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Barbara Hackman Franklin is an American government official, corporate director, and business executive. She served as the 29th U.S. Secretary of Commerce from 1992-1993 to President George H.W. Bush, during which she led a Presidential mission to China.
Prior to her Cabinet position, Secretary Franklin served in the presidential administrations of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan. In the Nixon White House, she led the first Presidential effort to advance women in the federal government. Following that, she was an original commissioner and first Vice Chair of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. In 2006, she received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service. In 2017 TIME Magazine named her one of the “50 Women who Made American Political History”.
Secretary Franklin has served on the board of directors of 18 companies, including Dow Chemical, Aetna Inc., Westinghouse, and Nordstrom. Directorship Magazine and the American Management Association named her one of the most influential people in corporate governance, and in 2014 she was inducted into the Directorship 100 Hall of Fame. She is currently the President and CEO of Barbara Franklin Enterprises, a private international consulting firm.
Secretary Franklin was one of the first women graduates of the Harvard Business School. She is married to Wallace Barnes, retired chairman and CEO of Barnes Group, Inc.
Vanessa Friedman was named fashion director and chief fashion critic for The New York Times in March 2014. In this role she leads global fashion coverage for both The New York Times and its International Edition on all platforms.
Before joining the paper, Ms. Friedman was the inaugural fashion editor of The Financial Times, beginning in 2003. Along with editing the Style pages and the Luxury360 vertical, she wrote a weekly column for the Weekend edition, and created the FT’s annual Business of Luxury conference.
Previously, she was the fashion features director for InStyle from 2000 to 2002. Before that she worked as a fashion correspondent for the FT, as an arts contributor at The Economist, and was the European editor at American Elle. In addition, she contributed regularly to Vogue, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and Entertainment Weekly.
She is the co-author of “Emilio Pucci” published by Taschen Books, as well as an honorary professor at Glasgow Caledonian University. She was the recipient of the 2012 Front Page Award for fashion writing, and the 2013 Fashion Monitor Journalist of the Year Award.
Ms. Friedman received her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University.
Professor Fung received her PhD in Computer Science from Columbia University in 1997. She received her MSc in Computer Science from Columbia in 1993 and her BS in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts in 1988.
She is one of the founding faculty members of the Human Language Technology Center (HLTC) at HKUST, Director of InterACT@HKUST, and the founding chair of the Women Faculty Association at HKUST. Professor Fung was a research affiliate with AT&T Research Laboratories (formerly with Bell Laboratories) (Forham Park, New Jersey, Murray Hill, New Jersey) from 1993-1997. During 1991-1992, she was Associate Scientist at BBN Systems & Technologies (Cambridge, Mass.). She was a visiting researcher at LIMSI, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France) in 1991. From 1989-1991, she was a research student in the Department of Information Science, Kyoto University (Japan).
Professor Fung is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing, the IEEE Signal Processing Letter, the ACM Transactions on Speech and Language Processing, and the Transactions on Association for Computational Linguistics. She is Program Chair for the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), Area Chair for the IEEE International Conference on Audio, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) from 2009 to 2014, Area Coordinator for Interspeech 2011 and 2010, Technical Chair for the 2009 IEEE Workshop on Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding, and Chair of 2009 ACL 2nd Workshop on Building and Using Comparable Corpora. She has been Area Chair for EACL 2012, NAACL 2011, ACL 2008 and ACL 2004. She was Chair (1999) and Area Chair (2004) for EMNLP. She is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Committee Member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Speech and Language Technology Committee (SLTC), and a Board Member of the ACL SIGDAT. She has been a panelist and reviewer for the US National Science Foundation, the French National Science Foundation, and the Hong Kong Research Grants Council.
Jessie Lam is the CFO at Brinc, a new type of startup platform that bridges the divide between the digital and physical worlds. Part incubator, part accelerator, part investment fund, part awesome - Brinc meets founders wherever they are in their development process with a customized growth plan.
Prior to joining Brinc, Jessie was a New York-based financial specialist who spent the past 11 years managing valuation risk in the banking industry. She covered the Interest Rate, Multi-Asset Hybrid Derivative, Credit, and Municipals desks, before relocating to Hong Kong to join Credit Suisse in 2014. She advised the Asia Pacific Equity desks on a global legal entity restructuring initiative, which involved the migration of derivative product and proprietary valuation systems from Europe to Asia and implementing appropriate governance in the infrastructure.
Jessie is also an active tech investor in Hong Kong and provides financial expertise and input to founders to aid in their business growth and development plans. She holds a degree in Finance and Accounting from New York University, Stern School of Business and is a licensed CPA.
Czarina Leung is Humanitarian worker for over 15 yrs - teaching medicine in India, Nepal and refugee camp at Thailand-Myanmar border; running free medical clinics in Vietnam, Uganda and Philippines.
She is an Intensive care specialist doctor.
She is the Founder and Director of Be Priceless, a non-profit organization for creating educational materials to empower vulnerable populations against human trafficking.
Czarina is a Volunteer at World Health Organization, Geneva - work on disaster risk reduction.
Research Academic of The Hong Kong Institute of Diabetes and Obesity and The Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Vivian McGrath is an Executive Producer / Author / Blogger
Vivian is an Executive Producer with twenty-nine years’ experience in the television industry making documentaries for major US, UK and Australian networks.
She is also a survivor of domestic violence. Her memoir – Unbeatable: How I left a violent man - will be published soon. How she went from young, single mother to find success in life, career and love.
Through her Unbeatable Blog www.beingunbeatable.com, writing, videos, podcasts, online video courses and One-to-One coaching she guides others to overcome fears, insecurities and negative patterns to create the life they want to lead.
Vivian was based in HK during the 90s as Foreign Correspondent for Seven Network Australia. Then Senior Producer Fox News Asia Bureau, covering events like the HK handover from Britain to China. She spent four years in Shanghai and eleven as an Exec Producer in the UK.
Vivian was born in Australia where she began her journalism career as News & Current Affairs Producer / Reporter for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
She has a BA English / Linguistics degree from Macquarie University.
She is married with two sons, loves running, adventure travel and living on her boat.
Tanja Wessels - Activist, aggregator, agitator. She studied filmmaking and art in Lisbon and London before moving to Asia in 2006.
A founding member of Circular Community Hong Kong, she is part of a group dedicated to sharing skills from a range of industries to cut waste and get creative around solutions.
Her platform All In – Asia, connects HK pioneers in environmentalism, aligned in values but from different industries, responding to the ecological sign of the times.
Art activism is her preferred call to action. Art is alarming. So is our environmental situation.
Jen is a Director in the PwC Consulting Practice working directly with their Experience Centre focused on digital, data, customer and emerging technology.
She helped launch the Experience Centres in Hong Kong and Shanghai in 2016 and is working on the build out of a Greater China Emerging Technology Network.
She is also a leader of Catalyst, which is PwC’s design-thinking workshops – helping clients solve
important challenges in an agile way. She have over 15 years experience across marketing, business development, innovation and change.
She has a masters degree in Chinese Literature, speaks Mandarin and spent over 10 years living across Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
As leader of our Catalyst Team, which is PwC’s design-thinking methodology for solving client problems in an agile and creative space, Jen facilaites multiple client sessions a week, ensureing that energy remains up whilst also directing the client to achieve the right results in the allotted time.
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.
Anne English is an analytical strategist with more than 15 years of experience. She has diverse functional expertise across varying industries (CPG, Technology, Media, Finance & Non-Profit). She has worked for large consulting firms (Accenture and Booz & Co.), Unilever, and a NGO based in Hong Kong. Early in her career, Anne gained invaluable operating experience (5 years) as the 3rd employee at a Fintech start-up. The company was later sold to a private equity firm.
Bamboo Strategic Advisors works side-by-side SMEs to provide tailored, strategic advisory services to surpass scaling hurdles and implement the solutions. Anne’s approach is customised, data driven and results focused. The majority of Bamboo’s clients are women Founders.
She has a M.B.A. from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and graduated magna cum laude in both Economics and Psychology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Anne and her family have resided in Hong Kong since 2010.
Tracy Kahn is an American writer and performer based in Asia. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, at the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, on RTHK radio, and at Liars’ League. She appears on stage often with Hong Kong Stories, and is the curator of Literary Burlesque.
She holds undergraduate degrees from the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a master’s degree from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
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.