Our Team

Our dedicated team of staff, trainers, board and sub-committee members work hand-in-hand with volunteers, funders and partners who share our passion for bringing the joy, and transformational power of reading to children.

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Our Team 2021

Our Founders

James Chen

Founder

James Chen (www.jameschen.vision) is a Hong Kong based philanthropist and co-founded Bring Me a Book Hong Kong with his wife Su in 2006 to promote family literacy and bring the joy of reading to the city. He is the Chairman of his family’s enterprise Wahum Group Holdings, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Bath to recognise his philanthropic work. James is a key proponent of the concept of ‘Moonshot philanthropy’, the uncompromising belief that philanthropic ventures must carry risk and has used this form of philanthropy to focus on two key areas, early childhood literacy and the world’s largest unmet disability: poor vision.

Su Hwei Lee

Founder

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.

Board of Directors

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. She 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.

Jennifer Chen

Board Member

Jennifer Chen is the Chief Executive of The Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation and Director of Philanthropic Engagement at Legacy Advisors, a thriving family office founded by James Chen. She sits on a number of Boards of NGOs and was Founder of the successful BridgeTheGapHK campaign bringing much needed funding to Covid disrupted NGOs. 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!

Amanda Wong

Board Member

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.

Rachel Ip

Board Member

Rachel Ip is an award-winning children’s author whose stories are often inspired by real world events and experiences. She has lived in Hong Kong for 14 years with her husband and two daughters. Rachel’s first picture book, The Last Garden, illustrated by Anneli Bray, was published by Hodder Children’s Books in 2020. The Forgettery, illustrated by Laura Hughes, was published by Farshore Books in 2021

Rachel chairs 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.

Irene Chu

Board Member

Irene is a seasoned audit partner of KPMG China specializing in innovative and emerging growth businesses. She started her career with KPMG Toronto and has been working in HK for over 19 years. Irene has served clients in a wide range of sectors with a specific focus on healthcare, life sciences, technology, media and telecommunications and consumer markets, from pre-IPO, public offering to listed companies.

In addition to her role in audit, Irene also leads the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Reporting and Advisory practice in Hong Kong which advises companies on ESG reporting, climate change and decarbonisation strategy and social and economic impact assessment.

As a mother of 2 children, Irene passionately believes that reading aloud instills a love of learning and close family bond.

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.

Executive Team

Pia Wong
Executive Director

Pia graduated from University College London and The University of Hong Kong with over twenty years of experience in marketing, strategic planning and communications. Pia joined Bring Me A Book Hong Kong in 2010 to help raise awareness and advocate for key social and literacy issues facing Hong Kong.

In 2012, Pia was awarded a scholarship to join Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program on Non-Profit Management and in 2019, Pia published her first book “Good to Read.” Pia was recognized as a 2020 AmCham Women of Influence nominee as part of the NGO Women Leaders Taskforce.

The job Pia is proudest of is mother of two teenage boys who still talk about the cuddles and fun they shared reading together every night when they were younger.

Iris Lau
Assistant Program Manager

Iris earned an advanced diploma in Graphic Design and Multimedia, and a degree of BA in Language and Translation. Prior to joining Bring Me A Book Hong Kong, she worked in the Corporate Communications Department and the Treasure Trove of The Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong where she was responsible for collecting and matching donations, namely funds, in-kind resources and learning opportunities from the community to support children and youth of deprived groups. As a bookworm, Iris has a strong passion for bringing the joy of reading to children by introducing the best books to them.

Yvonne Leung
Assistant Program Manager

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.

Corey Chan
Senior Project Coordinator

Corey is a qualified accountant and graduated from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in the 90’s. After working more than a decade as a professional accountant, she became a full-time mother in 2008 to enjoy all the miracle moments with her young daughter.

It was on her quest to acquire more parenting knowledge that she came across Bring Me A Book Hong Kong. Corey joined their First Teacher Training and several other BMABHK workshops. In 2016, Corey joined BMABHK as a part-time accountant and in more recent years, Corey has become an active storyteller for community programs, reading carnivals and has also run workshops on behalf of BMABHK for the Hong Kong Public Library Festival. In 2021, she has taken up more roles in project coordination for BMABHK.

Cerise Ho
Program Administrator

Cerise graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in Food and Nutritional Sciences. Despite enjoying her studies, she was far more excited to give back to the society. Her passion for children and reading ultimately drew her to Bring Me A Book Hong Kong in 2020. Finding the peace of mind in reading, she has dedicated herself to let children embrace the joy and happiness of reading. Outside of work, she enjoys yoga, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

Trainers

James Chen
Founder

James Chen (www.jameschen.vision) is a Hong Kong based philanthropist and co-founded Bring Me a Book Hong Kong with his wife Su in 2006 to promote family literacy and bring the joy of reading to the city. He is the Chairman of his family’s enterprise Wahum Group Holdings, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Bath to recognise his philanthropic work. James is a key proponent of the concept of ‘Moonshot philanthropy’, the uncompromising belief that philanthropic ventures must carry risk and has used this form of philanthropy to focus on two key areas, early childhood literacy and the world’s largest unmet disability: poor vision.

Su Hwei Lee
Founder

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.

Alison Chan
Board Chair, joined Sept 2014

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 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.

 

Jennifer Chen
Board Member, joined Sept 2014

Jennifer Chen is the Chief Executive of The Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation and Director of Philanthropic Engagement at Legacy Advisors, a thriving family office founded by James Chen. She sits on a number of Boards of NGOs and was Founder of the successful BridgeTheGapHK campaign bringing much needed funding to Covid disrupted NGOs. 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, joined Oct 2016

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.

Irene Chu
Board Member, joined June 2020

Irene is a seasoned audit partner of KPMG China specializing in innovative and emerging growth businesses. She started her career with KPMG Toronto and has been working in HK for over 19 years. Irene has served clients in a wide range of sectors with a specific focus on healthcare, life sciences, technology, media and telecommunications and consumer markets, from pre-IPO, public offering to listed companies.

In addition to her role in audit, Irene also leads the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Reporting and Advisory practice in Hong Kong which advises companies on ESG reporting, climate change and decarbonisation strategy and social and economic impact assessment.

As a mother of 2 children, Irene passionately believes that reading aloud instills a love of learning and close family bond.

Rachel Ip
Board Member, joined June 2020

Rachel Ip is an award-winning children’s author whose stories are often inspired by real world events and experiences. She has lived in Hong Kong for 14 years with her husband and two daughters. Rachel’s first picture book, The Last Garden, illustrated by Anneli Bray, was published by Hodder Children’s Books in 2020. The Forgettery, illustrated by Laura Hughes, was published by Farshore Books in 2021

Rachel chairs 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.

Amanda Wong
Board Member, joined June 2020

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.

Alison Chan
Board Chair, joined Sept 2014

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 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.

 

Jennifer Chen
Board Member, joined Sept 2014

Jennifer Chen is the Chief Executive of The Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation and Director of Philanthropic Engagement at Legacy Advisors, a thriving family office founded by James Chen. She sits on a number of Boards of NGOs and was Founder of the successful BridgeTheGapHK campaign bringing much needed funding to Covid disrupted NGOs. 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, joined Oct 2016

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.

Irene Chu
Board Member, joined June 2020

Irene is a seasoned audit partner of KPMG China specializing in innovative and emerging growth businesses. She started her career with KPMG Toronto and has been working in HK for over 19 years. Irene has served clients in a wide range of sectors with a specific focus on healthcare, life sciences, technology, media and telecommunications and consumer markets, from pre-IPO, public offering to listed companies.

In addition to her role in audit, Irene also leads the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Reporting and Advisory practice in Hong Kong which advises companies on ESG reporting, climate change and decarbonisation strategy and social and economic impact assessment.

As a mother of 2 children, Irene passionately believes that reading aloud instills a love of learning and close family bond.

Rachel Ip
Board Member, joined June 2020

Rachel Ip is an award-winning children’s author whose stories are often inspired by real world events and experiences. She has lived in Hong Kong for 14 years with her husband and two daughters. Rachel’s first picture book, The Last Garden, illustrated by Anneli Bray, was published by Hodder Children’s Books in 2020. The Forgettery, illustrated by Laura Hughes, was published by Farshore Books in 2021

Rachel chairs 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.

Amanda Wong
Board Member, joined June 2020

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.

Chun K.C. Lau
Training

 

Daisy Lam
Library Programs

 

Lydia Lee
Executive Director

Lydia is a Hong Kong native educated in Hong Kong and Canada. She is bilingual in Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin) and English and holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Western Ontario.

Lydia has held leadership roles in a number of prestigious corporations and educational institutions, including Motorola, Huawei, South China Morning post and the Ivey Business School (Asia), and she brings to BMABHK a wealth of experience in strategic planning, marketing, program and people management.

In the last several years, driven by her passion in education and her wish to make a larger impact to the underserved communities, Lydia steered her focus towards helping local and international NGOs, in the areas of strategy, fundraising, advocacy and branding, while serving as a part-time lecturer in HKU SPACE. She currently serves on the Board of the Nesbitt Centre, which provides educational, training, and vocational programs for English-speaking adults with learning disabilities in Hong Kong.

Angie Lin

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 conducts regular reading workshops to parents, teachers, volunteers, and social workers in both local and international schools, community centers and organizations, and has consulting experience to improve reading culture on campus. She is also a popular interactive storyteller in English, Mandarin and Cantonese, often extending the story experiences with tailor made activities. Since 2018, Angie has translated and published children books as well as journal articles on children literature in mainland China and Hong Kong.

Connie Chow

Connie Chow joined Bring Me A Book Hong Kong as a Project Manager in 2020, organized workshops for schools to promote parent-child reading and supported low-income families in reading during the epidemic. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Counselling and Psychology and has over ten years of experience working with children and youth, especially children with special needs. By sharing the same vision with Bring Me A Book Hong Kong and having passion in picture books, she works a lot to promote reading aloud. She rejoined Bring Me A Book Hong Kong in 2022, and is experienced in using picture books and art to facilitate children’s positive development.

Pauline Young

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

Percie Wong holds a bachelor degree major in Psychology where she has extensive experience in conducting First TeachersTM Training to parents and Train-the-Trainer Workshop to teachers and social workers.  Due to her passion to contribute the work on child development that led her joining BMABHK from hotel business management sector.  She holds various trainings/reading clubs regularly for schools or NGOs to nurture family reading cultures.  Her expertise also includes English workshops through interactive read-aloud with the systematic approach to develop children’s understanding of vocabulary as well as the phonological awareness in boosting their oral English.

Yoyo Yau

Yoyo is a Registered Social Worker (HK), a Registered Play Therapist (USA) and a columnist in Mameshare website, she holds a Master Degree in Counseling from the University of Hong Kong. With over ten years of experience in social work and counseling, 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 parent-child relationships through reading.