Make the most of your HKUST network - meet an alumnus over coffee to get tips and advice on your personal and professional growth!

Newly launched in 2017, “A Coffee for your Thoughts” aims to help current students explore life after HKUST by connecting with an alumni volunteer in a casual, one-off meeting to learn about his / her personal and professional development after graduating. This program is open to all current Undergraduate students. 


* This program is free of charge but a $50 deposit will be required to confirm your registration. Your deposit will be returned to you at the meeting
* Space is limited to 4 students per meeting - Registrations close on 27 September 2017 and applicants will be notified of the results of their applications in early October
* Successful applicants must join a 15-minute briefing session (in person or over the phone) with Alumni Office staff prior to the meeting 
* The majority of the meetings will be off-campus. Each alumni volunteer's available meeting date, time and venue are listed in the Alumni Volunteers section below - please review this information carefully to confirm that you are available before applying for a meeting

Alumni Volunteers

Alumni Biography Availability

Jackson Rothe



Key Account Manager for Asia-Pacific Region

Lufthansa Technik

Jackson’s career has taken him from his native home of Germany to South Africa, China and Hong Kong where he now works with Lufthansa Technik, the world’s biggest MRO company (maintenance, repair, overhaul) for civil aircraft. He is no stranger to making decisions for new opportunities, having spent six years abroad, five years in China, and three years in Aviation. He is passionate about Aviation—which he sees as a growing industry and career path in Asia—as well as Intercultural Communication and Deal Making, all which he can find in his current position as Key Account Manager (Asia Pacific).
Jackson is a very sociable person and an active member of various associations and chambers. He is enthusiastic about public speaking and served as Vice-President of the HKUST Toastmaster Club back in his student days. Jackson also has entrepreneurial experience, having founded his own business in Germany providing services and solutions for events and exhibitions. 
In addition to his master’s in Engineering Enterprise Management from HKUST, Jackson has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Industrial Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences (EAH Jena), Germany.



5:00 pm on 10 October 2017 (Tuesday)


HKUST Business School Central, Central

Amy Wan


Group Chief Operating Officer

Trimco Group

With her can-do attitude and willingness to step out of her comfort zone, it is no wonder that Amy was offered a position in IT consulting with Accenture even before she graduated from HKUST. She spent ten years with the multinational company, working in various roles related to strategy, planning and implementation for Accenture's offices in Hong Kong, Dallas, Seoul and Shanghai. 


Eventually the constant travel lost its appeal and Amy decided to try something that required less airport-hopping, taking up a position as Deputy General Manager at Trimco Group, a global corporation that produces labels for garments. Despite not having any background in the field, Amy took all the new challenges in her stride. She attributes this adaptability to her previous role as a consultant, where she was used to being thrown into new projects and expected to quickly become a subject expert in the matter. One of her favorite aspects of her current job is how quickly she sees the results of her decisions, as the turnaround time is much shorter in manufacturing than in the consulting industry. She also enjoys the challenges of working with such a large and culturally-diverse team.

6:30 pm on 12 October 2017 (Thursday)

Manhattan Hill Mid-Town, Mei Foo


Jacky Mak

Managing Director and Head of OTC Clearing

Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Limited



Jacky is now the Managing Director and Head of OTC Clear under Hong Kong Exchanges Clearing & Limited (HKEX), who is charge of business development and operations of OTC Clearing Hong Kong Limited (OTC Clear), a subsidiary of HKEX.


Jacky has more than 20 years of experience in financial services and consulting.  His roles have included chief financial officer of the Hong Kong branch of Societe Generale's corporate and investment banking unit and director, OTC product development of HSBC's global banking and markets group in Hong Kong.  Before joining HKEX, he was a Hong Kong-based director in Bank of America Merrill Lynch's global markets division responsible for regulatory change and strategy.


In addition to an undergraduate degree in computer science from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Mr Mak has an MBA and a Master's degree in investment management from HKUST.  He also has completed the advanced management programme of French graduate business school INSEAD.

4:00 pm on 18 October 2017 (Wednesday)


Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited, Central


Jessica Ho



DJ and Assistant Director of 903

Commercial Radio

Jessica Ho, with the professional name of Tse Sai Ka 謝茜嘉, is a highly regarded DJ with Commercial Radio, with many years of experience behind her and big followings for her respective popular programs - the weekday show 叱咤樂壇 (903music), along with 西加航空 (d-eScape) on Saturdays. 


She is also assistant director of 903 at the radio station, responsible for coordination and liaison behind the scenes, and is an avid traveler who has published several travel books, has hosted a number of TV programs featuring countries including Fuji, Tukey, Inner Mongolia and India, has a travel app, and used to own a bed & breakfast (B&B) business in Taiwan.


She began her working life in a pharmaceutical company, until a DJ competition tweaked her interest and she unexpectedly won! Jessica is now a well-established show business figure she is like the DJs she loved listening to in her childhood.

4:00 pm on 8 November 2017 (Wednesday)


UG Hall 9, HKUST 



1. What is the purpose of this program? 

“A Coffee for your Thoughts” was launched in 2017 to help students to explore life after HKUST by chatting with alumni who have gone before them.

2. What is my time commitment for this program? 

Your time commitment would be to attend a one-time meeting with an alumni volunteer and a 15-minute briefing session with Alumni Office staff prior to the meeting. If you and the alumni volunteer would like stay in touch afterwards, you are most welcome to do so.

3. Who will attend the meeting?  
The meeting will be between one alumni volunteer and up to 4 HKUST students.

4. Is this program open to all students?  
This program is open to current Undergraduate students of all years.

5. When and where will the meeting be?
The meeting will be at a date, time and venue selected by the alumni volunteer (likely off-campus). The meeting details are indicated on the alumni volunteer’s profile in the Alumni Volunteers section above. Only students who are able to attend a meeting at the date, time and venue indicated should apply for a meeting with that alumni volunteer. 

6. When will I know the results of my application? 
Applications close on 27 September 2017 and you will be notified of the results in early October.    

7. What kind of preparation will I receive for this program?   
Successful applicants must attend a 15-minute meeting with our staff who will brief them on how to prepare for the meeting.

8. Who buys coffee?
The Development and Alumni Office will sponsor drinks for the meeting. However successful applicants will be asked to make a deposit of HKD $50 to the Development and Alumni Office (Room 3008) to confirm their registration. The deposit will be returned at the meeting. Please note that deposits will not be returned to no-shows.

If you don't see your question answered above, please contact Jerri Ng at or 3469-2470.