Executive Board

Andy is a senior Decision Analytics major at HKU. He was drawn to EA out of curiosity to optimize the way people do good. Community building is what he enjoys, and he co-founded the first EA Fellowship Program in Asia. He further boosted the internationalization of EAHK by proactively collaborating with chapters worldwide. With an analytical mindset, he is fond of seeking insights from data. Andy was a Global Data summer intern at Bloomberg, a Laidlaw Scholar conducting data-driven research, a Meritorious Winner in the Interdisciplinary Contest of Modelling, and a senior tutor teaching essential quantitative techniques for undergraduates. He also studied at UC Berkeley & University of Toronto. In his spare time, he loves music and dancing.

Andy Tao | HKU BSc

Anthea grew up in Xiamen, Fujian and is currently a penultimate student in HKU majoring in economics and finance. She learned about effective altruism during her freshman year and decided to make the world a better place by adopting EA methodologies. After becoming a core team member of EAHK, Anthea has developed interests in global priorities research, international cooperation and Longtermism. For the year 2019-2020, she actively participated in organizing monthly meetups and the first EA fellowship in Asia. She expects to serve as one of the executive team members for the next batch and looks forward to interacting with more people who identify with EA principles.

Anthea Zeng | HKU BEcon&Fin

Yvonne is a rising junior at HKU, studying statistics and psychology. Her interest lies at the intersection of data analysis and social science. After volunteering in Fiji and China, she started to reflect on the effectiveness of philanthropy. Influenced by EA principles, She is now diving deeper into data-driven policy making by studying how to make informed decisions that can effectively benefit society. She especially cares about mental health issues in low income and developmental settings. She was admitted to the 2020 Globalink research internship at Mcgill University, Canada and is working on a capstone project in the Data Policy Summer Scholar Program at the University of Chicago. She loves to spend her spare time exploring photography.

Yvonne Jin | HKU BSc

Leonard is a third-year philosophy student at HKU. He joined EAHK Fellowship and EA Oxford In-Depth Fellowship before becoming a member of EAHK executive team. He is keen about approaching EA-related questions from a philosophical perspective, and is interested in a range of such topics including meta-issues with EA, moral progress, animal welfare, and AI ethics/policy. He hopes to learn more and think deeper about EA in the future. Leonard studied short-term at UC Berkeley, Peking University, Nanjing University and Xi’an Jiaotong University, and will be an exchange student to University of Toronto in 2021. He is also a lover of classical music. He plays the piano himself and holds a licentiate diploma in piano performance from Trinity College London.

Leonard Li | HKU BA

Born and bred in Malaysia, Winky is a sophomore studying FinTech with a second major in Urban Governance at HKU. Winky learnt about EA from a community meetup in Hong Kong, and proceeded to join the inaugural EAHK Fellowship. Winky is open-minded to explore deeper into different EA concepts, but she is now mostly interested in AI safety, global poverty and development, and longtermism. She is keen to explore how we can embrace effective altruism and drive social impact in the FinTech landscape. Upon completing her freshman year, Winky joined Mellow - an award-winning FinTech startup as a summer intern, and co-founded HKU’s FinTech Student Association. In her spare time, Winky loves spending time outdoors and exploring nature.

Winky Leong | HKU BASc

Advisory Board

Cynthia is a rising senior at the University of Hong Kong and a research intern at UC Berkeley's Center for Human Compatible AI working on self-supervised learning and imitation learning. She is deeply passionate about developing AI systems that are beneficial to society and recently had her paper published at a top AI conference ECCV. At the same time, she is on the organizing board of  AI safety related workshops at two other top conferences AAAI and IJCAI. Prior to this, Cynthia spent her undergrad years as a visiting student at Stanford University and Columbia University. Cynthia has been on the EAHK team for the past four years and deeply cares about global poverty and climate change. Besides her care for the world, she loves playing the piano and hosted her first personal concert at the age of 15. You can find out more about Cynthia at her website.

Cynthia Chen | HKU BEng(CompSc)

Vanessa is a rising senior studying psychology at HKU. After four years of volunteer service in China and Cambodia, Vanessa reflected on her work and realized the limited impact of traditional charity organizations. Vanessa learned about EA during her exchange at Columbia University and was fascinated by its principle of doing good more effectively. She joined EAHK in 2019 and is mostly interested in international relations, AI safety, and global poverty. Vanessa has conducted field research on Belt and Road Initiative in Myanmar and was interning at McKinsey & Company in 2020. Her long term goal is to use her expertise in business and social sciences to yield a unique solution on social problems. In her spare time, Vanessa likes playing lacrosse and has represented China in 2019 Asia Pacific Lacrosse Championship.

Vanessa Zeng | HKU BSocSc

Jenny is a PhD student in political science at Columbia University and a former member of the EAHK executive team. Her main EA interests lie at the intersections of international relations, AI governance, and global catastrophic risks (GCRs). She is a summer fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University, where she conducts research on international cooperation against GCRs. Jenny was previously a Tianxia Fellow, an author of 80,000 Hours’ new China specialist guide, and a regular contributor to Intellisia Institute’s AI Insights Weekly report. She received her BA (first-class honors) at HKU and participated in exchange programs at the University of Chicago, Cambridge University, and Peking University. As an undergraduate, she was a Rhodes Scholarship finalist and winner of the Social Science Research Council’s (SSRC) 2019 Blog Post Contest.

Jenny Xiao | Columbia PhD student

Yawen is a senior student majoring in Decision Analytics at HKU. He is interested in technical AI research, and has done research at Huawei’s Noah’s Ark Lab with a focus on meta reinforcement learning and neural architecture search. His work has been published on the top AI conference ECCV. Yawen has been a core organizer of the Effective Altruism Hong Kong chapter and has attended Tianxia Fellowship organized by the Center for Long Term Priorities twice. Previously, Yawen also studied or did research at Peking University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He is deeply interested in paths to transformative AGI and AI Safety.

Yawen Duan | HKU BSc

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