Ada WONG, JP
Chairperson, Make A Difference Institute
Convenor & Director, Good Lab Foundation
Supervisor, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity
Ada Wong has led a varied career as solicitor, educator and cultural entrepreneur. She is a staunch advocate of cultural development, creative education and social innovation.
Ada founded Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture (HKICC), a unique non-profit cultural organization whose mission is education innovation and a creative civil society. Among other projects, HKICC founded the HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity in 2006, a senior secondary school dedicated to the nurturing of talents for Hong Kong’s cultural and creative industries development.
In 2010, she founded the Make A Difference (MaD) initiative (www.mad.asia), a “creativity for good” platform for young and creative changemakers in Asia. In 2012, she founded The Good Lab (www.goodlab.hk), a do tank and social innovation hub to enable tri-sector collaborations for positive changes in society.
In early 2016, Ada has been invited by the Mayor of Seoul, Mr PARK Won-soon, to join as member of his “Advisory Group for Seoul Innovation" together with social innovation leaders around the world.
Ada was an elected member of the Urban Council and Wan Chai District Council between 1995 and 2008 with the last four years as Chairperson of the Wan Chai District Council. She received her BA (Hons) from Pomona College, California USA, and M Ed from the University of Hong Kong. She is an Honorary Fellow of Lingnan University, Hong Kong Education University and the Hong Kong Baptist University.
MaD Team, Make A Difference Institute (MaD)
The 16-person MaD Team sees to all of MaD programmes -- from conceptualisation to execution. We create for sustainable causes, value diversity and coexistence, and strive to promote the creative ecology with constructive actions. We champion good practice and collaboration, and love to make work fun.