Laurence Lien is the Chairman of the Lien Foundation, a family foundation that is well-regarded for its forward-thinking and radical approach in the fields of education, eldercare and the environment. The Lien Foundation, together with the Singapore Management University, established the Lien Centre for Social Innovation.
Laurence Lien is also Co-Founder and CEO of the Asia Philanthropy Circle (APC), a membership-based platform for Asian philanthropists to exchange, learn and collaborate. Through its members and partnership network, APC catalyses collaborative projects to address pressing social challenges and grow social impact in Asia.
Laurence was the CEO of the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre in Singapore from 2008-2014. In 2008, he founded the Community Foundation of Singapore, before becoming its Acting CEO and subsequently its Chairman. Prior to his work in the non-profit sector, Laurence also served in the Singapore Government.
Laurence holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University, a Masters in Business Administration from the National University of Singapore, and a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In 2010, Laurence was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship. He was also a Nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore from 2012-2014, advocating for the social sector and civil society in Parliament.