The Zubin Foundation Conference 2021

In 2016, the Hong Kong Government published the Hong Kong Poverty Situation Report on Ethnic Minorities. This report updated the major poverty statistics for ethnic minorities, while also analysing the impact of policy interventions.

Since then, there has been little follow up work. To meet this need, The Zubin Foundation decided to host a conference to help key stakeholders understand the struggles, and the potential of Hong Kong’s ethnic minorities. Audience members include Business Leaders, Social Workers, Community Advocates, Senior Government Officials, as well as practitioners from CSR, Human Resources, Talent Acquisition, Diversity & Inclusion Practitioners, and other NGOs.

​Highlights of the conference include an insight into the past, present and future of ethnic minorities in Hong Kong; breakout rooms to discuss key issues such as inclusive education, inclusive business, the role of women and girls and the impact of mental health. The conference closes with an open discussion on the need for a change in the mindset of the majority population.

Preliminary Itinerary 

  • Welcome by Caspar Tsui, Secretary for Home Affairs

  • Panel Discussion on Past, Present, and Future of Hong Kong’s Ethnic Minorities

  • Morning breakout rooms on Inclusive Education and Inclusive Business

  • A lunch-time chat on religion and culture

  • Afternoon breakout rooms on Women and Girls, and Mental Health

  • Plenary discussion on Changing Mindsets of the Majority Population

  • Closing Thoughts and Observations

Speakers and Moderators

  • Aaisha Saleem, Student
  • Arfeen Bibi, Delia Group of Schools
  • Aron Harilela, BBS JP, Harilela Hotels Ltd.
  • Carpar Tsui, Secretary for Home Affairs of Hong Kong SAR
  • Catherin Husted, Allen & Overy
  • Mufti Muhammad Arshad, Cheif Imam Hong Kong
  • Clement lai, Clement Shield Group
  • Clarissa Lui, Graphic Designer
  • Danish Qureshi, HSBC
  • Don Taylor, Director-Office, Swire Properties
  • Fathima Faleela, Student
  • Gurmel Singh, Khalsa Diwan (Sikh Temple)
  • Huseina Tyebkhan, Academic Director
  • Jafar Amin, Wells Fargo Bank
  • Karma Barfungpa, Arup
  • Moira Toledo, Student
  • Phyllis Cheung, Hong Kong Unison
  • Puja Kapai, University of Hong Kong
  • Ricky Kwan, City University of Hong Kong
  • Rizwan Ullah, Law Ting Pong Secondary School
  • Shalini Mahtani, The Zubin Foundation
  • Shilpa Patwardhan, The Zubin Foundation
  • Swamini Supriyananda, Chinmaya Mission Hong Kong
  • Syed Agha, Parent
  • Qureshi Muhammad Talha, Project Officer
  • Victoria Wisniewski Otero, Resolve
  • Theresa Cunanan, College of International Education
  • Wei Na Sim, Mayer Brown
  • Zoya Anum, Student

Conference Agenda

Date: Tuesday, 9 November 2021 | Venue: Holiday Inn Golden Mile | Tsim Sha Tsui, Time: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

Time Details
9.30 – 10.00 am Registration
10.00 – 10.30 am Welcome
10.30 – 11.30 am Opening Plenary
The Status of Hong Kong’s Ethnic Minorities
11.30 – 11.45 am Refreshment Break
​11.45 am – 12.45 pm

Morning Breakout
A: Inclusive Education | B: Inclusive Business

12.45 – 2.15 pm Lunch
2.15 to 3.15 pm 

Afternoon Breakout
C: Women & Girls | D: Mental Health

3.15 – 3.30 pm  Refreshment Break
3.30 – 5.00 pm

Closing Plenary
Mindset Change of the Majority Population

5.00 – 5.30 pm Closing

Sustainability Goals

At the conference we would like to continue our sustainability practices to avoid wastage and harm to our environment. Here are some of the ways in which we are staying true to our goals.

Our commitment to the environment:

  • We are saying no to single use backdrops and will have very limited paper signages at the event. 

  • We have said no to the hotel for notepads. We request all attendees to bring their own notebooks.

  • We have said no to plastic bottles of water.

  • We have requested limited glasses for water at the hotel, because we want to reduce the water needed to clean them. Please bring your refillable water beakers.

Our commitment to including women:

  • We are saying no to the ‘manel’ – the male only panel.

Our commitment to multi stakeholder engagement:

  • We would like to hear diverse voices – from NGOs, schools, companies and individuals.  We have tried to include these varied voices. 


Platinum Sponsors 

  • Allen & Overy 

  • HSBC

  • Mrs. Purviz R. Shroff, MH, and the Late Mr. Rusy M. Shroff, BBS, MBE 

  • Swire Trust 

Gold Sponsors

  • KPMG

  • Manulife 

  • Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation

Silver Sponsor

  • Mayer Brown

  • Morgan Stanley

  • Schroder’s Investment Management (Hong Kong) Limited

Official Social Media Partner 

  • Facebook

Venue Sponsor

  • Holiday Inn Golden Mile

Supporting Organisations


  • Community Business

  • Equal Opportunities Commission

  • Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce

  • Hong Kong Unison

  • Mind HK

  • OCD and Anxiety Support

  • The Amber Foundation

  • The Women’s Foundation


Vibha Karnik | | +852 2560 9588