Our Advisors

Shaun Teo

Founder & Trustee, Bridges Initiative

Shaun has been on a journey of learning how to utilise career skill-sets to make a difference in the world. He currently works at a real estate investment firm in London. Previously, he has experiences in buy-side investments, investment banking at HSBC and trading at Deutsche Bank. At age 18, he co-founded a non-profit organisation “Amberbrook” that promotes youth empowerment in Singapore and has mentored several youth initiated community projects through his work as a council member at Singapore National Youth Council's "Young Changemakers" programme. Shaun graduated from Cambridge University with a B.A Hons in  Economics and Management. 


Tanya Chiaranussati

Founder & Trustee, Bridges Initiative

Tanya, a graduate from the University of Cambridge, is dedicated to finding sustainable ways to alleviate poverty. Having gone on numerous trips to developing countries from the age of 11, she came to realise the importance of long term development work. During an internship with Visionfund Cambodia, she witnessed the positive ripple effects of giving villagers microloans to start their businesses. This interest in social entrepreneurs was further enhanced by her internship with DBS Bank in Singapore where her research into the risks of investment in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam helped her better understand the problems that startups in developing countries face. She currently works in Investment Banking at Credit Suisse.


Vincent Triesschijn

Investment Professional

Vincent has been in the investment industry since 2006, working for firms such as UBS, J.P. Morgan and Kempen & Co. He currently works as Sustainability Manager for investments at ABN AMRO and is responsible for sustainable investments, impact investments, ESG integration and corporate engagement. As part of his collaborative work with development bank FMO, he was involved in pioneering one of the first scalable impact investment funds that invests in loans for renewable energy, agri, food and water projects as well as for SMEs in emerging markets. Alongside his professional activities, Vincent is a coach for social start-up enterprises and specialises in scalable initiatives that address sustainability.


Dr Karl Prince

Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

Dr Karl Prince is currently a research associate at Cambridge Judge Business School and has also held research positions at Warwick Business School and Leeds University Business School. His research concentrates on the dynamics of innovation, including the relevance of knowledge translation, management and the role of information and communication technologies. He has extensive experience in the entrepreneurial industry, including roles in innovation management. As a senior technology consultant for Cambridge Consultancy, he contributed to the development and operation of one of the world's most recognised mobile platform solutions for financial services in developing countries.


Dr Meredith A. Crowley

Fellow, St John's College, University of Cambridge

Dr Meredith A. Crowley is a University Lecturer at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St. John’s College. She is also a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR - London). Her research on international trade, multinational trade agreements and trade policy has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals including the American Economic Review, the Canadian Journal of Economics, the European Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of Development Economics, the Journal of International Economics and World Trade Review. Before arriving at Cambridge in 2013, Crowley worked as a Senior Economist in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago where she was responsible for monitoring developments in the world economy.


Dr Lara Allen

Director, Cambridge Centre for Global Equality

Dr Lara Allen has worked extensively in international development and leads the Centre for Global Equality. Between 2014 and 2015 she provided the driving force behind their focus on Empowered Voices. Lara has a PhD from the University of Cambridge and was an Associate Professor and Research Fellow at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. In 2007, she co-founded the Tshulu Trust, which links rural communities in the Venda region of South Africa with universities. The Trust aims to improve livelihoods by sharing knowledge and building the capacity of developing communities. Lara ran this organisation for eight years.


Eric Golden

Managing Director, Fortress Investments Group

Eric Golden is a Managing Director of Fortress Investment Group (Japan) focused on real estate private equity in Japan and Asia. Prior to joining Fortress in 2008, Mr. Golden worked at Credit Suisse / Donaldson, Lufkin, & Jenrette for nine years investing in real estate in the US, Japan, and China.  Eric is also on the board of Room to Read Japan, a charity supporting education in Asia and Africa, and Second Harvest Japan, the first food bank in Japan.  Eric graduated from Brown University in 1999 with a B.A. in Mathematical Economics.


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