Asia Catalyst consists of a dedicated full and part time staff located both in the US and in Asia, and a passionate board of directors.


Karyn Kaplan | Executive Director

Karyn Kaplan has worked on health and human rights issues in Asia since 1988, when she moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand and volunteered with a local sex worker rights group, EMPOWER. Since then, she has become a leading advocate on access to medicines, harm reduction and global drug policy issues.

Karyn, who spent 20 years working alongside grassroots groups in Thailand, is fluent in Thai. She co-founded Thai AIDS Treatment Action Group (TTAG) with HIV-positive activist, Paisan Suwannawong in 2002, to focus on HIV/AIDS treatment access for highly marginalized groups, especially people who inject drugs, migrant sex workers, and people in prison. Karyn, Paisan and TTAG were recipients of the 2009 John M. Lloyd Foundation HIV/AIDS Leadership Award.

Karyn also worked at Treatment Action Group, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (now OutRight International) and Gay Men’s Health Crisis. In 2014, Karyn received the Health GAP Founders Award.



Brian Bonci | Director of Finance and Operations

Brian joined Asia Catalyst in 2011. He received his BA in Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies from Pace University, where he was a Jeannette K. Watson Fellow. Brian previously worked on political campaigns and volunteered with LGBT and HIV/AIDS advocacy organizations in New York City and Cape Town, South Africa. He has also advised international exchange students in Tunisia and taught English in Central America. Brian is fluent in English and Spanish.



Gareth Durrant | Director of Partnerships and Programs

Gareth is public health professional, sexual and reproductive rights advocate, and fundraiser who is committed to forging and sustaining relationships with Asia Catalyst program partners, donors, and institutional allies in the region. Prior to joining Asia Catalyst he worked in the private sector and with not for profit organizations such as International Planned Parenthood Federation and Marie Stopes International. Gareth will complete a Masters of Public Health from the University of Melbourne, Australia in 2016, and holds Bachelor of Business Administration and Certificate in Women and Gender Studies from National Taiwan University. Gareth is fluent in English and Chinese.



Shen Tingting | Director of Advocacy, Policy, and Research

Shen Tingting has been a prominent HIV/AIDS and human rights advocate in Beijing, China, and has been working with marginalized communities since her college days. In 2007, Tingting co-founded the Korekata AIDS Law Center with Li Dan, and until 2012 she was the deputy director of its parent organization, Dongjen Center for Human Rights Education and Action, where she founded and managed an outreach program for sex workers in Beijing. Tingting received her MA in Social Welfare from Renmin University of China in 2009, and served as a visiting research fellow at Asia Catalyst from March -August 2012.

Board of Directors

Laurence Bates,
Lixil Group

Yvonne Y.F. Chan,
Paul Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Randall Chamberlain,
Law Office of Randall Chamberlain, PLLC

Sara L.M. Davis,
NYU Center for Human Rights & Global Justice

Sarah Lubman,
The Brunswick Group

Bruce Rabb,
Legal Advisor

Steve Rasin,
Cedar Management Consulting

Minky Worden,
Human Rights Watch

Tina Zonars


Jerome A. Cohen,
NYU School of Law

Sophie Richardson,
Human Rights Watch