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Chairman

Mr Carlson TONG, GBS, JP

Mr Carlson TONG, SBS, JP

Chartered Accountant

Mr. Tong was formerly the Chairman of the Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) from 2012 to 2018. Since his retirement from the SFC, he has been appointed as an independent non-executive director of Standard Chartered PLC. He was also the Chairman of KPMG in China and Hong Kong and the Chairman of the Asia Pacific region from 2009 to 2011. Mr Tong has been active in public and community services. Currently, he is the Chairman of the Independent Commission on Remuneration for Members of the Executive Council and the Legislature, and Officials under the Political Appointment System of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, a member of the Exchange Fund Advisory Committee, a member of the Human Resources Planning Commission, a board member of the Airport Authority Hong Kong, a director of the Aviation Security Company Limited, and a member of the International Advisory Board of Lingnan (University) College of the Sun Yat-sen University. He is also a former member of the University Grants Committee from 2011 to 2013, the former Chairman of the English Schools Foundation from 2011 to 2015 and the former Chairman of the Hong Kong Sports Institute Limited from 2012 to 2017.



Members

Professor Chris BRINK

Professor Chris BRINK

Emeritus Vice-Chancellor, Newcastle University, UK and
Former Rector and Vice-Chancellor, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Professor Chris Brink served as Vice-Chancellor of Newcastle University from 2007 till 2016. Before that he was Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University in South Africa, and before that Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Wollongong in Australia, Head of Mathematics and Coordinator of Strategic Planning at the University of Cape Town, and Senior Research Fellow at the Australian National University. In the UK he served on the Board of Universities UK (where he chaired the Student Policy Network), the Board of the Quality Assurance Agency, the Board of the Equality Challenge Unit, and as Chairman of the N8 (the eight major research-intensive universities in the North of England). He holds the Freedom of the City of Newcastle, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa.


Ms Diana CESAR

Ms Diana CESAR

Group General Manager and Chief Executive, Hong Kong
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

Ms Diana Cesar, Group General Manager of HSBC Group, is Chief Executive for Hong Kong and a member of the Executive Committee for The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Financial Services Development Council.

During her career with HSBC, Ms Cesar has held leadership roles in Marketing, Cards and Loans, Mortgages, Distribution Strategy and Consumer Propositions in Hong Kong and across Asia-Pacific. Before being appointed Chief Executive for Hong Kong in September 2015, Ms Cesar had been Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management for Hong Kong since 2011. Ms Cesar first joined HSBC in 1999 and was appointed Head of Distribution and Product Development in 2003 with responsibility for establishing retail distribution infrastructure throughout Asia-Pacific. She was named Head of General Banking in 2007, managing all general retail banking portfolios including deposits, mortgages, credit cards and consumer assets in Hong Kong.

Before joining HSBC, Ms Cesar held various senior positions in Marketing and Customer Relations with a number of large multinational organisations.


Professor Sir David EASTWOOD

Prof David EASTWOOD

Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Birmingham, UK

Sir David is also Chair and Director of the Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited, Chair of Universitas 21, Director of the Russell Group, Non-Executive Director of INTO University Partnerships, and a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Previous posts include Advisory Board member of the Higher Education Policy Institute, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, Vice-Chancellor of the University of East Anglia, Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and Fellow and Senior Tutor of Pembroke College, Oxford. Sir David has served on numerous national bodies and was a member of the Government's Independent Review Panel looking at HE Funding and Student Finance.


Professor Horace IP, MH

Professor Horace IP, MH

Vice-President (Student Affairs), City University of Hong Kong, HK

Professor Horace Ip is the Vice-President and Chair Professor of Computer Science at City University of Hong Kong. He is currently the Vice-Chairman of Chief Executive's Award for Teaching Excellence (CEATE) Steering Committee and the Chairman of CEATE Assessment Working Group. He has served on the Steering Committee of the HKSAR Quality Education Fund and chaired its Dissemination and Promotion Subcommittee. He has also chaired the IEEE Computer Chapter (Hong Kong Section) and the Discipline Advisory Panel on Information Engineering and the Fellowship Committee of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. He is a member of Advisory Committee on the Education Development Fund, and Committee on Professional Development of Teachers and Principals (COTAP). He is a fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Engineers, the British Computer Society, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and the International Association for Pattern Recognition.


Professor Nancy IP Yuk-yu, BBS, MH, JP

Professor Nancy IP Yuk-yu, BBS, MH, JP

Vice-President for Research and Development, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, HK

Professor Nancy Ip is currently the Vice-President for Research and Development, The Morningside Professor of Life Science, and the Director of the State Key Laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She was elected to the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the US National Academy of Sciences, the World Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and is also a founding member of the Hong Kong Academy of Sciences. In recognition of her excellence in science, Professor Ip has received numerous awards and honors including the National Natural Science Awards, the L'OREAL-UNESCO for Women in Science Award and the 10 Science Stars of China by Nature.


Professor Mark KAMLET

Professor Mark KAMLET

Provost Emeritus,
Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Mark Kamlet is University Professor of Economics and Provost Emeritus at Carnegie Mellon University. He served as Carnegie Mellon's provost (chief academic officer) and executive vice president from 2000 to 2014. Prior to that he was Dean of the Heinz College for seven years.

During his time as provost, CMU's technology commercialization operations were significantly revamped; two academic departments were created (Machine Learning and Biomedical Engineering); the university advanced in technology-enhanced learning; and the university established campuses and academic presences in Doha, Qatar; Kigali, Rwanda; Adelaide, Australia; Lisbon, Portugal; Silicon Valley; Los Angeles; and Washington DC.

Kamlet is on the board of Highmark Inc., a national, diversified health insurance and health care delivery company, and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation. He was chairperson of the board for 12 years of Carnegie Learning, Inc. and for 5 years of iCarnegie, Inc., both Carnegie Mellon spinouts. He has served on the board of other start-up companies and is currently on the board of Everspring Partners. Kamlet is co-director of the Living Analytics Research Center, a joint research center located in Singapore, a joint center of Carnegie Mellon University and Singapore Management University. It focuses on the application of new technologies and software platforms relevant to Singapore's Smart Nation efforts. He sits on the university-level President's Tenure and Academic Committee of Singapore Management University.

He earned a B.S. in mathematics from Stanford, and an M.S. in Mathematical Statistics and Ph.D. in Economics from University of California at Berkeley.


Professor Gabriel LEUNG, GBS, JP

Professor Gabriel LEUNG, GBS, JP

Dean of the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine,
The University of Hong Kong, HK

Professor Leung is Dean of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). He was previously Head of Community Medicine in HKU (2012-2013) and served as Director of the Chief Executive's Office (2011-2012) and Under Secretary for Food and Health (2008-2011) in Government.

Professor Leung is one of Asia's leading epidemiologists. His research defined the epidemiology of two novel viral epidemics, namely SARS-CoV in 2003 and influenza A(H7N9) in 2013. While in government, he led Hong Kong's policy response against the 2009 influenza A(H1N1) pandemic. He is inaugural Chair of the Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, former Vice President of the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine, and currently serves on the Council of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine and the Hospital Authority Board.


Mr Tim LUI Tim-leung, SBS, JP

Mr Tim LUI Tim-leung, SBS, JP

Chairman,
Securities and Futures Commission, HK

Mr Lui is a Past President of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and currently Chairman of the Education Commission. In the past, he has served as Chairman of the Committee on Self-financing Post-secondary Education, the Self-financing Post-secondary Education Fund Steering Committee and the Appeals Board Panel (Education); Member of the Committee on Professional Development of Teachers and Principals as well as the Committee on Free Kindergarten Education. He was a Member of the Council of HKUST (1999-2007), an ex-officio Member of the Court of HKUST (2001-2007) and currently an Honorary Member of the Court. Mr Lui is a Deputy of the National People's Congress of the PRC.


Dr Kim MAK Kin-wah, BBS, JP

Dr Kim MAK Kin-wah, BBS, JP

President, Caritas Institute of Higher Education and Caritas Bianchi College of Careers, HK

Dr Mak has been Member of the Court of the Hong Kong Baptist University and Director of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation. In addition, he is involved with ongoing executive education through his service as Council Member and Chairman of the Membership Committee of the Hong Kong Management Association. He has also served in a wide variety of different roles in community service.


Professor Joshua MOK Ka-ho

Professor Joshua MOK Ka-ho

Vice-President and Lam Man Tsan Chair Professor of Comparative Policy, Lingnan University, HK

Professor Mok is an Assessment Panel Member of Research Grants Council Competitive Research Funding Schemes for GRF / ECS and also for Local Self-financing Degree Sector, a member of the Curriculum Development Council, and a Council Member of Hong Kong Shue Yan University. He was the Vice President (Research and Development) and Chair Professor of the then Hong Kong Institute of Education, the Associate Dean and Professor of Social Policy, Faculty of Social Sciences of The University of Hong Kong, and the Founding Director and Chair Professor in East Asian Studies at the University of Bristol, the United Kingdom.


Professor Sir Howard NEWBY

Professor Sir Howard NEWBY

Immediate Past Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool, UK

Sir Howard Newby, KB, CBE, BA, PhD, AcSS, DL, was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool from 2008 to January 2015. Prior to this he was Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol, the Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton, Chairman and Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), President of Universities UK, and President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science.

He was made a CBE in 1995 for services to social science and a knighthood in 2000 for services to higher education.

He was a member of the Hong Kong Quality Assurance Council from 2009 - 2015.


Mr Joseph Luc NGAI, JP

Mr Joseph Luc NGAI, JP

Managing Partner
McKinsey's Greater China Office

Mr Ngai is Managing Partner of McKinsey's Greater China office, which is comprised of more than 550 Partners and consultants across offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Taipei.

Previously he led McKinsey's Financial Institutions and Private Equity Practices in Greater China. He has led many large-scale transformation efforts for Chinese as well as multinational institutions, and has advised senior management on topics such as strategy, mergers & acquisitions, and organizational transformation.

Mr Ngai is regularly quoted in top-tier publications such as The Economist, The Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal, and is a frequent guest speaker at major international forums including, most recently, the World Economic Forum in Tianjin. He is the author of numerous reports on China's economy and financial institutions, and co-authored two editions of "Life Insurance in Asia", a leading publication in its field.

Mr Ngai serves on various government advisory committees, including the Council of Advisors on Innovation and Strategic Development for the Chief Executive of the HKSAR, the Financial Services Development Council, and the Financial Infrastructure Committee of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority. He is also a Board Member of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park and advisor to the Better Hong Kong Foundation.

Mr Ngai is passionate about social enterprise and education. He is the Chairman of DiamondCab, an award-winning social enterprise, a director of Diocesan Boys' School Foundation, Regional Association President of Phillips Exeter Academy, and a former president of the Harvard Business School Association of Hong Kong.

A Hong Kong native, Mr Ngai attended Diocesan Boys' School, was valedictorian at Phillips Exeter Academy, and received his AB, JD and MBA from Harvard University, Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School.


Professor Richard SALLER

Professor Richard SALLER

Kleinheinz Family Professor of European Studies, Stanford University, USA

Richard Saller is Professor of Classics and History. He served as the Dean of Stanford University's School of Humanities and Sciences (2007-2018). Before moving to Stanford he was Dean of Social Sciences (1994-2001) and then Provost at the University of Chicago (2002-2006). His research specialty is the social and economic history of ancient imperial Rome. He is the author of Personal Patronage under the Early Empire (1982) and Patriarchy, Property and Death in the Roman Family (1994); co-author of The Roman Empire: Economy, Society and Culture (2nd ed. 2014); and co-editor of the Cambridge Economic History of the Greco-Roman World (2007). In 2005 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Dr Michael SPENCE

Dr Michael SPENCE

Vice-Chancellor and Principal,
The University of Sydney, Australia

Dr Michael Spence is the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney – the first to open its doors in Australia in 1850.

Under his leadership, the University is forging a distinctive strategy focused on the transformation of undergraduate education; promoting multidisciplinary research; improving institutional culture; simplifying organisational design; campus redevelopment; investment in research and teaching infrastructure and securing financial sustainability. To these ends, he has led Australia's first $1 billion philanthropic fundraising campaign, and a process to develop a second independent campus for the University.

An alumnus of the University of Sydney, Dr Spence graduated with first-class honours in English, Italian and law. His other languages include Chinese and Korean. He lectured in law at the University and worked for the Australian Copyright Council prior to undertaking doctoral studies at the University of Oxford. There, he obtained a Doctor of Philosophy, a Postgraduate Diploma in Theology and became a Fellow of St Catherine's College at Oxford. During his 20 years at the College he headed Oxford's law faculty and its Social Sciences division.

In 2017, he was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours for service to leadership of the tertiary education sector, to the advancement of equitable access to educational opportunities, to developing programs focused on multidisciplinary research, and to the Anglican Church of Australia.


Professor Jan THOMAS

Professor Jan Thomas

Vice Chancellor,
Massey University, New Zealand

Professor Jan Thomas is Vice Chancellor of Massey University in New Zealand. Prior to this Professor Thomas served as Vice-Chancellor and President at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia.

Professor Thomas has a PhD in Veterinary Science from Murdoch University and taught, researched and published in Veterinary Pathology. She was an auditor for the AUQA, and continues as an international auditor for the Oman Accreditation and Assurance Agency. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute for Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. Professor Thomas is currently a Member, and previous Chair, of the Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, a UK Charity based in London. Professor Thomas has been on the Board of numerous organisations in Australia and New Zealand, notably chairing the Library Board of Queensland, and as a member of Mercy Care Ltd in Australia. She is currently a member of the Hong Kong Quality Assurance Council, and chairs the Teaching Excellence Awards panel for UGC.


Professor XU Ningsheng

Professor XU Ningsheng

President,
Fudan University, China

Professor Ningsheng XU is Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Academician of Academy of Sciences for the Developing World. His research interests include nanotechnology, new semiconductor material, micro nanoelectronics and optoelectronics. He holds Bachelor Degree from Sun Yat-sen University and Doctor Degree and Honorary Doctor Degree from Aston University, UK. He was President of Sun Yat-sen University and is now President of Fudan University.

Professor XU serves as Representative to 12th and 13th National People's Congress and Member to 13th National Five-year Plan National Expert Committee. Professor XU is Chair of General Expert Committee for National Nanotechnology Key Project,and serves as Member of Expert Committee for National First-class University and First-class Discipline, Member of the 8th State Council Degree Committee,Member of Shanghai Municipality Technology and Innovation Advancement Committee, and Member of the University Grants Committee (UGC) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. Professor XU has been Member of the Steering Committee of Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU),and Chairman of International Steering Committee(ISC) of International Vacuum Nanoelectronics Conference(IVNC),Chairman of International Steering Committee(ISC) of Vacuum and Surface Sciences Conference of Asia and Australia(VASSCAA).


Ms YANG, Ching Carol

Ms YANG, Ching Carol

Principal,
St Stephen's College

Ms. Yang is currently the Chairlady of The Association of the English Medium Secondary Schools and serves as Executive Committee Member of The Conference of Sheng Kung Hui Secondary Schools. She is currently a member of the Advisory Committee of the Department of Cultural and Creative Arts (CCA), EdUHK. She is now serving as the Vice-Chairman of the Southern District Scouts Association, Head of the Southern District Youth Cadet and Southern District Youth Programme Committee.


Dr Angelina YUEN, BBS, JP

Dr Angelina YUEN, BBS, JP

Former Vice President,
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK

Dr Angelina Yuen was Vice President of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) from March 2010 to April 2018, responsible firstly for institutional advancement and partnership, and then for student and global affairs, prior to her retirement. She served as Head of the Department of Applied Social Sciences of PolyU from 2004 to 2010, and taught at the National University of Singapore before joining the University. She graduated from The University of Hong Kong, the University of Toronto and the University of Manchester with degrees in Social Work and Education. Dr Yuen has played an active role in the development of social work in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and overseas, and was President of the Hong Kong Social Workers Association (2000-2004) and President of the International Association of Schools of Social Work (2008-2012).


Ms Helen ZEE

Ms Helen ZEE

Deputy Chief Executive and Managing Director,
Haitong International Capital Limited, HK

Ms Zee is currently a member of the Listing Committee of Hong Kong Stock Exchange. She is a panel member of the Securities and Futures Appeals Tribunal. She has been appointed as a board member as well as member of Investment Committee of the Hong Kong Deposit Protection Board. She is a member of Cyberport Advisory Panel and is General Committee member as well as chair of membership committee of The Chamber of Hong Kong Listed Companies. In the past, she has served as member of the Investment Committee of HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund (2014-2018) and a member of the Committee on Self-financing Post-secondary Education as well as the Self-financing Post-secondary Education Fund Steering Committee (2014 to 2018). She holds a B.S. degree from University of California, Berkeley, U.S. and a LLB degree from University of Wolverhampton, U.K.. She is a member of  American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


Professor ZHANG Jie

Professor ZHANG Jie

Former Vice President, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Professor Zhang is an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences, international fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering as well as foreign associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He is also an alternate member of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party. He took office as the 39th president of Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2006. Before that, Professor Zhang worked at the University of Oxford and other internationally renowned teaching and research institutes (1989-1998).

Ex-officio Member: Chairman of the Research Grants Council

Professor Benjamin W WAH, JP

Prof Benjamin W WAH

Provost, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, HK

Professor Benjamin Wah is currently the Provost and Wei Lun Professor of Computer Science and Engineering of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is the Franklin W. Woeltge Emeritus Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is a prominent computer scientist, with expertise in non-linear programming, multimedia signal processing and artificial intelligence. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and has served as President of IEEE Computer Society. He taught at Purdue University (1979-1985) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1985-2011). He also served as Director of the Advanced Digital Sciences Centre established by the University of Illinois in Singapore in 2009, with funding from the Singapore government's Agency for Science, Technology and Research. In addition to his appointment to RGC, Professor Wah was appointed as ex-officio member of the Advisory Committee on Innovation and Technology of the HKSAR Government in the capacity as the Chairman of the Research Grants Council in 2015. He also serves on the Innovation and Technology Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council as well as the Committee on Innovation, Technology and Re-industrialisation of the HKSAR. by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region in 2018 for his contribution to the higher education sector and research in Hong Kong. In May 2019, he was invited to serve as a Council Member of Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) University Advisory Council (AUAC).

Ex-officio Member: Chairman of the Quality Assurance Council

Mr Lincoln LEONG Kwok-kuen, JP

Mr Lincoln Leong Kwok-kuen, JP

Former Chief Executive Officer
MTR Corporation Limited

Mr Leong was the Chief Executive Officer of MTR Corporation Limited from March 2015 to March 2019. Prior to joining the Company in 2002, he worked in both the accountancy and investment banking industries in London, Vancouver, Canada and Hong Kong. Mr Leong was also the Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Housing Society (2012-2018). He is a Non-Executive Director of Mandarin Oriental International Limited (2012-).

Ex-officio Member: Chairman of the Committee on Self-financing Post-secondary Education

Professor Anthony CHEUNG Bing-leung, GBS, JP

Professor Anthony CHEUNG Bing-leung, GBS, JP

Chairman of the Committee on Self-financing Post-secondary Education

Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung was formerly Secretary for Transport and Housing of the Hong Kong SAR Government (July 2012 to June 2017), as well as Chairman of the Hong Kong Housing Authority, Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board and Hong Kong Logistics Development Council. As Secretary he also sat on the board of the Airport Authority and Mass Transit Railway Corporation Limited. Before he joined government, Professor Cheung was the President and Chair Professor of Public Administration at The Hong Kong Institute of Education (now The Education University of Hong Kong) from January 2008 to June 2012.

Professor Cheung has been active in community and public service. Major previous roles include: Member of the Legislative Council (1995-97), Non-Official Member of the Executive Council (2005-12), Chairman of the Consumer Council (2007-12), Chairman of the Pay Trend Survey Committee (2007) and Board member of Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation (2007-17). From November 2017 he has been appointed Chairman of the Committee on Self-financing Post-secondary Education. He also chairs a government task force to review self-financing post-secondary education.

Since February 2018 Professor Cheung has been appointed as Research Chair Professor of Public Administration by The Education University of Hong Kong. As from March 2018, he has also become Visiting Professor at the Institute for Public Policy of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Secretary

Professor James Tang Tuck-hong

Professor James Tang Tuck-hong

Secretary-General, University Grants Committee

Professor Tang has served in senior academic and management positions in local and overseas universities and possesses rich management experience in higher education institutions. He was Dean and Professor of Political Science at the School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University (SMU), from 2011-2018 and from 2014 concurrently served as Special Adviser to the President of SMU on Greater China affairs. Before assuming his position at SMU, Professor Tang had served in the University of Hong Kong and was the Head of the Department of Politics and Public Administration from 1999. During 2002 to 2006, he was the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and from 2007 to 2010, he was Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration while serving as Director of the Master of International and Public Affairs Programme. Over the years, he also held visiting appointments at renowned universities in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe and on the Mainland.