Head Judges

Ms. Winnie Tam S.C.

Senior Counsel, Des Voeux Chambers
Counsil Member, HK Bar Association

Ms. Tam is one of the leading practitioners and advocates in the intellectual property arena in Hong Kong. She joined Des Voeux Chambers in 1999 after receiving specialised training in I.P. law in University College, London and in 8 New Square, the largest set of Intellectual Property barristers in London.

Since 2011, Ms. Tam has been appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge and has been serving as the Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association. She represented the Government and numerous major corporations including multi-national conglomerates on a vast array of intellectual property disputes including; music, film, fashion, advertising, publishing, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, engineering and construction.

Ms. Nathalie Hobbs

Partner, Linklaters Llp

Nathalie was educated in the United Kingdom (BA (Hons) Oxford) and qualified as a solicitor in England with Linklaters, the global business law firm. She transferred to the Paris office, becoming a French avocat and partner in the banking practice in 2001, specialising in acquisition nance. Having held a variety of management positions in the rm, including managing partner of the Paris o ce and member of the International Board, Nathalie transferred to Linklaters, Hong Kong, in 2012, with her husband and two sons (both of whom are at school in Hong Kong). As a lawyer and lover of English literature, she is passionate about language, its usage and nuances.

Prof. Michael O’Sullivan

Associate Professor, Dept. English, Chinese University of Hong Kong

After studying Fine Arts and Chemical Engineering for 2 years at the Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland, Michael O’Sullivan went on to take BA (English and Psychology) and MA (English) degrees at the National University of Ireland, Cork. He received an EAP scholarship to study at the graduate school of English at the University of California, Berkeley for the 2000/2001 academic year. He completed his PhD at the National University of Ireland, Cork in 2004 after being awarded an Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences award for 2001-2003. He has taught on language and literature for the National University of Ireland, Cork, the Open University in the UK, the Upward Bound Program of the University of California, Berkeley, The Nagoya University of Commerce and Business, Japan and The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is currently Associate Professor in English at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Panel Judges

Mr. Robert Ness

Director, British Council Hong Kong

Robert Ness is the Director of the British Council Hong Kong. Bob joined the British Council in 1981 and has worked in a range of posts and locations, mainly responsible for English, education and the arts/creative industries.

His first post was in London, followed by a stint as Assistant Director in Vienna and a temporary posting to Oman, before being appointed as Director in Johannesburg in 1992. In 1997, Bob became Director of the British Council in Cyprus, and in 2000 moved to Lisbon, Portugal as Director. He returned to London in 2003 to take up the post of Director of the British Council’s UK region.

Most recently, Bob was Director in Colombia from 2008 to mid - 2012 before undertaking a short posting as Director in Brazil, based in Sao Paulo. He was delighted to be appointed to the post of Director in Hong Kong in late October 2012.

Mr. Evan Fowler

Writer, Historian, Artist, Columnist and Playwright from Cambridge

Graduated from Cambridge University and London School of Economics, Evan Fowler is a historian, playwright, philosopher and practicing artist. Born and raised in Hong Kong, he has worked with many leading theatrical companies, and is co- facilitator of the Fringe Club’s play reading group. Besides teaching, he lectures in Self-Representation at Hong Kong University SPACE and writes regularly for several journals, including locally for House News.

Evan ran a multimedia production company focusing on raising awareness of local social and environmental issues, and co-founded a foundation promoting young people to travel and volunteer responsibly. He has also traveled and lived within communities across Africa and Asia who are receiving aid, and was part of an experiential research trip to Papua New Guinea.

Dr. Alice W.K. Chow

Associate Dean (Undergraduate Studies) and Associate Professor

in the Faculty of Humanities of the Hong Kong Institute of Education

Dr Alice W.K. Chow obtained her BA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, BEd from the York University (Canada), PGCE and MEd from the University of Hong Kong, and her PhD from the University of East Anglia, UK. Dr Chow’s experience in education has been extensive and varied, having previously worked as a school teacher in Hong Kong and in Toronto, and as an assistant inspector and a lecturer in the Education Department of Hong Kong.

Dr Chow has published her work in leading international journals such as International Journal of Leadership in Education, ELT Journal, Language Teaching Research and Teaching and Teacher Education, as well as in international conferences. She has provided academic advice on various Curriculum Development Institute and school committees; for example, as subject assessor for HKSAR Chief Executive Award Teaching Excellence, EdB English Enhancement Scheme for primary and secondary schools and QEF projects on assessment for learning and the effectiveness of literacy intervention program for secondary students.

Ms. Susan Ramsay

Editor, Young Post, South China Morning Post

Since working with SCMP Young Post, Susan has turned the paper into a newspaper especially for young people in Hong Kong. So every day, she and her team work to make newspapers for you. She has also made history herself when she invented Posties for younger readers, students just like you who want to know more about the world around them.

She has also made the Young Post world-famous by winning awards against some of the world’s most well-known newspapers, like the New York Times, Washington Post and The Guardian.But mostly she enjoys meeting and talking to young people and finding their stories, their heroes and their news.

Dr. Alex Wong

Former Head of Legal & Compliance, ICBC (Asia)

Dr. Wong is currently the Head of Legal and Compliance of the Wing Lung Banking Group. Before joining the Wing Lung Banking Group, Dr. Wong had worked as the Head of Legal and Compliance at Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia) Ltd., General Counsel at the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd., Head of Legal at the Fubon Bank Ltd. and the Deputy Head of Legal at ING Barings.

Dr. Wong has been practising law for over 20 years. Prior to his in-house legal positions, Dr. Wong was a practising solicitor at several major international law rms including Hogan Lovells, White & Case, Deacons and Denton Wilde Sapte.

Apart from his full-time job, Dr. Wong is currently a part-time Law Lecturer at HKU, teaching legal research and writing, Adjunct Professor of Business Law at HKUST and CUHK teaching MBA/EMBA business laws.

Prof. Kin-Yuen Wong

Professor & Head of Dept. of English, Shue Yan University

Prof. Wong Kin-yuen has taught English Writing at the University of California in San Diego and National Taiwan University. He has also taught literature, East-West comparative poetics, cultural studies, science fiction, ecological ethics, technoscience culture, film studies and visual arts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Science and Technology of Hong Kong, Lingnan University and Hong Kong Baptist University. Currently, he is the Head and Professor of English Department at Hong Kong Shue Yan University. Topics of his published works include posthuman culture, cyberculture, aesthetics, hermeneutics, film theory as well as Deleuze Studies.

Prof. Aliana Leong

Vice Rector, City University of Macau

Prof. Aliana Leong is a member of the Board of Directors of the City University of Macau. As the Vice Rector, she has established and been in charge of the Faculty of International Tourism and Management, Faculty of Education, School of Continuing Education and two research institutions in the CUM since September 2011. Prior to that, Prof. Leong was the Dean of the Faculty of International Tourism and the Director of the School of Continuing Studies at the Macau University of Science and Technology(MUST) from March 2003 to August 2011.

As a chief investigator, Aliana has conducted over twenty research projects funded by public institutions and the Macao Foundation. She has been awarded honours for research excellence. Aliana has published six monographs, edited three books and published over 80 papers in refereed journals, books, international and regional conferences proceedings in Europe, East Asia, China, and the Americas on Lifelong Learning, Adult Education and Tourism Education.

Mr. Anthony Wong

Partner, Hastings & Company Solicitors and Notaries

Mr. Wong, a LL.B honours degree graduate from the University of Reading (U.K.) in 1983 is now a Commercial Partner of the rm Hastings & Co. Solicitors & Notaries. He was a Managing Partner of his rm for 15 years and found himself not only working on cases but also having to engage with all facets of administration.

He has been practising as a solicitor for 27 years and now specializes in Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Trusts for high-net-worth / PRC clients and general corporate and commercial matters.

Mr. Wong has also been a panel judge in inter-school debating competitions for secondary schools and regularly reviews, approves letters and pleadings from junior lawyers of his legal practice before they are allowed to be sent out.

Mr. Victor Cheng

Executive Director of Hong Kong Education City

Mr. Victor Cheng is currently the Executive Director of Hong Kong Education City Limited (HKECL). Prior to joining the HKECL, he was the Director of Corporate Services of the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessments Authority (HKEAA) overseeing the IT, finance and administrative services of the HKEAA.

Mr. Cheng is a seasoned IT professional in Hong Kong. He has more than 20 years of experience in IT infrastructure and the application of IT in education. He has been the Director of IT Services of the Hong Kong Institute of Education for more than 10 years and has led a number of important projects such as developing the first self-learning IT Competency Program for teachers, introducing the online Learning Management System, and initiating the Learning Commons project to facilitate migrating teaching and learning from traditional classrooms to an integrated mobile learning environment.

Senior Advisors

Ms. Shelly Lee


Ms. Shelley Lee was born in Hong Kong in 1949. After graduating from the University of Hong Kong in 1971, she served in the Hong Kong and the HKSAR governments for 35 years before retiring as Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs. In 1978, she helped found the Association of Female Senior Government Officers to fight for equal rights and remuneration (achieved in 1981), and in 1980, she founded the Yin Ngai Societies so that grassroot housewives could further develop their potential.

Over the years, Ms Lee also helped found a number of charitable non-government associations, including Friends of the Lifeline Express, the Golden Jubilee Charity Foundation, the Dragon Foundation, the We Care Education Fund, and the China Aids Initiative Hong Kong Committee. Since retirement in 2006, she has raised funds for the Hong Kong Community Chest, the Girl Guides Association, and organisations which help AIDS and autistic patients.

Ms Lee has been a Justice of the Peace since 1988. To recognise her achievements and continuing service to the communities. She was made Honorary Fellow by the Harvard University in 1985, University of Hong Kong in 2004, the Academy of Performing Arts in 2006, and the Open University in 2011.

Dr. Benjamin Chan

Former Council Member of Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

Secondary Principal, HKBU Affiliated Schools

Dr. Benjamin Chan is an educator with 30 years of experience. He has been the Secondary School Principal of HKBU Affiliated Schools (A-School) since 2006. As the first affiliated through-train school of the Hong Kong Baptist University, A-School aims to nurture students’ caring for Hong Kong to become global visionaries. To achieve this, learning activities with international elements are added on top of the local curriculum. Dr. Chan pursued his study in renowned local and overseas universities where he obtained teacher certificates, and degrees of Bachelor of Education, Master of Arts in Cultural Management and PhD in Literature. In addition to his commitment to education, Dr. Chan has been contributing continuously in community services for arts and humanities sectors for many years.

In 2000, Dr. Chan assisted in the foundation of the Direct Subsidy Scheme Schools Council and served as the Chairman and Vice-Chairman until 2012. Since 2005, he has been the appointed Council Member of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra (HKCO). During the time when he was the Vice-Chairman of HKCO, he took up the post of Chairman of Marketing Committee to take care of the promotion of arts education. His insights and direction have helped the orchestra win the 2009-10 Hong Kong Corporate Branding Award. Dr. Chan also led the orchestra to perform in the Expo 2010 Shanghai, China, which has received high acclaim.

Dr. Chan served as a Council Member of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts from 2006 to 2012 and was invited to assume the role of the Chairman of Audit Committee. He was a Fellow Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors, member of the Hong Kong Professionals and Senior Executives Association, member of the Royal Asiatic Society and the director of the Special Committee on Internationalisation of Education, Guangdong Society of Education.


Mr. Alan Chan

Chairman, Norton House Global Education Initiative

Director, The Earthpulse Foundation

Alan Chan is the founding chairman of Norton House Global Education Initiative, a non-profit foundation that administers and funds the establishment of philanthropic educational ventures in Asia. He is also a founding director of The Earthpulse Foundation.

Alan graduated from Cambridge and HKU, where he represented these universities at international academic competitions, conferences and delegations at Harvard, Tsinghua, China Foreign Affairs U and Tokyo U. He was awarded various academic prizes during his studies and research. Alan has also received governance training at the Chinese Academy of Governance.

Alan has previously worked at Barristers’ Chambers under prominent Queen’s Counsels and Senior Counsels. He has also worked at European Commission, JPMorgan Chase and BBC Broadcast. Outside philanthropy, Alan is an entrepreneur with ventures and investments in Greater China and the United Kingdom.

Rev. Brother Steve Hogan

Principal, La Salle College

Born in the rich dairy farming region of Taranaki, New Zealand, Br. Steve was educated by the De La Salle Brothers. Br. Steve attended boarding school, graduating from Form 7 with a Bursary and as an alumnus of Auckland University, completed a double major in Economics and Geography. He has also attained two Master's Degrees from the Australian Catholic University, an MA in Administration and an MA in Religious Education; a Graduate Diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) from the UST, Sydney; and a Graduate Diploma in Technology from UNITEC in Auckland.

As a De La Salle Brother, Br. Steve has taught in many schools across Asia and the Pacific, including New Zealand, Australia (Sydney & Adelaide), Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, the Philippines, and now Hong Kong. This has included working on a UN project developing village literacy initiatives in Papua New Guinea, lecturing in biblical studies at a minor seminary and Vice-Principalships and Principalships in Australia and New Zealand. Prior to coming to Hong Kong, Br Steve led a school development initiative lifting an underachieving school to one of the top nationally recognized schools in New Zealand. Thirty years of experience working with adolescents has provided a rich insight into how boys learn and their similarities given culture, ethnicity, religion, and socio-economic differences.

Dr. Wing Lau

Head of Design & Projects, Department of Physics, Oxford University

Dr. Lau is currently the Head of the Mechanical Group at Oxford Physics. The Oxford Physics Department is the largest Physics department among all UK universities.

As the head of this group, Dr. Lau’s main role is to ensure that all the scientific equipments are designed and built in strict accordance to experimental needs. This group consists of 30 multidisciplined and professionally qualified engineers, physicists and technicians working closely with all the sub-departments.

Professionally, Dr. Lau is a Fellow of the British Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Fellow of the Institution of Nuclear Engineers and a Chartered Engineer. He spent 20 years working in the UK Nuclear Industry before joining Oxford University. Dr. Lau is married with two daughters, the eldest of whom graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford and is now a practicing lawyer in the city of London. His wife has a master's degree from Oxford University and is also a faculty member, as well as the only female engineer of the same department.


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