The Team

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Chandran Nair

Founder and Chief Executive

Chandran is the founder and CEO of the Global Institute For Tomorrow (GIFT). He is the author of the best-seller -Consumptionomics: Asia's Role in Reshaping Capitalism and Saving the Planet. His photo book project The Other Hundred aims to provide a counterpoint to the mainstream media consensus about some of today's most important issues. Chandran frequently speaks at major global gatherings such as the World Economic Forum in Davos and APEC where his thought leadership is sought for its fresh insights and intellectual honesty. He was the Chairman of Environmental Resources Management (ERM) in the Asia Pacific until 2004 and established it as the leading environmental consultancy. For more than a decade he has championed the cause of sustainable development.

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Eric Stryson

Managing Director

Eric is the Managing Director at GIFT and has facilitated 30 leadership programmes since 2008. Eric leads a dynamic team of staffers in Hong Kong and is responsible for the expansion of the GLP programme into new formats and content areas. He coaches executive participants in the classroom and on the field. Prior to joining GIFT, Eric spent several years managing multi-stakeholder partnerships between global brands and civil society groups across a range of social and environmental issues in the United States and China. He studies the impact of business on society and is a consummate marketer.

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Mei Cheung

Head of Operations

Mei was a founding team member when GIFT was set-up in 2004 and instrumental in overseeing all administrative requirements. Mei rejoined GIFT as Head of Operations and oversees the operational management of the GIFT office and supports business development initiatives. Prior to joining GIFT Mei was a Manager of CSR and Systems Auditing, TUV Rheinland Hong Kong Ltd and Greater China Regional Business Field Manager for TUV Rheinland STAR services. Mei graduated with a BA (Hons) in Business Studies from Westminster University, London and is fluent in English and Cantonese.

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Karim Rushdy

Head of Programmes

Karim joined GIFT in 2010 shortly after participating in one of the company’s leadership programmes and has since managed and co-facilitated over a dozen programmes. As Head of Programmes, he is responsible for expanding the Global Leaders Programme into new project areas and regions. Prior to joining GIFT Karim spent a decade in mainland China as a partner in a successful food and beverage business. He has an MBA from the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in Beijing and is a proficient Mandarin speaker.

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Helena Lim

Programme Manager

Helena is a Programme Manager at GIFT where she develops and manages GIFT’s Global Leaders Programmes throughout Asia. She is also responsible for ensuring a healthy pipeline of field projects and oversees the 800+ GIFT alumni network. Prior to GIFT, Helena worked on public policy issues related to migration and intercultural dialogue in Europe and Southeast Asia. She obtained her BA and MA from the University of East Anglia (UK) in Development and International Relations, and is fluent in English, French and Spanish.


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Rachita Mehrotra

Programme Manager

Rachita is a Programme Manager at GIFT where she develops and manages GIFT’s Global Leaders Programmes. She also provides support on GIFT’s not-for-profit photojournalism project, The Other Hundred. Prior to joining GIFT, she worked at Amnesty International USA conducting research for their annual report and publications. Rachita graduated with majors in International Relations and East Asia Studies from Brandeis University. She is a fluent Hindi speaker.


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Olivia Lai

Programme Manager

Olivia is a Programme Manager at GIFT where she develops and manages GIFT’s leadership programmes. Prior to joining GIFT, she was a management executive at a multinational property developer based in Hong Kong. Olivia graduated with a Bachelors degree in International Relations and Master in Management from The University of British Columbia and holds an MSc in Real Estate from The University of Hong Kong. She is fluent in English and Cantonese.

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Yuxin Hou

Manager, China

Yuxin is a Programme Manager and Manager of China Business at GIFT. Since joining GIFT in 2009 Yuxin has managed a number of open enrolment and customised leadership programmes around Asia for executives from global and regional companies. Yuxin was voted the Top “Make a Difference” (MaD) Role Model in Hong Kong in 2010 and he regularly speaks on social innovation and entrepreneurship at local forums. He holds a Bachelors degree in International Business and Global Management from The University of Hong Kong and is a fluent Mandarin, English and Cantonese speaker.

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Feini Tuang

Senior Researcher

Feini is a Senior Researcher at GIFT. She is involved in research, writing and developing content for executive education and publications. Prior to joining GIFT, Feini was a researcher, web developer and consultant, working for companies and organisations in the fields of social investment, water purification and environmental sustainability. Feini received her BS and MS degrees in Biosystems Engineering from Michigan State University. She is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

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Nicholas Gordon


Nicholas is a researcher at GIFT. He is involved in research, writing and editing both in support of GIFT’s leadership programmes and to help produce content for publication. He graduated with a major in Social Studies from Harvard University and received an MPhil in International Relations from Oxford University, where he studied systems of sub-state sovereignty. He also has experience in research and writing working with think tanks in Hong Kong and Mumbai.

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Caroline Ngai

Administrative Support

Caroline is a Programme Associate at GIFT. She supports daily office operations and also handles progamme-related logistics. She has prior experience in merchandising, secretarial and administration work. Caroline obtained her degree in Business Administration from Jinan University in Guangzhou. She has an interest in environmental and social issues and is a professional cross country runner and a hiker. She is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin and English.

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Pial Khadilla

Head of Programmes for GIFT South East Asia

Pial is Head of Programmes for GIFT South East Asia based in Malaysia, where she is responsible for expanding GIFT's executive education offerings in Malaysia and across the ASEAN region. She is also responsible for business development opportunities and for developing a pipeline of field projects in the region. Prior to joining GIFT Pial worked at the Central Bank of Malaysia as a Senior Executive in the department of Consumer Market Conduct before launching her own coaching practice. Pial holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of Bath, England and is a fluent Malay speaker.