27 April 2018
Kwok Scholarships for Master of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford
We are pleased to announce that Kwok Scholarships 2018 for Master of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford have been awarded to Cheryl Lo Man-wai and Dennis Ngan Yu-pang. Both Cheryl and Dennis are going to study for the one-year Master of Public Policy programme beginning in September 2018. Their academics as well as their records of public service are exceptional. They are strongly committed to providing public service and giving back to the Hong Kong society. Congratulations to Cheryl and Dennis, and a warm welcome to the Kwok Scholars family!
Cheryl LO Man-wai
Graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication, Cheryl currently works on wildlife conservation. She leads a campaign that aims to ban the ivory trade through policy change locally and internationally. The campaign has successfully mobilized Hongkongers from different walks of life to support the same cause. Her advocacy and lobbying work have led to ivory bans in Hong Kong and China which are reputed internationally as the game changer in reversing the decline in elephant populations. Cheryl has participated in conservation ground work with world renowned scientist Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton in Kenya. She co-authored the report 'The Hard Truth: How Hong Kong's Ivory Trade is Fuelling Africa's Elephant Poaching Crisis‘. Cheryl looks forward to sharpening her analytical skills and channeling her experience at Oxford to strengthen public policies for wildlife conservation and environmental protection.
Dennis NG Yu-pang
Dennis is currently working at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, he is responsible for communication and engagement with local and international NGOs. He has been actively involved in formulating various sports, arts and cultural projects in Hong Kong. Previously Dennis worked at the Administrative Service of the Hong Kong Government. He was appointed to various departments including the Constitutional & Mainland Affairs Bureau and Commerce & Economic Development Bureau. Dennis was heavily involved in policy formulation in relation to electoral reform, consumer protection, as well as district administration. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Dennis looks forward to utilize his knowledge and experience gained at Oxford to strengthen the ties and collaboration in philanthropic activities between Hong Kong, the Greater China Region, and the rest of the world, in order to generate and maximize social impacts.
7 February 2018
Kwok Hospitality Awards for Hospitality Study at Cornell University
We are pleased to announce that the Kwok Hospitality Award 2018 for hospitality study at Cornell University have been awarded to Gerald Chen Cheuk-chun and Scarlet Wong Yat-lam. Both Gerald and Scarlet are current students at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (“PolyU”), majoring in Hotel Management. They are going to visit the School of Hotel Administration (“SHA”) of Cornell University (“Cornell”) for one semester during the academic year 2018/19. Their academics are exceptional and they are strongly committed to hospitality and tourism industry in Hong Kong. Congratulations to Gerald and Scarlet, and a warm welcome to the Kwok Scholars family!
Gerald CHEN Cheuk-chun
Gerald graduated from St. Paul’s College, he is currently studying at PolyU, majoring in Hotel Management. Starting from a young age, he has developed a deep passion for food. At the age of 15, Gerald has successfully published a cookbook "The Culinary Triangle". He wishes to use food and flavours as the tool to connect with different people, he believes that food is the ultimate representation of cultures and it is deep-rooted in the people’s DNA. Gerald’s volunteering experience in Finland makes him understand that conflicts usually start with misunderstanding and the way to prevent this is to allow people to understand. Through delivering different flavours to different parts of the world, he hopes he can facilitate people with different cultural backgrounds to understand and be exposed to other cultures. To Gerald, food is a celebration of cultures and that of human civilization. After his semester in Cornell, he aims to influence his peers to think bigger and be part of the next major change in the Hospitality Industry in Hong Kong.
Scarlet WONG Yat-lam
Scarlet graduated from Maryknoll Convent School. She is currently majoring in Hotel Management at PolyU. With her interest in food critique and enthusiasm in culinary arts, she hopes to engage in the food and beverage sector in the hospitality industry. To transform dining into an experience of togetherness and a remarkable source of collective memories is what Scarlet wants to achieve. She looks forward to applying her knowledge and insights from her Cornell experience and driving the collective improvement of the hospitality industry as future hoteliers put their heads together.
27 September 2017
Kwok Hospitality Awards for Hospitality Study at Cornell University
We are pleased to announce that the Kwok Hospitality Award 2017 for hospitality study at Cornell University have been awarded to Agnes Chan Tsz-ling and Angus Wong Yik-hang. Both Agnes and Angus are going to study hospitality related courses for the Spring 2018 semester. Their academics are exceptional and they are strongly committed to hospitality and tourism industry in Hong Kong. Congratulations to Agnes and Angus, and a warm welcome to the Kwok Scholars family!
Agnes Chan Tsz-ling
Agnes is a student at PolyU, majoring in Hotel Management. With her passion for the hotel and tourism development, she wishes to execute brand new ideas and revolutionize the hospitality industry in Hong Kong and China. Agnes believes that international exposure is the best source of inspiration. Therefore, she strives for every golden opportunity, from offshore internship to leisure travel, to explore more about the world. Influenced by a service trip to Cambodia, Agnes understands the impacts of voluntourism on both the volunteers and the underprivileged. She will endeavor to acquire professional knowledge in SHA of Cornell and apply it to launch not only business projects, but also voluntourism projects to cultivate the morality of our next generation.
Angus Wong Yik-hang
Angus graduated from St. Joseph’s College in Hong Kong. He is currently a student at PolyU, majoring in Tourism Management. He actively participates in a large variety of extra-curricular activities. Angus has been heavily involved in the Student Union in his secondary school as well as PolyU’s School of Hotel and Tourism Management. Besides, he also devotes himself to community service. Angus grabs every single opportunity to contribute to the society by joining different service projects in and out of school. He believes that the most effective way in changing the world is by education, thus he hopes to contribute back to the society in the future as an academia.
Kwok Hospitality Awards seek to foster future leaders in the hospitality and tourism industry for the benefit of Hong Kong society. Each year Kwok Scholars Association provides funding for up to two students from PolyU to study hospitality related courses at Cornell University for one semester.
31 March 2017
Kwok Scholarships for Undergraduates at the University of Oxford
We are pleased to announce that the Kwok Scholarships 2017 for Undergraduates at the University of Oxford have been awarded to Harry Lau Kwun Hang and Vanessa Wei Rujia. Both Harry and Vanessa are going to study the three-year Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE) programme, starting in October 2017. Their academics are exceptional and they are strongly committed to public service. Congratulations to Harry and Vanessa, and a warm welcome to the Kwok Scholars family!
Harry LAU Kwun-hang
Harry Lau is currently a Grade 12 student at Diocesan Boys’ School in Hong Kong. As an advocate of the Cantonese Language, he has coached and led his school to grand finals of local and regional Chinese debating tournaments. What he valued most from debating is not the best debater awards he attained, but the exposure to social and political dissension which inspired him to pursue resolution to the political impasse in Hong Kong. Harry recognises the prevalent intergenerational inequity and young people’s dissatisfaction towards traditional institutions. By reading PPE at Oxford, he hopes to apply knowledge of these closely-knitted academic disciplines and instigate changes to promote social mobility in his homeland.
Vanessa WEI Rujia
Vanessa Wei is currently a student at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), double majoring in Marketing and Economics. She has represented HKUST to compete, win and adjudicate at numerous international debating competitions, as well as hosted the 7th Hong Kong Debate Open in 2016. Vanessa firmly believes in the virtue of free, inclusive civil discourse in advancing the social causes in Hong Kong as well as in Mainland China. Seeing the lack of original news reporting in China, she wishes to contribute to the development of quality and accessible journalism in China. She is particularly passionate about the issues of education, poverty alleviation and feminism. Inspired by the numerous social enterprises using the concept of sharing economy and innovation in Hong Kong that act as a bottom-up approach in pushing for social changes. She looks forward to integrate her learnings in business and governance and apply them to the domain of social innovation in Greater China.
Kwok Scholarships seek to foster future leaders in public service for the benefit of Hong Kong society and the betterment of China. Each year Kwok Scholars Association provides full funding scholarships for up to five students from Hong Kong and Mainland China to study public service related undergraduate and master programmes in the University of Oxford and Yale University.
12 May 2015
Kwok Scholarships for the MPP programme at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford
We are pleased to announce that the Kwok Scholarships for the MPP programme at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford have been awarded to Ankie NG Hay Mun and TONG Jingwen. Ankie and Jingwen are going to study a one-year Master of Public Policy programme beginning in September 2015. Please join us in congratulating Ankie and Jingwen!
Ankie NG Hay Mun
With a strong interest in developing impact investing in Hong Kong through a public policy lens, Ankie Ng will be studying for the Master of Public Policy degree (MPP) at the University of Oxford from September 2015. Holding an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Economics from the University of Toronto, Ankie started work in investment banking as an equity research analyst at Bank of China International and was ranked as the top Utilities analyst by Bloomberg. Driven by a conviction to deploy her financial skills for the greater good of society, Ankie moved to impact investing in 2014, with responsibility for investor relations at SOW Asia, a venture philanthropic fund, where she secured funding from J.P. Morgan to structure an incubation programme to scale early-stage social enterprises. She also worked with Asia Community Ventures, an impact investing think tank, and conducted policy research supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. Ankie believes that impact investing can be deployed as a policy tool to help address pressing welfare issues in Hong Kong, particularly poverty alleviation, and looks forward to channelling her MPP experiences to formulate public policies conducive to the development of impact investing in Hong Kong.
Jingwen (Clare) TONG
Jingwen TONG joins the Blavatnik School of Government with a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Beijing Foreign Studies University. During the course of her studies, she was a visiting student at Columbia University in 2014 and worked for New York’s Girl Be Heard Theatre Company, helping to organise after-school educational programmes for under-privileged African-American students through fund-raising and grant management. Following her return to Beijing, Ms. Tong set up her own environmental on-line publication, delivering bilingual articles which focus on educating the Chinese public about energy efficiency and sustainable development. She is also the co-founder and leader of a Beijing-based gender activist group working on issues including domestic violence, poverty and gender mainstreaming in public policy. In the future, Ms. Tong aspires to build on her MPP experience at Oxford to create a transnational network for a more sustainable China, in terms of both the environment and gender equality.
30 March 2015
Kwok Scholarships for Undergraduates at the University of Oxford
We are pleased to announce that the inaugural Kwok Scholarships for Undergraduates at the University of Oxford have been awarded to Brian WONG Yue Shun and Charles WANG Luoduan. Brian and Charles are going to study the three-year Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE) course, starting in October 2015. Congratulations to Brian and Charles, and a warm welcome to the Kwok Scholars family!
Brian WONG Yue Shun
Brian Wong completed his studies at the Island School, Hong Kong in 2015. He has represented Hong Kong and coached for and adjudicated at numerous international debating and public speaking events, as well as lending his services to local schools as an English educator and advocacy trainer and spearheading numerous regional Model United Nations conferences. He will be reading Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Pembroke College, Oxford. As a firm believer in the virtue of free speech and discourse in advancing political progress in Hong Kong, Brian is driven by a passion for analysing and developing political theories on both Hong Kong and abroad. He looks forward to the exciting array of opportunities on offer at Oxford to help him develop an integrated, interdisciplinary understanding of governance that can be applied to Hong Kong, his beloved home city.
Charles WANG Luoduan
Having grown up in Shanghai, Charles Wang is currently a Form 6 student at St. Paul's Co-educational College in Hong Kong and is delighted that he will soon be studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford. He is the Founder and currently the Chairperson of the Hong Kong Chapter of Everyone's Free, a non-profit organisation aimed at helping North Korean refugees. After spending four years living in Hong Kong, Charles recognises that inequality of opportunities and media bias are among the important issues currently affecting the youth of Hong Kong and he hopes to use the knowledge gained at Oxford to tackle these problems in the future. He firmly believes that every major change comes from small contributions by each and every individual and he's determined to do his part in making a difference to Hong Kong society.