Youth Dialogue – Youth Livelihoods and Wellness through South-South Cooperation: Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurial Training (29-30 Mar, 2018)

Date: 29-30 March 2018
Time: 09:30-16:00 (29 March) | 9.00- 16.00 (30 March)
Venue: Rooms 1-3, Level 3, Core F, Cyberport 3, Cyberport  Hong Kong

Organised by Government of Hong Kong (Cyberport), The United Nations Office for South-South  (UNOSSC), and UNESCO HK Association

Sponsored by Government of Hong Kong (Cyberport), Gratia Christian College (GCC), HK – Centre for Business/ Social Sustainability and Innovations, Gratia College, The Institute of Certified Management Accountants (CMA)

Supported by City University of Hong Kong, College of Business, EMBA



A rapidly changing World offers many challenges and opportunities for the Youth, particularly in the Global South countries. Among these challenges are high levels of unemployment with the escalation of use of artificial intelligence challenging opportunities for work among many youths. Furthermore, the pressure to keep up with educational demands and social integration results in many young people being left isolated.

Although Hong Kong is highly developed, as a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China it shares the endeavor not only to solve the problems of the Youth, but to share the development solutions with other youth in the Global South. In the past few years Hang Seng Management College’s Centre for Corporate Sustainability and Innovation (CCSI) and the UN Office for South-South Cooperation have convened knowledge sharing events between youth from Hong Kong, mainland China, Indonesia and Philippines. The potential to share lessons learnt between young people on economic and social issues is the driver for the convening of such a forum.


Objective of the Forum

The Sustainable Development Agenda calls for development that leaves no one behind. Therefore, it is important to instill ideals to work together between the future entrepreneurs. It is particularly important to bring together youth from countries such as China and from other developing countries. The objective of the workshop is to kick-start a nexus of young people working together in particular in Asia, Africa and Oceania.

Furthermore, the Forum will provide a basis for resource mobilization effort for an expanded entrepreneurship programme facilitated by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation.



Cyberport is the renowned centre for entrepreneurship training led by the Government of Hong Kong. Entrepreneurs trained here have proceeded to grow their own companies. Holding the event at Cyberport will not only provide excellent facilities, but will also encourage the youth to seek excellence as entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs. Some of the presenters will include Cyberport Management and graduates (entrepreneurs).

The UNOSSC continually seeks to showcase and transfer forward-thinking Southern development solutions to development partners to meet the critical development challenges of today. Furthermore, UNOSSC seeks to work with Specialised UN Agencies, governments and the private sector in the areas of their competency to strengthen development through South-South Cooperation.

UNESCO as the specialized UN Agency on education, science and Technology as well as culture is uniquely positioned to understand the challenges of the youth today. Besides its global outreach can help provide that global understanding of youth issues in Asia, Africa and other continents. UNESCO officials have stated that education should transform lives, help to build peace, eradicate poverty and drive sustainable development.

This Forum will benefit from the input of the three organisations to facilitate dialogue on solutions on technology, innovation, entrepreneurial activities to 1) fight against poverty; 2) to enhance economic growth via women empowerment and innovation; and 3) create knowledge for sustainable development via new ways of thinking and promotion of mind and body wellness.


Specific Outcomes of the Forum

The Youth Forum is committed to promote the sharing of ideas, in a structured way, including feasible solution development applying modern with technology, innovations and entrepreneurial activities. The following Objectives should be attained by end of workshop:

  • Trained Youth will prepare proposals for action on return;
  • Proposals or business plans will be vetted by judges and winner will receive award;
  • Ideas generated for a South-South Annual Forum to scale up exchanges;
  • A network of youth entrepreneurs created.



Cyberport, UNOSSC and UNESCO Hong-Kong will convene a 2-day Youth Forum led by Youth of the ages of 15-24, in Hong Kong, on solutions for: creating jobs, creating business, creating sustainable development knowledge, and creating a new way of looking at (well-being) and entrepreneurship.

Invited participants will be from countries that have already cooperated with UNOSSC and Hang Seng Management College under the MoU signed in 2016. These countries are Indonesia, Philippines, and Malaysia. The organisers will liaise with the Africa Union to provide names of youth to participate from Central, Eastern, Southern and Western Regions in Africa. At least each region will have one representative. The participants will be the focal points for future training.


29 March 2018


Opening Session and Group Photo (5 mins each)


  1. Welcome Remarks by Representative of Government of Hong Kong:

          Dr. George Lam – Chair of Cyberport Management Company Ltd.

  1. Remarks by UNOSSC Representative :

          Mr. Denis Nkala– Regional Coordinator/Representative

  1. Remarks by UNESCO HK Association:

          Dr. Darwin Chen – President of UNESCO HK Association

  1. Remarks by Centre for Business/ Social Sustainability & Innovations (BSSI), Gratia Christian College (GCC), Hong Kong

         Dr. Shirley Mo Ching Yeung – Director, BSSI/ Associate Professor, GCC


Keynote Speakers and Speech Topics (10 mins each)


Dr. Darwin Chen  |  (9:50 – 10:00am)

President, UNESCO HK Association

Theme : Youth and Global Citizenship


Mr. Denis Nkala  |  (10:00 – 10:10am)

Coordinator, Asia Pacific Region, UNOSSC

Theme: What is South-South Cooperation and what does it mean for youth?


(Photo-taking – 5 mins)


Session 1 (15mins each)

Innovative Entrepreneurial Education Panel Composition


Moderator: Dr. Shame Mugova  |  10:15 – 10:30am

DUT University, South Africa


Keynote Speaker

Dr. Angela Cheung  |  10:45 – 11:00am

Vice President, UNESCO HK Association

Theme: Gender issues for youth and development


Invited Speaker

Ms. Angel Tam  |  11:00 – 11:15am

National Executive Vice President, Junior Chamber International (JCI), Hong Kong

Theme: Entrepreneurial Spirit in NGOs and Service Industry

Expected Outcome : Role of NGOs for Youth development


Q&A Session (11:15 – 11:30am)


11:30 – 11:45 am



Session 2

Product/ Service/ Process Design and Innovations Panel Composition


Moderator: Mr. Bernard Lee Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, (Perdoco Limited with Projects in Malaysia and China), Road Logica International Research Institute Limited


Invited Students from Indonesia/ Malaysia/ Botswana/ Swaziland/ Uganda and Zimbabwe

Theme: From Local Context to Global Needs with Innovations for Sustainable Development




Expected Outcomes: Identified ways of product design, resources arrangement, opportunities and challenges



14:00 – 15.30 pm  

Session 3  (15mins each)

Social issues impacting youth and wellness


Moderator: Dr. Shirley Mo Ching Shirley 

Director, BSSI/ Associate Professor, Gratia Christian College (GCC), HK



Keynote Speakers


Dr. Stephanie Lee  |  14:00 – 14:15

Associate Vice President, UNESCO HK Association

Theme: Societal and Economic Components of Entrepreneurship


Prof. Albert Lee  |  14:15 – 14:30

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Theme:Well Being and Mental Health with Business / Social Development Opportunities.


Mr. Alex Tabbakh  | 14:30 – 14:45

CEO of PUBLIQ Specialist of Fintech & Blockchain Paris, Luxembourg, HK

Theme: The journey of Entrepreneurship with Innovations


Christopher Hugentobler | 14:45 – 15:00

Head of Growth Snapask (Holdings) Inc.

Theme: The journey of Entrepreneurship with Innovations


Samuel Wan   |   15:00 – 15:15

Chairman & Co-founder Molecule Financial Limited

Theme: The journey of Entrepreneurship with Innovations


Quinn Lai   |   15:15 – 15:30

Founder & Director, EONIQ

Theme: The journey of Entrepreneurship with Innovations


15:30-16:00 pm

Q&A Session/ Souvenir Presentation


  30 March 2018

9:00 – 9:30am  

Programme Recap

Dr. Shirley Mo Ching Yeung  |  09:00 – 09:05

Director, BSSI/ Associate Professor, Gratia Christian College (GCC), HK


Action Plans (15mins each)




Dr. Ir. Amelia Naim Indrajaya, MBA  |  9:00 – 9:15

Head of Center for Sustainability Mindset and Social Responsibilities

IPMI International Business School, Jakarta, Indonesia


Eddie Wong  |  9:15 – 9:30am

CEO & Co-Founder Heycoins


9:30 – 10:45 am

Students Discussion

10:45 – 11:00 am

Tea Break

11:00am -12:00pm

Brief presentation of work plan and comments


12:00 – 13:30 pm


13:30 – 14:30 pm

Final Presentations

14:30 – 14: 45 pm


14:45 – 15:00 pm

Closing Remarks – Dr. Shirley Mo Ching Yeung


Presentation Award

– Ms. Nabila Abdelaziz Nasir Saeed Alshamsi, Consul General  of the United Arab Emirates to Hong Kong

– Ms Abbie, Sai Kit Chan, Chairman  Po Leung Kuk

Awardee, The 1st Women Servant Leadership Award, 2018, HK


Souvenir Presentation

Cyberport, UNOSSC, UNESCO HK Association



Dr. Shirley Mo Ching Yeung

Head of School of Business/ Associate Professor at Gratia Christian College, Hong Kong

Dr. John Leung

EMBA, Programme Director at City University of Hong Kong

Prof. Allen Wong

Senior Vice President at CMA (Global) Hong Kong