Hongnan MA, Director of International Programs, Office of Alumni Affairs
As Director of International Programs, Hongnan oversees Cornell’s international alumni engagement activities and provides strategic insights and staff leadership toward aligning these activities with university priorities. Partnering with Cornell colleagues and volunteer leaders worldwide, Hongnan’s primary charge is to build and enhance the community of Cornellians outside of North America through balanced, coordinated, and sustainable programming.
A proud Cornell alumna (MA ’01) and parent ’16, Hongnan brings on board an academic upbringing in cultural anthropology and professional experiences in higher education, cross-cultural communication, and program management.
Francine DARLING, Administrative Assistant
Francine supports some of the most essential day-to-day functions of the program. She manages the volunteer database and the behind-the-scenes details for alumni club/group events and ensures that all events are accurately posted on alumni.cornell.edu and marketed through CornellConnect e-blasts and other publicity venues. Where necessary, she is also responsible for setting up event registration, post-event survey, and coordinating other general pre and post-event tasks.
Francine is a pianist by training (Ithaca College ’75) and continues to enjoy a rich musical life in her spare time.
Ami STUART, Alumni Travel Program Coordinator
The Cornell Alumni Association (CAA) Alumni Travel Program offers educational trips to alumni, parents, and friends of Cornell University. In her role as Program Coordinator, Ami participates in the development and expansion of program goals and ensures smooth program operation. Working closely with vendors, staff, and alumni, Ami is responsible for developing a variety of domestic and international trips that appeal to a wide range of traveler interests, creating and executing marketing and communication plans, as well as monitoring and measuring program effectiveness.An experienced marketing professional and event coordinator, Ami holds a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell ’10 and an A.S. in Information Systems from University of Pittsburgh ’01. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her toddler daughter.
Wolfgang FRITZEMEYER, CAA Director from the Region for Europe
Wolfgang Fritzemeyer LLM ’77 is based in Munich, Germany where he practices in the areas of computer, corporate and contract law. He is also experienced in mergers and acquisitions as well as joint ventures, especially in the computer, telecommunications and related industries. Wolfgang is the former Co-Chairman of the Steering Committee of the European IT/IP Practice Group of Baker & McKenzie and is the present Co-Chairman of the IT Group of the German Baker & McKenzie locations. In addition, he has been a member of various Firm and German Baker & McKenzie Committees – including the Firm’s Policy Committee, Professional Development Committee and Articles Drafting Committee – and was the Managing Partner of the German offices of Baker & McKenzie for two years. Wolfgang has represented national and global corporations, as well as start-ups in a wide range of fields, including information technology, biotechnology, Internet and other high technology.
As an alumni volunteer leader, Wolfgang helped to establish the Cornell Club of Germany in 1991 and has served as the president ever since.He currently resides in Munich with his wife, Verena, their three children, Korinna, Alexander and Stephanie, all attending college, and their golden retriever, Cara.
Mark HANSEN, CAA Director from the Region for Asia
Mark ’79 (Arts & Sciences), is based in Singapore. He is the Head of Asia Governance and Strategic Initiatives at Standard Chartered Bank and serves on the Bank’s Asia Geographic Management Committee. Mark has more than 25 years of experience in strategic transformation and performance improvement programs and has been involved in the development of Standard Chartered’s executive leadership training program. He is also an independent non-executive director at Amba Research, a global investment research outsourcing firm.
Mark has served on Cornell University Council since 2011 and is actively involved in regional alumni engagement as CAA’s Director-from-the-Region (DFR) for Asia. A long-time volunteer leader, Mark was instrumental in the forming of the Cornell Club of Singapore and continues to serve as a Senior Advisor on the Club Board.
Bobby TSAI, CAA Director from the Region for Asia
Bobby Tsai '83, College of Engineering, now resides in Hong Kong. Bobby started his career as a Product Development Engineer for Procter & Gamble, and later worked for a period of time as an executive recruiter for Spencer Stuart & Associates. Since 2007, Bobby has returned to his family business and is now the Executive Director at Bond Apparels International, a China-based garment manufacturer.
Bobby has been an active Cornell alumni for the past 15 years, and at various times has served as President of the Cornell Club of Hong Kong, Chair of International Programs Committee at the University Council, and a board member of the Cornell Alumni Association.
Bobby and his wife, Fifi, have three children, and the first two are also Cornellians. Shawn, class of 2013 at the School of Hotel Administration, and Kevin, class of 2015 at CALS.
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