Women Of Hope: A Look Back At Last Year's Winners
Founded by the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital Foundation in 2014, the annual Women of Hope Awards recognises and celebrates influential women in Hong Kong.
Through Women of Hope, HKAHF raises awareness for its Cancer Fund, which provides free scans, diagnosis and treatment services to underprivileged cancer patients in Hong Kong.
With this year’s Women of Hope awards ceremony coming up on May 17, we take a look back at the incredible women who were last year’s winners:
Health Advocate: Dr. Ava Kwong
Dr. Ava Kwong founded the Women’s Surgical Chapter at the College of Surgeons of Hong Kong and was elected to be the first chairlady. She was the first woman to attain a clinical associate professor position in surgery in Hong Kong, and is currently the chief of breast surgery division of the Tung Wah Hospital Breast Centre.
She is also the director of the Breast Centre of the University of Hong Kong—Shenzhen Hospital.
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Children's Advocate: Emily Ngan
With 22 years of experience in the education field, Emily Ngan is the founder and CEO of Kingston Children’s Centre, Kingston International Kindergarten, and Kingston International School.
Her passion for educating and empowering children extends into philanthropy, as she led a project for the construction of a school for underprivileged students in Guangxi, China.
Entrepreneur: Corina Larpin
Corina Larpin is the owner and designer of Stefere, a French jewellery brand that boasts an A-list following that includes Elton John, Victoria Beckham, Lady Gaga, and Penelope Cruz. Larpin is inspired by the many cultures, people, and landscapes that she's encountered during her adventures abroad.
In the last few years, Larpin’s brand has extended its reach, building a global presence in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, and Hong Kong.
Eco Warrior: Justine Kwok
Justine Kwok is the founder and creative of director of BK Atelier, a brand that sells ethical, vegan pet products; and the Flow Nature & Animal Experience, a sanctuary in Zhongshan, China, that offers nature-based experiential programmes to raise awareness of animal welfare and ensure a good quality of life for animals.
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Global Champion: Olga Roh
Olga Roh is the owner and creative director of ROHMIR, a luxury fashion brand with stores in London, Berlin, and Zurich, and a showroom in Hong Kong. Roh has collaborated with brands such as Cartier and Piaget, and her brand has also drawn the attention of the likes of Theresa May and Princess Charlene of Monaco.
Art and Culture: Daphne King-Yao
Daphne King-Yao is the director of Alisan Fine Arts, one of Hong Kong’s first contemporary Chinese art galleries. King is currently a trustee of the Friends of the Hong Kong Museum of Art Museum charity and is a keen supporter of the development of art and culture in Hong Kong.
See also: Woman Of Hope: Daphne King-Yao of Alisan Fine Arts
Power and Influence: Katherine Yip
Katherine Yip is the founding partner of Pacific Alliance Group and VinaCapital Group, the former being one of the largest alternative investment firms in Asia and the latter the world’s largest foreign direct investment company in Vietnam.
Yip is a global business person with over two decades of experience in founding and investing in companies. During her career, she has taken companies public, formed joint ventures, incubated startups and has been involved in management buy-outs and mergers and acquisitions. A true power woman.
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Champion for a Better Life: Winnie H.L. Cheung
Winnie H.L. Cheung is the founder and chief visionary of UpPotential.com, an educational website and self-help wellness platform that offers low-cost and easy-to-access services to help people cope with anxiety, stress, and other life pressures.
The research- and knowledge-backed website offers assessments, tutorials, effective methods and strategies for self-help, and “tele-tea” parties as a user-friendly way to address the stigma of mental illness.
The sixth annual Women of Hope Awards will take place on Friday, May 17 at the JW Marriott. Funds from will go towards supporting cancer patients who do not have the financial means and immediate access to high cost treatments. Don't forget to vote for this year's Women of Hope winners, who lead and inspire across eight meaningful categories. Find out more at hkahf.org.hk and cast your votes here.
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