Ferdinand Ng works as SWIFTNet Operations Manager of SWIFT in Hong Kong since 2016. He leads a team to perform three major functions Incident Management, Problem Management, and Deployment Management. Over the last years, he held various positions at SWIFT. Between 2005 and 2008, he worked as C++ JAVA Developer at NCrypt System.
He earned his bachelor and masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Cape Town in South Africa.
Anna Martinez has 29 years of experience in banking industry, primarily with Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank Corporation (HSBC), playing key roles in human resource areas of training and development as well as front and back office operations, customer service, and corporate account management. She is adept at working with diverse, multi-cultural teams in varied geographic settings, meeting international standards of performance. She is a founding director of Phoenix Alliance Limited in Hong Kong where she works as a business partner and consultant on human resource development strategies to enable companies to step up to the challenges of doing business in the 21st century.
Katherine De Guzman
Katherine de Guzman works as a manager of PNB HK. Formerly, she was the Business Development Head of PNB Global Financial and Remittance Company (HK) Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Philippine National Bank. She spearheaded the project with EPSCO HK Ltd., that allowed the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), with savings account maintained with the same bank, to remit through HSBC’s internet banking facility and through all of their ATMs located in the Hong Kong territory. She was part of the core team that launched the 7/11 remittance service plus. A tie-up with Citibank HK that facilitated the use of 7/11 stores in Hong Kong to accept remittances bound for the beneficiaries located in the Philippines.
Kathy was formerly a Credit Officer of PNB Hong Kong branch where she structured loan facilities participated in loan syndication; analyzed, evaluated, and reviewed corporate clients’ financial and operational structures; and drew up credit proposals for approval of relevant credit committees.
Kathy graduated Cum Laude from the University of St. La Salle (Formerly La Salle College), Bacolod City, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Economics. She earned a post-graduate degree in Education, Major in Liberal Studies from the University of Hong Kong in 2008.
She sits as Board of Director of the 2015 Philippine Association of Hong Kong and is Secretary and Director of Wimler Foundation, HK.
Leila Rispens-Noel co-founded WIMLER Foundation Hong Kong Ltd (2011) and WIMLER Philippines (2006). She helped the formation of WIMLER Charity USA and WIMLER Dubai.
She was Senior Advisor for INAFI International, a network of over 300 microfinance institutions in Latin America, Asia, and Africa until 2012. Leila was former Program Manager at Oxfam Novib, in The Netherlands in charge of Migration and Development Program. She was a member of International Advisory Committee (IAC) of the Civil Society Global Form for Migration and Development in Manila (2008) and in Mauritius (2012). She was also a member of the Steering Committee for the UN High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development, and member of the Migrants Advisory Board (MAB) of the EC-UN High Joint Migrationa nd Development Initiative (JMDI). She earned her BS degree in Commerce (Major in Accounting) at the Holy Cross of Davao College (Philippines) and diploma in Rural and Agricultural Project Planning at the Insitute of Social Studies (The Hague, The Netherlands). She finished her MA in Migration Studies at Miriam College, Manila.
In 2017, she set up Xabukid Trading, a social enterprise to assist small entrepreneurs. Her fields of interest are migration, remittances, development, microfinance, and capacity building.
After living for 32 years in The Netherlands and three years in Hong Kong, Leila and her husband finally decided to spend most of their time in her hometown in Bansalan. Leila continues with her volunteer work through WIMLER. She conducts organizational capacity building workshops for micro-entrepreneurs and local organizations.
Luz tan is Honorary President of Club Filipino HK and Director of Wimler Foundation HK. She holds a degree in Bachelor of Science in Commerce, Banking, and Finance from the University of Santo Tomas. She is married to K C Tan and they have three children, Frederick, Catherine, and Alexander. Her focus as Director of WIMLER HK is to raise funds to support Send a Child School project. She organizes social events for Club Filipino HK to foster camaraderie between residents and OFWs. She loves to bead natural stones and strings pearls.
Heda Bayron is a seasoned marketing and corporate communications specialist. She currently works as a vice president in the marketing and communications department of PineBridge Investments.
Over the last 10 years, she has held various marketing and communication roles with State Street Global Advisors, CFA Institute, and the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group.
Heda started her career as a reported for Manila’s leading business paper, BusinessWorld, and later worked at AsiaMoney and The Asset magazines. She joined Voice of America (VOA) as an assistant director in Hong Kong covering the Asia-Pacific region. At VOA, she received the Meritorious Honour Award from the US Department of State.
She has a master’s degree in Asia-Pacific Studies from the University of Leeds (UK) and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of the Philippines.
Dr. Ju-chen Chen
Dr. Ju-chen Chen obtained her BS in Psychology from National Taiwan University in Taipei and MA and Ph.D. degrees in Anthropology from Rutgers–the State University of New Jersey in the USA. She is a lecturer at the department of anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong since 2009. Her scholarly interests cover a few topics and geographic locations.
First, she studies female migrant workers in China and their desperate efforts to obtain better house for their sons. Second, she examines Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong and the wishes they realize through participation in beauty pageants. Finally, she looks at independent musicians and music event organizers in Hong Kong and Taiwan with a focus on their non-accumulative lifestyles. On the one hand, she is interested in the relationship between migration and the realization of motherhood or womanhood. On the other hand, she uses aspiration as the keyword to analyze the very different pursuits of her various research subjects.
Myrna Pama Hill
Myrna Pama Hill has been living in Hong Kong for 33 years. She is the Social Secretary of the Cruiser Owners Association in Hong Kong, a yachting organization with members from Aberdeen Boat Club, Hebe Haven Yacht Club, Discovery Bay Marina Club, and Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. She helps organize yacht racing from Hong Kong to Macau and processing of migration entries in Hong Kong and Macau for all participating sailors.
She has been a member of PAHK from 2003 to 2006. Elected Philippine Association Hong Kong (PAHK) Director from 2007 to 2010 and in-charge of organizing events. In 2010 up to 2011, she was elected as PAHK Vice Chairman (Chairman of the Annual Ball).
Elected as PAHK Vice Chairman in 2013 to 2014. Then, elected as PAHK Chairman in 2014 to 2015. She served as PAHK Adviser in 2016 to 2018.
Carlo Logroño has 14 years of work experience in railway, land development, infrastructure, high-rise building, and mixed use development construction projects related to building and civil engineering works. He is currently employed as Programming Engineer in MTR Corporation since the 2nd quarter of 2011. He was initially assigned to join the Programming Team of KTE Project wherein he was involved in the development of the Master Programme (MP). His next assignment is WIL Project where his duties include the development of daily and weekly monitoring chart report based on the latest approved programme and on SIL Project including planning of the construction sequence for permanent works. He is currently engaged at SCL project working on Building Services and E&M Works leading to statutory inspections and completion of whole of the works.
Prior to working in Hong Kong, he worked as Planning Engineer at Habtoor Leighton Group in the Middle East, wherein he was part of the Planning Team responsible on management for the construction of 260 Key Villas (Dubai, UAE) and construction of five towers with a direct link to the existing Doha City Centre Mall (Doha, Qatar).
Richard Rispens is currently working as Customer Support Engineer for New Payments Platform Australia at SWIFT. He earned his bachelor’s degree in International Business and Business Economics at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands and Master in Asian and International Studies at the City University of Hong Kong.