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 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.

Research Assistant:
LAW Wing Sum, Lorraine

Email: wingslaw@cityu.edu.hk

LAW Wing Sum, Lorraine

Sum graduated from the University of Manchester, the United Kingdom, studying in MA in Educational Leadership. Having grown up surrounded by teachers, she has long been fascinated and inspired by the leadership exhibited by them. As a student of successful teachers, she has not only recognized the high level of responsibility, but also fostered her interest in Education. She enjoys getting along with people especially children and youth. After witnessing their growth, she believes that everyone has their own strengths and each of us should take passionate action on dream purpose in the light of persistence and strong self-belief. It is based on her motto “Life is like a cup of tea. It is all in hope you make.” You, yourself is script writer, director and controller of your life. In fact you are best responsible architect to design your quality of life and destiny.

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.