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.

Michi Ferreol

Co-founder, CAMP Philippines

Michi is a young education advocate devoted to improving access to quality education in underserved communities and reinventing education models to meet 21st century needs. In 2012, she co-founded CAMP Philippines, a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing and expanding international education opportunities to Filipino students. Over the last 5 years, CAMP has served thousands of students across the Philippines and is part of a growing network of organisations that promote higher education access across the world.

Michi graduated cum laude in Sociology from Harvard College in 2015 and as a recipient of the Richard Glover Ames and Henry Russell Ames Award, an honour given to only two seniors in the graduating class. She also completed the Harvard Undergraduate Teacher Education Programme, graduating with a K-12 teaching license for English Language Arts. Before that, she graduated from the International School Manila as a Filipino scholar, where she received the EARCOS Global Citizenship award in 11th grade.

After graduating from Harvard, Michi joined a business rotational programme at Curriculum Associates, an education technology company in Boston, MA. Currently, she is a Learning Experience Designer for the African Leadership University in Mauritius, a higher education institution which aims to build the next generation of African Leaders. There, she creates powerful learning experiences for students from all over the African continent.

Kenny Peavy  

Kenny loves getting people outdoors playing and exploring so they discover a connection with nature and learn to respect and take care of the planet we all share.

He’s ridden a bamboo bike across South East Asia to raise awareness for sustainability in the region. He also likes to Rock for the Environment with music, arts and cultural shows to raise funds for conservation.

In April 2014, Kenny paddled around Phuket, Thailand in a kayak with the GREEN Paddlers to teach people about marine conservation issues in the region.

Most recently, he initiated the Buy A Book, Support a Village programme using his books and publications to raise funds to empower women in Southeast Asia, promote literacy and support conservation projects in the region.

As a result of his dedication to the environment, environmental education and conservation he’s been awarded Volunteer of the Year by both the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Organisation in the USA and the Malaysian Nature Society in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Nowadays, he leads Education Outside The Classroom expeditions all over Southeast Asia to inspire students and teachers to make a deep connection with nature and take action for a sustainable future!