Councillor

 

Maura, a 1983 Maryknoll graduate, is a private equity investor in the environmental sector. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International and Public Affairs (High Honors) from Princeton University and her Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School as a Baker Scholar. She was a founding member of the Principal Investment Area of Goldman Sachs Asia in the early 1980s and has over two decades of experience in direct investments in China. In the late 1990s, she was a Founding Partner of Chase Capital Partners Asia/JP Morgan Partners Asia, a pan-Asian buyout fund, with responsibility over its Greater China business. She is currently a senior member of the investment team in Olympus Capital's Asian Environmental Partners, a regional private equity fund that invests in clean energy and environmental sectors.

In addition to finding solutions to global warming, Maura has keen interests in social enterprises and venture philanthropy. She supported the creation of a non-profit organization called Ventures in Development which promotes social entrepreneurism as a way to alleviate poverty in China and served as its Chairperson until the end of 2009. She also served as Trustee at the founding of Asian Venture Philanthropy Network, a non-profit organization that promotes venture philanthropy in Asia.

She is married and has two children in Hong Kong.

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What is your first memory of the school, (and if relevant, how did that influence you)?

I remember the day I interviewed for MCS Kindergarten. Parents and children were seated at one end of the Primary School Hall and the School Principal was seated at the other end. My name was called. I stood up and walked across the School Hall to face my examiner. With every step I took, I felt the world was glaring at me. That walk across the School Hall was the longest one in my life. It called forth courage and confidence that I was not sure I had at the age of five. I felt it was the beginning of something important...and exciting...

As a Councillor, what ambition or aspirations do you have?

It is my wish that Maryknoll Convent School will forever be the school of which we are deeply proud not only for her past, but also for her future.

What kind of skills, knowledge, or contribution do you bring to the school as a Councillor?

I hope the various skills and experience I have accumulated over the years as a private equity and impact investor can be useful for the Council - strategic thinking, corporate governance, finance etc. More importantly perhaps, it is the Council's job to work with various constituencies within and outside the school and align everyone towards a common goal. The Council also needs to be clear-headed about what that common goal is, how to translate it into near term actionable objectives and have a sensible way to measure performance. These are all things I deal with in both the financial as well as philanthropic world

 

MW 2012