Julia Kuehn

Associate Professor of English Literature & Associate Dean of Arts, The University of Hong Kong

Julia is Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts at The University of Hong Kong. She teaches and researches in the area of nineteenth-century English literature and culture. Julia is currently on the management team of the Arts Faculty, with responsibilities for Teaching and Learning.

Jo Lusby

Managing Director of Penguin China, General Manager of Penguin North Asia

Jo Lusby is the CEO of Pixie B. She is the former North Asia Managing Director of Penguin Random House. She is a non-executive director of the China-Britain Business Council and PEN Hong Kong, and works as a guest lecturer at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s Innovation Centre.

  Angela Mackay (Co-Chair)

Managing Director of Financial Times, Asia Pacific

She leads the FT’s Asia Pacific commercial operations in Hong Kong where she has an extensive network of personal and professional contacts. She is a former senior correspondent for the FT and a keen supporter of the arts and literary events in Hong Kong.

  Winnie Ng

UK Pharmacy Graduate

A UK pharmacy graduate qualified to practice in both UK and Hong Kong. Prior to relocating back to Hong Kong in 1994, she worked in various managerial roles in retail pharmacy until establishing her own business in London.

Christine Van

Director, Kelly International Corporation Limited

Christine is the Director of Kelly International Corporation Limited. She is qualified as a barrister-at-law in the UK and Hong Kong and worked in litigation, corporate and commercial law in London, Hong Kong and Tokyo before relocating to Hong Kong in 1994.

Adrian Ward

Managing Director, Edelman Hong Kong

Adrian Warr leads the Edelman Hong Kong office. He is an integrated communications specialist whose work in some of the world’s best consultancies has given him experience in corporate communications, crisis, marketing communications, employee engagement, public affairs and digital marketing. Adrian is an Oxford graduate in modern languages and literature, with a BA and MA in French and Italian.

Simon Westcott (Co-Chair)

LUXE City Guides CEO & Owner

Simon is the CEO and Owner of LUXE City Guides. Educated at Oxford and in the US, Simon was Co-Founder of Mr & Mrs Smith Asia Pacific and former global publisher and director of Lonely Planet group.


Jennie Orchard

Experienced Editor & Publisher

Jennie Orchard is an experienced editor and publisher, with strong links to the non-profit world and to women’s organisations. She was formerly the inaugural Development Director for Room to Read Australasia.

James Shea

Assistant Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University

James Shea is the author of two poetry collections, The Lost Novel and Star in the Eye. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Humanities and Creative Writing at Hong Kong Baptist University.

Jeffrey Wasserstrom

Author & Chancellor’s Professor of History, University of California, Irvine

Jeffrey Wasserstrom is the author of five books, including China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know (2010 and 2013 editions) and Eight Juxtapositions. He is Chancellor’s Professor of History at the University of California at Irvine.

Kate Whitehead

Freelance Journalist

Kate Whitehead holds a BA in Literature and a Masters in Literature. She was on staff at the Hong Kong Standard and the South China Morning Post and then as editor of Cathay Pacific’s inflight magazine Discovery. She is now a freelance journalist and has written for many media outlets, including SCMP, BBC Travel, CNN and Forbes.

Xu Xi


Xu Xi is author of thirteen fiction and non-fiction titles, most recently Insignificance: Hong Kong Stories (2018) and Dear Hong Kong: An Elegy For A City (2017). Forthcoming is This Fish is Fowl: Essays of Being (2019). She is Faculty Co-Director of the International MFA in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Vermont College of Fine Arts and co-founder of Authors at Large. An Indonesian-Chinese native of Hong Kong and long-time resident of the city, she now lives mostly in New York, when not inhabiting flight paths.