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.
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.
Joyce Lau joined Civic Exchange in late 2016, bringing both news media and NGO experience to the team. She had previously spent a decade as an editor and writer at the New York Times, based in Hong Kong. She is also the former director of the Human Rights Press Awards. A Montreal native, Ms Lau read literature at McGill University and was a fellow at Oxford’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.
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.
Iris Chan joined Civic Exchange in 2008, and has extensive experience with office management and project administration in the telecommunications field. She has overseen company operations in office administration and human resources, providing support on various projects including Partners’ Forums and marketing programmes.
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.
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.