Friends of LSE in Hong Kong
How it all started: as told by Alumni Chapter Founder Mr. Michael Thomas QC SC
Back in 1983, a group of LSE alumni would occasionally meet after work, to reminisce about their days at LSE over gins and tonic. Ken Topley, then Secretary for Education, was their cheerful convener, shortly to retire and become bursar at the University of Macao. The last thing he did before he left was to ask me to take over from him.
There was one among the number who had caught my eye. A young Administrative Officer George Wong. As things then were done, I simply appointed him to the non-existent office of Chairman of the Friends of LSE - or so I thought. He took charge of the slim file of papers and set about organising a committee and some LSE events. 30 years on, the slim file is now in the hands of the 8th successor.
Certainly there was a grand posh ball or two when we danced together in black tie and long dresses. And then there were lots of other opportunities for networking and exchanging business cards over drinks at the end of the working day.
Other activities were more cerebral. I recall a seminar we held to discuss the provisions of the Sino-British Joint Declaration published late in 1984, when Professor Peter Harris, Emily Lau and others formed a panel to assess the achievements of the 2 governments in publishing a agreed blue print for HK's future.
Monthly Alumni Mixers:
Networking drinks with other alumni clubs are now a regular monthly feature. Most often pairing with partner clubs such as the Harvard Club of Hong Kong, the Stanford Club of Hong Kong, Oxford and Cambridge Society, the Warwick Graduates Association of Hong Kong and the Imperial College Alumni Association Hong Kong, we seek to organize mixers monthly to broaden the social horizons of our alumni and friends.
Reception for LSE Academics and Staff Visiting HK:
In the past 30 years, the Chapter had organised numerous events to connect alumni with LSE academics through intellectual conversations. In addition to the numerous alumni who resides in Hong Kong and are currently active in the intellectual circles locally, we seek to organize dialogues for our alumni with visiting LSE academics to advance our collective understanding of the World through the exchanges.
Our past visitors included Nobel Laureate Prof Christopher Pissarides, Professor Arne Westad, Professor Paul Kelly, Professor Sarah Worthington, Professor Danny Quah, Professor Razeen Sally and Nick Bryne.
LSE Offer Holders Pre-Departure Receptions:
The Reception is jointly organised annually by the Friends of LSE in Hong Kong, LSESU Asia Careers Society, LSESU Chinese Society, and the LSESU Hong Kong Public Affairs & Social Service Society. Supported by revered figures of the Chapter such as Professor Christopher Coker and Audrey Eu Yuet-Mee, every August we introduce prospective students to the LSE family before they even set foot in our Houghton Street campus.
As an Alumni Chapter, not only do we regularly provide excellent networking opportunities and thought-provoking events, we are also keen on helping LSE alumni who’ve only recently relocated to Hong Kong to blend in. If you’re new in town, feel free to contact one of our following committee members to see what we can do for you!
BSc Business, Mathematics and Statistics, Class of 2007’
Derek ChoiVice Chairman
MSc Gender Media and Culture, Class of 2010’
Jane HoCommittee member
BSc & MSc Economics, Class of 1993’ & 1994’
MSc Politics and Governments in the EU, Class of 2012’
Tom WanCommittee member
BSc Economics, Class of 1984’