Our Members

Honorable Advisors

Henry Tang GBM, GBS, JP

Standing Committee Member, CPPCC Chairman, Federation of HK Jiangsu Community Organisations

I am happy to be a part of First Initiative Foundation. Your work covers a broad spectrum of education and creativity, which are beneficial to our community, and will further the development of our people.

Victor Chu

Chairman, CEO of First Eastern Investment Group

As someone who is hugely passionate about the arts, I am delighted to support a foundation whose initiatives include education and the richness of the cultural life of Asia. Normally charities channel themselves in just one direction but the Foundation embraces a broad spectrum of the arts and that resonates deeply with my own interests. While those with slightly whiter hair can provide life experience and advice, it is our second generation members who are offering us great insight into the needs, aspirations and thinking of Hong Kong’s youth.

Renée Fleming

Opera Singer & Soprano

I believe that the world benefits from innovative charitable initiatives. FIF works from the perspective that we are all connected, and that we have the power to affect each other for the purpose of a greater good. This mission of extended outreach, particularly supporting music performance and education, has the power to uplift us all.

Timothy T.T. Fok GBS, JP

Chairman of Fok Ying Tung Group

I am proud to lend my name to the worthy cause espoused and funded by the First Initiative Foundation to discover and groom deserving students in our community. With my friend Michelle Ong as leader and with prominent patrons and advocates, such as the pianist Lang Lang, giving it their endorsement, the FIF will surely fulfill its agenda which is the cultivation of talents otherwise neglected and left to wilt in the shadow of indifference. Such sponsorships have been vital for engendering creativity since the Renaissance and are needed no less in our century. One day future genrations will measure our legacy not just by the wealth in riches accrued but also by the objects of beauty that will stand the test of time long after the other, temporal achievements are forgotten.

Dr. Victor K Fung GBM, GBS, CBE

Honorary Chairman of Li & Fung Ltd, Group Chairman of Fung Group

I am pleased to be a part of First Initiative Foundation as an Honorary Advisor. The work of FIF is valuable in benefiting the community of Hong Kong.

Dr. Pak Suet Sin GBS, JP

Cantonese Opera Artist

I am delighted to support FIF’s wonderful efforts on behalf of our most treasured Cantonese Opera. Through their charitable initiatives, we all have come together to support the work of FIF, Yam Pak Charitable Foundation and the educational programmes of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. I am devoted to the art of Cantonese Opera. It gives me great pleasure to know that future generations will continue to appreciate Hong Kong’s own beautiful expression of our culture.

Dr. James M. Bradburne

Director of Pinacoteca Brera, Milan

I have devoted my life to encouraging and supporting learning, and believe in culture's ability to transform our lives. I am delighted to support the FIF, whose initiatives support the cultural life of Hong Kong - particularly among the young - and celebrate the rich cultural heritage of China. China's deep roots and long traditions are the key to its continuing growth in the present, and to its potential to shape cultural change not only in Asia, but around the world.

Prof. Frederick Ma Si-Hang, GBS, JP 馬時亨

Chairman of MTR Corporation Limited

Founding Members

Michelle Ong

Chairman of First Initiative Foundation

All of the members bring their unique perspectives, their interests, their contacts and their financial support to the Foundation, and with their help we can continue to support the Hong Kong community through a variety of charitable programmes. The Foundation is committed to supporting and uplifting Hong Kong on every level.

Vivien Chen

Chairman & Managing Director of Nan Fung Group

First Initiative Foundation not only brings together the business and community leaders of Hong Kong, it also brings together fathers and sons, mothers and daughters. Our Foundation benefits from the life experience of the more mature members, but also the fresh ideas of young minds.

Pansy Ho

Managing Director of Shun Tak Holdings Ltd

The future of Hong Kong cannot rest entirely on our traditional strengths; in this new economy, we need multi-dimensional talents who are creative, sensitive to our roots and culture, and visionary about our world. Through intellectual explorations across the universe of art, I hope our younger generation will be inspired to create new possibilities for Hong Kong. I trust that the all-rounded work that FIF engages in will bring exactly the kind of stimulation needed to make this possible.

Dr. Peter Lam Kin-ngok GBS

Chairman of Lai Sun Group

Our Chairman is a natural leader. Every one of FIF’s projects is unique, which is why the Foundation is so special. It’s not like a traditional charity – it doesn’t follow normal conventions. It’s this inventiveness that makes us all excited to be involved.

Antoine Zacharias

Chairman of ADV Investment

I support FIF because I believe that our members are a group committed to take action for good. Whether it be education, the arts or any community positive project, I know we’ll be able to address a variety of needs through this shared responsibility and under our Chairman’s capable leadership.

Empowering Members

DR. Johnny Hon Sei-Hoe MH, PH.D. (CANTAB)

Executive Chairman of Global Group International Holdings Ltd

I look forward to playing a full part with FIF as an Empowering Member. Hong Kong is rightly known to the world as a business and financial centre. It also deserves to be known as a cultural and artistic hub, for the benefit of our society and our young people as well as the international community. I really think FIF has the right priorities and the right team to make it work.

Partnering Members

Eric Ho

Chairman, Solicitor (HKSAR) of Advanced Learning Systems

I am very happy to be a partnering member of FIF. I support the Foundation's initiatives in art, music and heritage education in Hong Kong.

Supporting Members

Paulette Ho

Although the Foundation began with creative projects such as Lang Lang’s Young Scholars Program and the “Make Time for Giving” venture, we have the breadth of mission to move forward in any direction of value. That is one of the most exciting aspects of the charity. We respond to the needs of society, and we support a variety cause deserving of help.

Wendy Kwok

FIF is a paragon of proactive caring for our community in its multi-faceted contributions to the vital sectors of the arts, education and social services. Its charitable outreach is creative, unconventional and reflects the essence of a commitment to grasp the first initiative for the greater good.

David Rule

Founder & Managing Director of Serious Staging limited

I believe there is a lack of focus on developing creative skills in the young people of Hong Kong and too much emphasis on academic achievements. I support the Foundation because I believe it is seeking to address this imbalance and give the city’s children and citizens more opportunity to explore the arts.

Kenny Wong

Counsel of Hogan Lovells

Our Chairman has done the impossible by gathering the great and the good of Hong Kong to form the backbone of the First Initiative Foundation. Not only will these people help nurture the next generation of young musicians, designers and artists, but they will promote our city around the world and raise its profile as a thriving creative hub.

David Zacharias

CEO of ADV Investment

So many important people are willing to support the First Initiative Foundation because the Chairman has a brilliant track record with organising charity events. No matter how imaginative and ambitious her ideas are, you know FIF will always deliver, and deliver to the highest standards.

Hilary Tsui


My family and I completely support FIF’s mission to enrich the arts community of Hong Kong. Creativity connects us all and makes Hong Kong a unique city to be proud of. I look forward to working with FIF to help our local young talent achieve their dreams.

Youth Members

Adrian Cheung

I am happy and proud to be part of FIF. Joining with my mother Chairman Michelle Ong and the other members to work on behalf of so many important causes is particularly inspiring to me. The opportunity to give back is invaluable.

Vincent Cheung

I feel it’s very meaningful to work together as a family for such a good cause. From creative endeavors to international outreach, we all want to contribute to helping our citizens and community.

Chloe Ho

As an artist, I feel very connected to Hong Kong’s creative scene and that is why I am happy to be part of a Foundation that promotes our City’s cultural vibrancy, supports our talented youth and, in general, aims to uplift all.

Geoffrey Kwok

FIF is working to charitably create programmes that not only directly benefit, but provide opportunities for continued growth of the recipients. For example, our design initiative with Hong Kong Polytechnic University supported students scholastically and gave them a continuing platform for creative growth. I am committed to this kind of extended outreach.

Lester Lam

The First Initiative Foundation gives us a chance to work together outside of the business world. It’s also nice to be able to work side by side on creative projects that are for good causes. I can see its huge value to society and I am happy to work with Michelle Ong and my father Peter Lam in support of important charitable initiatives.

Thomas Tsang

I believe in the mission of FIF so it’s exciting to work with our members on any project but even more so when it’s for a good cause. Even though I’m from a different generation, our Chairman Michelle Ong invites input from all the members and really listens to what we have to say. I am happy to work to benefit such community positive causes.

Hong Kong Youth Ambassador

Eason Chan