The ceremony was officiated by Chris Sun, Secretary for Labour and Welfare; Shalini Mahtani, Founder and CEO of The Zubin Foundation; Michael Kwok, East Asia Region Chair of Arup; Tim Threlkeld, Managing Director of TCG Construction; David Wallis, Managing Director, Institutional Equity Division and Chair of the Hong Kong Philanthropy Committee of Morgan Stanley; Jeny Yeung, Hong Kong Transport Services Director of MTR; Purviz Shroff, Founder of Rusy and Purviz Shroff Charitable Foundation; Rob Wall, Managing Director of JEB Group; and Ravi Gidumal, Co-founder and Board Chair of The Zubin Foundation.
In Hong Kong, one-third of all ethnic minority children live in poverty. They are mostly Indians, Pakistanis and Nepalis who live in Hong Kong, most born and raised locally. In the 2020/21 school year, the number of diagnosed non-Chinese speaking students with special educational needs in public schools (including aided special schools and ordinary primary and secondary schools) was 1,260. The centre has been established to help change this reality.