Introducing Asia's Most Influential: The Impact List
- Danny YeungDanny Yeung
- Adrian ChengAdrian Cheng
- Jill RobinsonJill Robinson
- Alia EyresAlia Eyres
- David YeungDavid Yeung
- John WoodJohn Wood
- Jessica TamJessica Tam
- David BegbieDavid Begbie
- Ricky YuRicky Yu
- Christina DeanChristina Dean
- Dipa SwaminathanDipa Swaminathan
- Lee Swee Lin, Kim Lin and Suzanne LingLee Swee Lin, Kim Lin and Suzanne Ling
- Wang CanfaWang Canfa
- Myla VillanuevaMyla Villanueva
- Isabel and Melati WijsenIsabel and Melati Wijsen
- Shiori ItoShiori Ito
- Ko Swe WinKo Swe Win
- Mechai ViravaidyaMechai Viravaidya
- Peter TsaiPeter Tsai
- Suwanna GauntlettSuwanna Gauntlett
- Melita HunterMelita Hunter
- Chang SunChang Sun
- Charles Chen YidanCharles Chen Yidan
- Guo JianmeiGuo Jianmei
- Han HongHan Hong
- Hao JingfangHao Jingfang
- Hu ShuliHu Shuli
- Li ZhizhongLi Zhizhong
- Jack Ma and Pony MaJack Ma and Pony Ma
- May MeiMay Mei
- Cao PengCao Peng
- Qin YuefeiQin Yuefei
- Chung ToChung To
- Wang JiuliangWang Jiuliang
- Wu Yuangang and Wu YanxiWu Yuangang and Wu Yanxi
- Yao LiYao Li
- Yao MingYao Ming
- Eric YuanEric Yuan
- Zhong NanshanZhong Nanshan
- Aparna HegdeAparna Hegde
- Azim H PremjiAzim H Premji
- Urvashi SahniUrvashi Sahni
- Ratan TataRatan Tata
- Raffi Ahmad and Nagita SlavinaRaffi Ahmad and Nagita Slavina
- Veronica ColondamVeronica Colondam
- Rili DjohaniRili Djohani
- Hendrika Mayora Victoria KelanHendrika Mayora Victoria Kelan
- Nadiem MakarimNadiem Makarim
- Butet ManurungButet Manurung
- Tommy TjiptadjajaTommy Tjiptadjaja
- Yenny WahidYenny Wahid
- Tomy WinataTomy Winata
- Nanako KudoNanako Kudo
- Syed Mokhtar AlbukharySyed Mokhtar Albukhary
- Nisha AyubNisha Ayub
- Syed AzmiSyed Azmi
- Jeffrey CheahJeffrey Cheah
- Munirah HamidMunirah Hamid
- Lee Kim YewLee Kim Yew
- John-Son OeiJohn-Son Oei
- Samsui SaidSamsui Said
- Francis YeohFrancis Yeoh
- Nirvana ChaudharyNirvana Chaudhary
- Kalsoom LakhaniKalsoom Lakhani
- Ramon AngRamon Ang
- Cherrie AtilanoCherrie Atilano
- Clarissa DelgadoClarissa Delgado
- Illac DiazIllac Diaz
- Angel LocsinAngel Locsin
- Anna OposaAnna Oposa
- Enrique K Razon JrEnrique K Razon Jr
- Hans SyHans Sy
- Dee-Anne Hora-Zobel and Mercedes ZobelDee-Anne Hora-Zobel and Mercedes Zobel
- Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and Fernando Zobel de AyalaJaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and Fernando Zobel de Ayala
- Christine Amour-LevarChristine Amour-Levar
- Goh Wei LeongGoh Wei Leong
- Hsieh Fu HuaHsieh Fu Hua
- Koh Choon HuiKoh Choon Hui
- Melissa KweeMelissa Kwee
- Nizar Mohamed ShariffNizar Mohamed Shariff
- Jack SimJack Sim
- Kim TanKim Tan
- Danny YongDanny Yong
- Kyung-sun ChungKyung-sun Chung
- Hyun-joo JeHyun-joo Je
- Jung Eun-kyeongJung Eun-kyeong
- Suh Kyung-baeSuh Kyung-bae
- Sophie ChangSophie Chang
- Chi Chia-weiChi Chia-wei
- Tina LaiTina Lai
- Lee Yung-fengLee Yung-feng
- Sunny Yi-han LinSunny Yi-han Lin
- An-ting LiuAn-ting Liu
- Horace LukeHorace Luke
- Tzu-hsien TungTzu-hsien Tung
- Benson Ping-Cheng YehBenson Ping-Cheng Yeh
- Nalutporn KrairikshNalutporn Krairiksh
- Angkhana NeelapaijitAngkhana Neelapaijit
- Nguyen Thi Phuong ThaoNguyen Thi Phuong Thao
- Pham Nhat VuongPham Nhat Vuong
- Ronnie ChanRonnie Chan
- Linda Agum GumelarLinda Agum Gumelar
- Koh Seow ChuanKoh Seow Chuan
- Robert KuokRobert Kuok
- Li Ka-shingLi Ka-shing
- Laurence LienLaurence Lien
- Victor LoVictor Lo
- Anita Ratnasari TanjungAnita Ratnasari Tanjung
- Joseph and Clara TsaiJoseph and Clara Tsai
Tatler introduces an ambitious new directory of the most influential individuals who are defining the future of Asia: The Impact List
While forthcoming features in 2021 will focus on style, culture and taste, we begin with a subject that is at the heart of our brand—philanthropy. Here are the most impactful philanthropists from around Asia who are making a positive change this year.
Location: Hong Kong
Cheng, executive vice chairman and CEO of New World Development and founder of the K11 group of cultural-retail complexes, produces and donates hundreds of thousands of high-quality and affordable masks as part of his Covid-19 response. He is also spearheading the transformation of the State Theatre, a historic former cinema, into a cultural hub.
Profession: Founder and Director of Animals Asia
Location: Hong Kong
Robinson, founder and CEO of Animals Asia, fights the practice of bear bile farming and improves the welfare of animals throughout Asia.
Profession: Founder of Green Monday and Green Common
Location: Hong Kong
Profession: Founder of It's Raining Raincoats
Swaminathan, founder of It’s Raining Raincoats, helps migrant workers with legal claims, care packs and by strengthening their integration into the community.
Lee Swee Lin, Kim Lin and Suzanne Ling
Profession: Environmental lawyer and director of the Centre for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims
Wang, a professor who founded the Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims, holds corporations accountable for environmental damage.
Profession: Chairwoman of MDI Group
Villanueva, chairwoman of MDI Group, leads the Philippine Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting, which fights for fair and transparent elections.
Isabel and Melati Wijsen
Profession: Founders of Bye Bye Plastic Bags
Isabel and Melati Wijsen, founders of Bye Bye Plastic Bags, lead the fight against plastic bag use in Indonesia. They successfully lobbied their local government in Bali to ban single-use plastics, and subsequently founded Youthtopia, a platform connecting young changemakers around the world.
Profession: Freelance journalist and filmmaker
Ito, a journalist and filmmaker, won a landmark civil case accusing a prominent reporter, who had close ties to former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, of rape, making her the face of the #MeToo movement in Japan.
Ko Swe Win
Profession: Founder of The Population and Community Development Association (PDA)
Viravaidya, founder of Population and Community Development Association, is known as “Mr Condom” for his promotion of family planning programmes and advocacy for safe-sex measures.
Profession: Inventor and retired professor at the University of Tennessee
Tsai, the inventor of filtering technology used in N95 masks, came out of retirement to help speed production of reusable masks for healthcare workers.
Profession: Founder of Black Soil Group
Chang, founder of Black Soil Group, promotes a modern agriculture business with improved productivity by consolidating land and scaling up operations.
Charles Chen Yidan
Profession: Co-founder of Tencent
Chen, one of the co-founders of Tencent, whose Yidan Prize Foundation established the world’s largest education prize, provides educational innovators and pioneers with recognition and support.
Profession: Lawyer, author and human rights activist
Guo, a lawyer, author and human rights activist, provides thousands of disadvantaged women in China with free legal aid and counselling. She was also awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 2019 for her pioneering work on women’s rights.
Profession: Singer and founder of Han Hong Love Charity Foundation
Han, a singer and founder of the Han Hong Love Charity Foundation, focuses on relief work across China. During the pandemic, the foundation launched a fundraising initiative to donate and distribute medical resources to workers fighting the coronavirus.
Profession: Award-winning science fiction writer and founder of the Tonxing Academy
Hao, an award-winning science fiction writer and founder of the Tonxing Academy, aims to provide education to children in poverty.
Profession: Founder and publisher of Caixin Media Group
Hu, founder and publisher of Caixin Media Group and its Caijing business magazine, upholds journalistic integrity by publishing groundbreaking reports on corporate fraud and government corruption, including illegal trading practices on the Shanghai Stock Exchange and the extent of the Chinese government’s cover-up of the 2003 Sars epidemic.
Profession: Science writer and co-founder of Curekids
Li, a science writer, uses the pen name Pineapple to create accessible materials that help demystify the topic of cancer. He is also co-founder of Curekids, a charity that provides parents with reliable information about children’s cancer treatment.
Jack Ma and Pony Ma
Profession: Founder of Alibaba Group (Jack Ma), founder, chairman and CEO of Tencent (Pony Ma)
Jack Ma, founder of the Alibaba Group, and Pony Ma, founder, chairman and CEO of Tencent, are central figures in the Paradise Foundation, a charity that focuses on the conservation of the natural environment.
Profession: Conductor and founder of Shanghai Angels Salon
Peng, a conductor who founded the Shanghai Angels Salon, provides free musical education to autistic children.
Profession: Founder of Serve for China
Qin, founder of Serve for China, alleviates poverty by sending top university graduates to work in remote villages, promoting development and social entrepreneurship.
Wang, director of Beijing Besieged by Waste (2011) and Plastic China (2016), documents unsustainable waste practices in China. His films prompted the Beijing municipal government to invest 10 billion yuan to regulate the waste disposal industry.
Wu Yuangang and Wu Yanxi
Profession: Chairman of Hangking Group (Wu Yuangang), Chairman of Green City Group (Wu Yanxi)
Property tycoon brothers Wu Yuangang, chairman of Hanking Group, and Wu Yanxi, chairman of Green City Group, gave US$49 million to build new campuses for two high schools in their hometown of Shanwei.
Profession: Founder of BN Vocational School
Yao, founder of BN Vocational School, the first private, tuition-free vocational secondary school in Beijing, provides education for impoverished youth and migrant children.
Profession: Former basketball player and founder of the Yao Ming Foundation
Yao, the basketball player and founder of the Yao Ming Foundation, provides educational opportunities to children in the United States and China.
Profession: Pulmonologist, leads China's National Health Commission expert panel
Zhong, a pulmonologist who was one of the leading medical experts during the 2003 Sars outbreak, now leads China’s National Health Commission expert panel investigating Covid-19. He was also awarded the Medal of the Republic, China’s highest state honour, this year.
Profession: Urogynecologist, founder and managing trustee of Armman
Hegde, a urogynecologist and founder and managing trustee of Armman, leverages technology to expand access to medical treatment for pregnant women, mothers and children.
Azim H Premji
Profession: Founder and chairman of Wipro and the Azmin Premji Foundation
Premji, founder and chairman of Wipro and the Azim Premji Foundation, has donated US$7.6 billion to his education-centred foundations.
Profession: Women's right activist and CEO and founder of Study Hall Educational Foundation
Sahni, a women’s rights activist and CEO and founder of Study Hall Educational Foundation, provides educational programmes to vulnerable groups like girls, disabled children and rural children.
Raffi Ahmad and Nagita Slavina
Ahmad and Slavina, entertainers, raise funds to purchase medical equipment and supply daily-need packages to those who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus.
Profession: Founder and CEO of the Yayasan Cinta Anak Bangsa Foundation
Colondam, founder and CEO of the Yayasan Cinta Anak Bangsa Foundation, improves the welfare of underprivileged youth through education and economic access.
Hendrika Mayora Victoria Kelan
Profession: First openly transgender public officer
Kelan, the first openly transgender public officer in Indonesia, fights for transgender rights by trying to enact more inclusive policies that will empower the community.
Profession: Founder of Go-Jek
Makarim, founder of digital payment platform Go-Jek and Indonesia’s minister of education and culture, gave up his career in start-ups to dedicate himself to public service.
Profession: Co-founder of Sokola Rimba
Manurung, co-founder of Sokola Rimba, an alternative education system designed for indigenous people in Indonesia, teaches modern literacy skills to help them integrate smoothly into society without forgetting their roots.
Profession: Co-founder and CEO of Greenhope
Tjiptadjaja, co-founder and CEO of Greenhope, a green technology company that produces biodegradable plastic, works with local and national governments to reduce plastic consumption.
Profession: Director of The Wahid Institute
Wahid, director of The Wahid Institute, an Islamic research centre founded by her father, the late Indonesian president Abdurrahman Wahid, improves welfare for those in poverty and facilitates understanding between Muslims and other religious people.
Profession: Founder of Artha Graha Peduli Foundation and Tambling Wildlife Nature Conservation
Winata, founder of Artha Graha Peduli Foundation and Tambling Wildlife Nature Conservation, provides humanitarian aid to vulnerable groups in Indonesia and runs a rescue centre that aims to protect the endangered Sumatran tiger.
Profession: Executive director of the Social Impact Investment Foundation
Kudo, executive director of the Social Impact Investment Foundation, supports sustainable development. She also convinced the Japanese government to build a department in the cabinet office to advocate for impact investing.
Syed Mokhtar Albukhary
Profession: Children's rights activist and co-founder of PuakPayong
Syed Azmi, a children’s rights activist and co-founder of PuakPayong, provides a safe space for children, including troubled youths and unwed pregnant women.
Profession: Founder and chairman of Sunway Group and founder of the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation
Cheah, founder and chairman of Sunway Group and founder of the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, awards scholarships to disadvantaged students. In response to the pandemic, Cheah also donated RM$34 million and provided free Covid-19 tests.
Lee Kim Yew
Profession: Founder and chairman of Country Heights Holding
Lee, founder and chairman of Country Heights Holding, provides humanitarian aid through the Bantu-Bantu Malaysia initiative to combat the pandemic.
Profession: Founder and CEO of Epic Collective
Oei, founder and CEO of Epic Collective, promotes collaborative social impact initiatives. Its flagship, Epic Homes, aids Orang Asli families by helping them build homes and obtain higher-value jobs.
Samsul, a photojournalist whose work highlights marginalised communities, raises awareness of prejudice and discrimination.
Profession: Executive chairman of YTL Group and YTL Foundation
Yeoh, executive chairman of YTL Group and YTL Foundation, champions the use of technology in education. This year the group launched Learn From Home to provide free online resources and mobile data to all students in government schools.
Profession: Managing director of Chaudary Group and the Chaudhary Foundation
Chaudhary, managing director of Chaudary Group and the Chaudhary Foundation, strengthens communities and improves livelihoods. The organisation focuses on education, economic empowerment and healthcare.
Profession: Co-founder and chief executive director of Invest2Innovate
Lakhani, co-founder and chief executive director of Invest2Innovate, helps match investors with social entrepreneurs who aim to help low-income communities and alleviate poverty.
Profession: President and chief operating officer of San Miguel Corporation
Ang, president and chief operating officer of San Miguel Corporation, initiated a massive outreach programme during the coronavirus outbreak, donating 13 billion pesos to provide food and medical equipment.
Profession: Founder, CEO and president of Agrea Agricultural Systems International
Atilano, founder, CEO and president of Agrea Agricultural Systems International, aims to end hunger, reduce waste and develop sustainable agriculture by providing educational programmes to Filipino farmers.
Profession: Founder of Liter of Light
Diaz, founder of Liter of Light, helps Filipinos living in poverty create eco-friendly lamps from recycled plastic bottles or materials they have available.
Locsin, an actress who launched a campaign to provide tents to hospitals to address overcrowding caused by Covid-19, has helped raise more than 11 million pesos, funding 225 isolation tents and 21 sanitation tents.
Profession: Founder of Save Philippine Sea
Oposa, founder of Save Philippines Sea, protects marine life and the coastal environment through volunteer efforts and environmental education.
Enrique K Razon Jr
Dee-Anne Hora-Zobel and Mercedes Zobel
Profession: Zobel Foundation
Dee and her stepdaughter Mercedes, through the Enrique Zobel Foundation, enrich the lives of disadvantaged children through reforms in the public education system.
Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and Fernando Zobel de Ayala
Profession: The Ayala Foundation
Brothers Jaime and Fernando are major donors to various charities and also lead The Ayala Foundation, which supports the arts, environmental initiatives and educational programmes.
Goh Wei Leong
Hsieh Fu Hua
Koh Choon Hui
Profession: Chairman of Singapore Children's Society and Singapore's Pools
Koh, chairman of Singapore Children’s Society and Singapore Pools, protects children’s welfare by providing homes, workshops, counselling and educational services.
Profession: CEO of National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre
Kwee, CEO of National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre, facilitates partnerships in Singapore with a vision to build a City of Good.
Nizar Mohamed Shariff
Profession: Founder of Free Food for All
Nizar, founder of Free Food for All, provides halal food to vulnerable groups like the elderly, migrant workers, disabled and impoverished.
Profession: Co-founder of Transformational Business Network
Tan, co-founder of Transformational Business Network, connects entrepreneurs with investors to create impactful businesses.
Yong, chief investment officer and founding partner of Dymon Asia Capital, chairman and co-founder of The Majurity Trust, and founder of Yong Hon Kong Foundation, connects donors and charities. He is also the founding donor of the Sustain the Arts Fund.
Profession: Founder and CEO of Root Impact
Location: South Korea
Chung, founder and CEO of Root Impact, invests in social enterprises and supports entrepreneurs who create solutions for social issues.
Profession: CEO and managing director of Yellowdog
Location: South Korea
Je, CEO and managing director of Yellowdog, a venture capital firm, invests in start-ups that address social problems including discrimination, climate change and education.
Profession: Doctor and the first female commissioner of the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency
Location: South Korea
Jung, a doctor who is the first female commissioner of the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, leads South Korea’s antivirus efforts.
Profession: Chairman and CEO of Amorepacific Group and founder of The Suh Kyung-bae Science Foundation
Location: South Korea
Suh, chairman and CEO of Amorepacific Group and founder of The Suh Kyungbae Science Foundation, annually gives financial support to the research of five biotechnology scientists, such as developing models of the human alveoli that are used to study respiratory viruses.
Profession: Chairwoman of the charity foundation of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing
Chang, an artist who is chairwoman of the charity foundation of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, promotes women’s and children’s rights, education, environmental protection and corporate social responsibility.
Profession: Civil rights activist
Chi, a civil rights activist, championed a successful campaign to legalise same-sex marriage in Taiwan in 2019.
Profession: Lawyer and advocate for women's rights
Lai, a lawyer and advocate for women’s rights, focuses on cases involving domestic or sexual abuse.
Profession: Founder of Paper Windmill Culture Foundation theatre group
Lee, founder of Paper Windmill Culture Foundation theatre group, provides free performances for children in rural communities.
Sunny Yi-han Lin
Benson Ping-Cheng Yeh
Profession: Journalist and founder of ThisAble.me
Krairiksh, a journalist and founder of ThisAble.me, focuses on human news stories about disabled people and their rights in Thailand.
Profession: Human rights activist
Neelapaijit, a human rights activist and the wife of human rights lawyer Somchai Neelapaijit who was dragged from his car and disappeared in 2004, demands accountability by exposing abuses by police and government.
Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao
Profession: CEO of Vietjet Air and founder of Wings of Love
Nguyen, CEO of Vietjet Air and founder of Wings of Love, is Vietnam’s first self-made female billionaire and provides scholarships and clothing to underprivileged children.
Pham Nhat Vuong
Hall of Fame
Profession: Chairman of Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society, chairman emeritus of Asia Society and co-founder of Morningside Foundation
Location: Hong Kong
Chan, a co-chairman of Asia Society, promotes partnerships between people and businesses in Asia and the US. He is also co-founder of the Morningside Foundation which donated US$350 million to Harvard University.
Linda Agum Gumelar
Profession: Founder of Yayasan Kanker Payudara
Gumelar, a breast cancer survivor and founder of Yayasan Kanker Payudara Indonesia, works with the government to offer free mammograms and promote breast cancer counselling services.
Koh Seow Chuan
Profession: Art collector and philatelist
Profession: Founder of Li Ka-shing Foundation
Location: Hong Kong
Li, founder of the Li Ka-shing Foundation, has pledged to donate one-third of his assets to charity and has called on other entrepreneurs in Asia to do the same. His foundation promotes positive and sustainable change through educational reform, medical research and aid.
Profession: Co-founder and CEO of Asia Philanthropy Circle and chairman of the Lien Foundation
Lien, co-founder and CEO of Asia Philanthropy Circle and chairman of the Lien Foundation, encourages entrepreneurs to engage in philanthropy by building a membership platform to support collaborative efforts to tackle social issues and challenges.
Anita Ratnasari Tanjung
Profession: Co-founder of the CT ARSA Foundation
Tanjung, co-founder of the CT ARSA Foundation, offers educational opportunities to children from marginalised communities. Since the 2004 tsunami, the organisation has established 35 high schools across Indonesia that offer students free facilities and living expenses.
Joseph and Clara Tsai
Profession: Co-founder and executive vice-chairman of Alibaba Group (Joseph), founder of The Joe and Clara Tsai Foundation (Joseph and Clara)
Joseph Tsai, co-founder and executive vice-chairman of Alibaba Group, and his wife Clara, together founders of The Joe and Clara Tsai Foundation, have donated US$2.6 million in medical supplies to hospitals in the US, and also pledged US$50 million to social justice and economic equality initiatives for people of colour.
The 2020 Impact List was created by Tatler editors along with a committee of experts on philanthropy, including Ronald Arculli, the former chairman of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, former chairman of Hong Kong Jockey Club and vice-chairman of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority; Ruth Shapiro, co-founder and CEO of the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society; Jean Sung, the head of The Philanthropy Centre, JP Morgan Private Bank; and Kevin Tan, founder and CEO of Tri-Sector Associates.
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