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, stacy@sbaird.com

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@kodingkingdom.com; http://www.kodingkingdom.com/

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,
o@LAAB.pro; http://www.laab.pro/

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,
lynnfcyau@gmail.com; http://www.aftec.hk/

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.

Natalie Chan

CEO & Founder, OWN Academy 自由學園
natalie@ownacademy.co

Natalie Chan is an engineer, corporate professional, film producer, adventure seeker, educator, entrepreneur and a member of the Global Shaper community. Chan’s dedication in education was sparked from the realization that there is a gap between schools and the real world. In order to fix that, Chan founded OWN Academy in 2016, as a 21st Century education solution with a focus on talent discovery, personal and professional development. Her goal is to help students find their own direction through exposure to modern industries and inspiring mentors, provide future proof skills training and bridge industries to the classroom. As a result of Chan’s diverse achievements, she was selected as one of Davos 50, representing Asian youths to attend the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in 2019.

Jennifer Ming Wai Wong

Psychotherapist & Hypnotherapist
Founder & Director, Codekey Cookies Ltd. 點字曲奇, www.codekeycookies.com
Co-Founder, Capering Holistic Medical Alliance 義醫同行
Jennifer.mw.Wong@gmail.com

Jennifer Wong is a qualified psychologist and hypnotherapist. She is also the founder and acting director of a social enterprise – Codekey Cookies, and the former case consultant at Senior Citizen Home Safety Association.
Jennifer was born without disabilities. When she was young, she was not good in academics. At the age of 8, she suffered from an extreme allergy, which resulted in a loss of her body skin, visceral mucous membranes and her eyesight. But she takes the verse from the Bible “Don’t be afraid, just believe” as her motto, with her faith in God, she is now the first visually impaired psychologist, hypnotherapist, and counsellor in Hong Kong.
Jennifer studied her undergraduate degree in the University of Waterloo with a double major in Psychology and Economics, and a specialization in Human Resources Management, graduating with First Class Honours. She obtained professional qualifications in hypnotherapy. She then went on to study in the University of Toronto for a Master’s degree of Counselling Psychology, meanwhile serving as a psychotherapist in OISE Counselling and Psychoeducational Clinic in Toronto. Afterwards, she went to study for another undergraduate degree on Education in the Lakehead University in Ontario, Canada. She was named in the Dean’s List. After her graduation, she became the first qualified primary school teacher who is visually impaired.
She is now a qualified Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner, and an Enneagram Analysis Trainer. She obtained professional qualifications on Emotional Focused Therapy Training. She has co-founded a volunteer group 「Capering Holistic Medical Alliance」with her friends from Chinese and Western Medicine backgrounds, which aims to provide volunteer clinics and health talk services.

Garrick Lau 

Co-Founder and CEO, G For Good
Assistant General Manager – Shared Value, New World Development
garricklau@nwd.com.hk

Being a Gen-Y and a father of two children, Garrick aspires to bring happiness and fulfillment to the future generations. He believes it is fundamental for every individual and every business to do good and create shared values for the community.
Garrick’s experience covers social innovation, intrapreneurship, hospitality and real estate asset management, youth development, talent acquisition and employer branding.
Garrick currently manages assets valued over HK$2bn, alongside with charitable foundations supporting youth development and incubation programs supporting social innovators, all aiming to demonstrate and advocate the Creating Shared Value (CSV) model to the business world.
Prior to his role at New World, Garrick was the CEO of a charitable organization that runs the largest teenage entrepreneurship education program in Hong Kong. He has also been advising organizations (including Google, Bank of China, Esquel, HKUST etc.) on youth engagement and intrapreneurship.
Garrick graduated with his bachelor and master degree from the University of Hong Kong and received senior executive training from the Stanford University.
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Rosa Kusbiantoro

Manager, Advisory Services at BSR: Business for Social Responsibility, kusbiantoro@gmail.com; http://www.bsr.org/

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,
ricky.tsui@arup.com; http://www.arup.com/

Since joining Arup in 2008, Dr Ricky Tsui has been leading the R&D Department to drive various R&D and creativity & innovation activities in the region. He is also the Arup University Leader, Knowledge Management Leader & Shenzhen Digital Acceleration Hub Leader. He leads the pursuit of Design and Technical Excellence in the company.
His work covers the entire knowledge value chain from anticipating knowledge needs through various foresight and innovation initiatives, developing new knowledge through managing different R&D projects, many in collaboration with external partners such as universities, facilitating the dissemination of developed and captured knowledge through various Communities of Practice, to knowledge empowerment through organizing informal and formal learning activities under Arup University.
He also practises and/or teaches design thinking in many innovative projects and training courses such as Design School. He has been the Region Ventures Champion for many years and helps promote intrapreneurship from harvesting new ideas to developing commercial products/services.
Recently, he has been appointed as a member of the East Asia Digital Executive to drive digital transformation in the Region. He launched many cultural change initiatives and in 2018, he set up a Digital Acceleration Hub in a co-working space in Shenzhen with a team of digital experts to help the transformation process. In addition, he helps drive automation in many design processes and manage the development of new digital products/services.

Tristan Liu

CEO & Founder, AntzKnow Technology Ltd.
Tristan.liu@antzknow.com

Tristan Liu graduated from the University of Hong Kong in 2015 with a degree in International Business and a minor in philosophy. After graduation, Tristan worked for 3 years in supply chain management and, in 2018, steered to the realm of mobile internet and started his own company, AntzKnow Technology Limited. The company is now in its early stage and experience quick growth.