Afterwork Talk: WLN presents “Women in Academia”
Afterwork Talk: WLN presents “Women in Academia”

Up until 45 years ago, women were not allowed to have an equal education as men and were infrequently admitted into higher education. Nowadays, thanks to the Feminist movement and it’s subsequent waves, in the twenty-first century, we see more and more women able to advance all the way academically. Being female is no longer a hurdle to get a higher education or to improve ourselves in order to seek a better career path.

The remaining question often being asked is: “What Now? What Next”.

The Italian Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong & Macao and its Women’s Leadership Network committee proudly present an inspiring after work- talk “Women in Academia”. Meet inspiring professors coming from the top educational institutes in Asia who will share their path to become where they are, the impact they have made in their perspective field, and what more they think we as the other half of the gender group need to do better to stay at the top.



Sabrina Sakhrani, Key Client Consultant, EUROMONITOR

Sabrina is based in Euromonitor International’s Hong Kong office and heads the corporate team. She has over 15 years of experience and is also the founder of 4 of her own startups, including one in luxury and one in hospitality. Her professional interests include providing insights to clients into evolving consumer values and priorities, identifying emerging trends and disruptors, and understanding the impact of digitalization and innovation. Sabrina has a degree in Business Management from John Cabot University has been with Euromonitor Hong Kong since its opening. Sabrina is a proud mother of 3 children. Having lived in Italy, UK, Japan and now Hong Kong, she is fluent in 7 languages.



Melody Manchi Chao, Associate Professor of Department of Management and Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies at the School of Business and Management, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Melody Manchi Chao is an Associate Professor at the Department of Management and Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies at the School of Business and Management, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. degree in Social Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and B.A. degree in Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests include lay beliefs, achievement motivation, negotiation and conflict management, group processes, and intergroup relations. She currently serves on the editorial review boards of Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Frontiers in Psychology, and Asian Journal of Social Psychology, and has served on the editorial review board of Management and Organization Review. She is a past winner of the Early Career Award from the International Academy of Intercultural Research, the Michael Harris Bond Award for Early Research Contributions from the Asian Association of Social Psychology, and the Seisoh Sukemune/Bruce Bain Encouragement of Early Career Research Award from the International Council of Psychologists.


Winnie Cheng, Adjunct Professor of Department of English, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Winnie Cheng is Adjunct Professor of Department of English at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She was formerly Director of Research Centre for Professional Communication in English (RCPCE) of Department of English. She is a Founding Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities. Her research interests include conversation analysis, critical discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, discourse intonation, ESP, intercultural pragmatics and communication, professional and organizational communication, and writing across the curriculum.


Veronique J. A. Lafon-Vinais, Executive Director, Career Development & Corporate Outreach Associate Professor of Business Education, Dpt of Finance, HKUST

Ms. Veronique Lafon-Vinais is a seasoned financial market professional with over 20 years of banking and capital markets experience. She has worked in all the major financial markets and has extensive experience in all the major debt markets. Veronique joined Credit Agricole in Paris in 1980 after graduating from HEC; she moved to First Chicago (now part of JP Morgan) in London in 1984 then to Chicago in 1990. In 1991 Veronique joined Union Investissements, the M&A and corporate finance subsidiary of Credit Agricole in Paris to work on various M&A and corporate finance advisory projects. Veronique moved to Hong Kong in 1994 joining First Chicago as Managing Director, Head of Financial Markets, Asia Pacific. She joined Standard Chartered Bank plc as Head of Treasury Origination in 2000 and retired from banking in 2001. She is now dedicating herself full time to education and teaching as Associate Professor of Business Education, Department of Finance, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), where she teaches in the MBA/MSc programs as well as in the Undergraduate Programs, and professional training and consulting for the finance industry. She is the Executive Director, Career Development & Corporate Outreach for the School of Business and Management at HKUST, Associate Director for the UG programs, Associate Director of the tri-degree World Bachelor in Business Program, and Project Director for the HKUST-NYU Stern MSc in Global Finance. Veronique is married with two children. She is a French national and a Hong Kong Permanent Resident.


Nasrine Seraji, Professor, AA dipl FRIBA,  Department of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong

After studying at the Architectural Association and practising in London, Seraji moved to Paris in 1989 to establish her studio where architecture is treated as both a cultural debate and a practice. Since then, she has pursued a path constantly enriched by her simultaneous engagement in architectural practice, teaching, and research. She has lectured and exhibited her work widely in Europe and North America, as well as China and South East Asia.

Between 1993 and 2001, Seraji taught at Columbia University in New York, at the Architectural Association in London as Diploma Unit Master, and Princeton University as Visiting Professor. During this time, she also taught at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna where she directed one of the two architecture Master Schools. Seraji was Professor and Chair of the Department of Architecture at Cornell University from 2001 to 2005. In 2006, she became Dean of the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-Malaquais by Presidential decree. That same year, she returned to the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna where she held the position of Professor of Ecology, Sustainability and Conservation, as well as Head of the Institute for Art and Architecture. She served as the head of the department of architecture at the University of Hong Kong where she is currently Professor in architecture.





Art Futures Group, 5F, 8 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong


June 18 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Members: 100HKD
Non-Members: 200HKD
(including Italian aperitivo)





Afterwork Talk: WLN presents “Women in Academia”

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