Panel Workshop

Opportunities and Challenges for Women in Innovation, Academia and Entrepreneurship

Opportunities and Challenges for Women in Innovation, Academia and Entrepreneurship
25 February 2019 (Monday)
5 - 6 pm
Chow Tak Sin Lecture Theater (LT-G), HKUST

The topic of the forum is “Opportunities and Challenges for Women in Innovation, Academia and Entrepreneurship”.

Panel Discussion

Panel members

Prof. Angela Wu
Assistant Professor, Division of Life Science and Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Co-Founder, Agenovir Corporation

Ms. Bianca Ho (HKUST Alumna, BBA GBUS)
Co-Founder and COO of Clare.AI

Ms. Chit Yan Shum (HKUST Alumna, MScIM, BSCEN)
Co-Founder of Tech Cubie

Ms. Tonia Yim (HKUST Alumna, MBA)
Director of Digital Transaction Limited

Ms. Yosha Gupta (HKUST Alumna, MScFIN)
Founder, Meraki

Moderated by:

Ms. Michelle Fno (HKUST Alumna, BEng)
Founder and CEO, Aromeo Diffuser


Tonia YIM

Director of Corporate Communications for Agile Blockchain Consortium

Tonia serves on the board of the nonprofit Co-operatives of Innovative Intellectuals, and she is the Director of Corporate Communications for Agile Blockchain Consortium. She was the founding member and the President of the HKUST’s MBA Entrepreneurship club (managing more than 200 MBA students and MBA alumni interested in entrepreneurships). Prior to joining DTL, she was the Marketing Director for MBDA, an Image Analytics Machine Learning Startup based on research from HKUST’s Social Media Lab. She was also the Sales Manager in her family’s luxury retail business Yim’s Victor Jade (since 1974). She is the founder and producer of Chinese comedy open mic Million Dollar Mic (as featured in Apple Daily, RTHK, ViuTV), founder of Chinese improv group Improv on Fire. Tonia was a seasonal performer in HK’s Chinese and English standup comedy scene, as well as an improv trainer.

Tonia has a BSc in Biopsychology from the University of British Columbia, an MSc in Neuroscience from the University of Lethbridge in Canada, a diploma in Jewelry Design and Production from Hong Kong Baptist University, and she holds an MBA from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Chit Yan SHUM

MSc (IM)
Co-founder of Tech Cubie

Chit Yan is the co-founder of Tech Cubie, an education company focused in STEM and coding.

After graduation from HKUST with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering, Chit Yan has worked in the consulting company Accenture.  A few years later she moved on to the investment banking industry.  She has worked in technology teams for UBS, JPMorgan and Barclays, specialized in equities trading and derivatives pricing technologies.  During this period of time, she has also completed 2 part-time master degrees in Sociology (CUHK) and Investment Management (HKUST).  In 2016 Chit Yan has started Tech Cubie with 2 other HKUST alumni.  At Tech Cubie she delivers coding and robotic classes for primary school’s students in Hong Kong.

At leisure time, Chit Yan contributes to the Junior Achievement as a business volunteer.  She is also a volunteer docent at the HK Science Museum.   She loves snowboarding and kind of addicted to the mobile game Pokémon Go.

Founder & CEO, Aromeo Diffuser

Michelle FNO

Founder & CEO, Aromeo Diffuser

“Make products that look good, smell good and feel good to help people become happier.”

MPhil in Technology Leadership and Entrepreneurship
BEng in Logistics Management and Engineering (2017)
HKUST President’s Cup 2017 – Silver Award

Born and grown up in Indonesia, Michelle abandoned her medical studies in Indonesia and went to study in Japan, where she got in touch with aromatherapy. After that, she came to HKUST to study logistics management and engineering.

An avid wellness practitioner and an industrial engineer, she has been in the wellness industry for more than years, starting from using essential oil, to making handmade skincare products, to selling DIY skincare kits, then offering aromatherapy gifts & workshops, to now Aromeo Diffuser

The University was where she initiated the idea of combining her interest into her career and becoming an entrepreneur herself – she partnered with her classmates and developed a smart aromatherapy system. Her business has achieved great success with its clientele mainly from aromatherapy brands and leisure facilities.



Founder of Meraki

Yosha is the founder of a direct to customer artisanal fashion brand Meraki ( ). Meraki is a social enterprise that has been created with the mission to promote India’s long lost arts with handpainted high end artisanal bags, evening clutches and other products. Meraki also upcycle customers own luxury bags with traditional art like Madhubani, Pattachitra, Gond, Warli and many more.  As a social enterprise Meraki works with other non profits like running a crowdfunding campaign for building an art school for girls in Madhubani district in Bihar and this year creating a cork based collection to help Animals Asia Hong Kong with their fundraising. Artists are the heroes at Meraki with a focus on storytelling and bringing patronage back to the arts and artists.

Yosha has spent 14 years in the FinTech sector and worked across Asia and is currently a Digital Financial Specialist and Financial Inclusion Consultant with the International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group where she works on financial inclusion projects across Asia. She has also been the Founder & CEO of a leading cashback app with more than 1 million downloads in India. They were backed by 500Startups and Vectr Ventures and were also a part of Facebook’s FBStart programme as well as Cyberport’s Startup programme in Hong Kong.

Yosha has an MSc in Finance from HKUST and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College for Women. She is a regular speaker at digital and payments events as well as advisor to start-ups and the cofounder of a community initiative Indiatechhk to promote Indian start-ups in Hong Kong ( ). Yosha was appointed to the Diversity List 2018 for Hong Kong which aims to give ethnic minorities of Hong Kong a voice in decision making and policy, particularly in government advisory bodies. She was also nominated for American Chambers ‘Women of Influence’ award 2017 and was awarded ‘Most Influential Payments Professional’ by World BFSI Congress and Awards 2018, India.

Assistant professor in the Division of Life Science and the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at HKUST

Prof. Angela Wu

Angela Wu is an Associate Professor in the Division of Life Science and the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Angela is passionate about creating new technology platforms for interdisciplinary and translational research that will close the gap between life science, engineering, and the clinic. Her research group is using single-cell genomics and other engineering tools to study complex biological systems and diseases such as embryonic development, sepsis, and cancer. Early in her scientific career, she was named a Siebel Scholar in 2010, and was also awarded a Bio-X Bowes Fellowship for her research. In 2015, Angela also co-founded Agenovir Corporation, a CRISPR-based therapeutics company targeting infectious diseases for a complete cure. While at Agenovir, she helped to successfully raise Series A venture capital funding of US$10.6M. Agenovir was recently acquired. As recognition of her achievements in technology and innovation, Dr Wu was named one of MIT Technology Review Innovators under 35 Asia in 2016, and a World Economic Forum Young Scientist in 2018.


Bianca HO

Co-founder and COO of Clare

Bianca Ho is the co-founder and COO of Clare.AI. Award winning Clare.AI builds proprietary industry-specific omni-channel conversational digital assistants that can understand 10+ Asian languages. We partner with leading institutions in real estate, telecommunications, and financial institutions to create conversational digital experiences. With one of their Fortune 500 clients, they have automated 87% of their FAQ inquiries.

She started her career in JP Morgan Private Banking servicing the ultra high net worth clients in Hong Kong. She worked closely with Zendesk’s executive team on developing China market entry strategy.

Optional: She previously co-founded Dotkids, a startup aiming to create a children friendly space online by applying for .kids domain name. She is also an active youth advocate in Internet governance, and is selected as one of the youngest members of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group in the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (“UNIGF”).