“Life without love, is no life at all.”

Leonardo Da Vinci

When Effie (pseudonym) learnt that IB officially cancelled the May 2020 IBDP examinations due to the Covid-19 pandemic, she broke down and cried.

She did want to sit for her university entrance examinations.

She was worried that IB’s moderation won’t be fair; or, it’s too fair.

She regretted not spending enough effort on her Internal Assessments, and she studied very hard during the school lock down period, prepared to flex her intellectual muscles in the final examinations that were worth 75% of her total grade in most of the subjects she took.

She wasn’t lazy, actually — she got 41/45 in her predicted grade.

To ease her worries, I introduced her to my friend’s pearl farm in Sai Kung to intern as a teacher on sustainable tourism. I know she has always wanted to be a marine biologist since I started teaching her when she was still a Year 8 student, and there’s no better psychotherapy than truly going out and doing something for aquaculture.

Special thanks to David Wong and Hong Kong Pearl Cultivation Association

Linna Ku
Executive Director

Linna is mainly responsible for overseeing RFE’s corporate communications through a holistic approach.

With a master degree in Corporate Communication obtained from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Linna has over 19 years of experience in corporate communications, public relations, stakeholder engagement, institutional advancement/fundraising, project management and media liaison.

During her service at the University of Hong Kong as Development Manager, in addition to benefactor cultivation and stewardship, she was responsible for managing integrated communication strategies for the HKU Foundation, with a board of directors comprised of community leaders and renowned philanthropists.

Through her support in rebranding the HKU Foundation at the 20th anniversary, the University engaged a wider network of prospects, donors and partners for their long-term support, and the number of HKU Foundation members increased significantly from 2,200 to 3,200 during her service.

Her appointment as Publicity Manager for the HKSAR Government has won her wider acclaims in the contributions she has made in terms of community engagement campaigns and promotional strategies.