James Chen co-founded Bring Me a Book Hong Kong with his wife Su in 2006 to promote childhood literacy and bring the joy of reading to the city.
He is Managing Director and Founder of Family Office – Legacy Advisors and is the Chair of the Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation. James has supported numerous social ventures focused on early childhood literacy and vision correction. Further afield, he is the Founder of UK-based Vision for a Nation, and more recently the global Clearly advocacy campaign which aims to bring vision to everyone, everywhere. James is 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.
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 Chair
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. Alison is the Managing Director of New Frontier Group, a Hong Kong and Shanghai-based diversified investment group. Alison has over 20 years of experience in consulting, corporate finance and investment experience with GE Capital, JPMorgan Chase, GLG and various start-ups. Her biggest enjoyment comes from reading bedtime stories with her 2 daughters, Alexis and Amelia.
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 writing, volunteering, and chasing a ball on the field hockey pitch. Her first picture book, The Shadow in the Moon, is about the legend behind the Mid-Autumn Festival and published by Charlesbridge. She has also written two stories that were set to music featuring Chinese and Western classical instruments, which premiered at the Asia Society. Her favourite part of the day is reading aloud to her kids in the evening before bed.
Jennifer is the Director of Philanthropic Engagement at Hong Kong Family Office, Legacy Advisors, and is the Asia Lead for the global Clearly advocacy campaign which aims to bring vision to everyone, everywhere. She represents the Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation as a founding funder of Collective Impact Hong Kong. In 2009, Jennifer 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.
Jennifer is also a dedicated 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 an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from Wellesley College. She is a strategic advisor, board director and entrepreneur with extensive private sector and non-profit experience in investment banking, strategy, fashion and children’s literacy. Michelle specializes in launching mission-driven ventures, and co-founded an award-winning upcycled fashion brand as CEO. She is active in the community and serves on the Board of Managers of Hong Kong International School, on the Harvard Business School Non-Profit Scholarship Committee, as a Founding Member and Impact Chair for Asia Technology Entrepreneurship Conference (ATEC), and as the Chair of Bring Me a Book Hong Kong’s Book Selection Committee. 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.
Rachel Ip, Board Member
Rachel Ip is a children’s author and has always loved language, literature and reading. After studying modern languages and linguistics at Cambridge University, Rachel worked in marketing communications and has lived in Hong Kong for 12 years with her husband and two daughters. Rachel’s first picture book, The Last Garden, illustrated by Anneli Bray, will be published by Hodder Children’s Books in October 2020. The Forgettery, illustrated by Laura Hughes will follow in 2021, published by Egmont.
Rachel is Co-Chair of the Schools Program Committee at Bring Me a Book Hong Kong and is the Events Coordinator for the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) in Hong Kong.
Born in Hong Kong and raised in the UK, Amanda graduated with a MA degree from the University of Oxford and worked as a litigation lawyer for 10 years with Clifford Chance and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in London and Hong Kong.
Amanda now splits her time between managing her family business and her family circus, which features her three feisty daughters, Alexa, Amelia and Alison. Since becoming a mother, Amanda has been on a constant quest for interesting, relevant and fun books for her children, in both Chinese and English, and this is how she discovered the wealth of resources offered by BMAB.
Amanda is honoured to serve as a board member on BMAB and looks forward to bringing the joy of reading to all families in Hong Kong.
Irene Chu, Board Member
Irene is a Partner of KPMG China specializing in emerging businesses and life sciences industries. She started her career with KPMG Toronto and has been working in HK for 19 years. Irene is experienced in serving multinational and mainland Chinese companies that are private or listed in HK or U.S in audit and accounting advisory projects. The industry sectors include healthcare, life sciences, technology, media and telecommunications and consumer markets.
Irene is also experienced in leading HK IPO and pre-IPO advisory projects for technology and life sciences companies. She works with innovative and emerging companies, and collaborate with Hong Kong governments, investors, universities and corporate entities to grow the entrepreneurial ecosystem, new economy opportunities and the life sciences sector in HK.
As a mother of 2 children, Irene passionately believes that reading aloud instills a love of learning and close family bond.
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 the same year the charity was founded in 2006. She holds an MSSc in Social Work from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. As Program Director, Angela works both in the front-line as a trainer but also oversees the implementation of a wide-range of literacy programs, community events and special projects such as BMABHK’s “Guide to the Best Chinese Books for Children”. Her passion is to help educate and empower parents and educators on the importance of parent-child reading, in particular those families from underprivileged backgrounds. Angela is also a mother of a 9-year-old book-loving girl who has been read to since birth.
Iris Lau, Assistant Program Manager
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.
Yvonne graduated with a BA in Asian Studies from the University of Western Australia. A keen musician since she was a child, Yvonne has been teaching piano for 8 years and loves to see the joy that music and books can bring to kids. Since joining BMABHK in 2018, Yvonne loves to use her creative and organization skills to support the team to spread the love of reading in HK.
Angie Lin holds an M.Ed. in TESOL from University of British Columbia, Canada, an M.A. in Communications from Purdue University, U.S.A. and a B.A. in English from Nanjing University, China. She has worked as a college English teacher, corporate trainer, consultant, English and Mandarin tutor, and playgroup instructor. Her students range from infants to senior company executives. The title that she is most proud of, though, is the mother of two book loving boys, who has been read to since their first year. A strong believer of the importance of reading to young children, Angie is keen to spread the joy of reading to more. Since she joined Bring Me A Book, she has been active and well received to conduct parent trainings, children workshops and storytelling in schools,community centers, organizations, and large-scale events like International Readers Festival and Bring Me A Book Reading Carnival.
Pauline Young is a communication specialist, trainer and storyteller educated in California, USA, with degrees in English Literature and Business Administration. After working in Hong Kong for over 10 years in Communications and Training, she started her own training/speaking business and has given over 500 workshops and talks to date. Pauline is an award-winning speaker given the highest honor and recognition, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), by Toastmasters International. In the last 10 years, she has taken on the role of an early literacy advocate and has led many reading and storytelling workshops for parents, educators and social workers as well conducted numerous reading clubs and storytelling “playshops” for kids of all ages. Her first children’s book, “Socks Heaven”, was published in 2004 (reprinted 2017).
Percie Wong, qualified trainer of Bring Me A Book Hong Kong (BMABHK) where she has extensive experience in conducting First Teacher’s Training to parents and Train-the-Trainer Workshop to teachers and social workers. She conducts English Story Telling sessions at Hong Kong Public Libraries for BMABHK.Percie has a bachelor degree in Psychology. Prior to joining BMABHK, she has spent more than 20 years in the hospitality industry and held key Sales & Marketing positions in major hotel chains namely Hyatt, Sheraton, Ramada and InterContinental Hotels Group. It was her passion to contribute the work on child development that led her joining BMABHK. Her expertise also includes English tutoring through interactive read-alouds with the systematic approach to develop children’s understanding of vocabulary as well as the phonological awareness in boosting their oral English.
Yoyo is a registered Social Worker, she holds a Master Degree in Counseling from the University of Hong Kong. With over ten years of experience in social work, she is experienced in organizing and conducting different projects in schools and communities to promote the importance of parent-child reading since she has joined Bring Me A Book in 2011. After the birth of her two daughters, she experienced the benefits of parent-child reading, and she would love to help parents to establish a reading habit through community training. She also promoted the therapeutic use of picture book in helping children to relieve their emotions and improving parents-child relationships through reading.