Executive Director – MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node
Charleston worked in Canada, Silicon Valley, and Greater China for 25 years, holding executive positions in System Engineering, Product Management, and Sales & Marketing at VMware, Cisco Systems and Nortel Networks. He has strong technology appreciation and understanding of key market transition trends, such as Internet/Web, Cloud Computing, Mobility, IOT, Big Data, AI/ML, and new business models. From 2011 to 2017, he was appointed by the Hong Kong SAR Government as Member of Digital 21 Strategy Advisory Committee. Charleston studied Management of Technology at the University of Waterloo in Canada where he received his PhD in Management Sciences in 1997. He also completed a Master degree in Financial Management at the HKUST in 2005.
Director of Education – MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node
Marina received her master’s degree in education from Harvard University in 2014, where she studied literacy development and worked on emerging models of educational innovation. She is a member of the Dean’s Leadership Council at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and facilitates learning experiences in entrepreneurship. Her interest in nurturing creative problem-solving for students led her to co-found Alpha Commons, a social enterprise awarded by the HKSAR Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fund. In a previous life, she was vice president in the equities business at Merrill Lynch in Hong Kong. Prior to that, she was a financial analyst at Nortel Networks in Canada. She sits on the board of the Hong Kong Red Cross Hospital Schools and is a CFA charterholder.
Senior Manager – Industry Liaison, MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node
Angel Lai is responsible for leading administrative initiatives and operations at the MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node. With a passion for human interaction, she plays an active role in activities between Mainland China and Hong Kong. Angel started her career in the insurance sector. She worked with sizeable companies and medical groups, and has solid experience in project management and policy administration. She held revamping business work flow and payment methods, involving compensation system with incentive programs. From 2013-2015, she was HR head of CWB Tech, a technology company focused on sensor-based motion analysis system for rehabilitation and injury prevention application. She is enthusiastic about how technology and innovation can make people’s lives more enjoyable and easy.
Operations Manager – MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node
Alice joined the team in 2018 and is responsible for operations, including logistics, facility and equipment management. She has 19 years of sales, marketing and administrative support experience particularly in the telecom sector having worked at Cisco and VMware. As a key administrator, she is known to be proactive, efficient, and a fast learner. Alice was born in Guangzhou and has lived in Hong Kong and Singapore.
Director of Smart City Research and Industry Collaborations – MIT
Hong Kong Innovation Node
Sunnie S.Y. Lau graduated with a B.A in Architecture from University of California, Berkeley; and later on obtained her Master of Architecture, and Certificate in Urban Design from M.I.T. Her international experiences begun with renowned architectural practices prior to postgraduate study at the M.I.T.; she worked with Morphosis Architects L.A., MVRDV Rotterdam, on international competitions, cultural projects and large scale urban developments. She also participated in the presentation drawings for the West Kowloon Cultural Competition when she was working at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA Asia) – Hong Kong. Recent experience covered TFP Farrell and Herzog de Meuron – in the design development of the M Plus Museum in WKCD. Her academic study focuses on urban masterplanning, urban mobility and infrastructure, architectural typologies with an interest in creative and innovative sustainable design strategies. In 2017, She was invited to be the Co-Curator & Exhibitor of the Hong Kong Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale Of Urbanism/Architecture (Hong Kong).