Our 2023 Event
TEDxCityUHongKong 2023 presents...
Our theme for the TEDxCityUHongKong event is ‘Step by Step‘. A step is representative of a small yet significant action to fulfil one’s aspirations. Be it a personal goal, professional milestone, or a topic worth starting a dialogue over, it is crucial to take definite measures to realize these visions.
With the theme ‘Step by Step’, we hope to inspire our audience to prioritise their goals and move forward confidently. Simultaneously, we want to emphasise the importance of introspection for developing a balanced approach and successfully navigating the stresses and complexities of life.
15th April, 2023 at Joseph Lee Hall (LI-3505), Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building (AC2), City University of Hong Kong
TEDxCityUHongKong 2023 Speakers
Alvin Lam is a home-grown artist who recalls picking up a paintbrush long before chopsticks. Raised in Hong Kong and later having spent a number of years abroad, upon his return, he quickly noticed how Hong Kong’s streetscape has transformed at an ever-accelerating pace in the past decade. Embarking on a personal journey of rediscovering Hong Kong, Alvin left his career in hospitality in 2020. He began uncovering unspoken stories one sketch at a time, telling real stories through watercolours of ordinary heroes whose lifetime of devotion weaves into the rise of Hong Kong and the rich cultural fabric that makes Hong Kong so uniquely Hong Kong.
Dr. Christina Dean is a fashion-waste-reducing sustainable fashion advocate who has been at the forefront of the sustainable fashion movement for over 15 years. She first founded NGO Redress, which works to accelerate circularity in fashion in 2007, following which she founded The R Collective social impact business, which rescues, reuses and recycles textile waste from the luxury fashion industry in 2017. Christina is listed by Asia Tatler’s The Impact List as ‘One most influential individuals defining the future of Asia’ and she was listed by UK VOGUE as one of the UK’s ‘Top 30 Inspirational Women’. Previously an award-winning journalist, Christina is widely quoted in global media, She co-authored ‘Dress [with] Sense’; co-hosts the award-winning docu-series, ‘Frontline Fashion’; and her TEDx ‘You are What You Wear’ has been widely viewed. She splits her time between London and Hong Kong.
Colin Ng is the founder and CEO of Greater Bay Biotechnology. GBBT focuses on the research, development and commercialisation of transdermal drug and cell delivery and diagnostic technology with wide applications, including the treatment of diseases (e.g. diabetes, cancer, psoriasis) and skin care. GBBT is a business supported by the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) HK Tech 300 Seed and Angel funds, Hong Kong Science and Technology Park (HKSTP) Ideation program and HKSAR Government Innovation and Technology Fund’s Technology Start-up Support Scheme for Universities (TSSSU). Colin is currently studying for his fourth Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences at CityU. He holds an MSc (Real Estate) from the University of Hong Kong, a Master of Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia, an MBA from the University of New South Wales & University of Sydney, and a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from University of New South Wales. Colin is a Fellow (FCPA) of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a Chartered Accountant (CA) of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand. With his extensive experience in healthcare technology, Colin is a leading voice in the field of biomedicine.
Noelle Sinclair founded DiverseMinds Ltd, an organisation dedicated to creating an inclusive future where neurodiversity is accepted and embraced. With firsthand knowledge of being autistic (and ADHD), Noelle is passionate about promoting the value of neurodivergent voices, particularly in the workplace. Noelle’s expertise comes from 15 years in corporate environments, developing, implementing, and managing global programs in governance, strategy, privacy, information security, training, and risk management for major organisations like E-Health Ontario, CIBC, and Sun Life Financial. Now based in Hong Kong, she helps organisations design, build, and implement neuro-inclusive initiatives and training. With her wealth of knowledge and experience, she is uniquely qualified to lead the charge in creating a future where neurodiversity is welcomed and valued. Noelle has an MBA in HR management and additional post-graduate work in strategy (University of Oxford), and the Neuroscience and Psychology of Mental Health (King’s College London).
Vita Henderson-Chan, an Artist of a wide variety. Born in London of Eurasian descent, Vita doesn’t believe in sitting still. They are “College Dropout” who actively “jumps into the deep end” and take every experience in life to grow and learn. Their life story includes Addiction, Mental Health, Sexual Abuse, Chronic Illness, and Neurodiversity. At five years clean and sober, Vita believes it is essential to cultivate healthy coping mechanisms and self-soothing techniques through Creativity, Technology, and Spirituality. Vita has a few monikers, professionally “Vita Henderson Chan,” Musical performance “Vita Starkin,” and Digital Art/Web 3.0 creator “VMSCH.” In 2018 at 22, Vita Henderson-Chan founded a content creation agency, “Light of Prometheus.” They have directed work for brands including Nomad Caviar, Diageo, and Allianz. Vita Starkin is a Jazz, Cabaret, and Baroque-Pop musician. VMSCH is a Digital Artist and web 3.0 enthusiast who weaves together different technical skills to create visceral visual experiences.