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A get together with fellow candidates of the Hinrich Global Trade Leader Development Program and Hinrich Foundation team provided me great comfort and a good learning opportunity.

On Sept. 14, 2017, I went to the Renfrew Restaurant and Cafeteria at Hong Kong Baptist University in Hong Kong, together with fellow candidates Roxanne and Sharon. There, we met two Alexes: Alex Boome, Program Director of the Hinrich Foundation; and Alex Ward, Partnership Manager of the Foundation. We also got to know more than 10 fellow Global Trade Leader candidates and the two representatives of the Alumni Leadership Committee: Laura Siu and Ben Wong.

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Alex Boome, Hinrich Foundation’s Program Director, talks about the Hinrich Global Trade Leader Development Program.

Dinner was really enjoyable, filled with delicious dishes and good conversation. During the round of introductions, I became acquainted with other cultures because each of us talked about our countries, special food, working experience and other things. This brought to light differences in the cultures that the Global Trade Leader candidates represented.

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Global Trade Leader candidates, sitting with Alex Boome (second to the right), each give a short introduction before dinner.

The event also let me gain a better understanding of the program-and what it meant to be a Hinrich Global Trade Leader. I felt that the longer we work with the Hinrich Foundation, the more professional we would become.

After dinner, I felt more comfortable about my stay in Hong Kong because I no longer felt I was alone at a new school. Although we come from different cultures, I had companions on the path toward becoming a Hinrich Global Trade Leader.

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Hinrich Global Trade Leader candidates and Hinrich Foundation’s Alex Boome and Alex Ward (second to the left, back row) commemorate the event with a photo.

About the author – Olivia Ye

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Olivia Ye is a Hinrich Global Trade Leader candidate who is taking up Bachelor of Business

Administration-Marketing concentration at the Hong Kong Baptist University. Under the Hinrich Global Trade Leader Development Program, she aims to gain the knowledge and skills that will let her achieve her goal of becoming a senior global marketing manager.