Ahead of the first anniversary of the Occupy Central protests, the two people who helped set up talks between student leaders and top officials have described how the two sides were brought to the negotiating table. Dr Joseph Chan Cho-wai, a professor at the University of Hong Kong, and Gloria Chang Wan-ki, former president of HKU's student union, believe the outcome may have been different had officials delivered what they and the students expected. Yet it was a missed opportunity that students did not press Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor for more details about the proposals raised in the televised debate on October 21. Watch: Intermediaries' efforts resulted in unprecedented televised talks during Occupy Hong Kong During the talk, Lam told student leaders the government would submit a report to the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office to reflect public sentiment since the protests began on September 28 last year. The government would also consider setting up a multiparty platform for talks on constitutional development beyond 2017. Chan said this week that officials were positive about their suggestion the platform should also cover methods for electing the chief executive in 2017. "It appeared Carrie backtracked a bit during the talks as she said the platform would only discuss political reform beyond 2017," he said. "Carrie didn't fully deliver what we expected her to deliver during the talks." The professor and Chang started to act as intermediaries after then Federation of Students secretary general Alex Chow Yong-kang called Chang on October 15, asking them to explore the possibility of talks with officials.