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10 minutes with Nancy Chui

The Warwick Graduates’ Association (Hong Kong) is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. Warwick Connect spoke to Nancy Chui (BSc Industrial Economics 1987 - 90), the Association’s secretary, about her inspirations and her career.


When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
As a child who loved to read, I always fantasised about being my favourite book characters. The list was long and kept changing. Then during my teens I became heavily involved in music activities at school. I got rather serious about becoming a professional musician, and most liked the idea of becoming a wedding accompanist.

What was the best careers advice you were given?
I no longer remember where I first heard of these sayings, but I like them very much: ‘Take ownership of your job’ and ‘Be passionate about what you are doing’.

Describe yourself in three words.
People-connector. Caring. Colourful.

What are the most challenging parts of your job?
This year I established a new company promoting art, nature and culture. So everything I am doing now is challenging!

What have you done that you are most proud of?
I cannot decide over these two so please let me mention them both:

  1. Being one of the founding members of WGA Hong Kong, which has grown to become of the most active alumni associations in Hong Kong.
  2. Giving my private piano recital in 2005, certainly my first and very likely my last: I don’t believe I can trick another group of audience into hearing me play.

What drives you?
An interest in people from all walks of life.

What single thing would most improve the quality of your life?
I already feel very blessed with what I have in life, and really cannot think of a single thing to improve my life quality. I was tempted to answer ’more money‘, but I believe it is an illusion as even without money one can already improve one’s perception in life by just looking at things differently.

What three objects would you take with you to a desert island?

  1. A piano
  2. An iPhone
  3. A classic pinball machine

Where do you hope to be in 10 years’ time?
Geographically, I can be anywhere as long as I am close to my loved ones. In general, I hope I am still doing things that I enjoy, that allow me to meet and connect with people, and that will benefit the community at large.

How would you like to be remembered?
As someone who brings a smile to people when they think of me.

What are your favourite memories of your university years at Warwick?
I met my husband at Warwick so my favourite memories are all episodes with him! On the other hand, I also met a lot of great friends at Warwick and I have many fond memories of them on various occasions, including a stroll along the Tocil Lake, dinner parties, etc.

Do you have any advice for new graduates?
Be open-minded, stay positive and treasure every learning opportunity.

Nancy Chui - fact file
Age 40
Lives Hong Kong
Education Sacred Heart Canossian College, Hong Kong; University of Warwick
Career  
1991 - 97 Fragrance marketing for Asia-Pacific with Givaudan, then Firmenich, both are multinational fragrance and flavour houses
1998 - 99 Freelance management trainer
2000 - 02 Warwick international representative
2003 - 07 Director, Warwick Hong Kong office
2008 - present Part-time advisor to University of Warwick
2009 + Running own business - Nmuse Company Ltd
Interests Travelling, music, reading, creating

For more information on the Warwick Graduates' Association (Hong Kong), visit their website or e-mail Nancy.