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 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.
To that end, the Company’s focus is to help remove the uncertainty inherent in cross-border trade between buyers and suppliers by providing the most reliable information possible on new products, quality manufacturers and supply market conditions in support of international trade with Greater China, Asia and the world. Today, Global Sources works with suppliers from its 50 sales representative offices worldwide and assists more than 1 million buyers in 240 countries and territories to trade more efficiently. Read more...
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 then gained a Graduate degree in International Trade at Thunderbird School of Global Management. 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 his global mindset and his role as a true global entrepreneur. In recognition of his highly valued support to Hong Kong Baptist University, the university conferred an Honorary University Fellowship upon him in 2015.
After 22 years of service, he retired from the Board of Trustees of Thunderbird in July 2013 and became a Director on the Board of The Thunderbird Independent Alumni Association. He is a member of the Economic Strategy Institute in Washington, D.C., and co-founder and former Chairman of The Society of Hong Kong Publishers. He is also an Investment Promotion Ambassador with Invest Hong Kong and serves as the International Board Member of the Weizmann Institute of Science.
Extending his lifetime work with Global Sources, Mr. Hinrich founded the Hinrich Foundation, an independent philanthropic organization established for the charitable purpose of promoting sustainable global trade. The Foundation aims to encourage the private sector and governments to drive innovation and competitiveness in trade-related activities undertaken by individuals, companies, industries and countries by focusing on three programmatic areas: international trade policy research, trade related education & training and export led job creation.
Mr. Hinrich and his wife Miriam reside in Hong Kong.
Kathryn leads the sustainable development of the Hinrich Foundation. As CEO, she is responsible for program management, endowment management and operational and risk management for the foundation.
Kathryn started her career with Price Waterhouse and held various roles with Bankers Trust in Australia. Since 2004, she has been based in Hong Kong and Singapore, holding global and regional roles with Standard Chartered Bank and ING Asia Pacific. After 20 years’ experience in the asset management industry in Asia and Australia, she joined the Hinrich Foundation in 2011 to lead the management of its endowment and legal activities. Read more...
Kathryn holds Bachelor’s degrees in Law and Economics from the University of Queensland, is a Fellow of FINSIA (the Financial Services Institute of Australasia), a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has in the past been a Licensed Representative and Responsible Officer for SFC licensed corporations.
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. Read more...
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.
Stephen Olson is a Research Fellow at the Hinrich Foundation. Over the course of his 25 year international career, Stephen has lived and worked in Asia, the Middle East, and the United States, holding senior executive positions in the private sector, international organizations, government, and academia.
He began his career in Washington DC as an international trade negotiator, and served on the US negotiating team for the NAFTA negotiations. He subsequently became President of the Hong Kong-based Pacific Basin Economic Council, and Vice Chairman of Cairo-based ARTOC Group for Investment and Development. Currently, he is also a Visiting Scholar at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Read more...
He has a Masters Degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and has a B.A. from the State University of New York.