CEO and Founder, Encompass HK
As a strong believer in community outreach, Benita works and advocates both professionally and personally for social causes with many different organizations. Benita’s skill in collaborating with various stakeholders on important projects and events has built a proven track record working with youth, government, non-profits, and businesses.
Benita completes her overseas studies at Cornell University and has a thorough understanding of students with a diverse background as a recipient of the International Student Award and resident advisor in the Holland International Living Center. She started her professional career in working with differently abled individuals at Outward Bound Hong Kong. More recently, she has been advocating for LGBT+ rights as Director of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) for Pink Alliance.
She is a frequent speaker on gender equality, life coaching, and human rights. Benita has shared her passion and knowledge by curating and guiding an award-winning LGBT in the City Walking Tour that explores Hong Kong’s LGBT+ history & culture. Appearing in interviews for NHK World ‘Direct Talk’ and China’s Daily, Benita has furthered the goal of diversity and inclusion within the community as well as promoting effective advocacy and progress. With her science background at Cornell University and commitment to environmental work, she also runs sustainability and citizen science workshops for different organizations.
Benita has delivered talks on gender equality, LGBT rights, diversity and inclusion, sustainability for the following organizations:
- The Chinese University of Hong Kong
- City University of Hong Kong
- Community Business
- HSBC Group
- Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
- Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong
- SBS Australia
- SWIRE Coco-Cola Hong Kong
- The University of Hong Kong
Benita is now a Board Director for AIDS Concern Hong Kong. Benita has been a passionate scuba diving and marine naturalist instructor since she was 18 years old.