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Douglas Young’s journey from an architect to Founder of an iconic HK themed lifestyle brand, selling products that are inspired by the vibrant theme of HK

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𝐍𝐨𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐐𝐮𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐬:

“𝐻𝐾 𝑖𝑠 𝑤𝑒𝑙𝑙 𝑝𝑜𝑠𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑦 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑟𝑜𝑙𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑒𝑝𝑖𝑐𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑜𝑓 𝑐𝑢𝑙𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑎𝑙 ℎ𝑎𝑝𝑝𝑒𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑠 𝑎𝑠 𝑤𝑒𝑙𝑙 𝑎𝑠 𝑠𝑜𝑓𝑡 𝑝𝑜𝑤𝑒𝑟 𝑐𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝐶ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑎. 𝑊𝑒 𝑐𝑎𝑛 ℎ𝑒𝑙𝑝 𝐶ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑎 𝑝𝑜𝑙𝑖𝑠ℎ 𝑖𝑡𝑠 𝑖𝑚𝑎𝑔𝑒. 𝑆𝑜𝑓𝑡 𝑝𝑜𝑤𝑒𝑟 𝑖𝑠 𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑝𝑒𝑙𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑛 𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑝𝑒𝑎𝑐𝑒.”

𝐍𝐨𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐐𝐮𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐬:
“𝐼 𝑎𝑚 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑖𝑛 𝑑𝑒𝑒𝑝 𝑟𝑒𝑙𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠ℎ𝑖𝑝𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑛 𝑖𝑛𝑠𝑝𝑖𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑝𝑒𝑜𝑝𝑙𝑒. 𝑀𝑎𝑦 𝑏𝑒 𝑠𝑒𝑡𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎 𝑛𝑒𝑤 𝑡𝑟𝑒𝑛𝑑 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝐻𝐾 𝑝𝑒𝑜𝑝𝑙𝑒 𝑡𝑜 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑎 𝑣𝑜𝑖𝑐𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑙𝑑.”

“𝑊𝑒 𝑎𝑡 𝐺.𝑂.𝐷. 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑑𝑙𝑦 𝐻𝐾… 𝑡𝑜 𝑎𝑛 𝑒𝑥𝑡𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑤𝑒 𝑟𝑢𝑏 𝑖𝑡 𝑑𝑜𝑤𝑛 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑜𝑎𝑡.”

“𝐼𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑙𝑜𝑛𝑔 𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑚, 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑜𝑛𝑙𝑦 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑡𝑟𝑢𝑙𝑦 𝑏𝑒𝑙𝑜𝑛𝑔𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑜𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑓 𝑖𝑠 𝑠𝑒𝑠𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑖𝑑𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑠𝑒𝑛𝑠𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑐𝑢𝑙𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑒.”

“𝑊𝑒 𝑛𝑒𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑞𝑢𝑒𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑢𝑙𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑎𝑙 𝑑𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑑𝑒 𝑖𝑛 𝐻𝐾.”

“𝐹𝑜𝑟 𝑚𝑒, 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑢𝑛 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑚𝑦 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑘 𝑖𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑒 𝑐𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑒 𝑎𝑏𝑙𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑔𝑒 𝑜𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑛 𝑜𝑓 𝑎 𝑑𝑖𝑚𝑒.”

“𝐻𝐾 𝑖𝑠 𝑠𝑜 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑝𝑎𝑐𝑡 𝑦𝑒𝑡 𝑠𝑜 𝑠𝑜𝑝ℎ𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑑, 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑛𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙, 𝑓𝑎𝑠𝑡 𝑝𝑎𝑐𝑒𝑑, 𝑒𝑛𝑒𝑟𝑔𝑒𝑡𝑖𝑐, 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛 𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑢𝑡𝑒𝑠 𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑔𝑜 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑏𝑒𝑎𝑐ℎ 𝑡𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑡𝑎𝑖𝑛𝑠.”

𝐆𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐞:
Michelle is Co-Founder of Rooftop Republic Urban Farming, a social enterprise creating more livable cities through urban farming. Rooftop Republic is committed to making cities greener and more sustainable by adding edible landscapes across the dense concrete jungles. Since their establishment in 2015, they have transformed 68,000 square feet of idling urban spaces, creating over 61 productive landscapes in Hong Kong and China, ranging from urban farms to vertical greens, indoor farming and agri-tech developments.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Communication Studies with Specialization in Communication Research from Nanyang Technological University and has a Certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She specializes in marketing, communications, digital marketing and project management.

Michelle is also a fellow of the global Vital Voices GROW Fellowship 2020.

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