HKUST Service Learning Day 2017 Featured Talk

From banking to the world's worst war zones:
what's behind this path less travelled?

"Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."
- Robert Frost

Few people personify HKUST's values better than Jason Wai Cheong Yip (SCMP, Ming Pao Weekly) of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Ever committed to improving society, follow Jason on his journey from the investment banks of Hong Kong to the front line of Afghanistan via the Sichuan earthquake and Syrian refugee camps. How and why did he make this remarkable, selfless journey? And what life skills has he learnt along the way? Come along to show your support and find out more.

"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all" -Aristotle

His parents set him off on a well worn path. He studied business at HKU before working at an investment bank. But 4 years later, in 2008, he quit banking to study for a master's in international relations at Waseda University in Japan. It was here he was introduced to the ICRC and his life changed forever, he took the path less traveled.

When he was 21 he had taken an internship to the slums of Kenya. While working in banking he had volunteered for Hong Kong Correctional Services. From now on his desire to help others would take him to wherever the need was greatest. Problem solving and conflict resolution may be useful skills in a Hong Kong boardroom but Jason would soon be using these skills to save lives: first in the aftermath of the Sichuan earthquake then later in Palestine, Myanmar, Syria/Jordan and even Afghanistan where he would be instrumental in the peaceful release of more than 30 school children and their teachers who had been kidnapped by the Taliban.

Come along to show your support and find out why and how he made his remarkable journey and what life skills he has learned along the way.

"Education must enable young people to effect what they have recognised to be right,
despite hardships, despite dangers, despite inner scepticism, despite boredom, and despite mockery from the world."
- Kurt Hahn

About the speaker:

Jason Yip is now the Program Manager at the External Resources Division of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Switzerland. His past roles include developing and implementing the organization's humanitarian intervention in the battlefield, with activities ranging from visiting detention centers to conducting emergency response. He has extensive experience in security analysis and building dialogues with non-state military groups.

About ICRC
Established in 1863, the ICRC operates worldwide, helping people affected by conflict and armed violence and promoting the laws that protect victims of war. An independent and neutral organization, its mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. The organization, awarded for 4 times for the Noble Peace Prize, are based in Geneva, Switzerland, and employ some 14,500 people in more than 80 countries. The ICRC is funded mainly by voluntary donations from governments and from national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.


Date: 20 April 2017 (Thu)
Time: 6:30 - 8pm
Venue: Lee Wing Tat Lecture Theater (LT-D)
Registration: Please complete the online registration form
HLTH1010: Upon successful application of HLTH1010 course hour endorsement by the program, participants may attain a maximum of 1.5 hours in "Wellness & Personal Enrichment Events" in the "Activities" module.
Enquiry: connect@ust.hk