Founding Members

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Valerie A. Cooper is a PhD candidate in the HKBU School of Communication and a part-time lecturer in the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences at BNU-HKBU United International College. She has previously been a lecturer at HKBU and Universidade Catolica de Mocambique. Her research interests include critical media discourse studies, soft power and public diplomacy, and media politics in sub-Saharan Africa.


Theresa Kwong, is the Assistant Director of the Centre for Holistic Teaching and Learning at Hong Kong Baptist University. Her major responsibilities at the Centre include: providing expertise to individuals and departments regarding pedagogical issues, teaching research postgraduate students basic teaching skills and applications of outcomes-based approach, taking charge of the evidence collection of student learning. Her research interests include academic integrity, technology enhanced learning, faculty professional development, and outcomes assessment.

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Florin C. Serban is a part-time lecturer and researcher in the School of Communication at Hong Kong Baptist University. His main research interests are at the intersection of media sociology, technological development and public participation. He has recently received his PhD with a dissertation on the challenges faced by journalists who work in Hong Kong. Before his academic endeavours, he has worked as a television journalist in Bucharest and in Brussels, at the European Parliament.


Tiejun Tong is an Associate Professor of Statistics in the Department of Mathematics at Hong Kong Baptist University. He received his BSc degree in 1998 and MSc degree in 2001 from University of Science and Technology of China, and his PhD degree in 2005 from University of California at Santa Barbara. Before joining Hong Kong Baptist University in 2010, Dr. Tong was a Postdoctoral Associate from 2005-2007 at Yale University and an Assistant Professor from 2007-2010 at University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Tong is an Elected Member of International Statistical Institute.

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Xiang Wan earned a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in computing science from the University of Alberta, Canada. He had previously worked as a post-doctoral fellow in Bioinformatics Lab at the University of British Columbia in 2007, and a research associate of the ECE department at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology from November 2007 to September 2011. His work has been published in a variety of academic journals, including American Journal of Human Genetics, Nature Genetics, Bioinformatics, BMC Bioinformatics, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Neuroinformatics, among others.