The COVID-19 pandemic has brought people across time zones and geographical locations together. Amid social distancing, virtual platforms have not only bridged friends and families or fostered collaboration; it has more importantly (re)ignited interest to make relevant contributions to the society. A strong global network, the UWC community is a gateway to making this happen.

The LPCUWC Professional Talks harnesses the potential of the UWC community, through the alumni of Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong, in facilitating professional development. It primarily serves as a platform for self-improvement, professional enhancement and continuing learning within a broad range of areas of expertise. For alumni, it is one way to give back to the UWC movement through two of the three Ts: time and talent (the third one being treasure).

All sessions are conducted via Zoom webinar. Registration is free. 

Gabis Talk(NEW) "ADVANCING WOMEN: Developing Leaders & Building Community" 
Speaker: Gabriella Zanzanaini (LPCUWC 2002), Director of Pipeline Initiatives, The Women's Foundation, Hong Kong 

Date: 18 August 2020 (Tuesday) 
Time: 6:30PM HKT 

Join us: Register

About the Topic 

“It’s not about bringing more women to the table, it’s about building a bigger table.” A more diverse and inclusive society does not mean that when one part of society goes up, another part goes down. What it really means is that we all rise together and are given the opportunity to fulfil our full potential as individuals, as families, as organisations. 

Our speaker will share what the current status of women in Hong Kong is and what we can all do to advance gender equality and build a more inclusive society. If you’re interested in finding out why a supportive network is crucial to resilience, leadership and courage, this webinar is for you. 

About the Speaker 

As Director of Pipeline Initiatives at The Women's Foundation, Gabriella leads all gender diversity and inclusion programmes, partnerships and initiatives that support the development of the pipeline of female talent in Hong Kong for executive and non-executive roles. She works with senior business leaders across various industries to innovate, drive and impact behavioural change for a more inclusive workplace and city.

Prior to this, Gabriella was Director of Food & Water Europe in Brussels; the European branch of an American NGO working to protect our food and water. Her responsibilities included government relations, public policy, strategy development as well as building up the European Water Movement, a network of national organisations fighting for the recognition of the human right to water. Before that, she worked in the European Parliament as a Communications Manager.

Since being in Hong Kong, she has worked as a freelance writer for various publications, start-ups and book editors. She is also a member of the Women in Publishing Society of Hong Kong. Gabriella holds a BSc in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics and a Masters in International Affairs & Sustainable Development from Sciences Po Paris.


Speaker: Michael Yong-Haron (LPCUWC 1994), Executive Officer, Managing Director & Head of Hong Kong Market, Standard Chartered Bank  

Moderator: Mary Hui (LPCUWC 2012), Journalist, Quartz   

Date: 27 July 2020 (Monday) 
Time: 6:30PM HKT 

About the Topic 

Building a career is like running a marathon. To run a good race requires preparation, training, mental and physical discipline. Economies and businesses go through boom and bust cycles. As Keynes would say, “in the long run, we are all dead”, so surviving crises of various forms - economic, financial and now a global pandemic - is critical to staying in the game. Our speaker will share some career advice and what it takes to build resilience. He will cover a wide range of topics from finding your career purpose and mission, creating a competitive advantage, tackling adversity and building the right balance to endure the long road ahead of you.

About the Speaker 

Michael is a member of the pioneering LPCUWC Class of 1994. A veteran banker with 23 years of experience, Michael is currently Executive Officer, Managing Director and the Head of Hong Kong Market at Standard Chartered Bank. In addition to his work at Standard Chartered Bank, he has held leadership roles at Royal Bank of Canada, Credit Suisse and Credit Agricole Indosuez. Having weathered major financial crises such as the Asian Financial Crisis, the tech bubble, Y2K crisis, SARS economic crisis, the Global Financial Crisis and the on going COVID-19, he has mastered the art of building resilience in the face of adversity, and finding opportunities in every crisis.

Michael holds an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management and HKUST, and co-founded the Asia Society-Kellogg HKUST leadership series. As a CFA Charterholder, he has been actively serving the CFA Institute at its headquarters in Charlottesville since 2010. He received a joint degree (First Class Honours) in Economics and Law from the University of Wales in the United Kingdom. He is an alumnus of the Diocesan Boys’ School and St. Paul’s Co-educational College in Hong Kong.