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Leadership Team

Kay McArdle

Kay McArdle
Chief Executive Officer
Jessica Chow

Jessica Chow
Co-Director of Services
Director of Social Work and Healthcare

Carmen Lam

Carmen Lam
Co-Director of Services
Director of Community Development and Education

Daisy Lau

Daisy Lau
Director of Operations

Jenny McAlpine

Jenny McAlpine
Access to Justice Programme Manager

Victoria Street

Victoria Street
Director of Development

 


The Team

Sadia Bibi

Sadia Bibi
Case Manager (RSW)
Social Work Programme

Gellin Byatt

Gellin Byatt
Community Development Coordinator
Community Development and Education Programme

Ellen Cheung

Ellen Cheung
Midwife
Access to Healthcare Programme

Vivian Cheung

Vivian Cheung
Legal Case Manager
Access to Justice Programme

Vrinda Choraria

Vrinda Choraria
Business Development Manager

Celine Dermine

Céline Dermine
Legal Case Manager
Access to Justice Programme

Rachel Ganly

Rachel Ganly
Communications Manager

Paula Grogan

Paula Grogan
Office Manager

Ruth Jackson

Ruth Jackson
Senior Social Worker
Child Protection Programme

Maisy Lam

Maisy Lam
Finance Officer

Stephanie Law

Stephanie Law
Case Manager (RSW)
Social Work Programme

Rachel Lok

Rachel Lok
Case Manager (RSW)
Social Work Programme

Lia Ngatini

Lia Ngatini
Case Manager
Home Country Integration Programme Manager

Amanda Pang

Amanda Pang
Development Officer

Rebecca Pu

Rebecca Pu
Programme Officer
Community Development and Education Programme

Lisa Ringnér-Näckter

Lisa Ringnér-Näckter
Access to Healthcare Programme Manager

Kirby Tsang

Kirby Tsang
Case Manager (RSW)
Social Work Programme

Bénédicte Zuber

Bénédicte Zuber
Midwife
Access to Healthcare Programme

Consultants

Haleema Raheel

Haleema Raheel
Development Consultant

Tomasz Zawada

Tomasz Zawada
Communications Consultant

Kylie co-founded PathFinders in 2007 and served as the volunteer Executive Director from 2008 to 2013. She was co-chair of PathFinders’ board from 2013 to 2015. Kylie is a Chartered Accountant and is also Chief Financial Officer and Director at Civic Exchange. Prior to working in the non-profit sector, Kylie worked in Corporate Advisory Financial Services in Melbourne, Vancouver and Hong Kong. She has been living in HK since 1999.

Melissa is Co-Founder of PathFinders and served on it’s board from 2008-2015. She is also a board member (and Chairman of the Finance Committee) of Mother’s Choice. Currently, Melissa founded and currently serves as CEO of Maven International, which provides strategic advice on innovation and change to people, companies and charities. Melissa has been living in Hong Kong since 1995.

Jessica is a registered social worker and serves as Senior Case Manager at PathFinders, responsible for overseeing and developing case management programmes and PathFinders’ Shelter.

At PathFinders, Jessica works with the most vulnerable and unsupported children and women in Hong Kong – those that have fallen out of Hong Kongs’ social support safety net. Every day she works positively towards supporting migrant mothers to regain their confidence, dignity and hope.

Prior to joining PathFinders in 2012, she worked with Caritas Family Crisis Support Center and Senior Citizen Home Safety Association.

“It is wonderful to be part of a team that puts their best effort in providing and promoting the service and culture of “Home and Hope” to migrant mothers, their children and within the community. I also hope to find and to share joy through this meaningful service – I know there will be challenges, but I am optimistic I will!”Kristina, Case Manager, drives client-focussed activities for our shelter, PathFinders House, and is directly involved with day-to-day client-focussed operations. She is particularly involved with our Indonesian clients and support networks including Indonesian NGOs and the Indonesian Consulate. Kristina graduated with Degree in Theological Studies at the Jakarta Theological Seminary where she also worked as a professor’s assistant in an educational and research center. Kristina then moved to Hong Kong to oversee a migrant women’s shelter and educational centre, a joint project of Christian Action, Mission 21 and Tsung Tsin Mission of Hong Kong.

A registered social worker, Carmen began her career working at psychiatric rehabilitation services and foster care organisations in the United States. In Hong Kong, Carmen has dedicated herself to working with individuals with mental illnesses, migrants, and minorities. From 2010-2012, Carmen managed the Refugee Program, a joint project of Caritas and UNHCR.

Joining PathFinders in January 2013, Carmen is responsible for the development and management of PathFinders’ community education, outreach and volunteer programmes.

At PathFinders she serves the most vulnerable, neglected, hidden, disadvantaged children and migrant women in our society. Every day she empowers these women to enhance their ability to make the right choices.

e-mail: carmen@pathfinders org.hk

The Senior Development and Communications Manager is responsible for managing and maximizing the impact of fundraising activities for PathFinders. Reporting to the CEO, the Senior Development and Communications Manager is a key member of PathFinders’ team with the goals of ensuring that PathFinders has sufficient, ongoing resources and public profile to carry out its mission. Click here to see a copy of the job description.

As Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Luna oversees the implementation and development of beneficiaries service programmes, financial management, HR and office operations.

Having worked with PathFinders since its inception in 2008, Luna is fulfilling her life goal of having a positive influence in peoples’ lives. At PathFinders, she works every day towards assisting the most vulnerable in Hong Kong and advocates for the safeguarding of unprotected and under-supported children.

A Certified Public Accountant, Luna began her career as a corporate recovery consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. After leaving the private sector, Luna obtained a Postgraduate Certificate of Psychology from The University of Hong Kong in 2011.

e-mail: luna@pathfinders.org.hk

Kay joined PathFinders as its first CEO in October 2013. A recognised advocate for the rights of minority, under-served and under-represented populations, Kay champions the rights of women, special needs children and ethnic minorities.

Kay is responsible for PathFinders’ overall strategic development with particular focus on government, consular, academic and agency relations as well as its access to justice work.

A lawyer and CEDR-accredited mediator, Kay previously worked at Mayer Brown JSM, Goldman Sachs and Masons. Kay is an Executive Committee member of the Child Development Centre, and served as Board Chair of The Women’s Foundation (2011- 2014).

She is a visiting lecturer at the Centre for Rights and Justice at the Law Faculty of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kay contributed a chapter about the law and policies impacting PathFinders’ clients to law book “Gender, Violence and the State in Asia” (Routledge, July 2016).

In 2016, Kay was awarded Macquarie Group’s Hong Kong David Clarke Social Innovation Fellowship to expand her Access to Justice work. In 2017, she won a scholarship to attend Harvard Business School’s CEO Leadership Programme “Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management.”

e-mail: kay@pathfinders.org.hk


As founder of GaveKal Endowment Fund, Kelly advises and funds Asian charities which support children and education. She is also a co-founder of Sassy Mama, a regional website addressing the needs and interests of mothers. Kelly has lived in Hong Kong since 2003.


Following an early career in banking, Jennifer has since been engaged in social entrepreneurship, social investing and a business approach to economic development across Asia and globally over the past 15 years. Most recently, she worked for Grameen Foundation USA including serving as their co­‐head of GF’s global activities and CEO of Asia. She is currently a member of Grameen Foundation’s Asia Advisory Committee and Chair of Grameen Foundation India. Jennifer has lived in Hong Kong since 1996.


Poh Lee recently retired from the partnership of the law firm Baker &McKenzie. Having served as managing partner of the Baker & McKenzie’s Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Vietnam offices, she has also held a number of other significant management roles with Baker & McKenzie. Poh Lee is an
independent non-executive director Link Reit and Founder of Mighty Oaks Foundation.

Our Case Managers offer comprehensive assistance to migrant workers who are pregnant and/ or have children in Hong Kong. Each of our Case Managers are critical members of PathFinders’ team who contribute in a variety of ways to carry out our mission. Click here to see a copy of the job description.

Patricia joined PathFinders in January 2015. Focussing on raising funds to support the most vulnerable children born in Hong Kong and their migrant mothers, she is responsible for driving investor relations activities that raise money for PathFinders’ programmes.

Patricia partners with leading organisations and individuals across Hong Kong, building initiatives that match their needs with those of PathFinders. Having begun her career in Europe, Patricia has since built a wealth of experience in Hong Kong and China, working with international schools and non-profits to develop community and investor relations, manage marketing and deliver events.

Patricia is driven by the need to support vulnerable babies that are deprived of their basic human rights.

e-mail: patricia@pathfinders.org.hk

Rachel balances her time between case management and also assisting a number of projects for PathFinders’ Access to HealthCare programmes and Child Development programmes.

Having worked in both the public and private sector including university, government, banking and finance, Rachel is now committed to serving the most vulnerable children and mothers in Hong Kong. A registered social worker, counselor, and with extensive experience in adoption social work, Rachel is an important team player and invaluable resource to PathFinders and its beneficiaries.

A registered social worker, Stephanie has dedicated her career to strengthening the community, particularly children. Stephanie supports our beneficiaries with counseling, emotional support and access to PathFinders services such as justice and healthcare. She is also responsible for managing PathFinders’ women’s shelter.

Serving Hong Kong’s most vulnerable children and their migrant mothers each and every day, Stephanie is committed to helping those that are not provided for under Hong Kong policies and practices.

Lia re-joined PathFinders in 2015 having previously worked with us for three years between 2009-2012.

An Indonesian national, Lia is fluent in English, Cantonese and Bahasa. After leaving PathFinders, Lia worked at the Consulate General – Republic of Indonesia in Hong Kong. Her role at the consulate armed her with crucial experience and knowledge to help her fellow citizens and their children born in Hong Kong.

She is now responsible for ensuring PathFinders’ children and mothers are provided with critical emotional and financial support mechanisms as they make their journey back to the mother’s home country.

Christine is responsible for supporting pregnant migrant workers who intend to give birth in Hong Kong by providing advice, counselling, assisted visits and translation. An Indonesian national, Christine also writes articles and columns in migrant newspapers in Hong Kong, informing and educating women about healthcare, pregnancy and maternity rights.

Prior to joining PathFinders in 2014, Christine worked for Christian Action and Caritas Hong Kong. She is committed to assisting women and children to ensure they have the tools to create a more positive life with dignity.

Hanna is motivated to work at PathFinders because of the impact she sees watching clients become independent, take charge over their lives with their children and move onto a brighter future than was ever thought possible before.

Registered with the Midwife Association of Sweden and Norway, Hanna previously worked at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Sweden and Oslo University Hospital, Norway.
Hanna ensures that all children and mothers have their health needs satisfied with respect to pre- and post-natal care, women’s health, baby care, contraceptives and breastfeeding.

She oversees, manages and develops our Access to Healthcare Programme, managing a team of volunteer healthcare professionals and nurses to conduct twice weekly pre-natal and post-natal clinics, one-to-one consultations, weekly education sessions, home visits and accompanied visits to medical institutions and clinics.

Céline is a Belgian qualified lawyer and has more than 10 years experience working in international and migrant law in Europe and in Asia.

In Belgium, Céline represented migrants’ clients in the areas of International private law, Refugee law, Labour law, Family law, Criminal law, Human Rights law and Anti-Trafficking law. She was also actively working with several NGOs as legal lecturer and researcher.

Before relocating to Hong Kong, she worked for two years for HOME (Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics), a non-profit organisation which protects the rights of migrants in Singapore.

Quoting Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Céline believes “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights…” The possibility of enforcing a right is central to making this fundamental right a reality.

e-mail: celine.dermine@pathfinders.org.hk

Jenny is responsible for overall management and development of PathFinders’ one-year old and rapidly growing Access to Justice Programme.

She manages a team of volunteer lawyers and other professionals to triage cases at regular legal clinics, makes Legal Aid applications, liaises with lawyers, engages with government, other NGOs and sector specialists to improve legal and policy frameworks. Previously, Jenny sat as a Magistrate for over 17 years in England, gaining valuable experience in criminal, family and youth matters. She is a strong believer in justice and fairness for all. Married, Jenny has a grown-up son and daughter.

e-mail: jenny@pathfinders.org.hk

A solicitor and a member of the Hong Kong Law Society, Emily has worked with Minter Ellison and Mallesons Stephen Jaques.

Having lived in Hong Kong for nearly two decades, she has experienced first-hand the service and dedication migrant workers offered her family and friends. She joined PathFinders in 2015 because she was concerned with the insensitive and unfair treatment towards a core part of Hong Kong society – in particular the children. As a member of the Access to Justice team of lawyers, Emily works with the social workers to understand the case, the complex situations and then identifying – if appropriate – the required legal outreach and process.

e-mail: emily@pathfinders.org.hk

Rachel has been at PathFinders since 2014 working on communications, data analysis and policy. She now manages the Communications team to increase coverage of PathFinders work, and of the precarity of children and migrant worker mothers.

Rachel previously worked developing models to measure financial trade risk in London. She has also worked for BRAC, Bangladesh and the European Longitudinal Study of Pregnancy and Childhood.

Interested in studying issues of poverty, migration, labour and inequality, Rachel is is currently a post-graduate candidate in International Affairs at the University of Hong Kong’s Department of Politics. She holds an undergraduate degree in Mathematics (Honours) from the University of Bath.

As the Programme Officer for PathFinders, Rebecca is responsible for the facilitation and development of volunteer programmes for the charity. This includes co-ordinating vast amounts of donated baby supplies and clothing to meet our client’s humanitarian needs, and managing our extensive community education and outreach sessions. Rebecca works with trainers, professionals and volunteers to ensure that mothers are fully equipped with knowledge and skills for successful motherhood.

Born and raised in China, with study in Hong Kong and Albany, New York, Rebecca has knowledge and experience crossing cultures and backgrounds. Assisting some of the most disadvantaged groups in Hong Kong, Rebecca shares the belief with PathFinders that migrant mothers and their children deserve a fair life.

e-mail: rebecca@pathfinders.org.hk

Working with the PathFinders’ development committee, Haleema is responsible for preparing the grants and proposals that are presented to corporations. Developing a persuasive argument to support the programmes and services delivered by PathFinders, Haleema has helped to generate funding which has provided new born babies with their rightful legal identities; supported migrant mothers making their way back home; helped maintain our women’s shelter: and provided much needed blankets, towels and clothing and other humanitarian services.

Haleema started her career in Canada with a real estate firm before moving to the finance sector. Prior to PathFinders, she worked as an operations director for a US based donor organisation.

Recognising her passion for working to support NGOs – particularly focused on vulnerable children and women in Hong Kong – Haleema joined PathFinders in 2014.

e-mail: haleema@pathfinders.org.hk

Vivien is Head of Sales in Private Wealth Management Asia at Morgan Stanley, serving the Hong Kong and Chinese markets. She previously had a long and successful career at Goldman Sachs where she was most recently the Head of Regional Sales for Private Wealth Management. Vivien holds a BSc. (Honors) from the University of Manchester Institute of Sciences and Technology and an MBA from London City University.

Managing the IT strategy, technology and data development at PathFinders since September 2015, Victoria identifies and addresses technology needs, enhances team processes and enables our service areas to be effective in changing the lives of disadvantaged children and mothers. She works closely with the communications team to advise on PathFinders’ digital media presence and increase data-driven impact measurement.

Victoria previously worked at PAG as Head of IT for two years in Hong Kong. Prior to this she performed various roles as Vice President within the IT department at Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Japan.

Having been fortunate enough to enjoy 20 wonderful years living in Asia with the support of domestic help — as a partner to raise her family and manage her household – Victoria is committed to doing her part, no matter how small, to help the most vulnerable children and their migrant mothers in Hong Kong.

e-mail: victoria@pathfinders.org.hk


Lisa joined PathFinders as Public Health Officer in 2016. She supports women and babies at PathFinders Health Centre,conducts postnatal home visits, hospital appointments and assists in the strategic development of the Access to Healthcare programme.

Lisa previously managed eye screening services for underprivileged children in Mumbai, India, and worked as an Endocrinology & HIV Research Nurse in London. She holds a Swedish Bachelors Degree in Nursing and a Masters of Public Health from University of Hong Kong.

e-mail: lisa@pathfinders.org.hk


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Vivian is a Hong Kong-qualified lawyer committed to empowering the disadvantaged and vulnerable to protect and advocate for their rights.

As a legal case manager of PathFinders’ Access to Justice Programme, Vivian hopes to make an impact on the lives of migrant workers and their children.


Tomasz has significant experience in the marketing and communications field. He has worked for IT companies and advertising agencies on projects for diverse corporate clients such as UBS, The Boston Consulting Group and Capgemini.

Tomasz holds an MA in Communications & Media Studies and has a postgraduate degree in Corporate Social Responsibility.

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Daisy is passionate about assisting vulnerable children a vision to optimize operational processes which will enable PathFinders to reach its maximum impact. She has a wealth of experience applying business and finance skills across not for profit and public organizations.
Daisy previously worked at Child Development Centre and served as Director of Finance at International College Hong Kong. She holds an MBA from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.


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Lara Fabregas is a Filipino actress who has worked extensively in TV, film and theatre in the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and the UK. She is creative director of Hong Kong based Ellipsis Theatre Company which showcased its maiden production, Jean Cocteau’s “The Human Voice” last October. She is
currently working on Ellipsis’ second production. Lara lives in Hong Kong with her husband and their four children.


Judy is the CEO of Grace Vineyard, one of the best wineries in China. She joined Grace Vineyard in 2002 and built the brand from the start. Judy holds a Bachelor Degree in Psychology, Women’s Studies and Organizational Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Ruth is a registered social worker who joined PathFinders in October 2015.

Supervising child protection case work, she works across programmes including PathFinders’s Access to Justice team – managing and overseeing cases which require urgent legal attention. Ruth also identifies gaps in knowledge, practice and undertakes research and training preparation to address these.

Passionate about empowering families and safeguarding children, Ruth has extensive experience working with and supporting children and families in tackling a wide range of social issues.

Prior to joining PathFinders, Ruth was Senior Officer at Christian Action, Centre for Refugees. She has also worked in the UK at Southend Borough Council on the Care Management Team and the Waltham Forest, Child Protection team.

e-mail: ruth@pathfinders.org.hk

Vrinda has been working with PathFinders since early 2016. As Business Development Manager, she is responsible for managing the donor portfolio and executing the fundraising strategy.

Vrinda previously conducted human rights research and advocacy at Commonwealth and UN Level. She is passionate about freedom of information and privacy issues and has substantial experience studying and assessing access to information laws and policies, of several countries and multilateral organisations.

Vrinda holds a Masters degree in Global Affairs and a Bachelor’s degree in Politics. She also has a diploma in international human rights, humanitarian and refugee law.

e-mail: vrinda.choraria@pathfinders.org.hk

 


Sadia joined PathFinders in 2016 as a Case Manager. A registered Social Worker, she is passionate about helping and empowering ethnic minority communities in Hong Kong. Sadia is also involved with a number of volunteer initiatives, focussing on integration and community development. She currently an advocate for ethnic minority issues with Unison and was previously on the Advisory Committee of Caritas.


Meena Datwani is the Executive Director overseeing the Enforcement and the Anti-money Laundering and Financial Crime Risk Management functions of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the Financial Dispute Resolution Centre. She started her career in the HKMA in the Office of the General Counsel where she was Deputy General Counsel before her appointment as Executive Director (Banking Conduct) in 2010 and Director-General (Enforcement) in 2014. Prior to joining the HKMA in 1995, Ms Datwani was a senior lawyer in the Hong Kong Government specializing in judicial reviews.


Martine Vanasse is Head of Investment Banking & Capital Markets Compliance, Research Compliance and Control Room, Asia Pacific at Credit Suisse. She was previously General Counsel at Natixis, a French bank. She held several management roles at Bank of America Merrill Lynch including Head of Lending Legal APAC in Hong Kong and India General Counsel in Mumbai. She was also a solicitor at Clifford Chance in London and Singapore after starting her career at Davies, a Canadian law firm. She is a member of the Bar of Quebec and the Law Society of England and Wales. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and a Bachelor of Civil Law from Sherbrooke University, both in Canada.


Kirby is a registered social worker who joined PathFinders in 2016.
Prior to joining PathFinders, Kirby worked with people with mental illness in Hong Kong’s psychiatric hospitals. She has always been committed to work with those who are overlooked in the community. Now she is working with the most vulnerable children and mothers in Hong Kong to make sure that every child born in Hong Kong can have a fair start.

 

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Gellin delivers community outreach services such as workshops, clinics and events with migrant workers, consulates, civil society and community organizations. She works to educate, inform and advise migrant workers in Hong Kong. Having had a mixed cultural upbringing, she shares PathFinders’ belief that every child and mother deserves a chance in life no matter their background. Gellin has lived in Hong Kong, the U.K. and the Philippines and speaks Tagalog.


For over a decade, Kestity has been working to develop cultural links with Indonesia, her home country, in Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and the UK. She spent four years as Executive Director of Lontar Foundation, a non-profit promoting Indonesian literature. Kestity co-authored “The Centhini Story, The Javanese Journey of Life”, an interpretation of a historic Indonesian text. Her work promoting culture has been recognised by her alma mater University of Indonesia and Australian Alumni. In Hong Kong, Kestity works as a part-time court interpreter of English-Bahasa Indonesian.

Kestity’s early career was in financial services. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics from University of Indonesia and a Masters Degree in Applied Finance from Macquarie University.

 

Biography to come

 

Board Members

Judy Chan

Judy Chan
Director

Lara Fabregas

Lara Fabregas
Director

Kelly Gave

Kelly Creel Gave
Director
Vivien Webb

Vivien Webb
Board Chair

Meena Datwani

Meena Datwani
Director

Martine Vanasse

Martine Vanasse
Director

 


Board Members Emeritus

PathFinders will always be grateful for the vision, wisdom and dedication of the following founders, founding board and board members emeritus who have played such a significant role in enabling PathFinders to become what it is today:

Kylie Uebergang
Co-Founder and founding Board Director; Volunteer Executive Director 2008-2013; Director 2008 until 2015

Melissa Mowbray-d’Arbela
Co-Founder and founding Board Director; Director from 2008 until 2015

Ranjan Marwah
Board Chair Emeritus; founding Board Chairman and Board Director 2008 until March 2013

Mi Mi Au
Founding Board Director from 2008 until December 2013

Jennifer Lee-Shoy
Founding Board Director from 2008 until December 2013

Poh Lee Tan
Board Director from May 2013 until February 2017

Jennifer Meehan
Board Director (2013-2017) and Board Chair (2015 until 2017)

Exact appointment and departure dates are detailed in the audited financial statements.


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