The Soap Cycling Team
Soap Cycling HK Board
Founder & Director
Mr. Bishop holds multiple degrees, including a JD from The Georgetown University Law Center. He has worked for multiple international law firms in both the United States and Hong Kong and is currently a Principal Lecturer at The University of Hong Kong and Fudan University, Shanghai, where he teaches several courses concerning law, business ethics, and social entrepreneurship. Mr. Bishop is the founder, co-founder, or adviser to many social enterprises and NGOs in Hong Kong and elsewhere.
Mr. Thurau has a very diverse background, including a multi-cultural family and growing up in Africa. He studied economics at the University of Applied Sciences in Muenster/Germany and the BEM business school in Bordeaux/France. In 2000 Mr. Thurau joined the investment banking world in Germany, and has been living in Asia since 2004. His current role is with the State Street Corporation in HK. In his free time, he spends time with his children and tries to get kids and families involved with social community work and spreads the idea of recycling-awareness among them.
Mr. Pedersen holds a double degree in International Business and International Relations from Griffith University. He has founded several startups, worked for prominent corporate firms, and held leadership positions in a whole range of associations and organisations in South Korea, Australia and Hong Kong.Mr. Pedersen wants all of us to live in a world where every human is empowered to give his or her unique gift to the world. His passion for human creativity, entrepreneurship, and social justice is what pulls him to the front lines of it all.
Chairman & Director
Mr. Li holds a double degree in Business and Law from The University of Hong Kong. He is now currently a practicing lawyer in a construction company. He was part of the initial team that laid the foundation of Soap Cycling. For years he has been active in social community and projects serving both the youth and the elders....
Charlotte Breyer specializes in connecting the corporate community with good social causes to create sustainable positive impact. Charlotte has worked for NGOs in the overseas aid sector and is also the co-founder of Big Heroes Ltd., a social enterprise connecting corporates with great local charity organisations through professionally managed social team-building events in Singapore. She believes a sustainably thriving business is in touch with its impact on people and planet, and that respect for the triple bottom line is the best foundation for long-term success.
Mr. Pang holds a degree in Business and Computer Science from The University of Hong Kong. He is the founder of the digital agency Preppa Ltd. and the technology advisor of Venrev Capital Partners. He was one of the founding team members of Soap Cycling who built the technology backbone for the organization. Being passionate in information technology, he is always looking for ways to innovate the non-profit sector in Hong Kong.
Soap Cycling Leadership Team
Patrick is the general manager of Soap Cycling Hong Kong, the charity closely working with the hospitality industry on reduction of waste and recycling of soap. Soap Cycling works with the hospitality industry to collect, process, and distribute lightly used soap bars and bottled amenities. These life-saving items are then distri...
China Country Manager
Mr. Li is a native Hong Kong who studied International Relations and Economics in mainland China. During his time of study, he recognized the importance of NGO/NPO in solving global issues. After his backpacking trip in Tibet, he decided to spend more than his spare time to help the needy. He also wants to raise the awareness abo...
Being the Warehouse Manager of Soap Cycling, Mr. Mo is responsible for organizing the warehouse to increase safety and productivity, handling soap/bottle collections from hotel partners and distributions to charities, and managing the flow of volunteers from all sources. He is also tasked to supervise the MEY (美) workers, establish and improve every aspect of the program from recruitment, training, marketing, and productivity.
Soap Cycling HK Advisory Board
Victor Tzu-ping Chao
Victor joined Credit Suisse (CS) in Hong Kong in January 2013, and currently is a Managing Director and Greater China Market Leader in Private Banking. He also serves as an Executive Officer and Chair of the Charity Committee for the Hong Kong branch. Victor joined CS from Bank Julius Baer, where he was a Managing Director and Market Head of Taiwan. Previously, he was an Executive Vice President and Head of Private Wealth Management (PWM) in Deutsche Bank (China) Co., Ltd., based in Shanghai, China, where he managed PWM’s China business. Victor joined Deutsche Bank in Taiwan as a Managing Director and Head of PWM in 2008. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Victor was an Executive Director and Chief Officer of the Citi Private Bank’s Taipei Office, where he was responsible for building the Citi Private Bank’s onshore capabilities in Taiwan.
Lovelyn Flores Padernal
Lovelyn Flores Padernal studied AHRM Associate in Hotel and Restaurant Management and multiple certificates relating to the F&B industry as well as Leadership in general. She has extensive volunteering experience in Hong Kong. She has organized a lot of our weekend volunteering sessions and has successfully recruited and empowered a lot of domestic worker to help our charitable cause.
Mr. Akers is a 2011 graduate of HKU's Full-time MBA program and first became involved with SoapCycling in 2012 as a volunteer. He has worked in various roles for several leading FinTech related firms in the United States, Singapore and Hong Kong including IntercontinentalExchange and S&P Global Market Intelligence. He is currently based in Hong Kong with the position of Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific for NetRoadshow, a global capital markets FinTech firm which provides a platform for secure distribution of content relating to equity and debt offerings.
Brian Taylor joined the Recycling Today Media Group in September of 1997 and serves as an editor for the media group. The Recycling Today Media Group, based in Valley View, Ohio, is part of GIE Media Inc. The Group’s stable of recycling industry products includes a stable of e-newsletters, the periodical Recycling Today and magazines Construction & Demolition Recycling and Waste Today. The Media Group also hosts industry conferences in North America, Europe and Asia, and offers recycling industry databases. Taylor, a graduate of the University of Toledo in Ohio, has been a business journalist for nearly 30 years. In his current role, he works from Hong Kong tracking commodity pricing and gathers information on processing technologies, equipment and emerging markets in the recycling industry.
Soap Cycling SG Board
Patrick is the general manager of Soap Cycling Hong Kong, the charity closely working with the hospitality industry on reduction of waste and recycling of soap. Soap Cycling works with the hospitality industry to collect, process, and distribute lightly used soap bars and bottled amenities. These life-saving items are then distributed to disadvantaged communities around the world, particularly Asia.
Ms. Ang is an associate with the Hong Kong office of Sidley Austin, a multinational law firm based in Chicago. She has diverse professional experience in legal services in Hong Kong, New York, & Singapore. While focusing on capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and regulatory compliance, Ms. Ang also has a passion for community service. Apart from serving on the board of a local Hong Kong nonprofit, Greensmiles HK, she was also awarded the Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award in Hong Kong for her efforts providing legal advice to refugees.
Mr. Steger serves as the general manager of Eurofragance South East Asia. Eurofragance is a Spanish company founded in 1990 that creates and distributes fragrances. It opened a new affiliate in Singapore in 2013 as part of its international growth strategy and is also slated to open a new Creative Center in Singapore in January 2016. Mr. Steger has generally offered to support Soap Cycling as it expands to Singapore.
Singapore Leadership Team
Jackie spent 10 years in the publishing and creative writing industry, regularly contributing features and lifestyle stories to Singapore's largest publisher, SPH Magazines. Time spent volunteering with a community arts project on migrant workerssparked off her interest in the low wage migrant community and their lack of access to basic rights and justice. She has worked in two Singapore-based NGOs dedicated to improving the lives and rights of migrant workers. As Soap Cycling SG's Partnerships Manager, Jackie hopes to bring her experiences gleaned from her seven years in the non-profit sector to help raise awareness about Soap Cycling's work and forge meaningful partnerships with hotels, corporates, schools, and supporters of this new initiative in Singapore.
SG Stakeholders & Advisors
Joined Sentosa Development Corporation in 2009, right after leaving last job as a Sales and Marketing Manager in a sports promoter company in HK called PMG. Currently Head of Events and Programmes in SDC, taking care of pretty much all the events and weekend/festive entertainment programmes and activities on the island (outside of Resorts World). Active volunteer for the Children Cancer Foundation, from 1999 to 2004. Involved in volunteer recruitment programmes, summer camp organising, major event management. Just before leaving for HK in 2004, co-founded Hair for Hope with a few other volunteers.
Angelo has held numerous positions at Barclays in both London and Singapore since 2006. He currently serves as the co-head of technology for the investment bank and technology COO for Asia Pacific. Prior to joining Barclays, Angelo worked as a management consultant for firms such as Ernst & Young and Booz Allen Hamilton. He has a bachelor’s degree from UPenn in electrical engineering and master’s degree from Penn State in telecommunications. In his free time, Angelo also serves as the current president of the University of Penn and Wharton alumni club of Singapore.
Tracy Hui Qi Yeow
Tracy works in the Sustainability office of City Developments Limited, a leading green property developer in Singapore. She specialises in sustainability reporting, ESG financing, community engagements related to youths and the arts and co-manages the activities held at the Singapore Sustainability Academy, a collaborative space to advance climate action and UN SDGs. She is motivated to contribute her time and skills to create good for the environment and society. Advisor for Soap Cycling Singapore since 2018.
Ms Lynn Koh, a dynamic lady from Singapore, holds a Commerce degree and has been passionate about volunteer & charity work for over a decade. In 2008 she started fundraising for "Make A Wish Foundation” then proceed to wish granting to realize the potential and dreams of children. Over the years, she has been helping individuals & families in need through the “Willing Hearts” "Food From the Heart" as well as other organizations. Lynn has a strong experience in the volunteering world in Singapore, she has an established network in many charity fields and Soap Cycling Singapore warmly welcomes her to the team as an advisor
Jeremy is a Management Trainee with Keppel Corporation, a company focused on delivering solutions for sustainable urbanisation. He is passionate about community-centric projects, having served with several other Singapore-based groups such as the Bukit Merah Youth Executive Committee, Chinese Development Assistance Council, and Henderson-Dawson Interfaith Goodwill Store.
Jeremy spent five months with Soap Cycling in Hong Kong through the Social Venture Management Internship course offered at the University of Hong Kong. During which, he contributed to the local operations and interacted with the elderly and youth from the MEY (美) programme. Jeremy continues to contribute and support Soap Cycling’s operations in Singapore as an advisor.
Ruchita Chheda worked in the corporate sector for over a decade and started her volunteer journey four years ago. She is especially passionate about community-centric projects and has volunteered with Singapore-based charities that serve the elderly, youth-at-risk, low-income families and migrant workers.
Ruchita is currently the Partnerships and Community Outreach Officer at HOME (Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics), a migrant welfare & rights organisation. She first heard about Soap Cycling Singapore earlier this year and was drawn to its unique model, which engages different groups in the community to come together to do upcycling, packing and distribution. She is actively engaged in SCSG's outreach programmes, and being artistically inclined, also helps with some creative aspects of the work. Soap Cycling's mission resonates with her, serving as a reminder about waste reduction and how a simple bar of soap can benefit vulnerable communities.
Myanmar Leadership Team
Thet Htar Swe, a native burmese holds a degree in English Language and Literature. She also studied Diploma in Business Management & Administration. She comes from the different backgrounds and has experiences in Hospitality, Teaching, Human Resource Management, Administration, Social Compliance and Story Telling. Taking the role as country manager of Soap Cycling Myanmar, it is really exciting, interesting and challenging. Since she was young, Thet Htar Swe always wanted to work for benefits of the society.