Stories Alumni Corporate Ambassador
Alumni Corporate Ambassadors joined forces to support students facing the increasingly competitive job market. They have volunteered their valuable time, and contributed their professional networks to provide career support to our students. They demonstrated the spirit of looking out for one another as well as the commitment to their alma mater won’t be restricted by social distancing.
Join them and become Alumni Corporate Ambassador if you would like to help our students jumpstart their careers, and enhance your business with our next generation of talent! Let us get through this challenging time together, and empower our HKU Business School community.
Mr. David Hong, BBA(IS) 2009
General Manager, E-house (China) Enterprise Holdings Ltd.
As the General Manager of E-house (China), David Hong (BBA(IS) 2009) has been devoting himself in China’s property sector. Working closely with top management of Chinese developers, property analysts and media journalists, David shared his insights: “The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has brought about inevitable challenges to the property market. As the economy is suffering stronger downward pressure and people are expecting an income drop, the market is getting more complex. However, the Chinese mainland market is one of the most resilient in the region. Property sales of China's largest developers have rebounded since March. Opportunities are starting to emerge”.
As a devoted alumni member of HKU Business School, David encourages class of 2020 graduates: “I totally understand fresh graduates might feel uncertainty and doubt in the shrinking job market. But never give up! Make good use of time to learn new skills. Remember - what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
Mr. Roy Lo, BBA 1993
Managing Partner, SHINEWING (HK) CPA Limited
As the coronavirus pandemic escalates and disruptions to business-as-usual continue, everyone is grappling with the unknown. Roy Lo (BBA 1993), President of HKU BBA Alumni Association and a seasoned finance professional with over 25 years’ experience in auditing and accounting, encourages students and young alumni to stay calm and optimistic.
“Education is not a safety net. It is the rocket which will propel you towards success. All you have to do is have an aim, equip yourself and work on everything that takes to get a lift-off. If you always put limits on everything you do, it will be an obstacle in your pathway towards success. There are no limits to what you can accomplish. You must embrace the challenges and go beyond the limits. It takes dedication, determination and perseverance for you to achieve your ultimate goal. I encourage all of you to keep up the hard work you are doing and to keep pursuing your dreams." Roy said.
Mr. Bastian Bahnemann, EMBA-Global Asia 2016
Security Assurance Lead FSI DACH, Amazon Web Services
In times of crisis, strong leadership is always the priority. For business, honesty and listening to customers and employees is the number one rule of success, according to Bastian Bahnemann (EMBA-Global Asia 2016) Security Assurance Lead FSI DACH, Amazon Web Services. Instead of worrying about sales decline during Covid-19, concentrating on building team spirit is a must.
“You need to understand peoples’ concerns, and to enhance trust and collaboration,” says Bastian. Forward thinking managers need to acknowledge the extra challenges by making the most of the extra time available. “While the current crisis led to a slow-down in many areas, the additional leeway can also be used to implement projects which for which there was not sufficient time before,” he says. If you are looking for new opportunities, Bastian says HKU is the first place to tap into a network and find great resources to learn and grow.
Mr. Terence Ho, MBA 2012
Vice President - CFS Implementation, Securities Services, JPMorgan Chase
Terence Ho (MBA 2012) is the Vice President - CFS Implementation, Securities Services at JPMorgan Chase. With Covid-19 pandemic abruptly reshaping the global business environment, Terence believes we must acknowledge the obstacles and challenges we face, and find solutions. “Being a project manager for years, I have encountered a number of unexpected roadblocks on my deals. You have to overcome by first identifying the roadblock, then assess the situation, and look at your options to bypass it. Once you have conquered the challenge, you will become stronger and more resilient to future problems." Terence said.
As our Alumni Corporate Ambassador, Terence is ready to help our students set goals and prepare for future challenges.
Dr. Kate Kwan, MFin 2003
Executive Director, Banco Santander
“If you are not happy with what you do, you won’t make your customers, your colleagues and your family happy either.” Dr. Kate Kwan (MFin 2003), Executive Director of Banco Santander shares with us in her signature smile. Being a successful female senior executive, she takes pride in her work and she shares the fruits of her accomplishments with people around her: “I love to sing, as it lifts my spirit and gives me more energy to cope with work. It also brings joy to others.”
Despite her busy schedule, Kate is dedicated to serving the community. As the Chairman of GF Federation, she and her volunteers distributed over 3,300 surgical masks to community members in need amid the Covid-19 outbreak. She has also been mentoring our students since 2014, and she hopes to "bring new perspectives to my student mentees, and help them prepare for their lifelong journeys”.
Mr. Shawn Yee, MFin 2015
Associate Director, Investment Counselling, HSBC Private Banking
At HSBC Private Banking, Shawn Yee (MFin 2015) serves as a strategic advisor and thought leader on high net worth client’s investment portfolio. As a wealth management professional, he closely monitors market changes and assesses the impact on his clients. With people around the world facing up to unprecedented challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Shawn and his teammates have accelerated their digital plans to guide clients through this market turbulence, and more importantly, to help clients turning challenges into opportunities and making better planning for the future.
It is true that the pandemic is testing us all in ways we could never have anticipated, but Shawn encourages students to keep it up, “Not only equip yourselves with financial knowledge but also pay attention to current affairs and stay up to update with markets. “Shawn said confidently, “When it is over, our students and alumni are going to come out stronger than ever before.”
Mr. Ricky Cheung, BBA(IBGM) 2010
Corporate Director, Talent & Culture, Rosewood Hotel Group
Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, Ricky Cheung (BBA(IBGM) 2010, Corporate Director for Talent & Culture, Rosewood Hotel Group) and his colleagues from around the world have been leading efforts in giving back to the communities, providing food and face masks to charities, and opening the hotels to host frontline healthcare professionals.
Leveraging his expertise as a Talent Acquisition Director, he has committed to spending some time every week with hospitality professionals impacted to discuss ideas around writing CV, finding Jobs and interview preparation. Ricky has also signed up for Alumni Corporate Ambassador programme to coach students who are interested in pursuing future career in human resources management.
Mr. Felix Chan, BBA(Acc&Fin) 1999
Vice President & General Manager, Asia Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings
As Vice President & General Manager Asia at Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, Felix lead sales, marketing and passenger services functions of Cruise Line in Asia. Having about two decades of leadership experience across both statutory and multinational organisations, he shared his thought about the recent crisis of COVID-19.
“The current challenge reminds me of the saying – ‘it’s not the strongest of the species, nor the most intelligent who can survive, but the one most responsive to change!’ If we are willing and have the capacity to change our normal assumptions and habits, we can thrive under the new normal.” He said, “Businesses need to be prepared for different scenarios under the new normal during and after the crisis. Individuals who possess a growth mindset and embrace new challenges will win.”
Being an alumnus of HKU Business School, Felix is determined to be a supporter and catalyst to students as they embark on their leadership journey.
Mr. Gary Liu, BBA(Acc&Fin) 2005
Senior Director, Global Strategic Partnerships and Investment, Ant Financial
As the COVID-19 crisis rattles the global economy, it also accelerated the transition to a digital future. At Ant Financial, Gary has witnessed how digital technology can be used to help service providers become more agile and respond effectively to the fast-changing market environments. He believes we could transform adversity into opportunities by tapping into the power of innovative financial technology. To help his alma mater nurturing more Fintech talents, Gary actively shares his knowledge and provides career advice to the students.
Mr. Francis Cheng, MBA 2008
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Number One PR & Communication Ltd
Nicknamed "Hong Kong’s Number One PR”, Francis Cheng (MBA, 2008) is easily one of the city’s most recognisable faces in public relations. With solid PR & Marketing experience numbered among Star TV, Lan Kwai Fong Group and Occasions, Francis not only maintains a strong bond with most of the socialites and artists in town, he also stays close with all the chief editors from newspapers to magazines. In 2013, Francis launched his own venture NumberOne PR. Looking back on his 25-year PR journey, he faced numerous challenges yet managed to overcome them using innovative approaches and efficient communication. “When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters. One represents ‘danger’ and the other represents ‘opportunity’.”, Francis shared.
To students who have been caught up in this difficult situation, Francis encourage them to “develop new skills and keep up-to-date with latest trends and new information,” Francis believes no matter what career path you choose, “we have to be lifelong learners.”
Mr. Barry Ho, MBA 2010
Group Chief Internal Auditor, Great Eagle Holdings Ltd
With extensive experience in accounting, auditing, risk management and corporate governance, Mr. Barry Ho (MBA 2010) is the Group Chief Internal Auditor of Great Eagle Holdings Limited. He firmly believes in the importance of sustainable growth-- achieving meaningful growth that benefits both the business and the society. As a devoted alumnus, Barry is dedicated to supporting FBE community and nurturing FBE students to become the next generation of business leaders.
Ms. Cathryn Xie, BEcon&Fin 2009
Executive Director, Morgan Stanley
After graduating from HKU Business School, Cathryn has worked in several investment banks and accumulated a wealth of finance-related experience. She is keen to share her stories and render support to students by providing career advice and guidance at her alma mater. She encourages all alumni to join forces and create opportunities for the younger generation.
Mr. Teddy Liu, MBA 1998
General Manager of Corporate & Talent Development, New World Development Company Limited
As the General Manager of Corporate & Talent Development at New World Development, Teddy recalled his MBA journey over 20 years ago, and shared his passion towards nurturing the younger generation. “Young people are very talented, but they need more coaching so they can excel at their work’, said Teddy. Wearing on his another hat as the Founding President of HKU Business and Economics Alumni Association, Teddy expressed his devotion to the Faculty: “it is my honor to be the alumni representative. I am calling all FBE alumni to support this meaningful Alumni Corporate Ambassador Programme, and contribute to our alma mater”.
Join them and become our Alumni Corporate Ambassadors