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Community Business 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.
 

Fern Ngai
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.

 

Kate Vernon
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.

 

Tina Arcilla
Senior Manager, Diversity & Inclusion in Asia Network (DIAN)

 

Tina joined 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.

She has 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.” 

Prior to 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 Roundtable.

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.

 

Karen So

Programme Associate
 

Karen is 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.

Graduated from 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. 

 

Matthew Yu
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 Lam

Programme Associate

 

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.

 

Johnny Chan

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 Committee.

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 Reception.

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
Senior
Manager, India

 

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 India.

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 Innovation.

For more information, see Community Business (India) website.

 

Kapila Jaykumar
Programme Manager
 

Kapila is a Programme Manager of Community Business based in Bangalore.  She is responsible for driving strategies and projects of Diversity and Inclusion in Asia Network for India (DIAN India), 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 Newspapers.  She has taught Business Management and Commerce at an Undergrad college in India, and values that as an extremely gratifying experience.

Graduated from Pondicherry University in India, Kapila holds a Master degree in Marketing.  She is fluent in English and Hindi.

For more information, see Community Business (India) website.

 

Nithya Lingam

Programme Manager

 

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 social inclusion.

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 Nair

Programme Associate

 

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.

 

Yeoman Ho
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 Chu
Programme Associate

 

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 youth.


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.

 

 

 

Jessica Boyle
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.

Graduated from 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.

 


 

Delorian Ko

Marketing & Communications Associate
 

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 communications strategy.

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 Ho

Senior Manager, Operations

 

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. 

Prior 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 information compilation.

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
Accountant

 

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 Lai
Manager, Finance

 

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

Administration Manager

 

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 cultures.

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.

 

Florence Chan

Senior Manager, Programmes and Development

 

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 disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Born in the UK, raised in both UK and HK, Florence speaks Cantonese and is fluent in English and Mandarin. 

 

Hannah McLeod
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. .

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External Consultants

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 America.

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 McGregor
Managing Director

KineticHR Group

 

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 and borders.

 

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 organisational culture.

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Founder

Shalini Mahtani, MBE


Shalini has advised many companies on CSR in Asia, Diversity & Inclusion, Work-Life Balance and Corporate Community Investment. 

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.

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Board Members

Community Business is a registered charity and is governed by a small Board. Current Board Members are listed below:

Kishore Sakhrani
Chairperson


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 expansion strategies.

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.

Kishore chairs 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 South.

He has an MBA from the Ivey Business School and a B.Comm. from McMaster University.

 

Eva Chau

Board Director

 

Eva 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 and systems.

 

Eva 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 Sachs.

 

At 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 Initiative.

 

In addition to Goldman Sachs, she also worked for JP Morgan and Merrill Lynch.

 

Eva 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
Board Director


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
Board Director


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
Board Director


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 Weir
Board Director


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 internationally.

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