OUR BROAD MEMBERs
MR. Ted Lipman
He was born in Brazil and was raised in Rio de Janeiro, the United Kingdom, and Vancouver. His father was English and his mother was Russian. Lipman took Asian studies at University of British Columbia and studied Chinese history at Peking University.
In 1976, he became a member of the Canadian Department of External Affairs. Positions held by him there have included special projects liaison in the Corporate Planning Division, deputy director of the East Asia Trade Division, and director general of the North Asia Bureau.
Lipman's first work in Asia was to serve the Canadian embassy in Beijing from 1977 to 1980. Lipman then became the first Canadian trade commissionerin South China from 1982 to 1985. Other positions held by Lipman include Canadian consul general in Shanghai from 1995 to 1999, and minister at the Canadian embassy in Beijing between 1999 and 2001. Lipman became executive director of the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei in 2001, and held that position until 2004. Lipman has also worked in the United States three times: as a member of the United Nations General Assembly, as a consul and trade commissioner in New York City, and as a consul in Pittsburgh.
Despite being an immigrant to Canada, Lipman has commented that he has no difficulties in representing the country as a diplomat, stating that "Canada is a very free and fair country where people of various backgrounds thrive and that's part of our success." In 2011 Lipman retired from the diplomatic service and currently works in the philanthropy sector in Hong Kong.
Lipman is married to famous Chinese singer Zhu Zheqin, better known by her artist name Dadawa.
Dr. Martin Williams
Martin Williams was born and grew up in Scarborough, a seaside town in Yorkshire, northeast England. In his teens, he became an avid birdwatcher. While studying for a PhD in physical chemistry at Cambridge University, he led two pioneering surveys of bird migration at Beidaihe, east China. In total, these spanned almost six months. There were many notable records, including 40 percent of the known world population of Siberian Crane, and more than double the previous known world population of Oriental Stork. The surveys came 40 years after previous work showing Beidaihe was a hotspot for bird migration, and Martin was advised to work on a long-term project at the town.
This led to Martin moving to Hong Kong in January 1987. Here, he indeed continued to lead and co-lead further bird migration surveys at Beidaihe, as well as helping organise and lead tours as the town became a popular destination with travelling birdwatchers. He also helped encourage some conservation work at the town.
Since university, Martin has aimed to help conservation by promoting awareness through the media. For instance, he has written and photographed feature stories for publications including Action Asia, Discovery, National Wildlife, Reader’s Digest and the South China Morning Post, covering topics such as conservation of the giant panda, green turtles and the Philippine eagle, and the plight of Borneo’s rainforests.
Martin has also worked on books. He wrote and photographed Hong Kong Pathfinder: 24 day-walks in Hong Kong; he was a major contributor to a coffee table book, The Green Dragon: Hong Kong’s living environment, Central Ridge and West, and the Hong Kong Tourism Board Booklet Discover Hong Kong Nature.
Plus, Martin has created short films and documentaries. He was co-producer of Explore Wild Hong Kong!, a 28-minute film on Hong Kong nature tourism, sponsored by Cathay Pacific, and director of Mai Po Marshes – Hong Kong’s Wetland Superstar, a 10-minute film for WWF Hong Kong. Realising that simple presentation of facts is not always effective, he became interested in “guerrilla marketing”, and conceived and filmed a short video to raise awareness of the shark fin issue – A Woman Missed Her Shark Fin Soup in Hong Kong, which has attracted over 1.4 million views. Current projects include making a series of five short films on notable sites for wildlife and scenery around Lantau Island, Hong Kong.
Websites are another means of raising awareness. Through sites he founded and runs — notably DocMartin, www.drmartinwilliams.com and Hong Kong Outdoors, www.hkoutdoors.com and related Facebook pages — Martin has worked on refuting notions wild birds are major carriers of H5N1 bird flu; showcasing and striving to protect Hong Kong’s natural wonders; highlighting global warming; and campaigning against plans for a huge waste incinerator beside Shek Kwu Chau, Hong Kong, and for more enlightened and more modern waste policies.
Martin is involved in other environmental issues in Hong Kong. For instance, he has tried to encourage nature tourism as a way of protecting nature whilst also generating revenue [as yet, no great success!], and is currently involved in efforts to protect Hong Kong’s country parks and push for an end to the ivory trade in Hong Kong and China. He is a founder member of Living Cheung Chau.
Other nature related work includes occasional stints as an environmental consultant, focusing on birds, at sites in Hong Kong, and for projects supported by the World Bank and Asian Development Bank in China. While non-nature related work includes copywriting for businesses.
In 2008, Martin was acknowledged as an Outstanding Earth Champion by the Earth Champions Foundation.
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