COO - Dragone / Co-Founder and Managing Director of TheatreArtLife
Anna is the Executive Director of the Live Show Division for Dragone, a Global Live Entertainment Company, known for its iconic theatre shows such as “The House of Dancing Water” in Macau, “La Perle” in Dubai, “Le Reve” in Las Vegas and Celine Dion’s “A New Day” residency show.
Originally from Australia and now based in Hong Kong, Anna’s 22-year career in live entertainment has taken her around the world. With a penchant for backstage management, Anna works on research and development, training, formation, and creation as well as operations. She is well-versed in handling the trials and tribulations of running multi-million dollar theatrical shows enjoyed by millions.
She holds a degree in Design for Theatre and Television and is also the Co-Founder and Managing Director for TheatreArtLife.com, an online platform for entertainment industry professionals.
A diplomat, a wildlife enthusiast, and a champion of diversity and inclusion, Chinali Patel leads the Illicit Finance Policy at the British Consulate-General in Hong Kong, working closely with regulators, financial institutions, and the private sector. Chinali believes that “we can come together and work as a group to ensure that species don’t get relegated to the history books”. She keeps busy raising awareness on this issue through educational initiatives and designing tools that track the money trail of the illegal wildlife trade, with an intent to disrupt criminal networks.
Besides her day job as a pilot for a leading airline aviation company in Hong Kong, Christina creates the character #christtina_meow and works on a series called #LifeLessonsFromTheSky to promote positive thinking and aviation trivia on social media. She also actively volunteers at the Inspiring Girls International Organization, Hong Kong Youth Aviation Academy (HKYAA) and is a part of the Female Pilot Advisory Group (FPAG) and the Peer Assistant Network (PAN) within her company. This young trailblazer is now inspiring youth, especially women, to chase their dreams with passion and courage.
Illustration Artist and Founder of Brain X Eyes
As an illustration artist based in Hong Kong, Claudia wields her art to spark discussions on ‘no-no’ topics, especially around the objectification of women’s bodies, which has become a process for her to reclaim her own sexuality.
She has held solo exhibitions in Beijing, Miami, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and London and has worked with clients such as LELO, LUSH, NBC News, Playboy, JAJA Tequila, HarperCollins Publishers, just to name a few. She has also been featured in many publications including the Tatler (cover story for Sept 2021 issue), It’s Nice That, Creative Review, SCMP, Konbini, Marie Claire, Hunger Magazine, and more.
Founder and Design Principal of HIR studio UK
As an architect, installation artist, and mom of twin boys, Irene Cheng wears many hats. During her training as an architect, in London and Hong Kong, she began to question the top-down and distant approach of contemporary, international-style design. With an aim to create unique and engaging designs, she started her own company – HIR Studio – in 2016.
At HIR, she intends to use design to stimulate public engagement as well as dialogue and aspires to combine craft and innovation to create spaces that enrich communities.
The 2017 winner of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects’ Young Architect Awards, Irene, is a sustainability advocate, who wants to do something about the ever-increasing plastic waste in Hong Kong. She is exploring ways to improve the manufacturing process so that more plastic waste can be collected and upcycled because she believes that great sustainable designs will encourage the public to recycle better.
Head of Customer Intelligence and Partnerships. Personal Banking
Jen Flowers is a longtime supporter of design thinking and women empowerment. Currently the Group and Asia Pacific Head of Customer Intelligence and Partnerships for HSBC Wealth and Personal Banking, she has two decades of experience focused on business development, market strategy, client relationships, and building new services and products across digital, data, customer, and emerging technology.
She is also actively involved with various organizations in different capacities – she is on the board of ‘Hong Kong for Asian University for Women’; Director of Governors for ‘American Chamber’; an Advisor for ‘Ladies Who Tech’ and several other female-run start-ups. Jen is also the co-founder and ex-chair of both TEDxShanghai and TEDxTinHauWomen, and is a sought-after speaker on subjects like innovation, digital transformation, team culture, design thinking, and women empowerment.
Taura Edgar moved to Hong Kong to live and work back in 1998. She is a B2B digital marketer by day but has found a passion that puts to use her difficult start in life. Taura draws deeply from her own experience founding TALK Hong Kong in 2019; a peer support group for survivors of child sexual abuse. Her work with a community of survivors in Hong Kong has given her unique insights into the cause, scale, and impact of this issue, and forms the foundation of her prevention endeavors. As she began speaking in public forums, it became clear that there wasn’t much research or public data available in Hong Kong. She has set out to bring awareness of the situation and present an opportunity for each of us – from guardians to educators, from employers to colleagues – to end this public health crisis.
Director, Digital Strategy and Partnerships
Zaf Chow is passionate about the opportunities that tech provides. As the Director of Digital Strategy and Partnerships at Animoca Brands, she promotes mass adoption of NFTs, and metaverses and facilitates the transition to Web3.
Post a retail stint in Japan, Zaf returned to Hong Kong ready for the next challenge. She began her own start-up venture developing a fintech and IoT solution for mobile food ordering. She quickly gained prominence winning numerous awards including ‘Innovation and Change-making Entrepreneurship’ by InvestHK in 2017, ‘New World Group Entrepreneur Adventure’ in 2018, and ‘Best of Local Startup Award’ by PCM in 2018. During her tenure as a Director at AlipayHK, Zaf promoted the mass adoption of mobile-wallet.
Zaf believes there are no limitations when it comes to women thriving in any arena and is eager to share her knowledge and passion about the future of untapped possibilities when it comes to realizing your dreams.