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Peter Everingham

Peter Everingham
Chief Executive Officer, SEEK Asia

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Matthew Cheung Kin-chung

Matthew Cheung Kin-chung GBS, JP
Secretary for Labour and Welfare Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government


Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung joined the Hong Kong Government in July 1972 after graduating from The University of Hong Kong.

He began his civil service career as an Information Officer with the Government Information Services (GIS). Whilst in GIS, he served for a period in the Hong Kong Government Office in London and was appointed Overseas Liaison Editor in 1978.

Mr Cheung transferred to the Administrative Service in September 1979 and had since held a wide spectrum of positions in policy-making and strategic management. Amongst his earlier postings were Assistant Private Secretary to the Governor of Hong Kong; District Officer (North); Administrative Assistant to the Financial Secretary, and Assistant Director-General of Trade.

As a senior directorate officer, Mr Cheung served as Deputy Judiciary Administrator; Deputy Head, Central Policy Unit; Deputy Secretary for Education and Manpower; Commissioner for Labour; Director of Education; and Permanent Secretary for Economic Development and Labour.

Mr Cheung has assumed the position of Secretary for Labour and Welfare since July 2007. His portfolio covers labour, manpower, occupational safety and health, social welfare (covering social security and social welfare services across the full spectrum), poverty alleviation and women matters.

Christine Cheung

Christine Cheung
Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Asia Pacific, AECOM


Christine Cheung is Senior Vice President of Human Resources at AECOM in Asia Pacific.

Since joining AECOM in 2003, Christine has played a key role in the growth of AECOM in building solid support services strategies and operating platforms. In the last decade, she spearheaded a number of transformational initiatives in the Asia business including enterprise-wide ERP implementation, re-engineered technology platforms for sustainable business growth, stood up the AECOM Communications organization in Asia and led a global rebranding effort, as well as played a major role in the integration of mergers and acquisitions.


In her capacity as Head of Human Resources in Asia Pacific, Christine is driving a number of organizational design and development initiatives, the launch of a new performance management framework, strategies in leadership succession and talent development, as well as building a robust talent pipeline.


Prior to AECOM, Christine worked at the Disney Consumer Product and DreamWorks SKG as a finance professional. Her diverse background is bringing new perspectives to solving complex business issues in this day and age.

Bianca Wong

Bianca Wong
Human Resources and Corporate Communications Director, Jebsen Group


Bianca Wong has been in the human resources field for more than 13 years. As Group HR and Corporate Communications Director, she is responsible for the overall strategy and programmes related to human resources across all Business Units within Jebsen. She supports the Group’s growth strategy in Greater China with the full spectrum of HR initiatives on effective recruitment, ensuring the leadership pipeline, engaging employees to achieve excellence as well as preparing them for career development. She also leads and oversees the Group’s Corporate Communications strategy, including but not limited to Group’s public relations efforts, branding, crisis management and corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes across the Greater China region, to promote and cultivate a credible Jebsen brand and uphold its reputation.

Prior to joining Jebsen, she worked for FedEx as Managing Director, Human Resource Services for North Asia, responsible for all HR functions for the region, as well as overseeing the HR process and system design for the Asia Pacific division. She was based in Tokyo, Japan prior to returning to Hong Kong in 2009.

She holds a Master of Science degree from University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from University of Pennsylvania in the US.

Outside of work, she is member of a singing group, Brio, and enjoys watching a variety of movies.

Connie Lam

Connie Lam
Human Resources Director, CLP Power Hong Kong Limited


Connie is the Human Resources Director of CLP Power Hong Kong Limited that operates a vertically integrated electricity supply business in Hong Kong, and provides a highly reliable supply of electricity and excellent customer service to 2.4 Million customer, i.e. about 80% Hong Kong population.

She is responsible for promoting and implementing CLP’s Value Framework, developing and delivering human resources strategies & infrastructure and building a competent, committed, professional & high performance workforce and a strong employer’s brand that attracts top quality talents to grow with the Company.

Connie has over 27 years of HR experience and held a number of leadership roles in the areas of organization & talent development, strategic manpower planning, cultural change management, remuneration & benefits, employee relations, governance & risk management.

Connie holds a MBA & BS degree in Government & Public Administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is a Fellow of Hong Kong Institute of Human Resources Management and serves as a member on the Committee of Management & Supervisory Training of VTC and Personnel Management Committee of HK Management Association.

Deborah Kelly

Deborah Kelly
Global Director of Talent, Shangri-La International Hotel Management Limited


Deborah Kelly is the Global Director of Talent Acquisition for Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts. Deborah joined Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts in 2010, overseeing talent acquisition and strategy to support the luxury hotel group’s 90 properties and ongoing global expansion.  Prior to joining, Deborah has had extensive experience in Human Resources at large integrated resorts and has worked in Australia, London, Singapore and Macau before joining the group. Deborah has been in the Asia Pacific region since 2003.

Lena Tsang

Lena Tsang
CEO, Sir Hudson International (managing restaurants include caffe Habitu, Suzuki Café Company and the Coffee Academïcs)


Lena has travelled the world to learn and explore coffee since 1998. She never thought about turning her passion for coffee into a lifetime career, until she was invited to join Sir Hudson International Limited in 2008. Lena’s career in the coffee industry has led her to be a Senior Judge for the Grand Barista Competition in Hong Kong, Judge for the World Barista Competition, Advisory Committee Member of the Restaurant and Bar Hong Kong in 2011 and the Chairman of the Asia International Coffee Conference in 2002.

Lena’s background working in the finance industry and brand marketing has allowed her to bring success in upgrading Sir Hudson International Limited’s expertise in the coffee industry, whether it is as a leading coffee company to its professional coffee training programs. Through Lena’s leadership, the Group has won numerous prestigious industry awards including the Marketing Excellence (Distinguished Marketing Leadership Award) 2009 and the Hong Kong Prestige Brand Award.

Susie Quirk

Susie Quirk
People and Change Advisory Lead, Hong Kong & China, Management Consulting, KPMG Advisory (China) Limited


As a member of KPMG’s Global People and Change team, Susie leads the People and Change Advisory Service for KPMG China and Hong Kong. Susie is an experienced senior executive with 20 years corporate HR experience leading teams in change and operational roles across Multi Nationals, Financial Services, Insurance and Global Banks. The last 10 years Susie has worked in consulting advising clients on people management strategies to support cultural change, business transformation and workforce effectiveness.

Susie’s fields of expertise are behavioral and cultural transformation across organizations, workforce design, performance management and optimizing the HR function for business performance.

  • Susie has led the Global Learning function for a large Australian Group Bank that included 4 banks across Europe and Asia Pacific.
  • Susie was the Head of Organisational Change for two organisations: a large pension fund and an ASPAC utilities company
  • Currently, Susie is leading large cultural transformations across Hong Kong companies
  • In China, Susie focuses on leading engagements focussed on Talent development, HR optimisation and Organisational redesign for performance
Vivien Hau

Vivien Hau
Head of Talent Management, AXA China Region Insurance Company Limited, AXA General Insurance Hong Kong Limited


Vivien brings with her over 10 years of international talent management experiences. She has led talent and organizational development initiatives for numerous highly profitable Fortune 500 MNCs. In Vivien’s current role, her mission is to build an integrated culture, talent and learning & development strategies to support AXA’s long-term strategic vision. Prior to joining AXA, Vivien was Global Talent Management Director in Global Payments and Regional Leader, Succession Planning and Performance Management, Asia-Pacific in Johnson Controls. Before jumping into the corporate world, Vivien had progressive career track records in Watson Wyatt (now Towers Watson) and PDI (now Korn Ferry). She has an M.Phil. degree in I/O Psychology and a Bachelor degree in Social Sciences (Psychology & HR Management). Vivien is also a trilingual, registered Industrial-Organizational Psychologist and executive coach. She enjoys helping people to build better experience at work.

Wan Ezrin Sazli Wan Zahari

Wan Ezrin Sazli Wan Zahari
Group Head of Leadership & Talent Development, AirAsia


Wan Ezrin Sazli Wan Zahari is the Group Head of Leadership & Talent Development for AirAsia. In this role, he is responsible for providing powerful, effective and valuable solutions across the AirAsia infrastructure.

He has previously held several roles in AirAsia, including Group Head of People Strategy, Performance Management & Talent Management. He has been responsible for acquiring top talent, establishing standard principles and policies, and developing simple, efficient-yet-effective processes for the AirAsia Group.

Zahari graduated from the University of London with a degree in civil engineering, after which he worked in various Malaysian and international companies, such as Petronas, DiGi Telecommunications and Weatherford.

In his personal life, he enjoys spirituality, traveling, arts and writing books. He periodically travels to rural areas and gives motivational talks to children to stimulate them in their pursuit of success.

Conference Moderator

Paul C. Arkwright

Paul C. Arkwright
Publisher & Editor-in-Chief
Excel Media Group Limited


Paul is originally from the UK and in his 20 years in Hong Kong he has founded and grown three companies and one not-for-profit in Hong Kong:

  • Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Excel Media Group Limited
  • Director, Excel Education Limited
  • Director, Excel Language Consultancy
  • Media & Government Spokesperson, Hong Kong Federation of Private Educators

Paul has over 25 years of published writing experience in a broad range of topics, including trade and industry, current affairs, human resources, healthcare, biological, environmental, technical and yachting publications.

As Publisher and Editor-in-Chief for HR Magazine, Paul runs regular HR conferences and has chaired panel discussions on HR around the world. He has interviewed hundreds of HR leaders and senior government officials in Hong Kong since 1994, including Chris Pattern, Donald Tsang Yam- kuen and Stephen Covey. He also researches, writes and publishes third-party publications including China talent guides, IVE Newsletter, Housing Authority Site Safety publications and numerous Jobseekers publications.

Most importantly, Paul has three beautiful kids in Hong Kong, one at ESF and two at a local Chinese school.