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Board of Director

Douglas Habecker

Douglas Habecker is an American who considers Taiwan—where he has spent most of his life—home. For the past decade, he has been co-publisher and editor-in-chief of Compass Magazine, which he co-founded. Compass Group produces some of Taiwan's most comprehensive and popular bilingual city-guide resources for both print and web.

Doug concurrently serves in a number of other positions, including English editor and consultant for various Taiwan central government and Taichung city government organizations.  He earned his journalism bachelor’s degree in the United States and returned to Taiwan to start a career as a reporter, writer and editor.  This included long-term positions as Central Taiwan Bureau Chief for the Taiwan News English newspaper and part-time reporter for ICRT English radio station.  He also previously served as the English editor for the Taiwan Institute of Economic Research, one of Taiwan’s largest economic think tanks; board member of Center of Counseling and Growth, a Taichung-based international community counselling center; and high school journalism teacher at Morrison Academy, Taichung’s largest international school. 

He has served on the board of Taichung AmCham since 1996, including a 4 year period as its chairman. Favorite pastimes include playing in Compass' international men’s soccer club, reading history books and travelling to places he’s never explored before.   

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Board Member

Bernard Siu

Bernard Siu served the Board of Amcham from the first set update to present. He is a Mechanical Engineering Professional. Before he retired in 2007, he worked for Mcgill International Inc. for more then 18 years in Taichung. In the past 13 years, he had worked as a Consultant for mechanical manufacturing company, sales agent for heavy-duty and high precision bearings.


He is now concentrated with sales of Tea, especially Pu-Erh Tea, and coffee. He is the student of Professor Deng Se Hai, who is a respective professional in Pu-Erh Tea business in Taiwan and China. Most of the tea he sells are processing under the monitoring by Professor Deng.


He recently cooperates with a partner to start a coffee business. They have their own coffee roasting machine and can provide many unit flavors of coffee beans with raw beans from South America and Africa.

Dr. James Sims

Board Member

Dr. James Sims

Professor James Sims first started teaching in Taiwan in 1985 and since then he has worked at positions of increasing rank and responsible at Tunghai University.  


He has served as the Chair of the Foreign Languages and Literature Department (FLLD) and the English Language Center (ELC).


He is currently the Dean of the International College and the Director of the International Business Administration (IBA) Program.

Shawn Hsu

Board Member

Shawn Hsu 

Shawn Hsu is a long-time resident of California and a graduate of San Jose State University (Accounting). He has lived in the San Francisco Bay area for the past 35 years. During those years, He has worked for several local companies, Such as Avnet Electronics, Bank of America and Hitachi Instrument America, and eventually became a real estate investor.


He moved back to Taiwan two years ago in search of an ideal retirement place and so far so good. For his pastime, He enjoys being a language teacher and the president of the AUTC Toastmasters Club.


Shawn is an outdoor enthusiast and also loves tennis as well as hiking. 


Board Member

Adam Bell

Adam Bell is an American citizen. He grew up in northeast Georgia, then spent several years in Newton, MA, a suburb of Boston, before venturing to Taichung as an exchange student in 2001. 
He has since accumulated nearly two decades of experience in developing, manufacturing, and distributing drinking water treatment systems and equipment.  


Early in his career, he lived and worked in mainland China, where he set up and managed sourcing operations, factories, and distribution centers in Shenzhen, Kunshan, Shanghai, and Qingdao.  In 2013 he relocated to Taichung, where he currently serves as the Global Director of Business Enhancement & Services at Global Water Solutions Ltd. (GWS).


During his tenure at GWS, he has held management roles in regional sales, marketing, technical support, and product development.  While based in Taichung, he travels regularly to support GWS business activities across a distribution network spanning more than 120 countries.


He holds degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Economics and Chinese.  He also studied Mandarin at Tunghai University and obtained a Business Administration Master's degree from Providence University.  His academic research has been published in the Journal of Sustainability and the Independent Journal of Management and Production.


Board Member

Matthew Sawatzky 

Matt Sawatzky currently serves as Director of Finance at Morrison Academy, an American-accredited K-12 school founded in 1952 and currently with four campuses throughout Taiwan.

He previously lived in Taipei and worked in Taiwan’s financial services industry, serving on the investor relations team at Taiwan's largest equities brokerage firm, Yuanta Securities, and later, Yuanta Financial Holdings.


Prior corporate business experience in the United States includes working as a financial analyst for an engineering/manufacturing firm in Michigan that was a tier-one supplier to major auto companies.


Board Member

Seth Clippard

Seth is currently the Director of Global Communications at Source Solutions International, an organization supplying bicycles and bicycle components to clients in Europe and North America.


He was an Assistant Professor in the Department of English for Global Communication at Hung Kuang University in Taichung. During this time he served as Department Chair and Director of the Language Center. 

Seth holds a PhD in Religious Studies from Arizona State University and a master's degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School. His research on the intersections of environmental and religious rhetorics in Asian religion has been published in the Journal of Buddhist Ethics, Worldviews, and the Journal of for the Study of Religion and Nature.