Jean-Marc has been involved in a number of non-profit organizations active in the developing world since 2004. He is the founding director of The Minerva Treehouse, later renamed Children of the Mekong, the UK branch of the French charity "Enfants du Mekong". Jean-Marc is the founder of Green Shoots Foundation, a UK charity setting up development programmes using economic development, education and medical aid in a synergetic way. It operates in 6 countries of greater Asia. He is currently the General Manager of Alterfin, a Brussels-based financial cooperative promoting rural sustainable development in the South. Alterfin funds microfinance institutions and Fair-trade small holder producer organisations in 30 different countries and 20 different commodities. Prior to that, he was an investment banker for 16 years and served as a Portfolio Manager for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and as a Managing Director in the global financial markets division of Rabobank International, responsible for a budget of €100 million and a team of 40 people. Jean-Marc holds a Masters in Business Administration and DESS in International Business from Université Paris IX Dauphine.
Julia Goh is the COO and CFO of Lucy Choi London, a luxury shoe company. This is her third career, moving into the Fashion Accessory business after almost three decades in Financial Services. Julia is a role model for many females acting as an inspirational mentor to many. Her passion for fashion shines through and gives her a unique creative edge to compliment her financial background. Julia is also a member of the Institute of Directors where she obtained her Certificate in Company Direction.
Until last year, she was the Business Manager of Global Markets, a multi-billion business at Barclays Investment Bank, overseeing their equities, credit, and fixed income businesses. Julia had various prior roles in her eight years at Barclays - transaction management and hedge fund due diligence in structured products; capital management of equities division; chief of staff; COO and business manager of financing and structured businesses. Prior to Barclays, Julia was Head of Risk for Prime Services (the business which provides leverage to Hedge funds) at Credit Suisse for 11 years. She was also a board member of London Women’s Forum.
Marcus is a Director of the International Finance Facility for Immunisation and was previously a Managing Partner at Agora Microfinance Partners. Prior to that, he was a Vice Chair and Head of Europe and Asia-Pacific of TD Securities, The Toronto Dominion Bank, and Treasurer of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He also worked for the World Bank, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Deutsche Bank. Marcus holds a PhD in Politics from Berlin and postgraduate degrees in International Relations from LSE and Cambridge. He also paints and sells his paintings in support of Children of the Mekong:
Andreas is the founder of Breakwater Capital Ltd. (BWC) an investment management firm exclusively focused on the maritime industry. Andreas has more than 20 years experience within the maritime/financial industry as a principal, an investor and a financier and over this time has developed a unique network of contacts with access to the top players in the shipping industry as well as investors and lenders in Asia, Middle East, Europe and the US. Andreas has a degree in Economics from Copenhagen Business School and has studied Psychology at Copenhagen University. He is Danish/Norwegian, has served in the Royal Danish Air force and has lived and worked in Asia, the US and Europe.
Camille has been involved in Enfants du Mékong since she met Martin Maindiaux in Cambodia in 2012 in the middle of the one-year trip around the world with her husband and their 2-year old son. She experienced the action of the volunteers (including the "bamboos") and was amazed by the great impact the sponsorship has on the children and their families. In 2013/14 in New York and now in London, she has been involved in events to promote sponsorship and to raise funds. Camille is a Trustee of Children of the Mekong since July 2015. Prior to this, she worked 7 years in Luxembourg and London in the asset management industry, as a product specialist for investment funds. Camille holds a Master's degree in Finance and a French & German BA in European Business.
Laure is a communications professional, having worked over 15 years with world-leading communications and financial Public relations agencies. Her main activities include strategic communications and transaction work, advising clients on all their communications needs from content to corporate and investor relations. Laure has been an active supporter of Children of the Mekong since 2011 while living in Hong Kong. It is on her many travels in Cambodia, Laos, the Philippines and China amongst others that Laure saw first hand the impact the Children of the Mekong sponsorship programmes and education centres had on children and their families. Laure is also a strong advocate of impact investing and measurement. She joined the Board of Trustees in June 2016 since being back living in London. Although a French national, Laure has lived and worked outside France most of her life. She holds post-graduate degrees in Politics and International Relations from LSE and Sciences Po Paris.
Guillaume graduated from the University of Paris IX Dauphine with a first degree in Management followed by a master’s degree in Agribusiness which combined academic study with placement as a junior international product manager at Danone. Then, in 2003, he joined Bergams as a project manager, responsible for the creation of a network of retail outlets under a concession agreement with Tankengo and the development of marketing and trade marketing with major accounts. In 2005 he was invited to join We Consulting by Aubry Pierens, its founder. He ran consulting projects, carried out audits, led workshops and seminars, prospected for new clients and generally helped Aubry run the business as one half of a two-man company. Together they worked for a variety of big companies like Essilor, TF1 Entreprises, L’Oréal, Suez, Microsoft France and many more. Guillaume then spent two and a half years back at Bergams in the role of Marketing Director before joining Enfants du Mékong as Director of Resources and Development – a position in which he put his professional expertise to good use in the fight against child poverty in Asia. He became Deputy CEO two years later and was named General Director, as successor to Yves Meaudre, in July 2016.