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 Ambassadors Council
Head of Asia Pacific, BNP Paribas Securities Services

UQ Qualifications: 
MBA 1982

Lawrence is a seasoned business executive with more than 30 years' experience in the  Asia Pacific financial industry. He has been at the forefront of securities services since the early 1990's when the global custody industry started to develop in the region, and was instrumental in pioneering the global custody business in the region for several major firms besides BNP Paribas. He is a recognized thought leader in the securities services industry, frequently speaking in conferences and featuring in industry publications.

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.

Paul Accornero

Paul AccorneroInternational Commercial Director (MD) AsiaPac & Americas, De’Longhi Group

UQ Qualifications: 
Bachelor of Commerce 1990

Professional memberships:
Fellow of the Insitute of Directors UK (FIOD), Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (CMGR FCMI), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (FCIM), CPA Australia Associate Member

Paul Accornero is currently the International Commercial Director (MD) Asia Pacific & Americas for De’Longhi Kenwood APA Ltd. (a Division of De’Longhi Group) where he is responsible for all Group Subsidiaries, Business activities, Brands and Operations across North America, South & Central America, and Asia Pacific, for De’Longhi Group (including De’Longhi, Kenwood & Braun Household Brands). Additionally he is responsible for Non-European (Regional) New Product Development.

Paul started his career working with Ernst & Young before moving on to various senior roles with with Simplot Australia Pty Ltd and AquaVital Springwater Ltd. Prior to working with the De’Longhi Group, Paul held managerial roles with L’Oreal Group and L’Oreal Australia.

A highlight of Paul’s career was being invited to 10 Downing Street to discuss strategic business opportunities and the partnership of Kenwood with the Prime Minister’s GREAT Britain initiative. His advice to new graduates is: ‘lead or follow, but don’t be stopped by others who say “it can’t be done” or who won’t even try. Then if you are going to lead, lead from the front and by example.’

Lily Chan

Honnus CheungExecutive Director, Goldman Sachs

UQ Qualifications
Bachelor of Commerce 2006

Lily is an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs and is responsible for alternative investment solutions in Asia. She focuses on alternative asset classes across hedge funds, private equity, real estate and infrastructure. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Lily was a founding member of Archer Asia, an Asian focused Fund of Funds where her responsibility included portfolio management, investment due diligence and hedge fund advisory services.

Prior to that, Lily was at Credit Suisse Asset Management where she was responsible to advising institutional and private banking clients on their hedge fund investments.

Previously, Lily worked at USD 1.3 billion KBC Asia Fund of Funds (Institutional Fund of the Year 2005, Best Asian Fund of Funds 2007 Eureka hedge) where she was responsible for hedge fund investment due diligence and manager selection.
Lily holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from The University of Queensland.

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.

Stefanie Myers

Strategy and Communications Consultant

UQ Qualifications
Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management 2005

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.

Timothy Usasz

Timothy Usasz Vice President - Institutional Equity Sales, Credit Suisse

UQ Qualifications
Bachelor of Commerce 2004, MBA 2013

Tim initially began his career in accounting and corporate finance in 2004 before playing professional rugby union from 2007 until 2011. Since retiring from rugby, Tim has completed an MBA and now works in the equity markets in Asia. His area of expertise is Australian equities.

Tim’s career highlights in finance include making some important mergers & acquisition deals in 2006-2007 in Sydney and the UK. A highlight of his rugby career was playing in the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Tim advises new graduates to ‘try not to specialise too early and learn as much as you can. Never give in on something you love no matter what anyone tells you.’ Tim’s favourite memory was the week-long immersion that his MBA cohort did in India. His hobbies and interests include rugby union, surfing, fitness and investment.

Joe Wu

Client Director, GAM Asset Management

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