WHAT WE DO
We are here to ensure every Hong Kong child has the opportunity to realize their full potential.
Founded in 2019, Hong Kong Children in Need Foundation strives to offer kindergarten and primary school children (age 3-12) from every walk of life exposure to experiences beyond the classroom.
We also offer parent-based workshops, helping parents navigate the challenges of raising children. We believe that grounded family values are a requisite for a loving and nurturing environment conducive to a wholesome childhood.
Our goal as an organization is to accomplish the following:
- To enrich our children’s lives and allow them to cultivate a sense of curiosity beyond the classroom;
- To help them develop an interest and acquire confidence and sense of self-worth — qualities that are the foundations for success in school, careers and life; and
- To demonstrate that children thrive in every single way when they are motivated by a pure, unadulterated love of learning.
We envision a society where this all-round education becomes a common opportunity — transforming education and unleashing the potential of a new generation of Hong Kong citizens.
A message from our founder Matthew
WHO WE ARE
Our Board of Directors
A veteran in the financial services industry with over 20 years of experience working at leading global investment institutions.Matthew founded Hong Kong Children in Need Foundation, with the belief that equitable access to affordable and high-quality early education is a right – not a privilege – to be enjoyed by all. He previously served as an acting Fundraising Committee Member of the Ten Percent Donation Scheme Foundation (2009-2019).
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Dennis has over 15 years of experience in the finance industry. He is currently the General Manager of an investment company in Hong Kong. Previously he has worked in asset management in both private and public sectors in Hong Kong. He has been a director of Barnabas Charitable Service Association, a Hong Kong Christian drug rehabilitation service, since 2012. A father of two boys, Dennis is currently pursuing his Master of Arts in Christian Studies.
James has extensive experience in the field of real estate investment, with years spent working across the UK and Europe. He had served a variety of executive positions, including as the Head of Real Estate Investment Banking for Asia Pacific for Lehman Brothers, BNP Paribas and Barclays Capital.
Gilbert has an illustrious background in private equity and corporate finance. Throughout his career, he held various executive positions at leading corporate, financial institutions and regulatory bodies, including Barclays Capital, Peregrine, Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia Limited (CLSA) and the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong.
Wayne Robert Porritt
Wayne Porritt holds various director and advisory roles in both corporate and not-for-profit organisations.
Wayne is currently an Association Member and also member of the Finance, Risk & Audit Committee of Oxfam Hong Kong. Additionally, Wayne is the Queensland Committee Chair of The Pinnacle Foundation in Australia and a member of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research Berghofer – Animal Ethics Committee.
Most recently, Wayne has been an Independent Non-Executive Director of Noble Group Limited and is currently an advisor.
He previously worked for Standard Chartered Bank holding the position of Regional Chief Risk Officer for the Greater China and North Asia region and a Non-Executive Director on the boards of the Bank’s South Korea and Taiwan subsidiaries.
Wayne has held senior risk roles within Bank of America and Standard Chartered Bank in Hong Kong, Thailand, United States, United Kingdom, Japan and South Korea. Wayne’s banking & finance career commenced in Australia where he worked for Société Générale and Ernst & Young.
He is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.