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Welcoming Speech

Topic: “Education in the 21st Century”


Professor Joshua MOK Ka-ho, Vice-President, Lingnan University, Hong Kong


Professor Joshua Mok Ka-ho is the Vice-President and concurrently Lam Man Tsan Chair Professor of Comparative Policy of Lingnan University. Before joining Lingnan, he was the Vice President (Research and Development) and Chair Professor of Comparative Policy of The Hong Kong Institute of Education, and the Associate Dean and Professor of Social Policy, Faculty of Social Sciences of The University of Hong Kong. Prior to this, Professor Mok was appointed as the Founding Chair Professor in East Asian Studies and established the Centre for East Asian Studies at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom.
Keynote Speech

Topic: "The Global Talent Development through Service-Learning"


Dr. Gulmira Kurganbayeva, Rector, Almaty Management University, Kazakhstan


Specialization of analytics: the economic analysis of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the business analyst on key industries, trends of the international development of economy and their influence on economy of Kazakhstan. Specialization of management consulting: development of strategy of the company, forming of strategic objectives within MPP, performance management on KPI.

Performed consulting concerning strategic development of business more than in 50 Kazakhstan companies (Sulpak electronics, BI – group, Interoptika, Becker, Kazakhstan Temir Zholy, TuranAlem Bank, etc.)

Graduated College on studying of safety issues in Germany of the Center of D. Marshall (Geopolitics and safety issues), Institute of development of Kazakhstan (Almaty), Postgraduate study (Subject "Forming of International Marketing in the Republic of Kazakhstan"), Zhubanov Aktyubinsk State University (Economy and management). She passed training in universities of Europe, the USA, the CIS.

She has 15-year work experience on managerial positions at the largest institutes of the country, in 2011 worked as the invited researcher of Stanford School of a state policy in Duke University.

Panel Session of "Tech-Innovation and Global Citizenship Education"

Moderator: Dr. Albert KO,

Director of Service-Learning,

Associate Director of Entrepreneurship Initiative,        

Office of Service-Learning, Lingnan University, Hong Kong


Dr. Ko is an innovative educator, experienced engineer and a well-respected humanitarian relief worker. His contributions in volunteerism and engineering had been recognised with prominent awards, including Top Outstanding Young Persons Award (Junior Chamber of Commerce), Outstanding Young Engineer Award (HK Institution of Engineers), HK Humanity Award (HK Red Cross), and Outstanding Volunteer Award (HK Agency for Volunteer Services). Dr Ko possesses extensive experience in student development, university administration, non-profit management and entrepreneurship. In his previous career at the University of Hong Kong he led the experiential learning centre to support over 18,000 students to participate in 600 projects worldwide to serve more than 92,000 people worldwide in 5 years.


Dr. Ko is also an expert in rural water and sanitation systems. He has been serving as advisor and instructor for professional organisations, such as Médecins Sans Frontières, Red Cross and HK Institution of Engineers. Dr Ko joined the University in January 2017.  He currently serves as Director of Service-Learning with the concurrent appointment as Associate Director of Entrepreneurship Initiative.

Topic: "Empowering Non-tech students in Generic education "


Dr. Cecilia CHAN, Head of Professional Development, Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, The University of Hong Kong


Dr. Cecilia Chan is the Head of Professional Development and Associate Professor in the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at the University of Hong Kong. She has conducted research on topics such as the development and assessment of generic competencies, assessment and engineering education. Cecilia holds a PhD in Engineering from Trinity College, a postgraduate diploma and a MA in Higher Education. She also held a Fellowship from King's College London. Dr. Chan has involved in over 40 research project worldwide and was awarded the HKU Outstanding Researcher Award in 2014. She is the Chair for the Engineering Education Community in Hong Kong and will be the Founding President for the ASIA Society Engineering Education (ASIASee). More information can be found in the Teaching and Learning Enhancement and Research Group (TLERG) website:


Topic: "Collaboration in Philanthropy with Business and Technology"


Mr. LING Ho Wan, Howard MH, Chief Consultant of Social Enterprise Business Centre


Howard Ling is the Chief Consultant of Social Enterprise Business Centre. He founded several social enterprises such as Harvester, Happy Veggies, Bijas, Ateen, Goodnuts, Happy Ours, tfvsjs, Angelchild, and Jajambao food truck (more details at  These social businesses employ different underprivileged groups according to their strengths not weaknesses.  Howard has helped many non-profit organizations to set up more than 30 social enterprises, which employ over hundreds of the disabled people, including those of visual and hearing impairments, physical handicaps, and autism. He was awarded the Medal of Honour (MH) in 2017 and the Hong Kong Humanity Award for his dedicated public and community service, particularly his contributions to the development of social enterprises. Howard Ling holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois, a Master degree in Business Administration from the The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and graduated from INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship programme.

Home Affairs Bureau (HKSAR) – Social Enterprise Advisory Committee Member (2009 to 2015)
Administrative Appeal Board – Panel Member (2015 to Present)
Social Welfare Bureau (Macau SAR) – Consultant of Social Enterprise Scheme
The Yeh Family Philanthropy - Grant Committee member
Baptist University – Adjunct Associate Professor
Lingnan University – Programme Advisor of Lingnan Entrepreneurship Initiative

The Chinese University of Hong Kong – Vetting Panel Member of Sustainable Knowledge Transfer Project Fund


Breakout Session I: “Global Innovation in A Sustainable City”

Venue: Crystal Ballroom, 2/F


Topic: "Smart Device for Community Betterment: A Case Study: Living lab in Taipei Medical University"


Dr. CHIU Chia-hui, Associate Professor, Center for General Education

Director of Service-Learning Center, Taipei Medical University

Dr. Chiu is experienced in utilizing her knowledge in oral history and service sciences to create innovative and interdisciplinary teaching methods in Service-Learning.


By Dr. Chiu ‘s speeches, research and scholarly articles, she shares professional Service-Learning experiences on the websites of the General Education Taiwan (Link) and the Smart Talks (Link). Dr. Chiu became the director of Service-Learning center in Taipei Medical University seven years ago. To develop professional Service-Learning in higher education, Dr. Chiu researched and produced a unique teaching platform with patent license and technology transfer. Recently, she is applying for NSLC (National Service-Learning Conference) and hosting the roundtable to share her research, for which she won the prize of Ministry of Education, and teaching passion.


Over the past five years, Dr. Chiu has started to extend the aging service program into the community. By building the active-aging center, Dr. Chiu tried to promote innovative service patterns and create solutions to the challenges of an aging society.

Topic: "Promoting Volunteerism and Community Outreach through Social Career"


Mr. Matthew TAM, The CEO and Co-founder of Social Career


Matthew Tam is the CEO and Co-founder of Social Career, a technology startup and non-profit organisation. Social Career is building a new platform that encourages the general public to volunteer and get involved in social causes and service activities.

Matthew is also the CEO and Co-founder of Around, a technology startup focusing on building a neighbourhood network in combination with various new on-demand elderly care services. The startup won several awards including the Google EYE program and the HK ICT award.

Prior to co-founding Social Career and Around, Matthew held several positions with major European and US investment banks and he has a Masters degree in Industrial Management and Manufacturing with focus in Technology and Innovation Management from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland.


Breakout Session II: “Startup and Inclusive Entrepreneurship”

Location: Diamond Room (A), 5/F


Topic: "Create a Startup Culture in Education"


Mr. Matthieu BODIN, Regional Manager, Techstars in Greater China


Matthieu is an entrepreneur and community builder. As Regional Manager for Techstars in Greater China, he works with more than 150 community leaders in 17 different cities to empower project creators across the region. As the Worldwide Network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, Techstars runs more than 38 mentorship-driven accelerators and over 950 startup programs, impacting the lives of hundreds of thousands around the world.


Continuously experimenting with #StartupCommunities, #EarlyStageStartups, and #CorporateInnovation,  Techstars facilitates events with Apple, MTR, INFINITI, UNDP, Siemens, French Tech HK, InvestHK, RISE Conference, Echelon and many others. As an entrepreneur, Matthieu co-founded Note-in,,, and now - a notebook to help founders track numbers that matter to their business.  Matthieu has spent more than 11 years in Greater China: Beijing, Hong Kong, and now Shanghai.


Topic: "Sustainability of a Social Enterprise: Women Empowerment"


Mrs. Anka LO-MA Lai Wah, General Secretary, The Free Methodist Church of Hong Kong


Mrs. LO has more than 20 years of Social Work experience, especially on youth work and work with women. She recently developed social enterprise as restaurants to help the underprivileged women and young people to join in the work force, in order to enhance their abilities to improve their living standard. 'To cook with heart and to serve with love' is what she emphasizes on their working attitudes, create harmony atmosphere dinning for the customers.

Mrs. LO was honored by the HKSAR Government for the Chief Executive's Commendation for Community Service Awards in 2004.


Breakout Session III: "Collaboration with the Belt and Road Initiative"

Location: Diamond Room (B), 5/F


Topic: "Service-Leaning opportunities under the Belt and Road initiative"


Ms. Yevgeniya Tanassoglo, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University


Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (KazNU) is the leading institution of higher education and one of the main research centers of Kazakhstan. It has 16 faculties, 8 research institutes, 17 scientific centers of social and humanitarian profile and a techno park.


According to QS World University Rankings 2017, KazNU held the 220th position among the top 300 universities of the world, 2nd among CIS countries and the 1st in Kazakhstan. Also held the 31st position among the 50 most technologically advanced universities in the Great Value Colleges Ranking 2014.


KazNU cooperates with 418 largest international universities of the world on the realization of joint international educational programs, exchange programs for students and internship.


Ms. Yevgeniya Tanassoglo is a Manager of the International Cooperation Department. She has assisted in developing the university's activities through formulating, organizing and monitoring projects and programs: Erasmus+, and Academic mobility (increased number of outgoing students).

ankama Ms. Assel Zhandossova, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University

Ms. Assel Zhandossova is a Manager of the International Cooperation Department. Currently she is a Ph.D. candidate in the Faculty of Oriental Studies in KazNU.

Topic: The Silk Road to Education and Discovery in Central Asia

Prof. Jonathan FONG, Assistant Professor, Science Unit, Lingnan University