Stefano Passarello is a multifaceted entrepreneur, financier and innovation mentor, based in Hong Kong. Stefano has helped hundreds of businesses to successfully enter the Asia market and scale their operations. He founded People & Projects (P&P) in 2006 and scaled it to ten offices serving 1500 clients before it was acquired by Hawksford in 2018. Stefano’s core strength in numbers gained him a strong reputation in finance and technology sectors.
He is also the Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong, Vice Chairman of the chamber’s Retail Committee, as well as a startup mentor at multiple accelerators.
In 2017, Stefano founded StartIT.Asia, an innovative program organized by the Italian Consulate General in Hong Kong to attract and select high potential Italian startups to come to Hong Kong and China. To this day he still holds the prestigious position and is one of the most active Italian businessmen in Hong Kong.
Outside business, Stefano is an avid multisport athlete and bio-hacker. He is a 3-time local champion of the Hong Kong Marathon and marathon record holder of the AG Ironman World Championship. He regularly advises business people on the best practices to optimize and enhance their cognitive performance via movement.
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Crystal Lee is a self-made entrepreneur and philanthropist. Crystal together with her partner Stefano Passarello co-founded the Kapuhala brand and established the Kapuhala Social Training Space in Hong Kong, a social fitness studio. She also launched Kapuhala's e-commerce operations, importing products from the Kapuhala Sicily farm and vineyard to sell in Hong Kong. Today, she continues to manage Kapuhala Hong Kong, a hub of social events and fundraising for the extensive charity work she has been doing.
Crystal founded the Crayon Society four years ago, a charity organization to help underprivileged, sick children in Hong Kong. She expanded the Crayon Society charity by founding the Crayon Society charity run and continues to organize it annually. Two years ago, Crystal also became the chief organizer of the Discovery Bay 10K Run for Charity established in 2005, raising 6-digit donations each year.
When not running a business or charity organisations, Crystal is a WSET certified Level 3 wine expert, an avid dancer, a mother of two and a community pillar!