We are very grateful to have a terrific Steering Committee to guide the development and implementation of the Programme, including:

Rachel Cartland
Director, Cartland Consulting, Former Assistant Director of Social Welfare, Hong Kong Government
Upon graduating from the University of Oxford in 1972, Rachel joined the Hong Kong Government and subsequently served in a variety of senior posts given wide exposure to policy formulation processes, management and the Hong Kong political scene. She possesses extensive experience in the Government Secretariat in specialty areas including broadcasting, arts and culture policy. In 1995, Rachel was appointed Assistant Director of Social Welfare (Social Security) managing 2000 staff and an annual budget of HK$25 billion; there she delivered a socially critical service of high political sensitivity, impacting all sectors of grassroots Hong Kong. Programmes included CSSA, 'Support for Self-Reliance', Computerised Social Security System, the Criminal and Law Enforcement Injuries Compensation Scheme and the Traffic Accident Victims Assistance Scheme. Rachel worked at the Education and Manpower Bureau in 2001-2 and left the Hong Kong Government in 2006 to set up Cartland Consulting, which specialises in public sector consulting.

Grace Lee 
Education Officer-in-charge, The Family Planning Association of Hong Kong
Grace obtained a Master Degree in Social Services Management from the University of Hong Kong in 2003 and a Certificate in Sex Education from the University of Hong Kong in 2004. Throughout the past twelve years, she has been closely involved in planning and developing sexuality education programmes and services targeting children and young people, parents, teachers, social workers, healthcare workers and young couples as the Education Officer-in-charge at the Family Planning Association. She is a member of the Hong Kong AIDS Foundation-Education Committee.


Katie Monteil 
Parenting Educator, The Clayton School district in St. Louis Missouri, The United States
In 2005, Katie launched a programme to provide innovative and unique learning and relationship-building experiences for children, schools and families, in collaboration with school counselors, teachers and principals as well as the local community and student body. The information from these groups determined new structures for both curricular education and parenting education workshops.


Adam Singer
Chief Operating Officer & Associate Director of AP Equity and Equity Derivatives Research, J.P. Morgan
Adam joined J.P. Morgan in 1999 working in Investment Banking. Adam was in technology leadership roles ultimately responsible for the firm’s global research technology platform. He joined the APAC Research Management team in 2009 based in Hong Kong and now oversees research operations in 13 countries across the pacific Rim.  Adam has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a degree in Civil Engineering from McGill University. Prior to joining the firm, Adam worked as a civil engineer in China and Hong Kong on the Chep Lap Kok airport project.


Clare Williams
Director, Citizenship, Diversity & Inclusion Asia Pacific, Barclays PLC
Clare is a Director and Head of Citizenship, Diversity & Inclusion Asia Pacific for Barclays.  Prior to this, she was Regional Head of Corporate Communications Asia Pacific for seven years.  Prior to moving to Asia, Clare was Head of European Communications at  Nomura.  She has previously held financial services communications roles at Credit Agricole and HSBC/Samuel Montagu.  Before embarking on her corporate communications career, Clare worked in the British Foreign Office with postings to Paris, Moscow and Mexico City After leaving the Foreign Office she worked for a year in the family office of an Omani businessman and diplomat.  Clare is on the board of AFTEC which provides bilingual learning theatre education in Hong Kong.


Pauline Wong
Senior Vice President, Managing Director & COO, HK, Global Services, State Street Bank & Trust

Pauline has been running State Street Global Services' Hong Kong-sourced business since she joined in January 2011.  In 2014, she also became responsible for Operations. Ms. Wong has more than 20 years of experience in financial services.  She has been involved in a small local charity helping underprivileged children for several years. Together with a few friends, she set up a social enterprise that aims to bring together young aspiring designers to design upcycling products produced by women from minority groups. ‪Ms. Wong holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a master’s degree from the University of Sydney.  


Clifton Yeung 
Principal Education Secretary, Education Affairs Department, Po Leung Kuk
Clifton is the Principal Education Secretary of Education Affairs Department at Po Leung Kuk, one of Hong Kong’s leading social service organisations. He serves on the Kuk’s School Management Committee which is responsible for developing education policies and policy recommendations as well as promoting exchange activities among schools. He also serves on the Steering Committee for the Volunteer Movement for Youth in Hong Kong, sponsored by the Social Welfare Department. 

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