SPOTLIGHTS ON WOMEN
Here’s a collection of stories about women associated with the University that are worth learning more from. They could be council member, faculty, staff, alumni or students who have great contribution and make an impact on their fields and areas to the society. (The list is in alphabetical order of their surname.)
Faculty and Staff
Prof. Angela WU
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering & Division of Life Science, HKUST
MIT Technology Review Magazine’s Top 10 Innovators Under 35 in Asia in 2017
Prof. Irene LO
Chair Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, HKUST
Academician (Technical and Environmental Sciences) of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts
Chairperson of HKIE Environmental Division for Session 2014/15
Prof. Jiewen Hong
Acting Head, Department of Marketing
Director of MPhil/PhD Programs
After graduating from Beijing Foreign Studies University, Prof Hong went to the University of Maryland at College Park to pursue a master degree in Communications. After getting her master’s degree, she worked in marketing in Northern Virginia.
Prof Hong took a sharp turn when she realized that she was missing the intellectual challenges from academia – she decided to move to Chicago and pursue a PhD in marketing at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
After getting her PhD degree, Prof Hong moved to Hong Kong and started her academic career at the Marketing Department at HKUST, where she has made some of her best friends and become recently the Acting Head of the Department.
Prof Hong thoroughly enjoys the fun and challenges of being a professor, teaching and interacting with curious students and constantly learning new things.
Prof Hong strongly believes that “when life throws you a curve ball, hit it.” In life, we often have to take narrow turns and hit bumpy roads. Don’t let what’s happening around you get inside you and weigh you down. Everyone encounters challenges in life. If others can overcome them and carry on, so can you.
Prof. Kellee TSAI
Dean of Humanities & Social Science, HKUST
Kellee S. Tsai is Dean of Humanities & Social Science. Prior to joining HKUST, Professor Tsai served as Vice Dean for Humanities and Social Science and Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University. A scholar of contemporary Chinese politics and economic development, Tsai’s research addresses broader debates in comparative politics, the political economy of development, and the study of informal institutions and endogenous institutional change. She has published five books, including Back-Alley Banking: Private Entrepreneurs in China (Cornell University Press, 2002), Rural Industrialization and Non-Governmental Finance in Wenzhou (co-authored in Chinese, 山西经济出版社 2004), Japan and China in the World Political Economy (co-edited with Saadia Pekannen, Routledge, 2005), Capitalism without Democracy: The Private Sector in Contemporary China (Cornell University Press, 2007), and State Capitalism, Institutional Adaptation, and the Chinese Miracle (co-edited with Barry Naughton, Cambridge University Press 2015). Her articles have appeared in journals such as China Journal, China Quarterly, Comparative Political Studies, Perspectives on Politics, World Development, and World Politics. Her current research concerns the local developmental implications of return migration, remittances and ethnic foreign direct investment in China and India.
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. Mengqian LU
BEng in Civil and Environmental Engineering, HKUST with Academic Achievement Medal (2009)
PhD in Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University (2014)
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, HKUST
Prof. Nancy IP
Vice-President for Research and Development, HKUST
The Morningside Professor of Life Science
Director of the State Key Laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience
Member, Chinese Academy of Sciences; US National Academy of Sciences; American Academy of Arts and Sciences; The Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong
Hong Kong Deputy to the National People’s Congress
Prof. Ophelia TSUI
Professor, Department of Physics, HKUST
Fellow of the American Physical Society “for outstanding contributions on the dynamics of thin polymer films”
Advisory boards of Macromolecules, ACS Macro Letters, and Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics
Prof. Qian ZHANG
Chair Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, HKUST
Tencent Professor of Engineering, HKUST
Co-director of Huawei-HKUST Innovation Laboratory
Director, Digital Life Research Center, HKUST
Prof. Rhea LIEM
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.
Prof. Ying CHAU
Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, HKUST
Associate Director, Bioengineering Graduate Program, HKUST
Founder, Student Innovation for Global Health Technology (SIGHT), HKUST
Vice Chairman, Hong Kong Biotechnology Organization (HKBIO)
Prof. Sabrina LIN
Senior Advisor to the President, HKUST
Prior to joining HKUST, Sabrina held a number of executive positions in the IT sector. At Cisco Systems, these included Global Vice President, Commercial & Multinational Corporation Business (Asia Pacific, Japan & Greater China); Global Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer (Asia Pacific, Japan & Greater China); Managing Director, Strategy and Operations (Asia Pacific, Japan & Greater China). At Hewlett-Packard (HP), these included Executive Director, BRIC Strategy and Business Development, as well as R&D Director, Digital Information Management and Subscription Services. Sabrina was also co-founder of two start-up companies in Silicon Valley, one of which focused on commercialization of educational research, and another which provided professional information and services to enhance personal, social and business effectiveness.
A native of Hong Kong, Sabrina holds a master’s degree in statistics and a doctorate in psychology, both from Stanford University. Sabrina enjoys jogging and hiking and, as a mother of four children, exploring the world with her family.
Alumni and Students
Dual Degree Program in Technology & Management
Abby is a Year 4 T&M-DDP student who has strong passion towards robotics. She is HKUST Robotics Team member. She joined HeadStart and earned an opportunity to work in Silicon Valley last summer. She always encourages women to do engineer. You could find more about her at http://www.ipo.ust.hk/en/news/detail/142
Senior Manager of Partnership, ZhongAn
Founding Board of Directors, FinTech Association of Hong Kong
Amanda has over 10 years of experience in marketing with commitment and passion in the FinTech space. She is the Founding Board of Directors at the FinTech Association of Hong Kong (FTAHK). She was elected as one of the most powerful female leaders in FinTech, 2017. Amanda currently serves as Senior Manager, Partnership in ZhongAn International. She previously managed marketing initiatives across ANX International group and Octagon Strategy Limited.
BEng in Chemical and Bioproduct Engineering (2013)
Clinical Research Coordinator and Project Manager at University of California, San Francisco
First US undergraduate student in CBE
Bella Kiu-Kei CHAN
BEng in Electronic Engineering (2014)
BBA(GBUS & ECON)
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”).
Managing Director of Asia Brand
Cammy is an Entrepreneur, Editor in Chief and a Marketing Professional.
She was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Canada. After obtaining her first degree and starting her career as an art gallery manager in Edmonton, Alberta, she returned to Hong Kong in 1992, for “a bit of adventure” and – like so many others – stayed. She worked in senior management level positions in various companies until she started her own business, a Marketing Consultancy, in 2003.
She is currently the Managing Director of Asia Brand, a marketing consultancy. In addition to her responsibilities for the general management of the company, she is also in charge of directing and managing client projects, developing business and strategic alliances, as well as new premium product and services.
Since January 2005, Asia Brand has been the Publisher of CULTURE Magazine with Cammy as Editor in Chief. CULTURE Magazine is an English-language monthly publication developed specifically to feature articles and photo essays on arts, culture, travel, lifestyle, food and wine for the Hong Kong and China market. Cammy also managed Alluminate Gallery, an easy-to-use online platform for art collectors to view and buy original works of art.
Carol ZHOU (MBA)
SVP of Shiseido China Business Innovation & Investment
At the forefront of driving innovation and development in China’s booming consumer sector is Carol Zhou, SVP of China Business Innovation & Investment Office for Shiseido, established in early 2019. “It was an exciting opportunity to build everything from scratch…a new team, a new division, and we’re creating something totally different in China for the Chinese consumer leveraging the dynamic ecosystem here,” said Carol.
Carol and her team not only drives acceleration of current businesses within the group, but also develops new customer-centric solutions targeting the new China generation who values self-expression, personalization and healthy living.
She has a strong belief that one should stop waiting for that perfect moment. For someone to love you, for more money, for when you are “ready”. Happiness is when you stop waiting and just make the best of what you can, at this present moment.
As SVP of China Business Innovation & Investment office for Shiseido created in Jan 2019 , Carol is helping to shape the next phase of transformation for the company. By leveraging the dynamic ecosystem and entrepreneurial talents in China, Carol will help to accelerate the implementations of innovations and new business models, to create new beauty business as the next growth driver of the Shiseido group on a global level. Previously, she has held a number of management positions at multinational firms such as Unilever, Burberry, L’Oréal, and Marriott where she has led global strategy & innovation functions across regions and categories.
BEng in Mechanical Engineering
Bronze in the 2nd Nanjing Asian Youth Games – Women’s Rugby
Certified coach of the International Rugby Board
Top 10 Outstanding Youth and Stellar Accomplishment Award
Cathy is a part-time elite junior athlete at the Hong Kong Sports Institute after she became the Bronze medalist at the 2nd Nanjing Asian Youth Games – Women’s Rugby event in 2013. Since then, she represented Hong Kong in several junior tournaments and obtained her coaching certificates from the International Rugby Board. During her first year at HKUST, she served as the vice-captain of the school’s women’s rugby team where the team finished second in the Tertiary Xs League. She was invited to join the National seniors VIIs and XVs Squad in the same year. She also led the Hong Kong U20 women’s team to the Asia Rugby U20 Sevens Series 2017 as the co-captain of the team.
Not only is Cathy dedicated in sports, she also engages vaguely in organized activities. She is now the Chairperson of the Sports Association, HKUSTSU and was the Founder and Chairperson of the Student Air Cadet Society, HKUSTSU. During Cathy’s time in high school, she also represented the Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps to New Zealand and United Kingdom for Brush-craft training course and Rifle Shooting Competition (Inter-service Cader Rifle Meeting).
Considering her outstanding performance in extra-curricular activities, she was nominated by HKUST for the Sai Kung District Outstanding Youth Commendation Scheme in 2017. During that year, she was awarded the Top 10 Outstanding Youth and Stellar Accomplishment Award by the Commissions on Youth and Home Affair Bureau, HKSAR.
BEng in Chemical and Biological Engineering
President of the Students’ Union Provisional Executive Committee (2017-18)
Stephen Cheong Kam-chuen Medal for Distinguished Service to the Student Body
Chloe CHAN (BBA GBUS student)
Hong Kong Women’s Ice Hockey National Team
When I was 8 years old skating around the ice rink, I was amazed by a kid in hockey skates zooming past like wind. That was the defining moment for my love with ice hockey.
Many relate ice hockey with 6-foot-tall men bumping into each other. My mom included. As I started, I realized I was the only girl in the entire high school league. There were no separated leagues for boys and girls and most boys were at least a head taller than me.
Despite the difference in physical built, I disliked it when boys went easy on me. I would tie up my hair just so no one knew I was a girl.
Over time I realized I was capable of achieving success. I ended up being captain for my school team and now part of the national team. I believe that if we push ourselves hard enough, we will be able to prove for ourselves.
To me, it’s most important not to give up. Identifying the problems is never difficult, the hard part is stepping out of the comfort zone and adapt. Overcoming obstacles does not just mean always trying to be at the top, it’s more about pushing oneself, because nobody is perfect. We all have our flaws that we must face up to and deal with.
Treasurer, Director of Corporate Strategy, DJI
Christina Zhang is the treasurer and director of corporate strategy of DJI. Since joining DJI in late 2013, she has helped to direct cash management and fundraising to support the firm’s rapid expansion. Her work also includes liaising with potential industry partners and universities to expand application of unmanned aerial systems.
Before joining DJI, Christina was an audit manager at one of the big four accounting firms, where she spent almost six years conducting financial audits and appraising internal control and risks for Hong Kong listed companies. Christina holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (Accounting Major) from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and she is a holder of Hong Kong Certified Public Accountant.
Executive Director, Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund
School of Business and Management
Taekwondo Poomsae athlete in the Hong Kong Taekwondo Team
Hong Kong Taekwondo Association – Best Female Athlete 2017
Claudia is a Year 2 student from the School of Business and Management. At the same time, Claudia is also a Taekwondo Poomsae athlete in the Hong Kong Taekwondo Team, as such she gets to represent Hong Kong to participate in various overseas training and international tournaments. In view of the upcoming Asian Games 2018 at Indonesia, Palembang, she is being selected to train and earn more experience through various competitions abroad, that is why she decided to take a gap year. She has been in the team for around 3 years and has captured over 10 medals in these years. She was even awarded with the Best Female Athlete by the Hong Kong Taekwondo Association in 2017. Apart from training and competing hard, Claudia enjoys teaching her profession to younger kids in order to promote the sport in Hong Kong, hoping to gain more attention and support from the public or even the government.
MSc in Engineering Enterprise Management (2011)
Founder of ShopLovers.co (women-centric social shopping platform)
Top 10 Startup in Google’s Empowering Young Entrepreneurs Program 2015
Top 10 startup in Swire Properties’ Blueprint Accelerator Program (cohort 3)
BBA (MARK) & MA (SOSC)
Visual Artist, Founder of Art of Dove (A.O.D.) Meditative Art Studio
Dolphin is a Visual Artist who actively promotes Meditative Art in Hong Kong. With an inborn hip-joint dislocation condition, Dolphin was told by the doctors there will be a high chance to have to rely on a wheelchair for the rest of her life. She suffered continuous pains until she started her spiritual practice in late 20s and realized that physical illness is highly related to psychological condition and beliefs. At 35, her hip pain got significantly improved by a shift in core beliefs. She was then inspired to fully focus on art healing for people in need.
With 10 years of mindfulness practice, Dolphin alchemized meditation with expressive arts and founded a neo-form of meditative practice named “Soul Painting”, which supported her to recover from postpartum depression in 2016.
In 2018, Dolphin extended the concept of Meditative Art to various art forms beyond painting, and founded a pioneer meditative art hub, Art of Dove (A.O.D.) Meditative Art Studio, to further cultivate this unique concept in Asia. Dolphin obtained a MA (SOSC) & a BBA (MARK) degrees from HKUST.
Fanny is the founder of MobiChef, an online platform for diners to book a personal chef to come and cook in their home.
When Fanny took a career break after eight years in the hotel industry, she came up with a thought about the possibility of having a chef taking care of the dinner for gatherings at home when she was cooking for her family. Very soon she started the project and launched MobiChef in 2017. From convincing experienced chefs to join, to expanding the potential market, Fanny has conquered many challenges by keeping her faith that MobiChef is bringing a better life to both the chefs and food lovers.
BEng (CIVL)-CS (1995)
Chief Geotechnical Engineer (Slope Safety), Geotechnical Engineering Office, Civil Engineering and Development Department, The Government of the HKSAR
The Secretary for the Civil Service’s Commendation
Young Engineer of the Year Award, The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers
Trainee of the Year Award, The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers
Being the first female graduating with a BEng (Civil & Structural) from the HKUST in 1995 and subsequently acquired an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, Jenny is qualified in the Civil, Structural and Geotechnical engineering disciplines and is also the first and only woman Chief Geotechnical Engineer in the Government of the HKSAR.
Her passion in serving the engineering profession and the community has won her quite a few awards, such as the Secretary for the Civil Service’s Commendation, Young Engineer of the Year, Trainee of the Year and Fugro Best Paper Award etc. She was also elected a member of the Election Committee (Engineering Subsector) in 2011.
While striving to enhance slope safety in Hong Kong, Jenny is also a mother to a boy aged 10 and his sister aged 8. She always endeavours to strike a balance between family and work. Despite sometimes demanding of herself, enjoying happy and meaningful lives is the only goal that she sets for her kids.
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Co-founder and CMO of ChargeSpot
Jess is a dedicated entrepreneur with fast track business growth and expansion record with her own startup set up in Hong Kong and expanded into Japan and many other countries. She was born and raised in Hong Kong with over 10 years of all-rounded marketing and brand management experience in international companies for beauty, retail & I.T. industries. Jess is the Co-founder and CMO of ChargeSpot, the world’s 1st transnational power bank rental service.
Joey SO (BBA IS & MARK student)
Joey is empathetic towards social causes and determined to put her business knowledge into practice – she has been an active member in community service.
During her gap year, Joey aspired to further develop her impact through establishing a social enterprise – Mealingful.
Mealingful is a soft meal market developer that aims to improve the quality of life for dysphagia patients. It offers an online soft meal ordering platform and organizes public awareness events. It is currently funded by the Hong Kong Social Enterprise Challenge, Good Seed and Social Innovation for Sustainable Communities Program.
Joey confessed the challenges and obstacles of leading the venture can be overwhelming at times. Yet, Joey and the team did not stop there. They had chosen to take the first leap and do it right there, right then, and they were surprised by where their courage took them.
‘The thought of “let’s do it” was what motivated me and my teammates to transform Mealingful from a rough concept into an up-and-running startup that we did not dare to fathom on Day 1.’
Joey aims to continue creating shared value as she pursues her future career after graduation.
Karen Wu (BBA FINA)
Karen is the Founder of DAMA, one of the popular vegan food stores in Hong Kong, with a core belief of “Protecting the Animals and Loving the Earth”.
Encouraged by her husband that there were limited vegan dessert options for vegetarians, Karen spent countless hours and tremendous effort in developing recipes of vegan soft serve.
She succeeded – with wide variety of tastes and eye-catching colors, vegan soft serve becomes the signature of DAMA.
Apart from DAMA, Karen also found an online cooking platform called Good Cook Channel which shares cooking tips and videos on social media and its own website, attracting close to 160,000 followers in just 3 years’ time.
It is greatly challenging for Karen to start up a new business after almost 20 years of corporate experience in finance. She never has any on-hand experience running her own business, not to mention her next-to-zero experience in the fast moving F&B industry. She needs to overcome a lot of difficulties especially the social issues and COVID-19.
A key lesson for Karen is to always stay focused and keeps enthusiastic. It’s all about enhancing customer experience and expanding the range of product offers.
Kit Ying WONG
School of Science
Bowl Champion at the 6th New Territories Regional Rugby 7s Championship and Carnival
Kit Ying is enthusiastic athlete who has been representing Hong Kong in Rugby on numerous occasions, including a championship at the UAE International Rugby 7’s U18 Girls Tournament 2016 in Dubai. Recently, she joined and captured the Bowl Champion at the 6th New Territories Regional Rugby 7s Championship and Carnival in celebration of HKSAR 20th Anniversary by NTRSA.
Kit Ying has joined 4 years Inter-School Rugby 7s’ Competition in her secondary school life and received numerous awards. During her secondary school life, she was the chairperson of Rugby Club. Her contribution to the Rugby Club has allowed her to receive several Service and Responsibility Awards for the Rugby Club. She was also awarded two internal scholarships from her school for her active participation in Hong Kong Rugby Team and enthusiasm in sports with leaderships.
Kyna Hiu-King WONG
BEng in Electronic Engineering (Information and Communication Engineering) (2003)
MSc in Engineering Enterprise Management (2009)
LEE Shuk Kwan
School of Engineering
Captain, HKUST Women’s Archery Team
HKUST Alumni Endowment Fund Athletic Awards 2016/17
Shuk Kwan is the captain of HKUST Women’s Archery Team. She started learning archery in 2009 and has been participating in different overseas competitions as Hong Kong representative since 2013. She is one of the awardees of HKUST Alumni Endowment Fund Athletic Awards 2016/17 due to her outstanding archery performance. During 2017-2018, Shuk Kwan has already represented Hong Kong in Rosario 2017 World Archery Youth Championships 2017, Asia Cup World Ranking Tournament Stage 1 and the Archery Test Event for 18th Asian Games 2018.
Co-Founder, More Than Musical
Lucy is a classically trained musician with a music degree at the Hong Kong Baptist University. She also has a master degree in Arts Administration from the Goldsmiths College, University of London and MBA at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Lucy had been a Tedx speaker twice, she has extensive experiences in art administration and business development. Her passion in opera and classical music drove her to establish More Than Musical. Together with her enthusiastic colleague, they share the same vision: to create imitate and unforgettable opera experiences to the general public.
School of Science
Hong Kong Women’s Football Team
Bronze in the 17th Asian Physics Olympiad
Silver in the 47th International Physics Olympiad
A.S. WATSON GROUP Hong Kong Student Sports Awards
Lydia is a football player who has been representing Hong Kong Women’s Football Team since 2015. She is currently the player of Tai Po Football Club which ranks fifth in Hong Kong Football Association Women League. In 2016, she represented Hong Kong in the Asian Football Confederation U19 Women’s Championship Qualifiers in Dushanbe, Tajikistan and the 13th National Student Sports Games in Beihai, Guangxi. In addition, Lydia was recently awarded the A.S. WATSON GROUP Hong Kong Student Sports Awards for year 2016/17.
Apart from her sporting achievements, Lydia also excels in her chosen field of mathematics and science. She was a member of the Hong Kong team at the China Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad for three consecutive years from 2013 to 2015 and brought home one silver and two bronze medals. She was also a bronze medalist in the 17th Asian Physics Olympiad which took place in Hong Kong and a silver medalist in the 47th International Physics Olympiad held in Zurich, Switzerland.
BBA(IS & FINA) & MSc(ISM)
Director of Marketing and Operations (M&O), Microsoft Hong Kong
Maria Hui is the Director of Marketing and Operations Group (M&O) in Microsoft Hong Kong. M&O organization is at the core of leading the Hong Kong subsidiary in landing the mission of Microsoft in the local community: to empower everyone and every organization to do more and achieve more in the new digital era, where Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Cloud will play a key role. She is responsible for leading business operations, marketing strategy and overall business performance of the various business groups.
Prior to her current role, she was the Director of Human Resources at Microsoft Hong Kong for over three years. Maria started her career as a Management Consultant in PwC Consulting, which was later acquired by IBM. Her domain focus was on big data and analytics. She gained a reputation for her skills in project management and business analytics. She made a shift in her career to become an HR Business Partner. Her dedication to client success and the ability to innovatively design and execute transformation projects have helped get the workforce ready for a new business direction. Over the years, she has taken up various leadership positions in HR, including executive compensation leader and regional HR partner leader roles.
Founder & CEO, Aromeo Diffuser
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.
Oi Man LEUNG
Hong Kong Sports Institute funded Elite Athlete
4th place at the 2016 World University Equestrian Championships
Best Junior Rider of the Year, Hong Kong Equestrian Federation from 2011 to 2015
Oi Man Leung is an equestrian athlete who has been representing Hong Kong in show jumping on numerous occasions since 2011. She is currently a Hong Kong Sports Institute funded Elite Athlete and has achieved results from across the globe, including a 4th place at the 2016 World University Equestrian Championships held in Sweden. In 2014, she qualified for the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games and was named the “Best Junior Rider of the Year” five times by the Hong Kong Equestrian Federation from 2011 to 2015. In addition, Oi Man was recently awarded the Alumni Endowment Fund Athletic Award for Personal Achievement in Sports for the 2016/17 academic year.
Aside from her sporting achievements, Oi Man also finds success in her chosen field of engineering, and was a member of the 2nd runner-up team at the Cathay Pacific 24-Hour Hackathon held in October 2017. She was also selected as a finalist of the 2017 EuroBrake Student Opportunities Programme held in Dresden, Germany, organised by the International Federation of Automotive Engineering Societies (FISITA).
Prof. Yanlei DIAO
MPhil in Computer Science (2000)
Professor of Computer Science, École Polytechnique
Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst
2013 CRA-W Anita Borg Early Career Award
BBA in Management and Marketing
Hong Kong Open Table Tennis Championships (Team) – 1st runner up
2015/16 Hong Kong Youth Orienteering Championship – Champion
UBS Group Technology and Operations Case Challenge – 3rd runner-up
Joint University Outstanding Marketing Award – Champion
As an athlete of two Hong Kong National Sports Teams, I was fortunate enough to be given all the opportunities and resources. Yet, I understand a lot of people out there have the passion and potential, but are lacking a platform to shine. Therefore now, taking a step backward, I organize competitions, training, fun days via various channels, aiming to create a stage for all to enjoy and perform.
BBA(GBUS & OM)
HR Program Officer & Donor and Government Affairs Associate, International Committee of the Red Cross – ICRC
Rachel is from Taiwan and came to Hong Kong for university. She is now working at the headquarters of International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland, one of the world’s most prestigious humanitarian organizations, which helps more than 34 million people in conflict every year. She was also the student representative at the 2019 Congregation.
Life Science (Biological Sciences)
Chinese National Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships – champion in Level 3 Women’s Pair / second in Level 4 Mixed Pair / the champion in Level 6 Mixed Pair
Rachel has been a part-time elite senior athlete under the Hong Kong Acrobatic Gymnastics Talent Team for 10+ years since 2006. During Rachel’s time in high school, she has represented Hong Kong in the Aged 12-18 Category as part of a Women’s Group in the 8th FIG Acrobatic Gymnastics World Age Group Competitions, Levallois (FRA), during July 2 – 5, 2014.
During her first year at HKUST, she was HKUST Korfball Team member and was a registered player under the Hong Kong China Korfball Association (HKCKA). She has also become the champion in Level 3 Women’s Pair in the Chinese National Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships, and obtained her coaching certificate on Elementary Coaching Course for Gymnastics (General Theory) from the Gymnastics Association of Hong Kong, China. In her second and third year at HKUST, she has also competed the Chinese National Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships, in which she came second in Level 4 Mixed Pair and the champion in Level 6 Mixed Pair respectively. As a member of the team, she has also joined the National Gymnastics Extravaganza as a performer in October 2017. In 2017, she has also qualified to represent Hong Kong as a Senior Mixed Pair in the Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships 2018, Antwerp (BEL).
Not only is Rachel dedicated in sports, she also engages vaguely in various programs. As a first year student, she was a fellow under Headstart@HKUST in 2016 and was selected to participate in the press conference and the University Council and Court Meeting as a student. In her second year, she became also a buddy in the English Learning Buddy Scheme, organized by the Center of Language Education, HKUST.
Samantha Wing Man KONG
BEng in Chemical and Environmental Engineering (2014)
Founder, Eldpathy Co. Limited
Founding President, American Institute of Chemical Engineers – HKUST Student Chapter
Author of the book “Who Says Engineering is Second Best”
Ms Engineer received Hong Kong Top 10 Outstanding Youth Award 2014 and Social Service Award (both awarded by Home Affairs Bureau, The Government of the HKSAR) and Trainee of the Year 2015 (awarded by The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers)
A brush with mortality in 2012 taught Sherring Ng that life is too short and unpredictable not to experiment and pursue your own passions. Having achieved financial freedom, she decided to step down from the role of Program Director at HKUST Business School, ending her promising career in the higher education sector, and dedicate herself to her childhood dream of being an actress while supporting others in chasing their own dreams. You might have seen her on ViuTV or RTHK or TV commercials and surely will see her in movies this year.
MBA Candidate, Harvard Business School
Dual Degree Program in Technology & Management
Co-founder of Bookwarm (www.bookwarm.org)
Goldman Sachs Global Leadership Award
HSBC Young Entrepreneur Award
Head of Global Markets New Client Onboarding, Vice President & Chief of Staff, Operations APAC, Vice President, Société Générale
As the Chief of Staff of Operations in APAC at Société Générale since 2016, Veronica is leading the Continuous improvement team in Asia and driving innovation initiatives for the department. She has extensive knowledge in banking operations, which she worked at client service operations with BNP Paribas, and client onboarding, KYC & referential data management with Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Hong Kong and Singapore.
Veronica is also the Co-Chair of the Financial Inclusion and Literacy Committee of the Fintech Association of Hong Kong. She has active participation in Fintech and social responsibility initiatives around the topic of financial inclusion.
Vivian is a post-90s emerging artist who is active in the scene of art and illustration in Hong Kong. She is best at capturing everyday life and unconventional beauty with a touch of humor and imagination. In her few years of practice, Vivian has already held numerous exhibitions in different locations including the US, Italy, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. She also worked with an extended range of brands and programs including MTR Hong Kong, Hong Kong International Film Festival, Hong Kong Repertory Theatre and more.
Despite her devotion to art, Vivian also has vast interest in business and entrepreneurship. She obtained a degree in Wesleyan University in the US and recently graduated from HKUST with an MBA for Professionals. Vivian is eager to see how business and art can come together.
CEO & Executive Director, Asia Insurance and Avo Insurance
Founder of Meraki
Yosha is the founder of a direct to customer artisanal fashion brand Meraki (https://www.memeraki.com/ ). 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 (www.indiatechhk.com ). 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.
BBA (MARK & MGTO)
Professional MC/Public Speaking Trainer, Spotknight
A passionate professional emcee & public speaking trainer. Yuki has captured the national 1st runner up in public speaking and numerous area awards. She has worked with clients including Chinachem, DBS, The Outstanding Youth Persons’ Association and Metro Radio on functions including annual dinner, mall shows and conferences.
BBA Operations Management
Team member of Hong Kong Rope Skipping Delegation
Team captain of HKUST Rope Skipping Team in 2017-2018
senior rope skipping freestyle judge of Hong Kong Rope Skipping Association
Sai Kung District Outstanding Youths for the year of 2017/2018
Guinness World Record – Most People Skipping Double Dutch Style
7th Asian Rope Skipping Championship – Open Team 2nd place
Zoe has been representing Hong Kong to participate in World, Asian, and National rope skipping competitions.
Apart from competing, she is also a qualified senior rope skipping freestyle judge and rope skipping coach of Hong Kong Rope Skipping Association, China. Recently, she has performed in different occasions. Zoe is still holding a Guinness World Record – Most People Skipping Double Dutch Style with her teammates of Hong Kong Rope Skipping Academy since April 2013.
In addition to her dedication to rope skipping, she has taken up several leading roles in HKUST. She is the cohort leader in creative division of HKUST Business Cohort Community, and was the Chief Promotion Secretary of International Food Fair which leading international students from 10 countries to share their culinary cultures to all students from business school. During the event, she was the sole graphic designer for pull-up banners, stickers, and backdrop of the photo booth. She had also organized business school student orientation day involving over 800 students, launched Used Textbook Give and Take Campaign, and produced a video for Student Advising Session. Simultaneously, she is the Deputy Head Student Ambassador of the HKUST, being a motivator among the student ambassador cohort as well as the leader of Campus Tours and HKUST Summer Camp, assistant for Command Centre of HKUST Information Day, and student representative for JUPAS admission talks.