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Dear MayCham Members,

In today's highly competitive academic landscape, parents are keen to provide the best education they can afford for their next generation. For the past few decades, studying abroad has been a popular option for youngsters not only to advance their education but also to learn more about other cultures to help broadening their views and perspectives.

We cordially invite you to join our luncheon on Saturday, 11 January, 2020 with Ms. Ann Bridgewater who is a practicing psychologist and has been working with many families in Hong Kong for the past 20 years. Ann will share with us the importance and benefits of building resilience to overcome some of life challenging experiences. The ability to bounce back from difficult experiences is often critical to future successes in education and career, mental and physical health, and interpersonal relationships.

In addition, Mr. Cesar Lardies Rivas, Head of Education Consulting at the NTK Academic Group, will share his know-how in overseas education planning in both US and the UK along with the most updated admission requirements for boarding schools and universities in both countries.

Having extensive coaching experiences in essay writing and school interviews, Cesar is an experienced professional with a sincere passion for education. He also has a proven track record of developing his student candidates' profiles and shaping their academic goals to match with their respective career aspirations. Cesar is a Johns Hopkins alumnus with extensive knowledge of the American education system as well as many of the key entrance examinations, including SAT, ACT and SSAT.

Joining Ann and Cesar on the day is Mr. Armhawan Darsono, Executive Director of Charles Monat Associates Ltd. He will share his broad knowledge on financial planning solutions for overseas education.

Lunch Details:

Date: Saturday, 11 January, 2020

Venue: 7/F Bowen Room, Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong

Time: 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Language: English

Attire: Smart Causal

MayCham member - Free

Non-member - HKD 300 per person

Please register on or before Friday, 3 January, 2020.


12 PM - 12:15 PM
12:15 PM - 12:20 PM
Welcome Remarks
12:20 PM - 1 PM
Benefits of Developing Resilience - Ms. Ann Bridgewater
1 PM - 1:30 PM
Overseas Education Planning - Mr. Cesar Lardies Rivas
1:30 PM - 2 PM
Financial Planning - Mr. Armhawan Darsono


  • Ann Bridgewater (Psychologist, The Central Health Child Development Team)

    Ann Bridgewater

    Psychologist, The Central Health Child Development Team

    Ann grew up in Hong Kong and completed her high school education in the UK before returning to attend university in Hong Kong. Ann received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Hong Kong followed by a degree in Occupational Therapy at the Hong Kong
    Polytechnic University. After practicing Occupational Therapy for over fifteen years specializing in paediatrics, Ann returned to the University of Hong Kong to complete her Post Graduate
    Certificate in Psychology and she then subsequently obtained a Master’s degree in Psychology.

    Ann has worked extensively with children, adolescents and their families in hospital, private clinical and school settings. She has experience working with children and adolescents with a wide range of developmental difficulties and disorders individually and within small groups. Ann works with families to address their children’s challenges in areas such as social and communication problems, attentional, emotional or behavioral difficulties. Ann has spoken
    on the topic of child development to numerous groups of educators and parents, both in Hong Kong and overseas. She provides psycho-educational assessments for children and adolescents.
    Ann is an accredited facilitator for Group Triple P for children and teens (Positive Parenting Programme) and Group Stepping Stones Triple P (Positive Parenting Programme for children with special needs) courses. She is trained to deliver the Sequential Oral Sensory
    programme for eating difficulties, is certified in the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test, and is a Parent Coordinator for high conflict divorce cases. Ann developed the popular Neurosense
    programme at Spring Learning in Hong Kong. She is currently serving as a steering committee member of the Adoptive Families of Hong Kong, is an advisor to the board of the Hong Kong
    Dyslexia Association, and is on the organizing committee of the annual Daddy Daughter Ball, which raises funds for the Child Development Centre. Ann is the mother of two daughters and
    speaks English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

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  • Armhawan Darsono (Executive Director of Charles Monat Associates Ltd)

    Armhawan Darsono

    Executive Director of Charles Monat Associates Ltd

    Arm is an Executive Director and consultant of Charles Monat Associates Ltd. His primary markets are Taiwan, China, the U.S., NRI and The Philippines. He has 11 years of experience being a consultant in the U.S. and in Hong Kong.

    Prior to joining Charles Monat in 2010, he worked in the U.S. for a an international financial advisory firm servicing high net worth clients. The firm specialized in liquidity planning and the creation of complex cross-border solutions for wealth preservation and transfer, especially for the Japan market. Arm helped to establish the firm’s operations in Hong Kong and managed the firm’s partnerships with advisors and institutions.

    Arm is fluent in English, Mandarin, and is conversant in Cantonese.

    Contact: 12/F, St. George's Building, 2 Ice House Street, Hong Kong Direct: +852 2110 6283
    Mobile: +852 9358 9668
    Email: armhawan.darsono@monat.com

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  • Cesar Lardies Rivas (Head of Education Consulting at NTK Academic Group)

    Cesar Lardies Rivas

    Head of Education Consulting at NTK Academic Group

    Cesar has extensive international teaching experience with pupils of all ages and levels. He is also very knowledgeable in all the leading US college entrance exams. With his determination to see his students improve, his belief that learning is and should always be a two-way street, and his unique insights on boarding school and university admission procedures, Cesar understands the challenges students face on the pathway to excellence and strives to help his students achieve their maximum potential. A Johns Hopkins alumnus with extensive knowledge of the American education system, Cesar has a proven track record in the education consulting industry as the head of a group of professionals who have helped countless students gain entry into renowned schools and universities worldwide.

    · Specialist in US Test Preparation and University Application Essays
    · Teacher of English, TEFL certification
    · B.A. in Political Science (magna cum laude), The George Washington University
    · M.A. in Public Management (summa cum laude), Johns Hopkins University

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Member Price Free
Standard Price HKD 300
Member's spouse
Standard Price Free


7/F Bowen Room, Conrad Hong Kong,

Pacific Place, 88 Queensway,
Hong Kong

If you have any questions please contact Jessie Foo

Contact Organizer


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