The Elliott Lecture

Kellett’s vision for our students is steadfast - we want them to develop a lifelong love of learning. To achieve that, we believe it’s important for us, the adults around them, to role model this characteristic. 

That is why, each year, we aim to bring our community fascinating speakers and challenging issues, to expand our horizons, generate debate, and hopefully inspire change. 

The Elliott Lecture is named after a little known change-maker whose impact on our lives has been enormous...


In 1976 Joanne Elliott (pictured, right), a teacher and mother, began a campaign in Hong Kong to allow English-speaking children the opportunity to go to pre-school. After the government refused to intervene, Joanne and fellow parents went it alone and opened Starters with 44 children on the register. The school grew in size and popularity, and a year later, its name was changed to Kellett. 

The Annual Elliott Lecture recognises Joanne Elliott’s tenacity, and celebrates her pivotal role in the history of Kellett School.

Joanne Elliott

The 2022 'My Octopus Teacher' - Elliott Lecture

A Conversation with Craig Foster 

The second in the series of The Elliot Lectures. Featuring award winning documentary filmmaker, Craig Foster, of My Octopus Teacher fame.

Craig Foster is a co-founder of the Sea Change Trust and one of the world’s leading natural history filmmakers. He has dedicated himself to learning the secrets of the Great African Seaforest – the inshore kelp habitat at the South West tip of Africa, his underwater home. My Octopus Teacher documents his journey of self-discovery in the kelp habitat and the development of a friendship with one female octopus that brings home a myriad number of truths about life.

A Special Message from Craig Foster

The 2021 Elliott Lecture - The Power of Education

In our inaugural Elliott Lecture 2021 we turn our attention to our core purpose - education - and its power to change lives. We hone in on two interlinked issues very close to our hearts - the refugee and asylum seeker communities in Hong Kong and the education of their children.

Elliott Lecture Speakers

Elizabeth Dearborn Hughes

Elizabeth Dearborn Hughes is the co-founder and CEO of the Akilah Institute, an award- winning college for women in Rwanda. In 2020, Akilah expanded to become Davis College, a co-ed college that educates young leaders in East Africa. Forbes Magazine named her one of the world s most influential female social entrepreneurs. Elizabeth is also a Kellett parent.

Innocent Mutanga

Innocent Mutanga escaped political persecution in Zimbabwe in 2013. With no clear destination beyond getting away from the threat to his life, he boarded a plane to Hong Kong with HK$200. Finally securing refugee status, he went on to overcome untold barriers to get educated at Chinese University Hong Kong. He then became an analyst at a leading international bank, and even dedicates what little spare time he has to helping others in the refugee and asylum community via the Africa Center.

Nadia Rangira

Nadia Rangira, is a Rwandan refugee who has been residing in Hong Kong for 10 years. Through merit-based scholarships, Nadia attended Renaissance College and Li Po Chun United World College, and currently works as a Paralegal at a magic circle law firm. She credits the privilege of an international school education with positively impacting the opportunities and trajectory of her life.