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LGBT Inclusion 2016 Awards Judging
Award Finalists Award Winners 2016 Gala Dinner The Index LGBT Workshop Best Places to Work Guide Partners News Background

Awards Finalists

Community Business is delighted to have received 100 nominations from individuals, companies, and organisations for the 11 award categories.  All nominations were reviewed and shortlisted from March  to April 2016.  The details of the Finalists for each award are listed below.  The winners were announced at the Gala Dinner on Tuesday 17 May 2016.

LGBT Network Award

To recognise an employee network that has played a proactive role in promoting LGBT inclusion and demonstrated strong engagement with and commitment to LGBT employees in Hong Kong.

Finalists (listed in alphabetic order by company name)

Hong Kong LGBT Pride & Ally Network
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

The Hong Kong LGBT Pride & Ally Network at Bank of America Merrill Lynch is a home-grown Employee Network, created by a diverse group of employees from all business and support functions and seniority levels, supporting the firm’s growing population of LGBT and Ally members. The network is business focused and aims to promote LGBT inclusion by raising internal awareness and engaging externally with the Hong Kong community.


LGBT Network
Goldmans Sachs

Goldman Sachs’ Asia ex-Japan LGBT Network was established in 2005. Its mission is to advocate a work environment that respects, welcomes and supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender professionals, and enables them to perform to their fullest potential and contribute to the greater goals of the firm.

LGBT & Allies Network
Standard Chartered Bank
(Hong Kong) Limited

The overarching mission of the Network is to ensure that all employees are comfortable bringing their whole self to work, regardless of sexual orientation or status. We do this through education, awareness raising, and a wide variety of events for staff and our community partners.


LGBT Workplace Inclusion Initiative Award sponsored by BNY Mellon

To recognise an initiative introduced by a company that has had a significant and positive impact in promoting LGBT inclusion in their workplace in Hong Kong.

Finalists (listed in alphabetic order by company name)

The Credit Suisse Hong Kong Ally Programme “Proud to be an LGBT Ally”

Credit Suisse

At the start of 2015, Credit Suisse Hong Kong had no recorded allies. Through the implementation of very successful and impactful Ally program launch, in 2015 over 350 staff signed up to become allies to the LGBT community, 22% of the overall staff population in Credit Suisse, Hong Kong (including 60% of the Managing Director population.)

“Breaking Barriers”

Hogan Lovells

On June 10th 2015 Hogan Lovells-branded women's networking group Breaking Barriers hosted a high profile panel discussion on the political, business and cultural issues affecting the LGBT community in Hong Kong, and what the public and private sectors can do to encourage inclusion of the LGBT community in the workplace and society.

“Role Models”

Morgan Stanley

Role Models was an internal publication presenting a collection of interviews with 16 senior LGBT and Ally employees from across the region. Referencing Stonewall’s Top 10 Role Model Facts, the stories offer an insight into the power of authentic leadership from a range of perspectives. The stories highlight the diverse nature, and expands the visibility, of the LGBT and Ally community at Morgan Stanley.

LGBT Inclusion Award (SME) sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills

To recognise an SME* (small or medium-sized enterprise) that has promoted LGBT inclusion externally and/or internally in Hong Kong.
*According to the Hong Kong SAR government’s definition, an SME is a manufacturing business which employs fewer than 100 persons in Hong Kong or a non-manufacturing business which employs fewer than 50 persons in Hong Kong.

Finalists (listed in alphabetic order by company name)

Cranes Media Company

Founded in 2008, Cranes Media is a full service creative design agency with offices in Hong Kong and Macau. Our expertise includes branding consultancy, design & production, web and app development and online marketing. Blending creativity and imagination with the latest multimedia technology, our visually stunning graphics and expertly crafted layouts deliver clients' messages clearly and convincingly to prospective customers throughout the world. We believe in giving back to the community. We’re a socially responsible company that sponsors numerous charitable events and organisations throughout the years.

Daylight Partnership Limited

Daylight Partnership is a digital marketing and PR consultancy based in Hong Kong and Singapore. Daylight's services include digital strategy, marketing communications, content marketing, website design, mobile app development, community management, social analytics, corporate training, and marketing consulting. Daylight also independently incubates digital marketing products such as Insights & Analytics (Daylight Rx), and Immersive Media (Daylight IS).

Infinity Financial Solutions Ltd

Founded in 2004 Infinity Financial Solutions has grown consistently to become a leading provider of financial services across Asia. The company services clients from all backgrounds from its offices across the region. As we adapt to markets, cultures and the requirements of our clients, we are perfectly placed to be able to assist them to achieve a secure and strong financial future for themselves and those that depend upon them.


LGBT Ally Award sponsored by Allen & Overy

To recognise an ally who does not identify as LGBT based in Hong Kong who has taken proactive and effective steps to promote an LGBT inclusive culture in the organisation.

Finalists (listed in alphabetic order by first name)

Allan Wardrop


Hogan Lovells

Allan Wardrop is a Partner in Hogan Lovells' Hong Kong office. Allan is recognised as a leading lawyer in leveraged and acquisition finance, mezzanine and special situations financings and debt restructuring, working for a wide range of commercial and investment banks. Allan is passionate about Diversity and Inclusion within the firm, and actively champions Hogan Lovells' Citizenship programme through his work, including leading Hogan Lovells' external women's network in Hong Kong, Breaking Barriers, chairing the Hong Kong Diversity Committee, and holding regional representative roles for both Diversity and Citizenship.

Julie Shirley

Managing Director, APAC Division, Operations Department

Credit Suisse

Ms. Julie Shirley is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the APAC Division Operations department, based in Hong Kong. She is currently the APAC Region Head of Loan Operations, Collateral and Equities Regional Offices.
In addition she is the founder and chair of the LGBT Network at Credit Suisse in Hong Kong and is an active ally to the LGBT community.
Julie joined Credit Suisse 1992 and since then has held regional and global Operations management positions across asset classes in London, India and Hong Kong, in trade management, settlements, external validation, COO, change, regulatory reform and client service. Julie has worked in the banking industry since 1987.

Kent Wasson

Head of the Cross Divisional Projects and Architecture Team, Asia Pacific

Goldman Sachs

Kent is head of the Cross Divisional Projects and Architecture team in Asia Pacific, including Bangalore, and head of Investment Management Technology in Asia Pacific. He is co-chair of the Asia Pacific Technology Career Development Committee and is co-head of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Network in Asia Ex-Japan. Previously, he managed the New Products Group in Controllers. Kent joined Goldman Sachs in 2005 as an executive director and was named managing director in 2013.

Prior to joining the firm, Kent worked at Diamond Technology Partners, where he was a consultant for Goldman Sachs and other financial institutions.

LGBT Executive Sponsor Award sponsored by J.P. Morgan

To recognise a senior executive sponsor based in Hong Kong who has used his/her influence to promote LGBT inclusion internally and/or externally.

Finalists (listed in alphabetic order by first name)

Justin D'Agostino

Global Head of Practice - Dispute Resolution, Regional Managing Partner - Asia and Australia

Herbert Smith Freehills

Justin D'Agostino is a leading international arbitration lawyer based in Hong Kong and is Herbert Smith Freehills' Global Head of Dispute Resolution and Regional Managing Partner for Asia and Australia. He founded his firm's LGBT Network a decade ago and has been recognised each year since its inception in the Financial Times list as one of the top "OUTstanding in Business Leaders" who have made a difference in the LGBT community.

Noel Quinn

Group General Manager, Group Chief Executive Officer, Global Commercial Banking


Until October 2015, he was Regional Head of Commercial Banking Asia Pacific, with responsibility for the Bank’s relationship with all middle market corporates and small and medium enterprises in Asia-Pacific.
Previously, Mr Quinn was Group General Manager and Head of Commercial Banking in UK and was instrumental in leading this business through one of the most difficult economic periods in recent history.
Mr Quinn joined Forward Trust Group, a subsidiary of Midland Bank, in 1987. He led HSBC’s acquisitions of Swan National Motor Finance and Eversholt Leasing Ltd, becoming General Manager of each business in turn. He has since taken up postings including Head of Specialised and Equity Finance at HSBC, Group Director of Strategy & Development at HSBC Insurance Services North America and Head of Commercial Finance Europe.Mr Quinn is married with a daughter and two sons.

Steven Victorin

Head of Asia Pacific Corporate Banking and Global Head of Corporate Banking Subsidiaries

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Steven Victorin is the Head of Asia Pacific Corporate Banking, Global Head of Corporate Banking Subsidiaries, and executive sponsor of the Asia Pacific LGBT Pride and Ally network at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Since his arrival to the region in 2014, Steven has been a strong advocate of LGBT inclusion through his role in the firm’s regional Executive Committee and his direct leadership in employee engagement activities.

LGBT Inclusion Champion Award sponsored by State Street

To recognise an employee based in Hong Kong who has taken proactive and effective steps to create an LGBT inclusive culture in their organisation.

Finalists (listed in alphabetic order by first name)

Celine Tan

Vice President, Prime Brokerage

J.P. Morgan

Celine is a Client Service Manager within J.P. Morgan’s Prime Brokerage business, with 10 years of experience servicing global hedge funds and was a finalist in the J.P. Morgan HK “2015 WIN Female Rising Star” awards. Outside of her professional role, Celine is an active volunteer within the LGBT Interbank community in Singapore and Hong Kong. She co-chaired J.P. Morgan’s HK Pride Chapter from 2013-2015. Celine has experience across the banking industry, having previously worked at both Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse. Her most recent 2016 appointments are as elected co-chair of the HK Interbank Forum, co-chair or JPM’s Pride Asia which oversees 8 Pride BRGs in the Asia Pacific region and Treasurer for LGBT running group, OutRunners HK, a member of the international LGBT running group.

Jack Guest

Diversity and Inclusion Manager



Jack Guest executes HSBC’s vision of a true merit-based environment in which all employees can contribute and succeed regardless of personal diversity.
Prior to his current role, Jack specialised in providing expertise to expatriate customers seeking international mortgages and financial advisory services. Before that, Jack worked in various roles with HSBC in the UK, spanning Retail Banking, Commercial Banking and more.
As a founding member of Asia-Pacific’s LGBT network Pride in 2012, Jack has personally driven the inclusion agenda both internally and externally at HSBC, ensuring HSBC’s placement as #2 in Community Business’ Hong Kong Best Place to Work for LGBT Index in 2015.
Jack joined HSBC in the UK in 2006 and was quickly brought into the Management Academy Programme which exposed him to a wide range of banking experience and opportunity.

Paul Choi

Executive Director, Human Capital Management Division

Goldman Sachs

Paul Choi is an executive director in the Human Capital Management Division of Goldman Sachs, based in Hong Kong. As the head of Goldman Sachs University for Asia Pacific and India, he is responsible for developing the firm’s talent. Paul is also the chair of the firm’s Asia Pacific LGBT Network Council.

Peter Sargant

Director, Investors & Intermediaries Transaction Banking, Hong Kong

Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited


Peter is a member of the Bank’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Council in Hong Kong where he is engaged in a number of key D&I discussions. He represents the Bank on the Hong Kong D&I Inter-Bank Forum, is a member of the Asian Leadership team for OUTLeadership, he is a Board Member of AIDS Concern, a Central Committee member of the Pink Alliance in Hong Kong and has been part of the Community Business Leadership team and, from time to time, has participated in the Diversity and Inclusion Asian Network.
Additionally, Peter is a keen supporter of local corporate and social responsibility initiatives, he has been a Brand Ambassador for Here for Good, a member of the Bank’s Employee Volunteering Committee and he was one of the original trainers for Standard Chartered Banks’ Living with HIV pier education and training programmes.
Peter has held various board positions with local non-profit organizations and has significant experience managing fundraising and identifying opportunities for organizational development within the non-profit sector.
Peter travels extensively, but he is proud to have made Hong Kong his home.


LGBT Youth Champion Award sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch

To recognise a young person who has taken proactive and effective steps to promote LGBT inclusion amongst young people at their place of study, in their community or in their organisation (not private sector) in Hong Kong.

Finalists (listed in alphabetic order by first name)

Geoffrey Yeung

Geoffrey Yeung is currently reading for a postgraduate degree in law (BCL) at University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. During his undergraduate studies in Hong Kong, he was involved in different facets of the LGBT movement through Queer Straight Alliance, Action Q and Pink Alliance. In particular, he has been active in policy research and advocacy and has addressed the Hong Kong government and United Nations bodies on anti-discrimination laws and transgender rights. He looks forward to becoming a lawyer in Hong Kong and continuing to create platforms for marginalised voices in the LGBT community to be heard.

Iris Lo


Iris Lo is an MPhil candidate in the Department of Social Work and Social Administration at HKU. Awarded research grants from HKU, she has been conducting research on Hong Kong lesbians’ lived experiences and psychological well-being. She has shared her research insights in the media and six international conferences in Hong Kong, the U.K., the U.S., and Portugal. As an academic tutor at HKU, she was also responsible for curriculum development for a gender and sexuality course, introducing undergraduate students to knowledge and strategies for LGBT inclusion. Volunteering in LGBT-related events and organisations, Iris is enthusiastic about collaborating with different stakeholders to champion LGBT inclusion

Jason Chan

Jason Chan is the initiator/chairman of City Equality Campaign(CEC) and a two-time participant at World’s University Debating Championship. During his course of study in Harvard Summer School 2015, he decided to initiate CEC to create a more LGBT-friendly atmosphere in CityU. He led his team setting up CEC from scratch, organized five different activities to arouse students’ awareness towards equality. Outside of CEC, he also spoke for Hong Kong at World’s Debate Council and convened Joint-University Debating Championship in April 2016. In school, he was a Head Prefect and an awardee in numerous competitions from Taekwondo, Chess to Track and Field.


Transgender Inclusion Champion Award sponsored by HSBC

To recognise an individual/ organisation who has taken a proactive role in raising awareness and championing transgender issues in Hong Kong.

Finalists (listed in alphabetic order by first name)

Joanne Leung


Transgender Resource Centre

Joanne Leung is the founder and chairperson of the Transgender Resource Centre and Pink Alliance. She is a leading trans rights activist and passionately speaks out on LGBT rights especially on trans issues; her story has touched and inspired millions of people not only in Hong Kong, but also in the greater Chinese-speaking diaspora in the region. Being a Christian she dedicated herself in a lot of conversations with Christian groups in Hong Kong. Joanne has take a big step forward in the LGBT movement by joining the political party and planning to participate in the Legislative Council Election in 2016.

Kaspar Wan


Gender Empowerment

Kaspar Wan (aka siu-keung) is a local trans-man. He realized himself as a transgender person in 2010, gaining insight into his past life all in a sudden and ever since. He is always interested in “being” – being a person, being a man, being himself, and how a transgender person or gender comes into “being” in the society. He loves sharing life stories, so he made documentary, did researches, and set up an NGO Gender Empowerment to help other transgender persons go through their transition journey to being themselves. He’s determined to tell what gender means with the 3 genders he acquired. 

Mimi Wong


Association of World Citizens Hong Kong China


Mimi Wong is founder of the Association of World Citizens Hong Kong China. We offer services to the sexual minorities with particular emphasis on transgender people decided to live their life in a gender opposite to their birth sex. We empower the transgender people by teaching them the techniques to blend into their new gender roles, resolving their personal issues in family, at work and with friends and to come out in a professional manner, seeking employment for those in need and improving the health services available to them. We educate the public to improve their understanding towards transgenderism. We also help transgender people suffering from discrimination to fight for equality either through EOC or the court.


LGBT Advocacy Award (Individual / Organisation)

To recognise an individual / organisation that has advocated for legal and/or social change and progress around LGBT inclusion in Hong Kong.

Finalists (listed in alphabetic order by first name and organisation name)

Brian Leung

Brian Leung is a an openly-gay and veteran broadcaster in Hong Kong, taking up the posts of radio host/producer/music director of all 3 local radio stations over the course of nearly 3 decades. He's been hosting the first ever and the only Chinese LGBT radio program "WeAreFamily"on RTHK since 2006. The program was awarded the Winner Prize in the 14th Annual Human Rights Press Award. Being a long time LGBT advocate, Brian launched the first LGBT netcast (GayStation) back in the early Millennium. He is currently the appointed Chief Campaigner of BigLove Alliance, an LGBT NGO founded in 2013 by pop stars Anthony Wong and Denise Ho, together with Legislators Cyd Ho and Raymond Chan. He's also the event director of Pink Dot Hong Kong, the biggest local LGBT event since 2014. He's recently appointed by AIDS Concern as the Ambassador for the promotion of safe sex and regular HIV testing. "Straightly-Gay" was Brian's first book on LGBT culture published in 2009.

Equal Opportunities Commission and Gender Research Centre, Chinese University of Hong Kong


The Study on Legislation against Discrimination on the Grounds of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status, was commissioned by the Equal Opportunities Commission to the Gender Research Centre of the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The two-year multi-method study conducted between 2014 and 2016 is the most comprehensive of its kind in Hong Kong. The study report documented widespread discrimination reported by LGBTI people, a notable change in favour of support of legislation against discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status, and provided a comparative legal review of how LGBTI people are protected in other jurisdictions. The report made a number of recommendations to the Government, including to commence as soon as possible a public consultation on introducing LGBTI anti-discrimination legislation. The study report has been disseminated to the Government, key stakeholders such as the religious, business and legal communities and widely reported in the media in Hong Kong.

Michael Vidler

Michael Vidler is a lawyer who specialises in public and constitutional law, human rights and criminal law. He has been involved in many high profile cases concerning LGBTI rights, race discrimination, freedom of expression and right to demonstrate.
Michael has served on the boards of AIDS Concern, Amnesty International, Pink Alliance, HK Refugee Advice Centre , HK Unison and is a member of the Chief Executives Election Committee. He is the proud recipient of the 2015 HKLGFF Prism Award for his work promoting equality and rights for LGBTI persons in HK.

LGBT Community Impact Award sponsored by Goldman Sachs

To recognise a community-based LGBT initiative that has had a significant positive impact in promoting LGBT inclusion in Hong Kong in 2015.

Finalists (listed in alphabetic order by name of initiative)

Dr. Rainbow Scheme

AIDS Concern

To create a more LGBT-inclusive medical environment, AIDS Concern launched the “Dr. Rainbow Scheme” in 2015 to promote gay-friendly healthcare practice by providing training to doctors. We also aim to ensure the gay community enjoy equal opportunities in accessing healthcare services by showing which doctors have participated in the scheme. The other key aspect is building community knowledge by helping people to understand their rights when facing discrimination in medical situations. By reducing their fear of stigmatization and discrimination, we hope that the scheme can motivate LGBT people to seek medical services and improve their physical and mental health condition.

Gay and Grey


This initiative has two main objectives:
(1) to build a positive older gay identity and community by providing social services such as monthly social gathering, peer counselling and a helpline; and
(2) to raise the awareness of the unspoken needs and problems of older gay men to the LGBT community and the general public through public education such as public talk, interview and media exposure.

It is through this initiative that the participated older gay men are undergoing a process of self-awareness raising and therefore are empowered.


Nu Tong Xue She

DotTV is one of the initiatives of Queer Thoughts and Actions (Nu Tong Xue She) launched in 2008. We are the first LGBTQ online TV channel Hong Kong, aiming to promote LGBTQ awareness with our own audio-visual production. To make LGBTQ information more accessible and comprehensive to our supporters, GDotTV has been revamped and expanded into an online media that offers both text and audio-visual content in 2015.

Pink Dot

BigLove Alliance and Pink Alliance

Co-organised by BigLove Alliance and Pink Alliance, Pink Dot Hong Kong is one of Hong Kong’s most anticipated LGBTI events. A celebration of love for all, young and old, Pink Dot is a free, fun, non-political outdoor concert and carnival organised for allies, families, friends, and colleagues of LGBTI.

LGBT Marketing Campaign Award

To recognise a marketing campaign in mainstream or social media which has incorporated and/or promoted LGBT inclusion in Hong Kong.

Finalists (listed in alphabetic order by name of campaign)

Chrysanthemum Tea Campaign

by AIDS Concern

“Chrysanthemum tea” campaign (菊花查) is targeting men who have sex with men (MSM) community with the clear message “Get an early test” (早查早安心). We would like to promote the HIV testing and safer sex message towards the community to reduce the infections between MSM.

Pink Dot

by BigLove Alliance and Pink Alliance

Co-organised by BigLove Alliance and Pink Alliance, Pink Dot Hong Kong is one of Hong Kong’s most anticipated LGBTI events. A celebration of love for all, young and old, Pink Dot is a free, fun, non-political outdoor concert and carnival organised for allies, families, friends, and colleagues of LGBTI.


United by Diversity



Riding on the sponsorship of the OutLeadership Asia Summit, HSBC sought to demonstrate true leadership and show the community that coming together is the greatest way to support equality and inclusion.
HSBC brought together hundreds of supporters from HSBC staff to their families, friends of different nationalities, age groups and abilities to produce a special video under the theme of “United by Diversity” to celebrate and call for support for the LGBT community.
The campaign featured LGBT staff and friends and the building was lit up in rainbow colours, sending a strong signal of support for the LGBT community from Hong Kong’s leading bank.

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