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Alumni Newsletter - HFAA Connect Vol.7 December 2018

Message from ALC President 

Dear alumni and friends,

The role of the ALC took on new significance this month as VP Phoebe (China, HKBU BBA ’14) and I were invited to represent the ALC and alumni at the annual Council of Members board meeting! Together with former ALC members Laura (China, Thunderbird ‘09), Roger (China, Thunderbird ‘13) and Ben (US, CUHK MBA ‘11), and our secretariat Thu (Vietnam, HKBU MAIJS ’17), we joined the Council and Foundation executive to discuss great progress in 2017 and 2018, and the way forward.

This participation by members of the ALC is laying the groundwork for more active engagement by the alumni in Foundation governance.


Held on November 28 in Shenzhen, HF board members, management and members of the ALC discussed and confirmed our next-generation of programs, fondly referred to as HF 2.0. HF will sharpen its focus on trade-related education and employment (rebranded as the Trade Leadership Development, or TLD for short), enhance our International Trade Research program, and discontinue the Export Trade Assistance program. Please read Alex’s note for full details.

During the visit, we also had the chance to spend time with Stephen Olson, HF Research Fellow. He shared with the board, ALC, scholars and alumni his analysis of the unfolding US-China trade tensions and potential scenarios for the Trump-Xi meeting in Argentina (Steve nailed it with his prediction of a grandiose ‘breakthrough’ with little substance and will likely be met with significant challenges).

Our day ended with a chance to network and dine alongside our new scholars from Hong Kong and other alumni who live in Shenzhen, as well as Mr. Hinrich’s family. The group of HF scholars had spent the day touring a Luenthai factory in Guangzhou (our employer partner), visiting the sampling department, testing labs and production lines.

As always, the trip was an opportunity to catch up with our Hong Kong/China chapter. It also served as yet another reminder of the value of this lifelong learning journey we are all on. As we roll out new programs, HFAA is so appreciative of alumni engagement, which will play an increasingly important role in the Foundation moving forward.

I wish you all the best for the new year and look forward to even more personal and professional development in the year ahead.

With warmest regards,

Mohammad Nurun Nobi
(Bangladesh, HK Polytechnic University, IPE’16) 
President, Alumni Leadership Committe


Year-end message from Program Director Alex Boome

As 2018 draws to a close and we look forward to 2019, I would like to first of all thank each of you for your personal and collective contribution to advancing sustainable global trade. In these turbulent times, every effort to advance global trade contributes to making the world a better place.

To learn about the progress we’ve made, our totally new Hinrich Postgraduate Diploma in International Trade (HPgD) and scholarships, and our focus for the future, read on....


Continue reading our HFAA Connect Vol.7 December 2018 here!

HF Updates


Former HF staff wins trip to trade show in Germany

Hai Phung recently started a company manufacturing and exporting cool sandals. His products have caught the interest of consumers and investors, and he has just won a trip to exhibit in Germany through an International Business Acceleration pitch contest! The contest was open to participants of the HF Export Manager Advanced Training (EMAT) held in HCMC at the end of November. Hai will showcase his products in Leipzig, Germany at the Haus-Garten-Freizeit trade fair in 2019. More on the contest here.

Employers excited by the Hinrich Postgraduate Diploma in International Trade

Wal-Mart, HSBC, Coca-Cola, Samsung, adidas, KPMG and other corporate heavyweights joined the HF-RMIT Employer Roundtable in HCMC to discuss their future leadership needs and contribute to the development of the HPgD curriculum. Another round of meetings will be held in Hong Kong to further engage employers for our current and future alumni. Read more.


HF-supported China, Trade & Power book launch 

Stewart Paterson’s book ‘China, Trade and Power’ captured the attention of over 80 guests at an HF-sponsored launch event on Nov. 30 at the China Club in Central, Hong Kong. The expert panel discussed policy ramifications for Western countries and paths forward amidst new challenges of our multilateral trading system. Matt Haldane (US, Tsinghua GBJ ‘15) traveled from Shenzhen for the event. Ten lucky alumni received copies of the book, which can also be ordered online here.

HF-sponsored special exhibition at the HK Maritime Museum

As the benefits of trade between China and the U.S. are increasingly being questioned and building tensions, the Hong Kong Maritime Museum is launching an exhibition called“The Dragon and the Eagle: American Traders in China, A Century of Trade from 1784 to 1900" . Sponsored by Hinrich Foundation, the exhibition shows how trade between China and the U.S. has evolved over more than 100 years and how it has affected the two economies. Our thanks to Roxanne Liu (China, HKBU BBA '19) for helping out at the launch event on Dec.13.

About the Hinrich Foundation

The Hinrich Foundation focuses on stimulating creative, positive thinking about global trade and promoting global trade behaviours by individuals, companies and countries that will lead to better developmental outcomes, engagement and stability.

The Foundation’s vision is to create opportunities, choice and engagement through sustainable global trade. It is implemented by researching conditions for sustainable global trade, developing Asian global trade talent, and spurring the growth of trade-focused SME’s in emerging markets in Asia. The Foundation’s work reaches beneficiaries in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Laos, the Philippines, Vietnam and the United States.

HFAA Newsletter Archive

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HFAA Newsletter Vol.1 June 2018 Link Administration 20/09/2018
HFAA Newsletter Vol.2 July 2018 Link Administration 20/09/2018
HFAA Newsletter Vol.3 August 2018 Link Administration 20/09/2018
HFAA Newsletter Vol.4 September 2018 Link Administration 21/09/2018
HFAA Newsletter Vol.5 October 2018 Link Administration 22/10/2018
HFAA Newsletter Vol.6 November 2018 Link Administration 23/11/2018
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HFAA Newsletter Vol.8 January 2019 Link Administration 28/01/2019
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