JUDGES

Professor Y.C. Richard Wong, SBS, JP
Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Chair of Economics
Philip Wong Kennedy Wong Professor in Political Economy
The University of Hong Kong

Richard Wong is active in advancing research in economic policy studies in Hong Kong and China through his work as founding Director of the Hong Kong Centre for Economic Research since 1987. He has been Chairman of the Judging Panel of the DHL/SCMP Hong Kong Business Awards since 2006. He was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star in 1999 by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in recognition of his contributions to education, housing, and industry and technology development.

Mr. Ng Chee Choong
Senior Vice President
Managing Director
DHL Express Hong Kong and Macau
Member, DHL Express Asia Pacific Management Board

Ng Chee Choong is the Managing Director of DHL Express Hong Kong and Macau. With more than 20 years of experience in the logistics industry, Mr. Ng is in charge of spearheading the strategic growth and managing overall operations in Hong Kong and Macau.

In his preceding role as Vice President of Operations, Mr. Ng has been an integral part of DHL Express’ success in Hong Kong. Having led more than 1,000 frontline employees for core and co-loader shipments, three large-scale international service centers and one domestic center, he was instrumental in the expansion of the On-Demand Delivery service and recently managed the successful move of the Hong Kong Service Centre and the Kowloon West Service Centre, which are both among the top three DHL Express service centers worldwide in terms of volume handled.

Mr. Ng joined DHL Express in 2004 as Transportation Manager, eventually taking up managerial responsibilities in the company’s Singapore Hub airport operations before being appointed as Vice President of Operations in Hong Kong in 2017.

Prior to joining DHL Express, Mr. Ng worked with SATS, a former subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, and TNT Express.

Mr. Ng holds a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Geography from the National University of Singapore.

Mr. Eugene Tang
Managing Editor (Business)
South China Morning Post

Eugene Tang has been a financial journalist since 1994. His career began in his native Malaysia in a reporting role for The Edge weekly newspaper straight after graduate school. On the eve of the first Asian Financial Crisis in 1997, Eugene joined Bloomberg, where he subsequently spent 14 years in real time journalism, working in Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Tokyo and Beijing. He expanded and managed Bloomberg’s China news bureaus in Beijing and Shanghai 14-fold over a decade. An opportunity arose in 2011, attracting him to lead the development of a Chinese-language news product for Dow Jones & Co., publisher of the Asian Wall Street Journal. Eugene subsequently spent four years developing a range of news products including Dow Jones’ Chinese FX & Fixed Income News, and Factiva.

Dr. Winnie S. C. Leung
CPA (HK)
Assistant Dean (Undergraduate)
Associate Professor of Teaching (Accounting)
HKU Business School

Dr. Winnie Leung is the Associate Professor of Teaching in Accounting at HKU Business School. She joined HKU in 2010. She is a CPA in Hong Kong with practical experience in banking and accounting. Dr. Leung is passionate towards accounting education. Her enthusiasm and devotion in teaching and learning has earned her high recognition for teaching excellence. She was given the Outstanding Teacher Awards in 2012, 2018 and 2022. Dr. Leung’s expertise lies in the area of financial reporting. She teaches Financial Accounting to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. She also involves in Executive Education. Dr. Leung’s research interests include Financial Reporting, Corporate Governance and Family Firms. She has research publications in top academic journals, including Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Corporate Finance and Journal of Accounting and Public Policy.

Mr. Yeung Wai Tim Patrick
CEO
Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce

Before joining HKGCC, Mr. Yeung was a senior executive of Swire Group. He spent close to three decades in the Group’s Aviation Division, and assumed senior management positions at both Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair. He also was the Group’s China Chief Representative, based in Beijing, between 2009 and 2011.

As an all-round executive, Mr. Yeung has solid commercial and operational experience across Asia, with recognized expertise in pioneering & start-up, change management, and government relations.

He was appointed Professor of Practice (Tourism Marketing), School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2019.

Mr. Yeung holds a Master’s Degree in E-Commerce (Sc) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences from The University of Hong Kong.

Dr. Patrick Lau
Deputy Executive Director
Hong Kong Trade Development Council

Dr. Patrick Lau has been Deputy Executive Director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) since 2019. In this role, he creates opportunities and facilitates deals for Hong Kong enterprises. Dr. Lau oversees the following portfolio: the promotion of Hong Kong’s service sectors, merchandise trade and innovation, as well as the Council’s external relations, corporate communications and marketing functions and network of 50 offices worldwide.

In addition to driving various international promotions and trade missions as well as 15 of HKTDC’s anchor conferences and service fairs annually, Dr. Lau spearheads new initiatives such as the GoGBA one-stop platform, tripartite deal-making, Transformation Sandbox (T-box) for SMEs and numerous strategic partnerships.

Dr. Lau is recognised as a seasoned banker, investor and dealmaker in the region. Dr. Lau has worked in Hong Kong since 2001, firstly as a lawyer at international law firms Baker McKenzie and Skadden Arps, then as an investment banker at UBS and China Construction Bank (CCB) International, where he held progressively senior posts until becoming Managing Director, Head of Mergers & Acquisitions and Assistant Head of Investment Bank. Between 2015 and 2018, Dr. Lau was the CEO of a digital infrastructure company, Director of Investments at sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional, and Board Director and Investment Committee Member at medtech and life science private equity fund Xeraya Capital.

Dr. Lau graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, and Bachelor of Laws with first class honours from Monash University in Melbourne, where he attended medical school and law school concurrently. He has been admitted as an advocate or solicitor in Hong Kong, Australia, England, Wales and Malaysia. He was Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Business and Economics of Monash University and part-time Lecturer in the Law Faculty of the University of Hong Kong.

Mr. Frank Fang
General Manager
Head of Commercial Banking, Hong Kong and Macau
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

Frank Fang is General Manager and Head of Commercial Banking, Hong Kong and Macau at HSBC. A member of the Bank’s Global Commercial Banking Executive Committee, Frank is co-leading the Asia-Pacific commercial banking franchise and has oversight of Hong Kong and Macau.

Frank joined HSBC in 1991 and has had postings in Hong Kong, London, Beijing and Shanghai. He has a wealth of experience in corporate banking, retail banking, banking operations, and the development and management of distribution networks. Frank was most recently Head of Commercial Banking and Executive Vice President, HSBC China.

Frank Fang holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from China Foreign Affairs University.

Mr. Kenneth Yu
2023 National President
Junior Chamber International Hong Kong (JCI Hong Kong)

Mr. Kenneth Yu is the Founder of SENSE International (Holdings) Limited and the CEO of SENSE Training House. Over the years, he has provided various trainings for youth organizations, Fortune 500 companies and government departments on team building, communication skills, strategic planning, change management, design thinking, etc.

Since 2014, Mr. Yu has focused in the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® training methodology, which allowing participants to learn effectively with innovative and easy methods. He was invited to provide talent training to financial service companies, such as HSBC UBS, ICBC, etc as well as international brands, such as Cartier, Hermes, Johnson & Johnson, etc.

Mr. Yu served as a lecturer in post-secondary colleges, including Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Enterprise Development, Hong Kong University School of Professional and Continuing Education, Hong Kong Design Institute, Cyberport Guangdong-Hong Kong and Shenzhen-Hong Kong Information Technology Youth Entrepreneurship Program, etc. He was the first to launch an interactive online workshop on Design Thinking in 2019, which attracted over 200 participants.

Mr. Yu graduated from The University of Hong Kong in 2005. He worked as Social Worker targeting youth issues in the early stage of his career. He is a member of Guangdong Youth Federation and an Entrepreneurship Mentor of Guangdong Science and Technology Business Incubator Association.

Mrs. Janice Choi, BBS, MH, JP, Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres
Standing Committee Member of The Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, H.K.

Mrs. Janice Choi is a Standing Committee Member of the Tianjin Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) of the PRC, China-appointed Attesting Officer, Solicitor of HKSAR, England & Wales, Barrister & Solicitor of Victoria Australia, Advocate & Solicitor of Singapore. She is the Advisor and Legal Director of the Hong Kong-based Sun Wah Group, and on the board of the Hong Kong-listed Sunwah Kingsway Capital Group.

Mrs. Choi has been appointed by the Hong Kong SAR Government to The Hong Kong Law Reform Commission and the Court of The City University of Hong Kong. She is also Vice-President of Hong Kong Girl Guides Association, Vice-Patron of The Community Chest of Hong Kong, Founder Chairman and Honorary President of Musicus Society, Honorary Chairman of PLA Camp Visiting Committee Hong Kong, Honorary President and Honorary Legal Advisor of All-China Women’s Federation Hong Kong Delegates Association and Vice-Chairman of the Hong Kong Federation of Women.

Ms. Luanne Lim
Chief Executive, Hong Kong
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

Luanne Lim was appointed Chief Executive, Hong Kong, HSBC, in February 2022, having previously served as Chief Operating Officer, Hong Kong, HSBC, a role that she has held since 2017.

Ms. Lim has more than 25 years of experience in the banking industry. Since joining HSBC Retail Banking in Singapore in 1999, she has held leadership roles and spearheaded strategic growth and transformation initiatives across HSBC’s key markets in Asia, including:

  • Mainland China: Set up and built a sizeable client operations division of a strategic joint venture
  • Vietnam: Supported the significant expansion of the business and the local incorporation of HSBC Bank (Vietnam) Ltd, the first wholly foreign-owned bank to operate both branches and transaction offices in Vietnam. She continues to serve as a member of HSBC Bank (Vietnam) Ltd’s Members’ Council
  • Malaysia: Led HSBC Data Processing Malaysia Sdn Bhd, supporting businesses and operations for more than 25 markets around the globe
  • Indonesia: Oversaw the integration of PT Bank Ekonomi with HSBC Indonesia in her capacity as the Chief Operating Officer and a director of the Board

During her time as Chief Operating Officer, Hong Kong, Ms. Lim delivered key innovation and efficiency programmes that demonstrate her strong understanding of the needs of our customers and employees in Hong Kong.

She currently holds various roles in the financial services industry. She is a Vice Chairperson of the Hong Kong Association of Banks, and sits on the Banking Advisory Committee and Financial Infrastructure and Market Development Sub-Committee of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority. She is also a council member of Treasury Markets Association, a member of the Academy of Finance, Chairman of Financial Services Advisory Committee and Asia Financial Forum Steering Committee of Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), and a member of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Taskforce on Trade and Investment of the HKTDC.

Ms. Lim is also a strong advocate for workplace inclusion and has a passion for the environment.

Mr. Douglas Woo, BBS, JP
Chairman and Managing Director
Wheelock and Company Limited

Mr. Douglas Woo helms the Hong Kong-headquartered Wheelock Group, established in 1857 with footprints in Hong Kong, Mainland China and Singapore. The Group has been actively engaged in building sustainable communities through co-creating solutions for public and transitional housing, sustainable construction and green finance.

In the community, Mr. Woo supports positive changes through collaboration. Project WeCan, of which he is patron, pairs 72 partners and 2,200 volunteers with 80,000 under-resourced students. He is also devoting time to the Agency for Volunteer Service’s Hong Kong Volunteer Recognition Scheme and French May Arts Festival.

Mr. Woo advises WWF-Hong Kong and the Nature Conservancy, and has chaired the Government’s Environment and Conservation Fund for the past 6 years. As an avid swimmer and ardent admirer of nature, he co-founded ocean and sports events which fundraised to support multiple charitable causes over many years, notably Community Chest Wheelock Swim for Millions and Community Chest Sports for Millions.

Ms. Gabriel Kwan
Head, Corporate Affairs, Brand and Marketing
Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited

Gabriel Kwan is well-versed in the world of corporate affairs and mass media with extensive journalism experience in major media organizations in Hong Kong, before joining Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited in 2003.

As the Head of Corporate Affairs, Brand and Marketing and a member of the Bank’s Management Committee, Gabriel is leading the Bank’s external and internal communications strategy and driving the continued growth of the brand through the brand and marketing campaigns as well as community engagement initiatives. Over the years, she has been instrumental in promoting and expanding the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon – successfully injecting positivity into the community and maximizing the value of the Bank’s signature sponsorship property.

Gabriel holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree in Journalism and Communication from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Master degree in International and Public Affairs from the University of Hong Kong.

Mr. Li Shing Chung Gilbert
Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Board
Pharmaron Beijing Co., Limited

Mr. Li Shing Chung Gilbert, aged 44, is our chief financial officer and secretary of our Board. He joined our Group in January 2008 as our financial controller and was appointed as our chief financial officer in January 2015. He was appointed as the secretary of the Board in October 2016 and is primarily responsible for the overall financial function of our Group. In particular, he is responsible for the financing and M&A activities of our Group. Mr. Li also serves as a supervisor or director at several subsidiaries of our Group.

Prior to joining our Group, Mr. Li had served at various roles in accounting and financial areas. From 2000 to 2003, he served as assistant manager of KPMG, a multinational financial audit, tax and advisory firm.

Mr. Li obtained his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in November 2000. Mr. Li obtained his master’s degree in business administration from the China Europe International Business School in July 2012. Mr. Li is a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Mr. Hans Michael Jebsen, BBS
Chairman
Jebsen Group

Hans Michael Jebsen is the Chairman of Jebsen Group. He is Non-executive Director at Jebsen & Jessen Group, Jebsen & Jessen Hamburg, and Independent Non-executive Director at The Wharf (Holdings) Ltd.

Dedicated to community work, Mr. Jebsen is Chairman of the Hong Kong Section at the Hong Kong – Europe Business Council, and Chairman of the HKUST Business School Advisory Board. He established the Jebsen Educational Foundation to support two professorships at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Mr. Jebsen is also active in the non-profit sector: he is the former Chairman of the Asian Cultural Council in Hong Kong, and serves as Member of the Board of Trustees of Asia Society Hong Kong, Trustee of the World Wide Fund for Nature Hong Kong, Member of the Advisory Board of the Hong Kong Red Cross, and Founder Member and Executive Council Member at the Asian Academy of International Law.

Mr. Jebsen was conferred the title of Guangzhou Honorary Citizen in 2021. He was bestowed with the Danish title of “Kammerherre” by H.M. The Queen of Denmark in 2020; and was awarded the Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Award in 2018; Doctor of Business Administration honoris causa of The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology in 2015; Knight 1st class of the Order of Dannebrog, Denmark in 2014; the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2009; the Silver Cross of the Order of Dannebrog, Denmark in 2006 and in 2001, the Bronze Bauhinia Star of the Hong Kong SAR.

Mr. Jebsen was a member of The Government of the HKSAR’s Advisory Council on the Environment from 2009 to 2012, and The Government of the HKSAR’s Council for Sustainable Development from 2003 to 2009. He also served as Municipal Economic Advisor of The People’s Government of Jilin City, PRC from 2005 to 2010 and also as Committee Member of The Chinese People’s Political Consultative Committee of Jilin City, PRC from 2005 to 2010. He served as a member of the Operations Review Committee of the Independent Commission Against Corruption from 2015 to 2020.

Mr. Jebsen studied Economics and Business Administration at the University of St Gallen, Switzerland.

Mr. Daniel Lo
Founder & CEO
GoGoChart Technology Limited

Daniel Lo is the Founder and CEO of GoGoChart, an award-winning marketing company, that empowers brands globally with widely accessible, adaptive mobile and Web3 marketing solutions including CMP and SaaS platforms.

Since its establishment in 2016, GoGoChart has provided bespoke strategies and dynamic solutions to over 2,000 brands in more than 60 countries. Key clients of GoGoChart include Fortune 500 companies, blue chip listed companies and SMEs from the finance, consumer, e-commerce and gaming sectors.

In addition to leading the development of GoGoChart, he is active in start-up and entrepreneurial communities, serving as Vice President of the Executive Committee of the Cyberport Startup Alumni Association (CSAA), and provides career planning advice to students and young entrepreneurs in various mentoring programs and consulting, such as the HKUST program and Cyberport incubation startups. At the same time, Daniel is also a speaker at local and overseas MBA institutions, industry events, and seminars such as Meta, Google, HSBC and Deloitte.

Mr. Phil Wong
CEO
YOOV Internet Technology (HK) Limited

Phil Wong, founder and CEO of YOOV, holds an MBA degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and is a registered surveyor. He began his career in the corporate and investment banking division with Wachovia Bank & Wells Fargo Bank.

In 2012, Phil decided to start an English education business and left the finance industry. The operational challenges he had experienced made him determined to promote digital transformation in Hong Kong.

Phil founded YOOV in 2016 with the corporate vision of “Make IT happen!”, committed to assisting SMEs in achieving digital transformation and improving business operational efficiency with a series of cloud management solutions, growing alongside Hong Kong SMEs.