Our People

Patrons
<p>Mrs. Anne Marden, BBS, MBE, JP<br
/>Honorary Patron</p>

Mrs. Anne Marden, BBS, MBE, JP
Honorary Patron

Mrs Marden received her education in England. She came to Hong Kong in 1947 and has been a committed philanthropist for the past 60 years. She focuses on creating opportunities for children from socially disadvantaged background.  She was the Director of the Hong Kong Red Cross (1960 - 1965). She has been a Justice of the Peace since 1973, received the Caltex Community Service Award in 1990, and was awarded an MBE in 1991. She is the Honorary President of the Playright Play Association, and Patron of the Federation of Handicapped Youth, of AIDS Concern, of the Comfort Care Concern Group and Springboard. She is also Director of the Rehabaid and Committee Member of TREATS.

Ambassador
<p>Mr. Vivek Mahbubani</p>

Mr. Vivek Mahbubani

Vivek Mahbubani is a bilingual Hong Kong-bred stand-up comedian who performs in both Cantonese and English. He was crowned 2007 Chinese and 2008 English Funniest Comedian in Hong Kong and was the host of the TV series “Hong Kong Stories” by RTHK. He appeared in a cameo role for the movie “All’s well, ends well 2009” and is a headliner at TakeOut Comedy Club Hong Kong. Aside from comedy, Vivek is the drummer for the local heavy metal band Eve of Sin and a self-employed web designer & developer.

Board of Directors
<p>Mr. Andrew Jones <br
/>Emeritus Chairman<br
/>Founding Board Member Since 1991</p>

Mr. Andrew Jones
Emeritus Chairman
Founding Board Member Since 1991

Andrew is Founder and Guardian of Sanctuary Resorts, a Social Enterprise creating Responsible and Sustainable Tourism experiences where people can balance their Body, Mind and Spirit, in an environmentally friendly space.  He has over 40 years of corporate and senior management experience in prestigious hotels, resorts, and management companies around the globe.  Andrew was KELY’s first Hon. Treasurer, later becoming Chairman.

<p>Mrs. Fern Ngai<br
/> Chair, Board Member Since 2007</p>

Mrs. Fern Ngai
Chair, Board Member Since 2007

Fern has served at the Board of KELY since 2007 and served as the Chair of the Board of KELY from March 2012 to March 2015.

Fern Ngai is a seasoned leader and changemaker with solid experience in both the non-profit and private sectors in Asia.  Over her career, Fern has successfully led major change initiatives, and is sought after for her expertise and experience in responsible and strategic leadership, diversity and inclusion, talent development and cultural change.  

Fern is the former Chief Executive Officer of Community Business, a Hong Kong based not-for-profit organisation dedicated to advancing responsible and inclusive business practices in Asia. Over 7.5 years as Community Business’ CEO, Fern oversaw the expansion of its products and services, establishment of its Indian subsidiary, and development of the ground-breaking LGBT+ Inclusion Index and annual Awards.    In 2019, Fern was recognised by the Hong Kong LGBT+ Attorneys Network (HKGALA) with an award for ‘Excellence in Diversity, Inclusion & Equality’. 

Originally from Canada, Fern has over 40 years of broad experience in financial services, technology, change management, and in workplace diversity and community programmes. She held executive roles in the human resources, technology and operations, governance, strategy, and corporate affairs functions at Standard Chartered Bank and was the bank’s first diversity and inclusion champion for Hong Kong.  Fern volunteers as chair of the board of KELY Support Group, a Hong Kong charity dedicated to supporting young people, and is an advisor to several NGO’s which work on causes related to diversity and inclusion.

<p>Ms. Karen Liu<br
/>Vice Chair, <br
/>Board Member Since 2017</p>

Ms. Karen Liu
Vice Chair,
Board Member Since 2017

Karen is currently the director of a small private family office in Hong Kong.

She brings a combination of business and social sector experience. She previously led strategy and investments at various multinational and Chinese companies, including GE Energy, Pratt & Whitney, Aupu Group, Singyes Solar and CSMC Technologies. She was a founding board member and former managing director of the Social Venture Group, a Shanghai-based philanthropy advisory. She was also previously the executive director of Asian Charity Services, a Hong Kong-based nonprofit organisation that provides training and consulting for charities.

Karen holds a BS degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA degree from the Yale School of Management.  

<p>Ms. Pilar Morais<br
/> Chair of Fundraising & Events Committee<br
/>Board Member Since 2018</p>

Ms. Pilar Morais
Chair of Fundraising & Events Committee
Board Member Since 2018

Pilar Morais joined family-run CHI Residences, one of Hong Kong’s leading boutique serviced apartment brands in 2007, and has since succeeded to the helm with the retirement of her father, Philip Morais.

Since joining the company, Pilar has played a key role in the brand’s growth as well as acquiring new developments and investments and created a bigger portfolio under CHI International. With a current portfolio of five boutique residences – bringing creative new concepts including a pet-friendly serviced apartment complex, more variety of layouts adapting to market demand, various family-friendly, baby safe, health and wellness and eco-friendly innovations, plus colourful collaborations with local artists.

Apart from serviced apartments, CHI International has also extended internationally, with award-winning Garden Island Resort in Fiji, and in Hong Kong opened neighbourhood cafe, Opendoor Cafe + Courtyard and event space PLATFORM.

Born in San Francisco, Pilar grew up in Hong Kong, and graduated in Business Administration from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

Before joining the family firm, she worked for a boutique finance company in Sydney, focusing on hospitality.

Contributing to sustainability and the local community, Pilar has led CHI International to participate in Earth Hour and Dress Pink Day, and support local charities Food Angel and KELY Support Group.

<p>Dr. Timothy Woo<br
/>Chair of Programme Committee<br
/>Board Member Since 2019</p>

Dr. Timothy Woo
Chair of Programme Committee
Board Member Since 2019

Timothy Woo is the Upper School Wellbeing Guidance Counselor at the Canadian International School of Hong Kong. Designed to address student mental health both at a level of intervention and prevention, Timothy works with students on a short or long term basis based on their needs and collaborates with other counselors and teachers to foster an environment where the students’ best interests are always the focus.  

Timothy has over 15 years of professional experience in working with young people. He has worked with organisations such as YMCA as a Youth Employment Officer, Grandview Children's Centre, an outpatient rehabilitation hospital for children with special needs as the adolescent Social Worker and therapist, World Vision Canada as a regional representative, ISF Academy as a Senior Counsellor, and with KELY Support Group as a Programme Coordinator. 

Timothy received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in social work from York University, and his doctoral degree from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. With a focus on family resilience and adolescent depression, Timothy is passionate about contributing to the field of adolescent mental health such that youth understand their inherent value and are able to see the potential impact that they have in the community and world around them. 

<p>Mr. Tony Bruno<br
/>Honorary Treasurer,<br
/>Board Member Since 2019</p>

Mr. Tony Bruno
Honorary Treasurer,
Board Member Since 2019

Tony is Executive Vice President at Teledirect, a company providing business support services to multi-national companies operating in South East Asia, China, Korea and Japan. He oversees the company operations in North Asia. Prior to joining Teledirect, Tony established Asian operations for a well-known North American business services company and previously led PCCW’s business process outsourcing subsidiary, PCCW Teleservices.

Tony is a co-founder of the Weez Project, which aims to work with established charities in promoting mental health wellbeing in young people in Hong Kong. The Weez Project has worked with KELY and with Mind Hong Kong, primarily in fundraising and promotional activities. 

Tony is a graduate of the University of Manchester, with a degree in Mathematics and Physics. He has lived in Hong Kong for 23 years. 

<p>Mr. Paul Tchen<br
/>Board Member Since 2000</p>

Mr. Paul Tchen
Board Member Since 2000

Paul is the Managing Director of SHK Management Limited.

He has over 25 years of corporate and senior hospitality management experience primarily with The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited (owners and operators of The Peninsula Hotels) and The Hong Kong Jockey Club.  He is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and was named in 1999 as a Distinguished Alumnus of the Collins College of Hospitality Management. He was also awarded the “Young Hotelier of the World Award” in 1996 by the International Hotel Association and Hotels Magazine and is an Officier of the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne.

Aside from KELY, Paul is the Honorary Chair of Shanghai K Charitable Foundation and Chairs Sir Horace Kadoorie Youth Development Foundation in Hong Kong and in the United States, and Support! International Foundation in Hong Kong.

<p>Dr. Michelle Ng <br
/>Board Member Since 2013</p>

Dr. Michelle Ng
Board Member Since 2013

Michelle studied Medicine and Psychology at The Royal Free and University College London Medical School, UK. After active involvement in medical education as both an undergraduate and junior doctor, Michelle decided to focus on educating the next generation, specialising in academic preparation for UK boarding school and university entry.

She is passionate about providing educational support and represented the junior doctor body for two years on the Foundation School Newsletter Editorial Panel for the Leicester, Northampton and Rutland NHS Deanery, UK. She was additionally a member of the Junior Doctors’ Rota Committee on the Medical Directorate at the Leicester Royal Infirmary Hospital which functioned to facilitate good training and provide a better service of care.

On moving to Hong Kong in 2009, Michelle became a freelance food writer for several publications and a medical tourism writer for Global Health and Travel Magazine. She is currently Director and Educational Consultant of Empire Education Ltd, a bespoke, British tutorial service in Hong Kong which she co-founded in 2014.

<p>Ms. Maria Sit <br
/>Board Member Since 2014</p>

Ms. Maria Sit
Board Member Since 2014

Maria is currently the Chief Client Experience & Digital Officer of financial services company Sun Life Hong Kong and is responsible for delivering Client for Life experience and empowering Sun Life advisors with a market-leading digital platform. Over the past 20 years, Maria has worked with financial services firms across Europe and Asia Pacific in marketing management and digital transformation. As a marketing and customer experience professional, Maria’s passion lies in bringing together talents from different disciplines, such as design and technology, to create human-centric digital solutions for large organisations, benefitting their customers, employees and shareholders with meaningful experiences.

Before joining Sun Life Hong Kong, Maria worked for 10 years as the Regional Managing Director of HeathWallace, a leading international digital design and marketing firm. She founded the user design business for Asia Pacific and helped various clients deliver their brand promise and pursue sustainable growth through digital engagement platforms. She began her career in marketing for the financial services industry including Chase Manhattan Bank, Citibank and HSBC in Hong Kong.

<p>Mr. David Simpson <br
/>Board Member Since 2018</p>

Mr. David Simpson
Board Member Since 2018

David first joined KELY Support Group in 1997 as an Outreach Worker and is now delighted and honoured to help out on The Board.  During his time at KELY, David helped start up the KELY Circus School (now KELY Juggling Circle) and was a recipient of the Outstanding Anti-Drug Worker Award, awarded by the Action Committee Against Narcotics.  

Currently, David is Co-Founder of Team Building Asia, providing experiential training and events to corporates in the Asia-Pacific Region.

<p>Mr. Gary Cheng<br
/>Board Member Since 2020</p>

Mr. Gary Cheng
Board Member Since 2020

As the lead of the partnership team, Gary spearheads Klook’s effort in forging strategic partnerships with destination marketing organizations (DMOs) including national and regional tourism organizations globally. On one hand, he works with DMOs very closely in developing the destinations, helping destinations get ready for the ever-changing needs of travelers. On the other hand, he helps DMOs market their destinations globally, leveraging Klook’s local marketing teams around the world. 

He started his career in marketing at the top consumer goods company Procter & Gamble where he helped build multi-billion-dollar brands in the region. Later he joined the Hong Kong Tourism Board where he built up the marketing partnership team. Prior to joining Klook, Gary worked at TripAdvisor overseeing partnerships with DMOs across North Asia, Southeast Asia, and Micronesia.

<p>Ms. Whitney Whisenhunt<br
/>Board Member Since 2020<br
/></p>

Ms. Whitney Whisenhunt
Board Member Since 2020

Whitney Whisenhunt is currently a consultant with Elevate Services where she provides corporate governance advisory services to help businesses with their corporate governance practices. Before joining Elevate Services, Whitney was with BNY Mellon where she served as the Head of Corporate Governance, APAC. In that role, she advised senior stakeholders, directors, and committee members on a wide range of legal, regulatory and governance issues and provided support to BNY Mellon’s legal entity Boards in the region. In 2017, Whitney was selected as a “Woman to Watch'' by The Women’s Foundation, 30% Club. She has also provided pro bono assistance to The Hong Kong Council of Social Service in connection with the preparation of suggested guidelines to be used by NGOs when preparing their corporate governance manuals. Whitney first joined KELY in 2019 as a volunteer with the Board’s Governance Committee.

Whitney holds a Juris Doctor in Law from Temple University School of Law. Prior to returning to the region in 2008, she was a commercial litigation with the US law firm Cozen O’Connor.

Our Team
<p>Ms. Sky Siu, Executive Director</p>

Ms. Sky Siu, Executive Director

Sky has been with KELY Support Group (KELY) since 2011, and was appointed as the organisation’s Executive Director in April 2015.

With her passion and deep understanding of youth issues, Sky’s aspiration for KELY lies in nurturing young people throughout important developmental stages, and creating sustainable impact in the drug and alcohol prevention and education for at-risk, marginalised young people in Hong Kong.

Before joining KELY, Sky has worked in adolescent health research and local and international community development projects, including those related to women’s empowerment in underprivileged South Asian nations. In 2005, Sky co-founded a support network in Hong Kong for over 50 ethnically Chinese third culture teens. Sky is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shaper Community, a network of young people selected for their talent, potential, and commitment to make differences in their communities.

<p>Ms. Cindy Ng, Programme Manager</p>

Ms. Cindy Ng, Programme Manager

Prior to joining KELY as a Youth Services Officer, Cindy worked as a research assistant looking at the psycho-social needs of cancer patients in Hong Kong. With her psychology background, Cindy has always wanted to engage with the youth population through her work. She realises that youth in Hong Kong are facing a lot of issues and sees the need of providing platforms for them. Being a member of KELY allows her to work directly with the youth to help them see the potential in themselves.

<p>Mr. Kelvin Chee, Office Manager</p>

Mr. Kelvin Chee, Office Manager

Kelvin is Office Manager and has been working at KELY since 2009. His job duties include Human Resources, Administrations and Accounting. After working at KELY, he has found that many youth in HK are lacking in confidence and Kelvin is happy to see that KELY has put much effort in providing a good platform for their development. Before joining KELY, Kelvin has also worked in the NGO, non-profit and commercial sector for over 10 years.

<p>Ms. Danielle Yeung – Programme Consultant (Drug & Alcohol Awareness)</p>

Ms. Danielle Yeung – Programme Consultant (Drug & Alcohol Awareness)

Danielle has professional expertise in Public Health and Nonprofit Management. She first joined KELY Support Group in 2012 as a Youth Services Officer. Ever since then, she has worked in different NGOs, focusing on programme development and implementation, stakeholder engagement, as well as programme monitoring and evaluation.  She is happy to be joining KELY again as a Programme Consultant to empower young people to reach their full potential.

<p>Ms. Cherie Mak, Programme Consultant (Mental Health & Wellbeing) (RSW)</p>

Ms. Cherie Mak, Programme Consultant (Mental Health & Wellbeing) (RSW)

Cherie is a registered social worker who is devoted to working with children and youth, especially students with special educational needs (SEN). She has served in both local and international schools with the support of NGOs for more than 5 years on counselling and group work before joining KELY. Cherie decided to step back from the frontline work because she would like to fill the service gaps and help more beneficiaries by initiating mass programmes on youth mental health and wellbeing. 

The life mission of Cherie is to bring happiness and hope to people around. Supporting teenagers to strive in their own ways and explore their potential with healthy wellbeing is such a rewarding thing to do. 

<p>Ms. Kinki Chung, Senior Development Officer</p>

Ms. Kinki Chung, Senior Development Officer

Kinki graduated with a Bachelor degree in Journalism and Communication. Before getting involved at KELY, she worked as an intern reporter in media industry. Facing various social issues every day, she found a staggering number of local youth today are encountering tremendous stress, and understands how easily this can lead them to fall through the gaps. She realizes that, if we are all willing to lend a hand, any young person can be become Master of the Future. 

Through working at KELY, she hopes to give more support and encouragement to these adolescents so that all of them can have a brighter future. 

<p>Ms. Nanki Luthra, Programme Coordinator</p>

Ms. Nanki Luthra, Programme Coordinator

Nanki graduated with a Master Degree in Public Health/Management from University of New South Wales and Bachelor Degree of Science from University of Western Sydney. Prior to joining KELY, she worked at an NGO catering towards refugees, asylum seekers and illegal migrants in Hong Kong. With a background in public health and mental health nursing, she has worked with the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of society in Hong Kong and Australia. Nanki understands that youth are the pillars of the future, and youth mental health and education are of upmost importance. Being an ethnic minority and having studied in school in Hong Kong, she is able to understand issues young people face daily. She hopes to use her skills to educate and support young people. Hence, to empower themselves make informed decisions. 

<p>Ms. Iris Wong, Programme Coordinator</p>

Ms. Iris Wong, Programme Coordinator

Iris graduated with a Master degree in Intercultural Studies from Chinese University of Hong Kong. Iris always has a heart in serving the community, especially for the young generation as she believes youth are not only the leaders of tomorrow but also the leaders of today. Youth can be the strength of our city and world if they are equipped well to bring positive influence in the society. Prior to working at KELY, Iris worked in an NGO and a school to promote positive development in children and youth through character-building. Recognising how challenging and tempting the world is to our youth in 21st century, Iris has dedicated herself to helping young people to develop their full potentials.  

<p>Ms. Tiffany Wong, Programme Coordinator</p>

Ms. Tiffany Wong, Programme Coordinator

Tiffany is an analytical professional focused on driving a positive impact concerning drug and alcohol misuse. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences from Simon Fraser University.

Prior to moving to Hong Kong, she has collaborated in a supervised injection site in Canada, where she provided hands-on services for populations suffering from mental illness and substance abuse. The experience working with vulnerable groups, along with a reflection of her privilege, developed her aspiration to combat the health inequalities that are continually happening in our society.

Before joining KELY, Tiffany has contributed to a non-profit organization that provides international medical and public health humanitarian assistance. Her work spearheaded community knowledge transfer programmes, and the development and delivery of stakeholder training.

Her goal at KELY is to guide the youths of today by initiating drug and alcohol awareness programmes through the themes of harm reduction, health promotion, and capacity building.

<p>Ms. Rachel Wong, Youth Services Officer</p>

Ms. Rachel Wong, Youth Services Officer

Rachel obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hong Kong Baptist University. She had been a committee member of the Psychology Society during her university life  which she gained experiences in organising activities. The topic of her thesis about discrimination towards ethnic minorities in Hong Kong led her gain a good understanding of what difficulties ethnic minorities are facing. She trusts that discrimination can be eliminated gradually through education and promotion in the community.

With enthusiasm, Rachel believes young people are the future of the society. It is crucial to equip young people with life skills essential to meet the challenges of everyday life.

<p>Ms. Jamie Vitto, Youth Services Officer</p>

Ms. Jamie Vitto, Youth Services Officer

Jamie graduated from the Education University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Living in Hong Kong gave her an exposure to the way of life in this city and it allowed her to grow despite being an ethnic minority. Being a youth in Hong Kong, she realised that young people in Hong Kong are under a huge amount of pressure and are in need of platforms to feel welcomed, encouraged and heard. Throughout her university life, she realised her passion for helping out people at a disadvantage, especially those having a similar background to her. She believes that youth in Hong Kong have so much potential that deserves to be seen and acknowledged. Through working with KELY, she hopes she will be able to not just work with youth, but also to learn and grow with them. 

<p>Mr. Marco Wan, Youth Services Officer</p>

Mr. Marco Wan, Youth Services Officer

Marco graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Social Sciences majoring in Psychology. He worked in Cambodia after graduation for an international development organisation focusing on youth issues. As a third culture kid, having lived half his life around Asia before returning to Hong Kong, he can more easily relate himself to young people from different backgrounds living in Hong Kong. Inspired by his mentors during his secondary school years, he hopes to walk with youth and positively influence their lives through his work at KELY.

<p>Mr. Louis Hardy, Youth Services Officer</p>

Mr. Louis Hardy, Youth Services Officer

Louis graduated from the University of Stirling in Scotland with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. In secondary school, he founded a student club for LGBT rights and inclusion and carried on his interest with his undergraduate dissertation on the effect of minority stress on the coping behaviours of LGBT adolescents. He also volunteered as a responder for a UK-based mental health texting service where he is trained to give unconditional support and understanding to those in need.

Understanding the importance of positive experiences for young people in their formative years, he endeavours to improve mental health literacy and encourage open dialogue for students to find the resources and support systems they deserve.

<p>Ms. Cynthia Lau, Youth Services Officer</p>

Ms. Cynthia Lau, Youth Services Officer

Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Hong Kong, majoring in Translation and Global Creative Industries. Prior to joining KELY, most of her internship and part time work experiences were related to marketing. Right before graduation, she realised youngsters have been facing tremendous pressures nowadays. In order to support more young people, she was determined to change her career path and work in the local mental health organisations and NGOs.

Cynthia believes what the young people need are basically an empathetic ear and the support from a non-judgement approach. Bringing positive influences to our teens and empowering them to reach their full potential are what she is dedicated to achieving at KELY.

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