Who We Are 2017-09-16T16:42:13+00:00

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Jeremy Amias

Founder / Co-Chairman

Jeremy Amias

Mr Amias, who founded the Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre, is an investment banker. He has been living in Hong Kong for more than 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.

Glen Steinman

Co-Chairman

Glen Steinman

Mr. Steinman is a Founding Supporter of the Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre.  As the son of a Survivor, he is inspired to promote Holocaust awareness and remembrance.  He is also founder and Senior Partner of Seema International Ltd and since 1982 he has been commercially and culturally active in China with an ongoing goal of helping advance tolerance and understanding among people of different backgrounds.

Philippe Bera

Philippe Bera

Director

Philippe Bera

Philippe Bera, is Chief Operating Officer (COO) 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.
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Alexander Floersheim

Director / Treasurer

Alexander Floersheim

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Hayley Goldberg

Hayley Goldberg

Director

Hayley Goldberg

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.

April Kaminsky

Director

April Kaminsky

Ms. Kaminsky is the Managing Director of Brenka Ltd. and also works as a property agent. She has been living in Hong Kong since 1988 and has a BS degree from the University of Illinois. She is on the board of Directors of the HK Jewish Historical Society and is the organizer of the Hong Kong March of the Living trip to Poland. Ms. Kaminsky was also one of the founding families of Hong Kong’s Carmel School. She is currently the head of the Events and Communications Committee for the HKHTC.

Glenn Timmermans

Director

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.

Roland Vogt - Director

Roland Vogt

Director

Dr Roland Vogt

Dr Vogt (PhD Wales-Aberystwyth, MA Delaware) is Assistant Professor of European Studies in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Hong Kong and Deputy Director of the European Union Academic programme in Hong Kong. His publications, research, and teaching focus on 20th century European history, European foreign policy, and the history and legacies of the Holocaust. Having grown up in South America and Africa, he has lived in Hong Kong for over 10 years.

ADVISORY BOARD

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Simon Goldberg

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.

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”.

Hon. Michael Hartmann

Hon. Mr. Michael Hartmann, GBS
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Raphael Aharoni

Dr. Rafael Aharoni is the Chairman of the Israeli Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. He has been serving the Chamber for the last 20 years. He has also been the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the UNESCO Hong Kong Association’s Peace Project. Dr. Aharoni was awarded the Bauhinia Star Medal by the Government of the Hong Kong SAR in 2012 for his valuable contribution to humanitarian and voluntary services, as well as his continuing support for the HKSAR’s Government, China and Israeli Government to promote trade, development and R&D between the two countries.

EDUCATION

Simon K. Li 李家豪

Director of Education

Simon K. Li 李家豪

Mr Li is the Director of Education at the Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre. He came to the Centre from a Hong Kong-based higher education institute, where he was a Senior Lecturer and served as Head of General Education. He researched at the University of Leicester and has been a commissioned guest editor of the UK-based academic journal Asian Education and Development Studies. A graduate of Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies, Mr Li conducts research on Holocaust and tolerance education in Asia and the incorporation of film into the study of genocide and human rights. He has been giving different lectures on the difficult and complex topic of the Holocaust and genocide. An award-winning former journalist, Mr Li has degrees in history from Queen’s University, Canada. Mr Li was the Amsterdam-based Anne Frank House’s visiting educator in Spring 2017.

COMMITTEES

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China Outreach

Glen Steinman (Chair)
Glenn Timmermans
David Zweig

Communication / Events

April Kaminsky (Chair)
Nicole Izsak

Education

Hayley Goldberg (Co-Chair)
Glenn Timmermans (Co-Chair)
Lucie Purves

Finance / Governance

Glen Steinman (Chair)
Jeremy Amias
Philippe Bera