Our Staff

Project Convener : Dr. Elaine AU

Email: elaine@cityu.edu.hk

Dr. Elaine Au

Elaine wears many hats at City U – apart from being the Project Convener who founded this project and continues to provide direction and leadership; she is also the Associate Professor and Assistant Head in the Department of Applied Social Sciences, as well as the Hall Master of the Student Residence Hall 1.She obtained her PhD degree from the University of Hong Kong. Before her teaching career at CityU, Elaine has years of experience being a school social worker, who also took up the role of a youth counselor and then became a social work team supervisor. Elaine finds the opportunity to work with, meet, and even live with (through being a Residence Master) young people equally important and rewarding as teaching them. Outside of her work, Elaine is a culinary enthusiast who enjoys cooking, baking and making jam. She also appreciates the natural scenery through hiking and walking. Elaine cares deeply about the welfare of children in our world today especially with the fast-growing economy and technological advancement, which distract people’s attention from caring for our children and fundamental values. That’s why she advocates for people to devote their time to volunteer because it is a precious time for growth – “volunteers are trusted by those they help. Apart from being regarded as honest, knowledgeable and caring – as volunteers nurture those they are helping, the way the recipients treat their volunteers can also be a nurturing force. This mutual process is very valuable.”

Project Supervisor:
YIP Ka Lun, Beatrice
R.S.W.

Email: kalunyip@cityu.edu.hk

Yip Ka Lun, Beatrice

R.S.W.

Beatrice graduated from Bachelor of Social Sciences in Social Work from City University of Hong Kong. She once worked in the CYEP for a year and worked as a social worker in NGO. She mainly worked with the youths who involved in Compensated Dating, also their families and their social network. She enjoyed working with the high-risk youths, being a role of companion walking with them, witnessing their growth and positive change. She was impressed by the youths’ great potentials to change. She strongly believed that everyone has their own unlimited and valuable strengths. Through the strength lens, we are able to discover ones’ inner resources and hence, improve others’ life. To rejoin CYEP, she wishes to be a part to facilitate growth on both officers and volunteers. She believed that human always have something to learn, from inner self to the outer world. Never stop absorbing new things as long as you still have the passion to know a little bit more about the world. She loves travelling, running, dragon boat, yoga. Doing sports make her feel energizing. And she loves the nature so much. Nature can give her calmness and a refreshing mind. Her favourite motto is “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” So, BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!

Project Officer / Service Team Coordinator:
LAW Man Yin, Man

Email: manlaw.ss@cityu.edu.hk

LAW Man Yin, Man

Man graduated from the Bachelor of Business Economics at City university of Hong Kong in 2011. Upon her graduation, she became a Project Executive in a Public Relations Marketing company. She used to organize commercial events, plan advertisements and executive promotional campaigns. After one year of working in a commercial environment, she realized that she is more interested in doing human services rather than working in the business sector. She left that job and joined CYEP in 2012. She is happy to see the improvement of the volunteers. She enjoys singing during her free time and her day is not complete without singing out loud at least once. Man encourages university students to fully utilize their time. Her favorite motto is “Nothing Stumped You”. She is now stuyding in the University of Hong Kong for her master degree program in social work.

Project Officer :
CHAN Po Yi, Bowie

Email: bowie.cyep@cityu.edu.hk

CHAN Po Yi, Bowie

Bowie graduated from CityU’s Bachelor of Management Sciences program. She joined CYEP and became a Project Officer upon graduation. Working for CYEP gave her a great opportunity to accompany the volunteers and inspire them and become aware of the society and how we may change it. One of her favorite mottos is: “The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change” (Carl Rogers). She believed that every day is a lesson. Through service, volunteers may facilitate growth in the others. At the same time they may learn, grow, and change together with the service recipients and be inspired by them. She also believed that relationship is one of the very important elements between people: People will forget what you have said, people will forget what you have done, but people will never forget how you have made them feel. If you serve whole-heartedly, you can gain more than you have expected.

Project Officer :
TANG Tsz Yan, Yan 

Email: tytang@cityu.edu.hk

TANG Tsz Yan, Yan

Yan graduated from the Bachelor of Social Sciences and joined City-Youth Empowerment Project in 2017. Working for CYEP, she is happy to see the beauty of volunteering, that people color each other’s life with the kind-heart. One of her favorite mottos is “No man is an island.”, as she strongly believed that people are all connected, everyone is valuable and worth loving. She is now studying in The Chinese University of Hong Kong for her master degree program in Social Work. She hopes to become a social worker who can enhance an inclusive society, in which people would accept others and share their love. Never stop learning, be a better person and let’s make a better world together.

Project Officer :
Rubina RIAZ, Rubina

Email: rriaz2@cityu.edu.hk

Rubina RIAZ, Rubina

Rubina is a graduate of Asian and International Studies department in City University of Hong Kong. Not only is she a believer in service-learning, she is also an example of how our volunteers grow with us. Rubina joined CYEP as a volunteer at the beginning of her educational journey at CityU and today she leads teams of volunteers as a Project Officer at CYEP. A firm believer in learning with and from people, she tries to build and maintain a close relationship with the volunteers and service recipients.
Rubina believes that inclusiveness and better cultural integration of ethnicities can make Hong Kong a better home for its residents. As an attempt to live an forward this dream, she has initiated Ethnic projects during her studies also. Currently she leads EM projects and tries to spread cultural awareness through different platforms.

Project Officer :
PUN Wai Hong, Matthew

Email: whpun8@cityu.edu.hk

PUN Wai Hong, Matthew

Matthew graduated from CityU’s Bachelor of Social Sciences in Environmental Policy program. He was working in a local hospital for implementing environmental education projects upon graduation. The reasons to join CYEP because he wants to explore more in social services and voluntary service programs with the aim of being a social worker one day. Organizing voluntary service is not an easy work as it has lots of aspects needed to take care of, but he enjoys a lot. His favorite motto is: ”Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” He believes that tackling challenges needs bravery. Bravery is origin from your willingness to take a step forward in facing the challenges and reality. It is hard and frustrated to move forward sometimes, but what values you believe in life and what you wish to achieve at the end can guide you to find your own direction.

Research Fellow :
Dr. Diego BUSIOL

Email: dbusiol2@cityu.edu.hk

Dr. Diego BUSIOL

Diego Busiol is originally from Italy. After graduating in clinical psychology (Italy and Germany), he specialized in psychotherapy (Italy). He worked for several years in different psychiatric community residences as a social worker and a psychologist. Later, he came to Hong Kong to do research on the relations between psychoanalysis and Chinese culture. His research and publications cover psychoanalytic theory and practice, psychoanalysis in Chinese contexts, counseling, mental health, and youth developmental issues. He joined CYEP as a Fellow Researcher in 2016 and thinks that the current increase in volunteering is encouraging for the future of humanity. Beside writing academic papers, he loves traveling and laughing at bad puns. In his free time he also likes fishing; but he is good hearted, so he always releases his catches.

Research Assistant :
Paul Vinod KHIATANI

Email: pkhiatani2@cityu.edu.hk

Paul Vinod KHIATANI

Paul Khiatani joined City-Youth Empowerment Project in 2013-2014, first as a volunteer and then as a full-time research assistant. Being an avid researcher and volunteer, Paul joined CYEP because of the ample opportunity to help those in need and make a difference through pragmatic and scholastic means. The most rewarding aspects of working with CYEP are the flexible working atmosphere and the full-of-youthful-energy colleagues. Outside of work, Paul enjoys indulging in his curiosities and examining puzzling world-events and issues; be it of the past, present, or future. Paul enjoys chatting with people (preferably over a cup of tea or a hearty meal), playing chess, traveling, doing sports, and practicing the traditional art of Okinawan Karate. Paul’s favorite motto comes from one of his childhood heroes, Dr. Ben Carson: “Success is determined not by whether or not you face obstacles, but by your reaction to them. And if you look at these obstacles as a containing fence, they become your excuse for failure. If you look at them as a hurdle, each one strengthens you for the next.” To the volunteers of CYEP, Paul wishes to impart the following advice: “Enjoy the journey. Do not rush forward with the end goal in mind, but take the time to enjoy the process and savor the moment.”

Research Assistant : CHU Wing Ting, Emily

Email: emilychu@cityu.edu.hk

CHU Wing Ting, Emily

Emily graduated from Hong Kong Baptist University in 2017. After conducting the dissertation for her degree, Emily realized that she was weirdly interested in doing research. However, with an inadequate knowledge in the field, instead of jumping straight into further studies, she decided to familiarize herself with the field by working as a research assistant. Upon joining the CYEP team, Emily realized she has grasped a precious opportunity that allowed her to not only dive deep into the research field but also experience the impact of service learning on the community and on a person’s holistic development. When Emily isn’t burying herself in work, she is keen on learning new things and broadening her horizon. She enjoys photography, reading, crafting, and she also finds conspiracy theories extremely fascinating. One of her dreams is to become a polyglot, therefore she can immense herself in different culture without a language barrier. “The more you know, the more you know you don't know”, although Emily was not sure about the origin of this quote, she treats this as her motto, as she believes that one has to be humble and eager to learn no matter where they are in life.