Board of Governors
Director, Cartland Consulting
Former Assistant Director of Social Welfare, Hong Kong Government
Rachel Cartland joined the Hong Kong Government upon graduating from the University of Oxford in 1972, 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.
Chair Professor, Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong
Cecilia Chan is a world leader in health and social work. She currently holds numerous professorships and directorships at the University of Hong Kong, including at the Si Yuan Chair Professorship in Health and Social Work. Her academic career has resulted in groundbreaking innovations such as a strength-oriented empowerment approach with traumatised individuals and the creative synergy of Chinese philosophies and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practices into holistic behavioral health intervention. Outside of her research, Cecilia is a prominent social entrepreneur and change maker in society. She served as Founding Director to various projects and programs including the Centre of Behavioural Health and the Jockey Club End-of-life Community Care (JCECC) project. She was also instrumental in the establishment of the Sau Po Centre of Aging, Centre of Buddhist Studies, HKJC Centre on Suicide Research and Prevention as well as other taught post-graduate programmes at the University of Hong Kong.
Partner, PwC Hong Kong
Gwen Faure is a partner in PwC Hong Kong’s Consulting practice. She specialises in delivering transformation programmes of international banks and financial institutions, ensuring they align with the local regulatory requirements in the Asia Pacific markets. She is the co-lead in PWC Hong Kong’s internal women network. Additionally, she has worked extensively with TWF, both as an advisory council member for the mentoring programme in 2018-2019 and through her involvement in the joint TWF/PwC study of Gender Diversity in the Hong Kong Financial Services Sector last year. Gwen is currently interested in the Workforce of the Future, particularly due to her background as an anthropologist.
Asia Head of Diversity, Morgan Stanley
Claire Goodchild is the Asia Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Morgan Stanley. She is involved in the design of the firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy, which has resulted in numerous recognitions, including the Gold Standard for LGBT Inclusion in published indices in Hong Kong and Japan as well as being named one of the 100 Best Companies for Women in India. Over the course of more than 15 years at Morgan Stanley, she has held other roles in talent development and has led a team to win a Silver Award for Excellence in Training and Development. Claire is heavily involved with TWF, having been co-chair of the Foundation’s Mentor Programme Steering Committee from 2016 to 2018 and acting as chair of the Human Resources Advisory Council (HRAC) of TWF since 2019.
Chief Operating Officer, Baker McKenzie
Brian Henderson is Chief Operating Officer for Baker McKenzie. He leads local diversity initiatives across nine offices in Asia, as a member of the Management Committee and has further supported the firm’s gender diversity action plan in championing the “BakerWomen” committee and establishing a “BakerMen” team. His passion about encouraging men to see gender equity as a priority, opportunity and responsibility extends beyond his activities in the firm. Brian is the Co-Chair of TWF’s Male Allies Initiative, and was recognized as the 2017 AmCham Champion for the Advancement of Women.
Founder and CEO, KG Group
Joanna Hotung is the Chairperson Emeritus at Youth Diabetes Action, Vice-Chairperson at Playright Children’s Play Association and a member of the Advisory Board at Gleneagles Hospital Hong Kong. She is founder of the KG Group, which has seen more than 60,000 students pass through its doors, and is devoting more of her time on other projects through the Hotung Mills Education Foundation since selling a majority stake in the KG Group. Earlier, she held Board positions at the Hong Kong Ballet and Bring Me A Book (Hong Kong). She has won several awards including SCMP Women of our Time, AmCham Women of Influence Entrepreneur Award, Marie Claire Inspiring Woman Award, Jessica Most Successful Women Award, and Gafencu Philanthropy Award.
Susan Hutchison, Board Chair
Managing Director, Head of Human Resources, Asia Pacific Region, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR)
Susan Hutchison is responsible for all HR related matters for KKR Asia Pacific. Prior to joining KKR, she worked at Goldman Sachs, where she was Executive Director in Human Capital Management. Prior to Goldman Sachs, she was a Director of Talent Management (Europe and APAC) at The Corporate Executive Board (U.K.) Limited. She also previously managed the regional recruiting efforts for Yahoo! Europe, one of the world’s most innovative online companies. Susan holds an MBA from Queensland University of Technology, Australia (1998 Medallion recipient as top graduating student). She has been actively involved with The Women's Foundation, firstly as a mentor, then Co-Chair of the Mentoring Programme from 2011–13 and most recently Co-Chair of the Mentoring Programme Alumni Network.
Founder and CEO of human-at.work
Lale Kesebi is Founder and CEO of human-at.work. She is a sought-after strategist, innovator, and transformation coach. Her work focuses on how to create high performance cultures and how to make transformation stick for companies. Lale began her career in Canada as a litigation lawyer and has lived in Asia for 20 years. Prior to her current venture, she worked in both profit and not-for profit sectors in leadership roles culminating in nearly 15 years at Li & Fung, the last 8 of which she was a member of the executive team leading transformation, building out innovation and designing the social impact of the company through purpose across teams in 40 countries. She regularly speaks on leadership, innovation, and strategy that influences transformation and in 2018 she gave a TED talk on "Why it's time to bring yourself to work". Lale is also a Trustee of the Asian University for Women and Advisor to several Asian start-ups disrupting incumbents.
General Manager, HKC Technology
Candy Liu is General Manager at HKC Technology. She leads their R&D, sales and marketing teams in Hong Kong, China and Singapore. She has over 17 years’ experience in the IT industry including senior positions in multi-national technology enterprises such as HP, EMC and SevOne. Candy is involved in many NGOs and is currently the President of the Rotary Club of Smart Hong Kong, Chairperson of the IT Advisory Team at the Hong Kong Council of Social Service and of Smart Living at the Hong Kong Innovative Technology Development Association, Vice-Chairperson of HKCS Face Club, and Director of Hong Kong Computer Society Foundation as well on the Board of Directors for The Women’s Foundation.
Finance Director, Swire Pacific Limited
Michelle Low is Finance Director of Swire Pacific Limited. She is responsible for all the financial interests of the Swire Group. She is also a non-Executive Director of Cathay Pacific Airways and Swire Properties. Earlier, Michelle was Finance Director of Swire Properties Limited, Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited, The China Navigation Company Limited and Swire Pacific – Trading & Industrial Division.
Head of Asia Pacific Equities Distribution, Goldman Sachs
Tom Morrow is head of Asia Pacific Equities Distribution and head of the sovereign wealth fund business within the Securities Division in Asia Pacific. He is a current member of the Securities Division Asia Pacific Operating Committee, Securities Division Client and Business Standards Committee and Asia Pacific Client and Business Standards Committee, and a former member of the Partnership Committee. Tom joined Goldman Sachs in 1992 in New York Equities and was named managing director in 2002 and partner in 2006. Tom is a member of The Global Fund for Children’s Hong Kong Leadership Council.
Senior Partner, Head of Asia, Brunswick Group
Tim Payne has been with Brunswick for 20 years - based in London, then New York, before moving to Hong Kong in 2004 where he leads the firm’s business in Asia. Tim’s work bridges corporate and financial communications, crisis communications and issues management, with expertise in M&A, IPO and reputation communications. Before joining Brunswick, Tim was a political campaign director for the UK's Liberal Democrat party, running many of their parliamentary campaigns, including securing a by-election win with the largest majority in British parliamentary history.
Christine Tsang, Treasurer
Head of Operational Risk, Asia, National Australia Bank (NAB)
Christine Tsang is Head of Operational Risk, Asia at National Australia Bank (NAB). She is responsible for oversight and advising business partners to ensure appropriate controls are in place to mitigate risks, fitting in with her passion with the idea of “doing the right thing”. This passion has guided her entire career; previously she worked for Standard Bank Asia as the Asia Head of Operational Risk and as an auditor and risk manager with PwC, in Melbourne and Hong Kong respectively. Her passion in “doing the right thing” has also informed her interest in social, diversity and environment causes. Christine is founding Chair/Vice Chair of “Connecting Women Hong Kong/Asia” at NAB, Honorary Treasurer of Street Workout Hong Kong. Earlier, she had been Chair of CA ANZ and continues to volunteer as committee member and board director. She is Chartered Accountant of Australia and New Zealand.
Co-Founder and Director, On Air Collective
Samantha Wong is the Co-Founder and Director of the On Air Collective and Little Bao, Founder of On Air Event Space Management and a publisher at the WOM Guide. In these roles, she has succeeded in developing the outreach of Little Bao and the WOM guide, and of the clients of the On Air Collective. Highlights include an increase in readership by 100% after a rebrand practice and the launch of a new website for the WOM Guide and an increase in media outreach by 50% as Vans’ Asia Pacific Community Strategy Partner. Samantha has extensive experience in public relations in the Asia Pacific region. She was previously a PR Executive at various companies including Concept Link International Marketing, Bally and Dmop.
Chief Executive Officer, Stratford Finance Limited
Angelina Kwan is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Stratford Finance Limited, a consulting company focused on dealing with regulatory issues in the financial services and digital assets sectors. She advises brokerages, fund managers and technology providers. Most recently, Angelina was the Chief Operating Officer of the Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange (BitMEX) and had responsibility over BitMEX’s operations around the world. She has a strong background in financial regulation and operations as she established and ran the Regulatory Compliance Department and the HKEX Foundation Limited at Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited and previously worked at the Securities and Futures Commission as a Director of Enforcement and Supervision of Markets.
She is currently a Hong Kong Government appointed Member of the Council for Sustainable Development, the Administrative Appeals Board, and the Lord Wilson Heritage Trust, a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of the Securities Industry Development Corporation of Malaysia, an Honorary Fellow and Director of the Hong Kong Securities Institute. Angelina is a Certified Public Accountant and a fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accounts and the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand.
Alicia Kershaw (TWF Co-Founder)
President, The Fund for Women in Asia
Cynthia Chung (Hon. Legal Advisor)
Cynthia D'Anjou Brown (TWF Founding Member)
Philanthropy Advisor, HSBC Family Office Services Limited
Dr. Eleanor Holroyd
Professor of Nursing, Head of the Division of Nursing and Midwifery, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Director, Whitespace (Branding & Interactive Agency)
Dr. Alexandra von Ilsemann
Professor for History and Political Science, International Affairs, Temple University, Tokyo, Japan
Former Under-Secretary for the Environment, HKSAR
Former Non-Official Member, Executive Council
Noriko Honda Chen (TWF Founding Member; TWF Board Vice-Chair until July 2012)
Senior Vice President and Research Director, Capital Worldwide Investors
Dr. Staci Ford (TWF Founding Member)
Honorary Lecturer, Department of History, Hong Kong University
Rosalyn Hongsaranagon (TWF Honorary Treasurer until December 2011)
Vice President, Capital World Investors
Chair, TWF Human Resources Advisory Council
Head of Merchant Banking Division (APAC), Goldman Sachs
Estella Huang Lung (TWF Founding Member; TWF Board Chair until March 2011)
CEO, Children’s Medical Foundation
Shalini Mahtani (TWF Founding Member)
Founder & Board of Director, Community Business
Head of D&I APAC, Bloomberg LP
Emma Sherrard Matthew
CEO Asia - Pacific, Quintessentially Group
Kay McArdle (TWF Board Chair March 2011 to end 2014)
Founder & Director, Equal Justice
Founder, RNeufeld Consulting
Former Director, Asset Management, Credit Suisse
Elisabeth Scott (TWF Founding Member)
Managing Director, Schroder Investment Management (HK) Ltd
Pamela Smith (TWF Co-Founder)
Partner, No Harm Done Design, L.L.C.
Jean Sung (TWF Board Co-Chair January 2015 to February 2016)
Head of the Philanthropy Centre, J.P. Morgan Private Bank, Asia Pacific
Elizabeth Thomson (TWF Founding Member)
Chairwoman and Founder, ICS Trust (Asia) Limited
Director, Global Relationship Management, Citigroup Global Markets Asia
Dr. Mike Yao
Associate Professor, College of Meida, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Senior Partner, Financial Services, Asia Pacific EY