Get connected with other UQ Business, Economics and Law Alumni living in Hong Kong. There is a vibrant community of UQ alumni living in Hong Kong, including a team of dedicated volunteer ambassadors who are eager to build the community and remain connected to UQ.  There are opportunities to connect with fellow alumni at events and through social media platforms, providing key industry contacts, mentors and employment opportunities from the wider business community.

Honnus Cheung

Honnus Cheung Chair, Hong Kong Ambassador Council
CFO, Travelzoo (Asia Pacific) Inc.

UQ Qualifications: 
Bachelor of Commerce 1992

With more than 20 years’ financial experience in the high-tech, on-line media and travel industry, Honnus has built a solid reputation and is a well-respected member of the finance and treasury community.

She currently holds the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Travelzoo (Asia Pacific) Inc, a global internet media company with more than 27 million members worldwide.

Prior to joining Travelzoo, Honnus worked as the Regional Finance Director for Yahoo! Asia Pacific for nine years and was one of the founding members of Yahoo! Asia. At that time, she was heavily involved in setting up the Asia Office and dealing with mergers and acquisitions, including the strategic investment in Alibaba Group. She has also held various professional positions with American Standard Inc. and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Honnus holds an MBA from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Queensland. She is a fellow member of CPA Australia and HKICPA. She also frequently contributes to leading professional publications including the A Plus, Intheblack, Treasury Today, CFO Innovation, Corporate Treasure.

Her advice to graduates is to “stay hungry, stay foolish and stay healthy.”

“Be hungry enough to learn and achieve strenuously and relentlessly; be foolish enough to persevere in an unconventional dare. Most importantly, stay healthy to experience and cope with the ups and downs in life. No one is perfect, only by equipping ourselves can we climb high and see wide. Treasure your opportunities that you can learn from University.”

Lawrence Au

Lawrence Au Deputy Chair, Hong Kong Ambassador Council
Business Leader and Corporate Intrapeneur

UQ Qualifications: 
MBA 1982

Lawrence has been at the forefront of Asia’s financial industry for more than 35 years. A pioneer and thought-leader in the securities services space since the industry's nascent development in the early 1990s, he was the APAC CEO for 16 years with the securities services business of BNP Paribas and Northern Trust respectively, and took the start-up platforms of the two banks off the ground to become a market leader in the region. He was presented Life-time Achievement Award by Asia Asset Management, and has published a book "Asia’s Financial Industry 1986-2016".

His advice for new graduates: ‘Learning does not stop after university but continues for the rest of our life. Have a passion in what we do and learn from every experience to improve ourselves continuously - whether from our job, people we work with, or social communities we are involved in. This will go a long way in getting us ahead in our career development.’

Professor Frank Finn, who taught Finance during his MBA program at UQ, inspired him to the world of banking, securities markets, and investment with unconventional researchers at that time on “The Random Walk Theory” which has now evolved into the modern portfolio management discipline of indexing and passive management.

Lawrence has a passion for wine, art, and reading which has enriched his life and opened door to many personal and professional networks. He also loves golf and jogging in between his busy schedule of business trips and time with clients and at work.

Dr Peter Glover

Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Hong Kong

UQ Qualifications
Juris Doctor 2005, Master of Laws 2007, PhD 2013

Professional memberships
Nautical Institute
London Maritime Arbitrators Association
Association of Average Adjusters

Peter Hildebrand

General Manager, W Hong Kong

UQ Qualifications
Bachelor of Economics 1988

Additional roles
Griffith University Bachelor of Business (Hong Kong) Industry Advisory Council, HK Hotel Association/HK Tourism Board Sales & Marketing Sub-committee

Peter currently works as General Manger of W Hong Kong which currently had over 400 staff and a turnover of approximately US$100 million. Paul considers this role as his career highlight which he acquired after rising through the ranks of hotel sales, marketing and revenue management.

He has worked mainly in Asia having been based in Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore, Shanghai and Fuzhou and specialises in marketing, sales and management of large teams.

His advice to new graduates is: ‘be prepared to start at the bottom but be ambitious with your goals. Have a sense of urgency to learn, but not necessarily to be rapidly promoted – that will come if you demonstrate your knowledge and skill.’

Peter’s hobbies and interests include golf, tennis, parenthood, yoga and reading.

Lynette Nam

Honnus CheungJustice Fellow, Justice Centre

UQ Qualifications
Bachelor of Laws (Hons) / Bachelor of Arts 2010

After graduating from UQ in 2010, Lynette accepted a position at Nishimura & Asahi, a top tier international law firm in Tokyo, where she remained until 2012.  While in Japan, she was actively involved in Refugees International Japan. In the second half of 2012, Lynette left Tokyo and travelled to the Thai/Burmese border to work with Karenni refugees as a human rights trainer. She subsequently took up a position at the Brisbane office of Fragomen Worldwide, an international law firm specializing in immigration law, and qualified as a lawyer in December 2013. In early 2014, she moved to Hong Kong with Fragomen Worldwide, and stayed with the firm until the end of August 2015. Lynette currently specialises in international human rights and refugee law. She commenced in her current position at Justice Centre Hong Kong in October 2015, where she provides legal support to asylum seekers and other forced migrants in Hong Kong.

Her advice to new graduates is a quote by Carlos Castaneda that she came across when at a career crossroad: “A path is only a path, and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you… Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then, ask yourself alone, one question… Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t it is of no use.”

Lynette has many fond memories of UQ including the thrill of her first moot, beers and the great sense of release after each exam block and sunny afternoons lazing about in the Great Court. She spends most of her spare time rock climbing, doing yoga and running. She is also an avid reader and her career highlight was when she finally got her foot in the door in the human rights law field.

Ross Smith

Ross Smith

Director, Shenton Limited

UQ Qualifications
MBA (Adv) 1999, Master of Commerce 2004

Ross Smith has been a Director of Shenton Limited (Hong Kong) since 2004 and is rather unique to hold an Australian Financial Services License from ASIC for expatriates’ Financial Planning advisory. Shenton Pty Ltd (Australia) has held its ASIC AFSL since 2010. The companies are being scaled up for new advisory services from the 1st July 2015 for investor migration to Australia under Significant Investor VISA and Premium Investor Programs, which require links to Venture Capital, Private Equity and managed investment schemes in Australia.

Ross Smith has been providing Financial Planning advisory services in Australia for 33 years and Hong Kong for 16 years.

Currently, Ross is part-time PhD in Private Equity in HKU Law Faculty, performs pre-breakfast tennis, trains with Vikings AFL Masters, enjoys live jazz music and the annual Australian Jazz Convention. In the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, Ross is Vice-Chair of the Finance Law Tax Committee and a member of Hong Kong Insurance Law Association.

Joe Wu

Client Director, GAM Asset Management

UQ Qualifications
Bachelor of Engineering 2001, Master of Commerce / Master of Information Technology 2004