AESC Announces its 2021 Council of Asia Pacific and the Middle East with Representatives from Leading Executive Search and Leadership Consulting Firms

The Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC), the global standards-setting body for the executive search and leadership consulting profession, today announces 2021 officers and representatives to the AESC Council of Asia Pacific and the Middle East. The Council consists of elected officers and representatives from AESC Member executive search and leadership advisory firms from across the Americas region.

Louisa Wong, Executive Chair at Global Sage and based in Hong Kong, will serve as Council Chair. Fabrice Desmarescaux, Vice Chair at Eric Salmon & Partners and based in Singapore, will serve as Council Vice Chair. James Young, Managing Partner at Morgan Young and based in Sydney, will serve as Council Secretary and Treasurer. Nobi Kaneko, President at Kaneko & Associates and based in Tokyo, will serve as Council Chair Emeritus.

In addition, AESC would like to welcome the following new members to its Council of Asia Pacific and the Middle East: Aparna Ahuja, Principal at Athena Executive Search and Consulting and based in Delhi; Rosalind De Sailly, Director and Founder at De Sailly Consulting and based in Sydney; Cecile Hofer, Managing Partner, Amrop Hofer Tan and based in Singapore; James Lawrence-Brown, Partner, Leathwaite and based in Hong Kong; Anissa Low, Managing Director, WittKieffer and based in Singapore; Yen Pin Ng, Managing Director, Sheffield Haworth and based in Shanghai and Singapore; Sam Robinson, Director, Intersearch Middle East and based in Dubai; Warren Rushbrook, Practice Director, Infrastructure & Head of Search, Quinton Anthony and based in Sydney; and Katherine Wang, CEO & Founder, Fitco-Consulting and based in Beijing.

Louisa Wong, AESC Asia Pacific and the Middle East Council Chair, commented: “The AESC Council of Asia Pacific and the Middle East plays a critical role in ensuring AESC’s ongoing commitment to the highest standards in the executive search and leadership consulting profession across the region. I look forward to working with my fellow Council members to ensure we are paving the way for the future of the profession on behalf of the clients we serve.”

Karen Greenbaum, AESC President and CEO, commented: “AESC Councils play a critical role in combining regional expertise with global innovation on behalf of our association, ensuring clients—no matter where in the world—receive exceptional quality and results when working with an AESC Member.”

The complete 2021 AESC Council of Asia Pacific and the Middle East includes:

  • Louisa Wong, Global Sage, Chair – Hong Kong
  • Fabrice Desmarescaux, Eric Salmon & Partners, Vice Chair – Singapore
  • James Young, Morgan Young, Secretary and Treasurer – Sydney
  • Nobi Kaneko, Kaneko & Associates, Chair Emeritus – Tokyo
  • Karen Greenbaum, AESC, Ex-officio – New York
  • Sonal Agrawal, Accord | India/ AltoPartners – Mumbai
  • Aparna Ahuja, Athena Executive Search and Consulting – Delhi
  • Catherine Andersen, Omera Partners, Chair, Membership & Development – Sydney
  • Nairouz Bader, The Envision Partnership/ IIC Partners – Dubai
  • Charles Bien, Signium – Hong Kong
  • Mark Braithwaite, Odgers Berndtson – Shanghai
  • Uday Chawla, TRANSEARCH, Co-Chair, India – New Delhi
  • Rosalind De Sailly, De Sailly Consulting – Sydney
  • Malcolm Duncan, The Insight Group, Chair, Australia – Sydney
  • Cecile Hofer, Amrop Hofer Tan – Singapore
  • Liz Jones, Fisher Leadership – Melbourne
  • Wassim Karkabi, Stanton Chase, Chair, Middle East – Dubai
  • James Lawrence-Brown, Leathwaite – Hong Kong
  • Stephen Leavy, Hobson Leavy Executive Search/ Panorama – Auckland
  • Anissa Low, WittKieffer – Singapore
  • Stephen McAlinden, Heidrick & Struggles, Chair, Hong Kong – Hong Kong
  • Neil Morrison, Boyden – Hong Kong & Singapore
  • Yen Pin Ng, Sheffield Haworth – Shanghai & Singapore
  • Phillip Osborne, Kincannon & Reed, Chair, Nomination & Governance – Sydney
  • Sachin Rajan, Russell Reynolds Associates – Mumbai
  • Sam Robinson, Intersearch Middle East – Dubai
  • Warren Rushbrook, Quinton Anthony – Sydney
  • K Sudarshan, EMA Partners International – Mumbai
  • Mohamad Turk, Rasd Executive Search – Dubai
  • Atul Vohra, TRANSEARCH, Co-Chair, India – New Delhi
  • Katherine Wang, Fitco-Consulting – Beijing
  • Jim Whittle, RSR Partners, Chair, Japan – Tokyo
  • David Wu, GMPTALENT International – Shanghai
  • Victoria Xiang, Spencer Stuart, Chair, China (excl. HK) – Shanghai
  • Edwin Yeo, Cornerstone International Group – Singapore


About AESC 

Since 1959, AESC has set the quality standard for the executive search and leadership advisory profession. AESC Members represent 16,000+ trusted professionals in 1,200+ offices, spanning 70+ countries. AESC Members are recognized leaders of global executive search and leadership advisory solutions. They leverage their access and expertise to place more than 100,000 executives each year in board of directors and C-level positions for the world’s leading organizations of all types and sizes. Dedicated to strengthening leadership worldwide, AESC and its members share a deep commitment to the highest quality standards in executive search and leadership consulting—for the benefit of clients and the profession. We Shape. Connect. Educate. Learn more about us at aesc.org. For AESC’s career service for executive-level candidates, visit bluesteps.com.