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Alumni Newsletter - HFAA Connect Vol.8 January 2019

Message from ALC Vice President - Celeste Zeng

Dear alumni and friends,

As the ALC takes turns writing this monthly message, I am eager to begin the first newsletter of 2019 reiterating the mission of HFAA: to SUPPORT, CONNECT, ENGAGE and INSPIRE our growing community.

2018 was marked as a year of countless events, fellowship and growth among alumni and scholars across the globe, thanks to the support of our chapter leaders and HF Management.

Continuing this momentum into the new year, the ALC is hosting a meeting to kick off 2019 for HFAA in Hong Kong in late February. What’s first on the agenda? Plan events with the express purpose of inspiring our alumni and bringing them together.

I look forward to updating you the outcome of the meeting in February. I expect this years’ proceedings will reflect the enthusiasm for lifelong learning that the ALC and HFAA as a whole continues to exude.

We’re also excited for the Personal Development Series on Financial planning and Governance & organizational behavior – open to all HFAA members. 

Lastly, thank you for all that you do to give back to HFAA and the community. We are grateful for those of you who take the time to read this newsletter every month, staying engaged with the happenings of HFAA and HF. This newsletter is an important medium of communication with our all our alumni and we strive to put your feedback to good use.

Please read on for exciting updates on your friends and fellow alumni and scholars around the world.  

With warmest regards,

Celeste Zeng(China, HKBU BBA ’13 & NUS MBA ‘20)

 Vice President, Alumni Leadership Committee


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Alumni in Action


Pragya Bhatnagar (India, HKBU MAIJS ’18) transitions from his Export consultant role under the Export Trade Assistance Program to Research associate under the International Trade Research program, where he has been instrumental in the team’s execution of initiatives in 2018 and new projects for 2019. 

Read his journey on his blog post!


HF Updates



INSEAD scholarship - Help recruit the next generation of HF scholars! HF is now offering two scholarships valued at €30,000 each for admitted students in the INSEAD Business School MBA Program.

If you can refer suitable candidates for this scholarship, please send us an email at

 HF Vietnam moves to new office HF’s Vietnam office has relocated to a new location with a better working environment for its team, many of which are HF alumni.

Thanks to all Vietnam-based scholars and alumni who joined the house warming party on Jan.19! Check out more photos of the party here.


Upcoming events


The Hinrich Trade Negotiation Simulation (HTNS) is an HF initiative which aims to provide university students opportunities to learn from expert trade negotiators about the dynamics of a real trade negotiation and other nuanced international relations topics.

Since the program was first introduced in Hong Kong in 2017, four additional cohorts have taken place in Hong Kong, Vietnam and the Philippines. Watch a video recap of the session in Ho Chi Minh City in October here

 The first HTNS of 2019 will take place in Hong Kong on Feb. 16 and Feb. 23, 2019 at Hong Kong Asia Society. Full details here


Save the date! All ALC members will convene in Hong Kong for the annual meeting on Feb. 24, and we are welcoming all current scholars and alumni to join a welcome party on the evening of Feb. 23. 

In addition, all HF alumni are invited to join our Personal Development Series on Financial Planning and Governance & Organizational Behavior. The two sessions will be held on Feb 24 at the HF Boardroom. Register for the training here!


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.

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