What are your fondest memories of Birmingham?
I was General Secretary for the Chinese Students’ Society. I had the opportunity to be part of the team to run the Society and also organize a lot of events, like variety shows, parties at disco and the Guild in the University, dinner parties, etc. These gave me a lot of valuable experience working with different people and benefited my career. That’s part of the reason why I landed a job in a satellite television network as my employer appreciated my experience in stage work, audio, lighting, DJ, etc.
Why did you choose your degree?
It offered me flexibility for my future career and I also felt I would be much better equipped than my peers when looking for a job. In fact, it has had a great impact on my career, which helped me to move from technical to administration and finance to business development, sales and marketing over the years.
Describe your current role and organisation.
I spent over 25 years in media industry, from TV and movie to news and media hi-tech companies. Then I moved onto social sector as Business Consultant at The Hong Kong Council of Social Service. Now I am semi-retired and working as Project Director at the Center of Entrepreneurship at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Visiting Lecturer at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. My roles in both universities are to help young people and their startup business. Besides running different programs related to startup, I do training workshop and offer consultancy and mentorship to both public and private sectors.
Why are you involved with BUAAHK?
I was invited to join BUAAHK back in 2014, and, with the support of the University's Alumni Office, I kick-started a BU Alumni mentorship programme in Hong Kong the same year. The reason why I started it because I thought we could offer more than just social events to other Alumni and BU students, no matter where they come from, who would like to work in Hong Kong or anywhere. They could benefit the experience and vast network from Alumni in Hong Kong. My goal was to launch it globally later. I was so pleased that BU Alumni Office later took over the programme in Hong Kong and really launched it around the world.