Global Heritage Fund Asia Ltd.
Global Heritage Fund Asia is the partner of Global Heritage Fund, an international conservancy based in California, USA.
Global Heritage Fund Asia Ltd. shares the Global Heritage Fund mission to preserve and protect humankind’s most important archaeological and cultural heritage sites in developing countries.
Through forming new alliances, establishing partnerships, and building a network of conservation and development leaders, Global Heritage Fund Asia is providing our projects with new ideas, resources, and supporters that will exponentially benefit these sites and build momentum for our global campaign to save vanishing heritage sites in developing regions.
GHF Asia Ltd. Board of Directors
Director and Chairman
Angus Hamish Forsyth has practiced as a solicitor in Hong Kong since 1971. He is the sole surviving practitioner still with Messrs. Stevenson, Wong & Co. since establishing the firm as a founding partner in 1978. He practices in a wide range of commercial, internet, trust, charitable and cultural fields of law.
He is a Former Council Member and Vice President of the Hong Kong Society of Notaries and of the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal Panel. He is a member of the Competition Law Committee of the Law Society of Hong Kong, a long-time member of the Legal Committee of The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, Council member of the Hong Kong Internet Professionals Association, Hong Kong & Mainland Software Industry Cooperation Association, Member of the Companies Registry and Hong Kong Government Advisory Group on the rewrite of Hong Kong Company Law.
Angus Forsyth has acted over many years in the setting up and subsequent legal needs of a wide range of charitable institutions of a public character recognized as such by the Inland Revenue Department of the Hong Kong SAR Government.
Stefaan Poortman joined Global Heritage Fund (GHF) in 2005 and currently serves as Executive Director. Stefaan is responsible for the management and operation of GHF in addition to the strategic direction of the organization.
In addition to being a member of GHF’s Board of Trustees, Stefaan is a member of the Board of Directors of the Tayrona Foundation for Archaeological and Environmental Research (FIAAT – Fundación de Investigaciones Arqueológicas y Ambientales Tayrona) in Colombia.
Prior to becoming Executive Director, Stefaan served as GHF’s Vice President of Partnerships, where he led GHF projects and fundraising in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa in addition to managing institutional and project partnerships. Stefaan also directed GHF’s global community development program, including strategy, project activities, and fundraising.
Stefaan has over 17 years of experience with international non-profit organizations. Prior to his work with GHF, Stefaan worked at the World Resources Institute (WRI) in the Climate and Energy Program, focusing on the development of voluntary corporate greenhouse gas accounting and reporting programs in Mexico, India, the Philippines, and South Africa.
Stefaan also worked with Chemonics International to develop on-line project monitoring and evaluation tools for environmental sustainability projects, as well as with the World Foundation for Environment and Development (WFED) to broker bioprospecting agreements between conservation areas and biotech companies in the U.S. and internationally.
Stefaan holds an MA with Honors in Economics from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, with a focus on developmental and environmental economics. In addition to English, Stefaan speaks Dutch, as well as some French and Spanish.
Dan Thorne is President of Star Lake Capital, Inc., a private equity management and venture capital firm. Mr. Thorne is also Chairman of the eponymous Daniel K. Thorne Foundation, supporting historic preservation and wildlife conservation worldwide. An ardent preservationist and conservationist, he is a Trustee Emeritus of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and serves on the board of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. He is a former member of the board of the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Since 1995, he has also been a principal shareholder and member of the Board of Directors of Hamilton Thorne Biosciences, Inc. Mr. Thorne has in the past served on the boards of CCH, Inc. from 1979-1996, SLT Communications, and the Imperial Sugar Company, as well as serving as Chairman of the Georgetown Steel Company, subsequently sold to the Mittal Steel Group.