Fundraising Talk for Syrian Refugees - War & Peace


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War & Peace - A Humanitarian Evening
Do you realize that the world now has the most armed conflicts since the end of the Cold War? In a prosperous city like Hong Kong, armed conflicts seem like nothing more than third world news to us. In effect, everything is so connected globally nowadays. In less than 2,000km away from our hometown, there is Rohingya crisis. Even closer to home, there are ongoing armed conflicts in the Philippines.

Hong Kongers are very well travelled. However, do you realize that Syria is now the only country that the HK government has given a black travel alert? The Syrian war has been dragging on since 2012 and there are 5.7 million Syrian refugees plus 6.2 million Syrians got internally displaced. They are in desperate need for humanitarian aid. ICRC, International Committee of the Red Cross, is among the few international organizations with access to Syria to support Syrians in need.

Renowned war journalist Ms Susanna Cheung and former International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Delegate Mr Jason Yip, will share their war and humanitarian journey with you on August 15 (Thursday), the event will be moderated by former Executive Chief Editor of Hong Kong Economic Times Mr Yau Shing Mu.

 

About the Speakers

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Ms Susanna Chui Yung Cheung
Susanna is a Hong Kong based independent journalist focusing on international affairs. She writes columns and commentaries for several newspapers and magazines both at home and abroad. She is also the author of six books based on her past reporting experiences around the globe, which include “ The Frontline of The Middle East” and “The Mediterranian Spring”. She has obtained the Human Rights Award and the Hong Kong Book Prize.

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Mr Jason Wai Cheong Yip
Jason is the Community Engagement Director of MWYO. Prior to this, he was the Regional Head of Unit at the government affairs & donor relations division of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), covering the Greater China, Malaysia and Singapore. During his development in the organization, Jason worked in the headquarters in Geneva to develop dialogue and mobilize resources with the member states to the Geneva Convention. In addition, he also stationed in Palestine, Afghanistan and Myanmar under the capacity of the ICRC Delegate. He was responsible for developing and implementing ICRC’s humanitarian initiatives in the battlefield. He had also experience in emergence relief, e.g. Sichuan’s earthquake in 2008 and migrant crisis in Andaman Sea in 2015. Jason has extensive experience in security analysis and building dialogues with non-state military groups.

Jason earned his master’s degree in International Relations from Waseda University in Japan and a BBA degree from the University of Hong Kong. He started his career as an analyst in Goldman Sachs. Jason is a sport lover with a strong passion for trekking and playing volleyball. Born and raised in Hong Kong, he speaks fluent French, Japanese, English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

In 2018, Jason was awarded a Medal of Honour by the HKSAR Government and was selected as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons by JCI HK. He was also a speaker at the TEDxPetalingStreet in Kuala Lumpur.

About the Moderator

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Mr Yau Shing Mu
Mr Yau was the Under Secretary for Transport and Housing between August 2008 and June 2012, and was reappointed the post on September 15, 2012. Before joining the HKSAR Government, Mr Yau had been a journalist for 25 years. After having served Radio Television Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Standard, he joined the Hong Kong Economic Times in 1992 and held the post of Executive Chief Editor between 2000 and 2008. He also served on the executive committees of both the Hong Kong Journalists Association and the Hong Kong Press Council. Mr Yau has received a number of journalist prizes, among them Best Hong Kong Newspaper Reporter (General News) awarded by the Hong Kong Newspapers Society in 1986. He has edited and published books on various social issues such as youth problems and Hong Kong's economic prospects. Mr Yau holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences.

Venue Sponsor
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Supporting Organization

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Donation (Tax deductible receipts will be provided)
HKD500 per ticket (you are welcome to donate more to ICRC)

Language
Cantonese supplemented in English

Remarks

Funds raised in this event, after deducting necessary costs, will be donated to the Health Department of ICRC in Lebanon to support Syrian refugees, while a small amount of it will be donated to Hong Kong Red Cross to support its Health and Resilience work in Hong Kong.

The net fund raised will be matched by some generous individual donors.

(This event has been postponed to August 15 due to typhoon on the original event date.)

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15

Date
15.08.2019
Time

19:30 - 21:00 (registration starts at 19:00)

Venue

HKUST Business School Central - Rm 1501-02, 15/F Hong Kong Club Building, 3A Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong (MTR J3 Exit)

 
Event Host
HKUST Alumni