His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso
Founding Patron, CCARE
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, is the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people and recognized worldwide for his advocacy of compassion, peace and interreligious dialogue. He has been a strong supporter of the neurosciences for over two decades. His Holiness is a benefactor of CCARE having personally provided the largest sum he has ever given to scientific research.
For his tireless efforts promoting peace throughout the world, the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize , in 1989. He was awarded the United States Congressional Gold Medal in October 2007 recognizing his role as one of the world¹s foremost moral and religious leaders using his leadership role to advocate for peace. He has received more than 100 honorary degrees and major awards.
Founding Patron, CCARE
Jolly Good Fellow, Google
Chade-Meng Tan (Meng) is Google’s Jolly Good Fellow (which nobody can deny). His unusual job title started as a joke, but eventually became real.
Meng was one of Google’s earliest engineers. Among many other things, he helped build Google’s first mobile search service, and headed the team that evaluated and kept a vigilant eye on Google’s search quality. After a successful 8-year stint in Engineering, he now serves with Google University, where he is the Head of the School of Personal Growth. One of his main projects is Search Inside Yourself – a Mindfulness-based Emotional Intelligence course, which he hopes will eventually contribute to world peace in a meaningful way.
Chade-Meng Tan, “Jolly Good Fellow” at Google, says his gift to CCARE was motivated by a desire to promote world peace, which “can only happen when people have inner happiness and inner compassion”.
Outside of Google, Meng is the Founder and (Jolly Good) President of the Tan Teo Charitable Foundation, a small foundation dedicated to promoting Peace, Liberty and Enlightenment in the world. He is also a Founding Patron of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE).
Meng earned his MS in Computer Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He went to Santa Barbara mainly for the beach, but didn’t mind the graduate degree either. He has won many computing-related awards, including the Championship of Singapore’s National Software Competition. Prior to coming to the United States, Meng had a successful engineering career in Singapore. (He knew it was successful because nobody offered to fire him).
Meng created one of the world’s earliest websites on Buddhism in 1995. He considers himself a Buddhist “on most weekdays, especially Mondays”. He is an avid meditator, because meditation facilitates in him inner peace and happiness “without doing real work”. Meng occasionally found himself featured on the New York Times and other newspapers. His personal motto is, “Life is too important to be taken seriously”.
Meng hopes to see every workplace in the world become a drinking fountain for happiness and enlightenment. When Meng grows up, he wants to save the world, and have lots of fun and laughter doing it. He feels if something is no laughing matter, it’s probably not worth doing.
Founding Patron, CCARE
Founder, CEO & President, Pacific Health Investment Inc.
Mr. Wayne Wu is the founder, CEO, & President of Pacific Health Investment Inc., a company that specializes in life sciences investment. Mr. Wu currently serves on the board of Accuray Incorporated (Nasdaq:ARAY), a company that designs, manufactures, and distributes CyberKnife robotic radiosurgery system for tumor treatment. Mr. Wu has served as a member of Accuray Incorporated board of directors since April 1998 and was their Chairman between May 2004 and April 2010. Mr. Wu is also on the Board of a number of privately held corporations including: Green Tree Investment Company which owns and operates a chain of upscale budget business hotel in the People’s Republic of China; Synaptic Medical International, a company that designs, manufactures and distributes EP catheters for treatment of cardiac arrhythmias with headquarters in Beijing, China; WaveSense, Inc., a company that designs, manufactures and distributes patented disposable biological separations technologies; and O2 Medtech, Inc., a company that uses PMS technology for cerebral oximetry.
Prior to Pacific Health Investment, Inc, Mr. Wu co-founded Pacific Republic Capital Group in February 1998, a venture capital fund that specialized in real estate and life sciences investment. From February 1998 through May 2005 Mr. Wu was the fund’s co-manager and presided over the Board of various investee companies including: Accuray Incorporated; Aurora Imaging Technology, Inc.; and Sandpoint Design, Inc. Aurora Imaging Technology, Inc. designs, manufactures and distributes the only U.S. FDA approved dedicated breast MRI system. Mr. Wu was the Executive Vice President and a member of board of directors of Aurora Imaging Technology, Inc. from September 1999 to August 2004. Sandpoint Design, Inc. was the designer, manufacturer and distributor of high performance carbon fiber bicycles. Mr. Wu was a member of the board and later the Chairman of Sandpoint Design, Inc until May 2005. Prior to founding Pacific Republic Capital Group Mr. Wu was the Special Assistant to the Chairman and CEO of Preferred Bank from August 1997 to February 1998, and a senior loan officer of Sumitomo Trust and Banking Corporation from December 1995 to August 1997. Mr. Wu graduated from National Central University in Taiwan with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and received his Masters Degree in Mathematics from University of Southern California.