Prof. WU Ka Ming is Associate Professor, and Director of the Master Program in Intercultural Studies, in the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She was a visiting fellow, and now a life member, of Clare Hall, Cambridge University. Trained as a cultural anthropologist, she has taken up extensive ethnographic research to examine the cultural politics of state and society, waste, and most recently, gender and nationalism in contemporary China. Her academic papers have been published in high impact journals including Journal of Asian Studies, Modern China, Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Studies, The China Journal, Cities, Urban Geography, Ethnology, and China Perspectives.
Her recent teaching joins the field of environmental humanities, with course titles of “Living in the Anthropocene: Nature, Culture and Power” and “Introduction to Environmental Humanities: Debates in China.” Her research graduate seminar “Thing Theory” examines cutting-edge theories of new materialism, science and technology, objects and non-human to encourage students to conduct inter-disciplinary research beyond conventional humanities. Her book Feiping Shenghuo: Lajichang De Jingji, Shequn Yu Kongjian (CUHK 2016) (Living with Waste: Economies, Communities and Spaces of Waste Collectors in China) has a great impact on the public discussion of waste and has been covered by major media, such as the Guardian and Mingpao Hong Kong. Thinking waste a lot, she is starting a new research project on the ecological consequence of takeout phenomenon in China.
Mr. CHONG Chan Yau is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of CarbonCare InnoLab and a member of the Board of Directors of CarbonCare Asia Limited. Mr. Chong is a graduate from the University of Hong Kong in 1981. He obtained a Master’s degree in Information Systems from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1985. He served in the Hong Kong Government as an Administrative Officer. He also served as an Executive Director of Oxfam Hong Kong and a member of the Board of Director.
Mr. Jorch WONG is the founder of The Loops Hong Kong, a local one-stop recycling start-up that offers door-to-door recycling service to residential and commercial users. Jorch obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication at Hong Kong Shue Yan University in 2019 and continued his career in the advertising industry after his graduation. As the recycling rate in Hong Kong has reached historical low in the past decade, Jorch found the need to make a change to the city. In 2020 spring, at the age of 24, he established The Loops with the dedication to increase local recycling rate by acting as a missing link between recycling plants and citizens, and promoting a self-sustained closed-loop recycling system in Hong Kong. Jorch is also keen to change public stereotypes to traditional recycling with his background in media and advertisement training. The Loops has now gained a solid base of users and recently launched partnership with global brand, such as Procter & Gamble and Watsons HK, together accelerating the change and bettering our city.