The Council

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Chairman of the Council

Mr. Charles Lee Yeh-kwong

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Ex-officio Member

Mrs. Eva Cheng Li Kam-Fun

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Council Member

Dr. Simon Hoey Lee

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Council Member

Professor Chack-Fan LEE

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Mr. Ma Siu-leung

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Professor Yuk-Shan Wong

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Dr. Silas Yang Siu-Shun

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Mr. Thomas Tso Man-tai

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Mrs. Stella Lau Kun Lai-Kuen

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Ms. Maria Tam Wai-Chu

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Chairman of the Council

Mr. Charles Lee Yeh-kwong

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Mr. Charles Yeh Kwong Lee was born in Shanghai in 1936, and was educated and brought up in Hong Kong.

After graduating from the University of London with a Master's degree in law, Mr. Lee became a qualified solicitor in both Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.  He is one of the founders of the solicitors' firm of Woo, Kwan, Lee & Lo, a major law firm in Hong Kong.  He is also a qualified accountant, and a chartered secretary.

From 1988 to 1991, Mr. Lee was a member of the Council of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, and became its Chairman 1992 to 1994.  From 1999 to April 2006 he was Chairman of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited, which is the holding company of the Hong Kong Stock and Futures Exchanges and their associated clearing companies.

His many public appointments include:-

  • Secretary to The Companies Law Revision Committee from 1968 to 1973, leading to the enactment of the Securities Ordinance and substantial amendments to theCompanies Ordinance;
  • Member of the Governor's Business Council from 1992-1997;
  • Hong Kong Affairs Adviser from 1993 to 1997; Member of the Court of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University from 1995 to 2002;
  • Member of The Selection Committee of The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region by The National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China in 1996;
  • Member of the Equal Opportunities Commission of Hong Kong from 1996 to 2003;
  • Member of the Executive Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government from 1997 to 2002 and from October 2005 to June 2012;
  • Member of the Council of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology since 1998 and again as Honorary Member since 2004.;
  • Chairman of the Council of the Open University of Hong Kong from 1998 to 2003, and 2004 to June 2009.  In November 2013, appointed as Pro-Chancellor of the University.
  • Chairman of the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority from 1998 to 2007. 
  • Chairman of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited from 1999 to 2006.
  • Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Arts Festival Society Limited from September 2003 to September 2012;
  • Chairperson of Hong Kong – Taiwan Economic and Cultural
  • Co-operation and Promotion Council from April 2010 to November 2015.
  • Chairman of Audit Profession Reform Advisory Group  of Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants since May 2010.
  • Election member of  the 12th  Selection Committee of The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region by The National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China in June 2012;
  • Governor of Board of Governors of Our Hong Kong Foundation since September 2015.

Mr. Lee was made a Non-Official Justice of the Peace (JP) in 1993, and an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1994.  In 2000, he was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star (GBS), and the degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa (by UST);  and in 2001 he was also awarded the degree of Doctor of Business Administration (by HKPU).   In 2003 (by OUHK) and 2005 (by HKU),  he was again awarded the degree of Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa.   In 2006 he was awarded the Grand Bauhinia Medal (GBM).

He participates actively in community service, assuming Chairmanship of the Campaign Committee of the The Community Chest of Hong Kong from 1995 to 1997, and Executive Committee Chairman of the Chest from 1997 to 1998.  From 2002 to June 2003 he was the First Vice President and Executive Committee Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chest,  currently he remains as:-

i) Vice Patron &

ii) Campaign Committee Co-Chairman

Mr. Lee is married with a daughter and a son, and his hobbies are boating and scuba diving.

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Ex-officio Member

Mrs. Eva Cheng Li Kam-Fun

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Mrs. Eva Cheng Li Kam-Fun has been Executive Director of Our Hong Kong Foundation since its inception in January 2015. She is now Our Hong Kong Foundation President.
 
Prior to joining Our Hong Kong Foundation, Mrs. Cheng had a career spanning 34 years with Amway Corporation. During her tenure, she led the company’s entry and development in Mainland China. Upon her retirement in 2011, Mrs Cheng held the concurrent positions of Executive Vice President of Amway Corporation, Regional CEO of Amway Greater China & Southeast Asia, and Executive Chairman of Amway China Co. Ltd.
 
Mrs. Cheng was twice named one of the “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” by Forbes magazine in the consecutive years of 2008 and 2009.  Mrs Cheng is currently an Independent Non-Executive Director on the board of Nestle S.A., listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and Haier Electronics Group Company Limited, listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
 
Mrs. Cheng graduated from The University of Hong Kong with Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and MBA degrees. In 2014, she received an honorary doctorate degree in Business Administration from the Open University of Hong Kong.

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Council Member

Dr. Simon Hoey Lee

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清華大學憲法學博士, 專攻基本法研究。曾出版《基本法起草過程概覽》、《基本法案例彙編》一,二冊、《以法達治》、《行政長官產生辦法考》、《一國兩制下的香港法治和管治研究》、《數字香港·回歸20年》、《國安法,廿三條,安全與自由?》、《從世界工廠到世界工程師——新時代下中國的一帶一路倡議》等專著。

李博士曾到貴州省工作,擔任息烽縣政府縣長助理,分管教育局、司法局、法制辦、政研室、衛生局等部門的工作。華潤集團戰略管理部總監、戰略研究中心港澳及海外研究室主任,專責海外投資。團結香港基金副總幹事,從事研究工作。李博士現為華潤集團粵港澳大灣區辦公室主任兼秘書長、華潤資本董事總經理、基本法研究院首席專家。

李博士並擔任特區政府基本法推廣督導委員會教師及學生工作組召集人、特區政府教育局價值教育常務委員會主席、課程發展議會成員、通識課程委員會委員、國務院參事室「香港參與一帶一路」課題組金融及法律組召集人、曾任哈佛大學法學院PIFS顧問和香港大學法學院訪問學者等公共服務。

李博士因基本法研究和教育工作成就突出,於2016年獲特區政府頒授榮譽勳章(M.H.)、於2017年獲選為香港十大傑出青年、於2019年獲特區政府頒授太平紳士(J.P.)。

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Professor Chack-Fan LEE

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Professor Lee graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering in 1968, and a Master degree in 1970. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario in 1972, in the field of geotechnical engineering.  He taught at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Toronto, before starting a long career with Ontario Hydro in Canada, where he worked on a variety of projects that included water resources management, hydropower and nuclear power.  He joined the University of Hong Kong in 1994 as a professor of the Department of Civil Engineering, and successively as chair professor of geotechnical engineering, pro-vice-chancellor (vice-president) and director of the School of Professional and Continuing Education.  He is now the President of the Chu Hai College of Higher Education.

He has published over 270 journal papers and 16 books, and has served as technical advisor to the World Bank, the United Nations Development Plan, the Asian Development Bank, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Canadian International Development Agency over the years.  He has also participated in the feasibility and design reviews of numerous water resources management, hydropower, nuclear power, bridge and other major infrastructure projects in China.  He was elected a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Science in 2001, and an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering in 2003.

For volunteer and community services, he has served as the President of the Fuhui Charitable Foundation since 2003.  The Foundation has donated towards the completion of some 360 schools and hospitals in the mountainous areas of Western China.  It also supports about 2000 students of universities and teacher training colleges in such areas annually, through scholarships and bursaries.  He is also the Chairman of the Board of the Hong Kong Institute for Promotion of Chinese Culture; the Jao Tsung-I Academy Management Board; Director of the Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole; member of the Commission on Strategic Development; etc.  He previously served as the Chairman of the Council of the Lord Wilson Heritage Trust; the Harbourfront Enhancement Committee and the Veterinary Surgeons Board and was a member of the Board of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and the Culture and Heritage Commission.

He was appointed a Justice-of-the Peace in 2003 and awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star and the Gold Bauhinia Star in 2005 and 2013 respectively.  He was also a recipient of the K. Y. Lo Medal of the Engineering Institute of Canada in 2001; Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in 2005; Gold Medal of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers in 2008; Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012; as well as honorary doctor of science degrees from the University of Western Ontario (2006), Plymouth University (2012), Edinburgh Napier University (2012) and the University of Macau (2014).

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Mr. Ma Siu-leung

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A veteran educator with experience since 1969, Mr. Ma Siu-leung served consecutively as Principal of several Government Secondary Schools before he was promoted to be Principal Education Officer in 1999 to implement the Hong Kong 5-Year Strategy for IT in Education. In 2000, he launched the “Hong Kong Education City” flagship website under the Education Bureau and incorporated it in 2002 as “Hong Kong Education City Limited”, which turned out to be one of the most successful government ventures. Since 2004, Mr. Ma assumed the post of CEO of Fung Kai Public School and led Fung Kai Innovative School to be one of the 12 Microsoft World Wide Innovative Schools in 2007. He was named as Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Education in 2016.In 2018, he retired as CEO and assumed the position of Senior Advisor of Fung Kai Public School.

His past and present community services include: Member of the Assessment Panel of the Innovation and Technology Fund for Better Living, Advisory Committee member on Innovation and Technology; Advisor of Our Hong Kong Foundation; Member of the Ethics Committee of the Medical Council of Hong Kong, Council member of the Hong Kong Institute of Education; Board member of the Hong Kong Education City Limited; Member of the Board of Trustees of Chung Chi College, CUHK; Steering Committee member of the Partnership Fund for the Disadvantaged of the Social Welfare Department; Vice Chairman of the HK Council of Smoking and Health; Committee Member of the Academy of Chinese Studies; Steering Committee Member of Hang Lung Mathematics Awards; Member of Trustees of The Police Children's Education Trust and the Police Education and Welfare Trust; Member of Discipline Panel of the Social Workers Registration Board, etc.

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Professor Yuk-Shan Wong

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Professor Yuk-Shan Wong is Chairman of Research Grants Council & Emeritus President of OUHK.  Brought up and educated in Hong Kong, Professor Wong later obtained his PhD in Plant Biochemistry on Dean’s Honor List from McGill University of Canada in 1979. He was admitted as Fellow of Royal Society of Biology in the United Kingdom in 2006 and Fellow of Hong Kong Institution of Science in 2009.

Prior to joining the Open University of Hong Kong, Professor Wong has been involved in various teaching, research and administrative work at a number of universities. Professor Wong was conferred as a Medical Research Council Fellow of Canada at the University of Toronto in 1979. Upon his return to Hong Kong in 1980, he joined the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and subsequently in 1985, the Chinese University of Hong Kong until 1988. In 1990, Professor Wong became one of the founding faculty members of the newly established Hong Kong University of Science and Technology where he was actively involved in setting up the curriculum and designing the new laboratory facilities of the institution. At HKUST, Professor Wong had directed numerous active research programmes in environmental biotechnology and in 1997, he was promoted to Associate Vice-President for Research and Development. He was then appointed as Vice-President for Institutional Advancement and Chair Professor of Biological Sciences at the City University of Hong Kong in 1998. In 2006, Professor Wong rejoined the HKUST as the Vice-President for Administration and Business to oversee the financial, personnel and infrastructural development of the university. During this period of time, Professor Wong has played a leading role in the design and construction work of some 10 buildings both on and off-campus to facilitate the rapid development of HKUST. He was also the project leader of a large-scale Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) project which encompassed three major administrative information systems, namely student administration, finance and human resources.

Professor Wong’s research interests lie mainly in the areas of environmental biotechnology, plant biochemistry and mangrove conservation/utilization. He has pioneered a long-term collaborative research program on mangrove ecosystems in Hong Kong, which was participated by some 20 leading scientists from the provinces of Guangdong and Fujian. Professor Wong also initiated the founding of the Futian-CityU Mangrove Research and Development Center in Shenzhen in 2003. 

Professor Wong has published or co-authored over 170 international journal articles, 8 books, and has supervised over 20 post-doctoral fellows and graduate students. Professor Wong has been appointed honorary/guest professor in a number of universities in China, including Nanjing University, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Dr Sun Yat-Sen University, Xiamen University and Fujian Normal University. He was also a member of the Committee of Plant Molecular Biology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and an advisor of the National Marine Open Laboratory at Xiamen University.  He was editor of three scientific journals.

In addition to scientific research, Professor Wong has been 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 a member of the Education Commission between 2001-07. He was a member of the University Grants Committee between 2005-11 and a member of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications from 2003 to 2007. Professor Wong is also actively contributing to many other public services. He was the Chairman of Wetland Advisory Committee between1998-04, Deputy Chairman of Advisory Council on the Environment between 2001-08, and the Chairman of the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Hong Kong between 2010-13. Professor Wong served as the Chairman of the Consumer Council for 6 years (2013-2018).

Professor Wong is currently a Hong Kong Deputy for the National People’s Congress of China, the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Judicial Salaries and Conditions of Service, the Chairman of Steering Committee of New Engergy Transport Fund and Member of Civil Service Training Advisory Board.  He also served as a member of the Hong Kong Basic Law Committee under the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress since 2008. Professor Wong is now the Chairman of Research Grants Council of Hong Kong.  He also currently serves as the Chairman of the Society of Hong Kong Scholars and the Chairman of the Academic Committee of the Hong Kong Scholars Program.

He was also appointed Justice of the Peace (JP) and was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star (BBS) and Silver Bauhinia Star (SBS)- in 2001, 2004 and 2018 respectively. 

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Dr. Silas Yang Siu-Shun

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Dr Silas Yang Siu-shun is a Chartered Accountant with more than 37 years of experiences in the field of Audit and Accounting.  Dr Yang graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1978 and has served a number of positions for one of the “Big Four” auditing firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), including as Chairman and Senior Partner of PwC Hong Kong, the Executive Chairman and Senior Partner of PwC China and Hong Kong, one of the five members of the Global Network Leadership Team of PwC and the PwC Asia Pacific Chairman.  He retired from PwC in 2015.  Dr Yang is currently serving as an Independent Non-Executive Director for the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited and Tencent Holdings Limited.

Dr Yang has also been actively involved in the community.  He is a Member of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, a Justice of the Peace in Hong Kong, a Vice Patron of The Community Chest, a Member of the Exchange Fund Advisory Committee of Hong Kong Monetary Authority and a Steward of The Hong Kong Jockey Club.  He has previously served as a Board Member and the Audit Committee Chairman of The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong (previously the Hang Seng Management College), and was the Deputy Council Chairman of The Open University of Hong Kong.

Dr Yang is a Fellow Member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, The Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.  He was awarded Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa from The Open University of Hong Kong in November 2019.

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Mr. Thomas Tso Man-tai

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Mr. Tso joined the Hong Kong Government as an Administrative Officer after his graduation from HKU in 1975. Throughout his 37 years of civil service career, Mr. Tso served in various posts including the Director of Community Relations of the ICAC; Deputy Director of Regional Services; Deputy Head of the Central Policy Unit; Deputy Secretary for the Civil Service and Deputy Secretary for Planning and Lands.  

He also got postings outside Hong Kong, first in 1995 when he was sent by the Government to Singapore to set up the first Economic and Trade Office representing Hong Kong in the ASEAN Region. In 2006, Mr. Tso was appointed Director of the HKSARG Beijing Office.  He held the position until his retirement in 2012, upon when he was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star in recognition of his contribution to the civil service.

Since retirement, Mr. Tso has been devoting time to voluntary work.  He sits on the Executive Committee of the HKU Alumni Association, the Council of Centennial College set up by HKU, the Board of the Friends of Dun Huang (HK)(香港敦煌之友), the Board of the Association of China Trend Studies(中國國情研習促進會), as well as the Council of the Academy of Chinese Studies(中國文化研究院).  

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Mrs. Stella Lau Kun Lai-Kuen

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Graduating from Diocesan Girls’ School (Hong Kong), Mrs Stella Lau was educated at University of Waterloo in Canada, where she read Sociology.  She spent the first 10 years of her working life as a Community Relations Officer at the Independent Commission Against Corruption and then as a language instructor at the Ministry of Defense (UK) Chinese Language School.  On returning to Hong Kong in 1990, she joined the staff of Diocesan Girls’ School, her alma mater, to teach Psychology, became the Counselling Mistress in 1993, Deputy Headmistress in 1994 and has been the Headmistress since 1999.

Mrs. Lau is currently the Board Chairman of the Hong Kong Schools Sports Federation, a member of the Sports Commission, the Kai Tak Multi-Purpose Sports Complex Task Force, the Research Ethics Committee (Kowloon Central / Kowloon East) of the Hospital Authority, the Selection Panel of Jardine Foundation Scholarship, the Careers Advisory Board (the University of Hong Kong) and others.

Previously, Mrs. Lau also rendered her service to various organizations.  She served on the Council of the City University of Hong Kong (2001-2007), the Committee on Performing Arts (2004-2010), the Broadcasting Authority (2005-2009), the Board of Directors of the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education Limited (2007-2010), the University Grants Committee (2008-2013), the ICAC Complaints Committee (2008-2013), the Council for Sustainable Development (2011-2017), and the Sir Jack Cater Scholarship Fund Selection Committee as well as the Family Council.  Mrs. Lau also served as the Chairperson of the Women’s Commission of the HKSAR Government for six years till early 2018.  

She was appointed the Justice of the Peace in 2006 and made Honorary Fellow of the City University of Hong Kong in 2010, and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2017.  She was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star by the HKSAR Government in 2017.

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Ms. Maria Tam Wai-Chu

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Miss Maria Tam Wai Chu, GBM, GBS, J.P., 

She was educated at London University. She qualified as a barrister-at-law at Gray’s Inn, London and practiced in Hong Kong. 

She was the Councilor of the Executive Council, The Legislative Council, the Urban Council as well as the District Board.  She was a member of the Preparatory Committee for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (P.R.C.), Hong Kong Affairs Advisor (P.R.C.) and the Basic Law Drafting Committee.  She was a deputy to the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China and member of the Hong Kong Basic Law Committee.

She is the Deputy Director of the Hong Kong Basic Law Committee of the Standing Committee of the NPC.  She is also a member of various community services organizations.