ACC HK appoints 4 new directors

From left: Carla Carlucci, Kat Kukreja, Melody Ma, Aedzer Oreel

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Hong Kong has appointed four new directors to its board following the ACC HK Annual General Meeting on 24 June. The new directors assumed their new roles immediately.

The new directors are based in Hong Kong, namely: Carla Carlucci, senior legal counsel of Italian shoe and clothing manufacturer GEOX; Kat Kukreja, director, market development and counsel of Hong Kong-based digital asset exchange HkbitEx; Melody Ma, general counsel, ESG chair and managing director of fintech and virtual asset company BC Group; and Aedzer Oreel, senior counsel, labour and employment, at multinational chemical company LyondellBasell.

ACC Hong Kong President Sandra Wu said that the association received a diverse range of applicants for the vacant board positions ahead of the general meeting. “We believe the four new directors will bring a unique mix of experience and commitment to ACC and the Hong Kong in-house community,” Wu told Asia Business Law Journal.

Carlucci oversees all regional legal and compliance matters for GEOX in APAC. She was previously a legal counsel of digital financial services at Ant Group, an affiliate company of the Chinese Alibaba Group, and former general counsel of Philips in Hong Kong.

Kukreja is responsible for managing HKbitEX’s market development and outreach for securitised tokens and other digital asset trading products. She brings experience from investment management firm Wellington Management, JP Morgan, and a number of startups.

Ma is experienced in fintech, derivatives and investment sectors. She also co-chairs the ACC Hong Kong financial services committee, and the technology and innovation committee. She began her legal career as a derivatives and structured products lawyer at Linklaters in London, and has worked in a number of investment banks.

Oreel was the first employment counsel for LyondellBasell in Europe and Asia, working out of Rotterdam. He moved to Hong Kong in 2019, and is also an ambassador for the company’s diversity, equity and inclusion programmes in Asia.