mother’s Choice
  • Mark Patterson, CEO, GroupM Asia Pacific
  • Joseph Wan, Senior Advisor, Cinven Limited
  • Tim Wannenmacher, Managing Director, Head of Prime Services Asia Pacific, UBS
  • Nancy Chang (Yang), Co-founder & Former Executive Director, Asian Charity Services

Investment Committee

  • Jason Brown, Former Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
  • Matthew Ginsburg, Former Managing Director & Head of Investment Banking, Asia Pacific, Barclays Capital
  • Hung Kit Lui (Kit), Executive Director, Morgan Stanley
  • Niklas Rowold, Senior Managing Director, CVC Capital Partners
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    Ronald Lee, Co-Chair

    Head of Private Wealth Management, Asia Pacific, Goldman Sachs

    Ron is the head of private wealth management in Asia Pacific at Goldman Sachs. He is co-chair and member of multiple management and market operating committees, and has extensive experience in Investment Banking and Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities. He was named managing director in 2003 and partner in 2006. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs in 1998, Ron earned a BA in History and Literature from Harvard College in 1990, and worked in the Corporate Finance and Capital Markets Departments at J.P. Morgan in New York, Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong.

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    Lily J Ng, Co-Chair

    Lily J. Ng is a seasoned business executive, and as a former CFO, she specialized in companies in transition and has specific experience in restructures, mergers and divestitures, acquisition integration and IPOs.  In her current role as a management consultant, Lily collaborates with executive teams from companies that range from start-ups to large multinationals, to deliver operating solutions within a strategic framework. Lily holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis and an MBA from Pepperdine University, both in the United States. As well as sitting on the board of Mother’s Choice, she also sits on the board of Red Skies Ltd and International Care Ministries.

    Lily joined Mother’s Choice as a Board Director in 2007 and she is the mother of two children adopted from China.

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    Ronna Chao

    Ms. Ronna Chao is Chief Executive Officer of Novel Investment Partners Limited, Chairman of Novetex Textiles Limited, and a Director of Novelpark Investments Limited. Her responsibilities in these various capacities cover investment and portfolio management, property redevelopment, and textile manufacturing. She is also the CEO of Bai Xian Asia Institute, a foundation committed to the development of Asia’s future leaders through education. Ronna has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Brown University, and earned her M.B.A. from Stanford University. She also spent a year as an undergraduate at Keio University.

    Prior to joining the Novel Group, she worked as a Mergers & Acquisitions financial analyst at Goldman Sachs in New York, and as an associate in the Licensing Department of the lifestyle and apparel company Tommy Hilfiger Corporation. Ronna has been a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Zhejiang Provincial Committee since 2013. She also serves as Supervisor and Board Trustee at the International Christian School of Hong Kong. In addition, Ronna was a Court Member of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology from 2010 to 2016.

    Ronna is a long time supporter of Mother’s Choice and is the proud mother of Nicholas (20), Ariana (17) and Allie (13).

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    Patricia Chu

    Chairperson, Consortium of Institutes on Family in the Asian Region

    Previously the Deputy Director of the Social Welfare Department, Patricia is the Chairperson of the Consortium of Institutes on Family in the Asian Region (CIFA). She is also Chairman of the Executive Committee of Hong Kong Anti-Cancer Society and Academy of Family Therapy, and non-official member of Family Council, HKSAR Government. Along with her experience as Associate Director of the HKU Family Institute (2003-2013), Chairperson of the Social Workers Registration Board (1997-2002) and Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission (2003), Patricia has a wealth of experience and expertise in the family services and policy development. She was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star by the HKSAR Government in 2000 for her contribution to the social welfare field.

    Patricia joined Mother’s Choice as a Board Director in 2011, and has since been an insightful advisor in building relationships with government officials and related NGOs.

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    Andrew Gardener

    Senior Pastor, The Vine Church

    Andrew leads the executive management team at The Vine Church, managing the strategic direction of the church and implementation of activities and services offered to the local community. Andrew began his career in recruitment, working as Head of Human Resources for Morgan Stanley fixed income division. Passionate about social justice issues, Andrew is the co-founder and director of The Justice Conference Asia, oversees governance of The Vine Community Services Limited, and sits on the international supervisory board of International China Concern.

    Andrew’s family has been shaped and built by Mother’s Choice. His parents adopted his younger brother James from Mother’s Choice in 1999, and he met his wife while they were both volunteers at our Child Care Home. Years later, they adopted their daughter from Mother’s Choice in 2012. Andrew joined the Board of Directors in 2016.

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    Matthew Ginsburg

    Former Managing Director and Head of Asia Pacific Investment Bank, Barclays Asia

    Matthew was Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking, Asia Pacific, Barclays Capital. He was responsible for managing of the firm’s Investment Banking activities across the region. Prior to joining Barclays Capital in September 2009, Matthew was Head of Investment Banking, Asia Pacific at Morgan Stanley. He joined Morgan Stanley in 1996 in Asia and held various positions at the firm including: Head of Asia FIG, Investment Banking COO, and Head of M&A Asia. Before he joined Morgan Stanley, Matthew was with First Boston in New York, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. He has moved to and lived in Hong Kong since 1992.

    Matthew has been a Board Director of Mother’s Choice since 2007 and was Co-Chair of the Board of Directors between 2008 and 2012. He is presently a member of both the Finance Committee and Investment Committee of Mother’s Choice.

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    Sunita Makhija

    Director, Platinum Heart

    Mrs. Sunita Makhija is the Director of Platinum Heart, an exclusive jewellery boutique she co-founded with her eldest son 7 years ago. Apart from her experience in the jewellery industry, she has also started other businesses including a restaurant. She is also actively involved in charities serving women and children in India, now building a safe home for girls rescued from trafficking with her father and brothers. She works closely with Savera in Delhi with the programmes for girls and families in the slums. Sunita was born and raised in India, graduated from Delhi University, and moved to Hong Kong in 1981.

    Sunita has been a Board Director of Mother’s Choice since 1998. Second to co-founder Gary Stephens, she has served the longest term on the Board of Mother’s Choice, and is devoted to helping vulnerable babies and girls in Hong Kong.

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    Phyllis Marwah

    Co-founder, Mother's Choice

    Phyllis grew up in Taos, New Mexico, and studied education at Grace College, the University of Hawaii and the University of Washington. She has lived in Hong Kong since 1974, and is a mother to seven children and grandmother to 5 grandchildren. Phyllis’ children live in Hong Kong, London, New York and Los Angeles, and have been inspired by her work with women and children in Asia. Phyllis was the winner of the 2012 Women of Influence Award by the American Chambers of Commerce in Hong Kong.

    Co-founder of Mother’s Choice, Phyllis has helped to grow Mother's Choice from a small group of concerned friends to an organisation that has impacted thousands in Hong Kong and inspired sister organisations in India, China and Cambodia. She has been a Board Director of Mother’s Choice since 2000.

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    Julie Parkinson

    Director, Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership

    Julie lived in Hong Kong from 1985 to 2002, during which she built a strategic events company in Hong Kong and worked with key clients around the region. She then moved to Sydney with her husband in 2002, and is now Director and Head of Asia for the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership. She is also a mother of two sons, Jake and Joshua.

    Julie has been involved with Mother’s Choice since its inception and has been a Board Director since 1999. She also supported the growth and development of Radiant Hope, formerly known as Mother’s Love; and Mother’s Heart in Cambodia. She remains passionate about making a difference in the lives of women and children.

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    Gretchen Ryan

    Co-founder, Adoptive Families of Hong Kong

    Born and raised in Taiwan, Gretchen earned a degree in Social Work from Azusa Pacific University. Gretchen was one of the first Social Workers at Mother’s Choice. Working closely with the founders, she helped establish core services and served as Managing Director for five years following Co-Founder, Gary Stephens. She has been a Board Director since 2003 and is also a member of the Adoption and Services Committees of Mother’s Choice.

    She is a founding member of Adoptive Families of Hong Kong, a non-profit, all volunteer run, charitable organisation supporting adopting parents, adopted children and others whose lives have been touched by adoption. She also sits on the Boards of Morrison Academy, Home of Loving Faithfulness and Shepherds College.

    Gretchen is married to Jeff and they have five children and two grandchildren.

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    Dr. Gary W Stephens

    Co-founder, Mother's Choice

    Gary co-founded Mother’s Choice with his wife Helen and his friends Ranjan and Phyllis Marwah in 1987. He is also a father of five, one of whom is his adopted son, Jacob. Jacob was born blind and had lived in several institutions before coming to Mother’s Choice, where Gary and his wife adopted him. Gary was actively involved in Mother’s Choice as Managing Director until he moved to the United States with his family in 2002. He still occasionally flies back to speak at conferences and he continues to be a Board Director of Mother’s Choice until today.

    In addition to his work with Mother’s Choice, he has also done significant work providing relief and aid to Vietnamese refugees in Hong Kong, authored a book in 2013 titled “Waiting for a Father” about his adoption journey.

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    Nancy Chang (Yang)

    Co-founder and Former Executive Director, Asian Charity Services

    Nancy held senior positions in leading companies and played key roles in driving their successes. She was the co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer for 7 years with a mobile gaming company in Beijing, developing and distributing games for major Japanese and US gaming companies. The company was later sold to a U.S. entertainment giant concern in 2007. Before that, she spent 6 years at A.T. Kearney, working as a management consultant specializing in business and organizational strategy for multinationals operating in Asia Pacific. She holds an MBA in Marketing from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and a BS degree in Finance from Wharton, University of Pennsylvania.

    Nancy has been a Board Director of Mother’s Choice since 2007. She also served as the Co-Chair for four years between 2008 and 2012.

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    Joseph Wan

    Joseph Wan is currently a Senior Advisor with Cinven HK. He joined Cinven in 2008 as a Partner with the Portfolio team and the Head of the Hong Kong office. In addition, Joseph is part of the Investor Relations team looking after investors in Asia Pacific.

    Prior to Cinven, Joseph was Partner and Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group in Hong Kong, where he was Head of Office. His primary sector focus was in consumer goods, retail and telecoms in Greater China/Asia. In addition, he has served many clients in banking, industrial goods and healthcare. He started his career as an electrical engineer in Silicon Valley.

    Joseph is Vice Chairman of Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association and a member of the Endowment and Administration Sub-committee of the Diocesan Boys’ School Foundation Limited. He has a BSc in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

    On the personal side, Joseph is married to Lily for over 20 years and they have two children.