Change Makers Stage

From Classroom to Boardroom: How can Education Better Prepare Future Leaders for Social Impact?

Day 1 : 11:15 – 12:05

Looking at social impact through an educational lens reveals the need for equipping our future leaders with the knowledge and skillset to become more innovative and willing to take risks in this space. How can industry best work with educational institutions to incorporate the “S” into education and groom young talents into future agents of change?


  • What is the latest development of social impact education within tertiary education institutions in Hong Kong?
  • What role do formal credit-bearing courses and experiential learning play in cultivating a social impact mindset in future leaders?
  • What are the trending soft skills and exposures needed to practice social innovation?
  • In what ways can industry work with educational institutions to better prepare future talents to take the baton for the city’s social aspirations?

Post-event Actions for Delegates

  • With increasing pressure for industry to address social impact, what are the forthcoming career opportunities in your organisation? How can we empower youth and young professionals in this space?


Dr. Anson Au Yeung

Assistant Dean (Undergraduate Studies)

Dr. Anson Au Yeung is a Senior Lecturer in Finance and Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Business School. He also holds prominent positions as Programme Director for two key programmes at the institution: Asian Business Studies (ABS) and International Business & Chinese Enterprise (IBCE).
Before joining CUHK, Dr. Au Yeung was a Visiting Assistant Professor at City University of Hong Kong and a Visiting Scholar at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Dr. Au Yeung’s scholarly pursuits encompass a wide range of topics, with a particular emphasis on corporate finance, capital markets, and international finance.
Dr. Au Yeung’s teaching expertise spans a wide range of academic levels, including undergraduate and Executive MBA programmes. His dedication and excellence in teaching have been recognized through the Vice-Chancellor’s Exemplary Teaching Award.


Dr. Fred Kei-tat Ku

Project Director, Business Education for Social Good (BESGO) ; Associate Dean, CUHK Business School

Dr. Fred Ku, Associate Dean (Undergraduate Studies) at CUHK Business School, is an accomplished scholar and award-winning educator in fields of business economics, social values and ESG. He is also the founder and director of CUHK BESGO Programme, which aims to cultivate social mindset of budding business leaders and proactively drive cross-sector collaboration to co-create greater social good. Besides, Dr. Ku provides training and consultancy services to businesses and government agencies.

My sustainability goals for 2023:

I aspire to see Hong Kong nurturing socially conscious leaders, and businesses prioritizing social value alongside economic profit, ultimately fostering a sustainable and inclusive society.

Melanie Kwok

Assistant General Manager – Sustainability

Melanie is the Assistant General Manager (Sustainability) of Sino Group, she oversees a range of sustainability projects related to ESG Stakeholder, Stakeholder Engagement and Heritage Conservation. Being a specialist in the realm of Sustainable Development, Melanie has also gained extensive experiences in Sustainable Tourism and Stakeholder Engagement.

Melanie holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Management from the Imperial College London, a Master Degree of Science in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a Postgraduate Degree in Sustainable Business from the University of Cambridge. She is also a certified Sustainable Tourism Professional by Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Joining hands with our stakeholders in creating better lifescapes.

Henry Lee

Board Director and Former CEO

Henry has been with Teach For Hong Kong since 2020, having served as the CEO and currently the Director of the Executive Board. Through Teach For Hong Kong’s flagship Fellowship program, he has been endeavouring to nurture future leaders to address education inequity.
In his full-time capacity, Henry is the Enterprise Account Director at LinkedIn Talent Solutions, a role where he supports enterprise clients in hiring and developing great people. He is also the Social Impact lead at Linkedin, where he offers grants and support to non-profits in leveraging LinkedIn products in Hong Kong.
He is also a member of the Quality Education Fund Sub-committee, a role where he funds proposals from local schools and universities to scale up their quality education programmes.

My sustainability goals for 2023:

I believe leadership is the fundamental solution to the world’s problems. I aspire to witness our communities continue to invest in emerging leaders. It’s my fervent hope to see more of these young visionaries stepping forward to grapple with complex issues and drive impactful, tangible solutions.

Dr. Meike Sauerwein


Dr. Meike Sauerwein is a faculty at HKUST and the academic lead of the HKUST Life Cycle Lab. Her research interests evolve around environmental assessment of systems & products and consumption behaviours with focus on of circular systems in FMCG & textile. She teaches about Sustainable Consumption & Life Cycle Assessment and its applications in business, sustainable finance, and policymaking. Meike also leads the Sustainability Education Working Group of the HK Sustainable Campus Consortium.

My sustainability goals for 2023:

Openness of Hong Kong’s citizens towards rethinking and redesigning lifestyles that minimize resources demands and protect wellbeing of current and future generations.

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