Israel-Hong Kong: Women-to-Women Bridge


Half-Day Forum


Registration 8:30am
Program 9:00am (Lunch Included)
Close 1:30pm

Throughout the 70 years since the establishment of the State of Israel, the people of Israel have transformed an agricultural kibbutz society into a start-up nation, and women play a significant part in its development and growth. From the first Israeli female Prime Minister Golda Meir to the female Nobel Prize scientist and female pilots in the Israeli Air Force, to name a few, women occupy prominent roles in Israel’s government, politics, legal, tech and business sector, social and cultural life. Nowadays, Hong Kong has its first female Chief Executive, first female Stock Exchange Chairman, first female judges to join the city’s Court of Final Appeal and first female to lead a global United Nations Organization – the World Health Organization –, with countless other outstanding women serving as principle government officials, legal and medical practitioners, in top management of banks and financial institutions, and as entrepreneurs and civic leaders. The forum serves as a platform to connect generations of women and men from Israel and Hong Kong to celebrate, and be inspired and empowered by women, and to further enhance the economic, educational and cultural ties between Israel and Hong Kong.

09:00-09:15 Welcome Remarks

  • S. Alice Mong, Executive Director, Asia Society Hong Kong Center
  • Ahuva Spieler, Israel Consul General

09:15-09:30 Keynote Address

  • Carrie Lam, Chief Executive, Hong Kong S.A.R.

09:30-10:35 Panel I | Reaching Higher: Women Leadership in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Technology

  • Esther Barak Landes, Founder, Nielsen Innovate Fund & Incubator & President, ProWomen
  • Yali Harari, Chief Executive Officer, Innovesta Technologies
  • Catherine Leung, Co-Founder & General Partner, MizMaa Ventures
  • Esther Wong, Managing Director, SenseTime & Founding Partner, SenseTime AI Fund
  • Angie Lau, Editor-in-Chief, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, FORKAST.NEWS (Moderator)

10:35-10:50 Coffee Break

10:50-11:55 Panel II | Diving into the Brain: Scientific Breakthroughs and Research

  • Deborah Kan, Founder & Executive Editor, Being Patient
  • Mouna Maroun, Former Head, Department of Neurobiology, University of Haifa
  • Michal Schwartz, Professorial Chair in Neuroimmunology, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Jean Woo, Director, CUHK Jockey Club Institute of Ageing
  • Jodi Schneider, Senior International Editor, Bloomberg (Moderator)

11:55-12:45 Lunch

12:45-13:30 Panel III | Women Bridge Builders in Global Finance

  • Nadine Baudot-Trajtenberg, Former Deputy Governor, Bank of Israel
  • Julia Leung, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Securities & Futures Commission of Hong Kong
  • Ferheen Mahomed, Group General Counsel, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited
  • Alice Au, Lead, Global Financial Services Practice, Spencer Stuart (Moderator)


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Supported by AHAVA and El Al Israel Airlines

Luncheon in collaboration with AMMO and FRANCIS

Event Details

Fri 31 May 2019
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty

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$600 Asia Society members; $800 Non-members
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