Houghton has been a social business coach for over 30 local and overseas social enterprises. He is a Director of Social Enterprise World Forum and was the catalyst for inviting the Hong Kong SAR Government and local practitioners to attend and share experience at the world forum. Currently, he is a Director of Play House Education Foundation.
In 2006, he developed the first Diploma in Social Business for young people. In 2008, he was invited to Korea to present on social impact maximization during the 1st Asian Social Entrepreneur Summit. Between 2008 and 2012, he was a member of the organizational committee for the Hong Kong Social Enterprise Summit. His main responsibility is to source excellent speakers from foreign countries.
Houghton attended the University of Manitoba and Hong Kong Baptist University for Computer Science and Social Science.