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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 and is a government designated observer on the Board of Cathay Pacific Airways Limited. He has been appointed as an independent non-executive director of the MTR Board in May 2022. 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 Human Resources Planning Commission, a member of the Assessment Panel of the Global STEM Professorship Scheme, a member of the International Advisory Board of Lingnan (University) College of the Sun Yat-sen University, a board member of the Hong Kong Academy of Finance, a member of the Council of the Hong Kong Laureate Forum, and an honorary advisor of the Advisory Board of Tencent Finance Academy (Hong Kong). 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.


Professor David CARDWELL

Professor David CARDWELL

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Strategy and Planning)
University of Cambridge, UK

David Cardwell is Professor of Superconducting Engineering and Pro-Vice-Chancellor responsible for Strategy and Planning at the University of Cambridge. He was Head of the Engineering Department between 2014 and 2018. Prof. Cardwell, who established the Bulk Superconductor Research Group at Cambridge in 1992, has a world-wide reputation on the processing and applications of bulk high temperature superconductors. He was a founder member of the European Society for Applied Superconductivity (ESAS) in 1998 and has served as a Board member and Treasurer of the Society for the past 14 years. He is an active board member of three international journals, including Superconductor Science and Technology, and has authored over 400 technical papers and patents in the field of bulk superconductivity since 1987. He has given invited presentations at over 70 international conferences and collaborates widely around the world with academic institutes and industry. Prof. Cardwell was elected to a Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2012 in recognition of his contribution to the development of superconducting materials for engineering applications. He was awarded a Sc.D. by the University of Cambridge in 2014 and an honorary D.Sc. by the University of Warwick in 2015.


Ms Diana CESAR

Ms Diana CESAR, JP

General Manager
HSBC
Executive Director and Chief Executive
Hang Seng Bank

Diana Cesar is a General Manager of the HSBC Group. She is also Executive Director and Chief Executive of Hang Seng Bank Limited, Chairman and Non-executive Director of Hang Seng Bank (China) Limited, Chairman of Hang Seng Insurance Company Limited and Chairman of the Hang Seng Index Advisory Committee of Hang Seng Indexes Company Limited.

Prior to joining Hang Seng Bank, Ms Cesar was Chief Executive of HSBC Hong Kong. She was responsible for steering the business to achieve its strategic objectives by managing client relationships and business partnerships, coordinating with the government and regulatory bodies, and improving employee well-being. She was a member of the Executive Committee for The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited.

During a wide-ranging career with HSBC, Ms Cesar held leadership roles in Marketing, Credit Cards, Consumer Loans and Mortgages. She was Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management in Hong Kong and Regional Head of Distribution Strategy and Consumer Propositions for Asia Pacific. Earlier in her career at HSBC, she was seconded to Taiwan as Head of Credit Cards and successfully turned the business around.

Prior to joining HSBC, Ms Cesar was General Manager for Customer Relations for SmarTone Telecom. She has also worked in Canada and Hong Kong for other global financial institutions, including Citibank and American Express.

Ms Cesar also holds various industry and civic appointments, including:

  • Financial Services Development Council (FSDC) - Director and Member of FSDC's Market Development Committee
  • Hang Seng School of Commerce - Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Hong Kong Monetary Authority - Member of the Financial Infrastructure and Market Development Subcommittee
  • The Community Chest of Hong Kong - Director
  • The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong - Chairman of the Board of Governors
  • The Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation - Member of the Board of Trustees
  • The Hong Kong Institute of Bankers - Vice President and Honorary Certified Banker
  • Treasury Markets Association - Council Member
  • University Grants Committee - Member

Until recently, Ms Cesar was also Chairperson of the Hong Kong Association of Banks.

Ms Cesar holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto.


Professor Alan K.L. Chan

Professor Alan CHAN Kam-leung

Provost and J.S. Lee Professor of Chinese Culture
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Professor Alan Chan is Provost and J.S. Lee Professor of Chinese Culture at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, Canada, in Chinese and comparative philosophy and religion. From 2009 to 2019, he served as Toh Puan Mahani Idris Daim Professor of Humanities, Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and Vice-President at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU). Prior to joining NTU, he was Professor of Philosophy and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education at National University of Singapore (NUS). While at NUS, he was twice awarded the Teaching Excellence Award. He was a member of the Founding Editorial Board, Oxford Bibliographies of Chinese Studies; Chairman of the Board of Directors, Confucius Institute, NTU; Co-Chair, Governing Council, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore; member of the Board of Directors, Consortium of Humanities Centres and Institutes, and Singapore Examination and Assessment Board; and is currently a member of the Board of Directors, International Confucian Association, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Director of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), and member of the Governing Board of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen. His online module, "Explorations in Confucian Philosophy," a MOOC on Coursera has attracted over 10,000 learners. Born and raised in Hong Kong, he joined CUHK in January 2020.


Dr Benjamin CHAN Wai-kai

Dr Benjamin CHAN Wai-kai, MH

Chief Principal
Hong Kong Baptist University Affiliated School Wong Kam Fai Secondary and Primary School

Dr. Chan is currently the Chairman of Council and Chairman of Nomination Committee of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Board Chairman of the Hong Kong Schools Dance Association, Chairman of the Sha Tin Arts & Culture Promotion Committee, Founding Member of the Hong Kong Direct Subsidy Scheme Schools Council, Member of Board of Governors of the Community College at Lingnan University and Lingnan Institute of Further Education, Fellow Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors.


Professor Arnoud DE MEYER

Professor Arnoud DE MEYER

Former President
Singapore Management University

Arnoud De Meyer is a global academic leader with more than 35 years of experience in top international academic institutions in Europe and Asia. Until December 2018, he served as President of Singapore Management University (SMU). Before joining SMU, Arnoud De Meyer was from 2006 until 2010 Director (Dean) of the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom). From 1983 until 2006, he was a faculty member at INSEAD and assumed between 1990 and 2006 several management positions, among others as founding dean of INSEAD's Asia campus in Singapore.

Arnoud De Meyer has been an Independent Director of several companies in Belgium, France, Singapore and Australia. Currently he is Independent Director of Viva Energy Pty Ltd (Australia). He is also the Chair of the Temasek sponsored "Stewardship Asia Centre" (Singapore).

He is an internationally recognised researcher in the areas of R&D and Innovation Management, Manufacturing Strategy and International Management. He published more than 100 academic articles and 12 books. His most recent book "Ecosystem Edge: Sustaining Competitiveness in the Face of Disruption" was published in 2020 with Stanford Business Press.


Professor Ian HOLLIDAY

Professor Ian Holliday

Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning)
The University of Hong Kong, HK

Professor Holliday has been Vice-President (Teaching and Learning) at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) since 2015. He assists the HKU President in setting the direction and policy of HKU teaching and learning, and oversees quality assurance for undergraduate and taught postgraduate curricula. Previously he was Dean of Social Sciences at HKU, and Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at City University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on Myanmar politics and governance.


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

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

The Morningside Professor of Life Science
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, HK

Professor Nancy Ip is 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 (HKUST). Since joining HKUST in 1993, she has served as the Vice-President for Research and Development, Dean of Science, Director of the Biotechnology Research Institute, and Head of the Department of Biochemistry. 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. She currently serves as a Member of the Leadership Group of the Davos Alzheimer's Collaborative.


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 Ka Yee C. LEE

Professor Christina LEE Ka-yee

Provost
The University of Chicago, USA

Ka Yee C. Lee serves as the fourteenth Provost of the University of Chicago.

As Provost, she is responsible for academic and research programs across the University and oversees the University's budget.

She is the David Lee Shillinglaw Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Chemistry, the James Franck Institute, the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics, and the College, and a member of the Board of the University of Chicago Medical Center, the Board of Governors for Argonne National Laboratory, and the Field Museum Board. Prior to her appointment as Provost, Lee served as Vice Provost for Research, working with deans, faculty, and researchers across the University to increase access to research funding and resources, among other responsibilities.

Lee is an elected member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Her research focus lies in the area of membrane biophysics, and she is the author or co-author of more than 125 scholarly publications.

Lee joined the University in 1998 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and was appointed full professor in 2008. She has served as Director of the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center and Associate Director of the James Franck Institute, as well as Chair of the Faculty Advisory Board for The Hong Kong Jockey Club University of Chicago Academic Complex | Francis and Rose Yuen Campus in Hong Kong. Her honors include being named a Searle Scholar, a David and Lucile Packard Fellow for Science and Engineering, and a Sloan Research Fellow. She also was the recipient of the Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the inaugural recipient of the Arthur L. Kelly Prize for Exceptional Faculty Service in the Physical Sciences Division.

Lee holds an Sc.B. degree in Electrical Engineering from Brown University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Physics from Harvard University. She completed her postdoctoral training at Stanford University and the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Professor Sir Anton MUSCATELLI

Professor Sir Anton MUSCATELLI

Principal and Vice-Chancellor
University of Glasgow, UK

Sir Anton has been Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Glasgow, since October 2009. From 2007-2009 he was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University. An economist, his research interests are monetary economics, central bank independence, fiscal policy, international finance and macroeconomics. Prior to 2007 he held various roles at the University of Glasgow including Vice-Principal - Strategy, Budgeting and Advancement (2004-07) and Daniel Jack Professor of Political Economy (1994-2007).

Sir Anton was Chair (2016-21) of Scotland's First Minister's Standing Council on Europe, a non-political group which provides expert advice to Scottish ministers on Scotland's relationship with the EU. He was a member of the Scottish Government's Council of Economic Advisers 2015-21, and thereafter advised them on the National Strategy for Economic Transformation. He was an adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee on fiscal and monetary policy between 2007-10.

From 2017-20 he was Chair of the Russell Group of Universities, and between 2012-19 was a Board member of the Scottish Funding Council which provides funding and oversight of Scotland's Colleges and Universities. He was a member of the Steering Group on the Stern Review of the Research Excellence Framework, 2016, and is currently a member of the advisory group for Sir Paul Nurse's Review of the UK's Research, Development and Innovation Organisational Landscape.

Sir Anton was knighted in 2017 for services to economics and higher education and was awarded the honour of Knight Commander (Commendatore) by the Republic of Italy in 2008 for contributions to higher education and economic science.


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.


Mr Philip TSAI Wing-chung, BBS, JP

Mr Philip Tsai Wing-chung, BBS, JP

Partner Emeritus, Deloitte China

Mr Tsai is a former Chairman of Deloitte China and has more than 35 years of experience in planning and managing audits for Hong Kong based operations of multinational groups, as well as local and overseas listed clients in a wide range of industries.

Mr Tsai is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (the "HKICPA"), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (the "ICAEW"). He is actively involved in the development of the CPA profession and also contributes his efforts in various government, community and social services.

Mr Tsai is a Past President of the HKICPA, a Council Member of the ICAEW, the Chairman of M Plus Collections Ltd under the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, a Member of the Hospital Authority, the Chairman of the Hospital Governing Committee of the Queen Mary Hospital and Tsan Yuk Hospital, the Chairman of the Supplementary Medical Professions Council of the Food and Health Bureau, the Chairman of The Hong Kong Genome Institute, a Member of the Advisory Committee and Audit Committee of the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes, an Advisor of The Ombudsman, Hong Kong, a Member of the Registration Committee of the Chinese Gold and Silver Exchange, a Member of the Standing Committee on Disciplined Service Salaries and Conditions of Services of the Civil Service Bureau and a Member of the Independent Commission on Remuneration for Members of the Executive Council and the Legislature, and Officials under the Political Appointment System of the HKSAR Government.

Mr Tsai is an Adjunct Professor of the City University of Hong Kong, a Honorary Court Member, the Chairman of the Student Residence Management Board of the Hong Kong Baptist University, the Deputy Chairman of the Alumni Committee of The Hong Kong Baptist University Foundation, a Trustee of the Staff Superannuation Scheme of The Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Member of the Institutional Advancement and Outreach Committee of the University Council of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Mr Tsai is also the Chairperson of Hong Kong Red Cross.


Professor Shearer WEST

Professor Shearer WEST

Vice-Chancellor and President
University of Nottingham, UK

Professor Shearer West CBE is the seventh Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Nottingham.

Shearer is a Professor of Art History and has held a number of significant leadership roles in universities and higher education. She obtained her B.A. degree in Art History and English at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, and her Ph.D. in Art History at St. Andrews. She worked as an editor for the Grove Dictionary of Art before taking up her first academic post in art history at the University of Leicester.

In 1996, Shearer moved to the University of Birmingham as Head of the History of Art Department, then Head of the School of Historical Studies, and Acting Head of the College of Arts and Law. She was awarded a personal chair in 2000.

In 2008 Shearer was appointed Director of Research at the Arts and Humanities Research Council where she also chaired the Research Directors Group for Research Councils UK. She was appointed Head of the Humanities Division at Oxford in 2011, where she oversaw the launch of the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) and the Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme in the Humanities. She was appointed Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sheffield in 2015.

Shearer has authored and edited many articles and nine books including Portraiture, The visual arts in Germany 1897-1940: Utopia and Despair, and Fin De Siecle: Art and society in an age of uncertainty.

Shearer also has a number of international roles, including acting as main panel chair for the national research assessment exercise for Humanities in Norway and serving on the steering group to introduce impact into the Excellence in Research (ERA) exercise in Australia.

She has also represented the UK on the Science Europe Humanities Scientific Committee, and has been a jurist for the Spinoza Prize and Gravitation Awards in the Netherlands and the Odysseus and Solvay prizes in Belgium, as well as an Advisory Board member for the Social Sciences Faculty of the University of Vienna.

Currently a member of the Board of Universities UK, Shearer is also a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery and a Trustee of King Edward's Foundation Independent Schools Governing Body in Birmingham. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Historical Society. She received a CBE in the Queen's New Year Honours List of 2021.


Professor Rick WONG Wai-kwok

Professor Rick WONG Wai-kwok

Interim Provost
Hong Kong Baptist University

Professor Rick Wong assumed the office of Interim Provost at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) in February 2021. His main responsibilities include institutional strategic planning and implementation as well as planning and management of academic human resources. Prior to that, he was appointed as Vice-President (Research and Development) in 2010 and Dean of Science in 2002. He served on the Research Grants Council from 2018 to 2021.

Professor Wong obtained his BSc degree in California State University in 1974. He furthered his studies in the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he received his PhD degree in 1978. He then worked as a post-doctoral researcher at UCLA (1978-1979) and Imperial College, London (1979−1984). At the same time, he obtained the MSc degree in Management Science at Imperial College in 1983.

Professor Wong joined the Department of Chemistry of HKBU in 1989 (the then Hong Kong Baptist College) and was promoted to Chair Professor of Chemistry in 2005. His main research interests lie in organometallic synthesis, bioactivity of inorganic/organometallic compounds, luminescent materials and homogeneous catalysis.


Professor WONG Wing-tak

Professor WONG Wing-tak

Deputy President and Provost
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Professor Wing-tak Wong is Deputy President and Provost (DP) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) as from December 2020.

Professor Wong received a Bachelor of Science degree with first-class honours in 1986 and a Master of Philosophy degree in 1988 from The University of Hong Kong. He then furthered his study in the UK and obtained his PhD degree from the University of Cambridge in 1991. Prior to joining PolyU, Professor Wong was Chair Professor in the Department of Chemistry, The University of Hong Kong, where he began his career as a lecturer in Chemistry in 1991.

Professor Wong is an accomplished scientist with outstanding research achievements. His academic achievements are well recognized internationally, which brought him the Doctor of Science degree from the University of Cambridge in 2000; Croucher Senior Research Fellowship in 2004; and an Outstanding Achievement Award in Scientific Research for Institutions of Higher Education of China in 2012 (Second-Class).


Professor XU Ningsheng

Professor XU Ningsheng

Former 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 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).


Mr Dieter YIH, JP

Mr Dieter YIH, JP

Partner
Kwok Yih & Chan, Solicitors

Mr Yih is a Hong Kong practising solicitor, and was the President of the Law Society of Hong Kong (2012-2013). He is currently the Chairman of the Financial Dispute Resolution Centre, member of the Education Commission, member of the Standing Committee on Legal Education and Training, and member of the Quality Education Fund. He is also a non-executive director of the Securities and Futures Commission, and a non-executive director of the eMPF Platform Company Limited.

Mr Yih is passionate about education. He is the Chairman of the King's College London Hong Kong Foundation. He was previously the Deputy Chairman of Council of The Education University of Hong Kong (2016-2022). He received his LL.B. from King's College London, and is a Fellow of King's College London.


Ms Helen ZEE

Ms Helen ZEE

Former Investment Banker

Ms Zee is currently a board member as well as chairperson of Investment Committee of the Hong Kong Deposit Protection Board. She is a panel member of the Securities and Futures Appeals Tribunal. She is also a member of Cyberport Advisory Panel and is Vice Chair as well as chair of membership committee of The Chamber of Hong Kong Listed Companies. She is former member of the Listing Committee of Hong Kong Stock Exchange (2013 -2019), 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 was formerly Deputy Chief Executive of Haitong International Capital Ltd, the international investment banking arm of Haitong Securities Group. 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.


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 chaired a government task force to review self-financing post-secondary education during 2017-18.

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

Ex-officio Member: Chairman of the Quality Assurance Council

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 Chairman of the Hong Kong Quality Assurance Council.

Ex-officio Member: Chairman of the Research Grants Council

Professor Yuk-Shan WONG, SBS, JP

Professor Yuk-Shan Wong, PhD, SBS, BBS, JP

Chairman of the Research Grants Council

Professor Yuk-Shan Wong was formerly the President and Chair Professor of Biological Sciences of the Open University of Hong Kong (2014-21). He obtained his PhD in Biochemistry from McGill University of Canada in 1979. Prior to returning to Hong Kong, Professor Wong had looked at the University of Toronto in the early 1980s. He has performed teaching, research and administration duties at various universities; namely as the Associate Vice-President for Research and Development of HKUST (1997-98), Vice-President at City University of Hong Kong (1998-06) and Vice President of Administration at the HKUST (2006-14). Professor Wong's research interests lie mainly in the areas of environmental biotechnology, plant biochemistry and mangrove conservation/utilization. Professor Wong has also heavily involved in the policy-making of basic education and the development of local higher education system over the years. He had served as the Chairman of the Curriculum Development Council and member of Education Commission (2001-07), a member of University Grants Committee (2005-11) and a member of Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (2003-07). Professor Wong had also served as a member and the Vice Chairman of Advisory Council on the Environment (2001-08), Chairman of the Veterinary Surgeons Board (2010-13), and Chairman of Consumer Council (2013-18).

Professor Wong is currently a Hong Kong Deputy to the National People's Congress of China, the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Judicial Salaries and Conditions of Service, and the Chairman of Steering Committee of New Energy Transport Fund.

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.