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Management Council

The Management Council manages the implementation of the Smile Asia initiative as advised by the General Council. It creates and manages standardised structures and protocols, among other roles. It also enables sharing of resources between member charities.

Abhimanyu Talukdar

Secretary-General

Abhimanyu Talukdar is the Executive Director of The Smile Mission Ltd., which is also the International Secretariat of Smile Asia. He has 20 years of experience in media, fundraising and general management. In the last 10 years, he had been involved in international programme and fundraising coordination across 20 countries. Mr Talukdar completed his Post-Graduate in Mass Communication from Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi. He is a co-founder of Smile Asia, together with A/Prof (Dr) Vincent Yeow and James Fox.

James Fox

Member

James Fox is the Chief Executive Officer of Bright Faces, Inc. Bright Faces provides comprehensive care for children suffering from cleft lip and palate. By working with local organisations, Bright Faces is able to provide high quality, efficient and cost-effective care. Previously, Mr Fox lived in Vietnam while running a regional programme office for another medical charity. He directly coordinated medical missions as well as oversaw programmes in Asia. Mr Fox and his wife live in Chicago with their son. He is a co-founder of Smile Asia, together with A/Prof (Dr) Vincent Yeow and Abhimanyu Talukdar.

Prof Ramkumar Venkateswaran

Member

Prof Ramkumar Venkateswaran is an Anaesthesiologist who completed medical schooling from JIPMER, Pondicherry in 1985 before joining Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University where he served as Chairman of Anaesthesiology. A passionate clinician and academician, his career spanned 35 years at two prestigious institutions. A popular invited speaker at international conferences, his interests include intensive care, resuscitation science and medical simulation.

Dr Theavy Mok

Member

Dr Theavy Mok is the Medical Director of Smile Cambodia. He works with the Cambodian government and regional hospitals to plan and undertake medical missions and education programmes in the country. In 2014, Dr Mok founded the Cambodian Society of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgery and remains is the current President. He also started and chaired the first Plastics Residency Program at University of Health Sciences. Currently, Dr Mok is a Deputy Director of Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital.

Maj Gen Manjit Singh Sandhu (Retd)

Member

Maj Gen Manjit Singh Sandhu (Retd) serves as the President of Group iEHS at Anand Automotive Systems Ltd. Gen Sandhu served in the Indian Army for 33 years in different command and staff assignments. He represented India for World Cup Polo Championship in 1991. He joined Anand Automotive Systems Ltd in 1997 and is part of its key management team. He served as a Non-Executive Director of Gabriel India Ltd since March 2004 until May 2008. He serves as a Director of Chang Yun India Limited. Gen Sandhu is in the Board of Trustees of Mission Smile (India).

Melissa Wang

Member

Melissa Wang is the Vice Secretary of Future Smile Charitable Foundation in China, Director of Hangzhou Beam Charitable Care Center (formerly Operation Smile Hangzhou care center). She has over 13 years’ experience in running children’s medical charity in China. She is also involved in AHA educational program since 2005 and has organized over 100 BLS/PALS/ACLS courses for over 2,000 healthcare professionals all over China.

Phoebe Low

Member

Phoebe Low is the Programs Manager of Smile Asia’s International Secretariat, The Smile Mission Ltd. She joined the team in October 2015 and has successfully coordinated over a dozen missions since her addition and advised on various fundraising events. She helps with the secretarial work of Smile Asia.