We are a group of visionary people from different regions across the globe. We have come together thanks to globalization and we will stay together because of our belief that women have lots of potential that can contribute to the economy and society to create a better world. 

However, we realized that women in different parts of the world are actually facing different challenges and opportunities at different stages of life or career.

Therefore, our goal is to pull the global resources together to support women moving to the next level in life and leadership, while at the same time enabling our contribution to other girls and women in need in emerging and developing countries.  We believe in life to affect life.


GWC is founded by...


Catherine Chan 


Catherine has many years of program and project management experience in various multicultural positions in tertiary education and community service. An enthusiastic cultural ambassador, she has footprints on five continents and enjoys to connect different people and different stories from around the world.

Apart from GWC, she was the first chair-lady of Shan Power Association for 8 years, which provides community service on youth development in HK and China. 

Catherine holds a BBA Degree from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, and a Master Degree from the University of Technology, Sydney – both with a major in Human Resource.

Being a Gen X and growing up in a traditional Chinese community, Catherine really believes in the prime role of women in society and the ability of women to transform themselves and others around them. She enjoys exploring the journey for women by women.

Kristen Segura Gallo 


Kristen has 12 years of experience in the Telecom industry working in Fortune 500 companies for the Latin America Region. Her background includes marketing, advertising and sales positions for different cell phone manufacturers including Motorola.

One of her passions is showing the best of Mexico to the international community and is currently developing a brand of Mezcal (traditional agave distilled spirit) to launch internationally and help local communities in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.

Polly Ng 


Polly is a seasoned business management professional with extensive experience across Greater China and Asia Pacific.  Prior to her current position, she was the Asia Pacific Regional Business Director and Worldwide Sales Operations Director of Kodak.

Polly is a passionate contributor to make a better society.  In addition to GWC, she is also the co-founder and vice chair of Hong Kong Youth Service Leader Award, and Board Director of OneMBA Alumni Association Asia. Polly holds BBA degree and Global EMBA master degree (in Dean’s list for outstanding performance) from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is also a visiting speaker to the university. Currently Polly is based in Shanghai.

Quin SQ Thong – Managing Director Asia, Wilmington PLC 


Describes self as a doer who is learning to dream. A Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of finance, business and strategy management, she has served as regional CFO/COO for multinationals, beginning her accounting career with PriceWaterhousecoopers.

Apart from her day job as Managing Director Asia of a UK public listed corporation, she enjoys spending her spare time to teach financial literacy programs to women and children. This has led her to set up a social enterprise ANA by KARMA, with a mission to help illiterate under-privileged artisan weavers in Bhutan to become financially independent.

Quin also authored a children’s book “The Art of Wealth Management” published by Oxford University Press as part of the financial literacy empowerment programs.

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