HandsOn Hong Kong Team

Sue Toomey
Executive Director
Sue Toomey has more than 20 years of experience running businesses and championing global causes. As Executive Director for HandsOn Hong Kong, Sue's focus is developing the strategic direction and leading the team to mobilize and empower the community to volunteer. In 2017, she oversaw the development and launch of Serve-a-thon, Hong Kong's first community service marathon where thousands of volunteers gave their time to serve more than 15,000 of Hong Kong's most in need. Prior to joining HandsOn, Sue was Vice President, Global Events for The Economist Group where she created and led award-winning events and initiatives addressing global issues, including ocean sustainability, food security, diversity and inclusion. Her experience includes extensive work with corporate clients, developing communication and sponsorship programs to meet marketing needs. She previously ran her own social enterprise and headed a marketing agency while living in Mumbai and led the event marketing team for Saatchi and Saatchi Los Angeles before moving to Asia. Sue has an M.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Southern California.
Catherine Dannaoui
Head of Communications
Catherine Dannaoui is a communications and events professional with over 10 years experience. Before joining HandsOn Hong Kong she worked at OgilvyOne and The Economist Group. Throughout her career she has been responsible for the development and roll-out of strategic communications plans for several major initiatives including Ogilvy’s first Greater China Digital Summit; and The Economist Group’s first major healthcare and ocean sustainability events. She has used her expertise on a voluntary basis to support Justice Center Hong Kong—she led them in staging their first major exhibition and fundraising initiative which featured an auction of portraits of the refugees the center works with (culminating in their annual ‘Hong Kong Humans Rights Art Prize’). Catherine has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Technology in Sydney.
Lilian Sze
Director of Community Engagement
Lilian is a Registered Social Worker and has over 15 years experience working in the social welfare field. Before joining HandsOn Hong Kong, she worked at The Boys & Girls Clubs Association of Hong Kong and The Hong Kong Council of Social Service. With her strong belief in people’s potential, she founded an NGO with the aims to turn under-resourced children in Hong Kong to become self-confident, responsible, creative and happy global citizens. To work for the betterment of the society and create a brighter future for our children has always been her life mission. Lilian has a Master of Social Sciences in Applied Psychology and Bachelor of Social Work.

Bia Lin

Senior Program Officer - Volunteer & NGO Engagement

Bia has over three years of experience managing programs in non-profit settings. She has a great passion for making a difference by implementing programs in the community. Before joining HandsOn Hong Kong, she worked at the Children’s Medical Foundation as a program and development officer. She managed over 10 programs concurrently in China, Sichuan, Guizhou, and Yunnan, with a goal of improving local hospitals’ capacity of delivering good medical services to newborns who are in need, and ultimately reducing the neonatal mortality rate in the local area. To attain and secure the funding for these programs, Bia also participated in grant application, grant reporting, and several fundraising events. Bia graduated from Indiana University with a Master of Public Administration, and City University of Hong Kong with a Master of Social Science in Applied Sociology.

Nancy Lee

Program Coordinator, Volunteer Relations

Nancy is Program Coordinator for Volunteer Relations and is the point person for all HandsOn Hong Kong volunteers and volunteer leaders. She has international experience in community engagement and a strong track record in managing volunteers on-campus and within museums. While studying for her Master Degree in the UK she played a key role in managing volunteers, organizing family learning programs and staging events for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Leicester City Council. Nancy is herself a passionate volunteer and has taken part in a variety of meaningful projects including a voluntary teaching tour in Fujian Project and supporting victims of typhoon Marakot in Taiwan through the 'Dragon 100 Young Chinese Leaders Forum'

Venus Tjang

Senior Program Manager

Prior to joining HOHK, Venus Tjang has spent a number of years working in project and program management at The Women's Foundation, EY and Gap Inc. Her curiosity has brought her through an interesting professional journey in both the non-profit and corporate world, which puts her in the current sweet spot of being the bridge between businesses and community. With a great passion for social justice, inclusion and innovation, Venus has initiated and participated in a number of fundarising and awareness raising projects through cultural and creative means for women empowerment, refugees and asylum seekers, domestic workers and community art movement in Hong Kong and Canada respectively. She graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Arts in French and Sociology.

Zoe Pena
Head of Development

Zoe Pena joined HOHK in April 2017 and brings with her extensive entrepreneurial and business development experience. Through the years, her projects have become focused on creating positive social impact and awareness through art and technology. Prior to joining HOHK, she regularly consulted for a number of international art ventures and has driven and advocated for partnerships that have generated support for several charitable organisations in Hong Kong. She is an alumni of the Fine Arts Programme of the Ateneo de Manila University.

Rudie Tomlinson
Advisor

Rudie is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Public Accountant. He has more than 20 years auditing, financial and risk management experience gained with frims such as Ernst & Young, Arthur Andersen and Audit New Zealand. In his various roles he has reported to Boards and Board Audit Committees on the outcomes of Audits and Internal Audit reviews and matters relating to Risk Management and Corporate Governance. His client base extended to entitles in the private, public and not for profit (NGO) sectors.

Working in the private, public and NGO sectors has allowed him to develop the skills necessary to work constructively and communicate effectively with a wide range of people with varying degrees of financial sophistication.

Since arriving in Hong Kong in 2014 Rudie has been involved in financial advisory roles at Crossroads Foundation and HandsOn Hong Kong.