Global Advisory Board
The Humanitarian Affairs Global Advisory Board was established strategically as a motivating forum with the purpose of inspiring young people to participate in the global outreach programs of Humanitarian Affairs. It also serves to provide support and guidance to the organisation. The Advisory Board is a select group of professional and philanthropic leaders committed to helping Humanitarian Affairs achieve its mission of providing for the needs and aspirations of current and future leaders.
Geraldine Cox
Geraldine gave up the privileged life of a diplomat with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs to begin the monumental mission of creating a haven for disadvantaged, disabled and orphaned children in Cambodia. Her original experiences as an expatriate in Cambodia never left her and on a return visit in 1993 she began the challenging task of setting up the Australia Cambodia Foundation and co-founding what is now called the Sunrise Children’s Village. From an initial group of 24 children in one location, Sunrise has now expanded into 3 centres across Cambodia housing over 400 children. In 2000, Geraldine’s powerfully evocative autobiography, Home Is Where the Heart Is, was published by Pan Macmillan and soon after Hollywood bought the rights to make a feature film based on her book. Geraldine’s courageous tale was also presented in the documentary, My Khmer Heart, which won the Hollywood Film Festival ‘Documentary of the Year’ Award in 2000 and has since been screened and televised numerous times.
Board Members
Francis Kong
Francis Kong is the president of Success Option Publishing Company. He is the Director and Founding Member of Inspire Leadership Consultancy, President of FunWorks Inc., and is a columnist as well as an author. Francis is known to deliver over 300 talks, training sessions, and seminars in the Philippines and abroad in a single year. Francis has a dynamic presence on social media and enjoys a special connection with individuals across generations through his insightful words and thoughts. He was co-recipient of the Anvil Award for Excellence in 2012 for staging the Dr. John Maxwell Leadership Seminar Series. He is also the recipient of the 2006 Gold Quill Philippines Award of merit for Public Speech. Francis, in addition, received the 2008 Dr. Jose Rizal Award for Excellence in the field of Journalism.
Robin Lim
Robin Lim has a remarkable 20 years of expertise in the field of midwifery. The devastating tragedy of losing loved ones to childbirth began her extraordinary journey in 1994. Her non-profit Indonesian birthing and educational clinics named Yayasan Bumi Sehat (Healthy Mother Earth Foundation) have gone on to save the lives of countless mothers and their new-borns through assisting in safe, uncomplicated and dignified births. Since 2003, her organisation has sought to combat Indonesia’s high maternal and infant mortality rates. At present, the recorded human services provided by Bumi Sehat totals to more than 50,000. Ibu (Mother) Robin, as she is often called, is also a well-known author and talented poet. She is the recipient of the 2011 CNN Hero of the Year Award for her inspirational work in the field of childbirth.
Pushpa Basnet
Pushpa Basnet is a social worker, and the Founder and President of Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) and Butterfly Home, non-profit organisations in Kathmandu, Nepal. She began her altruistic journey at the early age of 21, by supporting the rights of children living behind bars with their incarcerated parents. From a wealthy Nepalese family, Pushpa chose to forego a life of leisure for this cause and faced innumerable obstacles in the form of prison officials and government workers. Moreover, convincing the imprisoned mothers and even her own parents about her commitment proved to be an additional challenge. At the Butterfly Home, 140 children receive education and medical care. With about 80 children still living inside prison walls, she is determined to live out her promise to provide a healthy childhood to these children in need. Pushpa was chosen as CNN Hero of the Year 2012, a prestigious title that is awarded to ‘Everyday people changing the world.’
Pamela Wigglesworth
Pamela Wigglesworth is a well-recognised American corporate trainer and speaker. She moved to Asia in 1990 when working for a US department store, armed with a degree in fashion design. Following which, she decided to make the subject of entrepreneurship her passion. From fashion based communications to working with a Malaysian telecommunications company; from customer service in the hospitality industry for Club Med to the music and entertainment industry with HMV - Pamela has travelled across a wide spectrum of jobs with numerous challenges before she decided to use all her experience to establish herself as a corporate trainer. She founded Experiential Hands-on Learning, a training and development company, in 2008 and is currently based in Singapore where she helps SMEs and entrepreneurs with their branding and marketing communications.