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BIAAG Ambassadors

Spearheading the "Because I am a Girl" campaign in Hong Kong is a group of notable ambassadors comprising of 9 prestigious Hong Kong women who are noted for their achievements in their respective disciplines. We have a list of 9 ambassadors whom are as follows:

  • MRS CHRISTINE LIAO, JP

    Arts Educator (Ballet)

    "Because I am a Girl, I believe, given similar education and opportunities, girls can achieve and excel in politics, finances, the arts, sciences and all else, and make great contributions to society."

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    An outstanding performing artist, an inspiring teacher, a producer of huge-scale dance shows, an original choreographer, an enthusiastic advocate of arts, Christine Liao - Mao Mei has made a major contribution to the dance profession in Hong Kong for over the past 50 years. Under her stage name of Mao Mei, Christine Liao – Mao Mei was a leading dancer actress in many Mandarin movies between 1956-1963, one of which was selected by the Edinburgh Film Festival. She performed for many years as Hong Kong’s best known ballerina on stage and on television, thus promoting dance to an audience of thousands.

    After graduating from The University of Hong Kong where she majored in English and French Language and Literature, Christine Liao - Mao Mei left her film career to further her ballet studies in the United Kingdom. Upon her return to Hong Kong in 1964, she founded the Christine Liao School of Ballet and embarked on an educational career. Now in its 45th year, the school has developed into one of the largest in the world, and has produced world-class ballerinas who include principals of the Royal Ballet and other international companies, as well as winner of the Adeline Genée Gold Medal, and the National China Ballet Competition.

    A founder of the Hong Kong Ballet Company, Christine Liao - Mao Mei was Vice-Chairman and Chairman of its Executive Committee for many years. She has also been a Council Member of the Council for the Performing Arts, Chairman of the Dance Committee, of the Council, and Chairman of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music Fund. She has also been a committee member and advisor of City Contemporary Dance Company.

    In 1987, Christine Liao - Mao Mei was appointed a Justice of Peace by the Hong Kong Government in recognition for her valuable contributions to the world of dance and arts education in Hong Kong. In 2008 she was a recipient of a Hong Kong Dance Alliance Distinguished Achievement Award, and the Neway Achievement Award.

    Christine Liao - Mao Mei continues to contribute significantly to dance in Hong Kong: currently she is a member of the Advisory Committee of the School of Dance at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, an honorary advisor to the Hong Kong Ballet, an artistic advisor to the Hong Kong Dance Company, and an advisor to the Hong Kong Dance Federation.

    Christine Liao continues to produce each year many classical ballets for young audience such as “Swan Lake” “Sleeping Beauty” “Cinderella” “Coppelia” “La Fille Mal Gardee” etc, with a view to nurturing young artists, developing artistic excellence, and inspiring interest in Dance Culture. In addition, Christine Liao has set up Hong Kong Dance Foundation which continues to offer Dance Scholarship to many students every year since 1999.

  • MRS BETTY YUEN

    Vice Chairman of CLP Power Hong Kong Limited

    "Because I am a girl, I hope to raise the awareness of what girls are capable of if we are given the opportunity."

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    Mrs. Betty Yuen, is Vice Chairman of CLP Power Hong Kong Limited (CLP Power), responsible for the Company’s strategic direction of electricity business in Hong Kong and in South China. She is also Chairman of Hong Kong Nuclear Investment Company, an investment arm of the CLP Group in nuclear investment in China. Prior to this appointment in 2010, Mrs. Yuen has been Managing Director of CLP Power, the largest of the two electric utilities in Hong Kong for seven years.

    Under her stewardship, the company has fulfilled its mission of being a world-class electric utility, providing highly reliable, environmentally friendly and safe electricity supply at reasonable costs to over 5 million people in Hong Kong.

    In 2004, Mrs. Yuen was the first Hong Kong person to be named the “Business Woman of the Year” in the internationally acclaimed Veuve Clicquot Award.

    Mrs. Yuen is an active member in the community. She has been appointed by the HKSAR Government as a member of the Independent Commission on Remuneration for Members of the Executive Council and the Legislature, and Officials under the Political Appointment System of the HKSAR. She is also a member of Government’s Steering Committee on the promotion of Electric Vehicles. She has been a Council Member of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University since 2007. In December 2006, she was elected to the Election Committee under the accountancy sub-sector. She holds various positions with business organizations and sits on a number of advisory committees in universities.

    Mrs. Yuen received a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto in Canada. A qualified Canadian Chartered Accountant, she has a strong business, finance and accounting background both by training and by practice, and had held a number of senior management positions in PricewaterhouseCoopers and ExxonMobil in Hong Kong and overseas.

    She is married with two teenage daughters.

  • MRS CHRISTINE MA-LAU

    JEMS Learning House
    Founder and Principal, JEMS Learning House

    "Because I am a Girl, I can follow my dreams and help other girls do so too."

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    Mrs Christine Ma-Lau founded JEMS Learning House, an after-school learning community that focuses on Character Education for children up to the age of twelve.

    Christine holds a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Child Development and has taught students aged 6 to 16 years in different educational institutions in Hong Kong. In addition, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Philosophy from the London School of Economics.

    She created the learning house out of her passion for educating and inspiring young people to build strong character and preparing them to become positive leaders in the society. She believes that strength of character is the foundation of all great leaders, and it is essential to equip children with morals and values because “if you don’t stand for something, you'll fall for anything”. Her attitude towards teaching is influenced by the motto: “An excellent teacher will bring excellence out of the one who can’t find it in themselves”.

  • MS ALICE MAK

    Illustrator of Mcmug and Mcdull character

    "Because I am a girl, I thank God for my fragility, tenderness, domestic contentment, more sensitive, vulnerable and beautiful."

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    Alice MAK, graduated from the School of Design at the Polytechnic University in 1988. In 1991 she was invited by an Australian publisher to illustrate "Belinda's Blanket", written by the renowned children writer Margaret WILD. In the years following, she created the McMug series with co-creator Brian TSE and published "Fairy Tales for the Adults", started children’s magazine Yellow Bus Magazine in 1996 and licensed a series of McMug related products.

    In 2001, animation film <My Life as McDull< received the Best Film Award in Grand Prix Annecy 2003 international animation festival in France and also the Golden Horse Film Award’s Best Animation Movie, the McMug comics were translated and released in mainland China. The second movie, <McDull, Prince de la Bun<, released in 2004, received the Best Film Award from the Hong Kong Film Critics Society. The third movie, <McDull, The Alumni<, was released in early 2006 combines animation with real-life actors. MAK’s last animation feature entitled <Mcdull – Kungfu Ding Ding Dong< was released in Hong Kong and China in 2009.

  • DR CONNIE WONG

    Three-fingered pianist and winner of the Top Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Hong Kong, 2010

    "Because I am a Girl, I'd like to become a trustworthy individual who retains a quiet confidence despite failures, and eventually becomes a role model for society, similar in how successful men carve out their own identity."

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    Unlike any other pianists’ musical journeys, Connie has experienced an extraordinary trajectory in her musical career as a pianist and music educator. Due to her congenital deficiency, Connie was born with only three full fingers and had undergone a series of orthopedic surgeries to correct her fingers’ disfigurement throughout her childhood. It was only after she finished all the surgeries, at the age of 13, that Connie began her piano studies. Her passion for playing piano grew even stronger that gradually led Connie pursue her music dream in college years. Connie graduated at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in music, majoring in piano performance. Then she earned her M.A. and Ph.D in ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2006. Over her student years in the States, as a piano and keyboard player, Connie toured extensively with a music ministry in Southeast Asian countries, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the US.

    Connie is currently teaching world music seminars and courses at CUHK, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hang Seng School of Commerce and other colleges as an adjunct assistant professor. In addition to the teaching experience at academia, she has been giving piano lessons to children who have also suffered with deformed fingers. Her personal experiences not only encourage them to learn piano, but also build up their self-confidence and develop their potentials. Meanwhile, Connie has worked with different music organizations and orchestras for promoting the fusion of classical and pop music, world music and music education to general public. Regarding community service involvement, she has served at various affiliations including Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Leisure and Cultural Services Development and RTHK Radio 4, etc.

    Connie’s inspiring story has been extensively reported by different media. She was interviewed and profiled on TVB’s “Sunday Report—Three Fingers” in August 2007. In addition, she has been profiled in numerous local and overseas newspapers and radio shows. In the past 4 years after returning to HK, as a keynote and motivational speaker, Connie has been invited to share her encouraging story in schools, universities, churches, hospitals, prisons and charity organizations, for more than 120 occasions. She also speaks at various well-known banking and insurance companies. In 2008, she was invited to perform at the 2008 Olympic and Paralymic Equestrian Event, “Give Up Get Up” Nick Vujicic Conference, and was interviewed on RTHK’s “Music and Beyond.”

    Connie is one of the winners of the Top Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Hong Kong, 2010.

  • MS CINDY YEUNG

    Managing Director, Emperor Watch & Jewellery

    "Because I am a Girl, I can instinctively see the potential and promise of the girl-child hidden behind her deprivation. Just as the gemologist in me sees the value of every tiny rubble and knows that it can turn into a shiny diamond, if given a chance."

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    Ms. Cindy Yeung, is the Managing Director of Emperor Watch & Jewellery (HK) Company Limited. Ms. Yeung is a daughter of Dr. Albert Yeung, Chairman of Emperor Group. She joined the Group in September 1990 and has become a director of Emperor Watch & Jewellery (HK) Company Limited in April 1999. The Group has been under her management since then. She is responsible for the Group’s strategic planning, business growth and development and overseeing different operations within the Group. She has over 19 years of experience in the watch and jewellery industry. Ms. Yeung obtained the qualification of Graduate Gemologist of GIA in December 1988. She also graduated in the University of San Francisco in May 1989 with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Business Administration majoring in Management, with emphasis in International Business. She entered into the sales department of Anju Jewelry Ltd, a US based company engaging in trading of jewellery products and an Independent Third Party, prior to joining the Group in 1990.

  • MS OLIVIA YAN

    Artistic Director of PIP Theatre Group

    "Because I am a Girl, I have a lot of love and care to share and make it a better world."

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    Renowned multi-talented artist in the field of Asian contemporary theatre, Olivia Yan is a screenwriter, director, actress, teacher and writer. Her works are known for their intelligence and humor, combining deep insights with a poetic style.

    She comes from a family with Chinese opera background and has studied with a number of renowned teachers. Her wide range of acting skills, her meticulous sensitivity, beautiful voice and her creativity are highly regarded. She was invited to perform a number of her works in Japan, Shanghai and Taiwan several times. Recently she has been focusing on directing drama, including Coming Home, Midsummer Night's Dream, Moon 7 ½, the masterpiece that she co-directed with Jim Chim The Game, and her own production You Yuan. Her latest production Viva Odyssey will be shown in December.

    Olivia has won numerous awards and industry prizes, including Hong Kong Drama Awards Best Actress (2000 & 2005) and Best Supporting Actress (1993), Asian Cultural Council Fellowship (1999), Hong Kong Arts Development Awards – Rising Artist Award (Drama) (2003). In future, Olivia will continue to bring a vast amount of experience and artistic vision in her work.

  • MS LISA CHENG

    Renowned Athlete

    "Because I am a Girl, everything is possible! We need more of your love!"

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    A girl who has been creating one phenomenal record after another and is not looking to stop anytime soon:

    Lisa is popularly known as the "spider-girl". She has been setting standards in the sporting arena ceaselessly over the years in her pursuit of perfection. Since 1998, Lisa has won more than 30 individual championships and has reached the top spot several times in various global sporting events. Her records stand as testimony to her passion to excel in sports.

    She is the representative of the Hong Kong National BodyFitness Team, Hong Kong National Sport Climbing Team and Hong Kong National Aerobic Gymnastic Team. Lisa’s versatility can be seen in many areas, but her talents lie predominantly in the sports arena: she has numerous accredited qualifications in body fitness, gymnastics, boxing, Thai Kick-boxing, aerobic dancing, fit ball and belly dancing. She is also the guest lecturer for various universities, colleges and educational institutions. Her other roles include that of a TV program hostess, spokesperson for numerous brands; column writer, model and stunt actress. At the tender age of 20, Lisa has more accomplishments to her name than most people can attain in a life time. The spider-girl’s next goal is to be an action movie actress, her biggest aim in life yet.

    Lisa exudes confidence. She believes that all people have dreams and all dreams are possible if someone simply takes the initiative without fear or hesitation, just like her. She believes that the toughest challenge is not to give in to adversity, but to persevere with determination and belief.

    Her story has shown that no effort is ever wasted in reaching one’s goals. The key is to identify your strengths and abilities, believe in yourself, and have a good plan accordingly. Dreams are always attainable with hard work and conviction. Her personal motto is: “Opportunities are for the well-equipped. Always be prepared to equip yourself better and to excel, so you can overcome any challenge!”

    The awards she has won in the previous years include: The first Chinese female champion of speed climbing and the first Hong Kong women’s champion for Global, Asian and East Asian Body Fitness. She also ranked number one in Hong Kong speed climbing for women for 7 consecutive years and is the Hong Kong Body Fitness female champion for 5 consecutive years.

  • MS CHARLENE TSE

    Culinary Artist

    "Because I am a Girl, I was given the opportunity to develop a career for starting a new chapter in my life. If we give the same opportunity to girls in need, they can excel too!"

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    Ms Charlene Tse was raised in a family of musicians. Under her parents' influence, Ms Tse developed a keen interest and passion for the arts and went on to win the Miss Hong Kong pageant. She is presently involved with her own radio programme which she hosts herself. She also writes columns and runs her own cookie business. Ms Tse strongly advocates simplicity in life and organic food. She has two daughters.