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NGO Governance Symposium

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As part of HKCSS Convention 2017 that commemorates the 70th anniversary of The Hong Kong Council of Social Service, the Project will organize NGO Governance Symposium under the theme of Stewardship for Better Future. At the Symposium, local and overseas social service practitioners and academics will share their experience and discuss on a wide range of governance topics.

Theme: Stewardship for Better Future
Date: 1 November 2017 (Wednesday) 
Venue: 4/F, Old Wing, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Sponsoring organisations: Companies Registry, The Lotteries Fund, PricewaterhouseCoopers Limited
Target audience: Board and committee members, advisors and agency heads of HKCSS agency members

Details of the Governance Syposium sessions open for registration are stated below.

Interested parties please enroll online on or before 25 October 2017. 

NGO Governance Symposium is part of the HKCSS Convention 2017 that takes place on the same day.

A1 - Keynote and Plenary (By invitation only)

Time: 9:30AM - 10:45AM
Room: S421 & S423-4 & S426-7
Medium: Cantonese (Simultaneous interpretation in English available)

Welcome remarks
   by The Hon Bernard Chan, Chairperson, The Hong Kong Council of Social Service

Keynote speech
   by The Hon Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Chief Executive, HKSAR Government

Note of thanks
   by Mr Chua Hoi-wai, Chief Executive, The Hong Kong Council of Social Service

Video sharing - insights from different generations of NGO founders
Photo-taking (Officiating Guest, Board Representatives and Heads of HKCSS Agency Members)


B3 - Governance Symposium I

Time: 11:05AM - 1:05PM
Room: S425
Medium: Presentation in English and Cantonese. Simultaneous interpretation in the two languages available

a.    Governing in Partnership for Mission Accomplishment and Social Impact  
Two local and overseas renowned academics will discuss the importance of board-management collaboration in building organizational capacity of NGOs to fulfill their missions and create social impact.

Strategic decision making in the board room: roles and responsibilities
   by Prof Robert Gertner, John Edwardson Faculty Director, Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Transition from traditional volunteerism to modern board governance
   by Prof Fanny Cheung, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Facilitator: Mr Lester Huang, President, The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups

b.    International Perspectives of Effective Governance – Sharing by INGOs Operating in Hong Kong 
In today’s globalized world, more organizations than ever make presence across countries. Two INGO governors will present the unique governance models of their respective organizations, and on how their mother organizations’ governance cultures shape the local practices in the course of the agencies’ development in Hong Kong. 

International accountability and best practice - A Salvation Army perspective
   by Lieut-Colonel Ian Swan, Officer Commanding (Chairman), The Salvation Army Hong Kong & Macau Command 

Bringing international experience in NGO governance to Hong Kong 
   by Dr Darwin Chen, Honorary Chairman, Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong

Facilitator: Ms Bonnie So, Secretary General, Hong Kong Red Cross


    C3 - Governance Symposium II

    Time: 2:15PM - 3:30PM
    Room: S425
    Medium: Presentation in English and Cantonese. Simultaneous interpretation in the two languages available

    Sector Initiatives to Strengthen Governance Capacity – the UK Experience
    The new Charity Governance Code was launched by the UK NGO community in July 2017, which manifests the sector’s effort to set for themselves principles and recommended practices for good governance. Representatives of the steering group will introduce this Code and talk about the recent review exercise as a process to engage the sector in promoting higher governance standards.

    Mr Dan Francis, Senior Governance Consultant, National Council for Voluntary Organisations (UK)
    Ms Lizzie Adams, Services & Programmes Manager, Small Charities Coalition (UK)

    Respondent: Ms Christine Fang, Founding Director & Consultant, GAME (Governance and Management for Excellence) for Public Benefit

    Facilitator: Dr Allen Fung, President, Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children