Future of work: Are Hong Kong businesses prepared?
Thursday, September 20, 2018, JW Marriott Hong Kong
11:30am - 2:00pm


Michael Wong
Greater China Talent Leader

Mr Michael Wong was appointed the Greater China people leader of EY in July 2010. Mr Wong joined EY as the national human resources director for China in June 2007. He became a partner in July 2008 and was also the assurance and advisory people leader of the legacy Far East area.

Before joining EY, Mr Wong gained extensive human resources experience working with other major professional service firms and multinational companies.


Maria Hui
Director, Human Resources, 
Hong Kong

As director of human resources at Microsoft Hong Kong, Ms Maria Hui oversees the day-to-day operations of all people-related programs to support the business transformation and growth. Her expertise lies across different aspects of human resources management, including recruitment, compensation, performance management, program design and execution, capability development and leadership development.

Ms Hui started her career as a management consultant in PwC Consulting, which was later acquired by IBM. Her domain focus was on big data and analytics. She gained a reputation for her skills in project management and business analytics. She made a shift in her career to become a human resources business partner. Her dedication to client success and the ability to innovatively design and execute transformation projects have helped get the workforce ready for a new business direction. Over the years, she has taken up various leadership positions in human resources, including executive compensation leader and regional human resources partner leader roles.

Ms Hui earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administrations, with a double major in Information Systems and Finance, from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She also holds a Master’s degree in Information Systems Management from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.


Herbert Vongpusanachai
Senior Vice President, Managing Director,
Hong Kong and Macau
DHL Express

Mr Herbert Vongpusanachai is the senior vice president and managing director of DHL Express Hong Kong and Macau, and member of the DHL Express Asia Pacific Management Board. Mr Vongpusanachai is responsible for steering the strategic growth and managing the overall operations of DHL Express Hong Kong and Macau.

Prior to his current appointment, Mr Vongpusanachai served as the managing director of DHL Express Singapore from 2008 to 2015. Under his leadership, the company achieved strong business growth, with positive revenue turnover year-on-year. The company also received several external awards and recognitions in various areas that include customer service excellence, trusted brand, corporate responsibility and sustainability.

Mr Vongpusanachai joined DHL Express in 2003 as the country manager of DHL Express Thailand. In January 2007, his portfolio expanded when he was appointed the managing director of Thailand and Indochina region. He led the robust growth of DHL’s business in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, overseeing more than 30 facilities and 30,000 customers.

Mr Vongpusanachai played an instrumental role in managing and ensuring the smooth transition of the DHL Express Bangkok Hub to its current location at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport. During his tenure, the respective markets under his care have seen significant growth in business volume and profitability.


Tony Wong
Director, Workplace Resources, Asia Pacific, Japan and China
Cisco Systems Inc.

Mr Tony Wong is a registered architect and seasoned corporate real estate/workplace (CRE/WP) executive with experience in managing multi-discipline international teams to deliver real estate projects and services to meet business results. He moved from architecture to CRE/WP since 1990, and had covered almost all aspects of CRE/WP for JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley and Cisco.

After serving in investment banks for 20 years, Mr Wong took a career turn in 2011 and moved to Cisco Systems to be the director, workplace resources for Asia Pacific region, managing delivery of end to end workplace services.

Mr Wong was the founding chairman of the CoreNet Global Asia Pacific Chapter in 1993 and was on its global board from 2009 to 2012.  He was one of the earliest members of the International Facilities Management Association in Hong Kong and had also been active in architectural institutions such as Hong Kong Institute of Architects, Union of International Architects and Architectural Regional Council Asia.  Mr Wong regularly delivers talks and lectures at CRE/WP events and universities across the Asia Pacific region.


Ray Yuen
Principal, China Regional Workplace Design Leader

Woods Bagot

A designer from Australia, Mr Ray Yuen traces his family heritage from Hong Kong. His mixed cultural upbringing has shaped him into a designer who focuses on creating unique designs through technology and social behavioural trends. Delivering projects with contextual relevancy to its location and client’s brand positioning. Through this methodology, Mr Yuen has developed an extraordinary portfolio of high profile projects in Australia, London, Singapore and China.

With key experiences in commercial and workplace sectors, Mr Yuen is well-versed in driving user experience mixing workplace with lifestyle and hospitality designs. Prior to Woods Bagot, Mr Yuen has worked with global and innovative companies, including HP Inc., Tencent, Dentsu Aegis Network and Google.

In the span of his career, Mr Yuen has learned the value of mentoring and empowering students to reach their goal. He also commits to the idea of sharing the knowledge and experiences by speaking at international forums and conferences. He continues to be activity involved with Singapore’s Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and Beijing’s China Central Academy of Fine Arts to further advance education and learning in the industry.


Gareth Nicholson  (Moderator)
Senior News Editor
South China Morning Post

Mr Gareth Nicholson is a senior news editor at the South China Morning Post, helping to drive technology coverage with a specific focus on China and Southeast Asia. Before this he was a managing editor for the Economist Intelligence Unit’s thought leadership division in Asia, running editorial and research projects across finance, technology and healthcare with an emphasis on how new technologies such as AI, robotics and virtual reality are disrupting business models. He also spent several years as a senior investment writer and communications professional with Fidelity and BlackRock Asset Management.  

Mr Nicholson has lived and worked in Hong Kong for 15 years, moving to the city in 2003 to help cover the SARS crisis with Reuters before later joining Bloomberg, working as a finance editor in Hong Kong and Tokyo. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Manchester and a Master’s degree in Philosophy from the University of London.