Gen T: Class of ’17

The bright­est lights of the city’s younger gen­er­a­tion are about to re­ceive well-de­served recog­ni­tion with the se­cond edi­tion of our Gen­er­a­tion T ini­tia­tive, writes Mar­i­anna Cerini

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The bright­est lights of the city’s younger gen­er­a­tion are about to re­ceive wellde­served recog­ni­tion with the se­cond edi­tion of our Gen­er­a­tion T ini­tia­tive

Last year Hong Kong Tatler’s in­au­gu­ral Gen­er­a­tion T list cast a spot­light on 100 of the city’s bright­est young in­no­va­tors, con­nec­tors and dis­rup­tive tal­ents un­der the age of 40. Our July 2016 cover story was ded­i­cated to the project, pro­fil­ing 14 of the 100 across six pages and four unique cover shots. We also pub­lished a Gen T book con­tain­ing a bi­og­ra­phy of each in­spir­ing in­di­vid­ual.

The mem­bers of the list came from a wide va­ri­ety of sec­tors, from phi­lan­thropy and fi­nance to e-com­merce and the arts. They em­bod­ied the fu­ture of Hong Kong— spir­ited, am­bi­tious and de­ter­mined—they were the peo­ple driv­ing the city for­ward. This year we re­turn—al­beit with a much tighter list.

The se­cond edi­tion of Gen T ze­roes in on 50 of Hong Kong’s young game chang­ers. Think ex­cep­tional busi­ness mavens, food al­chemists, art gu­rus and tech ge­niuses, all un­der one de­fin­i­tive (Tatler) um­brella.

The se­lec­tion process hasn’t been easy. To get down to our fi­nal 50, we sought the help

of a few of last year’s alumni and es­tab­lished heavy­weights from our Tatler 500 List (see op­po­site), sharp­ened our cri­te­ria and honed our re­quire­ments. Two key ones: to be a go-get­ter, and to have achieved tan­gi­ble and ex­tra­or­di­nary re­sults. And, oh, do our picks dis­play both!

The mem­ber­ship of this year’s Gen T will be re­vealed in these pages next month, though we’re throw­ing an ex­clu­sive party on June 23 to bring our class of 2017 to­gether, the first of a se­ries of Gen T events we’re plan­ning. The aim is to cre­ate a pos­i­tive and pow­er­ful net­work for the next gen­er­a­tion, and give merit the recog­ni­tion it de­serves.

And that’s not all: as a con­ti­nent-wide ini­tia­tive, all the Asia Tatler edi­tions— Sin­ga­pore, Malaysia, the Philip­pines, Main­land China, Tai­wan, Thai­land and In­done­sia—are launch­ing their own Gen T lists, too. To­gether, we’re cre­at­ing a pan-asian com­mu­nity of 400 top young en­trepreneurs. We want to be as am­bi­tious as our Gen T lis­ters. They’re kind of our new heroes, re­ally.

To find out more about the city’s most re­mark­able young tal­ents, visit the Gen T sec­tion on hk.asi­

An­to­nia Li, Ruth Chao, Eleanor Lam and Feip­ing Chang

Alexan­dre Er­rera and Amanda Val­lance Chan, Ivan Pun Nick Troed­son, Har­ris and Christo­pher Owen Tianyo Mayao and Kevin Ma Emer­ald Shek, Steph­nie Shek and Pearl Shek Lau­rel Chor

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