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LEADERSHIP : EXECUTIVE BOARD
Board of Directors:
Jeremy Amias – Chairman
Advisory Board: Simon Goldberg, Clive Grossman, Michael Hartmann, Rafael Aharoni
China Outreach: Jonathan Belz (Chair), Glen Steinman, Glenn Timmermans, David Zweig
Communication & Events: April Kaminsky (Chair), Nicole Izsak
Education: Hayley Goldberg & Glenn Timmermans (Co-Chairs), Martin Chung, Barbie Goldfoot, Lucie Purves
Finance & Governance: Glen Steinman (Chair), Jeremy Amias, Philippe Bera
Mr Amias, who founded the Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre, is an investment banker. He has been living in Hong Kong for 13 years. As a son of a Hidden Child/Kindertransportee he is motivated to learn more and teach others about the lessons of the Holocaust.
Jonathan Belz is an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs Hong Kong, and previously worked in finance roles in Sydney, New York and Shanghai. He was born and grew up Australia and holds a Bachelor Degree (with Distinction) in both Economics and in Law. His mother was born in Israel, and his father was born in Australia, descending from a family of Holocaust survivors that escaped concentration camps in Europe and in Indonesia. He speaks fluent Mandarin and has a particular affinity with the Greater China people as his grandfather lived in the Jewish Ghetto for 5 years during World War II. He is extremely interested in promoting broader tolerance and understanding across the China region, with a focus on strengthening ties and shared values between Chinese and Jewish people in the region.
Philippe Bera, is Group Development Manager in his family business, Omtis Limited, and is also a director of Rothschild Wealth Management & Trust - Hong Kong. His family has been long-term members of the Hong Kong Jewish community and has maintained the tradition of supporting Jewish and Israeli causes internationally and in Hong Kong. In 2012 the Raymond and Nicette Bera Foundation became Founding Sponsors of the Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre.
Dr Martin Chung is research assistant professor of the European Union Academic Programme at the Hong Kong Baptist University. A graduate (2010) of Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies, he conducts research on contemporary German history and comparative Europe-China studies, and gives lectures on the Holocaust and subsequent efforts at repentance and reconciliation.
Mrs Goldberg is a teacher of IB English and Head of House at Li Po Chun United World College, an international, residential campus in Hong Kong. She is the organiser of the United World College March of the Living journey to the death camps in Poland. She has been living and working in Hong for the past 15 years and is currently part of the Education Committee for the HKHTC.
Simon Goldberg is a PhD student at Clark University's Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Worcester, Massachusetts. Previously, he was Head of Jewish Studies at Elsa International High School in Hong Kong and served as HKHTC's Director of Education. Simon holds a BA in History from Yeshiva University and an MA in Holocaust Studies from Haifa University.
Barbara Goldfoot is a trained Drama therapist, public speaking educator, and voice and presentation trainer. She is passionate about Holocaust education due to family research and a conviction that we should never forget.
Clive Grossman QC
Mr Grossman QC practices at the Bar in Hong Kong where he is a Senior Counsel. Born in London during the German blitz in 1940, he was brought up in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) until moving to Hong Kong in 1983. He says, "My particular interest in the Holocaust was generated by my father's experience. He was in the British army during the war and was possibly the first (and certainly the first Jewish) soldier to enter Bergen Belsen concentration camp as a liberator".
Justice Michael Hartmann
Ms Izsak worked for 16 years with the Homeless and Refugees in the UK. Since moving to Hong Kong she has worked for a variety of charities and NGOs. She has a keen interest in Holocaust education and in the belief that we must educate people to mitigate the dangers of discrimination and prejudice today.
Mrs Kaminsky is the Managing Director of the Brenka Ltd Company, and also works as a property agent. She has been living in Hong Kong since 1988 and holds a BS degree from University of Illinois. She is on the board of the Hong Kong Jewish Historical Society and is the organiser of the Hong Kong Delegation to the March of the Living Journey to Poland. Mrs Kaminsky's was one of the founding families of Hong Kong's Carmel School.
Lucie has lived and worked in Hong Kong for eight years and is Head of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Sha Tin College, an ESF International School. Lucie has developed a number of projects with students to learn about and commemorate the Holocaust. In 2013, she helped to organise a Genocide Memorial Exhibition of student work which was housed in the Central Oasis Walkway. Lucie strives to build further connections between schools and the HKHTC.
Mr. Steinman is Senior Partner of Seema International Limited, a Hong Kong-based strategic consultancy that advises major multinational firms in China and Asia. He first lived in Beijing in 1982 and has been active commercially and culturally in the region ever since. He is the son of a Survivor and this legacy inspires him to help promote awareness and remembrance of the Holocaust, as well as tolerance among people of different backgrounds.
Professor Glenn Timmermans
Dr Timmermans is professor of Literature in the Department of English at the University of Macau, where he also teaches courses on the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights. He initiated and co-ordinates the annual Yad Vashem Seminar on Holocaust Education for Chinese Educators and also teaches on the annual London Jewish Cultural Centre Seminar on Jewish History and the Holocaust in China. Professor Timmermans is also a Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar on Holocaust and Genocide Education.