At present, Women’s Fund Asia is governed by a Regional Board, 90 per cent of which are women. The Board currently consists of eight members representing diverse fields including the corporate and development sector, film making, and human rights and women’s rights activism. As we transition into Women’s Fund Asia, we are working towards ensuring a wider regional representation.
Priya Paul, Chairperson, Founding Director, India
Priya Paul is the Chairperson of Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels. She is a recipient of the India Today Woman in Business Award for 2009 – 2010 and the Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Association of India (FHRAI) Hall of Fame Award for 2010. In 2012, she was awarded the Padma Shri for her services in Trade and Industry by the President of India, and two years later, in 2014, she was conferred the prestigious Insignia of the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite by the President of France.
Suneeta Dhar, Member, Founding Director, India
Suneeta Dhar is a feminist activist, trainer and facilitator of change processes. She is active in the women’s movement and has supported several grassroots and leadership development initiatives on women’s rights, building bridges and alliances across diverse sectors.
Shaheen Anam, Member, Bangladesh
Shaheen Anam is the Executive Director of Manusher Jonno Foundation, a grant-making organisation. Shaheen has extensive experience in the field of development with a specific focus on gender and human rights.
Sonaali Wijeratne, Member, Sri Lanka
Sonaali is the Director of The Regent Group, an investment company based in Sri Lanka. Previously, she has managed a retail business, which represented a variety of international stationery and toy brands. In addition she founded a Knowledge Process Outsourcing firm, which was subsequently sold to a listed company in Sri Lanka. Sonaali is also a member of many business chambers.
Honey Tan Lay Ean , Member, Malaysia
Honey Tan obtained her LLM from the University of Warwick, and is a member the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple. She practices in the area of high conflict matrimonial law. Honey also engages in public interest litigation, mainly in the areas of equality and non-discrimination. She is recognised as an expert on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Honey regularly conducts workshops for judges, lawyers, and human rights defenders for UN Women on law, equality, and non-discrimination.
Sivalee Anantachart (SoMA SoM), Member, Thailand
Sivalee Anantachart (SoMA SoM) is a Social Influencer and a Community Builder. She's the Director of S.P.S. Gems & Jewelry Co.Ltd and the Founder of Blockchain Mango and SoMA SociaL.
She's also an advocate for Diversity and Women in Tech. With a background in broadcasting and business management, SoMA has worked with news stations and media companies both in the USA and Thailand. She's the Women will Lead for Thailand and also the Community Manager for GBG ( Google Business Group) Bangkok. She's the Women Will Ambassador for Thailand and the Community Manager for GBG (Google Business Group) Bangkok. She also curates several online communities and contribute her time for social projects continually.
Linda To, Member, Hong Kong
Linda is the Founding member, former Executive Director and current Advisor of HER Fund, a unique women’s fund in Hong Kong mobilizing resources, building capacities and giving grants to promote women’s human rights, especially for the marginalized and grassroots sector. She has over 30 years of work experience in advancing rights for women and girls with diverse background; and has a wide range of network contact with women’s rights organizations and human rights’ ngos/ingos in East Asian region and in Mainland China. She has the expertise on organizational management and development, resource mobilization especially on local fundraising and communication, and collaborative work with private /corporate sector.
Kunthea Chan, Member, Cambodia
Kunthea Chan is Regional Program Coordinator at Just Associates (JASS), coordinating and supporting JASS Southeast Asia partners to build the movement for advancing women’s rights and democratic change. Previously, she worked as Programme Co-ordinator in The Committee to Promote Women in Politics (CPWP); and as a trainer in SILAKA to provide training on advocacy skill, gender, and non-violence action to the local NGOs in Cambodia and developing training manual as needed.