Consul General Foo Teow Lee of the Consulate General of Singapore in Hong Kong spoke at a webinar hosted by the Chamber’s Women Executives Club on 17 May to share her experience of working in diplomacy and international relations.
During the discussion, Foo told WEC Chairman Nikki Ng about her career journey into the diplomatic space and shared some stories of living and working in China for over a decade. Consul General Foo also discussed the differences and similarities of living in Mainland China, Hong Kong and her home country of Singapore.
Members of the Women Executives Club enjoyed an exclusive guided tour of "Photographs from the 1950s: Marjorie Doggett's Singapore, Lee Fook Chee's Hong Kong" at Sino Plaza on 13 May. Curated by photographic historian Edward Stokes, the exhibition showcases a range of exquisite photographs from Marjorie Doggett, a pioneering female photographer who specialized in the buildings of Singapore, and Lee Fook Chee, a self-taught photographer who focused on the bustling streets of Hong Kong.
The exhibition was organized by the Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation with support from the Consulate-General of Singapore in Hong Kong as part of the celebrations for Sino Group’s 50th anniversary. WEC Chairman Nikki Ng hosted members on this tour.
Sue Toomey, Executive Director of HandsOn Hong Kong, and Gabrielle Kirstein, Founder and CEO of Feeding Hong Kong, introduced members to their NGOs at a webinar on 29 April and discussed the philanthropy sector in Hong Kong with WEC Chairman Nikki Ng.
Toomey and Kirstein each delved into the charitable services that their organizations provide for Hong Kong, and discussed more broadly the different areas of need that the city currently faces. The discussion covered topics such as Hong Kong’s volunteering ecosystem and how people can get involved in charity work, as well as the food waste problems that Hong Kong faces. The speakers also provided insights into how their organizations have been connecting volunteers with restaurants, bakeries and supermarkets across the city to tackle these issues.
Three leaders in the philanthropy sector in Hong Kong joined the Chamber for a panel discussion on their journeys into the world of charitable work on 20 April.
Alia Eyres, CEO of Mother’s Choice; Josephine Leung, Executive Director of The Hub Hong Kong; and Shalini Mahtani, Founder and CEO of The Zubin Foundation, took turns diving into their specialized areas of charitable work and their respective organizations, as well as their personal stories of how they found themselves in this line of work. The speakers then shared some advice with the online audience on how all of us, as residents of Hong Kong, can do our part to provide some help and support to those in need within our community.
The event was hosted by the Women Executives Club and moderated by WEC Chairman Nikki Ng.
Generous donations from members enabled us to create a total of 500 care packages for distribution to needy ethnic minority families in Hong Kong at a Chamber community event on 10 April, organized by our Women Executives Club and The Zubin Foundation.
Chamber CEO George Leung, WEC Chairman Nikki Ng, Vice Chairman Diana Wong, volunteer members and children worked together to prepare the packages, which included Halal food such as basmati rice, chakki atta, dates and ghee, as well as boxes of face masks. Some of the beneficiaries also came to the Chamber and shared their stories of living in Hong Kong.
Lanis Yarzab, Head of Sales NEA, LinkedIn, spoke at a WEC webinar on 2 March to share her experience working for the professional networking platform, and her career journey in Hong Kong and other global cities. Speaking to WEC Chairman Nikki Ng, Yarzab also shared with members a variety of tips and tricks for making a memorable LinkedIn profile, as well as some networking do’s and don’ts.
Yarzab also shared some of her activities outside her day job, including her involvement in non-profits and charities such as Dress For Success, a Singapore-based organization empowering women to achieve economic independence, and Run for the Cure Foundation, a foundation partnered with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government whose mission is to eradicate breast cancer.
To kick-start the Chamber’s community programme for 2021, the Chamber arranged care packages for some of Hong Kong’s needy families at an event on 30 January. The packages, which included festive food like Chinese New Year pudding, canned abalone and dried mushroom as well as daily necessities, will benefit around 800 families.
This community project was organized by the Chamber’s Women Executives Club (WEC) along with The Hub, an NGO in Sham Shui Po serving underprivileged children, and supported by our General Committee. Chamber Deputy Chairman Leland Sun, General Committee member Jennifer Chan, and WEC Chairman Nikki Ng participated in the event as well as other volunteers from WEC and representatives from The Hub.
With the generous support of members, close to $1 million in-kind and cash donations were received. Hopefully, the packages will bring some warmth and festive joy to the recipients for the New Year holiday.