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Merle A. Hinrich
Founder & chairman
Merle A. Hinrich is Executive Chairman of Global Sources (NASDAQ-GS: GSOL), Asia’s leading business-to-business media company focused on global trade. He co-founded the company in 1970 with the firm conviction that free and mutually beneficial trade between east and west would help drive global economic prosperity, and ultimately, world peace.
A keen desire to advance education opportunities, drive business innovation and leverage technology are guiding principles of Mr. Hinrich’s approach to developing international commerce and philanthropy.
He graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Mathematics, and from the Thunderbird School of Global Management with a Master’s Degree in International Trade. In 1996, the University of Nebraska awarded Mr. Hinrich an Honorary Doctorate Degree, and in 2010, the Thunderbird School of Global Management conferred upon Mr. Hinrich the honorary degree of Doctor of International Law, in recognition of, among others, his global mindset and his role as a true global entrepreneur.
Extending his lifetime work with Global Sources, Mr. Hinrich founded the Hinrich Foundation (www.hinrichfoundation.com), an independent philanthropic organization established for the charitable purpose of promoting sustainable global trade. It is Mr. Hinrich’s long-held conviction that in today’s globalized world, sustainable trade is vital to prosperity and harmony.
Chief executive officer
Kathryn Dioth has more than 20 years’ experience in the funds management, stockbroking and investment banking industries in Asia and Australia. She joined the Hinrich Foundation in 2011 to lead the management of its endowment and the coordination of its legal activities.
In recent years, Kathryn has been based in Hong Kong and Singapore, holding global and regional roles with Standard Chartered Bank (as head of segment Solutions for the global wealth management unit) and ING Asia Pacific (as CEO of ING Platform Services).
Kathryn holds Bachelors degrees in Law and Economics from the University of Queensland and is a Fellow of FINSIA (the Financial Services Institute of Australasia).
Alexander J. Boome, V
Alexander Boome is program director of the Hinrich Foundation, responsible for developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the Foundation’s programs across Southeast Asia and mainland China.
He has 20 year’s expertise creating business opportunities for companies in Asia, including Greater China, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines. Prior to the Hinrich Foundation, he worked in the business-to-business export media industry with NASDAQ-listed Global Sources’ as general manager of corporate marketing.
He served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Palawan, Philippines from 1987 to 1989 where he established programs in community development, family health and the sustainable use of natural resources.
He has a degree in International Relations from the University of British Columbia, and has taken Master’s level coursework in Public Policy and Management at the University of London’s Centre for Financial and Economic Studies.
Sustainable trade occurs when the commercial exchanges of goods and services generate social, economic and environmental benefits in accordance with the fundamental principles of sustainable development:
The promoters of these practices want to put the emphasis not only on decent working conditions, but also on the fact that this trade is carried out with a genuine consideration for environmental resources and a concern for the preservation and reuse of raw materials.
Source: Belgian Development Agency (BTC) Trade for Development Centre