On Board brings together NGO and business leaders to learn about key trends in board governance and strategy. The conference features research-based insights from Chicago Booth faculty, as well as learnings from speakers with decades of experience leading businesses, NGOs, and social enterprises.
Professor Cecilia L. W. Chan is a world leader in health and social work. She is editor and author of more than 30 books and 300 articles and book chapters on health and mental health in social work, eastern integrative empowerment intervention and outcome research, psychosocial oncology, death and bereavement care. Professor Chan has advocated for a strength-oriented empowerment approach in her work with traumatized individuals such as cancer patients, bereaved persons, couples with fertility issues, suicide survivors, and victims of disaster. Her focus is on transformation through pain and suffering. She adopted vigorous bio-psycho-social outcome indicators in her randomized trials on measuring impact of her innovative Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit (IBMS) interventions on different population groups. She leads the first multi-disciplinary team using salivary cortisol (stress) and telomerase (anti-aging) as physiological impact on psychosocial and qigong exercises training by social workers. Her leadership in the study of hospice, palliative, trauma, disaster and bereavement care is also marked by her many international awards and local recognitions.
Dr. Michael Chau is an associate professor in the Faculty of Business and Economics and the Warden of Lee Chi Hung Hall at the University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on the cross-disciplinary intersection of information systems, computer science, business analytics, and information science, with an emphasis on the applications of data, text, and web mining in various business, education, and social domains. His research has resulted in over 120 publications in high-quality journals and conferences and has received more than 4,800 citations. He is the recipient of the HKU Outstanding Young Research Award (2014) and Knowledge Exchange Award (2013, 2016). He is the Program Co-chair of ICIS 2013 and the Founding Co-Chair of the PAISI Workshop series.
Kelvin Cheung is passionate about social innovation, youth entrepreneurship, and societal transformation. He is COO at GoodLab, Hong Kong’s social innovation consultancy and coworking space. GoodLab works with the civil service, businesses, and NGOs on creating programs and partnerships for societal change. Cheung also heads up UnLtd HK, a foundation that provides funding and mentorship for early-stage social innovators in Hong Kong.
Previously, Cheung founded FoodCycle, an award-winning charity based in the UK that builds communities by combining volunteers, surplus food and a spare kitchen space to create nutritious meals for those at risk of food poverty and social isolation.
Michael Gibbs studies the economics of human resources and organizational design. He is coauthor (with Edward Lazear) of the leading textbook in the field, Personnel Economics in Practice. The third edition was published in 2014. It has been translated into Japanese, Korean, Bulgarian and Spanish, and a Chinese edition is forthcoming. Gibbs's research has been published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economics & Statistics, Industrial & Labor Relations Review, Accounting Review, and other journals. Professor Gibbs is a Research Fellow of the Center for the Study of Labor (IZA) and the Institute for Compensation Studies. From 2012-2015, he was Faculty Director of Booth’s Executive MBA program.
Will Gossin leads the Edwardson Social Entrepreneurship Program and Social Venture Funding programming at the Rustandy Center, including the John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Challenge. He advises and trains teams of students and faculty from across the university in mixed-method research, leadership, and design-thinking to maximize the social impact of their work.
Edward M. Ho is currently serving as the Chairman of the Board for the World Wide Fund for Nature Hong Kong (WWF). He has been involved with the organization since 2012 and held positions as member of Finance Committee and Development Committee. As a professional with over 20 years of experience in the financial markets and asset management industry, Ho has been bringing a wealth of financial expertise and commercial experience to the non-profit community in Hong Kong. He is also a task force member of the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund under the Commission on Poverty in Hong Kong, and he serves as a board member of Grantham Hospital.
Wai Yee Lam’s experiences span across several technology industries including software development, telecommunications, and Internet services. She has held senior executive roles in major telecom companies such as PCCW and PLDT before joining the entrepreneurial world, working on a number of technology startups and venture capital investments. Lam serves both as volunteer and board member for a number of NGOs such as The Women’s Foundation, Asian University for Women, Asian Charity Services, and Variety The Children’s Charity. Her passion in this area is to help NGOs work better, so they can do more good. Lam has been involved in a number of projects to leverage skills-based volunteers to build NGOs capacity and efficiencies. She holds a degree in Psychology, a master in Computing Science, an MBA, and a Non-Executive Director Diploma.
Shalini Mahtani is one of Hong Kong’s most authoritative and respected voices on social issues, particularly diversity and inclusion. She is the founder of The Zubin Foundation, a charity that sheds light on enduring barriers to fairness and opportunity in Hong Kong, and that designs solutions through policy recommendations and interventions. In 2016, Mahtani, together with the Harvard Global Health Institute, launched Hospital Advisor, Hong Kong’s first and only independent platform that compares hospitals by quality of care — a key step towards creating a more transparent, accountable and patient-centered healthcare system. Mahtani was also a founder of Community Business, the first organization in Asia that brings together companies and their management around women, LGBT and disabilities at work.
Duke Malan’s expertise is creating trust-based high performance teams and responsible leadership. He has served as an advisor to executives, NGO leaders, and senior government officials.
Malan was formerly Vice President of Corporate Affairs at global communications consultancy FleishmanHillard Hong Kong and Head of Reputation Management at Johannesburg-listed Discovery Limited – recognised by Fortune magazine as one of the leading Companies Changing the World.
He is passionate about youth development and is involved in several mentorship initiatives. Malan served as a board member of non-profit Young Business South Africa and worked in Washington DC at Presidential Classroom, a leading youth development NGO.
Fern Ngai is chief executive officer of Community Business, a Hong Kong-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing responsible and inclusive business practices. Ngai joined Community Business five years ago, and under her leadership, the organisation has expanded its products and services, established a subsidiary in India, and has launched the ground-breaking Hong Kong LGBT+ Inclusion Index and annual Awards. Ngai is a steering committee member of the 30% Club Hong Kong, which believes in collaborative, concerted business-led efforts to help accelerate progress towards gender parity on Hong Kong corporate boards.
Fiona Nott joined The Women’s Foundation as CEO in September 2017, combining her senior leadership experience with a passion for TWF’s mission to serve marginalised women and girls in Hong Kong. Her responsibilities include strategic planning, donor relations, overseeing grants and programmes, as well as government relations and community outreach. A former lawyer and Hang Seng Index company secretary, Nott has lived in Hong Kong for nearly two decades having cultivated a career as a senior legal professional and adviser to a number of leading corporations in Hong Kong and around Asia. She is the cofounder of Room to Read's Hong Kong Chapter and helped establish the Regional Programme office in New Delhi, India. She is Deputy Chair of the Australian Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong & Macau and was Founder and Chair of its Women in Business Network. She is also is a Non-Executive Director of Aesop Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Agnes K. Y. Tai is a director of Great Glory Investment Corporation and senior advisor of iPartners Holdings Limited. She has 37 years of experience in in establishing and managing funds, direct investments, corporate strategy, risk management and sustainability. She serves as deputy chairman of the training committee of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors (HKIoD), training facilitator of HKEx and irasia/givingasia, vice chairman of KELY Support Group, and board member of Hope of the City and SX Foundation. She is also an advisory board member of Shao Ming Lo Foundation, Fred Hollows Foundation, and Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong, as well as a committee member of Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) Hong Kong Chapter, and consultant of Asian Charity Services.
Peter Williams has developed an international career in finance, investments, banking and treasury, starting in Australia, continuing to London, followed by Singapore, and for the past seven years, in Hong Kong. His focus in his current role is to help Citi optimize their balance sheet and create value for clients whilst navigating the regulatory environment. Williams is president of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business alumni club in Hong Kong, and a director on the board of Music for Life International, a charity based in New York that creates transformative social impact through music. He has also recently joined the board of Resolve Foundation, a new initiative in Hong Kong to provide social justice fellowships to emerging community leaders from marginalized and underrepresented groups.