BREAKOUT SESSION 1: Promoting Gender Mainstreaming

Ms Annie TAM Kam-lan, GBS, JP

Permanent Secretary for Labour and Welfare HKSAR Government

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Ms TAM has served in various bureaux and departments, including the former Civil Service Branch, the former New Territories Administration, the former City and New Territories Administration, the former Home Affairs Branch, the former Health and Welfare Branch, the former Economic Services Branch, the former University and Polytechnic Grants Committee, the former Chief Secretary’s Office, the former Constitutional Affairs Branch, and the former Government Supplies Department. She was Deputy Secretary for Information, Technology and Broadcasting (later renamed as Cyberport Co-ordinator) from July 1999 to October 2002, Director of Administration and Development of Department of Justice from October 2002 to November 2006, and Deputy Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands (Planning and Lands) from November 2006 to June 2007. She has been Director of Lands since July 2007 and assumed the post of Permanent Secretary for Labour and Welfare on July 1, 2012. 

Professor Fanny M. C. CHEUNG, SBS, OBE, JP

Pro-Vice-Chancellor / Vice President

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

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Professor CHEUNG is currently Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, Choh-Ming Li Professor of Psychology and Co-Director of the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). She oversees the governance of interdisciplinary research institutes as well as knowledge transfer at CUHK. An active advocate for promoting women’s status through scientific research, Professor Cheung established Hong Kong’s first Gender Research Centre at CUHK in 1985, and initiated the Gender Studies Programme at the University in 1997. Prof Cheung served as the Founding Chairperson of the Hong Kong Equal Opportunities Commission from 1996 to 1999, setting up the mechanism to eliminate discrimination and promote equal opportunities for women and men, and for people with disabilities. 

Mr Ivan YIU Tze Leung, JP

Community Services Secretary

Tung Wah Group of Hospitals

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Graduated from the Department of Social Work, the University of Hong Kong, Mr YIU has more than thirty years of working experience in the social welfare sector. He is currently the Community Services Secretary of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, one of the largest social services organizations in Hong Kong, with over 215 community service centres under his management ranging widely from elderly service, rehabilitation service as well as family and youth service.

Yiu has extensive experience in public services and is now serving as a member of Family Council, the Action Committee Against Narcotics, the Partnership Fund for the Disadvantaged and the Steering Committee on Promotion of Volunteer Service. He was also a previous part-time member of the Central Policy Unit of the HKSAR Government and had served the Commission on Youth for years.

BREAKOUT SESSION 2: Women’s Role in Society

Ms CHAN Yuen-han, SBS, JP

Honorary President

Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions

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Ms CHAN Yuen-han, SBS, JP is a former member of Hong Kong Legislative Council and a noted Hong Kong female trade unionist. She was the vice-chairperson of the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions (FTU), and was one of the 52 founding members of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong.

In 1988, as FTU vice-chairperson, Chan was the first FTU candidate to stand in local elections, winning a seat on Eastern District Council. She joined the Legislative Council of Hong Kong (Legco) in 1995 and was the first female trade unionist to serve as a Legco member. For many years, Chan has been participating in negotiations in labour-management disputes, with the ultimate goal of fighting for workers’ welfare.

Ms Doris LEUNG Shuk Yi

Founder and CEO

Diamond Cab

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Ms Doris LEUNG is the Founder and CEO of Diamond Cab and Director of Social Innovation at Social Ventures Hong Kong. She is a journalist turned social entrepreneur, with 16 years of past experience working with i-Cable as a TV host and reporter. Having experienced difficulties travelling with her wheelchair-bound mother, Leung was determined to set up her own social enterprise – Diamond Cab, introducing 5 wheelchair-accessible taxis to Hong Kong in 2011. Diamond Cab was established with a social mission to provide much-needed, quality point-to-point transport to the disabled, elderly and able-bodied, and has a team of 20 dedicated drivers with a caring heart to promote wellbeing of the wheelchair-bound.

Leung was awarded the Young Social Entrepreneur Award 2011, Capital Leaders of Excellence 2011, Finalist (Asia Pacific) of Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards 2013, The Purpose Economy Asia 100 2014, Hong Kong Winner of Chivas The Venture 2015 and JESSICA Most Successful Women 2015.

Ms LAM Chun Kuk, Janko

Design Director

Classics Anew

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Ms Janko LAM is well-known for hybrid fashion pieces where the traditional meets the modern. After graduated from Caritas Bianchi College, Lam worked as a costume designer at TVB in 2008.  In 2010, Lam founded her first company, Mutt Museum Design Company Limited.

In 2012, Lam collaborated with ESPIRIT and launched the first local collection on recycled textile capsule. Her show pieces were later kept in the permanent collection of the Hong Kong Heritage Museum after the exhibition. Lam has also exhibited in Paris Louvre, Germany and Shanghai, etc.

In 2014, Lam started a retail shop at PMQ and kicked off her online store in 2015. Lam is enthusiastic about oriental fashion design and devoted to raising the public’s interest in the Chinese heritage and modern aesthetics.

BREAKOUT SESSION 3: Empowerment of Women in the Workplace

Professor Frederick MA Si-hang, GBS, JP


MTR Corporation Limited

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Professor MA was born and educated in Hong Kong. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from the University of Hong Kong in 1973 majoring in economics and history. Since graduation, he had taken up different major positions of various local and overseas banks, financial institutions and major companies, including Chase Manhattan Bank, Royal Bank of Canada Dominion Securities, JP Morgan Chase, Kumagai Gumi (HK) Limited and Pacific Century Cyberworks Limited. He has rich experience in banking and financial sector.

In 2002, Prof Ma joined the Hong Kong Government as the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury and assumed the post of Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development in 2007. He resigned from the Government in July 2008 due to medical reasons.

In October 2008, Prof Ma was appointed as an Honorary Professor of the School of Economics and Finance at the University of Hong Kong. Professor Ma was appointed as a Member of the International Advisory Council of China Investment Corporation in July, 2009. In July 2012, he was appointed as a Professor of Finance Practice of Institute of Advanced Executive Education at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In January 2013, He was appointed as a member of Global Advisory Council of the Bank of America. In August 2013, he was appointed as an Honorary Professor of the Faculty of Business Administration at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. In October 2014, he was conferred the Honorary Doctor of Social Sciences by Lingnan University. In October 2016, he was conferred the Honorary Doctor of Social Sciences by City University of Hong Kong.

Currently, Prof Ma is the Chairman of MTR Corporation Limited, an Independent Non-Executive Director of FWD Group, a director of Husky Energy Inc., and a Non-Executive director of COFCO Corporation.

Professor Rossa CHIU Wai-kwun

Choh-Ming Li Professor of Chemical Pathology
Assistant Dean (Research) Faculty of Medicine

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

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Professor CHIU is an Honorary Consultant Chemical Pathologist at the New Territories East Cluster of Hospitals. Her research focuses on the development of novel disease diagnostic approaches. She has developed non-invasive methods based on maternal blood analysis for the prenatal assessment of Down syndrome which has led to a worldwide change in clinical practice. Recently, she has been investigating the detection of cancer-derived DNA in human plasma with an aim to develop non-invasive blood tests for the early detection of cancer. To date, Prof Chiu has published over 140 peer-reviewed research articles and has over 170 granted patents or patent applications.

Prof Chiu has received a number of awards for her research, including the 2012 China Women in Science Fellowship, the 2013 American Association of Clinical Chemistry Outstanding Scientific Contributions for a Young Investigator and the 2016 Croucher Senior Medical Research Fellowship. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society of Prenatal Diagnosis. She was the President of the Hong Kong Society of Clinical Chemistry between 2004 to 2005.

Ms Ada HO

Founder and CEO


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Ms Ada HO is currently Founder and CEO of internet startup, Paxxioneer, that connects travelers with passionate local individuals to enrich their journey. She has also been co-founding director of L plus H Fashion, a social enterprise established in 2009 to create job opportunities for under-served people while incubating a new generation of fashion designers, technicians, garment workers and entrepreneurs for Hong Kong.

In 2013, Ho co-founded L plus H Creations Foundation that uses professional theatrical performances (musicals, drama, filming) to strengthen underprivileged teenagers’ self-confidence, discipline, motivation and team spirit. The performing art training is integrated with positive values and character education. She is also Producer for full-length musicals “The Awakening” in 2013 and “Against the Wind” in 2014”, and recently documentary film “My Voice, My Life.”

Ho is also Honorary Assistant Professor of the University of Hong Kong, teaching “Theories and Practice of Social Leadership.” She is currently a weekly columnist at Ming Pao, and used to write for Hong Kong Economic Journal and Hong Kong Economic Times. She has published four books about leadership and management.

Ho previously worked in the business sector in strategic planning, management consulting, and currency derivatives trading at various international corporations. In response to the 8.0-magnitude earthquake of Sichuan in May 2008, Ada founded the Hong Kong Special Music Squad that provided music and play therapy to almost 20,000 victims within a month. In recognition of her social innovation in Sichuan, she was honored with the “Humanitarian Award” in 2008 by the Women’s International Film and Television Showcase in Los Angeles.

Ho holds a Master in Public Policy degree at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree at Georgetown University.

BREAKOUT SESSION 4: Empowerment of Women through Community Resources

Ms CHAU Chuen-heung


OIWA Limited



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Ms CHAU Chuen-heung, BBS, MH, JP, is the chairman of OIWA Limited, the vice president of New Territories Association of Societies, the executive chairman of Hong Kong Islands District Association, the executive committee member of Hong Kong Federation of Women, and the chairman of Tung Chung Safe & Healthy City Steering Committee. Ms. Chau has devoted her attention to the society works for decades. She has developed and maintained a close relationship to various communities. Through daily community works, she has listened to the residents’ opinions, collected the opinions, and reflected their needs and their wants to the related organizations. Yet, she has also put a lot of effort into building a network of the residents, the entrepreneurs, and the government for developing the new sustainable communities.

Mr Francis NGAI

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Social Ventures Hong Kong (SVhk)

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Mr Francis NGAI is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Social Ventures Hong Kong (SVhk), a venture philanthropic organization focused on inventing, incubating and investing in social start-ups that address urban challenges through sustainable and innovative business solutions, and inspiring a culture of social innovation in Hong Kong

Prior to establishing SVhk, Ngai was the Head of Strategy in a listed technology conglomerate in Hong Kong. He graduated from the City University of Hong Kong and was conferred as an Honorary Fellow by the University in 2013. He was selected as one of the 100 Asia Pioneers by The Purpose Economy in 2014, a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2012 and one of Hong Kong’s Ten Outstanding Young Persons in 2011.

Dr CHAN Chui King, Liliane


Hong Kong Federation of Women’s Centres

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Dr Liliane CHAN Chui King is an experienced practitioner with more than 25 years of social work practice, especially in elderly and dementia care. She has supervised the first carer service and headed up the pioneer integrative dementia care unit in Hong Kong. She worked closely with the specialties in medical, nursing and allied health. She now works in philanthropic foundations for persons with dementia and under-privileged children, matching resources to meaningful projects with the collaborative efforts of NGO partners.

Dr Chan contributes her expertise in social service and administration by involving in a variety of groups and organizations, including the elderly, the women and the dementia, both locally and in Mainland. She has been serving the Hong Kong Federation of Women’s Centres since 2004 and is currently the Chairperson of the organization, an NGO that has acquired Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

PLENARY SESSION 1: Promoting Women’s All-round Development for a Better Future

The Hon Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, GBS, JP

Chief Secretary for Administration



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Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, aged 66, joined the Hong Kong Government as an Information Officer in July 1972 after graduating from the University of Hong Kong. Mr Cheung transferred to the Administrative Service in September 1979. During his earlier years of service, he served in Finance Branch, Home Affairs Department, City and New Territories Administration, Government House and Industry Department. As a directorate officer since 1986, Mr Cheung served as District Officer (North), Assistant Director-General of Trade, Administrative Assistant to the Financial Secretary, Deputy Judiciary Administrator, Deputy Head of Central Policy Unit, Deputy Secretary for Education and Manpower, Commissioner for Labour, Director of Education, and Permanent Secretary for Economic Development and Labour. Mr Cheung was promoted to the rank of Administrative Officer Staff Grade A1 in September 2004. He was appointed Secretary for Labour and Welfare on July 1, 2007. Mr Cheung was appointed Chief Secretary for Administration on January 16, 2017.

Dr. DU Jie

Deputy Director and Senior Researcher of the Women's Studies Institute of China

All-China Women's Federation



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Du Jie, is the Deputy Director and Senior Researcher of the Women’s Studies Institute of China (WSIC) at All-China Women’s Federation. Her research concentrates on gender, public policies and governance. She has served as team leaders to several research programs or projects on gender and governance, reproductive health and social welfare in China. She has also served as gender consultants for both government departments and international organizations such as the UNDP, the ILO and the CIDA. Du is the Deputy Secretary-General of the Chinese Women’s Research Society (CWRS), a national academic network for studies of women’s/gender issues and advocacy for gender equality in society at large. Du is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Women’s Studies, a bimonthly national academic journal that concentrates on gender and women’s studies. Du holds a PhD degree in Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE), a master degree in Gender and Development at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) of the University of Sussex in the UK, and a master degree in Comparative Philosophy at Peking University in China.

PLENARY SESSION 2: “HeForShe” – The Role of Males in Initiating Change

H.E. Mr Antonio de Aguiar Patriota


Bureau of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women



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The Brazilian Ambassador to Italy,Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, was born in Rio de Janeiro on April, 27, 1954. He was the Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations from August 2013 to November 2016; Minister of External Relations of Brazil from January 2011 to August 2013; Deputy Foreign Minister from October 2009 to December 2010; Ambassador of Brazil to the United States from 2007 to 2009; Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs at the Foreign Ministry from 2005 to 2007; Chief of Staff to the Foreign Minister, in 2004; and Secretary for Diplomatic Planning at the Foreign Ministry, in 2003. Overseas, he served at Brazil’s Permanent Mission to the International Organizations in Geneva (1999-2003), having acted for two years as Deputy Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization; at Brazil’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York (1994- 1999), where he was a member of the Brazilian Delegation to the U.N. Security Council; at the Embassies of Brazil in Caracas (1988-1990) and Beijing (1987-1988); and at Brazil’s Permanent Mission in Geneva (1983-1987). From 1992 to 1994 he was Deputy Diplomatic Advisor to the President Itamar Franco. He graduated from Brazil’s Diplomatic Academy, the Rio Branco Institute, in 1979. His thesis for the Advanced Studies Course at the Rio Branco Institute, titled “The Security Council After the Gulf War: articulating a new paradigm for collective security”, was published in 1998. Ambassador Antonio Patriota is married to Tania Cooper Patriota and they have two sons, Miguel and Thomas.

Mr Stephen Sui, JP

Secretary for Labour and Welfare



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Mr Stephen Sui, has been the Secretary for Labour and Welfare of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region since February 13, 2017. Mr Sui joined the Hong Kong Government in 1978 and served in various bureaux and departments including the Land Registry, the former Urban Services Department, the Civil Service Bureau and the Department of Justice. He was the Commissioner for Rehabilitation between February 2008 and July 2014, responsible for the overall co-ordination of the rehabilitation policies and initiatives for persons with disabilities. He became the Under Secretary for Labour and Welfare since 15 August 2014 until taking up his current office.