SPOTLIGHTS ON WOMEN
Here’s a collection of stories about women associated with the University that are worth learning more from. They could be faculty, staff, alumni or students who have great contribution and make an impact on their fields and areas to the society. (The list is in alphabetical order of their surname.)
Bella Kiu-Kei CHAN
BEng in Electronic Engineering (2014)
BEng in Mechanical Engineering
Bronze in the 2nd Nanjing Asian Youth Games – Women’s Rugby
Certified coach of the International Rugby Board
Top 10 Outstanding Youth and Stellar Accomplishment Award
Cathy is a part-time elite junior athlete at the Hong Kong Sports Institute after she became the Bronze medalist at the 2nd Nanjing Asian Youth Games – Women’s Rugby event in 2013. Since then, she represented Hong Kong in several junior tournaments and obtained her coaching certificates from the International Rugby Board. During her first year at HKUST, she served as the vice-captain of the school’s women’s rugby team where the team finished second in the Tertiary Xs League. She was invited to join the National seniors VIIs and XVs Squad in the same year. She also led the Hong Kong U20 women’s team to the Asia Rugby U20 Sevens Series 2017 as the co-captain of the team.
Not only is Cathy dedicated in sports, she also engages vaguely in organized activities. She is now the Chairperson of the Sports Association, HKUSTSU and was the Founder and Chairperson of the Student Air Cadet Society, HKUSTSU. During Cathy’s time in high school, she also represented the Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps to New Zealand and United Kingdom for Brush-craft training course and Rifle Shooting Competition (Inter-service Cader Rifle Meeting).
Considering her outstanding performance in extra-curricular activities, she was nominated by HKUST for the Sai Kung District Outstanding Youth Commendation Scheme in 2017. During that year, she was awarded the Top 10 Outstanding Youth and Stellar Accomplishment Award by the Commissions on Youth and Home Affair Bureau, HKSAR.
BEng in Chemical and Biological Engineering
President of the Students’ Union Provisional Executive Committee (2017-18)
Stephen Cheong Kam-chuen Medal for Distinguished Service to the Student Body
Immediate Past President, Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA)
Deputy Managing Partner, National Head, Outbound Market Development of Grant Thornton Hong Kong Limited
Prof Ying CHAU
Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, HKUST
Associate Director, Bioengineering Graduate Program, HKUST
Founder, Student Innovation for Global Health Technology (SIGHT), HKUST
Vice Chairman, Hong Kong Biotechnology Organization (HKBIO)
School of Business and Management
Taekwondo Poomsae athlete in the Hong Kong Taekwondo Team
Hong Kong Taekwondo Association – Best Female Athlete 2017
Claudia is a Year 2 student from the School of Business and Management. At the same time, Claudia is also a Taekwondo Poomsae athlete in the Hong Kong Taekwondo Team, as such she gets to represent Hong Kong to participate in various overseas training and international tournaments. In view of the upcoming Asian Games 2018 at Indonesia, Palembang, she is being selected to train and earn more experience through various competitions abroad, that is why she decided to take a gap year. She has been in the team for around 3 years and has captured over 10 medals in these years. She was even awarded with the Best Female Athlete by the Hong Kong Taekwondo Association in 2017. Apart from training and competing hard, Claudia enjoys teaching her profession to younger kids in order to promote the sport in Hong Kong, hoping to gain more attention and support from the public or even the government.
Co-founder and CMO of ChargeSpot
Jess is a dedicated entrepreneur with fast track business growth and expansion record with her own startup set up in Hong Kong and expanded into Japan and many other countries. She was born and raised in Hong Kong with over 10 years of all-rounded marketing and brand management experience in international companies for beauty, retail & I.T. industries. Jess is the Co-founder and CMO of ChargeSpot, the world’s 1st transnational power bank rental service.
Dr Kim Heiman CHOW
Research Assistant Professor, Division of Life Science
For Women in Science: Women Scientist of the Future Scheme National Fellowship
Junior Fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Study, 2015-2018
the United States Alzheimer’s Association Research Fellowship, 2017-2021
Global Research Council Fellowship of the World Economic Forum, 2016-2018
Prof Yanlei DIAO
MPhil in Computer Science (2000)
Professor of Computer Science, École Polytechnique
Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst
2013 CRA-W Anita Borg Early Career Award
Chief of Staff, Operations APAC, Vice President, Société Générale
As the Chief of Staff of Operations in APAC at Société Générale since 2016, Veronica is leading the Continuous improvement team in Asia and driving innovation initiatives for the department. She has extensive knowledge in banking operations, which she worked at client service operations with BNP Paribas, and client onboarding, KYC & referential data management with Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Hong Kong and Singapore.
Veronica is also the Co-Chair of the Financial Inclusion and Literacy Committee of the Fintech Association of Hong Kong. She has active participation in Fintech and social responsibility initiatives around the topic of financial inclusion.
Vivian is a post-90s emerging artist who is active in the scene of art and illustration in Hong Kong. She is best at capturing everyday life and unconventional beauty with a touch of humor and imagination. In her few years of practice, Vivian has already held numerous exhibitions in different locations including the US, Italy, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. She also worked with an extended range of brands and programs including MTR Hong Kong, Hong Kong International Film Festival, Hong Kong Repertory Theatre and more.
Despite her devotion to art, Vivian also has vast interest in business and entrepreneurship. She obtained a degree in Wesleyan University in the US and recently graduated from HKUST with an MBA for Professionals. Vivian is eager to see how business and art can come together.
Prof Nancy IP
Vice-President for Research and Graduate Studies, HKUST
The Morningside Professor of Life Science
Director of the State Key Laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience
Member, Chinese Academy of Sciences; US National Academy of Sciences; American Academy of Arts and Sciences; The Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong
Hong Kong Deputy to the National People’s Congress
Samantha Wing Man KONG
BEng in Chemical and Environmental Engineering (2014)
Founder, Eldpathy Co. Limited
Founding President, American Institute of Chemical Engineers – HKUST Student Chapter
Author of the book “Who Says Engineering is Second Best”
Ms Engineer received Hong Kong Top 10 Outstanding Youth Award 2014 and Social Service Award (both awarded by Home Affairs Bureau, The Government of the HKSAR) and Trainee of the Year 2015 (awarded by The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers)
LEE Shuk Kwan
School of Engineering
Captain, HKUST Women’s Archery Team
HKUST Alumni Endowment Fund Athletic Awards 2016/17
Shuk Kwan is the captain of HKUST Women’s Archery Team. She started learning archery in 2009 and has been participating in different overseas competitions as Hong Kong representative since 2013. She is one of the awardees of HKUST Alumni Endowment Fund Athletic Awards 2016/17 due to her outstanding archery performance. During 2017-2018, Shuk Kwan has already represented Hong Kong in Rosario 2017 World Archery Youth Championships 2017, Asia Cup World Ranking Tournament Stage 1 and the Archery Test Event for 18th Asian Games 2018.
Oi Man LEUNG
Hong Kong Sports Institute funded Elite Athlete
4th place at the 2016 World University Equestrian Championships
Best Junior Rider of the Year, Hong Kong Equestrian Federation from 2011 to 2015
Oi Man Leung is an equestrian athlete who has been representing Hong Kong in show jumping on numerous occasions since 2011. She is currently a Hong Kong Sports Institute funded Elite Athlete and has achieved results from across the globe, including a 4th place at the 2016 World University Equestrian Championships held in Sweden. In 2014, she qualified for the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games and was named the “Best Junior Rider of the Year” five times by the Hong Kong Equestrian Federation from 2011 to 2015. In addition, Oi Man was recently awarded the Alumni Endowment Fund Athletic Award for Personal Achievement in Sports for the 2016/17 academic year.
Aside from her sporting achievements, Oi Man also finds success in her chosen field of engineering, and was a member of the 2nd runner-up team at the Cathay Pacific 24-Hour Hackathon held in October 2017. She was also selected as a finalist of the 2017 EuroBrake Student Opportunities Programme held in Dresden, Germany, organised by the International Federation of Automotive Engineering Societies (FISITA).
Co-Founder & General Manager, Parkland Music Limited
Venus is the Co-Founder and General Manager of Parkland Music, one of the leading music school chains with over 30 branches in Hong Kong.
Since establishment, Parkland Music has served over 10,000 students and has attracted over 1,000 musicians to join their team. Its successful business model has been highly recognized by the market and has been awarded various brand and management awards.
Apart from being an entrepreneur, Venus is also the lecturer for different training courses, including Music Tutor Certificate Course under Qualification Framework Level 3 (Diploma level) and Music Center Entrepreneurship Course at the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups. Prior to her position at Parkland Music, she was an investment banker and has participated in various M&A and IPO projects.
Prof Irene LO
Chair Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, HKUST
Academician (Technical and Environmental Sciences) of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts
Chairperson of HKIE Environmental Division for Session 2014/15
Prof Mengqian LU
BEng in Civil and Environmental Engineering, HKUST with Academic Achievement Medal (2009)
PhD in Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University (2014)
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, HKUST
MBA Candidate, Harvard Business School
Dual Degree Program in Technology & Management
Co-founder of Bookwarm (www.bookwarm.org)
Goldman Sachs Global Leadership Award
HSBC Young Entrepreneur Award
School of Science
Hong Kong Women’s Football Team
Bronze in the 17th Asian Physics Olympiad
Silver in the 47th International Physics Olympiad
A.S. WATSON GROUP Hong Kong Student Sports Awards
Lydia is a football player who has been representing Hong Kong Women’s Football Team since 2015. She is currently the player of Tai Po Football Club which ranks fifth in Hong Kong Football Association Women League. In 2016, she represented Hong Kong in the Asian Football Confederation U19 Women’s Championship Qualifiers in Dushanbe, Tajikistan and the 13th National Student Sports Games in Beihai, Guangxi. In addition, Lydia was recently awarded the A.S. WATSON GROUP Hong Kong Student Sports Awards for year 2016/17.
Apart from her sporting achievements, Lydia also excels in her chosen field of mathematics and science. She was a member of the Hong Kong team at the China Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad for three consecutive years from 2013 to 2015 and brought home one silver and two bronze medals. She was also a bronze medalist in the 17th Asian Physics Olympiad which took place in Hong Kong and a silver medalist in the 47th International Physics Olympiad held in Zurich, Switzerland.
Prof Emily NASON
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Student Affairs, School of Business & Management, HKUST
Director of Global Business Program, School of Business & Management, HKUST
MSc in Engineering Enterprise Management (2011)
Founder of ShopLovers.co (women-centric social shopping platform)
Top 10 Startup in Google’s Empowering Young Entrepreneurs Program 2015
Top 10 startup in Swire Properties’ Blueprint Accelerator Program (cohort 3)
BBA Operations Management
Team member of Hong Kong Rope Skipping Delegation
Team captain of HKUST Rope Skipping Team in 2017-2018
senior rope skipping freestyle judge of Hong Kong Rope Skipping Association
Sai Kung District Outstanding Youths for the year of 2017/2018
Guinness World Record – Most People Skipping Double Dutch Style
7th Asian Rope Skipping Championship – Open Team 2nd place
Zoe has been representing Hong Kong to participate in World, Asian, and National rope skipping competitions.
Apart from competing, she is also a qualified senior rope skipping freestyle judge and rope skipping coach of Hong Kong Rope Skipping Association, China. Recently, she has performed in different occasions. Zoe is still holding a Guinness World Record – Most People Skipping Double Dutch Style with her teammates of Hong Kong Rope Skipping Academy since April 2013.
In addition to her dedication to rope skipping, she has taken up several leading roles in HKUST. She is the cohort leader in creative division of HKUST Business Cohort Community, and was the Chief Promotion Secretary of International Food Fair which leading international students from 10 countries to share their culinary cultures to all students from business school. During the event, she was the sole graphic designer for pull-up banners, stickers, and backdrop of the photo booth. She had also organized business school student orientation day involving over 800 students, launched Used Textbook Give and Take Campaign, and produced a video for Student Advising Session. Simultaneously, she is the Deputy Head Student Ambassador of the HKUST, being a motivator among the student ambassador cohort as well as the leader of Campus Tours and HKUST Summer Camp, assistant for Command Centre of HKUST Information Day, and student representative for JUPAS admission talks.
BBA in Management and Marketing
Hong Kong Open Table Tennis Championships (Team) – 1st runner up
2015/16 Hong Kong Youth Orienteering Championship – Champion
UBS Group Technology and Operations Case Challenge – 3rd runner-up
Joint University Outstanding Marketing Award – Champion
As an athlete of two Hong Kong National Sports Teams, I was fortunate enough to be given all the opportunities and resources. Yet, I understand a lot of people out there have the passion and potential, but are lacking a platform to shine. Therefore now, taking a step backward, I organize competitions, training, fun days via various channels, aiming to create a stage for all to enjoy and perform.
Fanny is the founder of MobiChef, an online platform for diners to book a personal chef to come and cook in their home.
When Fanny took a career break after eight years in the hotel industry, she came up with a thought about the possibility of having a chef taking care of the dinner for gatherings at home when she was cooking for her family. Very soon she started the project and launched MobiChef in 2017. From convincing experienced chefs to join, to expanding the potential market, Fanny has conquered many challenges by keeping her faith that MobiChef is bringing a better life to both the chefs and food lovers.
Prof Ophelia TSUI
Professor, Department of Physics, HKUST
Fellow of the American Physical Society “for outstanding contributions on the dynamics of thin polymer films”
Advisory boards of Macromolecules, ACS Macro Letters, and Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics
BEng in Chemical and Bioproduct Engineering (2013)
Clinical Research Coordinator and Project Manager at University of California, San Francisco
First US undergraduate student in CBE
Kit Ying WONG
School of Science
Bowl Champion at the 6th New Territories Regional Rugby 7s Championship and Carnival
Kit Ying is enthusiastic athlete who has been representing Hong Kong in Rugby on numerous occasions, including a championship at the UAE International Rugby 7’s U18 Girls Tournament 2016 in Dubai. Recently, she joined and captured the Bowl Champion at the 6th New Territories Regional Rugby 7s Championship and Carnival in celebration of HKSAR 20th Anniversary by NTRSA.
Kit Ying has joined 4 years Inter-School Rugby 7s’ Competition in her secondary school life and received numerous awards. During her secondary school life, she was the chairperson of Rugby Club. Her contribution to the Rugby Club has allowed her to receive several Service and Responsibility Awards for the Rugby Club. She was also awarded two internal scholarships from her school for her active participation in Hong Kong Rugby Team and enthusiasm in sports with leaderships.
Kyna Hiu-King WONG
BEng in Electronic Engineering (Information and Communication Engineering) (2003)
MSc in Engineering Enterprise Management (2009)
Life Science (Biological Sciences)
Chinese National Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships – champion in Level 3 Women’s Pair / second in Level 4 Mixed Pair / the champion in Level 6 Mixed Pair
Rachel has been a part-time elite senior athlete under the Hong Kong Acrobatic Gymnastics Talent Team for 10+ years since 2006. During Rachel’s time in high school, she has represented Hong Kong in the Aged 12-18 Category as part of a Women’s Group in the 8th FIG Acrobatic Gymnastics World Age Group Competitions, Levallois (FRA), during July 2 – 5, 2014.
During her first year at HKUST, she was HKUST Korfball Team member and was a registered player under the Hong Kong China Korfball Association (HKCKA). She has also become the champion in Level 3 Women’s Pair in the Chinese National Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships, and obtained her coaching certificate on Elementary Coaching Course for Gymnastics (General Theory) from the Gymnastics Association of Hong Kong, China. In her second and third year at HKUST, she has also competed the Chinese National Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships, in which she came second in Level 4 Mixed Pair and the champion in Level 6 Mixed Pair respectively. As a member of the team, she has also joined the National Gymnastics Extravaganza as a performer in October 2017. In 2017, she has also qualified to represent Hong Kong as a Senior Mixed Pair in the Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships 2018, Antwerp (BEL).
Not only is Rachel dedicated in sports, she also engages vaguely in various programs. As a first year student, she was a fellow under Headstart@HKUST in 2016 and was selected to participate in the press conference and the University Council and Court Meeting as a student. In her second year, she became also a buddy in the English Learning Buddy Scheme, organized by the Center of Language Education, HKUST.
Prof Angela WU
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering & Division of Life Science, HKUST
MIT Technology Review Magazine’s Top 10 Innovators Under 35 in Asia in 2017
Dual Degree Program in Technology & Management
Abby is a Year 4 T&M-DDP student who has strong passion towards robotics. She is HKUST Robotics Team member. She joined HeadStart and earned an opportunity to work in Silicon Valley last summer. She always encourages women to do engineer. You could find more about her at http://www.ipo.ust.hk/en/news/detail/142
BEng (CIVL)-CS (1995)
Chief Geotechnical Engineer (Slope Safety), Geotechnical Engineering Office, Civil Engineering and Development Department, The Government of the HKSAR
The Secretary for the Civil Service’s Commendation
Young Engineer of the Year Award, The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers
Trainee of the Year Award, The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers
Being the first female graduating with a BEng (Civil & Structural) from the HKUST in 1995 and subsequently acquired an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, Jenny is qualified in the Civil, Structural and Geotechnical engineering disciplines and is also the first and only woman Chief Geotechnical Engineer in the Government of the HKSAR.
Her passion in serving the engineering profession and the community has won her quite a few awards, such as the Secretary for the Civil Service’s Commendation, Young Engineer of the Year, Trainee of the Year and Fugro Best Paper Award etc. She was also elected a member of the Election Committee (Engineering Subsector) in 2011.
While striving to enhance slope safety in Hong Kong, Jenny is also a mother to a boy aged 10 and his sister aged 8. She always endeavours to strike a balance between family and work. Despite sometimes demanding of herself, enjoying happy and meaningful lives is the only goal that she sets for her kids.
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BBA (MARK) & MA (SOSC)
Visual Artist, Founder of Art of Dove (A.O.D.) Meditative Art Studio
Dolphin is a Visual Artist who actively promotes Meditative Art in Hong Kong. With an inborn hip-joint dislocation condition, Dolphin was told by the doctors there will be a high chance to have to rely on a wheelchair for the rest of her life. She suffered continuous pains until she started her spiritual practice in late 20s and realized that physical illness is highly related to psychological condition and beliefs. At 35, her hip pain got significantly improved by a shift in core beliefs. She was then inspired to fully focus on art healing for people in need.
With 10 years of mindfulness practice, Dolphin alchemized meditation with expressive arts and founded a neo-form of meditative practice named “Soul Painting”, which supported her to recover from postpartum depression in 2016.
In 2018, Dolphin extended the concept of Meditative Art to various art forms beyond painting, and founded a pioneer meditative art hub, Art of Dove (A.O.D.) Meditative Art Studio, to further cultivate this unique concept in Asia. Dolphin obtained a MA (SOSC) & a BBA (MARK) degrees from HKUST.
Managing Director of Asia Brand
Cammy is an Entrepreneur, Editor in Chief and a Marketing Professional.
She was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Canada. After obtaining her first degree and starting her career as an art gallery manager in Edmonton, Alberta, she returned to Hong Kong in 1992, for “a bit of adventure” and – like so many others – stayed. She worked in senior management level positions in various companies until she started her own business, a Marketing Consultancy, in 2003.
She is currently the Managing Director of Asia Brand, a marketing consultancy. In addition to her responsibilities for the general management of the company, she is also in charge of directing and managing client projects, developing business and strategic alliances, as well as new premium product and services.
Since January 2005, Asia Brand has been the Publisher of CULTURE Magazine with Cammy as Editor in Chief. CULTURE Magazine is an English-language monthly publication developed specifically to feature articles and photo essays on arts, culture, travel, lifestyle, food and wine for the Hong Kong and China market. Cammy also managed Alluminate Gallery, an easy-to-use online platform for art collectors to view and buy original works of art.
Prof Qian ZHANG
Chair Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, HKUST
Tencent Professor of Engineering, HKUST
Co-director of Huawei-HKUST Innovation Laboratory
Director, Digital Life Research Center, HKUST