Co-Creation in 2022

With Melo Summit, we strive to amplify our impact through Reverse Mentoring together with SCMP

About the summit

The Melo Summit is a unique platform of engagement for the youth of Hong Kong and beyond. It is the co-creation of 15 leading CEOs in Hong Kong and 20 Melo Fellows - undergraduate students selected from the HKUST.

From Jan-Jun 2022, these CEOs and Melo fellows have worked closely on five core topics - sustainability, upskilling, future of work, teen stories, and youth empowerment. The Summit was a showcase of what they have done and a chance of new engagement between our next generation and leading CEOs.

Group 1
McDonald’s Hong Kong, Bowtie

Theme
[EMPOWER] Youth engagement - Youth Advisory Board

2022 Melo Fellows
Anita Chen, Michael Balnchette, Rex Yeung, Vic Wu

2022 Melo CEO
Fred Ngan - Co-Founder & Co-CEO,
Bowtie Randy Lai - CEO, McDonald’s Hong Kong

About the Co-Creation
You never heard of the Youth Advisory Board (YAB)? Then you are outdated. "Now, it's your time to act." #independent Anita, #digitalenthusiast Michael, #outspoken Rex and #ambitious Vic worked with Randy Lai and Fred Ngan from McDonald's Hong Kong and Bowtie respectively. The young voices impressed the audience with their engaging sharings on why and how business should make good use of YAB to strengthen the cohesion between corporates and young people.

Group 1
McDonald’s Hong Kong, Bowtie

Theme
[EMPOWER] Youth engagement - Youth Advisory Board

2022 Melo Fellows
Anita Chen, Michael Balnchette, Rex Yeung, Vic Wu

2022 Melo CEO
Fred Ngan - Co-Founder & Co-CEO,
Bowtie Randy Lai - CEO, McDonald’s Hong Kong

About the Co-Creation
You never heard of the Youth Advisory Board (YAB)? Then you are outdated. "Now, it's your time to act." #independent Anita, #digitalenthusiast Michael, #outspoken Rex and #ambitious Vic worked with Randy Lai and Fred Ngan from McDonald's Hong Kong and Bowtie respectively. The young voices impressed the audience with their engaging sharings on why and how business should make good use of YAB to strengthen the cohesion between corporates and young people.

Group 2
Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund, MWYO

Theme
[EMPOWER] Teens: Curated Stories

2022 Melo Fellows
Bibo Chui, Eugene Chau, Morris Chan, Janette Chan

2022 Melo CEO
Cindy Chow - Executive Director, Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund Jason Yip - CEO, MWYO

About the Co-Creation
Janette and Bibo, together with Morris and Eugene who worked behind the scenes, told a very moving story. They provoked the audience to ponder "Why is there a gap between how parents and young people define happiness?" Are the youths happy about fitting themselves in major industries? Or should they devote themselves to industries that actually fit them? The group's answer was, "Johnson, if you want to be a farmer, why not?"

They showcase the stories of a diversified profile of youths in Hong Kong here: https://infinita-projectmelo.com/our_youths/

Group 2
Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund, MWYO

Theme
[EMPOWER] Teens: Curated Stories

2022 Melo Fellows
Bibo Chui, Eugene Chau, Morris Chan, Janette Chan

2022 Melo CEO
Cindy Chow - Executive Director, Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund
Jason Yip - CEO, MWYO

About the Co-Creation
Janette and Bibo, together with Morris and Eugene who worked behind the scenes, told a very moving story. They provoked the audience to ponder "Why is there a gap between how parents and young people define happiness?" Are the youths happy about fitting themselves in major industries? Or should they devote themselves to industries that actually fit them? The group's answer was, "Johnson, if you want to be a farmer, why not?"

They showcase the stories of a diversified profile of youths in Hong Kong here: https://infinita-projectmelo.com/our_youths/

Group 3
Shui On Land, South China Morning Post

Theme
[SUSTAIN] Sustainability: Generation Gap?

2022 Melo Fellows
Cindy Tanaka, Eva Chui, Johnson Chong, Mingin Gu

2022 Melo CEO
Gary Liu - Former CEO, South China Morning Post
Stephanie Lo - Executive Director, Shui On Land

About the Co-Creation
A group of new green voices, Eva, Johnson, Cindy, and Minjin shared a sad but realistic conclusion of their research and studies. Gen Z do care about sustainability, and to a great extent, but their actions do not match with their environmental values. The team explained the reasons for the value-action gap with “CASH” which are competing values, apathy, skepticism and habit. Clearly, we all should act now to close the gap, not just Gen Z.

Group 3
Shui On Land, South China Morning Post

Theme
[SUSTAIN] Sustainability: Generation Gap?

2022 Melo Fellows
Cindy Tanaka, Eva Chui, Johnson Chong, Mingin Gu

2022 Melo CEO
Gary Liu - Former CEO, South China Morning Post
Stephanie Lo - Executive Director, Shui On Land

About the Co-Creation
A group of new green voices, Eva, Johnson, Cindy, and Minjin shared a sad but realistic conclusion of their research and studies. Gen Z do care about sustainability, and to a great extent, but their actions do not match with their environmental values. The team explained the reasons for the value-action gap with “CASH” which are competing values, apathy, skepticism and habit. Clearly, we all should act now to close the gap, not just Gen Z.

Group 4
CNN International, J.P. Morgan China

Theme
[FUTURE READY] Upskilling: How to retain and excite Gen Z?

2022 Melo Fellows
Efje Boulnois, Jason Cheung, Peter Yeh, Umang Chamaria

2022 Melo CEO
Ellana Lee - Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Asia Pacific, CNN International
Mark Leung - CEO, J.P. Morgan China

About the Co-Creation
Umang and Efje helped us answer the question. The key to retaining and exciting the younger workforce is the emphasis on healthy culture and values as well as upward mobility. They also summarized 4 core principles of upskilling, which are goal oriented, personalisation, agility and transparency. Peter, who is also part of the team, resonated strongly with the 4 core principles, based on the experience in his current internship. To incite more direct conversations with business leaders, Jason joined the panel discussion with John Tsang and Michael Moriarty . In the future, where some industries may no longer exist, we should equip ourselves with communication skills.

Group 4
CNN International, J.P. Morgan China

Theme
[FUTURE READY] Upskilling: How to retain and excite Gen Z?

2022 Melo Fellows
Efje Boulnois, Jason Cheung, Peter Yeh, Umang Chamaria

2022 Melo CEO
Ellana Lee - Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Asia Pacific, CNN International
Mark Leung - CEO, J.P. Morgan China

About the Co-Creation
Umang and Efje helped us answer the question. The key to retaining and exciting the younger workforce is the emphasis on healthy culture and values as well as upward mobility. They also summarized 4 core principles of upskilling, which are goal oriented, personalisation, agility and transparency. Peter, who is also part of the team, resonated strongly with the 4 core principles, based on the experience in his current internship. To incite more direct conversations with business leaders, Jason joined the panel discussion with John Tsang and Michael Moriarty . In the future, where some industries may no longer exist, we should equip ourselves with communication skills.

Group 5
Animoca Brands, Two Sigma Asia

Theme
[FUTURE READY] Future of work: What should "work" be like in five years?

2022 Melo Fellows
Anushka Baldwa, Darren Mok, Eunice Ng, Jacob Woo

2022 Melo CEO
Evan Auyang - Group President, Animoca Brands
Kenny Lam - CEO, Two Sigma Asia

About the Co-Creation
Besides upskilling the youth, let us also look into "What should "work" be like in 5 years". Anushka shared with us that “work-from-home” should become a permanent part of the workplace, and work is ultimately a relationship-driven process so there should also be physical interactions. Before we "work from Mars", Darren led us to dive deeper and explore what kinds of working arrangements, office environment, work-life balance shall be the future of work. Followed by a panel discussion, moderated by our co-founder Kenny Lam. We also heard from CEOs, Bessie Lee and Eric Gnock Fah, and Melo Fellows, Karen, Eunice and Jacob. They had a heated debate over the 3 aspects.

Group 5
Animoca Brands, Two Sigma Asia

Theme
[FUTURE READY] Future of work: What should "work" be like in five years?

2022 Melo Fellows
Anushka Baldwa, Darren Mok, Eunice Ng, Jacob Woo

2022 Melo CEO
Evan Auyang - Group President, Animoca Brands
Kenny Lam - CEO, Two Sigma Asia

About the Co-Creation
Besides upskilling the youth, let us also look into "What should "work" be like in 5 years". Anushka shared with us that “work-from-home” should become a permanent part of the workplace, and work is ultimately a relationship-driven process so there should also be physical interactions. Before we "work from Mars", Darren led us to dive deeper and explore what kinds of working arrangements, office environment, work-life balance shall be the future of work. Followed by a panel discussion, moderated by our co-founder Kenny Lam. We also heard from CEOs, Bessie Lee and Eric Gnock Fah, and Melo Fellows, Karen, Eunice and Jacob. They had a heated debate over the 3 aspects.

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