HandsOn Hong Kong Board Members

Shaun Bernier
Founder and Board Chair
Shaun Bernier is Founder and Board Member of HandsOn Hong Kong. Shaun founded the HK-affiliate of the Hands On Network in 2007 and has served previously as its Executive Director. Before relocating to Hong Kong in 2007, Shaun developed an expertise in U.S. social policy and advocacy, working in the public sector in New York City and Washington, D.C. There she worked in local and federal government in the offices of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a member of U.S. Congress, as well as at think-tanks and non-profit organizations focusing on advocacy for lower-income workers and families. In Hong Kong, Shaun also served as Managing Director of Community Business from 2009-2010. Prior to this, she served as the Director of Volunteer Operations for the Clinton Global Initiative Asia in 2008. She holds a Masters of Public Administration from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York, NY.
Alexander de Laiglesia
Board Vice Chair
Alexander de Laiglesia is an experienced finance executive who has worked for over 30 years at leading European and Japanese banks in both Europe and Asia, taking on managerial roles in a wide variety of areas. Alex is President of Dale Carnegie Training, Hong Kong and Senior Partner of Dale Carnegie Training, Japan, part of Dale Carnegie Training, a global organization that delivers customized training and coaching programs. Alex started his banking career in 1981 at Standard Chartered Bank and worked in Qatar, Hong Kong and Holland. In 1986 he was selected by the European Commission to attend the 6th Executive Training Program in Japan which included intensive Japanese language training and executive internships at leading Japanese companies and banks. Following a brief period as Banco Bilbao Vizcaya’s representative for Japan and Korea. Alex remained in Tokyo and joined Banco Santander in 1989 as Deputy General Manager for its Tokyo branch. In 1993, Alex transferred to Santander’s headquarters in Madrid, where he served as Vice-President for nine years and established the Bank’s Investor Relations Department. Following a six year secondment to Shinsei Bank in Tokyo he relocated to Hong Kong where he became responsible for the development of Santander’s Asset Management business in the Asia Pacific region. Alex speaks English, Spanish, French and Japanese.
Ann Chu
Board Member
Ann Chu is Head of Media & Content Solutions at The Media Village. Originally from Canada, Ann has been living in Hong Kong for the past 15 years, working in media production, journalism, content syndication and advertising. She is passionate about giving back to the community and was honoured by Time Warner with its Andrew Heiskell Community Service Award for her decades-long work leading English learning programs for underprivileged children in Hong Kong.
Katherine Creedon
Board Member
Katherine Creedon is a Vice President, Asia Equity Sales Trading at Deutsche Bank, where she has worked for over seven years. Katherine, originally from New York, began her career at Trainer Wortham in wealth management. She is a graduate of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. Katherine has been on the Board of HandsOn Hong Kong ever since it was founded.
Kathy Kukreja
Board Member
Kathy Kukreja grew up in Hong Kong and started volunteering at the age of 5 by performing at concerts at the China Coast Community. She is a barrister by training and is currently a legal consultant with Axiom Law. She is a member of the Bar of England and Wales and the Hong Kong Bar. In 2013 Kat obtained a Global Executive MBA from INSEAD, where her thesis focused on corporate goverance issues in the non-profit sector.
Sam Lau
Board Member
Sam Lau is a business entrepreneur with a focus on helping companies and employees develop better work-life balance. Sam is the founder of Total Loyalty Company, which specialises in providing employee loyalty programmes. Sam was born in Hong Kong and then immigrated with his family to Melbourne, Australia. Prior to starting his own company, Sam worked at Shell Australia. Volunteering plays a major part of Sam’s life. In Australia he is a Fellow of Leadership Victoria (www.leadershipvictoria.org), an organisation whose vision is to harness business and social leaders to help and develop NGOs with professional, strategic and visionary support. Joining the HandsOn Hong Kong board in 2013 is a natural progression for Sam to further his giving back to the Hong Kong community. Sam has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Monash University.
Theodore Lau
Board Member
Giving locally has always been a tenet of Theodore’s and he has been active on the boards of community organizations wherever he has lived. Prior to joining the board of HandsOn Hong Kong, he was the national vice president of a social advocacy nonprofit in the United States. When he is not working in the community, he provides strategic advice to international commercial and consumer product companies.