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(Arranged in alphabetic order of surname.)

Keynote Speakers

Professor Clair BROWN | Dr. Peter D. HERSHOCK | Dr. Gabor KOVACS | Rev. John PARASKEVOPOULOS | Professor Richard PAYNE | Dasho Karma URA | Professor Laszlo ZSOLNAI |

Paper Presenters

Professor CHENG Chenhuang | Professor Toshiichi ENDO | Dr. GUANG Xing | Dr. Georgios. T. HALKIAS | Professor Knut J. IMS | Professor Venerable JING Yin | Charles G. LIEF, JD | Dr. Ernest C. H. NG | Professor Hendrik OPDEBEECK | Dr. G.A. SOMARATNE | Dr. Keren TSUK | Dr. Justin WHITAKER |

Panelists

Professor Clair BROWN | Ms. Annie CHEN | Mr. Jed EMERSON | Mr. Andrew FUNG Hau-chung | Mr. Raymond LAM | Mr. George LEUNG | Dr. Ernest C. H. NG | Mr. Francis NGAI Wah-sing | Venerable SIK Hin Hung | Mr. David YEUNG | Professor Laszlo ZSOLNAI |

Workshop Presenters

Mrs. Julia CULEN | Dr. Anthony LOK | Mr. Christian MAYHOFER | Venerable SIK Hin Hung |Ms. Debra Tan |Ms. Bonnie WU |



Professor Clair Brown

Clair Brown is Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Work, Technology, and Society at the University of California, Berkeley. Clair has published research on many aspects of how economies function, including the standard of living, wage determination, inequality, sustainability, high-tech industries, and development engineering. Her books include American Standards of Living, 1919-1988, and Buddhist Economics: An enlightened approach to the dismal science (Bloomsbury Press, 2017). Read about Clair’s economic approach and life as an economist in Eminent Economists II – Their Life and Work Philosophies (Cambridge University Press, 2013). At UC Berkeley, Clair teaches an undergraduate seminar on Buddhist Economics, which is an economic framework that integrates global sustainability and shared prosperity along with care for the human spirit. Her book Buddhist Economics describes how to create a sustainable economy that supports a comfortable, meaningful life for all people. A Buddhist economy is compared to a free market economy, which is based on self-interest and materialism. Clair is also a faculty leader in Development Engineering, a program for graduate students to develop their multidisciplinary skills for designing, building, and evaluating new technologies to help regions improve quality of life in a sustainable way.

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Ms. Annie Chen

Since 2009, Ms. Chen has dedicated her time and resources toward social and environmental causes with the potential to generate positive systemic change. Believing in the need to harness the power of capital and financial markets to combat global challenges such as climate change, resource depletion and environmental degradation, she has worked to enhance the development of social entrepreneurship and to promote sustainable finance and impact investing in Hong Kong and Asia.
After going through the journey of integrating sustainability and impact considerations across her entire portfolio of investments and grants and seeing the urgency of getting more investors and stakeholders engaged, RS Group, a non-profit platform called the Sustainable Finance Initiative (“SFI”), was created to raise awareness and promote sustainable finance in Hong Kong.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Ms. Chen obtained her BA from Brown University and her JD from Columbia Law School. After a decade working as a tax lawyer, Annie joined her siblings in managing the family office established by their parents. She founded RS Group in 2009 to manage her personal wealth. Annie sits on the board of Civic Exchange, a Hong Kong public policy think tank.

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Professor Cheng Chenhuang

Professor Cheng Chenhuang received his Master of Law from Graduate School of Journalism at National Chengchi University, Taiwan. He is the founding President of Amala Association, Taiwan, Dean of Graduate School of Mahāyāna Buddhism at Ching Chueh Buddhist Sangha University, Taiwan, President cum editor-in-chief of Precious Raft Magazine and Buddhology advisor to the Vimālakīrti Buddhist Centre, Singapore. He has published over 40 translated works from English to Chinese including The Tibetan Book of Living and Death, Mirror of Mindfulness, Anapanasati, The Heartwood of Bodhi Tree, among others.

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Mrs. Julia Culen

Julia Culen is an executive coach and consultant in the field of Corporate Development and Culture Transformation. In her approach she combines systems thinking with wisdom traditions and mindfulness practice. She gives keynotes, publishes and teaches on topics like new work, self-organization and the need to foster human potential. In her role as Visiting Professor at the University of Vienna she co-leads research projects in the field of ‘new work’. Together with her partner she leads retreats on “Presence” and “Personal Mastery” focused on personal empowerment. Mrs. Culen is also strongly engaged in bringing mindfulness to the world of business and politics. She has held consulting and leadership positions at the Boston Consulting Group, UniCredit Bank Austria, and Beratergruppe Neuwaldegg before founding Culen Mayhofer Partner in 2014.

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Mr. Jed Emerson

Jed Emerson is strategic advisor to family offices and wealth management firms executing diverse approaches to investing for financial returns with social and environmental impact.
Co-author of the first book on impact investing, as well as six other books on impact investing and social entrepreneurship, he has been active in both fields for nearly thirty years. He has served as founding director and board member of diverse social enterprises and impact investment groups.
Mr. Emerson is a Senior Research Fellow at University of Heidelberg’s Center on Social Investing and has held faculty appointments at Harvard, Stanford and Oxford business schools. He has taught social entrepreneurship at Kellogg Business School and NYU-Abu Dhabi in the U.A.E.
In the late 90s, Mr. Emerson coined the concept of ‘Blended Value’ to describe the reality that the value we create in our lives and through our investing is a blend of social, environmental and economic elements.
In recent years, his work has expanded to include consideration of not simply how to invest for more than money, but also how we might think about the deeper purpose of our wealth and lives—the Why. His latest offering, the eighth book he has produced, is The Purpose of Capital: Elements of Impact, Financial Flows and Personal Being and explores the broad and historic links and connections between how we think about money and investing and how we understand the total, integrated value of our lives and the world.

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Professor Toshiichi Endo

Professor Endo is Visiting Professor, and formerly an Associate Professor at the Centre of Buddhist Studies (CBS), The University of Hong Kong. He was a full Professor at the Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. His major publications include Dāna: The Development of Its Concept and Practice (1987), The Pāli Aṭṭhakathā Correspondence Table (co-compiled) (PTS, 1994), Buddha in Theravāda Buddhism: A Study of the Concept of Buddha in the Pāli Commentaries (1997, 2002), Studies in Pāli Commentarial Literature: Sources, Controversies, and Insights (CBS, 2013), and two more works awaiting publication, The Buddha in the Theravāda Exegetical Literature: His Knowledge and Physical Attributes, (to be published shortly) and The All-Pleasing: A Commentary on the Rules of Discipline (Shan-Chien-Lu-P’i-P’o-Sha善見律毘婆沙), Numata Center for Buddhist Translation and Research, Berkeley, USA (co-translated, to be published in 2020). He has also many internationally acclaimed research articles to his credit.

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Mr. Andrew Fung Hau-chung

Andrew Hau-chung Fung is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Henderson Land Development Company Limited. He holds the Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Hong Kong and an Honorary Fellowship awarded by Lingnan University. Mr. Fung served as the Executive Director and the Head of Global Banking and Markets of Hang Seng Bank Limited before he stepped down such positions in July 2017. He is the Professor of Practice (Finance) in the School of Accounting and Finance of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Adjunct Professor of the Hang Seng University of Hong Kong and has about 36 years of experience in banking, capital markets and asset management. Mr. Fung is currently a Board Member of the Hospital Authority and the Chairman of Eastern Hospital Governing Committee. Previous public appointments include Associate Member of Central Policy Unit, Board Member of Hong Kong Airport Authority, and Energy Advisory Committee.

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Dr. Guang Xing

Dr. Guang Xing received his Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of London. He is an Associate Professor and Director of the Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong. Other posts include: Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation Visiting Professor in ‘Buddhism and Contemporary Society’ at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver 2007; and Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies at the Buddhist College of Singapore 2010-2014. His publication focused on The Concept of the Buddha: Its Evolution from Early Buddhism to the Trikaya Theory (Routledge 2005) and he is currently working on two monographs Filial Piety in Chinese Buddhism, which is complete, and Buddhism and Chinese Culture. Furthermore, he has published many papers such as, “A Buddhist-Confucian Controversy on Filial Piety” in the Journal of Chinese Philosophy, “Buddhist Impact on Chinese Culture” in Asian Philosophy, “The Teaching and Practice of Filial Piety in Buddhism” in Journal of Law and Religion, and “Filial Piety in Chinese Buddhism” in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Buddhism.

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Dr. Georgios T. Halkias

Dr. Georgios T. Halkias is Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Programme Coordinator at the Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong. He earned his DPhil in Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford and has held several research posts at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, and at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. He has published extensively on Indo-Tibetan Pure Land Buddhism, Himalayan and Tibetan Studies, and other comparative topics. He is the author of Luminous Bliss: A Religious History of Pure Land Literature in Tibet. With an Annotated Translation and Critical Analysis of the Orgyen-ling Golden Short Sukhāvatīvyūha-sūtra (2013), and along with Prof. Richard Payne he is the co-editor- in-chief of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Buddhism.

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Dr. Peter D. Hershock

Dr. Peter D. Hershock is Director of the Asian Studies Development Program and Education Specialist at the East-West Center in Honolulu and holds a Ph.D. in Asian and Comparative Philosophy from the University of Hawaiˋi. His philosophical work makes use of Buddhist conceptual resources to address contemporary issues of global concern. He has authored or edited more than a dozen books on Buddhism, Asian philosophy and contemporary issues, including: Liberating Intimacy: Enlightenment and Social Virtuosity in Ch’an Buddhism (1996); Reinventing the Wheel: A Buddhist Response to the Information Age (1999); Chan Buddhism (2005); Buddhism in the Public Sphere: Reorienting Global Interdependence (2006); Valuing Diversity: Buddhist Reflection on Realizing a More Equitable Global Future (2012); Public Zen, Personal Zen: A Buddhist Introduction (2014); Value and Values: Economics and Justice in an Age of Global Interdependence (edited, 2015); and Philosophies of Place: An Intercultural Conversation (edited, 2019). His current research, initiated as a 2017-2018 Fellow of the Berggruen Institute in China, focuses on the personal and societal impacts of the attention economy and artificial intelligence.

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Professor Knut J. Ims

Mr. Knut J. Ims is Professor in business ethics at the Department of Strategy and Management, the Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen, Norway. He is member of the business ethics faculty group of the Community of European Management Schools (CEMS) – The Global Alliance in Management Education, and member of The European SPES Institute. He has published extensively in international journals and books. Recently, the anthology Art, Spirituality and Economics. Liber Amicorum for Laszlo Zsolnai, Springer 2018, is co-edited with Luk Bouckaert and Peter Rona. The article; “Quality of Life in a Deep Ecological Perspective. The Need for a Transformation of the Western Mindset?” is forthcoming in Society and Economy.

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Professor Venerable Jing Yin

Ven. Dr. JING YIN, PhD (London); Professor, Nanjing University, Executive Director of the Research Institute of the Buddhist Culture of China; Subject Specialist of Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic & Vocational Qualifications, Abbot of the Po Lin Monastery in Hong Kong and former Director of the Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong (2001-2010).
Amongst his representative publications are Diamond Sutra & Heart Sutra: A Translation, Annotation, and Commentary, Three Sutras of Pure Land: A Translation, Annotation, and Commentary, The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch: A Translation, Annotation, and Commentary. He is often invited to conduct courses or give lectures in Hong Kong, Macau, UK, USA, Canada, Singapore and Philippines.

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Dr. Gabor Kovacs

Gabor Kovacs Phd. works as Assistant Professor at the Business Ethics Center of the Corvinus University of Budapest. He defended his PhD thesis ‘The Value-orientations of Christian and Buddhist Entrepreneurs’ in 2017. With undergraduate studies in economics and management, he received his master’s degree in Buddhist Studies from the Budapest Buddhist University in 2010. He participated in the research projects of the Business Ethics Center about the ethical value-orientations and the ecological value-orientations of Hungarian entrepreneurs and he is currently researching Buddhist economics, and the role of spirituality in business. He is the secretary of the Hungarian Bhutan Friendship Society since its foundation in 2011, and a member of the Pali Translation Group that aims at the translation of Buddhist Scriptures from the Pali Canon to Hungarian language since 2008.

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Mr. Raymond Lam

Raymond is Senior Writer of Buddhistdoor Global. He is a Hong Kong journalist who has covered prolifically Buddhist Studies, theological matters, and interfaith dialogue. He has reported on Buddhist and diplomatic events and academic conferences around the globe, commented on a diverse range of issues of concern to the Buddhist world, and interviewed dozens of Buddhist leaders and scholars. He holds a BA in Religion and Philosophy at The University of Queensland and an MA in Buddhist Studies at The School of Oriental and African Studies.

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Mr. George Leung

George S. K. Leung is Advisor to the Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited. His role mainly covers the Bank’s business, strategy development and economic affairs for the Asia Pacific region in a full-time capacity. He is a senior executive in the management team and also a member of the Bank’s Executive Committee for Hong Kong. Prior to this appointment in 2005, he was Chief Economist, Greater China region, the post he held since 2000. Mr. Leung joined HSBC as Senior Economist in 1994 and was appointed as Head of Economic Research Department in 1996. He is a renowned business economist and an influential public policy commentator in the region. He has a long record of public service, including former Chairman of both the Financial and Treasury Committee and the Economic Policy Committee of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce; a former member of Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (Hong Kong Committee), Greater Pearl River Delta Business Council, Government Statistics Advisory Board, and PCICB. He has also served several years as Acting Chairman of the Hong Kong Association of Banks, as non-executive Director of the Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation Ltd., and as committee member of the Hong Kong Financial Services Development Council. Mr. Leung is an elected member of the 2016 Election Committee (Commercial 1st) Hong Kong. He is now a member of the Management Committee of Centre of Buddhist Studies of the University of Hong Kong and also a member of the Finance Committee of the City University of Hong Kong. Mr. Leung obtained his Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Toronto, Canada in 1984. He also holds an MBS degree from the University of Hong Kong.

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Charles G. Lief, Juris Doctor

Charles G. Lief has been the President of Naropa University since 2012. Founded in 1974 by the Tibetan Buddhist scholar and practitioner Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, Naropa was the birthplace of the modern mindfulness movement. Chuck practiced law focusing on nonprofit organizations and real estate. He was the first President of the Greyston Foundation, a pioneering social enterprise founded by the renowned Zen teacher the late Roshi Bernie Glassman. Chuck built housing for homeless families, grew a wholesale bakery employing ex-offenders and the homeless, and was the CEO of Amida Care, a health management organization providing healthcare for homeless and very poor persons living with HIV/AIDS. Amida Care is today a US $500 million social enterprise in New York City. He was a founder and chair of the board of the Social Enterprise Alliance, on the boards of community loan funds, and homeless housing advocacy organizations. He is now the chair of the board of Lion's Roar, a magazine and media company supporting the evolution of Buddhism in the Western Hemisphere and is a board member of Veteran's Path, bringing mindfulness training to veterans struggling following departure from the military. He has also frequently served as a judge for social enterprise business plan competitions, including Yale- Goldman Sachs, and Mentor Capital. Chuck is married to the well-known Buddhist teacher and author Judy Lief and has two children and four grandchildren.

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Dr. Anthony Lok

As a Buddhist, Dr. Anthony Lok (駱湛才博士) is also a senior practicing administrative member as well as a business administration scholar. He has been engaged in academic research and teaching activities at postgraduate degree level in adult education and executive development in various local universities since retirement from his capacity as a veteran directorate official in Hong Kong Government.


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Mr. Christian Mayhofer

Christian Mayhofer has been working in the field of Leadership, Consulting and Organizational Development for over 30 years, focusing on coaching of Leadership Teams and C-level executives. He was trained as systemic psychotherapist and is an ordained monk in the Soto-Zen lineage. In his twenties he was therapeutical leader of a clinic for the treatment of drug addiction and co-founder of the Austrian Aids organization. Therein he was confronted with immense human suffering and took responsibility at a relatively young age. That experience made him look deeper into the source and relieve of suffering – coming from a Christian background he was early attracted by and engaged in Buddhism – practicing in the beginning in a Tibetan lineage leading to a deep and monastic practice of Zen, spending long time at monasteries, getting ordained and teaching Buddhist and Advaita studies.
Mr. Mayhofer eventually decided to bring this wisdom to the Business and Executive world, which he clearly sees as a very important and powerful lever. In order to do so he developed together with his wife Julia Culen a genuine approach called “Personal Mastery and Business Excellence”, combining the deep knowledge of our ancestors and blending it with today’s demands of modern management and business execution. He is committed to help reduce suffering in individuals, organizations, economy and society by coaching, counseling and advising leaders in Buddhist and Advaita philosophy and spiritual practices. Currently he speaks at conferences, works as coach and consultants and holds retreats together with his wife and business partner Julia Culen.

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Dr. Ernest C. H. Ng

Dr. Ernest C. H. NG is Honorary Assistant Professor at the Centre of Buddhist Studies (CBS), the University of Hong Kong (HKU) where he teaches an undergraduate course on ‘Buddhism and Economics.’ His research interests include Buddhist Economics, the intersection of spirituality and materiality, sustainable decision-making and mindfulness. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Tung Lin Kok Yuen, a Buddhist NGO with over 80 years of history dedicating to Buddhist teachings, education, and community services in Hong Kong. Prior to that he was the Chief Investment Officer at Sumeru Capital, an asset management company focusing on the Greater China markets. With over 15 years of experience in the financial market, Dr. Ng has developed keen interest in achieving sustainable developments in the market economy. He also serves as President of the CBS Alumni Association. Dr. Ng graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Chicago with Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Master of Arts in International Relations. He received a Master of Buddhist Studies and Doctor of Philosophy from the Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong. He was a Sir Edward Youde Scholar and currently a Fellow at the European SPES Institute.

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Mr. Francis Ngai Wah-sing

Francis Ngai is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Social Ventures Hong Kong (www.sv-hk.org). He is also the Founder of Playtao Education, Bottless, Hatch co-working factory, Sonova Institute and Co-Founder of Green Monday and RunOurCity etc. Since it was founded in 2007, SVhk has invented and incubated more than 40 social innovation projects, including LightBe affordable housing and Diamond Cab. As an ultra-running veteran, Francis completed ‘The North Pole Marathon’ in 2013, ‘Sundown Ultra-marathon 100km Race,’ and the ‘250-km Gobi March of the 4 Deserts’ race series.

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Professor Hendrik Opdebeeck

Professor Hendrik Opdebeeck teaches at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) in the faculties of Business and Economics, Arts and Social Sciences. He studied economics and philosophy at the universities of Ghent and Leuven. His research interest is focused on the cultural-philosophical backgrounds and effects of technological and economic globalisation, with a special focus on the environment. Some of his publications in English are: Compassion: Chinese and Western Perspectives on Practical Wisdom in Management (Journal of Management Development, 30:7-8, 2011), Integral Ecology and the Anthropocene (Emerald Publishing, 2017) and Economy and the Meaning of Life (Peter Lang, Oxford, 2018). Hendrik Opdebeeck is chairman of the Belgian SPES-Forum for the search of meaning in the economy and society.

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Rev. John Paraskevopoulos

Reverend John Paraskevopoulos is a Shin Buddhist priest from Australia. He attended the University of Melbourne where he was awarded first-class honours in Philosophy. He received ordination in 1994 at the Temple of the Primal Vow (Hongan-ji) in Kyoto and has written a number of works including Call of the Infinite (also published in French, Italian and Greek editions), The Fragrance of Light and The Unhindered Path. During his 25 years of ministry work, Reverend Paraskevopoulos has actively sought to spread the teachings of Shin Buddhism to Western audiences around the world through his books, articles and lectures. In addition to his academic pursuits, he edits an online journal of Shin Buddhism (Muryōko) and is particularly committed to providing pastoral support to his dharma community.

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Professor Richard Payne

Professor Richard K. Payne (PhD. in History and Phenomenology of Religion, Graduate Theological Union, 1985) is Yehan Numata Professor of Japanese Buddhist Studies at the Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley CA. During his dissertation research on Kōyasan he also completed training as a Shingon priest (ajari, 阿闍梨). Clustering around his core research program on the goma (護摩, Skt. homa) ritual in Japan are broader theoretical concerns about the conduct of such research. This includes the study of ritual across cultural boundaries and over long durations, as in Homa Variations: The Study of Ritual across the Longue Durée, co-edited with Michael Witzel (Oxford, 2016), and the use of language in tantric Buddhist ritual, as in Language in the Buddhist Tantra of Japan: Indic Roots (Bloomsbury, 2018). He is editor of the online Oxford Bibliographies/Buddhism, and co-editor with Georgios Halkias of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia/Religion/Buddhism. He also chairs the Editorial Committee for the Pure Land Buddhist Studies Series, University of Hawai‘i Press.

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Venerable Sik Hin Hung

Sik Hin Hung, MA (London), is a Buddhist monk ordained under the Mahayana tradition. He is also the 45th generation lineage holder of LingJi (臨濟宗) and the 10th generation lineage holder of Gui-yang(溈仰宗)Schools of Ch’an. His main interest is in ‘repackaging’ the Teachings of Buddhism so that it could become more ‘user friendly’ for people in today’s world. He was the Director and one of the Founding Fellows of the Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong. He is currently the Senior Advisor of the Centre where he is also teaching as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Ven. Hin Hung is also the Chairman of Master of Buddhist Counselling Programme of the Centre. He has published books and articles on Buddhism, psychotherapy, neuroscience of meditation, Buddhist education and personal growth. The motto of the Awareness Spiritual Growth Centre found by him is “Be mindful of your heart!” His current research projects include: “Awareness Training Program”, “Dharma Therapy”, “Guangdong Yuqie Yankou” etc.

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Dr. G. A. Somaratne

G.A. Somaratne, PhD (Northwestern University), is Assistant Professor in Buddhist Studies at the Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong (HKU). Prior to the current position he was Co-Director (2010–14) of the Dhammachai Tipitaka Project (DTP), Thailand, and Professor (2006–10) in Pali and Buddhist Studies at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. His research interest covers several areas of early Buddhism from editing and translating canonical Pali texts to doctrinal studies and applied Buddhism. His major editing work is the PTS edition (1998) of The Saṃyuttanikāya Volume I. In his current research he is revisiting the doctrinal concepts of early Buddhism to present a theological discourse interpreting the Buddha’s teachings presented in the Pali discourses as belonging to one systemic thought. Recently, he contributed to producing Common Buddhist Text: Guidance and Insight from the Buddha (Bangkok: Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University Press, 2017), edited by Peter Harvey. His publications may be accessed at https://hku-hk.academia.edu/SomaratneAthukoralalage OR at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ga_Somaratne/research

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Ms. Debra Tan

Tan heads China Water Risk (CWR), a non-profit that aims to create a world where water and climate risks are embedded in business and finance. She built the CWR from an idea into a leader in the water risk conversation globally. For the past eight years, Tan worked to “mainstream” water risk into financial decision-making and corporate strategies: through “water-nomics” and the quantification of water risk in credit/equity valuations. Today, CWR works with government-related bodies on both these fronts.
Reports she has written with financial institutions analyzing the in-depth impact of water risks across multiple sectors have been considered groundbreaking and instrumental in understanding not just China’s but future global water challenges. One of these led the fashion industry to nominate CWR as a finalist for the Global Leadership Awards in Sustainable Apparel; another is helping to build consensus toward water risk valuation. Tan is a prolific speaker at water award seminars, investor & industry conferences as well as policy & academic forums. Before venturing into the water world, Tan worked in finance, spending over a decade as a chartered accountant and investment banker specializing in M&A and strategic advisory. She spends her spare time exploring Himalayan glaciers in Asia.

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Dr. Keren Tsuk

Dr. Keren Tsuk is the Founder and CEO of Wisdom To Lead, consulting company which specializes in the development of senior management teams and leadership. Her Ph.D. is on leadership in 21st century organizations. With over 18 years of experience in guiding global organizations through change and growth processes, Keren specializes in helping companies and senior management teams reach their full potential using mindfulness techniques. Keren has developed a Mindfulness Based Leadership (MBL) course for organizations worldwide. Keren is a keynote speaker, who speaks at conferences worldwide about mindfulness and leadership. Dr. Tsuk teaches at IDC Herzliya and Lahav Executive Education at Tel Aviv University in Israel, and taught in the Executive Master in Innovation Leadership (EMIL) program at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in HK.

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Dasho Karma Ura

Dasho Karma Ura (who studied in St. Stephen’s Delhi, Oxford University, Edinburgh University, Nagoya University) is the President of the Centre for Bhutan Studies & GNH located in Thimphu, Bhutan. The Centre has research mandates on GNH, culture and history of Bhutan, and policy related studies. Gross National Happiness is a term coined by the Fourth King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, in the 1970s. His career has spanned interest in development goals, statistics and indicators, and their policy applications, and Buddhist literature, fine arts and philosophy. He was bestowed the honour of Druk Khorlo (Wheel of Dragon Kingdom) by His Majesty the King for his contributions to literature and fine arts. He has published extensively, painted frescoes, and designed numerous artistic artefacts, and a national festival and its dances performed every year on December 13th on the mountain pass of Dochula.

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Dr. Justin Whitaker

Justin Whitaker is the Senior Correspondent for Buddhistdoor Global, a Hong Kong based media platform, as well as a scholar of Buddhist ethics, most recently teaching as a Visiting Lecturer at Hong Kong University. His doctoral work (Goldsmiths, University of London 2017) focused on philosophical analysis of ideas in early Buddhist texts as compared with the philosophy of Immanuel Kant (1724 – 1804). He has published on reading the Buddha as a philosopher (Philosophy East & West), early Buddhist ethics as a path (the Oxford Handbook of Buddhist Ethics), and comparing the emotional-ethical structure of Buddhist mettā-bhavana with Ignatian Spiritual Exercises (Journal of Interreligious Studies). As a featured writer and columnist, he has focused primarily on Buddhism’s impact in North America.

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Ms. Bonnie Wu

Bonnie Wu is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Centre of Buddhist Studies (CBS), The University of Hong Kong. Her Ph.D. research topic is related to a Mahayana Buddhist teaching-based intervention, namely, "Awareness Training Program" (ATP). She is part of the working team of Buddhism and Science Research Lab of the Centre. She has published articles on Buddhist-based interventions and neuroscience of meditation as well as books and manuals on Buddhist Life Education for primary and secondary schools. Bonnie Wu has been learning and practicing meditation for more than a decade. Currently, she is appointed as the facilitator of Tergar Asia. She is also a registered social worker in Hong Kong.

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Mr. David Yeung

David Yeung is the Founder and CEO of Green Monday, a multi-faceted social venture with the mission to take on the world’s most pressing crises of climate change, food insecurity, and public health. With the global sustainability movement in Green Monday, the market-transforming plant-based retail, dining and distribution network in Green Common, and the revolutionary food technology innovation in Right Treat and Omnipork, Mr. Yeung has pioneered a one-of-a-kind integrated platform that engages and empowers millions of people, along with public and private sectors, towards green awareness, action and economy. His work earns him the award of “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” by the World Economic Forum and Schwab Foundation. Other honors and recognitions include “Roddenberry Prize”, “Ten Outstanding Young Persons Hong Kong” and “50 Most Innovative Companies”.
As a noted environmentalist and entrepreneur, Mr. Yeung has spoken at the World Economic Forum, Milken Institute Summit, TEDx, as well as financial and academic institutions such as, Credit Suisse, UBS and UCLA. International media coverage of Green Monday and Mr. Yeung includes CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg and Forbes. Mr. Yeung is a graduate of Columbia University, an Ashoka Fellow and the author of a number of best-selling books on Zen wisdom and mindfulness.

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Professor Laszlo Zsolnai

Professor Laszlo Zsolnai is the director of the Business Ethics Center at the Corvinus University of Budapest and the chairman of the Business Ethics Faculty Group of the CEMS −The Global Alliance in Management Education. He is also President of the European SPES Institute in Leuven, Belgium and Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts in London, UK. He has been a guest Professor/Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, University of California at Berkeley, Georgetown University, University of Richmond, Concordia University Montreal, University of St. Gallen, Bocconi University Milan, and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study. Laszlo Zsolnai has been engaged with the field of Buddhist Economics for more than 25 years. His related publications include: “Business within Limits: Deep Ecology and Buddhist Economics” (2006, Peter Lang, Oxford, with Knut Ims); “Ethical Principles and Economic Transformation - A Buddhist Approach” (2011, Springer); “Buddhism and Economic Development” in Todd Lewis and Gary DeAngelis (Eds.): Teaching Buddhism (2016, Oxford University Press); “Business for the Greater Good: GNH Rating for Enterprises” in Dasho Karma Ura and Sangay Chophel (Eds.): GNH of Business. (2018, Thimpu, The Centre for Bhutan Studies and GNH, with Zoltan Valcsicsak). For more information see: http://laszlo-zsolnai.net

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