Tara Joseph (President at The American Chamber of Commerce in HK)

Tara Joseph

President at The American Chamber of Commerce in HK


Tara Joseph is the President of AmCham Hong Kong. In her 22 years as journalist, she has reported on hundreds of the world’s most important and high profile news stories including Russia’s financial crisis, Myanmar’s emergence from virtual isolation, China's rise on the world stage and the Beijing Olympics to name a few. Earlier in her career, Tara was the editor and main presenter of Reuters Financial Television based in London, and covered emerging markets and G7 economic issues. She has twice served as President of the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Hong Kong, one of the world’s largest press clubs.

Emilie Bydwell (High Performance Director - Women of USA Rugby)

Emilie Bydwell

High Performance Director - Women of USA Rugby

Originally a Canadian, Bydwell began playing rugby in high school in Quebec. Moving to the United States to pursue her degree and ice hockey career at Brown University, Bydwell also played rugby there earning three-time Women’s Collegiate All-American honors and was selected as the 2007 Collegiate Player of the Year. She made her Eagles debut against England in August 2008 and went on to compete in three Rugby World Cups (two 15s and one 7s) retiring in late 2015 after a career ending injury. Just before the end of her career, Emilie spent a season abroad playing for the London Saracens, helping them win the Premiership Title that year.

Bydwell has coached across all levels of rugby in the United States including high school, collegiate and senior, leading teams to multiple national titles. Bydwell served as the Director of Rugby at Seattle- based Atavus, where she worked to develop player pathway systems across the United States. She has coached across all the age grade USA Representative sides including the High School All Americans, U20s, Collegiate All Americans, Falcons and just took the USA Women's 7s team to the 2019 Pan American Games in Peru. Emilie served as the Team Leader for the Women's 7s team at the Rio Olympic Games

Bydwell currently serves as the USA Rugby Director of Women’s High Performance living in Chula Vista. She is committed to building environments that support people and teams to maximize their potential.

Nicole Tung (Photojournalist)

Nicole Tung


Photojournalist Nicole Tung is an American citizen born and raised in Hong Kong. She graduated from New York University in 2009 after studying journalism and history and freelances for international publications and NGOs, working primarily in the Middle East, and also Asia. After covering the conflicts in Libya and Syria extensively from 2011, focusing on the plight of civilians, she spent 2014 documenting the lives of Native American war veterans in the US, as well as former child soldiers in the DR Congo, the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, and the refugee crisis in Europe. She is also a grantee of the IWMF Grant for Women’s Stories, and a fellow of the IWMF Great Lakes Reporting Initiative (D.R. Congo, Central African Republic).

She has received multiple awards for her work from the International Photo Awards, Society of Professional Journalists, PX3, and was named PDN's 30 Under 30 Emerging Photographers (2013), among others. Nicole was given the honorable mention for the IWMF 2017 Anja Niedringhaus Awards, and awarded the 2018 James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting from the Online News Association. She has also exhibited, most recently at the Annenberg Space for Photography in L.A., the Freilicht Museum in Germany, and the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam, and has spoken about at TEDx in Sweden, the Adobe Make It Conference in Sydney, and Creative Mornings at the National Geographic Auditorium in Washington D.C. Nicole served on the board of the Frontline Freelance Register (2015) and is has undergone HEFAT training with Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues (RISC) and Global Journalist Security. She is based in Istanbul, Turkey.

Catherine Kwan (Assistant Commissioner of Police at Hong Kong Police Force)

Catherine Kwan

Assistant Commissioner of Police at Hong Kong Police Force

Ms. Kwan Chui-ching, Catherine joined the Hong Kong Police Force in 1988 as an Inspector.

In the past years, Ms. Kwan has served in a variety of posts responsible for frontline operational command, human resources management, police public relations and complaints against police investigation. Upon her promotion to the rank of Chief Superintendent in 2016, Ms. Kwan assumed the command of Shatin District. She later took up the post of Deputy Regional Commander of New Territories South Region. In September 2019, Ms. Kwan was promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police and took charge of the Information Systems Wing.

Ms. Kwan has received training at various Mainland and Overseas training institutes including the Canadian Police College, Scottish Police College, Chinese Academy of Governance, Chinese Executive Leadership Academy and Tsinghua University. Ms. Kwan holds a Bachelor Degree in Social Science and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Leadership.

Valerie Stait (Airline Pilot)

Valerie Stait

Airline Pilot

Valerie Stait has been flying worldwide for 24 years. She has 14,000 hours and currently works in two roles for a mainline Asian airline. She flies long haul on the Boeing 777 and works in flight operations risk assessment management, mainly in incident investigation. Valerie holds an MSc in Aviation Human Factors and is also a Liveryman and Director of Technical and Safety for the Honourable Company of Air pilots Hong Kong region, a body that promotes excellence in aviation. In previous airlines, she was part of the crisis management team and taught security to air crew.

Valerie started flying when she went on a week’s gliding course and didn’t come home for two years. She talked her way into a job on the gliding field, driving the winch for the summer courses and worked her way up from the bottom of aviation, towing gliders and instructing along the way. She believes persistence and not being afraid to get your hands dirty were key to her success.

When not involved in flying, Valerie spends her time between her boat in Hong Kong and her farmhouse near Toulouse. She competes in dancing and enjoys hiking, having completed the 1,000km trail of the South West Coast Path in the UK. She is currently working on ways to implement the latest science behind safety management and resilience engineering to better understand and increase safety in Aviation.

Mary McHale (Business Development Director (Financial Services), Asia Pacific of Equinix)

Mary McHale

Business Development Director (Financial Services), Asia Pacific of Equinix

(Moderator - Panel 1)

Mary has more than 25 years of experience in the banking and financial services sector including leadership roles at Citi, JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America. She joined the Equinix Business Development team at the start of 2017. Her role is focused on building new relationships and creating interconnection opportunities across multiple industry verticals to develop the Equinix Digital Payments Ecosystem.

Prior to joining Equinix Mary served as the Vice President of Financial Services for Nielsen. Prior to joining Nielsen, Mary served as the Chief Operating Officer for Citi’s transaction bank in Asia. During her 14 year tenure at Citi, Mary worked in retail banking and wealth management, Foreign Exchange and Capital Markets, and Global Transaction Services in both the US and Asia.

Mary received an MBA with honors in Marketing Management from DePaul University in Chicago, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Marquette University.

She is a strong advocate for advancing women in leadership and is a mentor alumni of The Women’ s Foundation Hong Kong, current guru for a Lean In Circle and most recently launched a new Hong Kong based women in tech network, TOGETHER, with women leaders from Telstra, Oracle, Google and Equinix.

Tatman Savio (Registered Foreign Lawyer (District of Columbia) at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld)

Tatman Savio

Registered Foreign Lawyer (District of Columbia) at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

“The truth behind the trade war – from Soybeans to Semiconductors”

Tatman Savio is an international trade partner at Akin Gump and a registered foreign lawyer in the firm’s Hong Kong office. She counsels clients on U.S. law and policy affecting international trade and business, including sanctions, export control, anticorruption, and foreign investment laws. On a day-to-day basis, Tatman works with companies to navigate the extraterritorial impact of U.S. laws in Asia and issues related to the U.S.-China trade war.

Tania Sibree (CEO/Founder of BakBamboo)

Tania Sibree

CEO/Founder of BakBamboo

“An average person will use 320 toothbrushes during their lifetime”

Tania Sibree is the co-founder of bakbamboo a consultancy and supplier of environmentally sustainable products for the hospitality sector. Tania is also a seasoned financial services lawyer and manager having worked in the industry for over 18 years in London, Australia and Hong Kong. She has also worked for a number of NGOs and not for profits.


Patricia Slawinska

CEO of Confidential – Crisis Management

“From CEO to Single Mom”

Tricia Yap (Founder of BikiniFit, Professional MMA Fighter)

Tricia Yap

Founder of BikiniFit, Professional MMA Fighter

“How to biohack aging: Introduce the concept of “Inflam-aging”

Tricia Yap is a health and wellness entrepreneur, who has founded concepts such as Bikini Fit (a women’s only fitness community), Warrior Academy (HK’s first boutique fitness and martial arts performance facility with an in-house kitchen), and former Director of Fitness of the commercial gym, Goji Studios. She was HK’s first professional female mixed martial artist and was a coach on ViuTV’s ground-breaking reality TV show on MMA called G1 Fight Club. She is recognized as one of the most accomplished health and fitness experts in Hong Kong, with background as a functional medicine, nutrition and strength coach. She is known for her philosophy of encouraging a holistic and balanced mindset towards lifestyle, nutrition and training. She is also an advocate for both women’s empowerment and wellbeing for the busy professional.

Mehrnoush Salehpour (Service Designer, Gender Equality and Diversity Advocate at HSBC)

Mehrnoush Salehpour

Service Designer, Gender Equality and Diversity Advocate at HSBC

“Your advocacy matters!”

Mehrnoush is a Service Designer in Digital space, passionate about creating meaningful human-centric experiences through building customer journeys with a design-thinking approach. Due to her personal journey, Mehrnoush is a relentless advocate for diversity and inclusion. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Software Engineering and two Master's Degrees: one in IT and one in Commerce. Mehrnoush currently works for HSBC.

Jen Flowers (Asia Pacific Head of Partnership Development & Innovation, Retail Banking Wealth Management at HSBC)

Jen Flowers

Asia Pacific Head of Partnership Development & Innovation, Retail Banking Wealth Management at HSBC

(Moderator - Panel 2)

Jen Flowers is currently the Asia Pacific Head of Partnership Development & Innovation, Retail Banking Wealth Management for HSBC. She is an expert in design thinking helping companies think outside the box to innovative. Jen has over 15 years experience across marketing, business development, innovation and change. As co-­chair of the TEDx TinHau committee, Jen oversees all facets of the planning and running of multiple non-­profit TEDx conferences and events in her free time. Jen has a masters degree in Chinese Literature, speaks Mandarin and spent over 10 years living across Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Viva! Pipers (woodwind quintet)

Viva! Pipers (woodwind quintet)

Musicians: Venus Chu (Flute), Rachel Wong (Oboe), Edith Tam (French Horn), Rita Au (Clarinet) & Leung Tak-Wing (Bassoon)

The Viva! Pipers are an ensemble of talented musicians from Hong Kong who have received overseas training. The five wind players have received extensive training by the professional musicians from Musica Viva Australia to help them deliver quality educational performances. Since their founding in 2014, the Viva! Pipers’ performances have been carefully developed to showcase a range of musical styles, genres, and fun! As of July 2019, they have given over 80 performances at kindergartens and primary schools and visited more than 30,000 students. They have also given public concerts at Sha Tin Town Hall, Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre and Tuen Mun Town Hall and community concerts at Hysan Place and Exchange Square.