Anthony Blass

CEO, ShiftRunner; Chairman, Pandoo Foundation

ShiftRunner founder Responsible for setting the strategic and financial direction of the Company, establishing and developing its organizational structure, cultivating and motivating the senior management team, raising capital and liaising with the Board. Ensures proper information flows between all stakeholders, represents the Company to the community and to the media, formulates budgetary and human capital policies, provides leadership and oversight of operations and implementation plans, assists in the selection and evaluation of board members. Provides leadership toward the realization of the organization’s annual and long-term goals, with ultimate ownership of its mission, philosophy and strategy.

Professional and academic summary:

A dynamic leader with a proven ability to identify market opportunities, assemble high-performing, high-integrity management teams from scratch and build successful businesses, Anthony Blass has enjoyed a diverse 19-year professional career in Asia. A highly prepared, meticulous executive with expert communications skills and strong business and organizational instincts, Anthony is the founder of two technology companies in Hong Kong, including one that achieved an IPO via merger on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The other, I-Quest Corporation, was approved to list on the HKSE. He is the former Group Managing Director for SkyNetGlobal Limited, an Australian-listed wireless Internet company that achieved an IPO on the London Stock Exchange during his tenure. He has raised more than US$23 million in venture capital for his companies and has twice seen his companies achieve US$1 million in revenue during their first year of commercial operations. A former Dow Jones correspondent in Asia and the former editor and publisher of Boss Magazine in Hong Kong, Anthony has won numerous awards for reporting, commentary and photography. He has also published poetry and short fiction. He earned his master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City. He was nominated by the university and won a Henry Luce Fellowship, which brought him to Asia in 1992. He is a graduate of the Falcon (Chinese) Program at Cornell University.

François Perreault

Executive Director, ShiftRunner; Executive Director/President, Pandoo Foundation

Francois Perreault is co-founder, executive director and investor in ShiftRunner, involved in the strategic and daily operation of the organization. He is also president of PANDOO Foundation, ensuring strategic alignment between the non-profit sister company and ShiftRunner's commercial objectives. He is the principal spokesperson, advocate and architect of PANDOO Foundation's global initiatives, including its strategic partnerships, its global expansion (Singapore 2013; Philippines 2014; Canada & USA 2017; Australia 2018), and the implementation of its educational programs and development projects.

Professional and academic summary:

A scholar, social advocate, political analyst and writer, Francois Perreault is a natural leader with strong commercial instincts, a track record of professional successes in international settings and a demonstrated commitment to social enterprises. Before joining ShiftRunner, he was a research associate at the Canada Research Chair in Canadian Foreign and Defense Policy. He served as a visiting scholar in Singapore at the Center for Multilateralism Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), a top-50 global think tank. He worked for the Canadian Government in a variety of roles, including a progressive rural outreach program that served disadvantaged outlying areas. He has a dual degree in marketing from La Cite Collegiale in Ottawa and the Universite Jean Monnet in France, an undergraduate degree in international relations from the Universite du Quebec a Montreal and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Montreal. He also coaches youth hockey in Singapore and serves as a director for IT Matters, a corporate foundation in Cebu, Philippines, that assists street children. He received several prestigious fellowships and other academic honors, including a graduate studies fellowship from the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs. He is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Geneviève Bisson

Education Program Manager, Philippines

Responsible for setting up, leading and developing the Foundation’s first phase education projects in the Philippines, including a mobile literacy program for under served public schools, a basic health outreach program for remote islands schools, and our very first PANDOO Club, a community and learning centre for at risk youth.

Professional and academic summary:

An avid traveller, passionate social advocate and teacher, Geneviève Bisson has acquired extensive international experience and qualifications in the education and not-for-profit sectors. She has traveled to more than 40 countries, including many where she taught and served as a volunteer for outreach organizations, including Youth International Challenge in Costa Rica, Jardin del Amor in Guatemala, IT Matters in the Philippines and the CUSO-VSO Dance for the World campaign. She recently completed a successful around-the-world trip on board the Peace Boat, a Japanese NGO, where she taught English and Spanish, and organized many of its onboard events and workshops. She also has managed Klub Group Adventure’s summer camp in Swanage Dorset in the United Kingdom, and she was Vice-President of the Student Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa. Before joining PANDOO Foundation, she was Queen’s University Blyth Program Manager in Madrid. Genevieve has a degree in psychology and education from the University of Ottawa.

Denise Cristobal

Communications Manager, Pandoo Foundation - The Philippines

Responsible for developing local communications materials and tools, including PANDOO Foundation health outreach and literacy programs in the Philippines, and leading its implementation through fieldwork.

Professional and academic summary:

A mountaineer and traveler, Denise believes that her love of adventure stems from childhood storytelling sessions with her mother. Reading and writing her own stories at a young age helped her identify her life’s passion, leading to a professional writing career. After earning her degree in Linguistics and Literature from the University of San Carlos, Philippines, she worked as a freelance writer on projects in business communications, including writing and moderating online blog content. In addition to her work at PANDOO Foundation, Denise volunteers for Basadours, a non-profit organization that advocates reading and literacy through storytelling.