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Ruth A. Shapiro

Dr. Ruth A. Shapiro is the Chief Executive of the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society (CAPS). She is also the Editor of The Real Problem Solvers, a book about social entrepreneurship in America. The Real Problem Solvers was published in China with the addition of Chinese social entrepreneurs in March, 2015. She also co-authored the book, Building Energy Efficiency: Why Green Buildings are Key to Asia’s Future.
Dr Shapiro is the Principal of Keyi Strategies, a consultancy specialising in increasing understanding and networks between Asia, Europe and the US. Prior to founding Keyi Strategies, she founded the Asia Business Council and served as its Executive Director since its inception in 1997 until May 2007. She is now Senior Advisor to the Council. In overseeing the Council’s programmatic initiatives and through her consulting work, Dr Shapiro gained expertise on issues such as corporate social responsibility, scenario planning, education,
training and innovation, corporate governance, energy efficiency, social entrepreneurship and Asian regional economic growth and political change.
Dr Shapiro spent the early part of her professional career in the field of international development. Within this field, she held management positions and built new programme areas at the Academy for Educational Development, the Harvard Institute of International Development and Global Outlook. Dr Shapiro holds a doctorate from Stanford University and Master’s Degrees from Harvard University and George Washington University. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Michigan.