25 candidates were selected in the 2016 cohort among hundreds applications. They come from a broad range of careers and backgrounds, brought unique characters and insights into the one year program.
Victor Wong is technologist and start-up entrepreneur from Hong Kong, now based in Cambridge after graduating with an MPhil in Bioengineering from Cambridge University. He is currently working on building internet-connected sensor chips for healthcare and retail applications. He is involved in hands-on research next-generation technologies at Cambridge, University of Hong Kong and UCLA.
Victor has worked with venture capitalist groups in the Silicon Valley and Singapore as an associate on projects dealing with due diligence and deal flow management. He is interested in learning different Asian and European languages and cultures in a culturally diverse global community. Victor has been especially keen to use startup growth and management models to run social enterprises or for more than profit businesses. He believes the DEL program is giving him valuable opportunities to apply his knowledge in benefiting UK’s Chinese communities.
Taro Tan is a third year law undergraduate at the University of Cambridge with a keen interest in social entrepreneurship and social impact investing. Born and raised in Singapore, he is the President of the Cambridge University Law and Business Association, founded in 1998 under the auspices of the previous Attorney Generals of Singapore and Hong Kong, and he is also the President of the Sir David Williams Law Society in Cambridge.
Taro has also worked in M&A at Lazard & Co. and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and has studied Advanced Business Chinese and Chinese literature at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He is also involved in a wide array of activities including sitting on the executive committee for the Cambridge Venture Capital and Private Equity Society and Cambridge Southeast Asian Conference, and writes for the The Cambridge Student and The Wilberforce Society. Taro is tremendously excited to join the DEL Programme and is keen to developing and leverage his skill sets to create real impact of society as a whole.
Saite Lu is doing his PhD in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge. He obtained an MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford and his BSc in Economics from the University of Ulster. He has a huge passion for international development and was recently appointed as the Macro Advisor for the South Sudanese Ministry of Finance.
He grew up in China, and spent several years as an economist working in various countries. He was previously a Senior Economist/ODI Fellow at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development in Sierra Leone during 2013-15. During this time, he managed the macroeconomic forecasting model, an essential tool to assist policy debates and budget preparation, in the Ministry. He also worked as a consultant for the World Bank and the Overseas Development Institute(ODI) to provide technical support to the Sierra Leone Government upon completion of his fellowship. Prior to his time in Sierra Leone, he was also actively engaged in the research on microfinance in Bangladesh. At the Institute for Inclusive Finance and Development, Dhaka, he also gained thorough knowledge about the microfinance sector and initiated the partnership between the Institute and several Chinese counterparts to explore joint training and research initiatives.
Saite is an amateur wine lover and a recreational golfer.
Nicole Chan is a third year undergraduate studying Economics, Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. She is the youngest and longest-serving Chair of Student Council at Warwick Students’ Union, having been elected for two consecutive terms since 2015. Nicole is passionate about widening public participation in public affairs and promoting the celebration of diversity, as she has led numerous related projects in her different leadership capacities throughout high school and university.
Prior to studying at Warwick, Nicole was one of four students from Hong Kong chosen to attend the prestigious UWC Atlantic College (‘UWC’) in Wales in 2012. During her time there, she founded Global Voices, an education initiative aiming to leverage the cultural diversity of over 90 global nationalities within her school’s student body for the benefit of local Welsh schools. She helped to organise a programme of visits by the international students to over 60 local Welsh school students by bringing them a fresh, ‘real-life Geography’ and global perspectives.
Nicole has enjoyed working with the DEL programme cohort and has acquired highly useful skills which she will continue to deploy for the benefit of communities that need assistance.
Susan Zhang is a creative technologist and serial entrepreneur born in China. She spent seven years working in Australia and is now based in the United Kingdom. Currently, she plays an instrumental role of data-driven creative at Google UK, bringing machine learning and programmatic advertising to life for the largest advertisers across Europe and the United Kingdom.
Susan has spoken at TEDx in Sydney and was a guest speaker at the Asia Business Forum in London. She focuses on creative thinking, Asia entrepreneurship, innovation challenges and opportunities. She has founded multiple startups, enforcing Sino-Australian relationships and has mentored young entrepreneurs in Sydney, London and Canada.
Chengcheng Cui works as an application developer at Société Générale, having previously worked at M&G Investment. He provides cutting-edge technology solutions in order to create a competitive advantage and drive revenue and the business forward.
Chengcheng was born and raised in China and came to study at London’s Imperial College where he graduated with bachelor degree in computer science. He was an active member of Imperial College’s Railway and Transport Society. He worked together with the members to organise and actively carry out voluntary work including helping with the reconstruction of Welsh Highland Railway, one of their major highlights. He has also successfully raised large sums for various charities including Kent Air Ambulance by running half marathons and playing the violin with members of London Symphony Orchestra in a concert to raise over £12,000 for them to build the world’s most comprehensive digital music learning hub.
Through the DELP, Chengcheng has further developed his public speaking and team working skills which has contributed greatly to his working life. He thoroughly enjoyed meeting and team-working with new friends from different industries and from all walks of life, which is a great benefit of being part of the programme.
Dr Sanny Yuzhen Jiang is an honorary clinical fellow at Moorfields Eye Hospital (‘Moorfields’), honorary senior research associate at the University College London Institute of Ophthalmology, and fellow of Royal Society of Medicine. She is also a reviewer and academic editor for thirteen international peer-reviewed journals including the Lancet, Lancet Global Health, Ophthalmology, JAMA Ophthalmology, and British Journal of Ophthalmology.
She is also the founder and CEO of MedEther, a platform connecting a wide network of Chinese hospitals in more than 20 cities in China and UK’s senior medical professionals on co-management teleconsultation services, visiting clinical consultant programs, professional training programs and collaborative medical research projects. She recently received the Mulan Award for prominent women of Chinese origin in the British Society.
Dr Jiang holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in clinical medicine from Peking University and received her first doctorate degree in clinical ophthalmology from China’s leading ophthalmic centre, Zhongshan Ophthalmic Centre (‘Zhongshan’). Sanny then moved to the USA for her post-doctoral fellowship at the Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins University (‘Wilmer’). She also did her clinical research fellowship at Singapore National Eye Center. With her vast experience, she ran a collaborative research program between Moorfields, Zhongshan and Wilmer. She also trained doctors in rural China to to perform high-quality cataract surgeries, using cost-effective techniques, and helped hospitals to expand their cataract surgery service capacity.
Sanny also helped established an ophthalmic charity (www.ytyr.org) and became its chief executive. She received a PhD research scholarship award from the British Council for the Prevention of Blindness, which brought her to London to pursue her second doctorate degree on ophthalmic epidemiology and clinical research at UCL. She was one of four key members appointed on Moorfields Far East business development team and in her role, has successfully established the strategic research and educational partnership between two of the largest eye centres in UK and China.
Jacob Chan is an investment banker at Credit Suisse, and previously worked as a strategy consultantat Arthur D. Little, a global management consulting firm. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Jacob graduated with an MPhil in Industrial Engineering at the University of Cambridge and BEng in Engineering Mathematics at the University of Bristol.
Jacob was an invited participant of two distinct wealth management leadership programmes organised by UBS and EFG Private Bank, designed to connect and equip Asia’s younger generation of family businesses. With experiences across the manufacturing, finance, and technology industries, Jacob is currently developing his start-up which aims to increase productivity and operational efficiencies of SMEs.
Jacob also aspires to help the underprivileged deprived of basic amenities, and has previously volunteered in Nepal after a devastating landslide, and was also actively involved in organising charitable events for UNICEF Hong Kong.
Michelle Wong is a brand consultant and serial entrepreneur. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Michelle came to study in the UK at the age of 15 and graduated from the University of Warwick Business School with a Bachelor degree in Management.
After spending over two years working at Stime Watch Limited, a leading watch manufacturing company in Hong Kong, Michelle is now appointed as their sole representative in London and is responsible for expanding the brand’s presence in the European market. In 2015, Michelle founded Brandstigate UK Limited, a brand consulting company that helps to promote international emerging brands across borders.
At University, Michelle was a member of the Oriental society promoting Asian culture through performing arts. With her experience and observations of cultural integration over the years in both countries, Michelle is determined to help the British-Chinese community create a greater impact on the wider UK society. Her involvement with the DEL Programme will enable her to do so more effectively via interactive events.
Michelle is a competitive badminton player and enjoys wine and fine coffees.
Shuyue(Selena) Ren is a TV presenter, media professional and journalist. After obtaining her MSc in Gender, Media and Culture from the LSE, she worked at the UN Women headquarters in New York, where she was involved in several high-profile gender equality campaigns and events.
She is currently a presenter for Propeller TV (Sky 189) and is a columnist for BBC Chinese. She covers a wide range of topics including politics, economy, culture, entertainment, gender, UK-China relations, and the Chinese community in the UK. Born and raised in China, she majored in Broadcasting and Anchor for her BA in China. She gained extensive bilingual presenting and MC experience through hosting programmes and events in the UK, USA and China. Selena has also gained experience as a multimedia producer and documentary maker. She aspires to work on women’s issues through her media career and the DEL programme.
She is a competitive swimmer and passionate skier, tennis player and an avid traveller.
Originally from Hong Kong, Matthew Cheung is a law student and young entrepreneur with a keen and long-held interest in the education sector. At the age of 19, Matthew started Prime Mandarin, a Chinese teaching company which specialises in providing content and teachers to primary and secondary schools in the UK. Currently in the second year of his LL.B. at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Matthew recently started another education business in Hong Kong, which teaches and provides academic support for students studying an international high school curriculum (e.g. GCSE, A-Levels, or IB) and also provides counselling services for students wanting to gain admission to universities overseas. He is in the process of expanding into Mainland China and hoping to eventually convert his centres into special diploma-granting secondary schools.
Matthew was also a youth journalist for South China Morning Post during his last year of high school, and a professional junior golfer in his formative years, having won a total of 17 tournaments throughout his career, including the Jack Nicklaus Asian Junior Championships and the HSBC China Junior Tour in 2009.
Xiaofeng Li is a consultant at Deloitte’s strategy consulting practice. With a focus on life sciences and healthcare, he works with senior management on a range of strategic issues across pricing, marketing, and product and corporate development. Prior to his career in business, Li worked in academic research. He holds a PhD in Biomedical Science and his work has been published in premier scientific journals, including Science.
He has a passion for martial arts and used to compete as an amateur boxer. He’s the first mainland Chinese who has been awarded a Blue in Boxing at Cambridge University.
Altaira Gao is a classically trained pianist and passionate golfer who works as a Real Estate Investment Analyst for Schroder Investment Management in London. Moving to the UK as a student, from Northeast China, Altaira graduated from Warwick University and went on to do her postgraduate studies at the London School of Economics.
Originally, Altaira had aspirations of becoming an interpreter working for the UN. However, after working in finance for an Analyst, she decided to pursue a career where she could excel in the relationship development side of business whilst making her own voice heard and in doing so, also directly impact her working environment. Altaira now deals with global clients and relishes the challenge of developing her own networks.
She has thoroughly enjoyed learning from and working with the talented cohort of the Diaspora Emerging Leadership Programme. She is very keen to build on the understanding and bridging the cross-border cultural barriers, which she noticed when she first arrived in the UK and intends to use her newly acquired skills from the programme do so.
Chris Cheung is an investment banker specialising in structured finance. He is from Hong Kong and graduated with a a BSc in Economics and Management from Bristol University and went on to obtain an Msc in Computing Science and MSc in Economics and Strategy for Business at Imperial College, London.
Chris has a strong passion for technology. At Imperial College, he joined Google’s ambassador programme to help promote their brand and educate students about digital marketing. He also co-founded the China-UK Science and Technology Summit, a platform that bridges investors and technology start-up companies and showcase the latest technology advancement. Using signal processing techniques and neural network models, he developed a music transcription app which allows users to compose music using their voices.
Chris is enthusiastic about the interaction between different cultures and the wider benefits it brings. He founded an experimental multilingual A capella group dedicated to fusing western and eastern music. He has benefitted greatly from joining the Programme, and he will use the skills he acquired to build stronger ties between the British Chinese community and society as a whole.
William Wu is passionate about the Chinese diaspora, having studied Chinese economic history at Hong Kong University, Chinese financial markets at Fudan University and worked in Beijing advising European companies to enter the Chinese market.
He is a specialist in natural resources and corporate finance, at McKinsey & Company in London, helping governments and corporations across the world to make strategic decisions, identify areas for improvement, and capture value.
He has previously worked in structured finance at Leighton Holdings (the world’s largest contract miner), investment management in the natural resources and industrials team at Platinum Asset Management, investment and risk policy at the United Nations’ Green Climate Fund, and energy and power investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics from the University of New South Wales and a Master’s degree in Finance and Private Equity from the London School of Economics.
In his spare time, he enjoys playing soccer, skiing, jogging and hiking with his dog. He also enjoys volunteering and travelling around the world.
Kelvin Ma is a recent law graduate from SOAS, University of London. He was a founding member of its flagship law journal, where his analysis of legal positivism and religion was also published in the SOAS Law Journal http://www.soaslawjournal.org/?wpdmdl=338. He was also elected President of the University’s Law Society, through which he helped organise an inaugural lecture by Baroness Hale of the Supreme Court. Besides interning at leading law firms, he has also worked closely with the Sutton Trust to promote social mobility into the professions, having been a beneficiary of the Trust himself.
He was born in Hong Kong but raised in the UK and is very interested in learning more about China’s various cultures and languages. He is fluent in written and spoken Cantonese and Mandarin. He came first in a national Chinese cultural knowledge competition hosted by China’s Overseas Affairs Office, going on to attend the international finals in Xi’an as a UK delegate. He hopes to further connect with the Chinese community through the DEL programme. He firmly believes that those who straddle both British and Chinese cultures have a unique opportunity to bring these two cultures closer together.
Kelvin is excited to join the DEL programme and hopes to contribute to the British Chinese community through a combination of mentoring, networking and political engagement.
Zhiyi You is a management consultant and entrepreneur from China. He is currently working as a Senior Consultant within EY Advisory Services in London. Zhiyi obtained his MSc Business Administration from Católica-Lisbon School of Business & Economics and MSc Management from Lancaster University. He graduated from the University of International Relations in 2012, with a degree in Communication. He also took part in an exchange programme at Vienna University of Economics and Business.
Zhiyi has a broad consulting experience across a number of industries, including Government, Technology, Media, Telecommunications and Banking. His recent consulting projects include helping the UK government develop a strategy to attract Chinese investment in advanced manufacturing sectors, developing a global expansion strategy for a high-profile disruptive tech startup and designing a £3.3 billion procurement framework in the transport infrastructure industry.
Zhiyi is also a co-founder of a leading career coaching company in the UK. He is passionate about helping students navigate through career hurdles and enhance students’ employability. Zhiyi has also been actively participating and running a number of Chinese networks in the UK to build bridges for talented young Chinese leaders.
He always has a passion to be active in the Chinese diaspora community. He feels privileged to have received a lot of support from other people, and he wants to leverage his experience and skills for the benefit of all communities.
Zhiyi is thrilled to be on the DELP as the programme will benefit him greatly and help him to achieve his personal, professional and voluntary goals.
Corinna Chan currently works at Spotify and previously worked in the banking sector in the UK and Canada. She is a Chartered Accountant and holds membership in both England & Wales and Canada.
Having lived in North America, Asia, Europe, and travelled to 30+ countries to date, Corinna has developed a strong ability to connect with people from a wide range of backgrounds and professions. For the past decade, she has dedicated countless hours outside of her professional career to the community through various non-profit networks, such as Rotaract (the young professional’s branch of Rotary International), Coast Capital’s Young Leaders Community Council, and City of Richmond’s Sister City Advisory Committee, to name a few. She is particularly passionate about engaging young professionals in volunteerism and fostering cross-cultural learning across all ages, and was featured by local Canadian media as 30 Under 30 for her commitment to community betterment. She is excited to work with the bright minds of the DELP group and looks forward to creating meaningful impact within the greater London community.
Alex Man is a doctor interested in medical education. He is the founder of the Aspire Mentorship, an educational initiative which aims to introduce students to medicine and dentistry and provide mentors to help them develop the characteristics and skills required to become a good doctor or dentist.
Originating from Hong Kong, and brought up in the UK, he is connected with local Chinese community activities. His main achievements in this area include the promotion of Dragon Boat paddling, where he successfully captained the London Chinese Community Centre (LCCC) Dragon Boat Team to the Bank of East Asia Cup at the Lions Dragonboat Festival in 2014 as well as winning a Scratch Team Trophy at the annual London British Dragonboat Association (BDA) race day event in the same season. He is also involved in bridging East and West by forming educational links between Hong Kong, China and UK establishments via exchange programmes (Liverpool and UCL) and providing support with University applications.
As a member of the DELP family, he wants to assist in addressing the current and forthcoming challenges faced by the Chinese community in the UK whilst furthering his interest in providing educational inspiration locally and multi-nationally, particularly within the health field.