About Our Chapter

About Our Chapter

Established in June, 2014, Shanghai+Acumen was founded by a group of business professionals looking to give back to society in a meaningful manner. The Chapter aims to bring together individuals with a passion to make changes in the world and provide a platform to raise awareness, collaborate and design solutions to tackle poverty in a sustainable way.

Meet the team

Charlie Simpson

Charlie Simpson

Chapter Co-Chair

With a background in biological, business, social and economic Anthropology she lives and breathes understanding the human race and its cause and effect. Translating this into the business world she works with companies to help them grow and retain human capital capability, develop exceptional leaders and transition them through change. Coming from a management consultant background  she has experience project managing large scale project roll-outs and her functional expertise in building leadership capability and guiding business’ through physical and behavioural changes will be useful tools within an Acumen chapter.

She has worked extensively with charities to put these skills into practice ranging from helping orphanages in Nepal to leading a team rolling out a national scheme helping the poorest sector of British citizens find employment.

Charlie is incredibly passionate and dedicated to contributing to the work Acumen are doing on a global stage and hopes to make a marked difference in China’s approach to tackling poverty.

Dan Johnson

Dan Johnson

Chapter Co-Chair

Dan has always had a passion for healthcare and how enterprise and innovation in healthcare can lead to better and happier lives. He currently leads the China practice of a global consulting firm that works with healthcare companies (pharma, biotech, devices and diagnostics) to establish and build brands and products to meet the needs of the Chinese patient population. Dan has lived and worked across 5 continents, and seen the disparate needs in healthcare delivery between wealthy and developing nations.

The work that Acumen does in emerging economies with companies that aim to tackle poverty related issues, not just in healthcare, inspired him to become part of Shanghai+Acumen. Dan’s background in marketing, business management and strategy will be useful tools in helping establish this +Acumen chapter into a long lasting Shanghai community institution.

Wendy Lee

Wendy Lee

Communications & Course Ambassador

Armed with a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics, in 2008, Wendy set aside Corporate America on a journey to experience a different life – a life without running water, but the Internet. Through her role as a Small Enterprise Developer with the U.S. Peace Corps, Wendy worked with microfinance institutions and entrepreneurs amidst the rolling hills of Western Cameroon. In addition, Wendy founded the Books for Cameroon project, and raised over $10k USD via social media to collaborate with local communities; the project established 35 libraries across Cameroon. Her greatest lesson from her experience: outside solutions will never be sustainable without a deep understanding of cultural context and local ownership.

Since, Wendy has continued her mission to develop sustainable solutions to affect change at the cross-section of private sector practices, public sector missions, and the power of social media. Her interest for the Acumen community began from reading, “The Blue Sweater”, and she is excited to be a part of this team that will engage with the community at large in Shanghai.

Alvaro Garcia

Alvaro Garcia

Strategic Partnership

Alvaro has developed his career in the renewable energy and automotive sectors. He is currently managing the growth in China for a world leading supplier of auto parts. Thanks to his job, he has had the chance to witness and interact with the many realities of China.

Since his teenage years, he has been a key part of developing projects for socially excluded people in his community, ranging from severe alcoholism, refugees to homeless people. Alvaro hopes to bring his experiences, expertise and network from the private sector, to make Shanghai+Acumen the driving force of the new charitable China.

Lisa Luu

Lisa Luu

Events & Talent Management

Lisa has grown up with a close relationship between education, hard work and entrepreneurship with personal and professional development. Brought up with close ties to Australia’s Tzu Chi society, she was involved in various fundraising and charity events. She obtained her degree in international politics and economics, further developing her awareness of persistent global issues.

Lisa has applied her work ethic in management consulting and retail consulting roles, with a focus on business strategy, sales strategy and price optimization. She also has experience in events management in skills development and executive training courses. Since moving to China, Lisa has thoroughly enjoyed working with others in building problem solving skills and industry awareness.

Lisa hopes to bring her dedicated approach to realizing Shanghai+Acumen’s full potential in China, as a vehicle for social empowerment, leadership development and poverty alleviation.

Chersy Li Qi

Chersy Li Qi

China Communications Lead

Born in a province close to the Tibetan Plateau-Qinghai(west), Chersy grew up all over the country in Shandong(north), Guangxi(south), Shanghai(east). With a personal mantra to “discover, experience, create, inspire and impact”, she’s been actively involved in local and international initiatives, such as leading youth development and culture exchange program in the world’s largest student organization AIESEC in China and Turkey, voluntary teaching in rural high school in Northwest of China and helping to bring a global social innovation platform MakeSense to China.

After obtaining degree in Business Administration, Chersy joined a MNC in the wine &spirits industry and applies her communication skills and creative thinking into bringing a Chinese spirit(“baijiu”)brand to international markets.

With strong passion for charity, social entrepreneurship and innovation, Chersy is excited to contribute in engaging, empowering and connecting more and more change-makers in the local community with the global platform of Acumen.