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General Council

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 Members.

Sir David Akers-Jones

Chairman Emeritus

The Honourable Sir David Akers-Jones, GBM, KBE, CMG, JP 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 Honorary President of Beam International Foundation (formerly Operation Smile - China Medical Missions Ltd).

A/Prof (Dr) Vincent Yeow


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


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

Vice Chairman

Carl Treleaven is the Vice Chairman, of Bright Faces, Inc. 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


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


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.

Dr Pervez Ahmed


Dr Pervez Ali Ahmed was the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director at Max Healthcare Institute Limited, one of India's leading specialized healthcare service providers since 2004. Dr Ahmed has been Professor of Clinical Medicine SUNY, Health Science Centre Downstate since 1978 and is attending in Medicine, Cardiology and Critical Care at Brookdale Hospital Medical Centre in Brooklyn, New York. His post-graduate qualifications include Diplomate American Board Internal Medicine, Diplomate ABIM, Cardiovascular Disease, and Board Eligible ABIM, Critical Care Medicine. He is currently the Chairman of Mission Smile (formerly Operation Smile India Trust).

Dr Peter Pang


Dr Peter Pang is the Director of the Plastic and Aesthetic Centre and the Hair Transplant Centre of the Union Hospital. He also practices at Paragon Medical Centre. He received his MBChB degree from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1994. He completed his residency and fellowship training at the Prince of Wales Hospital and has been granted the fellowship of Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) and Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (Surgery). He is the Council Member of the Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Society in Hong Kong. Dr Pang is the Chairman of Beam International Foundation (formerly Operation Smile China Medical Missions Ltd).

Michael Wu


Michael Wu is the Vice Chairman of Future Smile Charitable Foundation in China. Previously, he was the Board Member of Operation Smile Hangzhou Care Center. He is the Chairman of Verna Management Company, which invests in private medical entities in eastern China. He is also an Independent Board Member of China Chanhigh International Holding Group, which invests in landscaping, real estate and construction in mainland China. Mr Wu has been associated with children's charity since 2001.