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I dedicate my time to the Advocates Leadership Team because I think it’s empowering for us as students to get involved in both volunteering and the behind-the-scenes organisational process!

Sonja Chen, Vice-President 2019-20, Kids4Kids Advocates Leadership Team

 



Michele Lai - Founder/Board Co-Chair

Michele Lai is the Founder of Kids4Kids. She has over 10 years of experience in Hong Kong and Australia with multinationals including Toyota, Inchcape and Cable & Wireless HKT in strategic marketing and planning. Michele holds a Bachelor of Business degree from Curtin University, Western Australia. Based on the belief that our children are our future and we need to invest in all of them, Michele feels very fortunate to be able to give back to the community through her work with Kids4Kids and hopes to continue this volunteering career together with her children. She has been awarded as Ashoka Fellow since 2019. Read more: https://www.ashoka.org/en/fellow/michele-lai

Shirley Kuan - Board Co-Chair

Shirley Kuan was previously an Investment Director of HSBC Private Equity with more than seven years of experience in investment and restructuring activities in Asia. Prior to this, she was a senior consultant with Ernst and Young. Shirley is a qualified Chartered Accountant in England and Wales and holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. As a mother of two, Shirley believes that children should understand that there are many less fortunate children in this world and they can help to create a better life for them.

Kyran Sze - Board Co-Chair

Kyran Sze is the Chairman of KYSS Properties. Prior to setting up his own company, Kyran was one of the founders of Aedas, one of the world’s largest architectural groups, with 40 offices and over 2,500 employees worldwide. He was the Managing Director, Executive Director and Senior Director of Aedas Limited, and was the Project Director and Authorized Person responsible for numerous projects. During his tenure, the firm won numerous international and local awards in architectural design, interior design, quality project and building. Kyran contributes to over 70 voluntary, institutional and charity organisations in Hong Kong.

Jack Lee

Jack Lee was born in Hong Kong and moved to Montreal, Canada when he was six. In high school, Jack was involved in a variety of community service events and initiated several fundraising campaigns to benefit those affected by natural disasters. Upon his return to Hong Kong, whilst working in banking, he continues to be actively involved with various small-to-medium-sized charities, such as the Sakka Foundation, which he founded. Jack strongly believes that, given the right tools and guidance, youths have infinite capacity and creativity and can work together to create a positive impact throughout their lifetime.

Libby Vaughan

Libby Vaughan is an Australian citizen who has been living in Asia for sixteen years, originally based in Singapore and now Hong Kong. Libby’s business background is in Sales Management and Marketing. Libby has over sixteen years experience in the IT resourcing and workforce management industry, spanning both the private and public sector. During this period she was Business Development Director of Manpower IT in the UK and Managing Director of CTG, one of the UK’s largest IT resourcing and managed solutions companies. Libby is a board Director and established the Cambodian Children’s Fund Hong Kong chapter in 2011, she is also a Board Director of the Song Saa Foundation and Kids4Kids HK. In 2017 Libby joined Social Career as Development Director, to manage corporate relationships and to develop Social Career’s strategy beyond Hong Kong.

Anita Leung

Anita has been a legal practitioner for more than 25 years. She handles the full spectrum of both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property and information technology work. Prior to joining David Lo and Partners as a consultant, Anita was a partner with two top international law firms in Hong Kong, Jones Day and Baker & McKenzie. Apart from her legal practice, Anita spends a lot of time on pro bono work and public service, helping SMEs, start-ups, charities and social enterprises to meet their legal needs. As a mother of 3, Anita is also passionate about raising the social awareness in children and encouraging them to give back to the society.

Diana Footitt

Based in Hong Kong for the past 24 years, Diana runs Artemis Associates, a business and communications consulting firm she founded in 2011. Prior to this, she was the Asia CEO of two global strategic communications consulting firms and spent seven years in investment banking roles with Salomon Brothers, Société Générale, CLSA and Cavendish. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant in England and Wales (Pricewaterhouse Coopers) and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics & Politics from Warwick University. Diana joined the Kids4Kids board in September 2019, sat on the Fundraising and Gala Committee for the previous 4 years, and having been a mentor for 2 years to the student initiated Action for a Cause community projects. As the mother of a teenage daughter she is focused on working towards broadening higher education and career opportunities for young people.

Mabel Sieh - Executive Director

Mabel brings extensive experience in management, education and communications, having worked in the academic, corporate and journalism field for decades. She is a firm believer of positivity and how the mindset affects our relationship with work and with others.

David Wong - Operations Director

David is mainly responsible for programs and operations. He has nearly 10 years of experience working in NGOs, focusing on child health interventions in less developed regions of Mainland China. David is excited to be part of an organization empowering young people and benefitting the Hong Kong community.

Marina Monterosso - Partnerships & Development Director

Marina is mainly responsible for fundraising and corporate engagement. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant in Brazil and holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration. After 18 years in the consulting business, Marina decided to experience the social sector. Between 2015-2017, she led Grupo Mulheres do Brasil, a start-up NGO in Brazil.

Zita Luk - Program Officer

Zita is mainly responsible for Literacy Development programs such as My Story Creation and Code + Create. She is interested in organizing and implementing meaningful campaigns and hopes to offer young people a different perspective in how they see themselves and the world through an innovative and fresh experience.

Natalie Leung - Program Officer

Natalie is mainly responsible for the Buddy Reading Program, and manages all volunteer management and planning of programs at Kids4Kids. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in psychology and is interested in a career in youth development, aiming to empower young people with important skills and values to contribute to the society.

Eric Alegre - Community Engagement Officer

Eric is responsible for engaging volunteers with schools in activities that bring our mission to the community. Through his background of teaching and coaching, he's able to connect with beneficiaries in ways that allow them to cultivate a mindset of a changemaker. He is now a transformative coach in training and an aspiring public speaker.

Noel Yeung - Program Officer

Noel is mainly responsible for Youth Development programs such as Action for a Cause and Powered by Youth. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in education and is passionate about helping young people to realise their potential so that they can make positive contributions to the community and the society as a whole.

Christina Lai - Assistant Manager

Christina assists in programs and operations for Kids4Kids. Prior to joining, she worked at Deloitte HK as an auditor and restructuring advisor. Christina holds a bachelor's degree in Arts and Commerce from University of Western Australia. She hopes to empower low-resource students in Hong Kong to become changemakers to help make Hong Kong a better place to be.

 

The Advocates Leadership Team (ALT) is a group of passionate and dedicated Kids4kids volunteers chosen each year from local and international secondary schools to work together on community projects. The team provides students with the opportunity to develop their organizational, planning and leadership skills, while learning to manage projects from their conception and execution to impact measurement and reflection. The team is responsible for organizing Kids4Kids events including the annual ‘Sharing for a Cause’ collection drive each May, the ‘Powered by Youth’ leadership forum and other events throughout the year. Since 2010, there have been over 100 advocates.

 

To learn more about our Youth Development programs, visit Kids4Kids Youth Website.

Aims

Develop self-awareness of personal talents
Provide leadership opportunities to young people
Raise social awareness among youth
Empower young people to make a positive difference

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Meet the 2020-21 Advocates Leadership Team

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Requirements

Eligible candidates MUST fulfill the following criteria:

  • Be a full-time student at a Hong Kong secondary school

  • Have a commitment to serving the community

  • Demonstrate good conduct and outstanding academic / extra-curricular performanceand / or be award recipients

  • Have experience in volunteer work or service to the community

  • Be proficient in English, Cantonese and/or Putonghua

  • Sign a written commitment to put all possible effort into participating in ALT and bededicated to serving the community