Dr Hiu Man Chan is a researcher, entrepreneur and consultant specialising in international collaboration in the creative and cultural industries, particularly the film sector.
In parallel to her teaching and research, she has been an active practitioner involving in a wide range of projects with over 15 years of industry experience. These include co-production film development, film distribution and exhibition, film festival, film related IP concept design, cultural industries development and management strategies as well as non-profit organisation management.
Hiu Man's teaching style is engaging and encouraging. She regularly brings her own experience from the industry into teaching. At the same time, she encourages students to develop their own critical thinking with a forward looking and entrepreneurial attitude. She believes in empowering students and is committed to helping each individual student to actualise their own potentials.
Hiu Man's research style is dynamic, collaborative, proactive and solutions-driven. She believes in the democratisation of knowledge and is passionate about knowledge transfer. She is active in disseminating her research and testifying her ideas in different creative ways. She is a regular media commentator and public debate curator. Her public-facing articles have been published by international media such as The Conversation, The Diplomat, World Economic Forum, South China Morning Post, CGTN and many more.
Originally from Hong Kong SAR, Hiu Man has an intensive industry network in the creative industries across Greater China, such as Shanghai Film Distribution and Exhibition Association, Shanghai International Film Festival and Xiangshan Global Studios as some examples. In the UK, her research and advocacy have gained attention from stakeholders such as DCMS, Department for International Trade, British Council, the British Film Institute and local city councils.