This half-day content-rich Forum is designed to provide in-depth learning through engaging sessions and experiential activities to position employers for success when hiring people with disabilities. With the opportunity to hear from experts, learn from the experience of other companies and interact directly with disabled talent, you’ll gain the confidence you need to develop a robust recruitment strategy.


  • Keynote Opening
  • Panel Discussion on Assistive Technologies and Barrier Free Access Workplace
  • Live-Action Role Playing Session on Sign
  • Videos Demonstration & Discussion on Mental Illness and Autism
  • Panel Discussion on Corporate Successful Cases and Best Practices


  • Business leaders
  • HR and Talent Acquisition professionals
  • D&I managers and professionals
  • Line managers


  • Get expert advice on what it means to be an inclusive employer and why it is important
  • Be inspired by leaders with disabilities who have achieved business success
  • Discover what you need to consider when recruiting talent with disabilities
  • Take part in experiential learning to increase your understanding of different types of disabilities
  • Meet and interact directly with disabled candidates
  • Network and share experiences with other leading companies committed to recruiting disabled talent


Click here for the detailed programme rundown.


Note: Fair Opportunity Participating Companies are entitled 4 complimentary seats to the Employers Forum. To claim your seats or purchase additional seats, please contact CareER.

Event Speakers

G. Anthony Giannoumis

Professor, Researcher, and Entrepreneur in Oslo, Norway

Anthony's research focuses on technology law, policy and practice. He is currently researching the implementation of laws and policies aimed at ensuring equal access to technology for everyone including persons with disabilities. His research interests include universal design, political participation, social innovation, participatory design, international governance, sustainable development, social regulation, standardisation, assistive technology, and intellectual property.

He is currently an assistant professor of universal design at the Department of Computer Science at Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet) and an international research fellow at the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University and the University of Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo, Mozambique. He additionally collaborates extensively with the United Nations International Telecommunications Union where he acts as the Vice Rapporteur for "Question 7/1 – Access to telecommunication/ICT services by persons with disabilities and other persons with specific needs" and the Access Coalition Liaison for "EQUALS: The Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age". He also serves as a member of the board for the Global Universal Design Commission and the Gender Equality in Technology student organisation at OsloMet and acts as a Taskforce Member for the Association for Computing Machinery's (ACM) Task Force on Diversity and inclusion.

Anthony acts as a principal investigator for research, development, and innovation projects focused on applying universal design principles and practices in interdisciplinary projects focused on sustainable development, learning, e-government, child online protection, and virtual and augmented reality.

Calvin W Luk

PhD, HKRCMP, Registered Architect (Australia)

Dr. Calvin Luk is the Project Manager of JC Design Institute for Social Innovation, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is an Access Consultant by profession - a specialist practitioner in “Access to Premises” engaged extensively in government, statutory bodies and NGO projects including universal accessibility, barrier free access, design for elderly and dementia/Alzheimers Disease. His research and practice interest focus on Evidence-Based Design principles for disabilities, health and aged care in a Universal Design approach for wider applications and removing stigma. He cofound and is the Chairperson of the Association for Universal Accessibility Hong Kong, which is an alliance of transdisciplinary professionals consisting of Association of Access Consultants in Access Australia, International Union of Architects Region IV, Hong Kong Occupational Therapist Association, other academia and technology entrepreneur.

Chaitanya Nangia

Vice President - Head of International AIM and APAC R&L Compliance, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Chaitanya Nangia heads International Compliance for Insider Trading, Economic Sanctions & Registration and Licensing at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Chaitanya is also the APAC chair of Disability Advocacy Network (DAN), a network with a mission to foster a work environment that accepts, values, respects and support those affected by disabilities.

Divya Balraj

Leadership Hiring, Learning & Organisation Development Leader North Asia(Greater China, Hong Kong, ASEAN & Pacific)

Divya Balraj is a HR Professional who has had a progressive career managing Talent Acquistion, Learning and Organisation Development in the Asia region for the past 15 years of her career. With roots from India, She currently leads the Learning and Leadership Development function for Avery Dennison in the region based out of Hong Kong. Divya is a certified coach, She is passionate about mentioring and working with Young adults and in particular Young adults with disabilities to enable them to have a meaningful career and build confidence.

Divya herself being on a wheelchair, strives to create an inclusive mindset in the organisation and acts as a catalyst to promote Diversity especially in the space of disability employment. Her Passion includes making the world more accessible, Build inclusive mindset in corporates and making workplaces increasingly inclusive and build disability employment confidence. Apart from being a full time HR practitioner and a coach, Divya is a licensed Scuba Diver who loves diving and enjoys her Wheel Chair Marathons

Dr. Eva Sum

Chartered Educational Psychologist, Hong Kong EP Services Centre Ltd

Dr. Eva Sum is a Chartered Educational Psychologist of British Psychological Society and a Registered Educational Psychologist of Hong Kong Psychological Society. She worked as a Specialist (Educational Psychology) in the Education Bureau (EDB) for over 15 years and subsequently a Teaching Consultant of the Master of Educational Psychology Programme, in the University of Hong Kong training Educational Psychologists until 2010. Dr Sum has extensive clinical experience working with children and adolescents with different learning and psycho-emotional needs. Her speciality areas include gifted and talented, twice exceptionality, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Specific Learning Difficulties in Reading and Writing (SpLD) and mental health issues. In addition to her current capacity as an Educational Psychologist in the HK EP Services Centre Limited, Dr. Sum is also currently the professional supervisor of the School-based Educational Psychologist Services for two Christian school sponsoring bodies, supervising a total of 10 Educational Psychologists who are now serving about 50 local primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong.

Fern Ngai

CEO, Community Business

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. With fifteen years of experience in harnessing the power of business to drive social change, 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 pioneering research, facilitates networks and events, leads campaigns and provides training and consultancy. Fern joined Community Business 5 years ago and under her leadership, the organisation has expanded its products and services, established a subsidiary in India, and has launched the groundbreaking Hong Kong LGBT+ Inclusion Index and annual Awards. Fern is a Steering Committee member of the 30% Club Hong Kong which believes in collaborative, concerted business-led efforts to help accelerate progress towards gender parity on Hong Kong corporate boards. She was also a finalist in the 2017 Telstra Business Woman in Asia Award. Originally from Canada, Fern has 40 years of broad experience in financial services, technology, change management, and in workplace diversity and community programmes. She held leadership roles in the human resources, technology and operations, governance, and corporate affairs functions at Standard Chartered Bank and was its first diversity and inclusion champion for Hong Kong. She volunteers as a board director of KELY Support Group, a Hong Kong charity dedicated to supporting young people.

Kanas Mok

Senior Human Resources Manager, AIG

Kanas is Senior Human Resources Manager of AIG Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Kanas joined AIG Hong Kong in August 2013 and had led a number of HR initiatives for the company. Kanas has over ten years’ experience in HR operations, and she has actively involved in supporting and implementing the Diversity and Inclusion initiatives in AIG. Prior to AIG, Kanas has held various roles of increasing responsibility with Shangri-La Hotels and Standard Chartered Bank. Kanas holds an honours degree in psychology from The University of Hong Kong and a masters degree in Human Resource Management from University of Birmingham. She is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development.

Kanas has provided positive thinking education to local secondary schools, to encourage the students to overcome the challenges and to find the life goals. She also had TED Talk in The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, to present the topic on “Challenging our society’s perception towards people with disabilities”.

Kevin Kam

Executive Director, Asia Human Capital Management, Goldman Sachs

Kevin Kam is Executive Director at Asia Human Capital Managment with Goldman Sachs. Kevin is also a steering committee member of Goldman Sachs Hong Kong Disability Interest Forum.

Sudesh Thevasenabathy

Head of Customer Care Management, AXA

Sudesh Thevasenabathy is Head of Customer Care Management at AXA Hong Kong where he manages and runs all the customer contact teams across the Life, Health and General Insurance business in Hong Kong and Foshan, as well as driving key customer touchpoint improvements. AXA Hong Kong won APCSC CRE Awards for Best Customer Experience Management of the Year (2015 & 2016) and APCSC Contact Center of the Year - Insurance North Asia–Under 200 seats (2017). His team also won the Pride of AXA award in 2015. Sudesh was also awarded CRM Director of the Year for 2015 and 2016 by APCSC.

Sudesh is part of the AXA Hong Kong Diversity & Inclusion Council, specifically supporting the LGBT+ workstream. He is a true believer and advocate of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and with customers, and has been actively working with the organisation to support differently abled, ethnic minorities, gender and multi-generational employees.

Tim Wong

Case Manager, SAHK

Tim Wong is a case manager from SAHK. Tim has been working with adults with High Functioning ASD (HFA) in 1-to-1 and group settings at SAHK under the ongoing supervision of Dr Wong Chi Yan Joanne since 2016. In order to promote community understanding and acceptance of HFA, he has been conducted workshops and sharing for many employers from different companies in Hong Kong.

Vince Siu

Co-founder & Managing Partner, Press Start Hong Kong

Vince is Co-founder and Managing Partner at Press Start Hong Kong, primarily responsible for business and partnership development, PR and marketing, and is one of the workshop trainers on the Press Start Hong Kong team. With a professional background in the financial services and consulting sectors, as well as years of experience in educational curriculum development and teaching across different age groups, he is well equipped to work and communicate effectively with diverse cross-disciplinary teams and stakeholders. His extensive experience in design thinking, both in applying it as a methodology in client engagements and delivering co-creation workshops to clients and internal users, allows him to apply user-centric design methods to all kinds of projects.

Walter Tsui Yu-Hang

Co-founder, CareER

Walter Tsui Yu-Hang, Executive Manager and Co-founder of CareER Association Limited, is responsible for overall organisation development for CareER which serves higher educated people with disabilities and special needs.

Prior to his role in CareER, he was a HR Coordinator at L'Oreal, HR Assistant at Gammon Construction Limited for 2 years and a contract HR Assistant in Mallesons Stephen Jaques in summer 2011. During his school years, Walter was offered a summer analyst position at Goldman Sachs’ Human Capital Management Division in 2010. In 2009, he worked at UBS Community Affairs APAC as a part-time trainee.

Walter was born with visual impairment to both his eyes and now has less than 10% eyesight. He is dedicated to serving the disabled community. In 2012, he founded mAccess, a project to promote accessible technology and provide technology training to people with disabilities. In summer 2009, he went to Germany and worked for Dialogue in the Dark Museum Frankfurt. In 2013, he founded CareER Association to develop the first charity focused on supporting higher educated people across different types of disabilities and special needs.

Sponsors and Participating Companies

Gold Sponsors 

  • AXA
  • Chun Wo Charitable Foundation Limited 
  • HSBC
  • J.P. Morgan

Venue Sponsor

  • Hotel ICON

Participating Companies 

  • Allianz Global Investors
  • ANZ
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Barclays 
  • Fidelity
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Hotel ICON
  • KPMG
  • L’Oreal

Supporting Organisations

  • Chim’s Ergonomics and Safety
  • Ebenezer
  • Equal Opportunity Commission
  • HK EP Services Center
  • The Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation
  • The Mental Health Association of Hong Kong