Community Business Team
Community Business Team
comprises a small and efficient team – all dedicated individuals
committed to enhancing understanding of CSR in Hong Kong and Asia and
promoting the adoption of responsible business practices.
Chief Executive Officer
Fern Ngai is Chief Executive Officer of Community Business, a Hong Kong based not-for-profit organisation dedicated to advancing responsible and inclusive business practices in Asia. Fern joined Community Business in October 2012 and is responsible for leading the organisation into its next stage of growth.
Community Business’ mission is to lead, inspire and support companies to have a positive impact on people and communities. With over a decade of experience impacting positive change in the business sector and wider community, Community Business has an established reputation as a thought leader and trusted partner in corporate social responsibility and diversity and inclusion in Asia. Community Business conducts research, facilitates networks and events, leads campaigns and provides consultancy and training. Headquartered in Hong Kong with a presence in India and the United Kingdom, Community Business works with companies of all sizes and from diverse industries across Asia, harnessing the power of business to drive social change.
Under Fern’s leadership, Community Business has expanded its products and services, established a subsidiary in India, and has launched the
LGBT+ Workplace Inclusion Index, the first and only benchmark for workplace inclusion practices and initiatives for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees in Asia.
Fern has been actively involved in and passionate about corporate social responsibility and diversity and inclusion, in her voluntary role as Board Director of KELY Support Group, a Hong Kong charity dedicated to supporting young people, and in her previous roles at Standard Chartered Bank.
During her 25-year career at Standard Chartered, Fern held leadership roles at both local and regional levels, in the human resources, technology and operations, Asian governance, and corporate affairs functions. Fern was the bank’s Diversity and Inclusion Champion in Hong Kong, a Living with HIV Ambassador, and Director of Programme Care, an employee-led community care and volunteering organisation. Prior to Standard Chartered, Fern worked in the information technology field in Canada.
Director, Strategy and Marketing
Kate Vernon is
Director, Strategy & Marketing at Community Business driving and
overseeing strategic initiatives, research and special projects. As
member of the Executive Team, she works closely with Fern Ngai, as
CEO, in defining the strategic direction of the organisation to
ensure Community Business maintains its position as the leading
not-for-profit advancing responsible and inclusive business
practices in Asia..
As a leading member of Community Business since 2005, and the author
of numerous pieces of research exploring Diversity & Inclusions
issues in Asia, Kate has played an instrumental role in building
Community Business as an organisation, and establishing and
strengthening its position as a thought leader.
Prior to Community Business, Kate worked for 12 years in the private
sector, holding senior international marketing positions for global
companies such as Reed Elsevier, Aspect Telecommunications, Cable &
Wireless and PeopleSoft. Kate has always had a passion for Asia, and
holds a first class degree in Chinese Studies from Durham
University. After spending 8 years in Hong Kong, she now lives with
her family in England.
Senior Manager, Diversity & Inclusion in Asia Network (DIAN)
Community Business in 2012 and now manages the Diversity and
Inclusion in Asia Network (DIAN), the leading network of companies
and professionals committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in
Asia. She contributes to the organisation’s various campaigns that
tackle inequality in the workplace including those that focus on the
areas of Gender, LGBT, Disability, and broader workplace inclusion.
co-authored and contributed to Community Business’ pioneering,
Asia-focused research including: "Improving Governance through Board
Diversity: A guide for companies listed in Hong Kong" and “Building
the Business Case for Diversity & Inclusion: Stories from Asia.”
Community Business, she was a corporate governance advocate working
with the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) in the Philippines.
There she managed the ICD Fellows membership, updated ICD
Professional Directors Programme, developed bespoke board governance
tools for a major bank, and helped organise the 2009 OECD Asian
She is a
graduate of Political Economy – International Relations and
Development at the University of Asia and the Pacific in Manila
where she received awards in recognition of her academic and
multi-sport achievements. She was also lauded for her student
activism and her work on various official and student-led
publications. She is a recipient of the Gerry Roxas Leadership
Award, a national accolade for young leaders in the Philippines.
Programme Associate, LGBT+ & Disability, based in Hong Kong. She
provides support for the activities relating to Community Business’
LGBT+ and disability campaigns.
Prior to joining
Community Business, Karen worked at an ethnic minority support
service centre, where she promoted social inclusion and cultural
diversity by conducting community projects and cultural sensitivity
workshops. She also volunteered and participated in a variety of
LGBT+ activities. The experiences have honed her sensitivity
towards gender differences, and have developed her determination to
foster an equal and inclusive society for the LGBT+ community.
the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Karen holds a Bachelor degree
of Social Science in Sociology. She is native in Cantonese and
fluent in English and Mandarin.
Programme Manager, Diversity & Inclusion
Matthew Yu joined Community Business initially as an intern in 2014 and is
currently a Programme Manager supporting projects related to the
focus areas of Diversity and Inclusion.
Prior to joining Community Business, Matthew worked as a part-time
tutor in his alma mater Kwun Tong Maryknoll College, teaching
Liberal Studies to senior secondary school students, which further
developed his critical thinking, public speaking skills and the most
important - a sense of becoming a rational and responsible citizen
of the local, national and global community.
Matthew holds a bachelor degree in Arts from the University of Hong
Kong, majoring in Translation and minoring in both German and
Sociology. In his penultimate year, he received a Reaching Out Award
from the HKSAR Government. Leveraging the scholarship from the
Award, he went to Berlin, Germany, to polish his German as well as
broaden his horizons, where he reckoned the significance of a
socially inclusive environment. His studies and working experiences
make him passionate about creating a community value – making a
positive social impact.
Matthew speaks four languages – Cantonese, English, Mandarin and
German and he wishes to learn more.
Balzac is Programme
Associate and is part of the DIAN team. Balzac is based in Hong
Kong and responsible for providing key support for the network,
including events, meetings and research.
During her study at
Hong Kong Shue Yan University, Balzac was fascinated by cultural
studies and developed an interest in social issues including gender
equality and sustainability. Following her graduation, Balzac
joined a 6-month internship programme with the UN Women China Office
based in Beijing.
Balzac holds a
Bachelor degree in Arts (English Language and Literature). Balzac
is native in Cantonese, fluent in English and Mandarin.
Project Coordinator, DIAN
Johnny is Project Coordinator, Diversity and Inclusion in Asia
Network (DIAN), based in Hong Kong. He is mainly responsible for
providing support for DIAN meetings and projects, helping maintain
the member database and manage the different DIAN communications
channels such as the website and newsletter.
During his university life, Johnny developed his interest in
language as well as coordination and communication related to
society and culture. He was student representative of his
university’s English Department Staff-student Consultation
Johnny worked as an intern for Community Business in 2015, providing
support to administration and other teams. Since then, he has
volunteered for various Community Business events and activities
such as Fair Opportunity Inclusive Recruitment Event and Annual
Graduated from Lingnan University of Hong Kong, Johnny holds a
Bachelor degree of Arts in Contemporary English Studies. He is
native in Cantonese, and fluent in English and Mandarin.
Rashmi Vikram is a Senior Manager of Community Business based in
Bangalore. She is responsible for driving Community Business’
Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) agenda in India, including developing
and managing strategies, deliverables and forums of the Diversity &
Inclusion in Asia Network for India (DIAN India).
In addition to the DIAN India network, Rashmi also focuses on a
wider advocacy on corporate social responsibility in India, and
design and delivery of consultancy and training to companies in
Prior to joining Community Business, Rashmi had worked for Thomson
Reuters for over 9 years at where she was responsible for the D&I
strategy and agenda for its India Operation Centre. Apart from D&I,
Rashmi has extensive experience in various areas of Human Resources,
ranging from leadership development, action learning, talent
management, employee value proposition to developing a global
mindset in the workplace.
Rashmi holds a Master degree in Business Administration from
Symbiosis University, specialising in HR and Marketing. She is keen
on continuing her academic pursuit focusing her research on Social
For more information, see Community
Business (India) website.
based in Bangalore. She is responsible for driving
strategies and projects of
and Inclusion in Asia Network for
nurturing members relationship as well as the design and delivery of
consultancy and training to companies in India.
KapiIa has more than 11 years of professional experience in sales
and marketing, branding and corporate communications. She has
worked with some of the biggest global media houses in India, like
Thomson Reuters, BBC World, India Today and Indian Express
has taught Business Management and Commerce at an Undergrad college
in India, and values that as an extremely gratifying experience.
Kapila holds a Master degree in Marketing. She is fluent in English
For more information, see Community
Business (India) website.
Nithya is Programme Manager, Responsible
Business. She is based in Bangalore and is responsible for
“Promoting Social Inclusion” Campaign in India.
Prior to joining Community Business, Nithya worked as Corporate
Responsibility and Inclusion Specialist in Thomson Reuters for over
4 years and was responsible for the India-wide corporate
responsibility and inclusion agenda. Nithya is experienced in
designing corporate responsibility and inclusion strategies. She has
also overseen internal communications projects and is keen at
writing and research in the space of corporate responsibility and
Born and raised in the United States, Nithya came to live and work
in India in 2012. She graduated from the University of Florida with
a Bachelor degree of Arts and is fluent in English and Telugu.
For more information, see Community
Business (India) website.
Sandeep is Programme Associate at
Community Business based in Bangalore. He is responsible for
helping deliver Community Business’ strategy in India, including
DIAN India and our wider programme of events.
Prior to joining Community Business,
Sandeep worked for a communication agencies for over 6 years.
Sandeep also has experience in areas of design and creative
development. He has worked on various projects ranging from
websites, online communication to product packaging deliverables.
Sandeep has always had a passion for D&I and has a core belief that
everybody has a special responsibility to make a positive difference
for their fellow beings.
Sandeep holds a Bachelor degree in
Communication and Journalism from Sikkim-Manipal University. He
loves travelling during his leisure time and interacting with new
people. He speaks five languages - English, Hindi, Kannada,
Malayalam and Tamil and has recently started to learn Portuguese.
For more information, see Community
Business (India) website.
Senior Manager, Responsible Business
Yeoman is Senior Manager, Responsible
Business based in Hong Kong. She is responsible for initiatives
under Responsible Business, including the Responsible Business
Network (RBN), and the ENGAGE Programme.
Yeoman is a seasoned leader with over 15
years of experience in sales and marketing, business development,
project management, and customer relations management in both
private and nonprofit sectors. Her breadth and depth of experience,
together with her philosophy of serving with her heart and upholding
professional integrity have formed a sturdy foundation for building
long-term relationships with stakeholders. Yeoman has a particular
penchant for different cultures and an eagerness to learn new
things. She has lived in Pakistan, Kuwait and USA.
Graduated from the Chinese University of
Hong Kong, Yeoman holds a Bachelor degree of Social Science in
Geography and Resource Management, and a post-graduate diploma in
Environmental Management from SOAS, University of London. She is
native in Cantonese and fluent in English and Mandarin.
Kevin joined Community Business Hong Kong and supporting projects
related to its focus areas of Responsible Business Network (RBN),
ENGAGE and other activities of the Community Investment team.
Prior to joining Community Business, Kevin worked as an intern in an
Estonia-based educational NGO facilitating its summer international
English camps for 170 teenagers and children from different
countries. This experience has inspired him to create positive
changes to society, especially in boosting self-confidence for the
Graduated with a Bachelor degree in Sociology, Social Sciences from
Lingnan University. During his leisure time, he enjoys cooking,
travelling and watching movies.
Kevin is native in Cantonese, and fluent in English and Mandarin.
Head of Strategic Development & Marketing
Jessica is our Head of Strategic
Development & Marketing based in Hong Kong. She is
responsible for driving a consistent business development strategy
across all areas of our business and the formulation and execution
of our fundraising strategy. She will also take the lead on
driving our key events.
Jessica began her
career in wholesale banking operations at National Australia Bank
(NAB), Melbourne. She became involved in NAB’s women’s network
where she developed a passion for Diversity & Inclusion. In 2014,
Jessica relocated to Hong Kong and decided to pursue a career
focused on women’s development at The Women’s Foundation (TWF), a
longtime partner of Community Business. She managed their pipeline
initiatives such as the 30% Club Hong Kong, Women on Boards and
Women’s Networks. At TWF, she was also responsible for planning and
executing all flagship fundraising events and initiatives.
Deakin University in Australia, Jessica holds a Bachelor degree of
Commerce with double majors in Finance and Commercial Law. Born and
raised in Australia, Jessica is native in English.
Marketing & Communications
Delorian is Marketing and Communications Associate, based in Hong
Kong. She provides support to the Marketing and Communications Team
in driving and executing Community Business’ marketing and
During her study at City University of Hong Kong, Delorian has
joined an internship at a social enterprise in Shanghai, where
she taught English to a group of mentally disabled students. Through
giving them language training, it aimed to strengthen their
interpersonal communication skills and integrate better into the
community. This experience has made her realise the importance of
achieving social inclusion and zero discrimination.
Delorian holds a Bachelor degree of Arts in English Studies. She is native in Cantonese, fluent in
English and Mandarin.
Charissa is Senior Manager, Operations at Community Business, with
overall responsibilities for Human Resources, Finance, Legal &
Compliance, Technology, Administration, Fundraising / Donor
Management and Knowledge Management. She plays a key leadership
role in supporting the growth, productivity and effectiveness of the organisation.
to joining Community Business in September 2015, Charissa has
comprehensive experience in the banking industry, covering both
front and middle office functions including risk management,
dealing, corporate integration projects, due diligence, systems
development and coaching. She also led teams in Hong Kong, Mainland
China, Japan and Taiwan during her career in the banking industry,
which enables her to collaborate with people across different
cultures. Charissa volunteered for Community Business’ board
diversity project in 2013, mainly responsible for translation and
Graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with three Master
degrees in Business Administration, Science (E-commerce) and
Accountancy, she is also a Financial Risk Manager (FRM) of Global
Association of Risk Professionals. Charissa is native in Cantonese
and fluent in English, Mandarin and Japanese.
Eddie Choi, as Accountant of Community Business, is responsible for managing the organisation’s financial processes and reporting.
Prior to joining Community Business in Aug 2015, Eddie worked as an accountant in various multi-national companies, like such as Coca- Cola, and Tommy Hilfiger. He has had over 30 years of solid accounting experience in various industries where he has developed a high level of proficiency in all aspects of general accounting.
Graduated with a bachelor degree in Accountancy, Eddie is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Katherine is Manager, Finance, based in Hong Kong. She is
responsible for managing the full set of accounts as well as the
financial analysis, controls and reporting of the organisation.
Katherine is a seasoned financial professional. Prior to joining
Community Business, she has practical working experience in the
wholesale banking industry, covering management accounting,
performance reporting as well as the rollout of new accounting and
financial projects and initiatives. She has also been a business
partner for various sales and back end teams, supporting department
heads to resolve finance related issues.
Graduated from Macquarie University of Australia, Katherine holds a
Master degree in Applied Finance. She is also a Certified Public
Accountant (CPA) of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public
Accountants (HKICPA). Born and raised in HK, Katherine is native in
Cantonese, and fluent in English and Mandarin.
Linda Cheung provides the team with all-round administrative
support, including office administration, Information Technology and
logistics as well as on-site backup for Community Business’ events.
Prior to joining Community Business, Linda worked as a Translation
Officer at a translation company in Hong Kong, which ignited her
passion in writing and developed her interest in exploring different
Graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University with a bachelor
degree in Bilingual Studies, Linda is native in Cantonese and
Mandarin, and fluent in English.
Senior Manager, Programmes
Florence is Senior Manager,
Programmes and Development, responsible for managing strategic
initiatives, research and special projects at Community Business.
Florence is a UK
qualified solicitor with comprehensive experience in the legal
sector. She studied Law with an interest in Human Rights and went
on to gain experience in Human Rights, Welfare Rights, Asylum and
Immigration Law before moving into Business Immigration and Global
Mobility at one of the leading global Big Four accounting and
consulting firms, PwC. She has since worked for Ernst & Young
Solutions LLP in Singapore as a Global Mobility Manager for the
ASEAN region and leading Employment law specialists, Lewis Silkin.
Over the years,
Florence has become increasingly involved with Pro Bono, CSR and D&I
work. Her interest in thought leadership, inclusive business
practices and employee rights in the workplace has led her to become
part of Community Business team. She is a volunteer coach with the
HKFC Crusaders and occasionally helps with the Love 21 Foundation’s
football sessions for teens with special needs and from
Born in the UK,
raised in both UK and HK, Florence speaks Cantonese and is fluent in
English and Mandarin.
Diversity & Inclusion Consultant
As the Diversity and Inclusion
Consultant, Hannah is mainly responsible for development of core
content for Community Business’ DIAN Professional Series workshops.
Prior to joining Community Business, Hannah has spent over ten years
working in agency and client roles in the field of Public Relations
and Social Media across London, Sydney and Hong Kong. Her clients
included Unilever, Virgin Mobile, Volkswagen, BACARDI and Telstra
and her in-house role was with Brown-Forman. A passion for D&I
developed when she joined the steering committee of Brown-Forman’s
global women’s network, which resulted in a new career direction
with Community Business.
She is a certified coach with the
International Coaching Federation and has a passion for community,
having volunteered for a local community centre in Sydney. Outside
of work, she is mainly out in nature – camping or traversing the
beautiful hiking trails that Hong Kong has to offer. .
Our External Consultants are experts in
their field and have been working with Community Business on 1 or more
projects in the last 6 months:
Tracy Ann Curtis
Founder and Principal Consultant
TAC Global: Talent and Organisational Development
With over 20 years of experience building
organizational capabilities, providing strategic direction, and
advising executive teams, Tracy Ann has worked across the globe. She
has turned vision into action by designing, directing and managing
new, innovative global projects and implementing improved processes
in India, Greater China, South East Asia, Japan, Europe and North
Tracy Ann is passionate about developing high
performing cross-cultural and virtual teams, and has facilitated
strong inclusive cultures. She ensures regional goals and
initiatives are aligned with headquarters and there is consistency
in the delivery. Encouraging talent development and advancing women
and diversity in the workplace is the strong base upon which Tracy
Ann builds cultures, strategies and leaders.
Always a student of interpersonal dynamics, and a
lifelong champion of building inclusive environments, Tracy Ann
aligns her work with some of her highest values of authenticity,
creativity, learning, and innovation.
Tracy Ann relocated to Bangalore, India in 2004 to
set up Cisco’s Global IT Development Center. In this role she
translated strategy, culture and goals into operational activities
during the start-up phase of IT’s investment in India. She remained
in Asia to build Cisco’s regional inclusion and diversity team, a
function she started from scratch with responsibility for 14
countries. Reporting into the SVP of Sales required Tracy Ann to
ensure the inclusion change strategy had quantitative measures of
success and was business and regionally relevant. During this time,
Tracy Ann also designed 2 and co-led a solely virtual, world-wide
executive development program engaging the most senior leaders in an
action learning, technology-enabled advocacy program which received
recognition for opening doors to the C-suite for diverse talent.
In January 2011, Tracy Ann started working as an
independent consultant across Asia Pacific. She is partnering with
organizations committed to business growth in the region. Her focus
is on organizational development, talent management strategies, and
building innovative and inclusive cultures.
Tracy Ann has worked as an employee and a consultant
with a number of organizations, including Cisco, Gap Inc., Sun
Microsystems, International Thomson Publishing, Providian Financial
Corporation, California Casualty, Marconi Medical, NASSCOM and Hong
Kong Community Business.
Tracy Ann is often quoted in the Asia Pacific media
on advancing women in business. In addition, she has given speeches
and presentations across the region on the use of technology for
greater collaboration, the business impact of starting employee
resource groups, and how best to engage and develop the next
generation of diverse talent.
Tracy Ann holds a Masters Degree in Organizational
Development & Analysis from the Weatherhead School of Management
(USA), and Bachelor Degrees in Psychology & Philosophy from Ohio
Wesleyan and University College London (USA & United Kingdom), as
well as a number of certifications for programs related to talent
assessment and people development. Tracy Ann is also trained and
certified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
When not traveling across Asia for business, Tracy
Ann can be found studying the science of yoga and its application to
building sustainable systems.
Andrew is a life time D&I advocate. Experienced
introducing D&I to multi-nationals he has successfully established
the agenda across Asia and the Middle East.
A 20+ year experienced HR practitioner, he
established and lead PepsiCo’s agenda for Asia and has been a
founding member of D&I forums in Asia, including the Conference
Board and Community Business. Currently the convenor of the
Community Builders and Chair of the DIAN Advisory Council, Andrew
has a broad experience in making the agenda relevant across cultures
Now the Managing Director of KineticHR, Andrew works
with business to develop comprehensive and integrated D&I agenda
that comprehensively address the needs of a business’ Talent
Eco-system, ensuring sustainable business performance and
Shalini Mahtani, MBE
Shalini has advised many companies on
CSR in Asia, Diversity & Inclusion, Work-Life Balance and Corporate
Shalini has conducted extensive research and written numerous
publications on these subjects and is a sought after speaker in Hong
Kong and globally. Diversity and work-life related publications that
Shalini has authored include: The State of Work-Life Balance in Hong
Kong (2006, 2007, 2008), Diversity Priorities in Asia: Challenges
and Ways to Impact Change, Women on Boards: Hang Seng Index 2009,
Women Leaders in Hong Kong – Insights into their workplace
experience and Gender Diversity Benchmark Report for Asia.
Shalini was honoured by the World Economic Forum as a
Global Young Leader in 2009. In 2008, Shalini was awarded an MBE
from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II for services to corporate
social responsibility in Hong Kong. In 2007, Shalini was named Asia
21 Young Leader by the United States’ Asia Society and named as one
of 35 global women leaders under the age of 35 in the “35 under 35”
list by UK based World Business. In 2005, Shalini was awarded
the “Chief Executives Commendation for Community Service” by the
Hong Kong SAR Government for her contribution to the ethnic
minorities of Hong Kong.
Shalini currently serves as External Diversity Advisor for Asia
Pacific for a US investment bank. Before Community Business, Shalini
had a career in accounting and banking. She is a graduate of the
London School of Economics and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Shalini was born in Hong Kong and lives with her husband and
daughter Anya. She is ethnically Indian. Shalini stepped down as CEO
of Community Business in June 2009 following the sudden and
unexpected death of Zubin, her three year old son and first child.
Shalini continues to play a key role in Community Business,
particularly in diversity and inclusion and development and strategy
for Community Business.
is a registered charity and is governed by a small Board. Current Board
Members are listed below:
Kishore has been a director of Orangefield ICS Limited (formerly ICS
Trust (Asia) Limited), for 22 years and his responsibilities have
included the management of its trade and commercial services
divisions as well as dealing with a number of the firm’s private
clients. Over the years, Kishore has successfully assisted a broad
range of North American and European clients in their Greater China
Prior to joining
ICS Trust, Kishore worked in the Leveraged Buyouts department at
Citibank Canada and subsequently, in the Mergers & Acquisitions
department at Burns Fry Limited.
the Board of Community Business Limited, an NGO that has focused on
corporate social responsibility issues in Asia for over a decade. He
also sits on the Board of the Richard Ivey School of Business in
Hong Kong and is a past President of the Rotary Club of Hong Kong
He has an MBA
from the Ivey Business School and a B.Comm. from McMaster
spent most of her career in the finance industry and is currently
Managing Director, Group Head of Human Resources, Hong Kong
Exchanges ad Clearing Limited. She is responsible for formulating
and implementing human resources policies, procedures, guidelines
was previously with Goldman Sachs for 21 years, and her last
official role was Co-head of Human Capital Management (HCM) in Asia
Pacific Region. She managed offices from North to South East Asia,
Japan and Mumbai. Prior to joining HCM, Eva was global head of
Banker Support Services in Investment Banking Division in Goldman
Goldman Sachs, Eva was also a member of the Sustainable Leadership
committee, of the Asia Pacific Diversity Committee. She served as a
Managing Director ally of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
(LGBT+) Network and was co-sponsor of the Women’s Career Strategies
addition to Goldman Sachs, she also worked for JP Morgan and Merrill
was appointed as Board of Director of Community Business in March
2016 and is Chair of CareER, a Hong Kong non-profit organisation
which supports higher education students with disabilities as they
transition from school to the world of work.
Dr York Chow
Dr. York Yat-Ngok Chow is the former
Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) of Hong
Kong, a statutory body which works towards the elimination of
discrimination on the basis of sex, marital status, pregnancy,
disability, and race. During his three-year tenure at the EOC from
2013 to 2016, Dr. Chow emphasized the
importance of rights for sexual minorities and he urged the passage
of the Sex Discrimination (Amendment) Ordinance and also launched a
consultation on sexual orientation.
Dr. Chow has recently been appointed Chief Medical Officer and
Corporate Advisor at AIA, effective January 2017.
Dr. Chow is the Honorary President of Hong Kong Paralympic Committee
& Sports Association for the Physically Disabled and served as an
Executive Committee member of the International Paralympic Committee
since its inauguration from 1989 to 2005, and was its VicePresident
from 1997 to 2005.
An orthopaedic surgeon by profession, Dr. Chow served as the Hong
Kong SAR Government’s Secretary for Health, Welfare, and Food
(2004-2007) and Secretary for Food and Health (2007-2012).
Stephen Golden is the Head of Diversity
and Inclusion for YouTube, based in the US. He works directly with
YouTube's senior leadership and employee resource groups to ensure
YouTube is the most inclusive company to work for.
Stephen was previously the Asia Pacific Head of Diversity for
Goldman Sachs, and was responsible for the diversity strategy and
initiatives for Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, New
Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan.
Stephen’s tremendous personal contributions have been recognised
with a special ‘LGBT Trailblazer Award’ by Community Business in
2015 for his pioneering work and thought leadership in LGBT
workplace inclusion, and at the Hong Kong Women of Influence Awards
in 2011 when he was given their inaugural award as the “Champion for
the Advancement of Women”.
Stephen is on the International Advisory Board for MINGLE in India
(Mission for Indian Gay & Lesbian Empowerment), a non-profit
thinktank and advocacy group. He was previously on the Women on
Boards Advisory Council in Hong Kong, and was the diversity advisor
to the Pink Alliance in Hong Kong.
Catherine Husted graduated with a BA (Hons) in Jurisprudence from St
Catherine's College, Oxford and then went on to complete her Law
Finals at The College of Law in Guildford. She spent five years at
Allen & Overy in London, completing her solicitor training and then
worked as an associate in the firm's International Capital Markets
Group. In 1995 she transferred to Allen & Overy's Hong Kong office
where she continued to work on a wide variety of finance related
matters, both as an English and Hong Kong qualified solicitor. She
was made a Partner in the firm in May 1998. Catherine retired from
Allen & Overy in April 2012. Catherine was heavily involved in the
firm's CSR and Pro Bono activities, including being a member of the
firm's Global Foundation Executive. She also lead a number of
initiatives relating to mentoring and training staff across all
aspects of their work.
Catherine received the Hong Kong Law Society's Pro Bono and
Community Work Recognition Programme Gold Award in 2010 and 2011 in
recognition of her high level of contribution to pro bono and
community work. Under the same Programme, Catherine was
awarded the Hong Kong Law Society's Distinguished Community Service
Award in 2011 which recognised her outstanding contribution in the
provision of community services. In the same year Catherine received
a Gold Award from the Hong Kong Council of Volunteering.
Catherine has been involved with Community Business since it's
inception, providing pro bono legal services and signing up Allen &
Overy as the first member of Community Business. She held the
position of Deputy Chair of the Community Business Leadership Team
from January 2005 to March 2012. Catherine was invited to be part of
the Board of Directors of Community Business in January 2011.
Catherine is currently dividing her time between working on a
voluntary basis for a number of NGOs and indulging her passion for
travel. Catherine also has a
consulting role with Allen & Overy as Head of Pro Bono and Community
Investment, Hong Kong.
Andrew is the senior partner of KPMG’s Hong Kong office and is
KMPG’s Global Head of Real Estate and Construction. With over
20 years' experience in Hong Kong servicing listed companies, public
bodies and MNCs, Andrew has considerable experience in working with
a number of major audit committees and boards in Hong Kong.
Andrew has a keen interest in corporate governance and initiated and
leads the quarterly KPMG Independent Non-Executive Directors Forum
and KPMG CFO Forum. He is a board member of the Hong Kong Chapter of
the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association (APREA), Plan
International, Asian Association for Investors in Non-listed Real
Estate Vehicles (ANREV), and Vice Chair and Treasurer of The British
Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, and sits on The Institute of
Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) Advisory Panel.
Andrew is the author of various KPMG publications on China and Asia
Pacific, and has had a number of roles with KPMG in the region and