Change Makers Stage

Celebrating Social Innovation: Insights from the Hong Kong Social Enterprise Challenge

Day 1 : 15:50 – 16:40

This section will feature the winning teams and esteemed judges from the Hong Kong Social Enterprise Challenge (“HKSEC”), a competition that fosters youth-led social ventures in the region. The session will offer valuable insights into the innovative ideas, strategies, and challenges faced by the winners, as well as the perspectives of the judges on what makes a successful social enterprise. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to learn from and engage with these accomplished individuals to gain inspiration and practical advice for their own social innovation journeys.


Dr. Elsie Tsui

Head, Social Innovation, ORKTS CUHK/Project Director (HKSEC)

Dr. Elsie Tsui is the Head of Social Innovation of ORKTS of CUHK, and the Project Director of the Hong Kong Social Enterprise Challenge (HKSEC). In her role, Dr. Tsui supports CUHK members and local youth to co-create social impact through knowledge exchange and entrepreneurship. Prior to joining the university, she has extensive experience both as a corporate executive and a management consultant. She currently teaches at CUHK Business and serves on a few boards and government taskforce.

My sustainability goals for 2023:

Supporting both environmental and social sustainability efforts

William Chow

CFO & Co-Founder

William is the Co-Founder and CFO of ESGuardian, a green-tech startup devoted to bringing low carbon necessities products to individuals using Silica Capsule technology which reduce 99% size and weight of the products at the same time reduce >90% GHG from logistics and minimize plastic waste.
William was born and raised in Hong Kong. He worked for Big 4 accounting firm and international consulting firm. He graduated from the BBA in PACC in CUHK and he is a member of HKICPA.

My sustainability goals for 2023:

I would love to see more active involvement and awareness in environmental preservation from all parties (Government, Corporate and General Public).

Tze-wei Ng


Tze-wei Ng has been a regular judge for HKSEC since 2019. She has over a decade of experience advising NGOs and social enterprises in Hong Kong and the region on strategic issues such as governance, structuring, and fundraising.

As a private wealth lawyer specializing in philanthropy, impact investing, and ESG with the Hong Kong office of an international law firm, she merges her deep knowledge of charities and social innovation with her legal advisory work. She is known for her understanding of the increased mixed use of non-profit and for-profit tools in creating impact, and has been involved in setting up some of Hong Kong’s earliest social finance platforms and vehicles.

She is a board member of Resolve Foundation and HER Fund in Hong Kong, a founding board member of Global Alliance of Impact Lawyers, and was a founding team member of Sustainable Finance Initiative and founding director of the Hong Kong office for PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law.

Anushka Purohit

CEO and Co-Founder

Passionate, proactive and perseverant, Anushka is the CEO and Co-founder of Breer, a food upcycling startup that collects surplus bread from bakeries and restaurants and uses it to brew local craft beer. She has studied Electronic and Computer Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and has been featured in the Forbes 30U30 2023 List, is a Tatler Gen T Honoree, won AmCham’s Young Achiever 2021 and has been crowned Indians of the World at the House of Lords in UK.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

The reduction in single use plastics in the F&B Industry, alternative usage considerations for products that are presently being wasted, re-allocation of wasted resources back into the supply chain

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Tiffany Wong

Founder and CEO

Ms. Tiffany Wong, founder of Retrovert and winner of HKSEC 2021-22, is a passionate advocate for a circular economy. Retrovert, a leading O2O second-hand clothing platform among local youth, extends the lifespan of second-hand clothing through recycling, restyling and reuse, rebranding the consumption of used clothing and contributing to a culture of sustainability in Hong Kong. A portion of Retrovert’s income supports local young mothers and NEET youth by employment and on-job training.

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