Jules Ho

Jules Ho

Executive Director

Andrew Nikou Foundation

Los Angeles, CA USA

The last thing you want to think is that you are the person who knows the most in the room, because then you risk not seeking anything new to learn from the others who are in the room with you.


My road in life took a while to figure out.
While my parents are from Hong Kong, I was sent away to a boarding school in the U.K.
Growing up at a boarding school away from family meant that I had to take it upon myself to explore the world and navigate my own path.
I studied Spanish in college yet my first job after graduation was an investment banking analyst for J.P. Morgan—they hired me because they liked my character and were willing to train me for the job.
I went back to school and earned my master’s degree in international relations and diplomacy because I wanted to join the United Nations and help solve the world’s major problems.
Joining the United Nations didn’t work out but I was determined to be in that space—I found a role in humanitarian relief as a communications, fundraising and events manager for Action Against Hunger.
After a few years, I transitioned into marketing and sales, which took me to the United States.
I eventually made my way back into social change and philanthropy, and worked in positions like interim head of alliances for XPRIZE and engagement manager for Saint Partners Philanthropy Services.
I currently work as the executive director of the Andrew Nikou Foundation, where I work to align the foundation as a resource for those driving solutions for the community’s needs.
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High School
University of Edinburgh
International Relations & Diplomacy
SOAS University of London


Executive Director

I co-design a private philanthropist foundation to support needs in the community.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Helping People

Day to Day

I start my day by checking on anything that has come in the night before. I check the news to make sure I'm up to speed with anything that might influence the foundation's plans. I also check in with my partner every day. I spend a lot of time reading. Then my daily work revolves around thinking and learning from communities about what their needs are and reflecting on how we can best align ourselves with solutions for such needs.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Read a lot and ask a lot of questions. Connect with people who ask the same questions as you. I also recommend spending time learning the art of conversation and constructive conflict so that when you join the workforce, you're better able to connect with other people outside of your own echo chamber and get things done.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

International Relations & Diplomacy


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I'm never going to be as good, smart, or successful as that person."