Mrs Rebecca YUNG

Mrs Rebecca YUNG
Chair, Organising Committee of Social Enterprise Summit

The annual Social Enterprise Summit (SES) is hailed as the major cross-sector platform to advance social entrepreneurship and social innovation. This flagship event is entering into the 12th year, consolidating the experiences with delegates from the civic society, business corporations, government and academic sectors from Hong Kong, Asia and other parts of the world, in a strong momentum to witness the up and coming innovations.

Our theme this year is "Designing for Happiness". The thread to seamless cross-sector collaborations and initiatives is to create a happier society for all. This year, we will focus on designing different types of social innovation which aim at creating concepts and solutions to social problems that are practical, scalable and sustainable. Together with business and social innovators, policy makers, academics and young people, we will examine the subjects of "Designing Happy Business"; "Designing Good Finance"; "Designing for Social Inclusion" and "Collaborating for Happiness".

We have co-created a rich and dynamic programme with over 70 collaborating organizations globally and locally with exciting and inspirational sessions and events. The international symposium will bring together over 60 speakers from 15 countries and areas to discuss the future of social innovation. On "Happy Saturday", attendees may join new, exciting and inspirational roundtable sessions and workshops, including a unique "Asia Youth Entrepreneurship Exchange" which will foster stimulating discussions and identify ways to further involve our youths for a better future.

Our community programme has been expanded to seven different districts in Hong Kong with Kwai Tsing as the new addition. A multi-farious range of activities, such as Social Entrepreneurship Labs, carnival, bazaar, school talks, will be rolled out in these districts from the end of July to November. Such activities are effective ways for community innovators and citizens from all walks of life to engage in dialogues and collaboration on the role communities can play in social change. Summit participants may get a closer look into these districts by joining community tours at the end of the Summit.

In addition to an excellent programme content, participants will be able to network and enjoy a series of social events, surrounded by the dynamics of this legendary city.

I must emphasise the key to a successful summit could not happen without the unfailing commitment and support of the HKSAR government, our sponsors, our partners, and social innovators from Hong Kong, Asia and different parts of the world. I would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all of you and look forward to an exciting summit in November.