The role of the General Council is to safeguard the structure, objectives and brand of Smile Asia. It advises the member charities to ensure that all of their plans are aligned. It invites and approves new member charities to the group, as well as new General Council Advisors.
Sir David Akers-Jones | CHINA & HONG KONG
Sir David Akers-Jones is former Chief Secretary and Governor of Hong Kong. He served as the Hong Kong Affairs Advisor to China from 1993 to 1997. He was the Chairman of the Hong Kong Housing Authority from 1988 to 1993. He served first in the Malayan Civil Service where he learned to read and speak Chinese. He is non-executive Chairman and Director of various companies in Hong Kong. He has lived continuously in the Far East since 1954. Sir David is the Chairman of Beam International Foundation (formerly Operation Smile - China Medical Missions Ltd) since 1991.
A/Prof (Dr) Vincent Yeow | SINGAPORE
A/Prof (Dr) Vincent Yeow is Managing Partner of Dream International Holdings. He is also a Visiting Consultant at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Singapore where he had headed the Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Centre and Cleft and Craniofacial Centre from 2004 to 2014. He was the President of the Singapore Association of Plastic Surgeons. Dr Yeow has personally volunteered and led more than 30 surgical missions across various countries since 1995. Dr Yeow is the founder of Smile Asia. He also led the formation of The Smile Mission Ltd (formerly Operation Smile Singapore Ltd) and currently its Chairman.
Ranjit Barthakur | INDIA
Ranjit Barthakur is the Founder and Chairman of Globally Managed Services, an operational consulting incubator founded in 2002. He brings over 35 years of varied experience in managing and leading companies in a wide range of industries, including Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Telecommunications, Tourism, Technology, Environment, Ecology, Outsourcing and Healthcare. He co-founded several initiatives under the theme of Balipara Tract & Frontier Foundation, which promotes agriculture and biodiversity based community initiatives He was formerly the Chairman of Mission Smile (formerly Operation Smile India Trust).
Carl Treleaven | UNITED STATES
Carl Treleaven is the Vice Chairman, of STOP Cleft International Alliance. Previously, he was Vice Chairman of Operation Smile, Inc. Professionally, he is the Chairman and CEO of Westlake Ventures, which invests in development stage companies, as well as EM Labels in Mexico City and ServingLynk, Inc. Mr Treleaven is also actively involved with Rotary, having served as a District Governor, and participated in various missions to eradicate polio. He is a named inventor on more than 30 US and international patents, has been licensed as a CPA, and is also a published author. He and his wife live in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA and have two adult children.
Keiji Matsushima | JAPAN
Keiji Matsushima had been an advertising professional for over 40 years. He had overseen the implementation of some of the world's finest advertisements. He was the CEO of Dentsu America, and later of Dentsu Wunderman. He had completed his Masters from University of Tokyo in 1961, and went on to pursue an advertising career. Currently, he is an entertainment consultant and continues his passion of writing movie reviews. Mr Matsushima is the Chairman of Kodomo-ni-Egao NPO (formerly Operation Smile Japan NPO).
Chan Kok Choy | CAMBODIA
Mr Chan Kok Choy’s professional career is in banking. He is the General Manager of Vattanac Bank, a position he has held since the bank’s opening in 2002 in Cambodia. Prior to joining Vattanac Bank, he had 18 years of international banking management experience in parts of Southeast Asia, such as Malaysia, Vietnam and Cambodia. Mr Chan founded Smile Cambodia (formerly Operation Smile Cambodia) in 2004. He was the Chairman from 2004 to 2015. Currently, he is the Vice-Chairman of Smile Cambodia.