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About Intelligence Squared (Hong Kong)


Intelligence Squared (Hong Kong) was founded in 2009 as a unique forum for political, economic and cultural debate.  The Hong-Kong based registered charity is run by Yana Peel and Amelie von Wedel to promote creative thought and challenging dialogue in the region. Intelligence Squared presents a range of globally and locally relevant debates that are designed to enlighten and encourage critical thinking and discussion by providing a unique forum for intellectual and cultural discussion.

Since launching in the UK in 2002, Intelligence Squared debates have attracted the world's leading thinkers, writers and activists, drawing crowds of up to 2,500 in London. Past speakers have included distinguished personalities like President Valery Giscard d'Estaing, Christopher Hitchens and Thomas Friedman. Now reaching up to 70 million people through its partnership with BBC World as well as millions of online viewers, Intelligence Squared has hosted discussions and debates in Hong Kong, India, the UK, the US, Australia and the Ukraine.


Intelligence Squared (Hong Kong) has at its core a strong educational remit and brings its world-class speakers to local schools for the benefit of thousands of students. 


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Directors / Founders

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Yana Peel

Yana Peel is based in Hong Kong, where she co-founded Intelligence Squared Asia in 2009. After leaving Goldman Sachs in 2003, Yana established the London-based foundation Outset Contemporary Art Fund,  of which she remains co-director. She is a member of various boards including: NSPCC Therapeutic Board, Tate International Council and Para/Site Art Space, and recipient of the 2010 Mont Blanc Award for Arts Patronage.

Amelie von Wedel


Amelie von Wedel 

Before setting up Wedel Art  in 2006, Amelie von Wedel was responsible for the education and exhibition programme at The Red Mansion Foundation. As a former Bertelsman executive and art historian, Amelie advises corporate and private clients on collecting, philanthropy, the implementation of foundations and educational outreach programmes. She has lectured and co-published books on contemporary art, as well as curating exhibitions for foundations, The Arts Club in London and private museums. Amelie serves as a director of Give A Future Foundation with the goal of mitigating the effects of poverty through education and economic development. She is a member of the American Council on Germany and in 2009 she co-founded Intelligence Squared Asia with Yana Peel. In 2012 Amelie became Executive Director of Intelligence Squared Group.

Advisory Board


Su-Mei Thompson

Su-Mei Thompson is a co-founder of Intelligence Squared Asia and the Executive Director of The Women’s Foundation, an NGO dedicated to the advancement of women in Hong Kong. Previously, she held senior management positions with the Financial Times, Disney and Christie’s. Su-Mei currently serves on the boards of HKSE-listed Natural Beauty and Save the Children Hong Kong, and is a corporate board member of The Cheltenham Ladies College.


Alexandra A. Seno

(Executive Producer)

Alexandra A. Seno writes about economics, culture and the economics of culture for Newsweek Magazine, the International Herald Tribune and the Wall Street Journal Asia. Her regular column on business in Asia appears in the Globe and Mail.

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David Legg

David Legg is the Managing Director of Europe and Asia for Gerson Lehrman Group, an international financial research consultancy. Previously, he was at McKinsey & Company in Toronto and London.  David received his undergraduate degree from the University of Lethbridge in Canada, a law degree from Oxford University and a PhD from Yale University. He is involved with educational charities like Civitas, The Harvey Fellows Program, the Rivendell Institute at Yale and the Pan-Asia Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization, where he serves as Finance Chair.






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David Schlesinger

David Schlesinger is the founder of Tripod Advisors, a consultancy focused on running complex global organizations with an emphasis on China and media. He is the former global Editor-in-Chief of Reuters and the former Chairman of Thomson Reuters China, in those positions running all aspects of the 3,000-journalist strong international news service and being responsible for building relationships, providing thought leadership and creating strategy for operations across financial markets, legal and regulatory databases, scientific information and journalis