Panel workshop

Opportunities and Challenges for Women Pursuing an International Career

Opportunities and Challenges for Women Pursuing an International Career
5 March 2019 (Tuesday)
4:30 pm - 5:30pm

The topic of the forum is “Opportunities and Challenges for Women Pursuing an International Career”

The forum is open to our faculty, students, staff and alumni.

Panel Discussion

Panel Members

Prof. Rhea Liem
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Ms. Euphemia Chow
Head of the Office of Global Learning
Ms. Yong Yong Lee
Director of Internal Audit, HKUST

Moderated by:

Professor Veronique Lafon-Vinais
Associate Professor of Business Education and Executive Director, Career Development and Corporate Outreach, School of Business and Management


Head of the Office of Global Learning

Euphemia Chow

Euphemia is currently Head of the  Office of Global Learning at HKUST.  Previous to her current role, she oversaw the recruitment and admission of non-local undergraduate students at HKUST.  Euphemia obtained her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia in Canada.

Director of Internal Audit, HKUST

Yong Yong Lee

Yong Yong Lee is a Malaysian who has been working in Hong Kong since 2012. Prior to Hong Kong, she has lived/worked in 7 cities, and travelled for business trips to 25 cities in Asia, Africa, Europe and America continents. She has had opportunities to work with people from 35 countries in the past.

Yong Yong is also an experienced auditor who has extensive audit experiences in reviewing various business processes in multiple industries. In her early career life, she pursued the traditional path of an accounting graduate by joining a big four accounting firm as an external auditor. Eventually, she moved on to internal auditing and strategic planning roles with a French building materials company and a US footwear company. She joined HKUST as Director of Internal Audit in early 2018.

Prof. Véronique A. LAFON-VINAIS

Executive Director, Career Development & Corporate Outreach, Associate Professor of Business Education – Finance,

Associate Director, UG Programs & World Bachelor in Business program, Project Director, MSc in Global Finance program (HKUST-NYU Stern), HKUST Business School

“My lifelong challenge has been to learn patience.”

Veronique is a seasoned financial market professional with over 20 years of banking and capital markets experience.  She has worked in all the major financial markets and has extensive experience in all the major debt markets.

Veronique joined Credit Agricole in Paris in 1980 after graduating from HEC; she moved to First Chicago (now part of JP Morgan) in London in 1984 then to Chicago in 1990. In 1991 Veronique joined Union Investissements, the M&A and corporate finance subsidiary of Credit Agricole in Paris to work on various M&A and corporate finance advisory projects. Veronique moved to Hong Kong in 1994 joining First Chicago as Managing Director, Head of Financial Markets, Asia Pacific. She joined Standard Chartered Bank plc as Head of Treasury Origination in 2000 and retired from banking in 2001.

She is now dedicating herself full time to education and teaching at HKUST, where she teaches in the MBA/MSc programs as well as in the Undergraduate Programs, and professional training and consulting for the finance industry.

Veronique is married with two children. She is a French national and a Hong Kong Permanent Resident.

Prof. Rhea LIEM

“Always be yourself and write your own story. Life is amazing, so celebrate it every day!”

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, HKUST
2012 Amelia Earhart Fellow

Prof. Liem obtained her Bachelor of Engineering degree from the School of Mechanical and Produc_on Engineering, Nanyang Technological University. Her undergraduate study was supported by the Association of Southeast Asian Na_ons (ASEAN) with a 4-year merit-based full scholarship. She earned Master of Science (SM) degrees in Computer on for Design and Optimization (supported by the Singapore-MIT Alliance Fellowship Award), and Aeronau_cs/Astronau_cs, from the Massachuse_s Institute of Technology (MIT). She then pursued her PhD degree in the Mul_disciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) Laboratory, University of Toronto Ins_tute for Aerospace Studies(UTIAS), as a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar. She is also a 2012 Amelia Earhart Fellow.