Fireside Chat

Fireside Chat

A fire-side conversation, co-hosted by the

Hong Kong Society & EY Far East Network

Date: Monday 16th April 2018
Venue: Ernst & Young LLP, 1 More London Place, London SE1 2AF
Time: 6.00 for 6.30pm


The Hong Kong Society has embarked on a series of ‘fire-side chats’ in collaboration with the EY Far East Network (EYFEN). The idea is for a guest VIP to be invited to deliver a talk/Q&A around his or her life experiences and career accomplishments. The chat will be with an experienced questioner.

Su-MeibWe are delighted that Ms Su-Mei Thompson, has accepted the invitation to be the next guest speaker.

Su-Mei Thompson is Chief Executive of Media Trust, which channels the creativity and skills of the media and creative industries to benefit charities, marginalised communities and young people.

Between 2009-2017, Su-Mei was CEO of The Women’s Foundation, an NGO dedicated to the advancement of women and girls in Hong Kong through research, community programmes, education and advocacy. In 2013, she founded the 30% Club Hong Kong, a group of chairmen and CEO leaders committed to bringing more women onto corporate boards.

Su-Mei holds law degrees from Cambridge and Oxford and an MBA from IMD where she was the first woman to graduate on the Dean’s list. She is also a past recipient of the HBSA-HK Andy Choa Scholarship which sponsors non-profit leaders to attend the SPNM program at Harvard Business School. She started her career at Linklaters as a corporate finance associate, while also serving as a lecturer and tutor in law at Kings College London. She went on to hold senior management positions at The Walt Disney Company, the Financial Times and Christie’s Asia.

Besides running Media Trust, Su-Mei is currently a council member of The Cheltenham Ladies College and serves on the board of Opera Hong Kong.

Su-Mei’s TED talk from 2015 “Dying To Be Thin” has attracted almost 100,000 views.

Su-Mei was a Judge for Campaign Asia’s Women Leading Change Awards 2017 and served as a Jury Member for the Cannes Glass Lions Awards 2016. She was the recipient of Public Affairs Asia’s 2016 Communicator of the Year Gold Standard Award. In 2015, she was the winner of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, Women of Influence Award for Non-Profit Leader of the Year and the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital/Tatler Women of Hope Award for Power & Influence. She has also been recognised as one of Hong Kong’s 100 Most Influential People by Debrett’s and the South China Morning Post.

20141223033917_17962Her interviewer will be Ms Sally Patterson. Sally (who was better known in HK as Sally Blyth) began her journalistic career at the BBC after graduating from London University in Modern History. She went on to work in publishing and PR and also television and radio (RTHK and ATV) as a political journalist in Hong Kong where she lived from 1983-1997. She covered the negotiations on Hong Kong’s future up to the handover when she worked with BBC Television. She hosted her own weekly television current affairs programme and has extensive radio broadcasting and reporting experience. Her book, Hong Kong Remembers’ was launched in Hong Kong by the then Governor Chris Patten with the Foreword written by the former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.

Sally is now working as a Senior Coach with Mandarin Consulting, an organisation giving careers advice to Chinese students studying in the UK.

This event is for members of the Hong Kong Society only. Space for this event is extremely limited and available on a first come first served basis. Please contact the office on or by telephone on 020 7963 9447 to register.

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