Generations Christian Education is a registered not-for-profit organisation governed by its Board of Directors. The day-to-day management of Generations is led by the Executive Staff in collaboration with the Principal of each member school.
Board of Directors
Camellia Chan Yahyagil
Camellia received her BA from Tufts University in Asian Studies and Anthropology, and her MA in Fashion Studies from the London College of Fashion. She has been working in her family’s Fashion Manufacturing business since graduation, which gives her ample opportunity to travel to meet with clients, scout for the latest trends, and work with suppliers. All this allows her to tie together her passion for people, travel, beautiful sights and things, all of which she draws inspiration from.
She and her husband have been blessed with one girl and two boys, and being able to bring the children up in Christ’s love has been the biggest reward and best investment. She walks closely alongside her entrepreneurial husband, as well as her parents and a group of like-minded friends who are eager to bring transformation to the marketplace. They have dedicated their respective businesses and workplace as platforms for Kingdom principles to be practiced. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Hong Kong Transform Our World Network (a part of the International Transformation Network). Camellia is particularly excited about the opportunity to serve on the Generations board. She is committed to lift up first and foremost this pioneering group of schools, which is the training ground for future generations of leaders who will bear light and truth in a challenging world; secondly, the unique and precious people behind — the leaders, teachers and staff, students and families, who all come together like beautiful mosaic pieces creating an awesome picture; and most importantly, all praise and glory to God, for we are able to love because he first loved us.
James was born in Hong Kong but shortly after being born, his parents moved to the U.K where his father pursued postgraduate studies. He subsequently grew up in the UK and proceeded to set up a simple family life in Birmingham whilst living out his childhood dream of being a secondary school teacher. After 7 years of teaching, James and his wife Christina were called into full-time ministry and left their careers to serve their home church and a few years later, God called James and his family to Hong Kong in December, 2018.
He had never imagined to be living in the city that his parents grew up in, and now, he is here with his own family! James is an Advisory Pastor at Kong Fok Church and also Executive Director of Hong Kong Young Life (a missions organisation focused on introducing Jesus to the next generation). Having spent most of his life abroad, he now embraces the calling to serve the city that is in deep need of God’s love and leadership.
James and his wife Christina have two beautiful, crazy and goofy children: Reuben-Joel and Alicia-Jay.
Rebecca currently serves as COO at Mother’s Choice, a local charity serving the many children without families and pregnant teenagers in Hong Kong, overseeing the internal organisation including frontline services, finance and operations. She joined the Mother’s Choice Executive Leadership team in 2016 to lead the finance team. Prior to Mother’s Choice, Rebecca had nearly two decades of experience in the finance industry including serving as a Managing Director, Head of Asia Commodities at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Previously she ran the corporate strategy function at HKEx looking after strategic planning and acquisition strategy.
Prior to joining HKEx in 2010, Rebecca worked in the Investment Banking Division of Merrill Lynch. Rebecca holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Trinity College, a master’s degree in the History of International Relations from the London School of Economics, and completed the General Management Program at Harvard Business School. A passionate believer in social engagement, she consults for a variety of NGOs on their fundraising, strategic planning. In 2016, Rebecca received the “Asian Women’s Leadership Award” from China Daily. Rebecca has lived in Hong Kong for over 15 years, is married to Damien, and has a young son and daughter.
Philip is a partner of a real estate development company, focusing on developing entry-level homes and pursuing urban renewal opportunities. He received his BSc from the Statler School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, where he concentrated in real estate finance. Prior to taking on his current role in 2010, Philip worked in investment banks in New York City, Tokyo and Hong Kong for 13 years, with a focus on originating and structuring real estate-related private equity investments, formulating investment strategies for real estate investment funds, and restructuring distressed assets in Asia.
Philip joined the Board of Generations Christian Education in 2014. He was baptised when he was a teenager, but it was not until 2009 when Philip fully committed himself to Christ through the Alpha course. Since then, Philip and his wife have been passionate in sharing the gospel, first by organising small home group gatherings with friends and relatives, and later through leading small groups in the Alpha Course. He is a fervent roof-top farmer, is married to Genevia and has three young children, all of them are currently attending a Generations school.
Mr. Andy Tung serves as Managing Partner of QBN Management Limited since the 1st of January 2020, focusing on investments in technology and innovation.
Mr. Tung was Chief Executive Officer of Orient Overseas Container Line Limited (OOCL) from July 2012 till August 2018, and was re-designated as co-Chief Executive Officer of OOCL from August 2018 after OOCL was acquired. Since the 1st of January 2020, he serves as a non-Executive Director of Orient Overseas International Limited, the parent company of OOCL.
Mr. Tung is also currently an independent non-Executive director of Cathay Pacific Airways Limited and Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited. He is also a member of the Chief Executive’s Council of Advisors on Innovation and Strategic Development.
Mr. Tung holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Princeton University, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Stanford University in the U.S.
David joined the Board of Generations Christian Education in October 2019. David is originally from Minnesota and spent time in Toronto, Washington DC, New York, Tokyo and Philadelphia before coming to Hong Kong which he has called his home for over 10 years now. David holds a BA from Georgetown University and an MBA, JD and MA, which he undertook concurrently, from the University of Pennsylvania. He also studied in Tokyo at Waseda University and Sophia University. David is a partner and a dual-qualified New York and Hong Kong lawyer in private practice at a US law firm here in Hong Kong.
David is married to Jing and they have three children, Dagny (an alumna), Annette (a current student) and Doug (a prospective student) of Generations.
Beau joined the Board of Generations Christian Education in December 2015. Although born in the US, Beau spent many of his early years in Taiwan where he lived with his family for 10 years prior to gaining his B.S. in Commerce and Business Administration focused on management information systems with minor studies in Chinese and Computer Science.
For 14 years, Beau has worked for Accenture where he serves as a management consulting executive with a background in business growth and strategy in the areas of development, partnerships technology ecosystem initiatives, sales, marketing and service serving a number of global organizations. He has worked across the US, UK and now Hong Kong where he moved with his family in 2010. Beau is married to Valerie, and their two children both attend Generations schools.
Sonia is trained as a corporate and finance attorney. She received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and her JD from Georgetown University Law Center. Sonia has worked in private law firms in New York City, San Francisco and Tokyo. She has also worked as in-house counsel for the Tokyo office of a U.S. company covering legal matters Asia-wide.
In December 2008, Sonia moved back to Hong Kong with her family after having been away for almost 25 years. Sonia is currently working as in-house counsel at a major Hong Kong bank.
Sonia served as co-chair of the Board of Generations Christian Education since February 2010 till September 2018 and remains a vital member. She also serves on the Executive Committee governing The Child Development Center, which provides early intervention services for children with developmental or special educational needs, and the Board of Governors of Branksome Hall Asia, an international school on Jeju Island in South Korea. Sonia is married to Jong and they have two children.
Dr. Szeto Wing-fu Ricky has been the General Manager and Executive Director of Hung Fook Tong Group Holdings Limited since 1999. Dr. Szeto is currently a Practice Professor of the School of Accounting and Finance, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Dr. Szeto has won numerous accolades during his career, including a Capital Leaders of Excellence 2007 Award. He is appointed by the government and its agencies to serve a member of various public service committees, including the Committee on Employees Compensation Assistance Fund Board, the Advisory Committee on Enhancing Employment of People with Disabilities, the Committee on Hong Kong Tourism Board, the Social Welfare Advisory Committee and Industry Training Advisory Committee. Dr. Szeto is currently a Member of the Executive Committee, and the Chairperson of Committee on Social Enterprise and Employment of the Society of The Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation. He is also the chairman of the Hong Kong Professional and Educational Service (HKPES).
Gail Maidment is an advisor to the board of Generations Christian Education. Originally from Australia, where she received her teaching qualifications, Gail came to Hong Kong with the organisation Youth With A Mission (YWAM), pioneering Small World Christian Kindergarten with a small team in 1986. As Executive Director, Gail led the development of Small World into the organisation now known as Generations Christian Education for 34 years until her retirement in 2020, maintaining excellent relationships with multiple generations of children and families who have attended Generations schools.
Gail has been involved in teacher training at all levels, both locally and internationally, and has invested into the community by providing her expertise as a consultant on the establishment of new schools throughout Hong Kong and Asia.
She earned her Diploma in Teaching from University of Wollongong; a Bachelor of Education from Christian Heritage College; and a Masters in Education from Hong Kong University. Gail’s heart is to train up current and future generations through the vehicle of education.
Terri Appel stepped into the role of Executive Director at Generations in August 2020 following five years as Director of Advancement at the English Schools Foundation (ESF). Terri previously served Generations as Director of Business Development between 2010 and 2015, and was instrumental in the establishment and early success of Island Christian Academy.
Terri has an extensive background in not-for-profit organisational and strategic leadership, arriving in Hong Kong in 1997 from New York City where she worked in the health care sector with a variety of not-for-profit and for-profit organisations, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Terri earned her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and her Master’s Degree from Columbia University. She is an active member of Union Church Hong Kong, where she serves as a deacon, and is also a board member of a number of charitable organisations. Terri is married to Nick, and they have two wonderful children.
Bill Lui is the Chief Operating Officer of Generations Christian Education. Bill has held various senior leadership roles at for-profit multi-national corporations for much of his career, most notably as the General Manager of Pitney Bowes, Inc. in Hong Kong and CFO of MAN Roland AG China, turning around and transforming these entities back to profitability. He was called into the not-for-profit sector and brought back to Hong Kong from his childhood home of Vancouver, Canada in 2008. Bill has since been able to seamlessly transfer his leadership skills into well known cause-driven organisations, instilling financial discipline, systems approach and team thinking in addition to the vision and mission.
He is a Canadian Chartered Accountant and earned his BComm from the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia. Bill is the proud father to David, James and Andrea. He and his wife Florence are active members of Island Evangelical Community Church and have a passion for mentoring. He also serves on the Board of Migrants Hope, a charity dedicated to serving the needs of China’s migrant workers.
Allison was raised in both the USA and Hong Kong. She graduated from Stanford University, with BAs in Economics and International Relations, moved straight back to Hong Kong to work, and has lived here ever since. Initially, Allison worked in the area of finance, mostly in senior management positions in large scale project finance, for 14 years. She retired to focus on raising her three children, and concurrently pursued her love of teaching and education through volunteer roles at church, school and in the community. In furthering her passion for teaching, Allison earned a PGDE at HK University in 2010 and became a regular supply teacher at international schools across the primary year levels. Allison initially joined Generations as a consultant, working on strategic projects, before transitioning to the role of Director of Learning.
She is an active member of Community Church Hong Kong where she serves on the Council and is a regular Sunday School teacher. She is married to Todd, a Hong Kong native, and they have three wonderful children.
Bonnie Chan is the Principal of Norwegian International School. Her love for children and desire to give them a nurturing environment to grow and learn led her to become an educator. Bonnie was born and raised in Canada, where she graduated with her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education at Trinity Western University. She moved to Hong Kong and began working at NIS while also finishing her Master of Arts in English Language Teaching at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and has also since attained a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership.
Bonnie has been a member of staff at NIS for many years and the school has a special place in her heart. She strongly believes in the school’s vision of being a place for children to learn, build character and grow holistically where they experience Christ and his love; a place where children are happy and can enjoy their childhood while having the freedom to explore and be creative, freedom to be themselves and feel valued and loved.
Bonnie and her husband Rick enjoy spending time with family and friends, as well as travelling around the world to experience different cultures and food.
Jon Keelty is the Principal of Island Christian Academy, a collaboration between the Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong and Generations Christian Education. He has been involved in education for over 25 years and is passionate about innovation and facing the challenges of 21st-century education. He has taught in Primary and Secondary schools both in his home country of New Zealand and in Hong Kong. He has a diverse background in teaching and learning areas, from specialist music and computer science to primary homeroom teaching and senior leadership roles in a range of contexts. Jon and his wife, Sue, have lived in Hong Kong for fifteen years and their three sons are all studying in New Zealand.
Prior to taking up the leadership role at Island Christian Academy, Jon served as Head of Primary for German Swiss International School in their international stream. He is an experienced leader who has helped develop and implement innovative, collaborative learning programmes in the schools he has worked in. He was drawn to the unique culture of IslandCA and the growing reputation it has in Hong Kong as a school that truly cares for the whole child in all domains of academic, physical, social, emotional and spiritual development. He is also excited at the opportunity to develop the school’s vision for Service Learning and the desire to impact in the local community.
Jon and his wife are committed Christians and are part of the family at The Vine Church, where Jon serves on the Worship and production teams. In their spare time, they can frequently be found exploring the nooks and crannies of both the vibrant, urban cityscapes and the country parks in Hong Kong.
Tess Baguio is the Principal of Small World Christian Kindergarten. Initially a chemist by training, Tess was inspired to change career directions to the field of education when her daughter entered Small World Christian Kindergarten in 1998. Having found her calling to teach and serve young children, Tess studied the Montessori Method from Montessori Teacher Preparation of Washington (MTPWA), and then qualified as a Kindergarten teacher with Hong Kong Institute of Education. She has completed two Post Graduate Diplomas in Education, specialising in Special Education (2010) and Early Childhood Education (2014) and subsequently completed her Certificate Course for Kindergarten Principals at HKBU (2015). She received her Masters Degree in Education (Early Childhood Education) from the University of Hong Kong in 2019.
Attracted to Small World by its biblical foundations and Montessori philosophy, Tess joined the school as a teacher in August 2001. She led the kindergarten as Vice-Principal in 2010 and as Principal in 2011. Tess believes that all children deserve equal opportunities to access the education offered by the school and to reach their true potential. Tess has lived in Hong Kong for over 20 years with her husband and their four daughters.