Women Of Our Time

The annual Women Of Our Time magazine selects Hong Kong's 25 most inspirational and influential women, an exemplary and diverse group who have contributed to the city's success over the past year. It explores the influences that drive these women and how they have made a difference to society.

Raising my children is my biggest research project, says Rossa Chiu

Raising my children is my biggest research project, says Rossa Chiu

Unlike most working mothers, medical researcher and professor Rossa Chiu Wai-kwan finds little difficulty in balancing her busy work schedule and spending time with her family. "Raising my children is the biggest research project of my life," she says.

Wednesday, 9 October, 2013, 10:56am

Elaine Lo, the pioneering lawyer on her way up

Elaine Lo. Photo: Edmond So

Elaine Lo's career exemplifies the rise in Hong Kong of professional women, whose efforts have made this city one of the best in Asia for them.

Lo, Asia chair and senior partner at Mayer Brown JSM, has worked for the law firm for more than 30 years. She has handled major mergers and acquisitions (M&A), some of which have epitomised the mainland's changing face.

18 Oct 2013 - 2:09pm

Michelle Ong, world-renowned jewellery designer and charity worker

Michelle Ong, world-renowned jewellery designer and charity worker

High-end jeweller and philanthropist Michelle Ong is a meticulous person and always prepared for business meetings and appointments. A case in point, days before our scheduled interview, Ong had already replied to our advance questions via e-mail with detailed answers that had us wondering whether a follow-up meeting would be necessary.

9 Oct 2013 - 5:00pm

Tisa Ho, the force behind Hong Kong Arts Festival

Tisa Ho, the force behind Hong Kong Arts Festival

Tisa Ho was hooked on the arts after her debut performance in a show at kindergarten. Later on, her school, St Paul's Convent, launched an inspiring arts series that featured the whole spectrum of music, dance, drama and debates, and Ho spent most of her time involved with these programmes.

9 Oct 2013 - 10:38am

Hotelier and restaurateur Yenn Wong on how a crisis launched her career

Yenn Wong

Hotelier and restaurateur Yenn Wong was only 23 years old and newly graduated when she helmed her first major project, designing the JIA boutique hotel in Causeway Bay.

18 Oct 2013 - 2:11pm

Women and men need to be prepared for hard work, says China expert Jing Ulrich

Jing Ulrich with former British prime minister Tony Blair and former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger at a JPMorgan conference.

There are only a few female professionals in the world who consistently make the list of the most influential or most powerful. Jing Ulrich is always on top of such lists.

9 Oct 2013 - 10:38am

I used to daydream, says fashion queen Mimi Tang

Mimi Tang

Mimi Tang used to be a dreamer. "When I was young, I didn't have any solid career plans - I just daydreamed every day," says the woman who is now among the busiest female professionals in Hong Kong.

22 Oct 2013 - 5:16pm

Pansy Ho on the influences that have driven her

Pansy Ho

Pansy Ho learned from a very early age how to manage projects. It was when she was at a Catholic secondary school in Hong Kong that the daughter of casino magnate Stanley Ho was encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities and manage projects.

9 Oct 2013 - 10:46am 1 comment

Actress Carina Lau on the gamble that took her to Cannes

Actress Carina Lau on the gamble that took her to Cannes

For award-winning actress Carina Lau Kar-ling, the glitter and glamour of the Cannes International Film Festival was nothing new.

17 Oct 2013 - 6:01pm

Equality rules: Battle in corporate world and household is revitalised

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A rallying cry to career women with ambition has been sounded again across the corporate globe, and this time the voice is loud and clear, coming from Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg through her recent book Lean In, which some have described as reigniting the stalled feminist revolution.

9 Oct 2013 - 10:53am

Deanie Ip: The actress with very strict work ethics who sticks to her guns

A Simple Life brought Deanie Ip and the Hong Kong film industry international acclaim. Photo: SCMP

Showbiz is a hard business to be in if you’re a middle-aged woman, even when you have bucketloads of talent. It’s what makes Deanie Ip Tak-han’s awards for A Simple Life such an inspiration for other actresses who perhaps have been told once too often that they were past their prime.

9 Oct 2012 - 3:48pm

Anita Fung: The HSBC chief executive who broke through the glass ceiling


When Anita Fung Yuen-mei became HSBC's first female CEO for Hong Kong in September last year, she inherited a hot seat.

The lender had just announced 3,000 job cuts in Hong Kong and the pressure was on to ramp-up the bank's presence in China.

9 Oct 2013 - 10:25am 1 comment

Nansun Shi: 'It's not about inferiority or superiority - it's about how good you are at what you do'

Nansun Shi: 'It's not about inferiority or superiority - it's about how good you are at what you do'

On a panel at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival last October, Nansun Shi was asked if she had ever been treated differently from men and if there was discrimination in the industry.

22 May 2014 - 4:08pm

Christine Fang: Social services professional inspired by her late father

Photo: May Tse

Christine Fang Meng-sang discovered at a young age that helping others makes life meaningful.

Inspired by her late father, Harry Fang Sin-yang, a prominent orthopaedic surgeon whose devotion to the rehabilitation of the disabled touched many lives, Fang has made creating a fair society and empowering people in need her goal.

22 May 2014 - 4:08pm

Lee Wai-sze: 'I am so proud to be a Hong Kong athlete'

Lee Wai-sze trains almost every day, working out and spending long hours on the bicycle, and discussing training routines and tactical approaches with her coach. Photo: SCMP

Lee Wai-sze says receiving the bronze medal for the women's keirin at the 2012 London Olympics was the proudest moment of her life.

"I was touched and overwhelmed to see the Hong Kong flag rising," says the 25-year-old cyclist. "I am so proud to be a Hong Kong athlete and representing the Hong Kong people at the games."

22 May 2014 - 4:08pm