Full Time Staff
From 2001 to 2007, Jamie was a member of the Public Shareholders Group, a committee formed by the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission to advise it on shareholder rights and corporate governance matters in Hong Kong.
Vanessa handles all aspects of ACGA's daily office management and administration, as well as managing the logistsics for ACGA member events, conferences, and Council meetings. In 2016 alone, we organised around 30 discrete meetings and calls for members and Council members.
Iris Chen joined ACGA in July 2016. She has wide experience in office administration, data management, hospital support services, merchandising, and teaching in Hong Kong.
Iris is a graduate of Hong Kong Shue Yan University, where she gained a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2009. She undertook a Diploma for Library Assistant at the Chinese University School of Continuing and Professional Studies over 2011-12 and was awarded a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of London (by correspondence) in 2016.
Iris supports ACGA’s administration and events, and acts as a personal assistant to Jamie Allen. She recently took up a new task as information manager for our new website and online library.
Ms. Li Rui ("Nana") joined ACGA in February 2014 as a research analyst. Her primary responsibilities include researching CG developments in Hong Kong and China, covering these markets for our bimonthly Asia Regional Briefing, and assisting with other specialised financial- and accounting-related research for ACGA. Nana is the main author of the China and Hong Kong chapters in CG Watch 2016.
Nana also supports the Association's advocacy and educational work. She has assisted with the organisation of our annual conferences in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Japan over the past three years, our member delegation to Indonesia in 2015, and delegations to Japan and Korea in 2016.
Nana is a native of Hangzhou. She earned an undergraduate Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in finance and accounting from the University of New South Wales, Australia. She then moved to Hong Kong to study at Hong Kong University and completed a Master of Finance in 2013. She has passed all three levels of the CFA exam at her first attempt in 2014.
Regional and Specialist Staff
Melissa has collaborated with ACGA on a number of projects in recent years, including speaking at annual conferences in Beijing (2006), Shenzhen (2011), Seoul (2013) and Kuala Lumpur (2015). She was the co-author of our submission on IPO due diligence to the HK Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) in 2012 and the main author of ACGA's submission to HKEx on its new ESG Reporting Guide in 2015. In 2016, she co-authored ACGA submissions to the Singapore Exchange on its new Sustainability Reporting Guide and to the Hong Kong SFC on its consultation about modernising and upgrading the city's listing regime. Melissa has supported the Association in numerous other ways, carrying out member surveys, supporting our efforts to encourage dialogue between institutional investors and accounting auditors, and taking up speaking opportunities.
Sharmila is a former journalist with a background in business writing and editing. During her career she has worked in Hong Kong, New York and Singapore, covering topics such as information technology, general business and finance. From 2000-2001 she reported for the Computer Times in Singapore.
Sharmila began her journalistic career as a reporter for the Hong Kong Standard in the mid-80s. She holds a BA in English from the University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George.
Before moving to Asia in 2011, Ben was an analyst for The Cooperative Asset Management (now Royal London Asset Management) in the UK. He led the integration of environmental and social analysis into the investment and engagement processes. He was also the lead author of two "Good Companies Guides" published in The Observer. Earlier, Ben was a fund manager at Framlington, where he managed £100m of small-cap UK pension money and significantly outperformed the benchmark. He also co-managed a global technology fund covering IT and healthcare research at Gerrard, now part of Barclays Wealth.
Ben graduated with joint honours in Maths and Philosophy from University College, Oxford.
An American citizen, Neesha Wolf is a permanent resident of Taiwan and has lived there for the past 18 years. During this time she has worked in journalism, education, and management. She is currently a PhD candidate in international business at the National Taiwan University and is doing her doctoral dissertation on the effect of corporate governance structures on business performance.
Neesha covers Taiwan for the Asia Regional Briefing, our monthly newsletter, and contributed background research for the Taiwan chapter in CG Watch 2016.
Accounting and audit
Jason is an accountant with a local CPA firm, Philip Leung & Co. He works for ACGA on two days each month to prepare our accounts.
ACGA's accounts are audited by BDO, Hong Kong.
BDO and its predecessor firms have audited ACGA's accounts since 2000.