Ada has led a varied career as solicitor, social innovator, creative educator and cultural entrepreneur. She has set up and run creative non-profit institutions in the social innovation, education and culture fields in the past 20 years.
She founded Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture (HKICC) to advocate education innovation in 1998. Since 2006, HKICC founded the HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, a unique secondary school dedicated to nurturing talents for arts and culture, and Ada is the school’s Supervisor.
In 2010, she co-founded the Make A Difference (MaD) initiative (www.mad.asia), a creativity for good platform for young changemakers in Asia. In the last 12 years, MaD has undertaken projects at the intersection of creativity and urban/social challenges, incubated social labs, and has worked with cross sector changemakers to come up with bottom-up creative and collaborative solutions.
In 2012 Ada founded The Good Lab (www.goodlab.hk), a social innovation co-working space and hub, which later became a do tank and innovation consultancy to enable tri-sector collaborations for positive changes in society. Since 2016, in her capacity as a Director of the non-profit Ednovators, Ada designed and led the Innopower Teacher Fellowship (jcinnopower.hk), a programme to build teachers’ innovation capacity and implement education innovations.
Ada was an elected member of the Urban Council and Wan Chai District Council between 1995 and 2008 with the last four years as Chairperson of the Wan Chai District Council. She received her BA (Hons) from Pomona College, California USA, and M Ed from the University of Hong Kong. She is an Honorary Fellow of Lingnan University, Hong Kong Education University, and the Hong Kong Baptist University.