We are supported by a group of Board Directors and Executive Directors from various backgrounds.
Chairman Rodrigo Sadi is a partner of the law firm McLaughlin & Stern LLP. He is licensed to practice law in Brazil and in New York. He practices in the area of U.S. and international corporate law, and represents financial institutions (banks, investment advisers and broker-dealers), private equity funds, multi-national companies, single and multi-family offices, and high net worth individuals, in their activities worldwide. Starting in 2018, Rodrigo Sadi has been an adjunct professor at Fordham University’s School of Law, where he has taught U.S. Contract Law and Contract Drafting to foreign attorneys and currently teaches in the law school’s LLM (master’s) program. As Chairman of the HKANY, Rodrigo Sadi serves as an intermediary between businesses from NY and HK to build and cultivate connections between Hong Kong and the U.S. Email: email@example.com OR RSadi@mclaughlinstern.com
Vice Chair Raymond joined the HKANY Board in 2006 and has been the Vice Chair since 2018. As founder and President of Wong, Wong & Associates P.C., Raymond has carved out a reputation as an expert problem-solver and fierce litigator. Raymond's experiences as a former soldier in the U.S. Army National Guard account for his prominent ability to strategize and fight in our adversarial legal system, while his educational background (with masters and bachelors degrees from the City College of the City University of New York in electrical and chemical engineering, respectively) is reflected in his precise, logical approach to legal problems. Since obtaining his juris doctorate from New York Law School, and founding his firm in 1988, Raymond has helped countless clients and gained extensive experience effectively handling civil litigation, criminal defense, and transactional matters. In HKANY, Raymond aspires to build and cultivate connections between Hong Kong and the U.S.
Vice Chair Sebastien has joined HKANY Board since 2014. He is the Head of Corporate Sales, Americas at Cathay Pacific Airways. He graduated from Institut Universitaire de Technologie in France. He is an experienced Sales Director with a demonstrated history of working in the airlines/aviation industry. He is skilled in Negotiation, Business Travel, Airports, Sales Management, and Commercial Aviation. His aspiration of joining HKANY is to further strengthen the links between Hong Kong, New York, and the Americas as a whole.
Treasurer Elizabeth has joined the HKANY Board since 2016 and she has been HKANY’s Treasurer since 2016. She is the Senior Vice President, Eastern Region (NY, NJ, MA, MD) at Cathay Bank. She graduated from NYU Stern with her MBA in Global Business, Leadership, Strategy. She is a Senior Executive with 20+ years of Retail Banking, Wealth Management, and Small Business experience. Current President of New York Chinese American Banker Association, Inc.
Board Member Linda joined the HKANY Board since 2010. Linda is the Senior Trade Manager of HKTB responsible to develop marketing strategies and execution with travel trade partners to drive US arrivals to Hong Kong. In HKANY, Linda hopes to build a strong relationship with the members to identify collaboration opportunities to rebuild and sustain Hong Kong’s appeal as the top of mind destination to both the leisure and business visitors.
Board Member Maisie has joined the HKANY Board as she assumed the position of Director of the HKETO NY in 2023. Since joining the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government as an Administrative Officer in 2007, Maisie has worked in various policy bureau and departments in the past 16 years under a wide portfolio, including the District Office of the Tai Po District, Labour and Welfare Bureau, Security Bureau, Chief Executive’s Office and the Health Bureau. Maisie hopes to strengthen the trade, investment, cultural and people connection between Hong Kong and New York with HKANY. Find more information about Maisie here: https://www.hketony.gov.hk/director.html
James von Klemperer
Board Member A member of the HKANY Board since 2015, James is President and Design Principal at KPF, where he leads a staff of over 750 architects in nine offices worldwide. He is an alumnus of Harvard University, University of Cambridge, and Princeton University. His architectural works can be seen around the world, including One Vanderbilt in New York, Blue Pool Road in Hong Kong, China Resources Tower in Shenzhen, Jing An Kerry Centre in Shanghai, Lotte World Tower in Seoul, WINDOW La Défense in Paris, and many more. von Klemperer has lectured at Harvard, Columbia, Tsinghua, Tongji, Seoul National, the ESA in Paris, AMO in Lyon, and Yale. In 2018, he received the American Prize for Architecture from The Chicago Athenaeum. Through HKANY, James develops lasting partnerships and engages in dialogue with leaders of the global business community.
Board Member Damien joined the HKANY Board in 2021. Damien has been practicing law in Hong Kong since 1995 and he is the Head of the Hong Kong Office of Hill Dickinson. Damien specializes in commercial litigation, international arbitration, and insolvency litigation. Damien graduated from the University of Auckland with double bachelor’s degrees in Law and Commerce, and a master’s degree in Commercial Law. At HKANY, Damien hopes to grow and strengthen professional and personal ties with U.S. business and businesspeople. Following a stint working on the ski fields of Colorado in the early 1990's Damien looks forward to again visiting the U.S. and New York one day soon – this time with a credit card that works.
Board Member Curtis joined the HKANY Board in 2022. He is the Officer-in-Charge at the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC)’s New York Office where he covers the East Coast territories. He’s been with the HKTDC for 17+ years working on trade promotions and outreach in various sectors. Curtis also spent 10 years living and working in Hong Kong primarily in the music industry. Joining the Board provides Curtis an opportunity to give back to Hong Kong which has played a substantial part of his personal and working life.
Board Member Wendy is a long-time board member for Hong Kong Association of Atlanta. She expands her support to HKANY in 2022. As the partner leading Aprio’s Chinese practice, Wendy has been advising Chinese companies expanding global presence, and multinational companies operating in China for more than 15 years. Her industry expertise includes manufacturing, wholesale, technology, real estate, blockchain, engineering, pharmaceutical, telecommunication, transportation, e-gaming and other sectors. In HKANY, Wendy hopes to connect with business elites in New York and explore the opportunities to work together. Learn more about Wendy here: https://www.aprio.com/people/wendy-lu
Board Member Donald Moore joined the HKANY board in 2017 and was the Chairman of HKANY from 2018 to 2023. He is the Managing Director of U.S. Legal Advisors, PLLC. Donald is a seasoned global executive, having lived and worked worldwide. He is a lawyer, advisor, and investor in global security, transportation, and infrastructure projects. Donald’s involvement in HKANY has focused on creating financial stability for the organization while developing and hosting events and sharing information that is relevant to its corporate members with respect to trade and investment with Hong Kong. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1 (906) 440-9540
Board Member Andrew is an incredibly supportive member of HKANY in a long time. Andrew has joined the HKANY since the 90s and he was the Chairman of HKANY between 2004 and 2009. Andrew hopes to continue supporting the HKANY. He is now a Partner at McLaughlin & Stern LLP. Find more information about him here: https://www.mclaughlinstern.com/attorneys/andrew-l-odell
Board Member Peter joined the HKANY board in 2023. He is a Managing Director and the Chief Communications Officer at Bank of China U.S.A., where he leads a group focusing on government and public relations, business development, marketing, and corporate social responsibility. Peter has over 30 years of experience working with Chinese private and government entities advising on cross-border investments and bilateral trade with the United States, China and Israel. Peter was the first American to graduate with a Master's in Law from Peking University Law School. He later went on to obtain J.D. and LL.M. degrees from Columbia Law School. Peter has worked at Cravath, Swaine, & Moore LLP in both New York and Hong Kong, before spending six years in Israel working for the government in both a legal and advisory capacity focusing on issues relating to China and other countries in the Asia Pacific region. He subsequently joined Island Capital Group as Senior Vice President in the capital markets group and later co-founded, and became the CEO of C-Bridge Capital Partners. In that capacity, he used his extensive personal network and experience in advising Chinese, American and Israeli clients on cross-border investment opportunities. Peter is fluent in Mandarin and Hebrew and is a member of the National Committee on U.S. – China Relations and the advisory board for AJC’s Asia Pacific Institute. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Government and Public Relations Committee for the China General Chamber of Commerce- U.S.A.
Board Member Henry is one of the founding members of HKANY Board. Currently, Henry is the President of Wan Development Group. He is also the co-founder and chairman of the annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival. Henry graduated from the University of Illinois, and then moved to New York to start his real estate and construction business. As a founding member of the association, Henry hopes to actively continue supporting HKANY.
Board Member Winona joined the HKANY Board in 2023. She is an International Director of Ernst & Young Tax Services Limited in Hong Kong. Within EY Global Desk Network, Winona focuses on International & US Private Client Tax Services. Under the account-centric strategy, Winona leads EY Service teams to provide holistic strategic and execution support to private companies and high net worth individuals in their cross-border M&A transactions or daily operations. Winona’s aspirations of joining HKANY is to promote communication and collaboration between Hong Kong and the United States, and to enhance cross-culture sharing in both business and non-business communities.
Executive Director Michelle joined the HKANY team in 2020. Outside of her career in the advertising industry, she takes pride in promoting Hong Kong, her hometown, with HKANY.