Andrew Yuen: Dayton Group deputy managing director, Andrew Yuen is the co-chairman of the Hong Kong Cancer Fund and vice-president of the Society of the Academy for Performing Arts, the academy’s fundraising arm. As the chairman of the annual arts festival Le French May, Andrew has been instrumental in promoting cultural exchange between Hong Kong and France. Since its launch with a modest program in 1993, Le French May has grown to stage an extensive calendar of must-attend events across a range of cultural interests and disciplines. Andrew also highly supported the Hong Kong French Theater Festival, 1st edition, in March 2016.
Joanne Chan is the founder of Per Artem Lumen Limited, a Cultural Professional Practice. She is the former Chief Executive Officer of Le French May Arts Festival in Hong Kong and Macau. A seasoned writer & radio host on arts & culture, Jo Anne contributes regularly to several publications. She hosted a year-long radio programme on RTHK 2 entitled “Vive la France” & a program me on RTHK 4 entitled “Vive la musique classique française”. Jo Anne is the author of the “Happy Gabby™” series. She speaks fluent Cantonese, Mandarin, English & French.
Emilie Tran has been living in greater China for 19 years, and taught in 4 universities in Hong Kong and Macao SARs. Since 2016, she has been the coordinator of European Studies | French Stream, at the Department of Government and International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University. Émilie can’t let a week pass without reading fiction novels, and she is thankful to her fellow Book Club members, “Les Culottées”, for their monthly sharing about their literary crushes. She is also a consular advisor [conseiller consulaire] representing the French living in Hong Kong
Ms Paule Ignatio is the Deputy Consul General for France in Hong Kong and Macau since September 2017. This is actually her second posting in Hong Kong as she was Consul (Political/Public relations) at the French Consulate General in Hong Kong between April 2006 and August 2009, where she was charged with media relations, political analysis of Hong Kong and Macau, and liaison with NGOs, researchers and political parties. Ms Ignatio knows Asia quite well : for three years to September 2012, Ms Ignatio was the Head of the Ho Chi Minh Branch of the French Institute in Vietnam, during which time she managed cultural affairs, and facilitated cooperation between universities, Vietnamese students studying in France, and collaborative projects with NGOs in the medical and scientific sectors. From 2013 until 2015, she also used to be the Asia-Europe meeting (ASEM) contact point for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Advisor to the Director-General for Asia and the Pacific on cross-cutting issues
in the Asia-Pacific region. In early 2013, Ms Ignatio was the Chief of Staff to the Minister Delegate for Francophony, attached to the Minister for Foreign Affairs.