From Investment Banking to Humanitarian Aid


12:15pm Registration
12:30pm Lunch
2:00pm Close

What compels an individual to leave behind a promising career in investment banking to work in conflict areas? Jason Yip, one of the first Hong Kongers at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to be hired as an on-the-ground delegate, has been dispatched to conflict zones around the world, including Palestine, Afghanistan, Jordan, Syria and Myanmar. With unwavering belief in the value of humanitarian work in a world of tension, he upholds the ICRC’s mission – protecting civilians during fighting, helping locate those separated from families and assisting in rebuilding a post-war infrastructure. Mr. Yip has been involved in numerous life-threatening scenarios: he engaged with the Taliban in Afghanistan for the release of kidnapped school children and their teachers, worked in emergency relief – such as the Sichuan earthquake in 2008 – and delivered letters from prisoners in the mountains of Myanmar to their families. In a dialogue moderated by Mr. Ronnie C. Chan, Mr. Yip will share his personal journey that led him to his current work in humanitarian aid.


Jason Yip is Regional Head of Market in the Government Affairs and Donor Relations Division of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), based in Kuala Lumpur. He has worked at ICRC headquarters in Geneva engaging with member states to drive dialogue and mobilize resources, and has been stationed in Palestine, Afghanistan and Myanmar as an ICRC Delegate. Mr. Yip was responsible for developing and implementing ICRC’s humanitarian initiatives in the field. Prior to ICRC, he was an an analyst at Goldman Sachs. In 2018, Mr. Yip was awarded a Medal of Honour by the Hong Kong S.A.R. Government and selected as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons by JCI HK. He holds a B.B.A. from The University of Hong Kong and M.A. in International Relations from Waseda University.


Ronnie C. Chan is Chairman of Hang Lung Group Ltd. and its subsidiary Hang Lung Properties Ltd., both publicly listed in Hong Kong. The Group expanded into Mainland China in 1992, developing, owning and managing world-class commercial complexes in key tier one and tier two cities. He founded and chairs the China Heritage Fund, is Co-Founding Director of The Forbidden City Cultural Heritage Conservation Foundation, Beijing, and is former Vice President and former Advisor of the China Development Research Foundation in Beijing. Mr. Chan is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Chairman Emeritus of Asia Society and Chairman of the Asia Society Hong Kong Center, and Founding Chairman of the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society. He serves or has served on the governing or advisory bodies of several think tanks and universities, including Peterson Institute for International Economics, World Economic Forum, East-West Center, Pacific Council on International Policy, Eisenhower Fellowships, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, University of Southern California, Indian School of Business, Yale University, Tsinghua University and Fudan University. (Moderator)


Regular Menu

Scallop and Prawn Salad with Tartare Sauce, Caviar and Baby Cress

Roasted Sping Chicken with Sweetcorn Purée, Baby Vegetables and Mustard Sauce

Tiramisu with Marsala and Kahlua


Vegetarian Menu

Beetroot Salad with Baby Mozzarella, Walnuts and Orange Essence (V)

Roasted Vegetable Napoleon Stick of Portobello Mushroom, Eggplant and Herb Oil (V)

Tiramisu with Marsala and Kahlua

Event Details

Fri 08 Mar 2019
12:15 - 2 p.m.

Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty

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$500 Asia Society Members/ Hong Kong Red Cross/ The Better Hong Kong Foundation/University of Southern California ; $650 Non-Members; 5,000 Table of 10
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