Helen Wai-sze Leung specializes in humanitarian innovation, forced displacement, as well as youth and community-driven development. As an empowered youth, she has been involved in a number of leadership and community initiatives.
Helen initiated and conducted a field research project on gender equality in primary education in Northern China, co-initiated the UNIT-E magazine to empower youth expression and encourage service, engaged in grassroots educational outreach on girl’s rights in Ghana, facilitated social innovation trainings in Hong Kong and was an external contributor to the One Laptop Per Child program in Uruguay.
She also assisted in the “(Re)Imagining Gangs: A Study of Gang Identity in Hong Kong” research project, where conducted ethnographic research on youth gangs in Hong Kong. While assisting a refugee youth integration program in Hong Kong, Helen published a paper on the “Fragmentation, shift and adaptation of the ‘asylum seeker’ identity” under the Insight Series of Vision First Research, and was invited to present her research at the Centre of Refugee Studies Student Caucus Annual Conference in York University.
Her current research focuses on the role of humanitarian innovation in the forced displacement context.
Helen was awarded the Class of ‘84 Social Inclusion Leadership Award, HKU Alumni Prize, Henry James Lethbridge Memorial Book Prize, the HSBC Hong Kong Scholarship, Sir Man Kam Lo/Jardine Scholarships, Li & Fung Scholarship, and the Serena Yang Award.
She was also a Youth Delegate in the 6th United Nations Alliance for Civilization Global Forum in 2014, the Delegate and Ambassador of China in the G(irls)20 Summit 2013, and a British Council Global Changemaker in the Global Youth Summit in 2012; and has been featured on Forbes and the Huffington Post.
Helen holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences in the University of Hong Kong, and is currently pursuing the MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration at the University of Oxford.