Former Temasek sustainability chief Robin Hu appointed Asia chair of Milken Institute

Hu’s role will involve leading the expansion of the non-profit think tank in Asia Pacific.

Robin Hu, Milken Institute
Robin Hu’s role is geared towards expanding the Milken Institute’s footprint in Asia Pacific. He will be based in Singapore. Image: Temasek

Robin Hu has been appointed by California-headquartered think tank Milken Institute as Asia chair.

The former head of sustainability and stewardship for Temasek steps into the new role after 16 months as the Singapore state investor’s vice chair and operating partner.

The Milken Institute is a non-profit think tank focused on improving financial, physical, mental, and environmental health by developing blueprints for tackling global sustainability issues.

In Asia, the institute’s Asia Centre has published papers and held events on Asian philanthropy, the region’s single-family offices and how technology can shape sustainable finance.

Hu’s role is geared towards expanding the Milken Institute’s footprint in Asia Pacific. He will be based in Singapore.

“Robin possesses a unique talent and range of experience having lived and run businesses throughout Asia that will prove invaluable as we develop our future strategy in Asia,” said John Hunter, Milken Institute’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, in a press statement.

“His leadership skills and decades of relationship-building will bring valuable insights to our future engagement opportunities and expansion in the region,” he added.

The Singaporean former boss of South China Morning Post will continue in this role with Temasek and retain chairmanship positions at Constellar Holdings, an events company, and Mandai Nature, an endowment to advance conservation efforts in the region.

His appointment sees Laura Deal Lacey, the Milken Institute Asia Center’s executive director, move into a new role as executive director, global markets. She will be charged with launching the non-profit in Latin America.

Asia Center advisory board chair, Curtis Chin, and a former United States ambassador to the Asian Development Bank, steps into a new dual role serving as both chair, asia fellows and senior advisor, global markets.


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