PROFESSOR KEITH RICHBURG
Professor and Director of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre, The University of Hong Kong
Keith Richburg is a journalist and former China correspondent who spent more than thirty years overseas for The Washington Post, serving as bureau chief in Paris, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Nairobi, and Manila. He covered the invasion in Iraq, the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the US military intervention in Somalia, the genocide in Rwanda, and the 1997 handover of Hong Kong to China. After retiring from the Post in 2013, he became a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University and a lecturer of international reporting at Princeton University. Keith’s coverage has won numerous awards, including two George Polk Awards, and was twice a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his reports from Somalia. His 1997 book, Out Of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa, chronicles his travels across Africa. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has a master’s degree from the London School of Economics.
PROFESSOR PAUL YIP
Director, Centre for Suicide Research and Professor; Chair Professor, Department of Social Work and Social Administration, University of Hong Kong
Prof. Yip is the Chair Professor at the Department of Social Work and Social Administration and the Director of the Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention at the University of Hong Kong. His research interests include suicide prevention, population health, poverty, biostatistics and demographic studies.
Prof. Yip is dedicated to suicide prevention and mental health promotion. Internationally, he was the Vice-President of the International Association of Suicide Prevention (2009-2014) and the Secretary General of the Asian Population Association (2015-2018). He also holds various positions in the Hong Kong community, including the Honorary Board of Governors of the Suicide Prevention Service (2005-present), Chair of the Research Committee Family Planning Association of Hong Kong (2008-present) and the Associate Member of the Central Policy Unit of Hong Kong SAR (2013-2015). Prof. Yip has received the Medal of Honour from the Hong Kong SAR Government in 2017.
Bi-lingual Stand Up Comedian
Vivek Mahbubani is a Hong Kong-bred bilingual stand-up comedian performing in both Cantonese and English. Having been crowned the Funniest Person (in Chinese) in Hong Kong in 2007 followed by his victory in the English category at the Hong Kong International Comedy Competition in 2008, Vivek has had the opportunity to take his sense of humor all over Asia including Hong Kong, China, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, Manila, Bangkok, Sri Lanka and India. Having been ranked as the top comedian in Hong Kong, in 2014, the World Famous Laugh Factory in USA ranked Vivek as one of the top 10 comedians in their Annual Funniest Person in the World Competition. In 2015, he was handpicked as one of the comedians to represent Asia's best in Melbourne International Comedy Festival's inaugural "Comedy Zone Asia" shows . In 2016, he was featured in Comedy Central's first ever "Stand up Asia!" shows. One of Vivek's passions is reading and his favorite book is Sun Tzu's Art of War. Oddly, his favorite color is hot pink.
Journalist at the Daily Telegraph and Author
The winner of the 'Making A Difference' award at the 2017 Mind UK Media Awards, Bryony Gordon is a British journalist who has been a star columnist at The Daily Telegraph since 2006.
A passionate advocate of speaking openly about mental health, she writes regularly about the subject in her columns and her most recent book, Mad Girl, is a memoir about her own struggles with OCD, bulimia, alopecia and drug dependency.
Gordon won 'Campaign of the Year' in the 2017 British Journalism Awards for her 'Changing Minds' podcast series featuring guests including Prince Harry, who opened up about his experiences of loss and mental health for the first time. Gordon is also the founder of Mental Health Mates, a series of volunteer-led meet-up groups that allow people with mental health issues to meet, walk and talk 'without fear of judgement'. Already all around the UK, Gordon is hoping the concept will spread worldwide.
Chief Executive, Mind UK
Paul Farmer has been Chief Executive of Mind, the leading mental health charity working in England and Wales since May 2006.
Paul is Chair of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO), the leading voice of the UK’s charity and social enterprise sector. Paul is also a trustee at Lloyds Bank Foundation which invests in charities supporting people to break out of disadvantage at critical points in their lives.
Paul was Chair of the NHS England Mental Health Taskforce which brought together health and care leaders and experts in the field, including people using services, to lead a programme of work to create the current mental health Five Year Forward View for the NHS in England. He is now Chair of the Advisory and Oversight Board for the Five Year Forward View for mental health Co-Chair for the Prime Minister.
Former Senior Executive Producer at TVB Pearl Hong Kong
Diana Lin, now retired, was Senior Executive Producer of The Pearl Report, an award-winning weekly documentary show that airs on TVB’s English-language Pearl channel. TVB is Hong Kong’s biggest free-to-air television station. One of the most prominent network news personalities in Hong Kong, she is also former presenter of TVB Pearl’s evening news program. Diana’s career in journalism spans more than 30 years and covers many countries, including two-year stints in Beijing and Tokyo.
Global Director, Time to Change
Sue leads the Time to Change Global Programme, as well as supporting the England programme (the largest ever programme to end mental health stigma and discrimination in England *). Her global role involves working with local community organisations and people with mental problems to address stigma, along with governments, policy makers, key influencers, and community groups across the Commonwealth, with funding from the UK Government.
Having set up the domestic Time to Change programme in 2007, Sue has led it for over ten years as the Director. Within this timeframe there have been significant improvements at national levels in public attitudes and reductions in reported discrimination, evidenced by the highest level of academic evaluation.
Sue’s previous roles have involved Marketing Director for a leading mental health charity in New Zealand (the Mental Health Foundation) setting up marketing, campaigning and fundraising programmes and supporting the ‘Like Minds, Like Mine’ campaign to address the discrimination experienced by people with mental health problems. Prior to that she worked for nine years as the first ever Head of Media Relations at Mind, in particular carrying out the UK’s first survey of the extent and impact of stigma in the mid 1990s.
DR JOSEPHNE WONG
Specialist in Psychiatry; Honorary Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Hong Kong
Dr Wong is a psychiatrist in private practice. She is an honorary clinical assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Medicine, and a part time lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She was born and bred in Hong Kong, did her medicine degree at the University of London, and psychiatry training in Cambridge. She taught at the University of Hong Kong for ten years before starting her own practice. Dr Wong is a member of the Advisory Committee on Mental Health convened by the government to promote mental health, reduce stigma, and improve services for individuals with mental issues.
FLORENCE DE CHANGY
Le Monde Correspondent and FCC President
Correspondent for Le Monde and the French National Radio in Asia Pacific since 1991, based in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Taiwan and Hong Kong since 2007. Currently President of the Foreign Correspondents' Club Hong Kong
DR. KING-WA FU
Associate Professor, Journalism and Media Studies Centre, The University of Hong Kong
Dr. King-wa FU is an Associate Professor at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre (JMSC), The University of Hong Kong. His research interests cover health and the media, younger generation's Internet use, political participation and media use, and computational media studies,. He is a visiting Associate Professor at the MIT Media Lab and Fulbright-RGC Hong Kong Senior Research Scholar in 2016-2017. He has a PhD from the JMSC, a master’s degree in Social Sciences and a MPhil in Engineering. He was a journalist at the Hong Kong Economic Journal before turning to academia. His online CV: http://sites.google.com/site/fukingwa/.
Asia Pacific Editor, CNN International
Andrew Stevens is the Asia Pacific Editor for CNN International based in Hong Kong. He joined CNN in 1999 as a business correspondent and has extensively covered stories across the region. Stevens, who is originally from Australia, is a former print journalist who relocated from London to Hong Kong in 1993 in the lead-up to the territory’s handover to China in 1997. Before joining CNN, he worked as financial editor of the South China Morning Post and senior correspondent for CNBC based in Hong Kong.
He has worked extensively as a news anchor on CNN and has reported on many of the most significant events across the Asia region in the last 20 years including the Asian financial crisis, the ouster of Indonesian President Suharto, the Boxing day tsunami, disappearance of MH370, and Hong Kong's umbrella revolution in 2014. He was the only western journalist on the ground in the Philippines when devastating Typhoon Haiyan struck. CNN’s coverage of Haiyan won Best International News story at the prestigious Royal Television Society awards in London.
WINNIE W.S. MAK
Professor, Department of Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Winnie W. S. Mak is a Professor in the Department of Psychology, Professor (by courtesy) at the Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care, and the Associate Dean of Research in the Faculty of Social Science at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara and her postdoctoral training in clinical services research at the University of California, San Francisco. Her research mainly focuses on mental health promotion especially through technology, stigma of social minorities, and personal recovery of mental illness. She has served on the Advisory Group on Mental Health Promotion for the Hong Kong SAR Government.
She co-founded StoryTaler說書人, a community-based anti-stigma and mental health promotion group, with people with lived experience of mental illness, community members, and psychology graduates under the principles of co-production and equal participation. Her most recent project, Jockey Club TourHeart Project, incorporates multimedia anti-stigma and mental health awareness campaign and a stepped care mental health system for working adults as funded by the Jockey Club Charities Trust.
PROFESSOR SAMSON TSE
Associate Dean (Undergraduate Education), Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Hong Kong
Samson is the Professor in Mental Health, Associate Dean (Undergraduate Education) at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Director of the Master of Social Sciences in Counselling in the Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong. Prior to his relocation to Hong Kong, he has worked in New Zealand – Dunedin and Auckland− for over 20 years. Samson has had a long standing interest in supporting persons affected by gambling addiction and mental health issues by using recovery approach and strengths-based interventions.
Former Associate Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University
Judith Clarke is a former associate professor at Hong Kong Baptist University, a job she has just retired from after 28 years. In the 1980s she worked for Asiaweek magazine as a researcher, reporter and editor. In the mid-80s she was posted to Bangkok as Indochina correspondent and travelled to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia to report on those countries, which were off-limits to most non-Soviet-bloc citizens. She developed an interest in that part of the world, and after she moved back to Hong Kong and took up the post at HKBU she started researching the region. Her PhD thesis studied the effects of Western framing on international coverage of Cambodia in the 1980s, and she followed up with scholarly articles on the development of the media in that country after the 1991 peace agreements. She also published research on satellite-delivered news in Asia, press freedom in Hong Kong and online news in China. She taught all areas of news writing and reporting, specialising in international and comparative news. In recent years she set up courses in entrepreneurial journalism at HKBU and is now writing a book on journalistic enterprise in the news media of Greater China and Southeast Asia. She has also been working at a Yangon post-secondary college, teaching courses there and helping set up its journalism degree programme.