“Blockchain 101” with Professor Jan Liphardt from Stanford
What is “Proof of Work”? What is “Proof of Stake”? What is a “51% attack”? “Why are blockchains hard to scale?” Please join us for an interactive virtual brown bag lunch with Professor Liphardt as he graciously helps us demystify the workings of today’s public blockchains.
Professor Liphardt has a physics background and is interested in the intersection of data and health. At Stanford, he teaches a class on blockchains and distributed trust, and he is the founder of the Stanford Distributed Trust Initiative (https://cryptolab.stanford.edu)
The Stanford Club of Hong Kong would like to invite you to enjoy a unique experience at Dignity Kitchen.
Dignity Kitchen is a social enterprise with the mission to restore dignity to the differently-abled by providing vocational training and employment opportunities at their “Singaporean hawker-style” food centre in Mongkok.
The 7-stalls food centre is staffed by the differently-abled and disadvantaged, serving Singaporean street food as well as delivery of bentos for both commercial and charity purposes. At the heart of the company’s mission is its approach to restoring dignity to the differently-abled and the disadvantaged through skills training, job placement and integration. (For more information, please visit https://www.projectdignity.hk/)
The Stanford Club of HK has organized a visit for our alumni community, which will include a talk from founder Koh Seng Choon and a tour through their centre. Afterwards, we will get to help the Dignity Kitchen team pack bento boxes which will be donated for the underprivileged and elderly.
Those who are interested can also arrive earlier and join for an optional, casual lunch with fellow alumni – the food is delicious there!
*1:30-2:30pm: Lunch (optional)*
2:30-3:00pm: Tour + Talk
3:00-4:00pm: Bento box packing. Recommended age is 12 years old or older for hygienic reasons, but feel free to bring younger kids to join for the eating + touring around.
We have limited capacity of 16 people, so please sign up early to save a spot!
Pac-12 Happy Hour
When: August 20, 6-9pm
Where: IFC Podium (near Shake Shack)
Cost: Free – attendees may bring their own beverages or purchase from nearby restaurants and other beverage outlets.
No RSVPs required.
Come meet friends from the Stanford Club of Hong Kong, as well as multiple other Pac-12 alumni clubs, for happy hour drinks!
Stanford Football Viewing – First of the 2021-22 Season!
When: September 12, 10:30am HKT kickoff
Where: American Club 49er, 48/F, Exchange Square 2, Central
Cost: Free, except for the optional lunch (attendees to settle own bills)
No RSVPs required.
Come root on the Card as they head down to the LA Coliseum for the first game of the season vs. the Trojans of USC!
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The Stanford Clubs of (in alphabetical order) Hong Kong, the Philippines and Singapore are jointly organizing a special virtual docent tour of the Stanford Art Collection.
This event will be composed of two tours. In each tour a docent shall discuss three related art pieces from the Stanford art collection.
Tour 1: Wonders in White: Outdoor Sculptures at the Stanford (10am-1040am)
Lead Docent: Lisa Fremont
Summary: We’ll be looking at three sculptures that happen to be white. But they differ in terms of their subject matter, medium, and technique used to create the works.
Tour 2: Crowds: Then and Now (1040am-1115am)
Lead Docent: Mary Rose Cafiero
Summary: We will look at three paintings from the Cantor and the Anderson that span almost 100 years
Date: Saturday, 13 March , 2021 (Hong Kong time) Time: 10 am – 11:15 am Online Tour Link: Provided by email after RSVP, closer to event date Cost: Free for alumni and non-alumni. Event contacts: Kenneth Chua at email@example.com , Andrew Kwan firstname.lastname@example.org
Perspectives from the world’s largest edtech VC fund
The new normal has brought about tremendous shifts to education. (In alphabetical order) Stanford Club of Hong Kong, Stanford Club of the Philippines and Stanford Club of Singapore are delighted to co-organize an online talk featuring how technology is transforming education.
In this talk, Ian Chiu (BS ’00, MS ’02, MBA ’08) and Ilaria Chan (BA ’05) will share their insights about how the new normal is fundamentally re-shaping the landscape of educational technology. They will discuss both business and investment trends in the sector, as well as examples on how innovation in edtech is yielding social impact.
Ian and Ilaria are, respectively, Managing Director and Operating Advisor of Owl Ventures. Ilaria is also Group Advisor on Social Impact Investments for Grab. Owl Ventures, based in Silicon Valley, is the world’s largest venture capital fund dedicated to education technology with over $1.2 billion in assets under management. Its portfolio include edtech successes such as Byju’s, Labster, MasterClass and Quizlet.
Events Details Date: Tuesday, December 1st , 2020 Time: 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm Hong Kong Time / Philippine Time / Singapore Time (GMT+8) Online Videoconference Link: Provided by email after RSVP, closer to event date Cost: Free for alumni and non-alumni. Lunch Etiquette: Lunch not included due to online nature. You are most welcomed to eat while videoconferencing in.
For over 20 years, Ian has been an investor, entrepreneur, and advisor to education and technology companies. He has a deep global network in the education sector and brings a wealth of investing and board experience to the Owl Ventures team. Ian serves on the boards of Degreed, BenchPrep, LeLe Ketang, Sanjieke, and Abl and works closely with MasterClass. Prior to joining Owl Ventures, Ian led the education sector at Warburg Pincus and was a technology investor at Silver Lake Partners. Earlier in his career, Ian was a consultant at Bain & Company and also helped launch BigMachines, a SaaS company that was acquired by Oracle.
Ian serves on the Advisory Board for SEO, a non-profit that provides educational, career, and mentoring programs for young people from underrepresented communities. He is a member of the Advisory Council for Gladeo, a digital social enterprise dedicated to providing career guidance to underserved youth of diverse backgrounds. Ian was also the lead author of Caution: Watch for Scholarships Ahead, a practical guide for students to navigate the complex scholarship application process, which was endorsed by Stanford University’s Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid.
Ian is a graduate of Stanford University, where he earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering, with Distinction, and an M.S. in Industrial Engineering, with a concentration in technology management and entrepreneurship. He also received his M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar and Arbuckle Leadership Fellow.
Ilaria is currently the Group Advisor on Social Impact Investments for Grab, focusing on advancing diplomacy, thought leadership and social impact reach for the Technology Decacorn startup.
Prior to assuming this role, she served as a Corporate Finance executive and helped drive Grab’s historical > $5 billion Series H fundraise – the largest in the history of Southeast Asia. Ilaria was formerly an Executive Director at the Sales & Trading division of Goldman Sachs New York where she was a top quartile performer at the bank, focusing on Asia Equities. She is currently also a global keynote speaker, a private investor, serves on the Board of Trustees of humanitarian organizations CareForChildren and Emancipaction, an Operating Advisor to Owl Ventures (largest Education Tech focused venture capital fund in the world), an advisory committee member to GlobalSF’s Women Empowerment Initiative, and serves on the advisory board of British real estate development firm Kinrise.
Perspectives from China and Asia in the new normal
This event is co-organized by, in alphabetical order, Stanford Club of Hong Kong and Stanford Club of the Philippines.
The new normal has brought about tremendous shifts to education, including business and executive education which historically prized face-to-face interactions and professional networking.
In this talk, Robert Hsiung (GSB MBA ’08) will share his insights about the latest trends in China’s and Asia’s professional education industry, particularly its digital transformation in the new normal.
Robert has led the China business of 3 education companies. He currently serves as China CEO of Eruditus Executive Education, which raised US$113 million in August 2020 from investors including Leeds Illuminate, Prosus Ventures and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Previously, Robert was Udacity’s Managing Director in China, and Interim CEO of ShareWithU.
Events Details Date: Thursday, 29 October, 2020 Time: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Hong Kong Time / Philippine Time (GMT+8) Online Videoconference Link: Provided by email after RSVP, closer to event date Cost: Free for alumni and non-alumni. Lunch Etiquette: Lunch not included due to online nature. You are most welcomed to eat while videoconferencing in.
Robert Hsiung has led the China business of 3 education companies. He currently serves as China CEO of Eruditus Executive Education, which raised US$113 million in August 2020 from investors including Leeds Illuminate, Prosus Ventures and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
Previously, Robert was Udacity’s Managing Director in China, and Interim CEO of ShareWithU. He holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business School and an B.A.S. in computer science from University of Pennsylvania.
The new normal has brought about tremendous shifts to education at every level: from students and parents, to teachers and administrators, to schools and technology providers.
In this talk, Mariana Kou will share her insights about China’s and Asia’s education industry, both historical and current, and her take on education trends in the new normal.
Mariana has worn 3 hats in the education industry. As an entrepreneur, she is CEO of Research Study Education Group, which offers educational travel products and is now expanding into EdTech. Previously as an analyst, she was Head of China Education and HK Consumer Research at CLSA. As an author, she published her first book “Investing in Dragons: Education Industry and Capital Markets” in 2020.
We hope alumni who are interested in education and technology – whether as a an industry participant or as a parent – in the new normal will join us online.
Events Details Date: Tuesday, 22 September, 2020 Time: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Hong Kong time (GMT+8) Online Videoconference Link: Provided by email after RSVP, closer to event date Cost: Free for alumni and non-alumni. Lunch Etiquette: Lunch not included due to online nature. You are most welcomed to eat while videoconferencing in.
Event Contact: Andrew Kwan (email@example.com)
About the Speakers
Mariana Kou is executive director and CEO of Research Study Education Group, which offers educational travel products and is now expanding into EdTech. Prior to this role, she was an award-winning equity research analyst specializing in the China education industry and the global luxury goods sector. Mariana started her banking career in New York at Lehman Brothers, and was most recently Head of China Education and HK Consumer Research at brokerage and investment group CLSA.
In 2020, she published her first book “Investing in Dragons: Education Industry and Capital Markets”.
She also serves as board advisor to education ventures and has been keynote speakers and panelists at government and industry conferences as well as interviewed regularly by international media. Mariana was appointed representative for China by the World Business Angels Investment Forum, an affiliated partner of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) in Jun 2020. She is a member of ForbesWomen Forum and she is the Columbia Venture Community’s Hong Kong chapter founding lead.
Mariana holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and is a graduate of Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship certificate program. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with magna cum laude and Raymond P. Kent Award. She is a CFA charterholder and a member of global business honor society Beta Gamma Sigma and economics honor society Omicron Delta Epsilon.