About the Speakers

Annual Hotung Lecture: Keynote Speaker

Professor Kuo Ching Chih, Department of Special Education,
National Taiwan Normal University

Dr Kuo is the Professor of the Department of Special Education at National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) and acted as the Department Chair from August 2010 to July 2013. Her publications and research interests centered on the identification of gifted learners, curriculum development and assessment of gifted education, as well as cognitive development of children with special needs. Since 2009, Dr Kuo has been promoting differentiated instruction in Taiwan's regular classrooms. She was then appointed as the chief editor of a series of teaching resources and books by the Ministry of Education, Taipei. The set of materials was published in 2011.

As a delegate and a loyal member of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC) since 1987, Dr Kuo has been playing a significant role in providing news to and sharing information with the WCGTC global community. She had served on the advisory boards of the Programme for the Gifted & Talented of the CUHK, and the GE Programmes run by Po Leung Kuk. In addition, Dr Kuo had been invited by the Academy and the EDB, HKSAR to deliver teacher learning events on various topics in gifted education.

Biennial Parent Conference: Keynote Speaker

Professor Lam Shui Fong, Department of Psychology, The University of Hong Kong

Positive Psychology: Nurturing Gifted Children with Mindfulness

Prof Lam is an educational psychologist with the expertise in parenting, mindfulness and special education. She is a Professor and the Director of the Master of Educational Psychology programme in the Department of Psychology at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). Prof Lam received the Outstanding Teaching Award from the HKU and the Outstanding International Scholar Award from the International School Psychology Association in 2012 and 2015 respectively. She was also a recipient of Knowledge Exchange at the HKU in 2016. The research interests of Prof Lam include parenting and parent education, positive psychology, achievement motivation, special education, teaching and learning strategies, and the improvement of educational psychology services. In addition, Prof Lam is collaborating with the Mindfulness in School Project of the United Kingdom, aiming to introduce mindfulness curriculum to primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong.

Biennial Parent Conference: Speakers of Concurrent Seminars

Dr Luk Sau Ha, Sarah
Registered Educational Psychologist, Professional Consultant,
Department of Educational Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Understanding Twice Exceptional Gifted Children

Dr Luk is a Professional Consultant of the Department of Education Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and has over ten years' experience working with children and young people in secondary and special schools who have learning difficulties (including low learning motivation), social or emotional problems. She offers counselling and advisory services to children, teachers, parents and other professionals with the aim of enhancing their learning experience and quality of life.

Dr Luk is invited to deliver a speech at the parent seminar, sharing her unique experience in counselling children with special needs such as gifted children who have learning difficulties (e.g. low learning motivation). She could provide our parents with practical skills in fostering the affective development of twice exceptional gifted children.

Ms Yum Chun Wa, Ada
Registered Educational Psychologist, Caritas-Hong Kong Family Service

Understanding Gifted Children with Low Motivation

Ms Yum has been serving in Caritas-Hong Kong since her graduation. She provides assessment and psycho-educational intervention services to students with special educational needs (SENs), including specific learning difficulties (SpLD), attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), anxiety disorders and giftedness. As a supporter of positive education, Ms Yum develops and delivers intervention services and publications on the topics of positive parenting, healthy emotions, executive functions and learning strategies. Ms Yum also provides professional consultation and training on themed charity projects to Caritas-Hong Kong service units and schools. She served as a guest speaker at the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, Hong Kong Academy of Medicine and the Education University of Hong Kong in support of trans-disciplinary values-based education service.