Su-Mei Thompson is Chief Executive of Media Trust, which channels the creativity and skills of the media and creative industries to benefit charities, marginalised communities and young people.
Between 2009-2017, Su-Mei was CEO of The Women’s Foundation, an NGO dedicated to the advancement of women and girls in Hong Kong through research, community programmes, education and advocacy. In 2013, she also founded the 30% Club Hong Kong, a group of chairmen and CEO leaders committed to bringing more women onto corporate boards.
Su-Mei holds law degrees from Cambridge and Oxford and an MBA from IMD where she was the first woman to graduate on the Dean’s list. She started her career at Linklaters as a corporate finance associate, while also serving as a lecturer and tutor in law at Kings College London. She went on to hold senior management positions at The Walt Disney Company, the Financial Times and Christie’s in Asia.
Besides running Media Trust, Su-Mei is currently a council member of The Cheltenham Ladies College and serves on the board of Opera Hong Kong
Su-Mei was a Judge for Campaign Asia’s Women Leading Change Awards 2017 and served as a Jury Member for the Cannes Glass Lions Awards 2016. She was the recipient of Public Affairs Asia’s 2016 Communicator of the Year Gold Standard Award. In 2015, she was the winner of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, Women of Influence Award for Non-Profit Leader of the Year and the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital/Tatler Women of Hope Award for Power & Influence. She has also been recognised as one of Hong Kong’s 100 Most Influential People by Debrett’s and the South China Morning Post.