Get Excited! We have a great line up of speakers for this year.

Our Speakers will be sharing their own interpretation of our event theme Showing Up: Now! For…...

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 people report stress and anxiety related to their job, 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% people seek help. This, 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. Zoe Fortune is the CEO of the City Mental Health Alliance Hong Kong. A global organisation founded by businesses, member organisations lead the vision to change the culture around mental health and create mentally healthy workplaces at a local and international level. Using training, research, education and collaborative working, CMHA HK aims to inform, generate change and decrease stigma, ensuring that mental health is recognised as a priority issue. Zoe has spent more than 12 years on academic research in mental health, holds a PhD in Health Services Research and is an instructor in Mental Health First Aid. 


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 disabled leader in the community of the disabled. In addition to her role as Chairperson for the Association of Women with Disabilities Hong Kong, she 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 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 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.