Developing Global Mindsets for Hong Kong’s Future


Asia Society Global Education Series

Panel Discussion
Drinks reception 6:30pm
Panel discussion 7:00pm
Close 8:00pm


As a knowledge-based services economy, Hong Kong must rely on its pool of talent to remain competitive. To secure the SAR’s future will require youth who are outward-looking, innovative and open to new ideas, technologies and cultures. The question is whether Hong Kong’s education system is producing young people armed with the skills and the outlook necessary for success in this fast-moving, rapidly changing hyperconnected world. To mark AFS International Exchanges’ 35th anniversary in Hong Kong and to kick off the Asia Society Global Education Series, a distinguished panel of educators and supporters of education will discuss the key challenges to ensuring talented young people with global mindsets remain committed to Hong Kong and make sustainable contributions to the community. They will explore how Hong Kong can better educate its students and cultivate international perspectives and empathy for others to strengthen its global competitiveness. 


Kuby Chan’s 16-year principalship in Jockey Club Ti-I College and Munsang College, both well-established, has sharpened her insights into critical educational issues and honed her inter-personal skills from an administrative level. Her qualifications in an inter-disciplinary vein, across Geography (BA & PGDE, HKU, HK), Sociology & Anthropology (BA, U of Simon Fraser, Canada), and Education Management (MEd, U of Bristol, UK) have equipped her with top-notch professionalism of a diverse nature. The expertise thus nurtured in the career and academic paths has culminated in her capacity as an External Reviewer for secondary schools, Quality Assurance Section, EDB, since 2006 and also a member of the Assessment Panel on Curriculum Leadership, Chief Executive Award for Teaching Excellence (2015/16).


Ming Wai Lau is the Chairman of Commission on Youth. He is also the Vice Chairman of the Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre, an independent policy think tank, Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Ocean Park Corporation, Council Member of City University of Hong Kong, a non-official member of Commission on Poverty, a non-official member of Commission on Strategic Development, and a member of Financial Infrastructure Sub-Committee of the Exchange Fund Advisory Committee. Mr. Lau holds LLB, LLM, and PhD degrees from King’s College London and the London School of Economics, University of London. He is also a registered attorney in the State of New York and a CFA Charterholder.


Eric X. Li is founder and managing partner of Chengwei Capital and founder of He serves on the Board of Directors of China Europe International Business School (CEIBS). He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Fudan University’s China Institute and the Vice Chairman of the Council of World Leading Schools Association (WLSA). Dr. Li is a member of the IISS Council (International Institute for Strategic Studies), which organizes the annual Shangri-La Dialogue. Dr. Li is also a trustee of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive at the University of California, Berkeley, and a trustee of the San Francisco Symphony and serves on the international board of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra . Dr. Li received his B.A. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, MBA from Stanford Business School and Ph.D in political science from Fudan University. Dr. Li is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Financial Times, and South China Morning Post. 


Daniel Obst has been the President, Chief Executive Officer and member of the AFS Board since November 2016. In this capacity, Mr. Obst oversees and directs the future strategy of AFS, a global network of 59 member organizations with programs in 99 countries. Formerly, he served as the Deputy Vice President for International Partnerships at the Institute of International Education (IIE). Since 2001, Mr. Obst provided strategic leadership for several groundbreaking IIE initiatives, research projects and sponsorships. Seven years ago Obst led the launch of Generation Study Abroad, which mobilized 700 international partner organizations to help double the number of U.S. Americans who study abroad. Under his leadership, partners pledged more than $185 million to support study abroad. In addition, this initiative has also increased interest as well as study aboard opportunities for students from low-income communities. Mr. Obst graduated from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and London School of Economics. He currently serves on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO and is the treasurer of the Board of Directors of the German University Alliance. Daniel participated in the prestigious European Union Visitors Program.


Alejandro Reyes has been a visiting associate professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong since 2007. He teaches courses in international relations and global studies. He is senior adviser to the US-Asia Institute in Washington, DC. After working as a journalist in Asia with the Time Inc. group for 13 years, he became an independent global affairs consultant based in Hong Kong, working mainly with foundations and international organizations, including the G20, the Clinton Global Initiative and the World Economic Forum. In 2002, he served in Ottawa as a senior policy adviser to the Canadian foreign minister. Born in Manila, he was educated in the Philippines, the US and UK (Moderator).



Event Details

Wed 29 Mar 2017
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Asia Society Hong Kong Center 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty
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$200 Asia Society members; $350 Non-members
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