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Our leadership team is based in Singapore, we have operations in Thailand and the Philippines and focus on South-East Asia as well as on specific social issues beyond Asia. 

We are members of various philanthropic networks and support the growth of collaborative efforts between philanthropic funders and implementing organizations in order to foster the development of effective and solutions to some of the most pressing social issues faced by communities in Asia and beyond.

The Firetree Trust and Starfish Education Trust were created by Francesco Caruso, after the dissolution and merger of the Richard P. Haugland Foundation and the Firetree Asia Foundation (USA). Francesco had worked closely with Richard Paul “Dick” Haugland - a philanthropist, scientist and entrepreneur  for over 15 years at the Richard P. Haugland Foundation, where the two of them managed investments and philanthropic efforts. 


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Francesco Caruso
Group CEO and Trusts Protector

Francesco heads the Investments Committee and, as Trusts' Protector, chairs the Boards of both Firetree Philanthropy and Starfish Education and approves grants and donations.
Francesco is also responsible for Governance and Compliance of all the entities part of the group.

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Michelle Lim
Group CFO

Michelle oversees the financial management of the Group, monitors all our investments, supports - as required - the management of private companies in which Firetree has invested and monitors the financial operations of all the organisations part of the Group.

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Nicky Wilkinson
Executive Director of Firetree Philanthropy Foundation

Nicky leads the external philanthropic work of Firetree Group, developing partnerships with social impact organisations and fostering initiatives to support change-makers focused on working with some of the most marginalised communities in Asia.  

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Dr. Nanthaporn (Prae) Seributra
Head of Starfish Education, President of Starfish Education Foundation &
Starfish Education Social Enterprise Co. Ltd.

Prae leads a team of 86 people implementing the programs of the Starfish Education and is responsible for the overall strategy of Starfish Education and its implementation in collaboration with the Thai government, public schools, private companies and foundations and international institutions.

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