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Theme: Looking Forward

This event occurred on
May 18, 2019
1:00pm - 5:00pm HKT
(UTC +8hrs)
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Hong Kong

This year, we want to bring together people whose ideas are for a green and integrated society.

As cities like Hong Kong grow taller but tighter, we want to harness the vast resources available to us to make the most of the limited space we have. How can we do more with less? Not just to preserve our greenery, but to help it thrive as our cities grow upwards instead of outwards.

At the same time, Hong Kong continues to attract people from varied backgrounds. How can we harness our differences to bring us together and make us better, rather than use those differences as cause for separation?

We want to hear from bright people with positive attitudes for a brighter and more positive future.

Hang Seng University of Hong Kong
Hang Shin Link, Siu Lek Yuen
Shatin, N.T.
Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 852
Hong Kong
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Having called Hong Kong his home since 1981, Andrew founded sportswear brand Tsunami Sport in 2003 after 10 years as a rugby player and Hong Kong National Team representative. Initially a sporting apparel provider, the brand has become a driver behind changing the textile industry’s environmental impact by leading by example. Andrew has ambitious plans to reduce the volume of product being consumed in sports, schools and the corporate world, while also seeking a sustainable system of reusing and repurposing single use plastics and redundant sporting apparel. This adventure has made Andrew optimistic that the world is waking up to the impact of its consumerism and the need to be more self-sustaining.


Banker + Educator + Healer
Dannie was senior executive in Bank of China, Barclays Bank, UBS Bank and Edmond De Rothschild. Dannie’s lifelong dream is education. He set up B Action Co Ltd, Education Connect Ltd and Israel China Education Technology Co Ltd after he retired from banking industry. He takes up the leadership role in Financial Professional Committee of Guangdong’s Association for Promotion of Cooperation between Guangdong, Hong Kong & Macao as Deputy Director, China Academy of Governance (HK) Industrial and Commercial Professionals Alumni Association Ltd as Director, China Greater Bay Area Institute of Financial Innovation as the Vice President and The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong as a Council Member Dannie is an alum of The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong and he is deeply influenced by the Motto “Erudition and Perseverance” of University. Now he is also a psycho-hypnotherapist and psychological consultant.


Business Builder + Social Impact Catalyst
David Nesbitt, a Hong Kong resident since 1979, has been a business builder for both his professional and social impact careers. He has managed Hong Kong subsidiaries for major financial service firms, including RBC Financial Services, CIBC World Markets and American Express Asset Management. His recent experience includes Trust and Beneficiary operations, and assisting with an early-stage, energy and blockchain-focused company. David’s second career is in the NGO sector, having both established a Centre for SEN adults, and managed the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. He is co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Nesbitt Centre Limited, a Centre for Special Needs adults which provides programs for life skills and employment opportunities at the Centre’s three Social Enterprises. He is also a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors and a Guest Lecturer at the LBS-HKU-Columbia EMBA Global Asia Program.


Entrepreneur + Creator + Foodie
Born in Toronto and raised in Hong Kong, Ian is the founder of CUFFS, a modern take on the traditional Hong Kong tailor shop. Their retail shop in Central is dedicated to making the custom clothing experience, fresh, easy and stylish. In 2016 CUFFS was nominated by fashion authority WGSN as a finalist for Best New Retail Concept at their Futures Awards. Ian has had a somewhat meandering career path, having studied Engineering in the University of Cambridge, followed by 6 years in the coffee industry, stints in tech startups and now as a fashion entrepreneur.

Iris, Hiu-tung LAM

Tattoo Artist
Iris majored in fashion design in her bachelor degree. Upon graduation in 2012, she fell in love with the art of tattooing immediately when she first witnessed a tattoo process. Iris starts up her own tattoo studio in 2016, Gazelle Tattoo, based in Hong Kong. Iris would love to explore and interact with different artists around the world. Iris is always drawing and painting. She uses water-colour, acrylic, calligraphy ink and markers mostly. Her work shows her preference for calligraphy and a rather organic touch.


Social Worker + Caseworker
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Jeff is Indian by descent. Growing up, he experienced the Otherness of not being Chinese enough to be Chinese but also not Indian enough to be Indian. On the path to a life of petty crimes, Jeff was saved by a social worker and followed in his footsteps, becoming one of the first ethnic minority social workers in Hong Kong. Jeff devotes his time to improving the lives of refugees and ethnic minority groups in his home city. Jeff’s work has enabled him to speak at a United Nations Committee, has been recognized by the Home Affairs Bureau, and has been rewarded with a Cathay ChangeMakers award for contributions that have brought about positive changes to society. He continues to pursue a better future for minorities here in Hong Kong and an envolved perception of what a Hong Konger is.

Jonathan WONG (王梓軒)

Singer + Songwriter + Actor + Producer
US born Jonathan Wong is a singer-songwriter, dancer-choreographer, and actor. Graduating from Cornell University with double majors in Psychology and Modern Dance in 2008. Jonathan made his Hong Kong musical debut in 2009 and has since then earned over 50 major awards in a number of categories for his work. In 2016, Jonathan competed in the world’s largest televised singer-songwriter competition broadcast on China’s CCTV-3. He joined Chinese R&B legend David Tao’s squad and was the only Hong Kong representative to make it into his team’s top 6. His composition “Beyond Borders” for Chinese pop diva Karen Mok gathered more than 35 million views online. Some of his other writing credits include Sammi Zheng and Chines boy band XNINE. Jonathan is also a prolific actor in film and television. In "The Limelight Years" (2015), Jonathan earned his first "Best Supporting Actor in a Television Drama" nomination. Jonathan went on starring in numerous television shows, movies and musicals.

Sam, Wai-yip TAM

Special Olympics Athlete
Sam TAM Wai-yip has participated in various international and regional competitions in countries such as the United States, Germany and Czech. One of his best performances can be traced back to the 1999 North Carolina Special Olympics World Summer Games, with Sam winning 2 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medals. Sam also plays different roles in the Special Olympics movement, including Special Olympics International Global Messengers, Athlete’s Director of Special Olympics Hong Kong, Athlete appointee of Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run Executive Council, the member of Special Olympics East Asia Senior Advisory Council who used their own experience to introduce Special Olympics movement and its mission to people across the globe.

Torres PIT (托哥)

Video Producer
Having graduated in 2018, Torres started to make short videos on YouTube to document what he sees while he travels. One video at a time, he is meeting people from all walks of life and he loves it.

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