***full*** pre-agm reception - "the life changing impact of education"

Tuesday, September 17th 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Pre-AGM Reception - "The Life Changing Impact of Education"

Date:September 17, 2019 (Tuesday)
Time:6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
(Registration begins 5:30 pm)
Venue:Champagne Bar, 
Grand Hyatt, 
Lobby Level, 1 Harbour Road, 
 Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Event Fee*: Members: HKD 500
GSAS Alumni: HKD 500
Guest of Lifetime/Patron Members: HKD 800

We also welcome any donation for the Club to help with operating costs - https://www.paypal.me/harvardclubhk/

*Light refreshments and a drink will be served. 2nd drink and onward on cash bar. RSVPs required as seats are limited. Registration confirmed only upon payment. Please click "Register Now" below to reserve your seat(s)!


Event Description

We cordially invite all our members and GSAS Alumni to join us for a reception before our Annual General Meeting to hear about inspiring stories on "The Life Changing Impact of Education", please see rundown below: 

5:30pm - Registration
6:00pm - Cocktail Reception
6:30pm - A Conversation with Dean Emma Dench, The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences 
7:10pm - Sharing from Harvard Book Prize Scholarship Winners
7:45pm - Mingling Session
8:10pm - Event Ends

Keynote Speaker: Harvard Professor Emma Dench, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) and McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History and of the Classics, will discuss lessons from ancient Rome that inform her leadership of GSAS and how she applies that learning to shape the next generation of groundbreaking researchers and industry leaders.

Guest Speaker: Gogovan Co-Founder, Steven Lam, will share his journey from HK low income roots to creating Hong Kong's first billion dollar startup. 

Harvard Book Prize Scholarship Winners: 2018 Winners will share their life changing experience at Harvard Summer School this summer. 

After this private reception, we will host our Club's Annual General Meeting. Please join us to hear what we have done in the past year, learn more about the plans we have for the Club in the coming year and to meet our Board. Please register for the AGM via this link


Speaker Bios:

Keynote Speaker: Dean Emma Dench was born in York, grew up near Stratford-Upon-Avon, and studied at Wadham College, Oxford (BA Hons Literae Humaniores) and at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford (DPhil in Ancient History). Before taking up a joint appointment in the Departments of the Classics and of History at Harvard in January 2007, she taught classics and ancient history at Birkbeck College, University of London. She has been a Craven Fellow at the University of Oxford, a Rome Scholar and a Hugh Last Fellow at the British School of Rome, a Cotton Fellow, a Member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and a Visiting Professor of the Classics and of History at Harvard, and a Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellow.

Dench is the author of From Barbarians to New Men: Greek, Roman, and Modern Perceptions of Peoples from the Central Apennines and Romulus’ Asylum: Roman Identities from the Age of Alexander to the Age of Hadrian. She is currently completing “Imperialism and Culture in the Roman World” for the Cambridge University Press series Key Themes in Ancient History. Other current projects include a study of the retrospective writing of the Roman Republican past in classical antiquity.

While at Harvard, Dench received a Harvard College Professorship in recognition of “outstanding contributions to undergraduate teaching, mentoring, and advising,” a Marquand Award for Excellent Advising and Counseling, and an Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award for her mentorship of graduate students. 

Guest Speaker: Steven Lam, Co-Founder & CEO of GoGoVan. Grew up from a low-income family in a public estate of East Kowloon, Steven Lam had gone through a very interesting life so far. He studied at Sing Yin Secondary School. He failed HKCEE the first time and retook it, then he got accepted to the popular Hang Seng School of Commerce (HSSC) for Advanced Level. However, he dropped out from HSSC and chose to study community college - Diablo Valley College (DVC) in California, U.S. and completely funded himself through school by working in Chinese restaurant as a delivery boy after school everyday. During his time in college, he was eBay power seller by selling unlocked first generation iPhone, automobile parts and electronics; he tried to sell hotdogs in school as well as helping people to repair computer and ask for donations. He also got elected as the Student Government President of DVC, which he was the first international student ever being a student government president of a California Community College. Then he got accepted to University of California, Berkeley - HAAS School of Business, which ranked as Top 3 Business School of the U.S. for undergraduate program. While studying at Berkeley, he worked in Bank of America Merrill Lynch and California congressman office.

After graduating in 2010, he returned to HK and started his own business with two friends who studied in DVC and worked in the Chinese restaurant together. While they were working in their second venture, Boxad, a company put advertisements on lunch boxes, they experienced a big problem on booking vans for delivery service. Then they started working on GoGoVan, a mobile application which match the drivers and customers in terms of seconds with only $20,000 HKD as initial capital. GoGoVan is now operating in HK, SG, TW, KR and CN, with more than 45,000 registered vehicles and raised USD $16.5 million.


For membership details, please visit http://harvardhk.org/main/membership_application/membership or email Cindy at events@harvardhk.org



HK$500 (Lifetime/Patron)

HK$500 (Annual/Biennial/Complimentary Student Member)

HK$800 (Prospect/Guest)

Sign Up Date

(Lifetime/Patron) : Monday, August 19th 2019

(Annual/Biennial/Complimentary Student Member) : Tuesday, August 20th 2019

(Prospect/Guest) : Tuesday, September 17th 2019

Sign Up Deadline

Sunday, September 15th 2019

Time & Location

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Champagne Bar, Grand Hyatt, Lobby Level, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai

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