Su-Mei Thompson is CEO of The Women’s Foundation, a NGO dedicated to the advancement of women and girls in Hong Kong through research, community programmes, and education and advocacy. TWF’s signature programmes include a Financial Literacy and Employability Programme for marginalised communities of women and its Life Skills and Gender Awareness Programmes for under-privileged adolescent girls and boys. Meanwhile, TWF’s highly acclaimed Mentoring Programme for Women Leaders, inspirational speaker events and scholarships are helping to build the pipeline of female talent for senior executive and non-executive roles. In 2013, Su-Mei founded the 30% Club HK, a group of chairmen and CEO leaders who are committed to bringing more women onto corporate boards. Su-Mei was also an Associate Producer for “She Objects” a new documentary by The Women’s Foundation which is being screened at a number of international film festivals this year.
Su-Mei started her career at Linklaters as a corporate finance associate while also serving as a lecturer and tutor in law at Kings College, London. She went on to hold senior management positions at The Walt Disney Company, the Financial Times and Christie’s in Asia.
In addition to running The Women’s Foundation, Su-Mei is a member of the Equal Opportunities Commission of Hong Kong, she serves on the board of Opera HK and she is a council member of The Cheltenham Ladies College, her alma mater. Su-Mei is the winner of the 2015 AmCham Women of Influence Award for Non-Profit Leader of the Year and the HKAH/Tatler Women of Hope Award for Power & Influence. She has also been recognised as one of Hong Kong’s 100 Most Influential People by Debrett’s and the SCMP. Su-Mei served as a judge for the Diageo WE Journalism Awards in 2014 and as a jury member for the Cannes Glass Lions Awards in 2016.
Su-Mei holds law degrees from Cambridge and Oxford and an MBA from IMD. Su-Mei is also a recent recipient of the Andy Choa Scholarship which sponsors Hong Kong NGO leaders to attend the SPNM program at Harvard Business School.