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Theme: Unscripted

This event occurred on
March 10, 2018
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Hong Kong

The theme of our event this year is, “UNSCRIPTED”. Our speakers will be highlighting various instances where life served them lemons and how their response to those impromptu moments was to allow that to either make or break them. Simply put, it is about turning your lemons into lemonade.

The theme of our event was inspired by this simple yet profound saying: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 00000
Hong Kong
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Alex Lau

Financial Planner
Alex Lau is a financial specialist for High Net Worth clients and CEO’s, he partners with the World’s leading financial institutions and legal professionals to create a marketplace for a one-stop shop service that runs effortlessly. The quality of his business has made him a key speaker in many international conferences company-wide, to support his fellow financial professionals to discover ways to significantly improve business development and productivity. Alex holds a BSC in Management Accounting from the U.K, before starting his career in the financial services and built all his relationships from the ground up.

Jim Brewsky

International Comedian + Investor
WINNER of both the 2015 Magners International Comedy Festival and 2014 Hong Kong International Comedy Competition, co-star of Comedy Central's Standup Asia! and a former university English lecturer -- JIM BREWSKY is an international award-winning stand-up comedian whose prankish charm & cock-a-hoop comedic delivery is absolutely a crowd pleaser.

Kanas Mok


Kay Ross

Improv Performer + Head Tour Guide
Kay Ross has been acting since she was a teenager, and has performed improv (that’s unscripted theatre) with local English-language troupe People’s Liberation Improv for ten years. She also teaches corporate and community workshops about how to approach life and work with an improv mindset. Kay is also fascinated by psychology and marketing, is passionate about personal development and healing (her own and other people’s), and is the Head Tour Guide in The Playground of Possibilities. The common thread in all that is storytelling – the stories we tell ourselves and each other, about ourselves and the world. Kay was born in Scotland, grew up in Australia, and has lived in Hong Kong for 24 unscripted years.

Ming Bridges

Singer + Model + Body Image Advocator
Ming Bridges is an award winning singer and songwriter from Singapore who has suffered from eating disorders which has stemmed from unrealistic body expectations.

Peter Morgan

Crisis Communication Consultant + Writer + Former Hong Kong Police
Peter served in the Hong Kong Police for 33 years before retiring in 2015. He was a trained hostage negotiator, required to respond to a wide range of negotiation situations, including terrorist, criminal/domestic hostage incidents and suicide intervention. He was also the Police Crisis Negotiation Unit (CNU) Commander for 12 years. Peter continues to provide negotiation expertise as a Special Advisor to the Police Crisis Negotiation Unit and as an Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, Hong Kong University. Peter has received a Commendation for his response to a bank robbery and hostage incident, resulting in the surrender of the culprit and the release of all the hostages and received the Police Distinguished Service Medal (P.D.S.M.) in 2015 for his 33 years of distinguished service

Seth Kim

Spiritual Entrepreneur + Leadership Educator + Global Explorer
Seth Kim is a Korean-American who immigrated to the United States at a young age. He has been educated and awarded degrees from the University of Illinois, Trinity International University, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Seth is a pastor, speaker, leadership educator, church planter, and spiritual trainer. In 1996, Seth and his wife started Harvest Mission Community Church (HMCC) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Since then, he has traveled extensively around the world to work with different churches and organizations to train and equip people to live life with purpose and hope. After starting HMCC’s first international church in Indonesia, Seth and his family moved out to Hong Kong in 2015 to launch HMCC of Hong Kong. He is passionate about developing people and seeing their lives transformed so that they can then, transform the world.

Sherjan Husainie

Co-founder + Former Investment Banker
Sherjan Husainie is the Co-Founder and CEO of Employ, a rapidly growing global startup based out of Hong Kong, Singapore, and Toronto, where him and his team are building an innovative B2B2C video-based recruiting marketplace, making it easier for businesses to hire quality talent and managing them. Prior to starting Employ, Sherjan was a Vice President in Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley covering the Private Equity sector in Asia. Before that, he worked at Google's late-stage investment arm, CapitalG, where he focused primarily on investing in technology startups across Asia. Before joining Google, Sherjan worked in the Technology Investment Banking team at Morgan Stanley in San Francisco. Separately, Sherjan is also the founder of Leaders Global Network and spoke about “Diversity of Experience” at a prior TEDx event. He holds a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Financial Engineering from UCLA Anderson.

TEDxcellent Improv

Kay Ross and Christopher Coleman are both members of People’s Liberation Improv, and Namrata Bindra performs with the all-female troupe Karate Tuesday. They all have many years of experience studying and performing improv in Hong Kong and many other cities.

Xyra Sace

Marketing Manager
At 17, Xyra took the risk of dropping out of High School to stand against the education system and pursue her found passion in Entrepreneurship. She later became the Marketing Manager of an Educational Technology company, BSD. She leads Marketing in Asia and will take on the leadership of marketing internationally. She also teaches code on weekends in a programme initiated by The Women’s Foundation with BSD “Girls Go Tech”. On top of her full-time job, Xyra simultaneously freelances for 5 other companies to build her knowledge, experience and skills in Marketing, Graphic Design, Website Development and Design. Xyra was born and raised in Hong Kong. She was distinctly active in participating Extra Curricular Activities as she faced academic adversity with the Education System. Inspired by Sir Ken Robinson from his TED talks, Xyra is determined to make a difference in how we teach and grow our youths.

Organizing team


  • Michelle Chang