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UW Converge Hong Kong 2024

August 23–25, 2024      

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel
Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, China

Registration open for UW Converge Hong Kong!

General Admission: $300 USD
Student & Recent Graduates Registration: $200 USD

In 2024, the UW’s premier gathering for our global community of alumni and friends heads to Hong Kong. Get ready to experience the rich culture and exciting atmosphere of this truly international city while enjoying the unrivaled access, education and connection you expect from our annual UW Converge gatherings.

This year’s UW Converge will be hosted in partnership with the Hong Kong Huskies and comprised of multiple opportunities to connect with them while experiencing the culture and beauty of the Greater Bay area.

This annual tradition is an outpost of Husky spirit abroad, not to mention an unmatched opportunity to connect with UW faculty and leadership. Be a part of UW’s global community and leave equipped with new knowledge and networks.


Schedule

Friday, August 23

Optional Welcome Events

Get to know Hong Kong and start connecting with the global Husky community through welcome events hosted by our schools and colleges.

UW Law Day1-5:30 PM
Mayer Brown

Join the School of Law for an afternoon of programming and networking hosted by Guiping Lu, LL.M. ’98, J.D. ’03, Partner at Mayer Brown Hong Kong. Register here.

Saturday, August 24

UW Converge Summit
Join us at our day-long summit as expert speakers and panelists share their knowledge and insight.

UW Converge Reception
After the summit, it’s time to celebrate! Join us for an enchanting evening of food and fun.

Sunday, August 25

UW International Chapter Board Meeting

Board members of the UW’s international alumni chapters are invited to gather for a morning session, sharing insight and vision.

Optional Excursions

Check back for details on exciting activities and outings to make the most of your time in Hong Kong.


Smiling attendees at Converge Jakarta

Attendees at last year’s UW Converge Summit & Reception in Jakarta, Indonesia

UW Converge Hong Kong Summit & Reception

August 24, 2024

Schedule

🞇 Summit

9:00 a.m. Doors open

10:00 a.m. Summit begins

12:00 p.m. Lunch

4:30 p.m. Summit closes

4:30 p.m. Break

🞇 Reception

6:00 p.m. Reception begins

6:30 p.m. Remarks

9:00 p.m. Reception ends

Schedule subject to change

Summit

Global Perspectives on Navigating Changes in Commerce, Tech and Culture

At the UW Converge Hong Kong Summit, we will bring together leading experts and innovators to explore critical issues shaping our world. Gain a global perspective as faculty from the University of Washington share the stage with esteemed industry leaders and alumni from Hong Kong. You won’t want to miss this unique blend of insights from one of the world’s top research institutions and a region at the crossroads of global culture, commerce and tech.

We’ll dive into discussions on navigating tomorrow’s global economy, uncover resilient investment strategies, delve into the transformative impact of innovative technologies, celebrate Hong Kong’s rich cultural heritage and address the growing mental health challenges in our hyperconnected age.

Reception

As the sun sets and the summit concludes, the excitement ramps up! Connect with UW faculty and leaders, speakers, fellow alumni and VIPs. Enjoy dinner with friends from across the globe at an exclusive reception for UW alumni and friends. Don’t miss this annual chance to celebrate with the global Husky community.

See who’s already registered by viewing our attendee list.

Summit Programming

Keynote Speakers

Portraits of Ana Mari Cauce and Brian Gu

We are excited to annouce that UW President Ana Mari Cauce (bio) and XPENG President Brian Gu, ’97, (bio) will provide our keynote addresses at the UW Converge Hong Kong Summit. Together, they headline a summit exploring how our world has been transformed by rapid change and how we can forge a shared future in areas such as technology, business and health.

Summit Panels

Trade Relations, Supply Chains and Resilient Investments for Tomorrow’s Economy

How do leaders plan for the future when the economic landscape is in constant flux? We examine the intricate web of supply chains, trade policies, shifting interest rates, technological disruptions, sustainability imperatives, abundant capital and scarce investment opportunities that are shaping our world. Join us as we navigate these topics and unravel strategies for resilience, adaptation and growth.

Speakers

Sangmi Cha ’16 (left)
Greater China Stocks Reporter
Bloomberg

Eden Woon ’71 (middle)
President
AmCham Hong Kong

Xuan-Thao Nguyen (right)
Pendleton Miller Chair in Law, Director
UW Asian Law Center

Disruption to Adoption: The Innovative Tech Transforming our Lives

Innovative technology is poised to continue causing major disruptions in many areas of life. AI is changing the way we think about everything from work to art, blockchain tech is already transforming finance and governance, and breakthroughs in health science could fundamentally alter the way we think about topics like aging. Explore the frontiers of technological advancement and envision a world reshaped by innovation.

Speakers

Pete Sweeney ’12 (left)
Head of Executive Communications, Asia
HSBC

Alvin Wang-Graylin ’93 (middle left)
Global VP of Corporate Development
HTC

Clair Yang (middle right)
Assistant Professor
UW Jackson School of International Studies

Jihui Yang (right)
Vice Dean
College of Engineering

Bridge of Culture: Hong Kong’s Global Influence

What are the links between Hong Kong’s heritage and its future? How does honoring the narratives of the past morph into pushing the boundaries of possibility? Amidst the vibrant tapestry of the city’s rich culture, we explore its unique DNA forged at the crossroads of Eastern and Western influences. We’ll look back on history and ahead to cutting-edge, trendsetting impacts Hong Kong will have in areas such as art, fashion and media. Join us as we uncover the threads that weave together a collective identity in this dynamic cityscape.

Speakers

Victor Wong ’89(left)
Founder
vfxNova Digital Productions Ltd.

Martin Lau ’17(right)
Dean, School of Chinese Opera
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

Virtual Reality, Real Emotions: Healthy Minds in Digital Spaces

Today, social connectivity is strained between hyper-connected digital spaces and growing feelings of isolation among individuals. As the world moves faster than ever, mental distress is also rising. We’ll discuss fostering emotional resilience, how technology can hurt and heal, and look at the larger picture of behavioral health along with its relationship to overall human health, environmental resilience and social and economic equity.

Speakers

Iman Majd (left)
Director, Professor
Osher Center for Integrative Health

Emily Wong ’86 ’90 ’02(right)
Chief Executive Officer
Integrity Healing


UW Leaders and Faculty Attending

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Tahsin Alam

Associate Dean for Advancement
Foster School of Business

Bio

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Jean Choy

Associate Dean of Executive Education and International Initiatives
Foster School of Business

Bio

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Frank Hodge

Orin & Janet Smith Dean
Foster School of Business

Bio

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Daniel Hoffman

Director
Jackson School of International Studies

Bio

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Tamara Lawson

Toni Rembe Dean
School of Law

Bio

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Ray Li

Assistant Vice President
International Advancement

Bio

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Iman Majd

Director, Professor
Osher Center for Integrative Health

Bio

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Xuan-Thao Nguyen

Pendleton Miller Chair in Law, Director
Asian Law Center

Bio

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Anita Ramasastry

Professor of Law
School of Law

Bio

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Tricia Serio

Provost, Executive VP for Academic Affairs
University of Washington

Bio

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Yanfang Su

Assistant Professor
Global Health

Bio

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Denzil Suite

Vice President
UW Student Life

Bio

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Clair Yang

Assistant Professor
The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies

Bio

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Jihui Yang

Vice Dean
College of Engineering

Bio


UW Converge Hong Kong Executive Committee Members

We want to extend a special thanks to our UW Converge Hong Kong Executive Committee members. Without their hospitality and expertise, this event wouldn’t be possible.

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Lui Tong ’90

Chairman
PRD Angels

Norman Cheng ’88

President
Strategic Sports Ltd.

James Wong ’84

Executive Chairman
Chinney Alliance Group

Yuen Mei Chow ’88

Director and CEO
Sea Horse HK Ltd.

Martin Lau ’17

Dean, School of Chinese Opera
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

Victor Ting ’88

International Sales Director
HSG Product Vision Ltd.

Jessica To ’04

Trader
Mirae Assets Global Investments(Hong Kong)

Victor Wong ’89

Founder
vfxNova Digital Productions Ltd.


Travel & Accommodations

Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott hotel exterior

The UW Converge Hong Kong summit and reception will take place at the Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel. We recommend international travelers arrive in Hong Kong early to get settled and explore the city. Special welcome events are being planned for August 23.

Attendees can book a special UW Converge rate for rooms with breakfast included through the link below. Special UW Converge rates below are subject to availability at the time of reservation.

The Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott hotel is steps away from nearby theme park, Ocean Park, with free shuttles to Water World. Enjoy luxury on the coast, with five restaurants on-site and a lagoon-style pool and tranquil spa.

Hong Kong waters with a junk boat

Excursions & Activities

More details to come!
Each UW Converge event takes advantage of the rich culture and landscape of its host city, and this year will be no different. Stay tuned for more information on tours and gatherings hosted by UW departments and schools in Hong Kong.


Sponsors & Partners

UW Converge is made possible by the generosity of our sponsors and partners.

Presenting Sponsor

Hon Kwok Land Investment logo
Corsa

Gold Sponsors

Ports logo
AmCham logo
Duan & Duan logo

Purple Sponsors

China Ting Group logo

Partners

PRD Angels

Interested in supporting UW Converge Hong Kong? Email Marianne Kim at yejikim@uw.edu for more information.


About UW Converge

UW Converge is the University of Washington’s signature event for international alumni and friends. Each year it is hosted in a global city by one of our international alumni communities and UW’s International Advancement team. It offers direct connection to the UW, its faculty and leadership, and its global alumni network. It is an outpost of Husky Spirit, a place to gain cutting-edge knowledge from experts, and a link to the University’s work and initiatives.

Conference Policies

Registration and refunds

  • If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us in writing via email.
  • Full Refund: Cancellations received by May 31,2024 will receive a full refund.
  • Partial Refund: Cancellations received by July 24, 2024 will receive a 50% refund.
  • No Refund: Cancellations received after July 24,2024 will not be eligible for a refund.

Inclement Weather

  • We recognize that inclement weather such as a typhoon or rainstorm may affect the operations of our event during August.
  • Our team will be monitoring the situation and provide timely updates on inclement weather if it impacts our program.
  • When the Hong Kong Observatory has issued Typhoon Signal Number 8, 9, 10 or Black Rainstorm Warning Signal within 48 hours of our event time, Converge Hong Kong’s programming may be delayed or postponed. All registrations will be transferred forward towards rescheduled programming.
  • If the Hong Kong Observatory has issued Typhoon Signal Number 3 or Red Rainstorm Warning Signal or lower, Converge Hong Kong will proceed as scheduled. Note there are no Signal Numbers between 3 and 8

International Advancement

UW Converge is organized by the University of Washington’s International Advancement team, headed by Ray Li, Assistant Vice President for International Advancement. Each year, we collaborate closely with our host chapter to plan UW Converge. Our team is dedicated to fostering meaningful engagement for international alumni and friends while nurturing a spirit of philanthropy aligned with the University’s mission to create positive impact for Washington and for the world.

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Gigi Do

Director
Development

gigido@uw.edu

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Doug Wallack

Assistant Director
Alumni Relations

wallack@uw.edu

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Marianne Kim

Assistant Director
Events

yejikim@uw.edu

Learn More About Past UW Converge Events


Help Spread the Word

UW Converge is open to all UW alumni and friends of the University no matter where they live. Help us gather even more of our global Husky community by sending people to this site. Below you’ll find an ever-growing collection of graphics and tools to help you spread the word.

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