Directors & Staff
Dui Hua’s team is dedicated to advancing rights through mutually respectful dialogue. Founder and Executive Director John Kamm, a businessman-turned-activist, possesses unique expertise and insight on China’s at-risk detainees. The Board consists of eight members, all with long-standing concern for human rights in China. Dui Hua staff work in San Francisco and Hong Kong.
Founder, Executive Director
John Kamm is an American businessman and human rights campaigner active in China since 1972. He is the founder and chairman of The Dui Hua Foundation. Kamm was awarded the Department of Commerce’s Best Global Practices Award by President Bill Clinton in 1997 and the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights by President George W. Bush in 2001. In September 2004, Kamm received a MacArthur Fellowship for “designing and implementing an original approach to freeing prisoners of conscience in China.” Kamm is the first businessman to be awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.
Since his first intervention on behalf of a Chinese prisoner in May 1990, Kamm has made more than 100 trips to China to engage the government in a dialogue on human rights, focusing on the treatment of prisoners and conditions in prisons. He has made 10 visits to Chinese prisons and has submitted requests for information on more than 1,000 prisoners. In the words of The New York Times, “No other person or organization in the world, including the State Department, has helped more Chinese prisoners.”
Kamm received a BA from Princeton University (1972) and an MA from Harvard University (1975). He was the Hong Kong correspondent and representative of the National Council for US-China Trade (1975-1979) and President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (1990). He also managed Occidental Chemical Corporation’s business in China and the Far East (1986-1991).
Harold Furman, II
Harold W. Furman II is the chairman and managing director of The Furman Group, Inc., a public affairs and professional consulting firm with offices in Washington, DC, and San Diego, California, that provides consulting services to public and private-sector clients involved in the development and financing of water, sanitation, energy, and transportation projects.
Prior to founding The Furman Group in 1992, Furman was a partner in the Washington, DC office of an international law firm that he joined after serving as principal deputy assistant secretary of the Interior for water and science in President Ronald Reagan’s administration. In that capacity, Furman was responsible for the management of the Bureau of Reclamation, the US Geological Survey, and the Bureau of Mines. Furman served as the principal water policy adviser to three secretaries of the Interior. Prior to joining the Reagan administration, Furman served as legislative counsel to US Senator Paul Laxalt of Nevada and was a practicing attorney in Reno, Nevada.
In 1994, Furman was a candidate for the US Senate in Nevada. He captured the Republican nomination but was narrowly defeated in the general election by the incumbent US senator.
Following the 2000 elections, Furman served as member of the Department of the Interior transition team for President-Elect George W. Bush. Furman currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Hubbs-Seaworld Research Institute, an internationally recognized marine research institution.
Furman graduated from the University of Southern California and earned a juris doctor degree from the University of Southern California Law Center.
Tom Gorman is the senior adviser of CCI Asia-Pacific Ltd. A fluent Chinese speaker, he has written and spoken extensively on doing business in China and the Asia-Pacific region and has been a guest commentator on many television and radio programs. He has consulted on business strategy in China to various Fortune 500 companies. His book, Magazine Publishing in China, was published in May 2004 by the American Business Media.
Gorman serves in leadership positions of several professional and charitable organizations. In addition to being a director of Dui Hua, he is a trustee of the Amcham Hong Kong Charitable Foundation and a member of the EMBA Advisory Group of the EMBA Programme of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Editorial Advisory Board of the China Economic Quarterly, the Advisory Board of the Research Center for Chinese Politics and Business at Indiana University, the Advisory Committee of International Social Service Hong Kong Branch, and the Board of The Beijing Center. Gorman is a past chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and former board chair of the Hong Kong International School.
In addition, Gorman is a member of the National Committee on US–China Relations and the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Hong Kong.
A native of Chicago, Illinois, and graduate of Princeton University’s East Asian Studies Department, Gorman has been a Hong Kong resident and frequent visitor to China for the more than 40 years.
William C. McCahill, Jr.
William C. McCahill, Jr. is Senior Advisor for China at Mirabaud & Cie., a Swiss private bank headquartered in Geneva. Resident in Hong Kong and Suzhou, McCahill works principally with Mirabaud’s equities traders, capital markets and private banking teams.
Before joining Mirabaud, McCahill had done similar work with Religare Capital Markets. He had previously co-founded and managed a China-focused equities and macro research firm, opened the Beijing office of a major American law firm, and operated a business consultancy in China. A 25-year Foreign Service career preceded McCahill’s business activities. He began his diplomatic service in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Beijing; subsequently held senior posts at US missions in Western Europe, Scandinavia, and Canada; and in 2000 retired from his last posting as Chargé d’affaires at the US Embassy in Beijing.
His academic background includes degrees from Boston College and Harvard University in Theology, English, History of Religion, and Sanskrit & Indian Studies.
Michael T. McCune
Michael McCune is a retail & consumer marketing consultant with deep knowledge of the Chinese, Japanese, and South Korean marketplaces. Fluent in Mandarin, he actively pursues complete engagement with China and the Chinese on social, political, and economic issues.
At Iconoculture, McCune serves as a member of the Global Advisory Services group and directs coverage of Asia-Pacific consumer values. In addition, he oversees Iconoculture’s ChinaFocus Program—an immersion experience that takes executives to China and exposes them to factors impacting the evolution of China’s consumers.
A student of Chinese language while at the University of Michigan, McCune launched his career in Shanghai where he promoted US exports for the US Department of Commerce. He later co-founded a retail research firm on the China market, and a decade later moved to Tokyo to help launch a consumer research panel. Since returning to the US in 2004, he has been an independent consultant for Asia marketing strategy and has led brand loyalty and shopper behavior engagements in Asia and the US for global marketing services firms.
In addition to serving on Dui Hua’s Board, McCune is a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations and a frequent speaker and organizer of workshops and conference panels on issues related to China’s rise.
McCune currently lives in Oakland, California where he awaits the resurgence of his hometown sports teams.
William Simon is the Managing Partner, Kura Holdings LLC. Previously he severed as the Executive Vice Chairman of Cole Haan LLC., and as managing partner of Infinity Associates LLC, a business that specializes in acquiring, operating, and nurturing global companies—each of which has engaged in substantial business and social relationships with private and governmental entities in China. Over the years, Simon has held the positions of chairman and/or CEO of more than 20 companies, including The North Face and Converse.
Simon began his involvement with China while attending a trade fair in Shanghai in 1976. After moving to Hong Kong in 1978, he established a manufacturing enterprise that eventually opened branch offices in nine provinces in China to oversee production of high-end outdoor and apparel products. Other accomplishments include the establishment of one of the first compensation trade agreements between a foreign and Chinese company; acting on behalf of the Chinese Government to obtain licenses to export certain products to the US prior to the establishment of diplomatic relations; and testimony before US Senate and House hearings on China’s Most Favored Nation status.
Simon was born and raised in Michigan and received a BA degree in English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley. After working in Hong Kong and China for 15 years, he returned to San Francisco in 1993, and currently resides in New York. Having a strong desire to help improve the quality of life of the average Chinese citizen, Simon greatly admired the decision in 1990 of John Kamm, now executive director of Dui Hua, to devote his life to the advancement of humanitarianism in China and has been an active advocate and supporter ever since.
Magdalen Yum is a wealth management banker by profession. Having begun her banking career in Hong Kong, Yum immigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1990 and has since developed expertise in US and Asian markets.
Yum attended Hong Kong’s Maryknoll Sisters School for both her primary and secondary education and graduated in Business Management from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Yum has always had a special concern for human rights in China, and the treatment of prisoners in particular. She has been a supporter of Dui Hua since its founding.
Linda K. Ziglar
Linda Ziglar brings financial and nonprofit experience to Dui Hua’s Board of Directors and serves as chairman of the Development Committee. She recently retired as senior vice president for finance at the American Frozen Food Institute and as executive director of the Frozen Food Foundation. Prior to joining the institute, Ziglar ran LKL Consultants, an IT services company specializing in software development, network design and implementation, and legal support services for class action lawsuits. Her client list included Fortune 100 companies.
In addition to Dui Hua, Ziglar serves on the board of the Cyprus Friendship Program, an organization dedicated to resolving the conflict in Cyprus by developing bridges among future leaders.
She received a BA in Mathematics and did graduate work in Operations Research at George Washington University.
Senior Manager of Finance & Development
Irene Kamm was on Dui Hua’s founding team. She earned a BA in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Master of Social Science in Economics from the University of Hong Kong. Initially employed as a government statistician and economist, she later joined the business sector managing the research department of an international consulting firm and overseeing finance and administration at Diamond Shamrock China and Diamond Shamrock Far East. Irene is in charge of Dui Hua’s finance, human resources and development. She also assists the board of directors to formulate and implement polices and plans to meet the organization’s short- and long-term objectives.
Senior Manager of Programs & Technology
Kevin Li was born in Shanghai and immigrated to the United States after graduating from high school. Kevin holds a B.S. in Computer Science from San Francisco State University and is a Certified Microsoft Professional. Kevin has been with Dui Hua since the foundation was established in 1999. Kevin oversees the foundation’s programs as well as its web site and databases.
Accounting & Administrative Manager
Candy Or was born in Hong Kong and studied education in college prior to moving to the United States in 2000. She is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and the Golden Key National Honor Society. Candy graduated with honors from San Francisco State University with a B.S. in Business Administration and a concentration in Accounting and Corporate Finance. She has been with Dui Hua since 2004.
Luke Wong joined Dui Hua in October 2008. He is a native of Hong Kong and a graduate of the University of Hong Kong with a B.A. in History and European Studies and a M. Phil in History with a concentration in race and class relations in colonial Hong Kong. Luke focuses his research on China’s political and religious prisoners and women in prison in China. Along with managing Hong Kong office administration, he also oversees and maintains Dui Hua’s Political Prisoner Database and Mass Incident Database.
Program & Development Manager
Ren Yin Yu graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Field Studies (focus on NGO sector in China) and a B.A. in Legal Studies. Ren Yin lived in Taiwan and mainland China and is bilingual in Mandarin and English. Before joining Dui Hua, RenYin worked in UC Berkeley as Development Associate and Project/Policy Analyst for the Vice Chancellor’s Office for Undergraduate Education.
Ricky graduated from Hong Kong Baptist University, majoring in Government and International Studies and minoring in History. He is in charge of updating Dui Hua’s Political Prisoner Database.
Before joining Dui Hua in August 2014, he interned at InMedia (HK) as a trainee reporter. His research interests span from security studies to Hong Kong’s democratization.
Xandra Xiao was born in the US and grew up in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing. She holds a BA in History from University College London, with a focus on modern Chinese history as well as a Msc in Contemporary Chinese Studies from the University of Oxford, with a focus on Chinese law. She speaks English and Mandarin. She coordinates foundation’s publication and program activities and provides support to research, development and outreach activities.