From Kindergarten to Primary School: Hong Kong’s Pioneer in Montessori Education

The Stanford Club of Hong Kong is delighted to welcome Karin Ann, BS ’91 and MS ’91, as our honorable speaker at this event.

A Hong Kong native, Karin is Founder of International Montessori School (“IMS”) in Hong Kong. IMS is considered one of the world’s leading Montessori bilingual programs in Chinese and English for kindergarten and primary children.

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Karin will share her personal journey bringing Montessori education to Hong Kong before Montessori became a household term. She will also discuss future trends in education such as Authentic Learning, Positive Education, and the changing role of the Teacher.

This event should be interesting to parents, educators or anyone interested in education.

Event Details

Date: Thursday, 1 June 2017

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Venue: CoCoon, 3/F, Citicorp Centre, 18 Whitfield Road, Tin Hau, Hong Kong

Cost: $150 (advance payment) | $200 (cash at the door). Includes refreshments.

RSVP: Required. Please click here to RSVP and pay now.

Contact: Andrew Kwan at

Event Rundown:

6:45 pm Registration

7:00 pm Speaker Remarks

7:45 pm Q&A

8:15 pm Networking

About the Speaker

Karin Ann is the Founder of the International Montessori School (“IMS”) in Hong Kong. Following a career in business and finance, she decided to pursue her true calling in education and founded IMS in 2002 with Anne Sawyer.

Karin is a Stanford alumnus. She received a BS in Mathematical and Computational Science and an MS in Engineering-Economic Systems, both from Stanford in 1991.

At IMS, Karin has fostered a unique bilingual learning environment catering to the needs of both native and non-native learners. She introduced a multisensory approach to learning Chinese and pioneered a Chinese curriculum based on the Montessori philosophy and method. IMS is now considered one of the world’s leading Montessori bilingual programs for kindergarten and primary children.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Karin is a TEDx speaker, winner of Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and member of the Children’s Development Fund Steering Committee. She currently lives in Hong Kong with her husband and two children.

Big Game: Stanford vs Cal


At long last, it’s Big Game weekend, and the TV networks have finally pinned down the details for Big Game so our viewing is a GO!!

#24 Stanford Football is on a roll following a 52-point performance against a weakened Oregon defense. The Berkeley Club of HK will also be in attendance this weekend…so let’s show strength in numbers Cardinal fans and support our team as we hopefully demolish a struggling Cal defense, which has allowed 540.5 total offensive yards per game!

Date: Sunday, November 20th
Time: 8am onwards

Venue: The American Club, Forty Niner Sports Bar, 49/F, Exchange Square 2, Central

Cost: Per-consumption only / no minimum spend – full breakfast menu and bar will be available, however will be CASH ONLY so please come prepared

RSVPs: Not required, and all are welcomed – more the merrier!

Annual Interclub Thanksgiving Dinner 2016

Join us for a traditional American Thanksgiving Dinner!

Hosted by the Harvard, Stanford, Duke, Northwestern and Yale Alumni Associations of Hong Kong.

Date: November 25, 2016 (*** FRIDAY, not on Thanksgiving Thursday)

Time: 7 pm

Venue: Azure at 30/F, Hotel LKF, 33 Wyndham Street, Central

Cost: $680 per person (includes one drink of red/white wine or soda, additional drinks will be on cash bar basis).

Deadline: November 23, 2016

*** IMPORTANT: Vegetarians: please choose the vegetarian option in this Eventbrite order form.

MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS EARLY, this is a sold out event every year!

We will not be accepting payment at the door.

Thanksgiving Menu

Autumn Trio

Foie Pate / Crab Tartlet / Salmon Beet

Chestnut & Goat Cheese Stuffed Portobello Mushroom

Oven roasted with rosemary & thyme, served with warm tomato chutney & pan roasted baby onions

Creamy Roasted Pumpkin Soup

With cinnamon orange spiced sour cream

Golden Roasted Whole US Turkey Carved Tableside

Sage & Onion Stuffing, Cumin Roasted Carrot & Parsnip, Sweet Potato Puree, Roasted Potatoes, Cranberry Jelly,  Turkey Jus


Applewood Smoked Pistachio Encrusted Atlantic Salmon

Long grain & wild rice pilaf, grilled asparagus, baby carrots & lime butter sauce

Warm Pumpkin Apple Raisin Slice

With maple pecan ice cream

(Includes One glass of Red or White Wine per guest)

Additional Beverage Selection

House white / red wine $50; Beer $50; Soft Drink / Orange Juice $50

The Life of a Stem Cell: from Young to Old with Prof Tom Cheung

There is no doubt that aging populations present one of the biggest challenges in today’s world. Better understanding of the process of biological ageing is key to improving health and longevity in modern society.  Human tissue has various levels of regenerative potential; tissue such as the adult heart and the central nervous system have very little power to regenerate, while skeletal muscle and skin have a remarkable ability to regenerate following injury.  Research at HKUST is focusing on somatic stem cell biology and the signaling pathways involved in tissue regeneration as well as stem cell ageing.  This talk examines how stem cells repair tissue in normal circumstances as well as during organismal ageing, particularly focusing on stem cell-mediated repairs.

Event Details

Date: 22nd Novemeber 2016

Time: 12:30 to 2pm (Lunch included)

Venue: HKUST Business School Central, 15F Hong Kong Club Building, 3A Charter Road, Central, Hong Kong

Registration Link


Beyond Test Scores: Building Characters and Nurturing Minds

The Stanford Club of Hong Kong is delighted to welcome a panel of 5 young education thought leaders from the realm of character education and positive education. Together, the panelists will share their insights innovating in education, including their personal journeys on:

  • Founding a kindergarten that focuses on character building and nurturing
  • Founding a learning community on character education and bringing that into Hong Kong schools
  • Founding a learning community to enlighten, encourage and empower all learners
  • Directing the leading non-profit in America to advance the science and practice of character development
  • Making positive education accessible to more Hong Kong schools

This event should be interesting not just to those working in education, but also to parents and families interested in learning more on how children develop character strengths.

Guest of Opening Remarks:

Jeffrey Sze (Stanford BS ’07, MS ’08), Political Assistant to HKSAR Secretary of Education

Panelists (in alphabetical order):

Bruce Au, Former Director, Character Lab

Renee Boey, Founder and Educational Director, Baker & Bloom

Kimberly Kwok, Founder and School Supervisor, Mighty Oaks Nursery and Kindergarten

Christine Ma Lau, Founder and Principal, JEMS Learning House

Zachary Lee, Research Associate, Department of Applied Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

6:45pm Registration

7:00pm Opening Remarks

7:10pm Panel Discussion and Q&A

8:00pm Networking


CoCoon, 3/F, Citicorp Centre, 18 Whitfield Road, Tin Hau, Hong Kong


$150 (advance payment) | $200 (cash at the door). Includes refreshments.


Required. Please click here to RSVP and pay now.

Event Contact:

Christina Hu and Andrew Kwan (

Exclusive Tour Inside the World of IoT with CoCoon Ignite Ventures and Global Sources

Date: Monday, Oct 17th, 2016

Time: 9:00am – 7:00pm

Description: Exclusive to MIT, Harvard, Stanford and Wharton alumni in Hong Kong. Join us, CoCoon Ignite Ventures & Global Sources on this day tour of the IoT scene in Shenzhen – visit an advanced manufacturing facility to learn about the latest developments and investment opportunities.

Up Here Tickets: Sign

Each ticket includes transportation, breakfast, lunch and happy hour, plus one ticket to Startup LaunchPad Conference and Tradeshow through Oct 18-21, 2016.

EARLY BIRD HK$980/person by Sep 28, 2016, Wednesday


REGULAR HK$1280/person by Oct 14, 2016, Friday


09:00am   Breakfast @CoCoon

09:15am   Investing in IOT with CoCoon Ignite Ventures

10:30am   Depart for Shenzhen

12:00pm   Lunch

01:30pm   Discover Hardware Startups @Global Sources

03:00pm   Advanced Manufacturing Tour @Ash Cloud Factory

5:00pm     Depart Shenzhen

6:30pm     Happy Hour @CoCoon

About CoCoon Ignite Ventures

With connected capital, CoCoon Ignite Venture invests in early stage entrepreneurs who have a unique vision of the New Economy where businesses are transitioning from asset-based models to non-asset based, decentralized networks and business models.

About Global Sources

com/Global Sources is a leading business-to-business media company and a primary facilitator of trade with Greater China. More than 1 million international buyers, including 95 of the world’s top 100 retailers, use these services to obtain product and company information to help them source more profitably from overseas supply markets. More about Startup LaunchPad Conference and Tradeshow here: http://www.launchpadhk.

Stanford vs Harvard Basketball in Shanghai – Nov 12, 2016

On a separate note, did you know that Stanford will be playing Harvard in Shanghai on Nov 12, 2016? We are thinking of organizing a group trip up to Shanghai to support our team and wanted to gauge interest. Note that tickets go on sale on Aug 30 so we would need to know over the next couple days if we should purchase a block of seats. Please let us know if you’d be interested in joining us and the number of seats you¹d be interested in