Alliance for a Beautiful Hong Kong Limited (ABHK) aims to promote aesthetic values and the integrity of the natural environment in Hong Kong’s public areas, both urban and rural, by being keen guardians of natural beauty where it exists and demanding good design in man-made structures. ABHK incorporated in 2012 as successor to Lung Fu Shan Environmental Concern Group founded in 2007. ABHK is an approved charitable organization in January 2014 (IRD ref no. 91/12620).
Meet Our Founders
Tai Yuet Kam, Vivian, Chairperson
Rebecca Abraham, Vice-chairperson
Rebecca Abraham has lived in Hong Kong since 2001. She is an avid hiker and a co-founder of the Lung Fu Shan Environmental Concern Group
William Swigart, Secretary
William Swigart, age 60, is a director of Santana Shipping Services Limited and associates, an owner and operator of dry bulk vessels engaged in worldwide trade. He has been regularly resident in Hong Kong since 1982.
Born and raised in southern California, he earned an AB in history from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard University. He has worked in New York City and Piraeus, Greece, but the bulk of his career has been spent in Hong Kong. He is an avid sailor and values the natural environment.
A HK born, serial entrepreneur who interests in sustainability has led to found sustasia.com and ABHK. Deepak has businesses involved in China sourcing and quality management, and furniture design and manufacturing. He grew up and studied in HK, Switzerland and the US, and has lived and worked in Chile, Poland, Czech Republic, Dubai, China and India. He now lives between Dubai and Hong Kong, is married with 2 small kids.
Jon Zinke is a graduate of the State University of New York Maritime College and Brooklyn Law School. He is admitted to practice before the State Courts of New York, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the United States Supreme Court and is a registered foreign lawyer with the Law Society of Hong Kong. He holds an unlimited Oceangoing United States Coast Guard Chief Mate’s License and sailed as a deck officer on various United States flag vessels prior to commencing his legal career in 1980.
Mr. Zinke was associated with a maritime firm in New York from 1980 to 1985 when he transferred to that firm’s Hong Kong ofﬁce as resident partner. In 1997 Mr. Zinke joined Keesal, Young & Logan and became resident partner of the ﬁrm’s Hong Kong ofﬁce.
Mr. Zinke provides advice to the ﬁr1n’s clients in the Far East regarding various maritime, aviation and commercial disputes involving United States law and provides advice and assistance to law ﬁrms throughout the United States on matters involving Asia. He is also actively involved in handling maritime and commercial arbitration disputes in New York and Asia.
He is a member of the American Bar Association, The Maritime Law Association of the United States, The Nautical Institute, Chairman of the Maritime Law Committee of The Inter Paciﬁc Bar Association (2003-2005), Deputy Chairman of The Maritime Law Association of Hong Kong, and an alternate to the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association, an Associate Member of the Average Adjusters Association, is on the Board of Editors of The Institute of Seatransport “Seaview” Magazine and was the 2005 Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, on whose Board he served from 1998 to 2007.
Kenneth Howe moved to Hong Kong 13 years ago as a journalist working for The Wall Street Journal. He has also written for South China Morning Post and The Economist Group. Seven years ago he also branched out into food and beverage and built a restaurant group of five venues, which have received international accolades from The New York Times, Louis Vuitton City Guides, Time Magazine and many local media.
Markus Shaw is a lifelong citizen of Hong Kong. Following a history degree from Cambridge University, he spent six years as a corporate lawyer in London, Singapore and Hong Kong before joining the family business in 1992.
He is active in civic society, having co-founded NGOs in the fields of better urban planning (“Designing Hong Kong”) and air pollution (“Clean Air Network”), and sits on the boards of the Keswick Foundation and the English Schools Foundation. He is a member of WWF International’s Board of Trustees, as well as Trustee (and former Chairman) and was Chairman of WWF-Hong Kong from 2000-2008. He was also a member of the Government’s Advisory Council on the Environment from 2004 to 2008.