Core Team and Advisors

Meet the team

Executive Director / Founding Member

Cherie Wong

Cherie Wong (she/her) is a non-partisan, intersectional feminist and politico. As a Hong Konger-Canadian, Cherie is committed to advocate for Hong Kong and Canadian interest. Cherie grew up in Hong Kong after the 1997 handover, with family stories about the atrocious human rights violations in China. Prior to her work with Hong Kong’s protest movement, Cherie is an activist and a political campaigner.

Director of Youth Engagement and Policy Initiatives / Founding Member

Davin Wong

Davin Wong was born in Canada and has been studying in Hong Kong. He is an LL.B. year 4 student at the University of Hong Kong and was the President of the Hong Kong University Students’ Union (HKUSU) from 2018 to 2019. Davin has particular interests in human rights law and Canada-Hong Kong relations.

Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs / Founding Member

Jody Chan

Jody Chan (she/her) is an activist, advocate and a communications and marketing advisor residing in the traditional and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples — in what is known as Vancouver. A proud Canadian, she was born in Hong Kong and had to leave for Canada prior to 1997 for political and safety reasons.

Director of Strategy and Policy / Founding Member

Alex Ra-Lee

Alex was born in Canada and has studied in Canada, Hong Kong, and the United States. He is a seasoned management consultant with years of strategic experience with both for-profit and not-for-profit firms. His interests include leveraging financial technology for human rights and empowerment, and rethinking how nations around the world should think about their relations with China.

Meet our advisors

Phil Desforges
Phil is a French-Canadian photographer, filmmaker & entrepreneur. He built an expertise as a social media producer & strategist through his time in advertising agencies. He is a former staffer of a Canadian cabinet minister which can be attributed to his creative work. His vulnerability and avid sense of justice makes him sensitive to civil rights issues like ours.

Benjamin Fung
Prof. Benjamin Fung is a Canada Research Chair in Data Mining for Cybersecurity, a Professor in the School of Information Studies (SIS) at McGill University, and a Co-curator of Cybersecurity in the World Economic Forum (WEF). He received a Ph.D. degree in computing science from Simon Fraser University in 2007. Prof. Fung’s research areas include data mining, artificial intelligence, privacy protection, and cybersecurity. His data mining works in crime investigation and authorship analysis have been reported by media worldwide.

Ho-fung Hung
Prof. Ho-fung Hung is the Henry M. and Elizabeth P. Wiesenfeld Professor in Political Economy at the Department of Sociology and the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University. His research includes global capitalist transformation, nationalism, social movements, and Chinese development. His publications include Protest with Chinese Characteristics (2011) and The China Boom: Why China Will Not Rule the World (2015).

Ai-Men Lau
Ai-Men Lau is a Canadian Hong Konger and holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Calgary. Prior to joining ACHK, Ai-Men has a wide range of professional experience spanning policy research and front-line work. She is the co-author of two op-eds on Hong Kong published in major Canadian newspapers. She has also provided commentary to the media regarding Hong Kong and Canada-China relations.

Anastasia Lin
Anastasia Lin is an award-winning actress, and human rights advocate. In 2015, Lin won the Miss World Canada title, and was to represent Canada at the Miss World pageant in China, however, China refused her entry based on her political opinion. Since then, she has been invited to speak at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, the Oxford Union, and the Geneva Human Rights Summit at the UN, and has testified in the US Congress, the UK Parliament, and the Taiwanese Legislative Assembly. Currently, she serves as Ambassador for China policy at Macdonald-Laurier Institute in Ottawa; Scholar in Residence at Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney, Australia; and senior fellow at the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights.