International Programs is supported by a team of professional staff and and a network of alumni volunteer leaders worldwide. Please see below brief bios on our Ithaca based team and the Asia Alumni Leadersihp Advisors (CAALA). Click here for information on alumni contacts around the globe.
Hongnan MA, Director of International Alumni Relations
As the Director of International Alumni Relations, Hongnan oversees Cornell’s international alumni engagement activities. Her primary charge is to provide strategic insights, staff leadership, and organizational resources to alumni volunteers as they endeavor to build and enhance the community of Cornellians through balanced, coordinated, and sustainable programming that align with university priorities. Hongnan and her team of professional staff and volunteer leaders regularly engage 200+ alumni volunteers from 50+ world areas. Each year, they support more than 100 alumni events outside of North America, connecting Cornellians with each other and with the university, keeping the Big Red spirit alive and high around the globe, broadening and deepening the university's engagement, branding, and advancement reach around the world.
A proud Cornell alumna and parent, Hongnan brings on board an academic upbringing in cultural anthropology and sociology and professional experiences in higher education, cross-cultural communication, and program management. Prior to joining Alumni Affairs and Development, she was actively involved in various Global Cornell endeavors through the China Asia-Pacific Studies Program (CAPS), the Language House Program, and the East Asia Program at the Einaudi Center for International Studies.
Amanda HATCHER, Senior Associate Director
Amanda shares her time between International Alumni Relations and the Cornell Entrepreneur Network (CEN), the university's professional business network. As Senior Associate Director, Amanda will be responsible for the execution of the goals of each program in order to enhance impactful and sustainable engagement and promote the Cornell brand globally. Amanda will focus her efforts on innovative marketing communications as well as to bring additional attention to data-driven metrics and analytics in support of international engagement. Amanda will also assist in developing and maintaining relationships with international and domestic alumni leaders and volunteers.
Amanda was born and raised in the Ithaca area and went to Keuka College. Prior to joining Cornell Alumni Affairs and Development in 2008, she worked for TC3 Global at Tompkins Cortland Community College and spent time abroad in Costa Rica. Amanda has traveled extensively on behalf of Cornell and has helped build CEN into the reputable Cornell brand that it is today.
Lauren WILSEY, Administrative Assistant
Lauren supports some of the most essential day-to-day functions of the program, providing pre-and post-event logistical services for engagement activities, updating the alumni and volunteer databases, assisting the Director in maintaining regular and timely communication with our international community and promoting best practices in support of alumni leaders’ efforts to engage Cornell alumni, parents, and friends outside of North America.
A native of Geneva, NY, and a graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges ’10, Lauren has deep Finger Lakes roots and interests in theater, Tae Kwon Do, photography, and traveling, a passion ignited by her study abroad experience in Galway, Ireland. Prior to joining International Programs, Lauren provided administrative support for Affinity and Special Project Fundraising at Cornell’s Division of Alumni Affairs and Development.
Mark HANSEN, Cornell Asia Alumni Leadership Advisor (CAALA)
Mark ’79 (Arts & Sciences) is based in Singapore. He is currently Managing Director at the Asian Leadership Institute, Asia’s oldest executive coaching firm. He was previously Head of Asia Governance and Strategic Initiatives at Standard Chartered Bank. Prior to that he was a partner at Booz Allen Hamilton leading their Asia financial services practice. Mark has lived and worked across Asia for almost 30 years. Mark also has a MA in economics from UC Berkeley and also studied Chinese at the National Taiwan Normal University.
Mark has served his second term on Cornell University Council beginning in 2011 and was actively involved in regional alumni engagement as Cornell Alumni Association Board 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.
Jeff MACCORKLE, Cornell Asia Alumni Leadership Advisor (CAALA)
Jeff MacCorkle '88 (Arts & Sciences) is the Managing Director of Pacific Rim Resources (PRR) a coal, power and infrastructure developer in China and Indonesia.
For 20 years Jeff was a senior management consultant in China’s energy sector. Jeff was a partner with Booz & Company (formerly Booz Allen Hamilton) leading Booz’s Beijing office. In China he has worked extensively with leading international and domestic energy companies.
Jeff started his career in China with Fuqua Industries where he was country manager for Fuqua World Trade. In 1991 he was elected to the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing and, later was elected the Secretary of the American Chamber of Commerce in the PRC.
Jeff received his received his BA from Cornell University, MBA from the International Business Program at the University of Southern California and attended the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. He and his family have lived in China for over 27 years. Besides his service on the University Council and the Cornell Alumni Association board (as a Director-from-the-Region), he is also active in the Cornell Clubs of Beijing, Vietnam and Indonesia.
Bobby TSAI, Cornell Asia Alumni Leadership Advisor (CAALA)
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 alumni leader for the past two decades or so, 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 Vice President of the Cornell Alumni Association.