Message from ALC Vice President Celeste
Dear alumni and friends,
2018 was marked as a year of countless events, fellowship and growth among alumni and scholars across the globe, thanks to the support of our chapter leaders and HF management. 
Continuing this momentum into the new year, the ALC is hosting a meeting to kick off 2019 for HFAA in Hong Kong in late February. What’s first on the agenda? Plan events with 
the purpose of inspiring our alumni and bringing them together. We’re also excited for the Personal Development Series on Financial planning and Governance & organizational behavior – open to all HFAA members. Scroll down to the bottom of the newsletter to register.
Read more for details ...

Celeste Zeng (China, HKBU BBA ’13 & NUS MBA ‘20) 
Vice President, Alumni Leadership Committee
Alumni In Action

Pragya Bhatnagar (India, HKBU MAIJS ’18) transitions from his Export consultant role under the Export Trade Assistance Program to Research associate under the International Trade Research program, where he has been instrumental in the team’s execution of initiatives in 2018 and new projects for 2019. Read his journey on his blog

Alumni Updates
Myanmar Kudos to Juliet Shwe Gaung (Myanmar, HKBU MAIJS ’13), our Myanmar country chapter leader, for producing a video that creatively expresses the remarkable impact of our joint scholarship program with adidas and adidas’ suppliers in Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam by developing talent for the local manufacturing industry. Watch the video here.
Philippines - Carmela Delos Santos (Philippines, De La Salle COM ’00), our Philippines alumni chapter leader, took on a new role as Alumni Relations and Programs Marketing Manager at the Hinrich Foundation to further the support of the Foundation to the ALC and HFAA activities. Congratulations, Carmela!
Read Carmela’s profile here
Myanmar - Toe Lattyar Htun (Myanmar, VGU GPEM ’18), or Kevin, tied the knot with Khin May Mon Hpoo on Dec. 4 in Yangon. Last month, Kevin also successfully defended his thesis for his degree in Global Production Engineering & Management at VGU. Double congratulations, Kevin! Read his profile here
Featured Alumni
Lauren Kyger (USA, Tsinghua GBJ ’16) is a born storyteller. “As an American who has lived, studied and worked in China, I have been fortunate enough to develop an international skill set and perspective,” says Lauren. She hopes to use her unique perspective to help provide a deeper understanding of the US-China trade relationship. Lauren is currently Research Associate for Hinrich Foundation, focusing on TradeVistas. 
Read her journey here 
and her latest article on Champagne & Trade here.
Scholars News
Saiful Alam Saiket (Bangladesh, HKPU IPE ’20) has started his journey in Hong Kong as the joint scholarship winner sponsored by HF and Carrefour. Our thanks to ALC President Mohammad Nurun Nobi (Bangladesh, HKPU IPE ’16) and Ramzan Miah (Bangladesh, HKPU IPE’15) for hosting a farewell dinner before Saiful’s departure. We wish you all the best on the journey ahead, Saiful!
Winter break was well-spent for three of our HKBU MAIJS Class of 2019 scholars, Yen Nguyen (Vietnam), Putro Agus Harnowo (Indonesia) & Abdul Rahoof Kakatharayil (India), who traveled to Brussels and Paris on a study tour organized by HKBU. Read Yen’s blog post about the trio’s experience here.
They will soon be joined by their classmates Pheana Sopheak (Cambodia) & Charlee Delavin (Philippines) for their second semester at HKBU.
Vini Damayanti (Indonesia, HKBU MAIJS ’19) was published on Dec. 28 in South China Morning Post, a well-regarded English-language newspaper in Hong Kong. The article, which was orgininally written for a class assignment, investigates cyber-bullying attacks on athletes amid rising displays of nationalism on social media. Proud of you, Vini! Read Vini’s article here
HF Updates
INSEAD scholarship - Help recruit the next generation of HF scholars! HF is now offering two scholarships valued at €30,000 each for admitted students in the INSEAD Business School MBA Program. If you can refer suitable candidates for this scholarship, please send us an email at
HF Vietnam moves to new office HF’s Vietnam office has relocated to a new location with a better working environment for its team, many of which are HF alumni. Thanks to all Vietnam-based scholars and alumni who joined the housewarming party on Jan. 19! Check out more photos of the party here.
Upcoming Events
The Hinrich Trade Negotiation Simulation (HTNS) is an HF initiative which aims to provide university students opportunities to learn from expert trade negotiators about the dynamics of a real trade negotiation and other nuanced international relations topics.
Since the program was first introduced in Hong Kong in 2017, four additional cohorts have taken place in Hong Kong, Vietnam and the Philippines. Watch a video recap of the session in Ho Chi Minh City in October here

The first HTNS of 2019 will take place in Hong Kong on Feb. 16 and Feb. 23, 2019 at Hong Kong Asia Society. Full details here
Save the date! All ALC members will convene in Hong Kong for the annual meeting on Feb. 24, and we are welcoming all current scholars and alumni to join a welcome party on the evening of Feb. 23. 
In addition, all HF alumni are invited to join our Personal Development Series on Financial Planning and Governance & Organizational Behavior. The two sessions will be held on Feb 24 at the HF Boardroom. Register for the training here!
To get updates on the nearest alumni events or to share your thoughts on how we can help your trade career, please contact chapter leaders in your country.

HFAA Secretariat - Thu Do (Dory) 
(Vietnam, HKBU MAIJS'17)
+84 961 114 642 


About the Hinrich Foundation

The Hinrich Foundation focuses on stimulating creative, positive thinking about global trade and promoting global trade behaviours by individuals, companies and countries that will lead to better developmental outcomes, engagement and stability.

The Foundation’s vision is to create opportunities, choice and engagement through sustainable global trade. It is implemented by researching conditions for sustainable global trade, developing Asian global trade talent, and spurring the growth of trade-focused SME’s in emerging markets in Asia. The Foundation’s work reaches beneficiaries in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Laos, the Philippines, Vietnam and the United States.