Common Core Advisory Board

The Common Core Advisory Board members share the wealth of their knowledge and experience; design additional connections between the Common Core, Hong Kong, and the Global Community; and help to articulate a set of graduate attributes that will serve the students well as they move beyond the boundaries of the university. The Common Core is extremely grateful for their support.

Stacy Baird

Executive Director, Intellectual Property Program,
US-China Clean Energy Forum,

With an unusual mix of skills derived from experience in Hollywood, US Congress and working with governments & industry in Asia on intellectual property, data privacy and other public policy areas in Information Technology, clean energy, and entertainment industries, I pursue constructive approaches to enable innovation and improve protection and maximization of IPR. A deep understanding of industry drivers, legal issues and technology, and the relationships and vision needed to develop strategic business alliances, policy initiatives and government relations. Senior Policy Advisor to US Sen. Maria Cantwell, Senate Commerce Cmte and thought leader on technology policy, and previously as Technology/IP Counsel to Sen. Cantwell, then on Senate Judiciary Cmtee, my responsibilities included IP (eg, copyright/DMCA & patent), privacy, telecom & antitrust. Previously, a music recording engineer and producer in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Engineering clients included Madonna, Stevie Nicks, Elvis Costello, Los Lobos, many San Francisco punk bands, and producers T Bone Burnett & Rick Nowels. Noteworthy projects: Brian Eno/David Byrne’s “My Life in the Bush of Ghosts,” the soundtrack for Francis Coppola’s Academy-Award winning “Apocalypse Now.” [LinkedIn]

John Huen

Founding CEO, KodingKingdom,;

John Huen is a Member of the Executive Board of Hong Kong DigiCreate Alliance. Mr. Huen was the Chief Executive Officer of Gigamedia China at GigaMedia Ltd. He was the Chief Operating Officer of CDC Games Limited. He served as the Chief Operating Officer and General Manager for the corporate development department of Optic Communications, a subsidiary of CDCGames, from July 2007 to December 2007. He has more than 10 years of operating and management experience in the digital content and telecommunications industries in China. Mr. Huen holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Hong Kong. In 1992, he was awarded the Swire/Foreign and Commonwealth Scholarship for his master of Philosophy degree in Management Studies at the University of Oxford. [Bloomberg]

Otto Ng

Co-Founder, LAAB: Art, Architecture, Events,;

Otto has lived and practiced in the US, UK, Italy and HK as architect for projects ranging from boutique hotel and cruise terminal to smart city system and electric-hybrid bicycle. Awarded Full Tuition Scholarship and Schnitizer Artist Silver Prize from MIT, Alumni Prize Medal from HKU, and named among “40 under 40” Design Talents by Perspective Magazine, and “15 Young Gurus” by ELLE Men. Invited as speaker at Good Design Talk, Knowledge of Design Week, TEDxKowloon and TED@Seoul. Keen on exploring design possibilities with robotic tool and smart systems, while seeing social and ecological design as essential as innovation and craftsmanship. Currently as Design Director at LAAB – an architecture studio and advanced fabrication lab that designs and builds progressive ideas – providing leadership in design and business development. [LinkedIn]

Lynn Yau

Founding CEO, Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connections,;

Lynn heads The Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection (AFTEC), a Learning Theatre under the LCSD’s Venue Partnership Scheme. In addition to strategic planning and fund-raising, she is particularly passionate about arts learning and has curated numerous learning projects over the years from primary to postgraduate level and for the public. The Bravo! Hong Kong Youth Theatre Awards 2013-14 was a recent recipient of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council’s Arts Education Award. Sm-ART Youth, a multi-disciplinary inter-generational programme is a Star Project at UNESCO’S Arts in Education Observatory (Hong Kong).

Over the past two decades, Lynn has been involved in the arts community in various advisory capacities as well as being an occasional guest artist with local performing companies in theatre and music. She was on the Council of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2011-13. She is the Hong Kong Scholar to the UK Clore Leadership Programme 2010-2011 supported by the Home Affairs Department.

A keen researcher and speaker on the arts and education, she presented a paper, From Inception to Insight — A Learning Theatre™ at Work, at the World Alliance for Arts Education Global Summit 2014 in Brisbane and Art, Artists and Cultural Learning Contexts: International Perspectives at the Worlds Together arts education conference in London in 2012. She is currently co-authoring a chapter on drama education with Prof Robin Pascoe, Murdoch University, for The Palgrave Handbook of Global Arts Education to be published in 2016. Biennially, she teaches the Arts Engagement & Education module at the Hong Kong Institute of Education’s Executive Master of Arts in Arts Management and Cultural Entrepreneurship.

Wendy Gan

Senior Advisor, Jax Coco,

Wendy Gan Kim See is a former executive director of Pacific Century Premium Developments and has served as head of sales and marketing at Swire Properties Limited. After graduating with a BA (First Class Honours) from HKU, she earned a joint EMBA from Northwestern University in the US and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and is an alumna of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. As a marketer, Gan’s campaigns have received many awards, and she is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors and the Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong. Gan has been an alumni leader at HKU and has served as Chairman of Convocation and is a long-serving member of the Council and Court, and has participated in a number of significant committees and reviews. She is a member of the Board of Directors of HKU SPACE and an Honorary Director of the HKU Foundation. [HKU University Fellow Announcement]

Rosa Kusbiantoro

Manager, Advisory Services at BSR: Business for Social Responsibility,;

With a background in engineering and finance, Rosa brings a unique perspective to BSR’s work with extractives companies on social performance issues. She also supports companies across all sectors in developing labor, health, and sustainability strategies. She is particularly interested in multi-stakeholder partnerships that leverage private-sector operations and investments to catalyze sustainable economic opportunities for local communities.

Prior to joining BSR, Rosa worked as a consultant for Cardno Emerging Markets, where she helped mining, oil, and gas companies develop social impact management plans; stakeholder engagement strategies; and health, safety, and environmental policies in countries such as Burkina Faso and Timor-Leste. She has also provided program coordination for an AU$155 million AusAID program in Indonesia with more than 200 national and international advisers and has served as an account and production manager for a leather manufacturer that supplied Nike and adidas. Rosa holds a B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering from the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) in Indonesia and an M.S. in Finance from Drexel University. [LinkedIn]

Ricky Tsui

Director R & D, East Asia, ARUP,;

I’ve been with Arup for more than six years. Currently, I am the director of research and development in the East Asia region as well as its Arup University leader. My work involves our Foresight team, research, coordinating our skills networks, developing Arup University professional training modules, knowledge and information management, as well as driving the Built Environment Modelling (BEM) initiative. Arup influences many people’s lives through its projects. Shaping a sustainable future – particularly through the urban environment – will be one of the greatest challenges in the 21st century. Arup is rising to the challenge: investing in research, innovating and creating better solutions for its clients and the wider world. [Arup Website]