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CUAAHK x CBSANHK Entrepreneurs' Night featuring Esther Ma (CBS '92)

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Brunello Cucinelli New World Tower flagship boutique 16-18 Queen's Road Central Central, Hong Kong Hong Kong

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Esther Ma

Columbia University Alumni Association and Columbia Business School Alumni Network of Hong Kong are jointly organizing an Entrepreneurs' Night to gather all Columbia alumni interested in Entrepreneurship. In this inaugural event, Esther Ma (CBS '92) whom has recently been elected to the Advisory Board of the Entrepreneurship Program at the CBS Lang Center, will speak to us about her experiences as an entrepreneur in building her leading PR agency in Hong Kong, Prestique, and at the same time explore the art of branding.

The event will be held at Brunello Cucinelli flagship store in Central.

Wine and hors-d'oeuvre will be served.

Bio of Esther Ma

After a 5-year stint with Procter & Gamble HK Limited as Brand Manager for SK-II, Esther founded Prestique Limited in 1997 - a boutique lifestyle public relations and events management company. Over the last 19 years, Prestique has served over 250 clients in various industries including fashion, beauty, hospitality, design, media, education, and non-profit. In addition to managing Prestique, Esther also serves on the Board of Zonta Club of Hong Kong, Golden Bauhinia Woman Entrepreneurs Association, Femmes du Vin Asia, and assumes an advisory role in Columbia Business School Lang Entrepreneurship Centre, Chinese University Morningside College, Asian University for Women, Hong Kong Association of Youth Development and Junior Achievement of Hong Kong. She is actively involved with her three alma maters - Diocesan Old Girls’ Association (Hong Kong), UC Berkeley and Columbia University.

Prestique has received the “Caring Company” Award for six consecutive years due to its philanthropic leadership in providing pro bono PR service to 8 charities. Esther’s personal accolades include the American Chamber of Commerce/South China Morning Post Women of Influence – “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award (2009), "Top 100 Woman Entrepreneurs in China" (2011), “SCMP Woman of Our Time” (2012), and Jessica’s “Most Successful Woman” Award (2014).

Esther received her Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School (New York) in 1992 and her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and French from University of California at Berkeley (California) in 1987. She is an avid runner, golfer, scuba-diver, squash player and has done a triathlon in May 2014. She also enjoys cooking, design, writing and painting. Esther is author to her three books – best-seller HarvEst of the 7 Human Vines (2014), The A to Z of PR (2005) and Conducting Your Job Search in Hong Kong (1992). Esther is married to her college sweetheart Harvey Lee and is mother to daughters Quisha (9.5) and Tiqa (8).