Ms. Ronna CHAO

Chief Executive Officer, BXAI
Chief Executive Officer, Novel Investment Partners Limited

Ms. Ronna CHAO is CEO of Novel Investment Partners Limited, Chairman of Novetex Textiles Limited, and a Director of Novelpark Investments Limited.  Her responsibilities in these various capacities cover investment and portfolio management, property redevelopment, and textile manufacturing.

Prior to joining the Novel Group, she began her career in New York first as a Mergers & Acquisitions financial analyst at Goldman Sachs, and then as an associate in the Licensing Department of the lifestyle and apparel company Tommy Hilfiger Corporation.

Ms. Chao is also CEO of Bai Xian Asia Institute (BXAI).  BXAI is initially funded by the Chao family’s Bai Xian Education Foundation (BXEF) which has earmarked US$100 million for the “Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program” (AFLSP).  The AFLSP is managed by BXAI and offers up to 105 scholarships each year for Asian students to study abroad at one of 16 leading universities in Northeast Asia.  In 2016, BXAI was one of the award recipients of “The Peak Power List 2016 – Philanthropy”.

Ms. Chao also serves as Supervisor and Board Trustee at the International Christian School of Hong Kong, Board Director of Mother’s Choice, Standing Vice Chairman of The Hong Kong Association of Zhejiang Entrepreneurs, and Counsellor of Our Hong Kong Foundation. In addition, she was a Court Member of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology from 2010 to 2016.  Ms. Chao is a Standing Committee Member of the 12th Zhejiang Provincial Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

Ms. Chao has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Brown University, and earned her M.B.A. from Stanford University.  She also spent a year as an undergraduate at Keio University.

The rest of the working team comprises:

Ms. Joyce WONG

Manager, Programs & Operations, BXAI

Ms. Joyce WONG is the Programs and Operations Manager at Bai Xian Asia Institute (BXAI). Prior to joining BXAI, Ms. Wong was a leadership fellow of the Asia Pacific Leadership Program at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. There, she joined a diverse community of professionals and participated in an immersive program designed to cultivate emerging leaders who are capable of creating a positive impact in the Asia-Pacific region.

Ms. Wong began her career as a program officer at the United Nations Development Programme’s Shanghai office, where she managed relationships with partners in 24 developing countries, government entities in Asia and Africa, and international organizations. She then worked as a program manager and implemented development programs in Mali, West Africa. She has also spent time in rural Yunnan working as a program manager for World Vision China.

Ms. Wong holds a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and Public Administration from the University of Hong Kong and was selected to take part in a scholarship exchange program at the University of Salzburg during her university years. She has also completed short-term courses on development studies at Sciences Po in Paris

Ms. Jessie LEE

Manager, Student & Alumni, BXAI

Ms. Jessie Lee is Student and Alumni Manager at Bai Xian Asia Institute(BXAI). She joined the institute in June 2018, and oversees the student and alumni programs.  Prior joining BXAI, Ms. Lee was the program manager for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women program in China and largely responsible for providing training programs in addition to other market access opportunities for Chinese small and medium size business female entrepreneurs.  She first joined Goldman Sachs Asset Management in Salt Lake City in 2009 and transferred to London in 2011. She relocated to Beijing to join Beijing Gao Hua Securities in 2012.  After 7 years in financial services, she joined the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women program to pursue her passion in education.  She was also served as COO of Berggruen Institute China Center in 2017-2018, a think tank focused on global transformations, specifically in technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and gene-editing as well as issues involving global governance and globalization.

Ms. Kitty BIN

Administrative Officer, BXAI

Ms. Kitty Bin is Administrative Officer of Bai Xian Asia Institute.  She manages the Institute’s daily finance, administrative and human resources matters in support of the Institute’s operations.

Kitty has over 10 years’ experience in general administrative and human resources management.  Prior to joining the Institute, she worked as a Senior Executive Assistant in the branded retail sector.  She completed her undergraduate studies in Training and Human Resources Management in 2010.

Kitty has many interests, including music, reading novels, and watching movies.  She also enjoys travelling, experiencing new cultures and trying new cuisine.

Ms. Agnes YEUNG

Senior Associate, Scholars and Alumni, BXAI

Ms. Agnes YEUNG serves as a Senior Associate at Bai Xian Asia Institute (BXAI).  She assists in scholars and alumni management under the Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program and supports BXAI’s development.

Agnes received her Bachelor’s degree in English Studies at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and studied abroad on exchange at The University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.  As a mixing pot of global cultures, her passion for intercultural exchange was ignited during her stay in Sydney.  Having made friends from all of the world, she also learnt about their different customs and cultures.

Since her undergraduate studies, Agnes has actively volunteered at an international social work organization to champion capacity building projects in developing countries.  She hopes her contribution would make a difference in the developing world.  Prior to joining BXAI, Agnes worked in corporate communication advocating corporate social responsibility and youth development.

In her spare time, Agnes enjoys reading, listening to music, watching movies, and travelling.  She is an avid supporter of the performing arts and symphony and is always keen to explore the best taste in town!

Ms. Erica TSOI

Senior Associate,Programs & Operations, BXAI

Ms. Erica TSOI serves as Senior Associate at Bai Xian Asia Institute and assists in operations and administration of the Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program (AFLSP).

Having a keen interest in civil & social development, Erica completed her undergraduate studies in Sociology in 2016.  She has worked with various government agencies and joined the Secretariat of the Legislature as an intern during her undergraduate years.  These experiences deepened her understanding and appreciation of the role of the public sector in society.

Erica is passionate about travelling and experiencing new cultures firsthand.  Throughout her studies, she visited many provinces in China and learnt about differences between different ethnic groups even within one country.  In 2016, she took up work exchange in Japan once again.  Working and travelling abroad, her appreciation of the differences and similarities between cultures continued to deepen and grow and she learnt to respect and get along with people from all across the globe.

Erica hopes to devote herself to fostering cultural exchange amongst countries and different ethnic groups.

Mr. Manson LEUNG

Associate, Communication & Development, BXAI

Mr. Manson LEUNG serves as an Associate at Bai Xian Asia Institute, and assists in design and production for the promotion of the Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program.

Manson received a Bachelor of Media and Social Communication degree from Hong Kong Baptist University in 2016.  Having a keen interest in social issues, he completed various media projects in university, interviewing multiple sectors of society to document the effects of social development in Hong Kong.

Manson completed an internship at a renowned local film production company.  This experience expanded his horizons, deepened his understanding of the creative industry, and fuelled his interest in further developing his own creativity.

Manson enjoys volunteering with Caritas, YMCA, and numerous other organizations to give back in his leisure time.  His other interests include hiking, photography, reading, and he has a phenomenal singing voice.

Ms. Amber CHAN

Assistant Associate, BXAI

Ms. Amber CHAN is Assistant Associate at Bai Xian Asia Institute (BXAI) and supports the Programs and Operations team in the development and administration of the Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program (AFLSP).

Amber’s passion for social issues led her to pursue a bachelor’s degree in media and social communication at Hong Kong Baptist University, where she learned how to utilize media and communication strategies to effect positive social change. During her university years, she spearheaded a number of media projects that involved connecting with people from all areas of society to reveal the true face of Hong Kong. Outside of her studies, she enjoyed being part of the university Christian band, where she had the opportunity to perform for and reach out to people from all walks of life in the city.

Since graduating in 2017, Amber continues to tap into her background in journalism to stay abreast of the latest developments from around the world, especially in relation to social issues, innovation, and culture. She enjoys meeting new friends and taking up new challenges and looks forward to further expanding her horizons at BXAI.