2018 speaker lineup

We had a great lineup of speakers for 2018. They shared their interpretation of our event’s theme, “Showing Up: Now! For…”.

Watch our 2018 TedxTinHau talks.

 Dr. Zoe Fortune

Showing up for your mental health   


Globally, 1 in 4 of us will suffer from a mental disorder during our lifetime. Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide and the burden is 50% higher for women. Locally in Hong Kong, 60% of workers report high levels of stress, and 53% of secondary pupils show symptoms of depression.

Mental health issues affect our ability to engage productively in society, yet research shows only 26% of people seek help. This is despite the fact that like many physical illnesses, most mental health problems are treatable. Showing up for each other, ourselves, and our families, to educate, support, and manage our mental health is crucial for living better, healthier lives.

Dr. Zoë Fortune is CEO of the City Mental Health Alliance Hong Kong. A not-for-profit organization founded and led by businesses, the CMHA HK works to create a culture of good mental health in the workplace, share best practices and increase mental health understanding. A researcher by background, Zoë has led research programs across various academic, psychiatric, criminology, and international development settings. She holds a PhD in Health Services Research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London. Zoë has won awards for her research work, has published articles in academic journals & the wider media, and is also an instructor in Mental Health First Aid. Zoë also dedicates her time to working on the issue of modern slavery.

Professor Rossa Chiu

Let’s beat cancer – together


At any one time, among every 1,000 individuals, there are 2 persons with known cancer. And only 50% of cancer patients survive beyond 10 years. New therapies are constantly being developed but many times, survival is only lengthened by months. Dr. Chiu is part of a groundbreaking research project aiming to reduce cancer deaths through early detection. In this talk, she will share her vision for a locally led, innovative solution to cancer diagnosis and how you can be involved to help beat cancer.

Dr. Rossa Chiu is the Choh-Ming Li Professor of Chemical Pathology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. In her work, she develops DNA tests to solve diagnostic challenges. Her ground-breaking research has previously developed non-invasive tests to identify fetal diseases by analyzing small amounts of baby’s DNA in mother’s blood samples. Since 2011, this has led to worldwide changes in prenatal testing practices. To tackle the cancer epidemic, she and her colleagues have been developing blood tests with the goal to identify cancers early, thereby reducing cancer-related deaths. 

Carmen Yau

Why I keep a sex diary (and you should too) 


All women have a right to express ourselves and enjoy sexual pleasure in various forms of intimate relationships. However, most women with disabilities are being treated as asexual and declined the rights to be a girlfriend, wife or a mother. In this talk, Carmen shares her research, experience and frank advice on how women can be seen and treated as a person to love and to be loved and to express our sexual orientation, identity, and desires.

Carmen Yau is a registered social worker in psychology, health counseling and social work, and a PhD student of Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Carmen is an iconic spokesperson for sexual equality of people with disabilities and women and the founder of “Sugar’s XXX Stories”.

Dr. Joyce Samoutou-Wong

How children can lead social impact


A chance encounter and offer to help a passer-by in Congo led to life-changing consequences – for everyone involved. That meeting led to the healing of thousands through eye surgery and treatment, improving lives and health outcomes for themselves, their families and communities. Showing up starts with looking up, seeing others’ needs and opening our hearts.

Many parents and society treat today’s children as passive actors in social change. At best, unengaged, at worst, powerless victims. In this talk, we’ll hear ideas on how parents, educators and the community can support and empower children to impact social change in the world.

Dr. Joyce Samoutou-Wong is the co-founder of New Sight Eye Care, winner of the Excellence in Ophthalmology Vision Award and Women of Hope Award.  She graduated from Diocesan Girls’ School and received the Hong Kong Outstanding Students’ Award before winning a full scholarship to United World College of the Atlantic (UK). She read medicine at the University of Edinburgh, which was followed by a stint as a visiting fellow at Harvard University. Dr. Wong’s work has been featured globally by international news channels, including a documentary series by Cable TV.

Verlebie Chan

Diving in: The importance of taking risks, being agile, and diversity in technology


As digital technologies transform our workplaces and our lives, questions are being asked about how women can benefit and participate in this next (r)evolution of our world. This talk will explore one woman’s journey into programming, how girls and women can find pathways to participate in and drive the development of new technologies, and why it’s important for everyone that gender, diversity and people are central to the future of tech.

 Verlebie Chan is a Program Manager for Microsoft in Hong Kong. She joined the tech industry without a technical background and took the plunge to drive code, lead hackathons and sandbox projects. In addition, she is responsible for nurturing programs with startups, academia and communities with emerging technologies like AI, Data and MR and is the lead for Women@MS.


Showing up in music


Songs of empowerment, chasing your dreams and women taking charge – a performance by AWEN.

AWEN is a French-Senegalese singer and song-writer, currently based between Hong Kong and Paris. Ex-lawyer, AWEN is the founder of the event company, Rage by AWEN, her portfolio counts prestigious clients such as LACMA, the W hotel and Dining Concept. In addition to performing in various venues in town, she is also behind some of Hong Kong’s most exclusive and popular DJ/vocalist collaborations and feels passionately about breaking down the walls between electronic and acoustic music.  

Small Luk

In conversation — showing up for identity


TEDxTinHauWomen talks with Small Luk, exploring ideas on identity, the rights of children and the importance of self-expression, and support needed from government, society, parents and the medical community to protect the health and lives of Intersex people.

Small Luk is Intersex, born as gender ambiguous and unwillingly gender assigned. Small founded the support group Beyond the boundary-knowing and concerns Intersex” in 2010, and came out publicly in 2015. She is an advocate locally and globally for the rights of Intersex and gender identity.

Jessie Lam

How I used data to manage my depression

TEDxTinHauWomen welcomes Jessie Lam to share her story on the importance of talking about mental health, self-care, and use of data and technology in daily lives.

“Data allowed me to exercise a small ounce of control over what I felt was an out-of-control life.”

Jessie Lam is the CFO at Brinc, an investment fund, and connected hardware accelerator. Not only does she oversee the investment strategy and financial governance for all four Brinc offices globally, but she is also the finance mentor to Brinc’s portfolio companies, advising on fundraising, cash management, GTM strategies, and distribution channels. In addition, Jessie has spoken at events throughout Asia as an active female investor. Previously, she worked in finance for 10+ years and is a Certified Public Accountant.