StanShih Foundation was established by Acer Group founder Stan Shih in 1988. For the interests of Taiwan’s long-term sustainability and competitiveness, the Foundation has in recent years actively involved in promoting the altruistic principles of Wangdao. According to our founder-Mr. Shih, Wangdao is about leadership in organizations large and small, and based on the three core concepts: value creation, the balance of interests, and sustainable development. It also calls for leaders to pay equal attention to the “Six-aspect Values,” which are: the visible values of tangible, direct, present; and the invisible values of intangible, indirect and future.
To sustain in a flat world faced with global competition, the key to Taiwan's future lies in talent cultivation. StanShih Foundation has actively contributed in the works of talent development, with social responsibility as core, and the ultimate goal of making concrete contribution to society.
Stan Shih is the Chairman of StanShih Foundation, Co-founder & Honorary Chairman of the Acer Group. Throughout his career and all his life, he has been a social entrepreneur. From January 2017, he serves as the Honorary Chairman, Major League IoT to promote rapid transformation of Taiwan industry and upgrading aggressively to face critical challenges in the future.
Mr. Shih serves on the boards of Acer, Nan Shan Life Insurance Co., Ltd., Taiwan Public Television Service Foundation and Chinese Television System. He is the Chairman of Cloud Gate Culture and Arts Foundation, the Head of Taiwan Connection Fun Club, One Song Orchestra Fun Club, and the Convener of the Cultural Tech Alliance, Taiwan.
Mr. Shih had the honor of being selected as One of the 10 Most Outstanding Young Persons in Taiwan in 1976, The Most Outstanding Young Engineer in Taiwan in 1981 and the 1st One of the 10 Most Outstanding Young Persons in the World in 1983. He is a former Chairman of the Asia Business council and a former International Advisory Board (IAB) member of the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), a Governor of the Asian Institute of Management, and an Honorary Chairman of the Taiwan Excellent Brand Association. After retiring from Acer in 2004, he acted as the Chairman of National Culture and Arts Foundation from 2011 to 2016 to build up the platform between Arts and Business actively.
BusinessWeek named Mr. Shih one of its 25 Top Managers of the Year in 1996. Time featured him in its article “60 years of Asian Heroes” for turning Taiwan into a PC-manufacturing powerhouse. In 2007, Mr. Shih, as Taiwan’s Special Envoy, attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Summit in Sydney, Australia. For his outstanding, long-term contributions, the President honored him with the Order of Brilliant Star with Grand Cordon in October 2011 and the 1st Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) Laureate in 2012.
Mr. Shih earned a Bachelor’s, Master’s, and honorary Ph.D in electronics engineering from the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Technology by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and an Honorary Doctor of International Law from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.