Ms. Ronna CHAO

Chief Executive Officer, Bai Xian Asia Institute

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) to support the operation of the “Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program” (AFLSP).  The AFLSP offers up to 105 scholarships each year for Asian students to study abroad at one of BXAI’s partner universities in East Asia.

Ms. Chao serves as Supervisor and Board Trustee at the International Christian School of Hong Kong, Board Director of Mother’s Choice, Ordinary Member and Director of the Yeh Family Philanthropy Limited, Board Trustee of Asia Society Hong Kong Center, Counsellor of Our Hong Kong Foundation, Advisory Board Member of GoImpact, and Advisory Council Member of the Washington Institute for Business, Government and Society.  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 Hong Kong 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 in Tokyo.

The rest of the working team comprises:

Ms. Joyce WONG

Manager, Programs & Operations, BXAI

Ms. Joyce WONG is the Programs & Operations Manager at Bai Xian Asia Institute (BXAI).  Prior to joining BXAI, Joyce 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.

Joyce 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.

Joyce 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. Cary HO

Manager, Communication & Development, BXAI

Ms. Cary HO is the Communication & Development Manager at Bai Xian Asia Institute (BXAI) and oversees the execution and development of BXAI’s communications and marketing strategy. Prior to joining BXAI, she was a marketing consultant at a China-based retail company and was responsible for designing promotional strategies to boost customer engagement and sales.  Working in various locations including Guangzhou, Tianjin, and Kuala Lumpur, Cary enjoyed the opportunities she had to interact and collaborate with people from different cultures.

During her undergraduate years, Cary studied in Vancouver, Beijing, and Sydney, which allowed her to recognize the value of mutual understanding across cultures, and inspired her to embrace diversity and engage with others who may be different from her.  It was also during this time when her love for traveling was sparked – as she observed and experienced other lifestyles and customs, Cary gained fresh perspectives on life and the world around her, and realized that the beauty and complexities of humanity are only revealed through personal encounters with other cultures.

Ms. Kitty BIN

Administrative Officer, BXAI

Ms. Kitty BIN is the Administrative Officer at Bai Xian Asia Institute (BXAI).  She supports the daily operations of the Institute by managing all of BXAI’s finance, administrative, and human resources matters.

Kitty has over 10 years of 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 cuisines.

Ms. Agnes YEUNG

Senior Associate, Scholars & Alumni, BXAI

Ms. Agnes YEUNG serves as a Senior Associate at Bai Xian Asia Institute (BXAI) and oversees the management of all scholars and alumni under the Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program while also supporting the overall development of BXAI.

Agnes received her bachelor’s degree in English studies at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and studied abroad as an exchange student at The University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.  During her time in Sydney, a city known as a mixing pot of global cultures, her passion for intercultural learning was ignited as she made friends with people from all across the world and learned about different customs and cultures.

Since her undergraduate years, Agnes has continued to actively volunteer at an international social work organization to champion capacity building projects in developing countries.  Prior to joining BXAI, Agnes worked in corporate communications 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 is always keen to explore the best of what Hong Kong has to offer!

Ms. Erica TSOI

Senior Associate, Programs & Operations, BXAI

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

With a keen interest in civil society and social development, Erica interned at the Legislative Council Secretariat during her undergraduate years and completed her bachelor’s degree studies in sociology in 2016.  Following her graduation, she worked at various government agencies, which deepened her understanding and appreciation of the role of the public sector in society.

Erica is passionate about traveling and experiencing new cultures firsthand.  Throughout her time in university, she visited many provinces in China, which opened her eyes to the differences between various ethnic groups within just one country.  In 2016, she participated in a work exchange in Japan, where her interest for intercultural learning continued to grow as she met and interacted with people from all across the globe.

Through her work at BXAI, Erica is committed to fostering cultural exchange and mutual understanding between countries and different ethnic groups in Asia.

Ms. Winnie SO

Senior Associate, Programs & Operations, BXAI

Ms. Winnie SO has been a part of the Bai Xian family since its founding in 2013. She is Senior 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).

Prior to her current role at BXAI, Winnie served as Senior Associate at Bai Xian Education Foundation, where she assisted with program planning, communications, public relations, and overall management of the foundation. Throughout her tenure at Bai Xian, she has worked closely with the foundation’s Mainland Chinese partners and has also led a wide variety of projects encompassing areas of finance, arts and culture, and philanthropy.

Winnie is passionate about engaging the younger generation to create positive social impact. While she was a high school student studying abroad in the US, she was appointed International Student Ambassador, which sparked her interest in event planning and cross-cultural work. Since returning to Hong Kong and earning her bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from the University of Hong Kong, she has remained involved with various youth and volunteer organizations across the city in her mission to empower the next generation of leaders.

Mr. Manson LEUNG

Associate, Communication & Development, BXAI

Mr. Manson LEUNG serves as an Associate at Bai Xian Asia Institute (BXAI), and supports the Communication & Development team by managing all aspects of design and production for the promotion of the Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program.

Manson received a Bachelor of Social Sciences in media and social communication from Hong Kong Baptist University in 2016.  With a keen interest in social issues, he undertook various media projects during his university years, interviewing multiple sectors of society to document the effects of social development in Hong Kong.

After graduation, Manson completed an internship at a renowned local film production company, which expanded his horizons, deepened his understanding of the creative industry, and fueled his drive to further develop his own artistic strengths.

In his leisure time, Manson volunteers with Caritas, YMCA, and numerous other organizations to give back to the community.  He also enjoys hiking, photography, and reading, and has a phenomenal singing voice!

Ms. Amber CHAN

Assistant Associate, Programs & Operations, BXAI

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

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 fresh challenges and looks forward to further expanding her horizons at BXAI.

Ms. Fiona CHONG

Assistant Associate, Communication & Development, BXAI

Ms. Fiona CHONG is an Assistant Associate at Bai Xian Asia Institute (BXAI) and supports the Communication & Development team in the promotion of the Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program and the execution of BXAI’s media, communications, and marketing strategy.

Fiona graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature from Hong Kong Baptist University in 2018 and studied abroad in the United States during her junior year at Carroll University in Wisconsin.  Her immersion in a multicultural setting ignited a passion for traveling, learning new languages, and discovering new cultures, and ultimately led her to pursue a minor in Spanish.  In her spare time, Fiona enjoyed singing in the university Christian band.  The opportunity to organize and perform at various events across Hong Kong allowed her to use her talents and love of music for good to inspire and serve many people in the community.

Looking ahead, Fiona hopes to transform her passion for language and culture into action, and looks forward to promoting peace and collaboration in Asia by building bridges across cultures with BXAI.