Despite making up three per cent of Hong Kong’s population (excluding domestic helpers) and their significant cultural and economic contributions, The Zubin Foundation found that ethnic minority residents were significantly underrepresented in the government’s advisory bodies. In fact, among the nearly 1,500 members serving on 100 publicly available advisory bodies, only 1.9 per cent were held by ethnic minorities, and 79 per cent of them were “white”.
This meant that voices from an important and growing constituency were not adequately reflected — or even heard — in government policymaking.
In 2016, The Zubin Foundation partnered with Spencer Stuart, a leading recruitment firm, to launch Diversity List, Hong Kong’s first list of ethnic minorities that are qualified and committed to serving on Hong Kong’s government committees.
Appointment to Government Advisory Committees
The initiative was an immediate success. As of March 2019, 16 Diversity List candidates were appointed to government advisory committees. Click here for the appointed list.
Diversity List Initiatives
Diversity List 2019: Youth to Watch
Diversity List: Youth to Watch is a list of smart and talented individuals under the age of 35, born and raised in Hong Kong who are willing to serve on HKSAR Government advisory bodies.
This list is prepared by The Zubin Foundation (TZF), who is supporting the HKSAR Government in its goal to double the overall ratio of youth members advising the Government to 15% within the current-term administration. The list was launched on 16 March 2019 and was presented to the HKSAR Government.
Sponsors and supporting organisations (2019)
Congratulations to 24 of our 2016-2019 Diversity List Finalists who were appointed to the 32 government advisory committee positions!