James Chen is a third generation member and Chairman of a family owned enterprise, Wahum Group Holdings, a Hong Kong and Nigeria-based manufacturing company. In 1995, he founded and became CEO of Legacy Advisors Limited, a single family office that transformed the way the family managed and preserved its wealth.
In 2003, James was instrumental in founding the family’s philanthropic arm – the Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation – and is currently Co-Chairman. The Foundation has supported 150+ initiatives in Mainland China, Hong Kong and West Africa.
James has also backed numerous social ventures, founding Bring Me a Book Hong Kong, an NGO promoting childhood literacy. Further afield, he is deeply involved in the development of adjustable lens technology, both for commercial application in developed countries and to meet the challenge of correcting the eyesight of visually impaired people in the developing world .
James is a Vision for a Nation Trustee , a long-standing member of the Outward Bound Trust of Hong Kong, former Chairman of the China Exploration and Research Society, and a past president of the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization HK.
James lives in Hong Kong with his wife, Su Hwei Lee, and their three children – Jack, Jamie and Jake.
Born in Malaysia, and a graduate of University of Sydney in Economics, Su worked in finance from 1991 – 1999. Since May 2000, Su has been a Non-Executive Director of Allied Group Limited, a HK listed company with investments in properties and financial services. Su served on the Board of Directors in Po Leung Kuk in 1997-1998.
Su’s quest to find a suitable non-profit organization to promote family literacy in Hong Kong ended when she came across Bring Me A Book™ Foundation in California In 2006, Su founded Bring Me A Book™ in Hong Kong. Su is a mother of three children, who passionately believes in early childhood literacy and who is having a lot of fun putting it into practice.
Alison Chan, Board Member
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Alison received her BBA from the University of Hong Kong and received her MBA from the Harvard Business School. She is a Director of Gerson Lehrman Group in Asia. Alison has over 10 year experience in internal consulting and investment banking, with diverse international and cross-functional experience with GE Capital, JPMorgan Chase and various start-ups. Her biggest enjoyment comes from reading bedtime stories with her 2 daughters, Alexis and Amelia.
Annie Ho, Board Chair
Annie was born in Hong Kong, and raised in Canada by loving parents and in well-stocked public libraries. She is a former lawyer, and currently also serves on the board of the Feng Zikai Chinese Children’s Picture Book Award, Children’s Medical Foundation and Preemie’s Parents Support Group. She contributes to Bring Me A Book™ Hong Kong’s English and Chinese children’s book guides, and writes “Between the Lines”, a regular column in the South China Morning Post on book recommendations and her family’s read-aloud journey. She devotes herself to her family, focuses on community work in children’s health and education, and finds great joy in reading both silently and aloud.
Christina Matula-Häkli, Board Member
Christina graduated with an MBA from McGill University and has worked in various marketing roles in Canada and the UK. Since moving to Hong Kong and having two young children, she spends her time juggling her Chinese studies, field hockey matches, class parent duties, and regular volunteer work with Bring Me A Book. She has recently become a children’s author, with her first picture book ‘The Shadow in the Moon: How the Mid-Autumn Festival Began’. The book has been adapted for a chamber music piece, featuring both Chinese and Western classical instruments, and has been performed at the Asia Society. Her favourite part of the day is reading aloud to her son and daughter in the evening before bed.
Jacqueline Sun, Board Member
Jacqueline Chung Sun started becoming involved with Bring Me A Book™ Hong Kong in 2011 and joined its Board of Governors in 2012. Jacqueline is a law graduate from the London School of Economics and previously a commercial lawyer. Since becoming a mother, she now devotes her time between her two daughters, various charitable organisations and a small business of her own. Jacqueline is passionate about early childhood literacy and education. She loves and finds great joy in reading aloud to and with her children every day, and hopes to promote such a culture in Hong Kong.
Jennifer Chen, Board Member
Jen transitioned into the world of philanthropy after working in the finance industry for almost two decades. She is now Director of Philanthropic Engagement at Legacy Advisors, a thriving Family Office in Hong Kong.
In 2009, Jen founded the Otto Wong Brain Tumour Centre at CUHK after the sudden passing of her husband from a ruptured brain tumour. The Centre focuses on research, patient care, surgical developments and treatments.
Jen’s major achievement is being a mother of three active boys. Encouraging them to learn, inquire and read has been the most rewarding journey. They keep her grounded, focused and very busy!
Michelle Bang, Board Member
Michelle received a BA in Economics from Wellesley College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Formerly COO of Redress a sustainable fashion NGO, Michelle currently serves as Strategic Advisor and Board Member to the organization, and is currently launching a new venture related to Redress. She also advises various fashion startups on implementing growth strategies and organizational structure. Michelle serves on the HBS Nonprofit Scholarship Committee of Hong Kong, and on the PFO Board and PAG at HKIS.
Michelle firmly believes that reading aloud instills a passion for learning and a strong family bond. Her children, Elliot and Amber, love their reading time with Mom and Dad, and are avid readers.
Phyllis Leung, Board Member
Phyllis successfully pursued a career in marketing and communications in Hong Kong and China for over 15 years. Born in Hong Kong, she attended high school in the United States and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University. She then went on to earn an MBA from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and a Master of Social Science degree from Hong Kong University. Since the birth of her two daughters, Phyllis has seen and experienced the true pleasures and benefits of reading aloud to them and became involved with Bring Me A Book Hong Kong in 2016. She is thrilled to join its Board of Directors, and eager to encourage family bonding and a love of learning through the promotion of family literacy to low-income families in Hong Kong.
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Pia Wong, Executive Director
Pia graduated from University College London and worked for over 10 years in Hong Kong and Shanghai in media, marketing, and communications. Since joining Bring Me A Book™ Hong Kong in 2009, Pia has been driven by a deep desire to make a positive impact on society and to further the mission of the organization. Placing strong emphasis on redefining our notion of ‘success’, Pia wants less focus on test scores and achievement to bring a love of learning back to our children, including her own two sons who are thriving in a montessori-based upbringing. She understands she is fighting an uphill battle and hopes to see more collaboration amongst similar-minded NGOs and community-based agencies in Hong Kong.
Angela Leung, Program Director
Angela joined Bring Me A Book™ Hong Kong in June 2006. She is a registered Social Worker and holds a Master Degree in Social Work from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has experience in working with children, families and women in local community centres and has a passion for serving families and children of underprivileged backgrounds. Prior to joining Bring Me A Book™ Hong Kong, Angela served as an Account Manager of an advertising agency in Hong Kong.
Kristal has joined Bring Me A Book™ Hong Kong since June 2016. She holds the Bachelor Degree in Sociology from Hong Kong Shue Yan University. Prior to joining Bring Me A Book™ Hong Kong , she served as Project Officer who in charge of managing the Hotmeal Project for underprivileged children and their families in the community.
She believes childhood experiences influence their future development significantly. She wishes to serve underprivileged children to help ensure they have a fair and better environment to flourish in our society.
Issac joined Bring Me A Book Hong Kong in February 2015. She is a “kidult” who loves to immerse herself in nature where she can explore the beauty of our environment.
Issac was a photo-journalist before joining the experiential training industry. She has been a professional trainer and event coordinator for a variety of different education centers and non-profit making organizations.
Iris earned a Diploma in Philosophy, and a Higher Diploma in Graphic Design at HKU Space. Before joining Bring Me A Book™ Hong Kong in 2013, she worked at The Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong as a program worker. As well as reading, Iris enjoys taking her dog for hikes in the Hong Kong countryside.