STEM Panel Discussion
Technology and innovation are essential components to the STEMinn (science, technology, engineering, math, and innovation) education provided at Stamford. As educators, we are not only concerned with technology affecting our lives in the present but also emerging technologies, trends and their impact on education, the rapidly changing job market and the future of society.
Join us for an evening of engaging discussion with four prominent panelists on the forefront of innovation in Hong Kong. We are delighted to host James Quinn, Head of Markets at Kenetic, Cesar Jung-Harada, Founder of Makerbay, and Yosha Gupta, Founder, Meraki, and Financial Inclusion Consultant at IFC, World Bank Group and Natalie Chan, Founder, OWN Academy to help share their insights as industry leaders, educators, and future-focused innovators. Linda Cheung, STEMinn Coordinator at Stamford, will moderate the discussion.
All are welcome (not just for parents and educators!), and we look forward to an engaging evening of conversation about the impacts of technology on our lives followed by a Q&A session.
Thursday, November 8
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Admissions Office, Suites 4005-07, Level 40, Two Exchange Square, 8 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong
James Quinn is the Head of Markets at Kenetic, a leading global blockchain firm committed to expanding the development and adoption of blockchain platforms through investments, advisory services, community, and technology. He is responsible for all sales and facilitation trading globally.
Prior to joining Kenetic, he was a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank, where he led index derivative trading across Asia-Pacific. Before Deutsche Bank, James held senior trading roles at Credit Suisse, MTI Company, Titan Capital and LETCO. James has more than twenty years of experience in finance, built trading businesses in Sao Paulo, Chicago, and Tokyo in equity and commodity derivatives. He is also a Bloomberg event speaker.
James is a graduate of the University of Illinois and holds a Masters of Business from the University of Chicago in Analytic Finance and Statistics.
Cesar Harada (1983) is a French-Japanese environmentalist, inventor, and entrepreneur based in Hong Kong. Director of Scoutbots (LTD in HK), Makerbay (LTD in HK) CEO of Protei (INC C corp in the USA). Cesar has dedicated his life to explore and protect the ocean with open technologies. Protei is a shape-shifting sailing robot, a wind-powered maritime drone that is remotely controlled or automated that will collect ocean data or transport clean-up equipment.
Cesar is a Former MIT project leader, TED Senior Fellow, GOOD 100, IBM Figure of Progress, Unreasonable at Sea Fellow, Shuttleworth foundation and Ocean Exchange grantee.
Cesar won the Ars Electronica Golden Nica [NEXT IDEA] with his Master graduation project from the Royal College of Arts, London. Cesar has been teaching Masters in Design & Environment at the Goldsmiths University of London, Versailles architecture School in France and lectured around the world.
Yosha is the founder of a direct to customer artisanal fashion brand Meraki, which is a social enterprise that has been created with the mission to promote India’s long-lost arts. Yosha has spent 14 years in the FinTech sector and worked across Asia and is currently a Digital Financial Specialist and Financial Inclusion Consultant with the International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group where she works on financial inclusion projects across Asia.
Yosha has an MSc in Finance from HKUST and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College for Women. She is a regular speaker at digital and payments events as well as an advisor to start-ups and the co-founder of a community initiative Indiatechhk to promote Indian start-ups in Hong Kong.
Natalie Chan is an educator, engineer, film producer, adventure-seeker, entrepreneur and a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum. Chan’s curiosity in education sparked from the realization that there is a disconnect between the focus of schools and what the real world demands. After three years in the corporate world, she decided to dedicate her life to solving the gap between schooling and employment, helping people find their life path with passion and equipping them with the 21st Century skills to succeed. After five years of research and experimentation in education, which includes teaching at a progressive school in Hong Kong and receiving a Master of Education from the Hong Kong University, Chan founded OWN Academy in 2016. OWN Academy serves as the interface to the new world, with a focus on real-world learning, connecting students to industry professionals as mentors and empowering students on a journey to self-actualization. Today, Chan’s mission is to re-engineer an innovative education ecosystem that is personalized, decentralized and democratized.
Linda has extensive experience teaching STEM subjects in both North America and Asia. Her formal education is focused on science, and her Master’s degree is in Secondary Science Education. She joins Stamford Hong Kong as our STEMinn Coordinator supporting our teachers in the delivery of this important program to our elementary students. Her keen interests in science, technology, art, music, and sustainability will allow her to enrich our educational endeavors in innovation and our extracurricular program. She has organized several robotics competitions and directed many showcases of student work in school fairs of which she believes hold immense value for all students of any ability.