Our People    |    Our Board 

– Business Development –

Ada

“The future is now.
#REDUCE is the new attitude.”

“I got to know more about the impact of plastic waste and our recycling system. I have taken a pledge not to consume any single-use plastic bottle, straw and coffee caps. Give it a try, it is not as hard as you think!”

Helen

“Imagine… if I change 10 friends’ habit, they influence another 10 friends and so on, we can move the world.”

“I joined Urban Spring in September 2015. The work is exciting yet challenging. I used to work with multiple 4As advertising agencies and Habitat for Humanity which granted me lots of insights from both commercial and non commercial fields. What’s better than working on a social innovation that have a good mix of the two worlds?!”

Jeff

“I can be a smart drinking hero, at least for my kids.”

“There are more than 6 million plastic wastes dumped every day in our city! Reduction in consuming plastic bottles should be started with no delay. Being a father of two kids, I would like to introduce and pass the green concept to the next generation and build a better city together by providing safe drinking water in Hong Kong.”

– Education & Community Engagement –

Sang

“Joining Urban Spring is a big blessing. I can do my part in environmental education.”

“With ample experience of serving schools, I want to contribute to the effort of infusing environmental education to the campuses. Let’s educate the young ones to cherish their lives, the environment, and the community by using less plastic materials.”

Enkar

“Simply refill your bottles.  Start from YOU! Start TODAY!”

“I am excited to be part of this energetic and creative team. I’ve previously ​worked in an NGO and ​the government.​ I learn that it is hard to change the status quo and policy​. ​ ​However I also believe that each of us can be a change-marker.

We used to drink water from our re-usable bottles when we were little. Why change that? Start ​to ​bring your own bottles and SAY NO TO ​SINGLE-USE ​PLASTIC!”

Alex

“If you change yourself, you will change your world.”

“I am glad to be a part of the team to raise public awareness on developing eco-friendly habits especially BYOB. We can make our home a better place to live by starting with a small change in daily life. Drink smart, drink Well#!”

– Client Experience & Operations –

Ricci

“Every little step counts. “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” ~Neil Armstrong”

“This world has come to a point where changes are crucial to make for better living. Ask not what others can do for you, be a part of the revolution to make a change for yourself and the place you love.”

Katon

“One word to describe myself? *smiles* I am an Adventurer.”

“Prior to working at Urban Spring, I spent a year in South Sudan as a United Nation Welfare Officer. Working with the natives and experiencing the lives of African brought me valuable insights into poverty, which eventually sparked a flame in me to work for a social enterprise in HK. At Urban Spring, I work in the Operations team. I believe with a great team like us, we are able to play a part in building a more sustainable Hong Kong.”

Thomas

Reduce waste, make haste.”

“Prior to joining Urban Spring, I worked in a start-up company and met with people in environmental and sustainability fields. I was quite impressed by the green ideas they came up with. And hence, motivated me in pursuit of a greener life.

In Urban Spring, we aim to rescue Hong Kong from filling up with single-used plastic bottles. And yet, we will need support from every one of you, together we can make a difference!”

– Hardware and Software Engineering & Data Analytics –

Felix

“My dream? Fresh water. Waste free.”

“Love working on great products in this brave new world. Huge fan of market validation with the “build-measure-learn” motto. Learn to be agile while keeping the ship steady. Fortunate to be with a great team for the above.”

Steven

“We deserve to live our lives to the most. We also have to be responsible for our own actions. ”

“I am very happy to work for the right thing with the right team. My work focuses on product development. I believe our lives, society and world will be better with technology applying on social and environmental concerns. Let’s create a better world to our next generation.”

Katherine

“Bottled water is the new smoking.”

“The must-have items in my backpack include a water bottle & a Grab’n’go. I feel great being able to enjoy life without creating additional waste. We are working hard to leverage data and technology in product, and I’m committed to unleashing the power of data analytics in order to drive social changes, with tools eg. SAS & Qlikview”

Simon

Environmental change is Social change is Personal change.”

“Everything and everyone is connected, isn’t it? Each of us got our own unique little perspective to offer. I am happy to join the good people here and do a bit towards a future that makes us want to live here. In practice, most of that bit is about designing and managing our IoT infrastructure (device to back-end to analytics), and software engineering in general.”

Terence

“The more green you are, the faster you grow.”

“Agile, IoT, cloud, Big Data and BI. What more can a software developer ask for? Together with a green company with a great cause, this is a dream come true for me! I can solve the puzzles at Urban Spring everyday with pride and passion. At the end of each day, I am happy that the world is a little better because of our work.”

Edward

“Without data you’re just another person with an opinion.” ~ W. Edwards Deming

“IoT, data-driven with an iterative approach to develop a physical product placed in the real world helping to reduce plastic bottle usage in our lives is exactly what got my interest to join the awesome crew at Urban Spring.”

Join Our Team! 

As a key member of the senior management team, the COO will be working along side with the CEO and the board for setting and executing strategic direction and comprehensive goals regarding the performance and growth of Urban Spring and the team, as well as developing the risk management and relationships with stakeholders (corporate partners, vendors, suppliers, alliances, investors and clients).

The Senior Technical Operation Manager will lead the team responsible for managing the client journey from pre-installation of Well井, after-sale support and on-going servicing. He/She is responsible for improving workflows and systems, development of quality assurance standards, and management of suppliers and contractors.

作為項目技術員,你將支持客戶體驗團隊管理添水站的安裝進度,並與客戶和承辦商協調,提供售後支持服務,包括定期檢查和維修。

Our Board of Directors is a group of passionate and determined problem-solvers who want to make a difference! With their excellent leadership and profound industry experience, the Board values a strong collaborative culture of innovation and dedication. Our Board currently consists of 6 Directors, and they are Dr. Anthony Ng, Mr. But Ho Ming, Mr. Edmundo Klophaus, Mr. Stephen Wong, Ms. Jolene Lin and Miss Ada Yip.

Ada Yip

Executive Director,
Urban Spring

Anthony Ng

Trustee,
WYNG Foundation

But Ho Ming

Advisor,
Trailwatch

Edmundo Klophaus

Vice President Marketing and Communications ThyssenKrupp Elevators Asia Pacific

Stephen Wong

Adjunct Lecturer,
Chinese University of Hong Kong

Jolene Lin

Director,
Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law

Jolene is currently based in Singapore and is director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law.

She is also associate professor of law at the National University of Singapore.

Jolene lived and worked in Hong Kong for ten years (2007-2017). During this time, she fell in love with the dynamism of the city as well as its natural beauty. By 2014, Jolene had become deeply concerned about the disastrous impact of plastic waste on the environment. Apart from conducting research, delivering lectures and engaging with policymakers, Jolene wanted to be part of a more consumer-oriented solution. She thought it was essential for people in Hong Kong to be able to buy water on the go…and the water did not have to come in a one-use plastic bottle which would be tossed into the landfill eventually!

Jolene is delighted to be part of the team that spent hours brainstorming and finally landed on the solution that is Urban Spring today.

Dr Anthony Ng was born in Hong Kong, where he received his primary and secondary education. He left to study abroad in 1966. He received his BSc degree from McGill University and his MD and MPH degrees from Tulane University, New Orleans, USA. He then received his surgery training in the United States, New Zealand and England. He joined the University Surgical Unit of Hong Kong University Medical School in 1979. He started his private practice group in 1986. He was honorary secretary for the Hong Kong Medical Association from 1988 to 1992. He has retired from active practice since 2012. Since returning to Hong Kong, he has taken an interest in community affairs. He was chairman of the Hong Kong Observers, a Hong Kong pressure group in 1985 and served as an elected District Councilor for Sheung Wan from 1985 to 1994. He was also a member of the Consumer Council from 1990 to 1995. He continues to maintain an interest in the constitutional and environmental affairs of Hong Kong.

But Ho Ming, a sunday hiker since 2003, was formerly a Senior Executive in Engineering Consulting, Telecommunications, and a Lecturer in the HK Polytechnic University.

As Investor, Trustee and/or Director in the following business ventures and non-profit voluntary agencies, Mr. But Ho Ming currently takes up responsibilities in their management and operations: Robot Sapience Limited (Supplier of Educational Platform in Robotics & Artificial Intelligence at High School and Junior College Level); Computancy Limited (Software Developer for New Media and Social Networks); Hamilton Concord Consulting (HK) Limited (General Business Consulting); Wellstar Electronics Limited (Supplier for Façade Lighting & LED Panels/Curtains); Produce Green Foundation (Charity Institute promoting Organic Farming & Sustainable Development); Creative Technology Education Association (Voluntary Association in the Education Sector, promoting the creative use of information systems, artificial intelligence and robotics); WYNG Foundation (Private Foundation & Registered Charity Body, support Information Exchange & Knowledge Dissemination).

But Ho Ming was a graduate of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, London School of Economics & Political Science, and a British Council Scholar.

Edmundo serves as Vice President of Marketing and Communications in ThyssenKrupp Group, one of the most renowned companies in elavator technology. Prior to joining ThyssenKrupp, Edmundo worked 22 years with Philips Lighting in Sales & Marketing, selling Energy Saving Lighting solutions to Commercial and Industrial Buildings, Public Lighting, Hospitality and Homes across Europe and Asia as well as implementing the “Waste of Electronic and Electrical Equipment “ (WEEE) legislation in Europe and the first legal ban ever of incandescent light bulbs in Australia. Since 2006, Edmundo is working on Energy Efficiency and Carbon Markets, specialized in setting up and executing large national projects with Energy Saving Lighting products with objective of bringing energy savings and carbon dioxide emissions reductions to households in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Stephen Wong is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Hong Kong University SPACE for the Institute for China Business, and also an Adjunct Lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong for the Master of Social Science in Global Political Economy. He is a renounced economic columnist for Hong Kong Economic Journal Monthly, i-Money Magazine, Ming Pao, Hong Kong Economic Times, Apple Daily, and the China Securities Journal. He is a regular guest co-host for financial programs in NOW and Cable TV. He has published two best-selling finance books in Hong Kong and in Mainland China. He is the Vice Chairman of the Enrich Culture Group.

Stephen Wong is active in community services. He is the Chairman of the Clean Air Network (the leading NGO advocating for healthier air in Hong Kong), a committee member of the Financial Services Development Council and the Sustainable Development Council of the HKSAR, a member of the Budget and Allocation Committee as well as the Investment Committee at the Community Chest of Hong Kong, a member of the Sustainable Development Committee at the Sowers Action, a Board Member of the Social Ventures Hong Kong (a social philanthropic fund), and the Joint Convener of Finance Committee of the Hong Kong Professionals and Senior Executives Association.

Stephen Wong was a Managing Director and member of the Fixed Income Management Committee (Asia Pacific) at RBS. Previously, he was with UBS (London) as an Executive Director and Lehman Brothers (from 1997-2004 in London and New York) as a Director. He was also an advisor to the Chief Executive of Haitong International Securities Group

He graduated from Yale University (M.A.) and received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago

Ada serves as an Executive Director at Urban Spring. She is also a director of Wyng 43 Social Investment which invests financial and human capital in innovative misson-focused start-ups. Prior to these ventures, Ada was the Program Director of the i2i (incubation to investment) program at SOW Asia. Ada sits on the board of Hong Kong Institute of Social Impact Analysts, Teach4HK and Education For Good. She is also a member of the Advisory Committee at the Enhancing Self-Reliance Through District Partnership Programme under the Home Affairs Department of the Hong Kong Government. Ada was born and brought up in Hong Kong. Ada has been fully dedicated to supporting the social entrepreneurship development in Hong Kong since 2013. Prior to embarking on this journey, She worked at a number of financial institutions in Toronto, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Ada serves as an Executive Director at Urban Spring. Ada is also a director of Wyng 43 Social Investment which invests financial and human capital in innovative misson-focused start-ups. Prior to these ventures, Ada was the Program Director of the i2i (incubation to investment) program at SOW Asia. Ada sits on the board of Hong Kong Institute of Social Impact Analysts, Teach4HK and Education For Good. Ada is also a member of the Advisory Committee at the Enhancing Self-Reliance Through District Partnership Programme under the Home Affairs Department of the Hong Kong Government. Ada was born and brought up in Hong Kong. She has been fully dedicated to supporting the social entrepreneurship development in Hong Kong since 2013. Prior to embarking on this journey, Ada worked at a number of financial institutions in Toronto, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Dr Anthony Ng was born in Hong Kong, where he received his primary and secondary education. He left to study abroad in 1966. He received his BSc degree from McGill University and his MD and MPH degrees from Tulane University, New Orleans, USA. He then received his surgery training in the United States, New Zealand and England. He joined the University Surgical Unit of Hong Kong University Medical School in 1979. He started his private practice group in 1986. He was honorary secretary for the Hong Kong Medical Association from 1988 to 1992. He has retired from active practice since 2012. Since returning to Hong Kong, he has taken an interest in community affairs. He was chairman of the Hong Kong Observers, a Hong Kong pressure group in 1985 and served as an elected District Councilor for Sheung Wan from 1985 to 1994. He was also a member of the Consumer Council from 1990 to 1995. He continues to maintain an interest in the constitutional and environmental affairs of Hong Kong.

But Ho Ming, a sunday hiker since 2003, was formerly a Senior Executive in Engineering Consulting, Telecommunications, and a Lecturer in the HK Polytechnic University.

As Investor, Trustee and/or Director in the following business ventures and non-profit voluntary agencies, Mr. But Ho Ming currently takes up responsibilities in their management and operations: Robot Sapience Limited (Supplier of Educational Platform in Robotics & Artificial Intelligence at High School and Junior College Level); Computancy Limited (Software Developer for New Media and Social Networks); Hamilton Concord Consulting (HK) Limited (General Business Consulting); Wellstar Electronics Limited (Supplier for Façade Lighting & LED Panels/Curtains); Produce Green Foundation (Charity Institute promoting Organic Farming & Sustainable Development); Creative Technology Education Association (Voluntary Association in the Education Sector, promoting the creative use of information systems, artificial intelligence and robotics); WYNG Foundation (Private Foundation & Registered Charity Body, support Information Exchange & Knowledge Dissemination).

But Ho Ming was a graduate of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, London School of Economics & Political Science, and a British Council Scholar.

Edmundo serves as Vice President of Marketing and Communications in ThyssenKrupp Group, one of the most renowned companies in elavator technology. Prior to joining ThyssenKrupp, Edmundo worked 22 years with Philips Lighting in Sales & Marketing, selling Energy Saving Lighting solutions to Commercial and Industrial Buildings, Public Lighting, Hospitality and Homes across Europe and Asia as well as implementing the “Waste of Electronic and Electrical Equipment “ (WEEE) legislation in Europe and the first legal ban ever of incandescent light bulbs in Australia. Since 2006, Edmundo is working on Energy Efficiency and Carbon Markets, specialized in setting up and executing large national projects with Energy Saving Lighting products with objective of bringing energy savings and carbon dioxide emissions reductions to households in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Stephen Wong is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Hong Kong University SPACE for the Institute for China Business, and also an Adjunct Lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong for the Master of Social Science in Global Political Economy. He is a renounced economic columnist for Hong Kong Economic Journal Monthly, i-Money Magazine, Ming Pao, Hong Kong Economic Times, Apple Daily, and the China Securities Journal. He is a regular guest co-host for financial programs in NOW and Cable TV. He has published two best-selling finance books in Hong Kong and in Mainland China. He is the Vice Chairman of the Enrich Culture Group.

Stephen Wong is active in community services. He is the Chairman of the Clean Air Network (the leading NGO advocating for healthier air in Hong Kong), a committee member of the Financial Services Development Council and the Sustainable Development Council of the HKSAR, a member of the Budget and Allocation Committee as well as the Investment Committee at the Community Chest of Hong Kong, a member of the Sustainable Development Committee at the Sowers Action, a Board Member of the Social Ventures Hong Kong (a social philanthropic fund), and the Joint Convener of Finance Committee of the Hong Kong Professionals and Senior Executives Association.

Stephen Wong was a Managing Director and member of the Fixed Income Management Committee (Asia Pacific) at RBS. Previously, he was with UBS (London) as an Executive Director and Lehman Brothers (from 1997-2004 in London and New York) as a Director. He was also an advisor to the Chief Executive of Haitong International Securities Group

He graduated from Yale University (M.A.) and received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago

Jolene’s research interests lie in environmental law and policy, transnational law and climate change. Her most recent research focuses on climate change law as a matter of transnational and domestic law. She teaches International Environmental Law and Tort Law.

Jolene is a member of the editorial boards of Climate Law (Brill Publishing) and Transnational Environmental Law (Cambridge University Press). She is an associate member of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law and a member of the advisory board for the University of Strathclyde’s LLM in Climate Change Law and Policy. Jolene has been a Visiting Professor at the law faculties of University of British Columbia and National University of Singapore.

Jolene also serves on the Hong Kong Appeal Tribunal Panel (Buildings Ordinance) and the Hong Kong Appeal Board Panel (Town Planning).