Webinar Invitation: Building a disability-inclusive workplace | Speaker Biography
Chief Executive Officer
Vision Australia Ron Hooton joined Vision Australia as Chief Executive Officer in January 2013. He was recruited to lead the organisation in transforming from a charity to a “for purpose business”. Since then, Ron has led Vision Australia through a remarkable period of change, achieving significant outcomes for the blind and low vision communities of Australia.
Prior to joining Vision Australia, Ron spent seven years as Chief Executive of ProCare Health Limited, New Zealand’s largest primary health organisation, and before that was the New Zealand Defence Force’s first Chief Information Officer. Concurrent with these roles, Ron was a volunteer Director and Chair (2009-2012) of Childfund New Zealand, an international NGO.
Ron holds a Masters in Business Administration (with Distinction) from Massey University (NZ) and qualifications as an Executive Coach.
Ada NG is responsible to empower the community and nonprofits to realize the promise and potential of technology, as well as to drive socio-economic growth and policy changes. Ada builds strategic partnerships with government and different stakeholders to optimize the scale and impact of various initiatives and programme. These initiatives include Skills Initiative to assist the rebound of job seekers, Technology Programme for NGOs, AI for Good project to help promote AI adoption and sustainability in the community, etc. She also engages and nurtures relationships with key external elites in line with Microsoft’s business and philanthropic strategies.
Before joining Microsoft, Ada had been working in CLP Power, AIA International and Samsung Electronics. With more than 10 years in CSR roles, Ada has extensive experience in stakeholder engagement including working with Government, academia and NGOs. She is also a part-time instructor at the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, CUHK.
Ada attained her first Bachelor Degree of Social Science (Psychology) from the University of Hong Kong and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from The University of Adelaide.
|Hans Jørgen WIBERG
Founder of Be My Eyes
Hans Jørgen WIBERG is the inventor and co-founder of Be My Eyes with a deep interest in society, philosophy, and accessibility design. TEDx speaker and singularity University Alumni. Be My Eyes is an app that connects blind and visually impaired people with sighted volunteers from around the world via live video connection. This allows Be My Eyes to provide a friendly pair of eyes at any time through your smartphone. We strive to keep the app accessible and easy to use so that even people new to smartphones can use the app with confidence. We consider Be My Eyes as an exponential organization with a devoted team. This is a key aspect in the way we use social media and have created our development strategy. Be My Eyes is a worldwide service helping nearly 300,000 blind and visually impaired people in 185 different languages, and 4.5 million volunteers signed up to help. As a non-tech, visually impaired, founder it has been an exciting journey and a learning experience to see Be My Eyes develop and spread worldwide, helping real people solve real issues.
Mr. Chan-Yau CHONG graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in English Studies and Psychology. He later obtained a Master Degree in Information System from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
He is currently the President of the Hong Kong Blind Union, Board Member of the Dialogue in the Dark HK Foundation, Member of Board of Directors of CarbonCare Asia, Co-founder and CEO of CarbonCare InnoLab, and the Director of the English Learning Service Provider, EL Education. He has served as an Administrative Officer in the Hong Kong Government, Executive Director of Oxfam Hong Kong, and Director of the HKU Student Development of the Centre for Development and Resources for Students.
He received one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Awards in 1991, an MBE in 1995, the Poverty Alleviation Award from the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation in 2004, one of the Leader of the Year Awards 2011 (Community/Public Affairs Category) from the Sing Tao News Corporation, the University of Hong Kong Honorary University Fellowships in 2012 and the Compassion Award from HK & Macau Taiwanese Charity Fund in 2017.