All judges listed in alphabetical order by first name
Dr. Ben Capell
Founder and Principal
BeCap Management Consultancy
Ben Capell is the founder and managing director of BECAP Management Consultancy and a senior consultant in organizational development. He partners closely with business and HR executives to help them improve their business results through the development and implementation of outstanding people management strategies and practices. Ben's main areas of expertise include cross-cultural collaboration, post merger integration, leadership development and diversity & inclusion (D&I).
Ben brings close to 20 ears of consultancy experience. Over the years, Ben has designed and implemented large-scale people management initiatives in a variety of global organizations. He brings unique in-house expertise from his experience at Hewlett-Packard, where he headed regional and global roles in the areas of global leadership, D&I, talent management, and employee engagement. His consultancy track record comprises a wide portfolio of successful projects with a diverse range of organizations, such as Marriott, Danone , Nike, Danfoss, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Cathay Pacific, Shangri-La, Merck, ExxonMobil, Gensler, AIG, Roche, Electrolux, Hollister, Emerson, Tesco, Wells Fargo, UBS, W. L. Gore, and Unilever.
Ben’s has lived in Hong Kong, the U.S., Japan, Israel, Spain, and Turkey, and he’s managed multinational teams in a wide range of locations. He speaks various languages, including English, Hebrew, Spanish, Catalan, and Japanese.
Ben is licensed psychologist and has a Ph.D. in management sciences from ESADE Business School in Barcelona (Spain). He also holds a master’s degree in management sciences from ESADE, a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Hartford (U.S.A), and an honor B.A. in human resources management from Tel Aviv College of Management (Israel). In addition, Ben collaborates with various academic institutions, including the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the University of Hong Kong
Director of Communications
David left HSBC in November 2010 having served for more than 12 years as Head of Corporate Communications in Asia. Subsequently, he was an adviser to the Chief Executive of Hang Seng Bank, 2012-2013, a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Bilingual Studies at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and a member of the International Advisory Council of APCO, a Washington DC based lobbying and corporate communications consultancy, from 2011-2012.
Prior to joining HSBC, he was Head of Corporate Communications, North Asia, at Standard Chartered Bank, based in Hong Kong, 1994-1997. Before moving to Hong Kong he had been a partner in and director of Grayling, a corporate communications consultancy, where he had also been joint managing director of Westminster Strategy, its public affairs subsidiary.
He is the Director of Communications for Pink Alliance.
Former Board Member
Eva’s last corporate role was Group Head of Human Resources, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited. She was responsible for formulating and implementing human resources policies, procedures, guidelines and systems
Eva spent most of her career in the finance industry; She 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 a former Board Member of Community Business between March 2016 and December 2020. She was also former Chair of CareER, a Hong Kong non-profit organisation which supports higher education students with disabilities as they transition from school to the workplace.
Senior Legal Counsel
Equal Opportunities Commission
Peter Reading is an international human rights lawyer who has been working in the field of human law and advocacy for 19 years in Australia, the United Kingdom, Europe, Commonwealth countries, and most recently in Hong Kong China.
Since November 2012, Peter has been working at the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) in Hong Kong where he is currently Senior Legal Counsel. In his role he has been leading the EOC’s work to modernise all the existing discrimination legislation in Hong Kong relating to sex, disability, race and family status. He has also been instrumental in the EOC’s legal work relating to promoting equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) groups. This has included for example, advocacy work relating to the introduction of LGBTI anti-discrimination legislation, the right to equality for cohabiting same sex couples, as well as introducing gender recognition legislation for transgender people.
Peter has also held a number of other positions recently. Since 2009, Peter has been a regular speaker at the European Academy of Law in Germany where he lectures on European Union anti-discrimination and human rights law. In December 2017 Peter worked for Hagar International in Cambodia, doing policy work to further their assistance to victims of trafficking, sexual and other violence against women and children.
Previously for 11 years Peter worked in London United Kingdom in a number of human rights roles including at Amnesty International UK; the Commission for Racial Equality as Principal Litigation Officer and Head of European and International Legal Policy from 2005 to 2008; the Equality and Human Rights Commission as a Senior Lawyer and Director of Legal Policy from 2008 to 2012; and at the Commonwealth Secretariat in 2012 as a human rights consultant on Commonwealth projects.
Dr. Travis S K Kong
Associate Professor of Sociology and Programme Director of Media, Culture and Creative Cities
The University of Hong Kong
Dr. Travis Kong is Associate Professor of Sociology and Programme Director of Media, Culture and Creative Cities at the University of Hong Kong. Kong is a leading sociologist of Chinese sexuality with a specialization in masculinity, homosexuality, prostitution, and transnational Chinese intimacy. He is the co-editor of Sexualities: Studies in Culture and Society and the sole author of Chinese Male Homosexualities: Memba, Tongzhi and Golden Boy (Routledge, 2011) [Later translated as 華人男同志跨地域研究 (香港中文大學出版社 , 2018)] and Oral History of Older Gay Men in Hong Kong 男男正傳：香港年長男同志口述史 (Stepforward Multimedia, 2014) [Later translated as Oral Histories of Older Gay Men in Hong Kong: Unpoken but Unforgotten (HKUP, 2019)].
He publishes widely in books, encyclopedias and journals such as Gender, Work and Organization, British Journal of Criminology, The Sociological Review, Lancet and AIDS Care. He was the recipient of Prism Award of Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (2014) and LGBT+ Advocacy awardee of Community Business (2020). He is now a board member of Hong Kong Advisory Council on AIDS and AIDS Concern.