The Hon. Mr. John Tsang, founder of Esperanza, introduces the non-profit’s vision and mission

On 12 July, more than 80 MBA alumni amassed at the CUHK Business School Town Centre for a sharing session entitled “Nurturing a Future-Ready Generation Together”, delivered by the Hon. Mr. John Tsang, GBM, JP, and former Financial Secretary. The event was organised by the MBA Alumni Association.

Mr. Tsang is the founder of Esperanza, a non-profit established in 2018. The organisation seeks to connect like-minded individuals and supports new initiatives benefitting society. It is also driving campaigns to reimagine the local education system. “Education is key to the progress and wellbeing of society – and everyone can play a part,” noted Mr. Tsang. “By focusing on social purpose, every individual and organisation can contribute to a sustainable future.”

Discussing Esperanza’s vision and mission, Mr. Tsang urged attendees to join forces to galvanise hope and goodwill in support of reinventing education in Hong Kong. This, he said, would form part of a collective effort to nurture a future-ready generation. “It takes a village to raise a child,” added Mr. Tsang. “Education is too important to be left to schools or policymakers. Each of us can be part of the solution.” Mr. Tsang emphasised the power of cross-sector collaboration to effect positive change with the goal of making Hong Kong a better place to live.

The first organisation that Esperanza has supported in reimagining learning experiences is Teach for Hong Kong. The charity’s founder and CEO, Arnold Chan, is a 2010 graduate of the CUHK Business School’s Global Business Studies programme. With its passion for nurturing a future-ready generation, the NGO recruits outstanding university graduates as fellows to teach at underprivileged schools for a year. 

Ms. Florence Lai, Alumni and Corporate Affairs Director, applauded the inspiring presentation. “I’m sure every participant could sense Mr. Tsang’s passion for education – the key to Hong Kong’s sustainable development,” she said. Mr. Armstrong Lee, President of the MBA Alumni Association, added, “I’m particularly excited to learn that an NGO run by one of our young alumni is the first project to gain Esperanza’s support. Its innovative way of working certainly demonstrates the power of cross-sector collaboration. I would like to explore how the MBA community can cooperate with Esperanza over the longer term.”

A full house of attentive audience members listen to the insightful presentation

A happy group photo sums up the evening’s memorable moments

MBA Alumni Association’s president Mr. Armstrong Lee (seated, 2nd from right) and council members, together with Ms. Florence Lai (seated, 1st from left), Alumni and Corporate Affairs Director, enjoy Mr. Tsang’s company over a delightful post-session dinner


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