A new international policy research organization, the Center for Asia-Pacific Resilience and Innovation (CAPRI), has been established and is conducting a global search for talent to work toward its vision of enhancing resilience and improving governance around the world by drawing on the experiences of the Asia-Pacific region.

CAPRI, which was established in May 2022 in Taiwan and the United States, is seeking an executive director, director of research, and research associates with a background in Asia-Pacific policy research to join its growing staff.

CAPRI’s founding was announced in May 25, 2022 during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. The announcement was made by the center’s founder, Professor Syaru Shirley Lin, during an affiliate session on “Collaborating to Build Resilient and Sustainable Health Systems”hosted by the Partnership for Health System Sustainability and Resilience (PHSSR).


Syaru Shirley Lin, Chair, Center for Asia-Pacific Resilience and Innovation (CAPRI)
Syaru Shirley Lin, Chair, Center for Asia-Pacific Resilience and Innovation (CAPRI)

CAPRI’s establishment is a milestone for the Asia-Pacific region, where there are few organizations of this kind, according to Lin. “CAPRI is distinctive because it is an independent nonpartisan, nongovernmental policy research institution funded by both multinational corporations and generous individual donors.”  

Based both in Taipei and at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, CAPRI undertakes research, convenes events, and builds partnerships across academic disciplines and economic sectors to address the most urgent policy challenges facing the Asia Pacific and the world. 

CAPRI is governed by an international board of directors chaired by Lin that includes the following leaders in public policy, regional engagement, and philanthropy: 

• Professor Chang-Chuan Chan, Distinguished Professor at the Institute of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, College of Public Health, National Taiwan University

• Ms. Irene Chen, Executive Director of Fubon Cultural & Educational Foundation

• Professor Harry Harding, University Professor and Professor of Public Policy, University of Virginia 

• Professor Alicia Garcia Herrero, Senior Fellow Bruegel 

• Mr. Stan Shih, Co-Founder and Honorary Chairman, Acer Group, and Chairman of StanShih Foundation

• Mr. David W. Su, Corporate Vice President and General Counsel, MediaTek, Inc. 

• Mr. Charles Cheng, Chief CPA at Sunrise CPA Firm

• Ms. Sylvia Fang, Vice President and General Counsel at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.

In addition to serving as CAPRI’s founding board chairman and interim executive director, Lin is an international political economist and policy analyst who is Research Professor at the Miller Center and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the need for Asia-Pacific perspectives in global policy and governance discussions,” said Lin. “Societies across the Asia-Pacific Region responded to the pandemic differently, and the lessons they learned should be shared with the world.” 

To this end, CAPRI has partnered with PHSSR, an initiative within WEF focused on promoting resilient health systems worldwide. Through this and other global partnerships, CAPRI acts a hub in the Asia Pacific connecting researchers in the region with global networks of experts and decisionmakers to propose best practices for enhancing resilience through innovative public policy. 

CAPRI’s founding builds on the work done since 2020 by Lin and her team with the Reform for Resilience Commission. Headquartered at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, the Commission works through global hubs that collaborate to recommend policy reforms that promote public health, economic recovery, and environmental sustainability as the world emerges from the pandemic. 

Information on open positions at CAPRI can be found at the links below:

Executive Director

Director of Research

Research Associate