Professor Helen PENN

Professor Helen Penn is a Professor Emerita in the Cass School of Education and Communities of the University of East London and a Visiting Professor in the Institute of Education at the University College London. She has had a long career in early childhood care and education, beginning as an infant teacher, becoming a manager of services, and then a researcher and a professor of early childhood.

She has always been concerned that vulnerable children should be especially well cared for and educated and that mainstream services should be sensitive and flexible enough to provide for them. She has carried out her work in many countries for a variety of organizations including Save the Children, UNICEF., UNESCO and for the EU and OECD.

She has published many articles and books. One of her most recent books “Quality in Early Childhood Services: An International Perspective” has been trano Chinese and will be available at the end of 2016.

She is also a grandmother, and looking after her grandchildren has given her another perspective on the ways early childhood services meet the needs of children and their families.

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Dr. Mi Young AN

Dr. Mi Young AN is working at Kookmin University in South Korea as an associate professor in school of public administration and public policy. She finished her MSc in Gerontology at King’s College London and received DPhil in social policy from University of Oxford. Her research includes gender and social policy, social care, work-life balance policies, social security policies, East Asian welfare state.

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Dr. Yin-Ping TENG, Teresa

Dr. Yin-Ping Teng is an associate professor of Family Studies and Child Development at Shih Chien University in Taiwan. She completed her master and doctoral degrees in early childhood development and education from South Carolina University, USA. She has been a Fulbright visiting scholar at UC Berkeley.

Teng has published on Taiwan’s 0-3 child policy, children’s social-emotional development and new immigrant parenting. Her research has been funded by Fulbright Foundation, National Science Council and Ministry of the Interior, Taiwan.

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Dr. Suet Lin HUNG, Shirley

Dr Hung Suet-lin Shirley, is an Associate Head and Associate Professor of the Department of Social Work, Hong Kong Baptist University. At present, her teaching and research work is on areas of women and family, gender and social work, gender and social policy, narrative therapy, and group and community work. She has conducted research studies and published extensively on gender, social work, social policy and community development. She has been renowned for her strong commitment and rich experience in working with vulnerable groups and disadvantaged families. She was honoured the award of “Outstanding Social Worker” by the Hong Kong Social Workers Association in 1996 and the 60th Anniversary Distinguished Alumni Award by the University of Hong Kong in 2010. She was the Chairperson of the Social Workers Registration Board 2010-2013.

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Dr. Schooling is an Associate Professor, and Cluster leader (Non-communicable diseases in global health) in the School of Public Health at the University of Hong Kong, she is also a Professor at CUNY School of Public Health in New York.

Her research program concerns the long-term impact of early life experiences, informed by the evolutionary biology trade-off of growth and reproduction against longevity. She had been instrumental in developing Hong Kong’s “Children of 1997” birth cohort. She has (co-) authored >200 peer reviewed publications in the last 10 years, and is an associate editor of several journals.

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Dr. Cecilia Lam is a Research Practitioner. She is a registered Educational and Developmental Psychologist in Australia and Hong Kong. With over 15 years of experience working with children with special needs, specializes in working with children ages 0-12.

Dr. Lam has served as a clinical supervisor and a regular seminar presenter. She currently conducts research, provides assessment, intervention, and consultation in school settings. Dr. Lam is an active player in promoting evidence-based practice in Hong Kong.


Professor Cynthia Leung is currently Professor at the Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and is the program director of the Master of Educational and Child Psychology.

Professor Leung’s research includes parenting education, test development, program evaluation, cross-cultural psychology, migrant adjustment, child and adolescent well-being, and she has published extensively in these areas.

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Leung Lai Ching is Associate Professor of Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong. Her research interests are gender studies, social policy and social work. She is the author of Lone Mothers, Social Security and the Family in Hong Kong and the chief editor of the book Gender and Social Work. She is currently working on two research projects namely Making Policy for Child Care in Hong Kong and Why do men care? The experiences of male caregivers in Hong Kong as principal investigator.

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Professor Stephen W.K. Chiu got his doctorate from Princeton University and is currently Professor in the Sociology Department, and Co-Direcor, The Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also the Director of the Public Policy Research Centre and the Co-Convenor of the Global China Studies Programme under the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies.

His research interests include development studies, industrial relations, social movements, youth studies, and the comparative study of the East Asian region. He has published widely in international journals and has also written two co-authored books: East Asia and the World Economy (1995, Newbury Park: Sage) and City-States in the Global Economy: The Industrial Restructuring of Hong Kong and Singapore (1997, Boulder: Westview). His recent publication includes an co-edited volume in 2000, The Dynamics of Social Movement in Hong Kong (Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong Press) and a co-authored book, Hong Kong: Becoming a Chinese Global City (2007, London: Routledge). His research also covered many different public policy issues under commission by various public and governmental bodies.

He is also active in the community through his public services. He is currently the Chair of the Curriculum Committee on Liberal Studies (Senior Secondary), and had served as the Part-time Member of the Central Policy Unit, HKSAR Government, and a member of the Strategic Development Commission, HKSAR Government.

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Dr. Yuying TONG

Yuying Tong, born in Mainland China, received her PhD degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and currently is an associate professor in department of sociology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her main research interest areas include social demography, migration and immigration, family and life course, and children and youth. She has published in the mainstream sociology and population journals such as American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Social Science Research and Demography. Her current on-going research topics include consequences of parental migration on children, social segmentation of labor migrants and urban residents in China, migration and the household dynamics, and family transition in both China and Hong Kong.


Ms. Susan So is the Director of Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children — one of the pioneers and major players in supporting the care and development of young children since 1926. She is the Vice Chairman of the Specialized Committee on Children and Youth Service of Hong Kong Council of Social Service, Vice Chairman of the Council of Non-profit Making Organizations for Pre-primary Education, Chairman of the Ackerman Alumni Institute For The Family (HK) Limited, member of Advisory Committee on Early Childhood Teacher Education, Faculty of Education and Human Development of the Education University of Hong Kong, member of Advisory Committee of Early Childhood and Elementary Education Division of Hong Kong Baptist University School of Continuing Education and Convener of Young Children SEN Concern Group

Ms. So is a family therapist and a registered social worker with over 30 years of experience in direct practice, training and management of children, youth and family services.  She has been active in public discussion on professional as well as policy issues relating to young children and is an active advocate of public policies that affect the welfare of children and their families.


Dr CB Chow is Honorary Clinical Professor of the Department of Paediatrics, The University of Hong Kong,  Adjunct Associate Professor of the Department of Paediatrics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also Honorary Consultant of the Hospital Authority Infectious Disease Centre (HAIDC) at Princess Margaret Hospital and Honorary Consultant Paediatrician at Princess Margaret Hospital. He is the Founding President of The Hong Kong Society of Neonatal Medicine and Inborn Error of Metabolism. He serves on various boards in the community including Chairman of the Scientific Committee on Vaccine Preventable Diseases, Member of Steering Committee on non-communicable diseases,  Working Group on Injury Prevention, Task force on code on breast milk substitute,  Department of Health.  Dr Chow is also Chairman of Hong Kong Committee on Children’s Right, Playright Children’s Play Association, Hong Kong Childhood Injury Prevention and Research. He is also Director of Kwai Tsing and Tsuen Wan Safe Community and Healthy City Associations and has been involved in community safety and health promotion at community level. He also pioneered the Comprehensive Child Development Service for high risk pregnancies in Kowloon West Cluster and started a QK Blog project for high risk secondary school students and a GIS injury surveillance system at Kwai Tsing District.

Dr Chow has authored over 150 original articles, abstracts and chapters in books on paediatrics and infectious diseases. He has actively promoted various research works including childhood injury surveillance and intervention, adolescent health, early child development and child abuse, obesity and physical activity; intra-uterine growth in Chinese infants, physical health status of new immigrant children from mainland China, growth parameters in Down syndrome children; safe community and healthy city, child policy and play.

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Ms. Glenda NG is an occupation therapist specialized in serving children and adolescences. She is also an executive committee member of the Hong Kong Occupational Therapy Association.

Glenda is experienced in working with children with special needs. She had worked in different institutes including early education and training centre, special child care centre, special school, mainstream school and international school.

She is now actively taking part in social movements aiming at promoting wellbeing of children with special needs and improving education for these children.


Ms. Emily Wong is appointed as center supervisor of day creche serving 0-2 year old children since 2006. As a seasoned practitioner in child care of 0-6 year old, Emily enriched her experience from various positions of supervision, management and parenting education more than 20 years.

She received her Master degree in Education, major in Child and Adolescent. She is a part-time lecturer of the course of infant and toddler education in Hong Kong Baptist University. In addition to her teaching position, as a member of Child Care Centre Network, she dedicates herself to the development of early childhood education in Hong Kong.