Cynthia Wu

Executive Director, Shin Kong Life Foundation

Cynthia Wu is a politician, business executive and philanthropist. During her tenure as a legislator, she drafted innovative bills such as the Digital Health Act, AI Act and laws to form a sovereign wealth fund, improve personal and cyber security and develop green finance. She was the running mate for TPP founder, Dr. Ke Wen-je, in the 2024 presidential general elections.

Cynthia has diverse business experiences internationally. She began her career in financial services as an investment analyst in London and returned to Taipei to work for her family business, the Shin Kong (SK) Group, a leading Taiwanese conglomerate founded in 1945 with notable businesses in financial services, real estate, energy, retail, health care and security. As Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning at Shin Kong Life, she oversaw the transformation planning, human resources and business development into ASEAN countries. As Chairman of the SK Life Foundation, she won several national awards, including the National Civic Service Award for the best NGO in Taiwan and also started a local social enterprise which is now expanding their operations in Asia.

Cynthia received her BA at Wellesley College and earned an MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She serves as a board member in some SK group of companies and was the U.K. trustee of the Institute for Philanthropy and was the international board member of The Philanthropy Workshop. Cynthia was named as one of China’s 100 outstanding female entrepreneurs, and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

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