Dr. Ruth A. Shapiro is the Founder and Chief Executive of the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society (CAPS), a non-profit incorporated in Hong Kong in 2014. CAPS (www.caps.org) is committed to increasing the quality and quantity of private social investment in Asia and is a center of excellence which promotes best practices, transparency, good governance and accountability for philanthropy and non-profit management in Asia.
Dr. Shapiro is the primary author of Pragmatic Philanthropy: Asian Charity Explained published by Palgrave Macmillan in January 2018. She was also the editor of The Real Problem Solvers, a book about social entrepreneurship in America, published by Stanford University Press. The Real Problem Solvers with the addition of seven China specific chapters was published in China in March, 2015. Dr. Shapiro has written numerous articles and is a regular speaker on issues related to Asian philanthropy, csr, social innovation and social entrepreneurship in Asia.
Prior to founding CAPS, Ruth Shapiro founded the Asia Business Council (www.asiabusinesscouncil.org) and served as its Executive Director since its inception in 1997 until May 2008. She is now Senior Advisor to the Council. The Asia Business Council is an independent association of chief executive officers from leading Asian companies or multinational corporations with significant Asian operations. 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 program 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 Masters Degrees from Harvard University and George Washington University. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Michigan.