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Shalini Mahtani Zubin’s Mummy, Co-Founder and Chair

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Shalini is the Founder and previous CEO of Community Business, a unique non-profit organisation in Asia that works in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)and Diversity and Inclusion.

Equality is Shalini’s passion and she has been instrumental in advocating for companies being strategically involved in their local communities and bringing the subject of diversity and inclusion to corporates across Asia. Shalini sees her greatest professional achievements as creating Community Business, a business-led organisation for social change, and successfully lobbying the Hong Kong Stock Exchange to have all listed companies “comply or explain” on diversity. Shalini has advised many companies, written and published research, and is a sought after speaker on the role of business in the community and the importance of diverse and inclusive workplaces.

Amongst her many accolades, Shalini received the American Chamber of Commerce 'Master of Charity, Arts and Culture Award' in 2011. She was honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Global Young Leader in 2009. In 2008, Shalini was awarded an MBE from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II for services to corporate social responsibility in Hong Kong. In 2005 she was awarded the “Chief Executives Commendation for Community Service” by the Hong Kong SAR Government. Read more details | Visit Shalini's wiki page

 

Ravi Gidumal Zubin’s Daddy, Co-Founder and Board Director

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Ravi is Managing Director of Gidumal & Sons Limited, a family owned business that distributes internationally branded tableware, gifts and homeware in Hong Kong and Macau. Under the brand name Town House, the company operates three retail shops and a wholesale distribution business that sells products to leading retailers, hotels and restaurants in Hong Kong. Ravi is also director of a number of companies in Hong Kong that operate in the food and beverage industry.

In the 1990s Ravi led a lobby group in Hong Kong that successfully convinced the UK Government to enact legislation which restored full British Citizenship to the non-Chinese population of Hong Kong. This community of “ethnic minorities” faced the plight of statelessness as a result of Hong Kong reverting to Chinese sovereignty in 1997. Read more details

 

Sandy Chan Programme Director

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Sandy Chan is the Programme Director at the Zubin Foundation. Her main responsibilities at the Zubin Foundation include managing the day-to-day execution and management of the various projects being undertaken by the organisation. She is also responsible for organising events and talks to spread awareness on social issues that the organisation is focusing on.

Sandy Chan is from Hong Kong. Prior to joining the Zubin foundation, she worked at Community Business from 2008 to 2014. Her main responsibilities at Community Business included managing the disability workplace initiatives of Community Business and addressing employability of people with disabilities. Sandy has taken a lead role in planning The Zubin Day at Community Business on or around 31st May (Zubin’s death anniversary) in 2009 and 2010, where the Community Business team go out and volunteer in a community of their choice.

Sandy’s passion is community outreach and on a personal basis she regularly volunteers with a youth centre for ethnic minorities. She has also worked with Produce Green Foundation as a project coordinator.

Sandy holds a bachelor degree in English for Professional Communication from City University of Hong Kong.

 

Sheron Lee Young Chief Financial Officer

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Sheron Lee Young is a pro bono accountant at the Zubin Foundation.

Sheron is ethnically Chinese and has lived, studied and worked in Hong Kong, UK, USA and Canada. She is a Certified Public Accountant from California and has work experience in public accounting firms as well as the banking industry including Bank of America, Barclays Capital and Credit Suisse Group.


Sheron’s time is spent with her family, her friends and pursuing her interests. She is a keen supporter of cultural diversity in our lives and livelihood and she volunteers at the Zubin Foundation because she supports the cause of the organization and also because she wishes to give back to Hong Kong, which has been her home since 1993.

 

Dora Lo Project Manager

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Dora Lo is the Project Manager at the Zubin Foundation. Her main responsibilities at The Zubin Foundation include managing day-to-day operations of the foundation as well as managing projects undertaken by the organization.

Dora was born in Hong Kong. Prior to joining The Zubin Foundation, she worked at an ICT solution company as an internal Associate Business Analyst for four years following her university graduation. Her main responsibilities there were to coordinate projects related to internal application systems and workflow with various departments at all levels. Considering her strong passion for using technology to address social issues, she decided to join Zubin Foundation to turn this passion into a career.

In her spare time, she volunteers in youth centres and does community outreach, especially for ethnic minorities in Hong Kong. Dora loves eating as well as being around in the kitchen exploring new recipes. She volunteers for a service kitchen on the weekends.

Dora holds a bachelor degree in Computer Science from City University of Hong Kong.

 

Gunjali Singh Project Manager

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Gunjali was introduced to the Zubin foundation when she volunteered to translate documents for one of their projects. She was impressed by the remarkable work the foundation did and felt very fortunate when she received an opportunity to work with them and be a part of their values and goals.

Born and raised in India, Gunjali has lived in New York, Singapore and Hong Kong over the past decade. She has a Bachelor's degree in Commerce and a Masters in Business Administration and has been extensively involved with not-for-profit organizations including Ananya (School for underprivileged children in Bangalore), IAAC (Indo American Arts Council in New York) and SINDA (Singapore Indian Development Association).

Since moving to Hong Kong with her husband and two children in 2016, Gunjali has been actively involved in community and school events, teaches Hindi to children, serves on the board of the American Women's Association and paddles for the AWA Dragon Boat team.

 

 

Maggie Holmes Project Manager

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Maggie Holmes is a Project Manager at The Zubin Foundation; her special interest is Chinese language education for ethnic minority children. Maggie was born and bred in the UK, studying Chinese at Leeds University. She worked with the BBC World Service in London before coming to Hong Kong in 1995. She has worked as a journalist at TVB, RTHK and on many freelance projects. Maggie has a PGCE in teaching Chinese as a Second Language and is an EDB registered teacher.

Maggie is a volunteer tutor with ethnic minority children studying in Chinese medium schools. She is endlessly frustrated by the challenges they face and is convinced that some of the tools, techniques and strategies used to teach Mandarin as a second language, could be adapted for ethnic minority students in Hong Kong.

Maggie admires The Zubin Foundation’s commitment to evidence-based research and its emphasis on community engagement. She is delighted to be a part of the team!

Maggie’s main hobby is music. She plays flute to a fairly high level and bassoon to a very low level

 

Ravina Lalvani Project Manager

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Ravina has a doctorate in clinical psychology. Her main responsibilities at the Zubin Foundation include providing support to ethnic minority children with special education needs, and marginalised women and girls in Hong Kong.

Ravina was born in Mumbai (India), and grew up in Belgium. Before joining the team, Ravina spent 5 years pursuing a Doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, 2016.

As a clinical psychologist intern, Ravina was exposed to a wide range of clinical settings and populations, including children, adolescents, adults, and refugees from different parts around the world.

Ravina feels grateful to be a member of the Zubin Foundation team, as she is sincerely enjoying gaining insight and interacting with the growing diversity in Hong Kong, in her second language, Hindi.

 

Anky Chau Office Manager

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Anky Chau is the Office Manager at the Zubin Foundation. Her main responsibilities at The Zubin Foundation include supporting the team through office administration, accounting, and event logistics.

Prior to joining The Zubin Foundation, Anky worked as a race manager for an event company to organize a trail running event in 2015 and worked as an office manager at Community Business from 2007 to 2014. She feels grateful to be re-joining her former team members in a new venture and looks forward to doing more meaningful work for Hong Kong.

Anky has been a guide runner for the HKLSS - Blind Sport Hong Kong since 2010 and arranges overseas tours for the team every year. She loves to serve the community and make new friends.

 

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