2021

Here it is! We are thrilled to share our speaker line up for 2021. We’ll hear from speakers who are imagining new possibilities and exploring new ideas for how we might live and work better together in the years to come. This eclectic group of highly motivated, bold & spirited speakers will share their perspective on a variety of thought provoking topics, each re-evaluating what really matters the most to them.

Rachel Moon

Photo credit: Kristina Vanhove Photography, Video credit: Scott Clotworthy and Location courtesy of Asia Society Hong Kong

Meet Rachel Moon
A seasoned performer, a fitness guru & a fearless ‘fertility’ warrior

Rachel is a performer and fitness consultant in the wellness arena who wants to make a mark in this industry. Leveraging a career producing and performing in theatrical shows worldwide, her work blends performance mindset with positive psychology.

After successfully establishing herself professionally, Rachel was keen to move onto the next chapter of her personal life – motherhood. But her fertility journey was so full of physical and emotional ups and downs, that it provoked her into bringing issues surrounding ‘infertility’ out of the shadows.

She wants to share her fertility story- fears, tears and all- hoping to lower the taboos shrouding the modern fertility journey, inspire candid, open conversations around it and lend support to those going through it. .

She lives by ‘Strength through Adversity’, and believes that it’s your reaction to adversity, not the adversity itself, that determines how your life’s story will develop.

Chankalun

Photo credit Frédéric Bussière and location courtesy Rosella Sushi Restaurant New York

Meet Chankalun
A visual artist, heritage keeper and the ‘neon girl’

Chankalun is a visual storyteller who pushes boundaries with her artistry. Having apprenticed with a 70-year-old local neon master in Hong Kong, and subsequently with other neon artists around the world, she became Hong Kong’s only active female neon practitioner in a male-dominant industry.

She is adamant about giving a new lease of life to this dying art form, which was once a strong part of Hong Kong’s culture and was immortalised in many movies like Blade Runner. Chankalun wants to find ways to preserve this visual language and be the bridge that connects this traditional craft with the new generation of artists.

Her mission- keep the neon legacy alive and kicking.

Mashiat Lamisa

Photo credit Kristina Vanhove Photography, video Scott Clotworthy and location courtesy of Asia Society Hong Kong

Meet Mashiat Lamisa
An engineer, an unconventional thinker and fixer-upper

Mashiat Lamisa, a socially conscious product & design engineer, wants to make tech accessible to all. She loves to harness her innovative thinking and design acumen to find solutions for most pressing societal challenges. She co-founded Asia’s first electronic device repair community, which a true fixer-upper can only do. And those that cannot be repaired or fixed, she turns them into jewellery. Imagine wearing a chipset pendant and earring from your old phone or laptop.

This changemaker awardee wants to create a big impact in the realm of electronic waste upcycling.

Viv Kan

Photo credit Kristina Vanhove Photography, video Scott Clotworthy and location courtesy of Asia Society Hong Kong

Meet Viv Kan
A Mental Well-being Coach & ‘Relationship Whisperer’

Viv Kan, a mindfulness & wellness coach gently guides individuals to be more conscious & appreciative of their surroundings as well as perform at their highest potential by focussing on areas like sleep, stress and thoughts. She is passionate about helping busy individuals transform their intimate relationships by connecting the mind, body, breath and yoni (the female organs of generation in Sanskrit) thereby living a more fulfilling life.

She aspires to normalise the practice of ‘mindful intimacy’ & cultivate deeper connections by staying fully present. Viv truly believes that our relationships determine our life satisfaction.

Maitreyi Karanth

Photo credit Kristina Vanhove Photography, video Scott Clotworthy and location courtesy of Asia Society Hong Kong

Meet Maitreyi Karanth
An Artist, Philanthropist & Non-conformist

Maitreyi Karanth is an actor, producer, writer, humanitarian & stand up comedian. This multi-talented performer who has been a part of various TV series & movies, embarked on her artistic journey at the age of 44. She continues to break all stereotypes, pushing boundaries especially in Comedy Hong Kong and lives by the adage that ‘true passion has no expiry date’. 

Maitreyi not only impresses audiences through her artistic pursuits, she also impacts lives through her acts of kindness. She is actively involved in feeding the homeless in Hong Kong and provides help to build homes in the Philippines and Bangkok.

Arcadia Kim

Photo credit Kristina Vanhove Photography, video Scott Clotworthy and location courtesy of Asia Society Hong Kong

Meet Arcadia Kim
A Techie screen-time squadmate

Arcadia Kim is a recovering game-maker, mom of three tech-loving kids, and the founder of Infinite Screentime.  In her own words, ‘technology is a language for our kids and screen-time is the medium’. She, therefore, is on a mission to dispel negative connotations and bad publicity attached to ‘screen- time’. Putting forth a new perspective on this issue, Arcadia is building a community of coaches, educators, and child advocates that help raise screen-smart kids.