Chief Executive Officer

Winnie CW Cheung joined Civic Exchange in September 2017, bringing with her decades of experience in executive leadership and public policy-making, in addition to a strong interest in well-being and sustainability issues. Ms Cheung was formerly Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and, in that capacity, acted as an adviser to government, legislators and decision-makers, and as a pioneer in corporate governance and sustainability development in Hong Kong. After retiring from the HKICPA, she pursued a second career as a psychotherapist with the goal of “helping others live a better life”. Ms Cheung possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Manchester, and is a Chartered Accountant in England & Wales, and Hong Kong CPA. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Social Science in Counselling from the University of Hong Kong.

Ms Michele WELDON

Programme Director

Michele Weldon, who first worked with Civic Exchange in 2004, rejoined the organisation in November 2017 as Programme Director. She has more than 20 years of experience in managing development and environmental programs with think-tanks, the private sector, nongovernment organizations, and the United Nations  (UN). Prior to joining Civic Exchange, Ms Weldon worked at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines and the UN in India.  She has a wide range of experience across many countries, including Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, the Philippines, Thailand, South Africa, Spain, and the United Kingdom.  Ms Weldon has a Master’s Degree in Environment and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London and an Undergraduate Degree in International Economic Development.

Ms Helen LUK

Communications Director

Helen Luk joined Civic Exchange in June 2018 as Communications Director, overseeing media relations, branding, and communications to raise the organisation’s profile and strengthen stakeholder engagement. She is a veteran journalist who has worked in both international and local media outlets, including the South China Morning Post and The Associated Press, the top US news agency. She also ran the official magazine of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants as Executive Editor. As a communications professional, she has extensive experience providing counsel and support on corporate governance and sustainable development issues at the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group. Ms Luk has a Master of Journalism from the University of Hong Kong and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Mr John SO

Operations Manager

John So joined Civic Exchange in January 2018 to look after the daily operations of the organisation including financial reporting, budgeting, IT development, compliance, internal control and risk management processes. He brings to the team his extensive work experience from the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Hong Kong Committee on Children’s Rights and Cable TV News.

Mr Jonathan LIN


Jonathan Lin joined Civic Exchange in late 2017 to assist with research projects. He previously worked for three years as a Buyside Equities Investment Analyst in New York City. Mr Lin holds a Master’s of Science in Global Energy and Climate Policy from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, and a Bachelor’s of Arts in English Literature from Carleton College.

Mr Cosmo LO

Communications Officer

Cosmo Lo, who joined Civic Exchange in 2017, manages the organisation’s website and social media channels. Before joining the communications team, he worked and volunteered for various NGOs in both Hong Kong and Britain. Mr Lo holds a bachelor’s degree in media and communications from the University of Sussex.