Kylie Uebergang

Board Co-Chair, Civic Exchange
Co-founder and former Executive Director, PathFinders

Compelled by the lack of support for children born to Foreign Domestic Workers in Hong Kong, Kylie co-founded PathFinders in 2007. She then dedicated the next six years to leading its development as voluntary Executive Director. Although she recently stepped down the PathFinders Board, where she served as Board Co-Chair, she remains a committed volunteer and donor.

Kylie is also actively engaged with Civic Exchange, a Hong Kong-based public policy think tank that influences government policy and public education towards a more liveable and sustainable Hong Kong. Kylie has been involved with Civic Exchange since 2002 and currently serves as the Board Co-Chair.

Kylie is dedicated to supporting the NGO community and enjoys mentoring young NGO leaders to fulfil their personal and professional missions. Her interest in social issues has deepened since living in Hong Kong, a community that she believes is rich, diverse, knowledgeable and generous, and yet at the same time provides vast opportunities to work towards a more equal and just society.

Kylie is qualified as a Chartered Accountant and has worked in Corporate Advisory Financial Services in Melbourne, Vancouver and Hong Kong. Hong Kong has been home for her and her family since 1999, and they have been a part of the Hong Kong Academy community since 2012.

Dr. Jill Robinson

Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Animals Asia

Dr Jill Robinson has been a pioneer of animal welfare in Asia since 1985 and is widely recognised as the world’s leading expert on the cruel bear bile industry, having campaigned against it since 1993. In 1998, she founded Animals Asia, an organisation that is devoted to improving the welfare of animals in China and Vietnam, by promoting compassion and respect for all animals, and working to bring about long-term change. Jill has built the organisation into a respected international NGO with over 300 staff, three core programmes (ending bear bile farming, companion animal welfare, and cat and dog animal welfare), and the rescue of nearly 600 bile farm bears now living in award-winning bear sanctuaries in China and Vietnam.

Among other awards, Jill has honorary doctorates from the University of Zurich and the University of Nottingham Ningbo, is Asia World Animal Day Ambassador, Council Member of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies Herbal Committee, and Member of the USA Society of Woman Geographers. In 1998, Jill was awarded an MBE by Queen Elizabeth, and in 2010 awarded "You Bring Charm to China" along with 12 prominent foreign people who have enriched life in China.

Matt Friedman 

Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder, The Mekong Club

Matt Friedman is an international human trafficking expert with more than 27 years of experience as an activist, programme designer, evaluator, and manager. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer for The Mekong Club, an organisation of Hong Kong-based private sector business people who have joined forces to fight human trafficking in Asia, which he also co-founded.