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

Chee Choong Ng 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
Business Editor
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)
Principal Lecturer (Accounting)
HKU Business School

Dr. Winnie Leung is the Principal Lecturer of Accounting at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). 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 Award (Undergraduate Teaching) by the HKU Business School in 2012 and 2018. Dr. Leung’s expertise lies in the area of financial reporting. She teaches Advanced Financial Accounting in both undergraduate and master programmes. 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, and Journal of Corporate Finance.

Mr. George Siu-Kay Leung
CEO
The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce

Before joining The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce (HKGCC) in 2020, George S K Leung was Advisor to the Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited. He was also a member of the bank’s Hong Kong Executive Committee and other senior management committees. Prior to this appointment in 2005, he was Chief Economist, Greater China region, a post he held since 2000. Mr. Leung joined HSBC as Senior Economist in 1994 and was appointed as Head of the Economic Research Department in 1996. Before joining HSBC, he was CFO of a large manufacturing company and also a senior policy officer in the Australian public sector for many years. Mr. Leung taught in several tertiary institutions as lecturer in economics after graduation.

Mr. Leung is a renowned business economist and an influential public policy commentator in the region. He has a long record of public service, including former Chairman of both the Financial and Treasury Services Committee and the Economic Policy Committee of HKGCC; and former Acting Chairman of the Hong Kong Association of Banks. He was also a member of various public bodies, including Hong Kong Financial Services Development Council, Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (Hong Kong Committee), Greater Pearl River Delta Business Council, Government Statistics Advisory Board, and PCICB. Mr. Leung also served as non-executive director at the Board of The Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation Ltd. He is currently a member of TDC Council, TDC B&R / GBA Committee, ICAC Hong Kong Business Ethics Development Advisory Committee, and Business Facilitation Advisory Committee, as well as a board member of GS1 HK.

Mr. Leung obtained his Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Toronto, Canada in 1984.

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, Dr. Lau helps create opportunities and facilitates deals for Hong Kong businesses. His portfolio covers the promotion of Hong Kong’s service sectors, merchandise trade and innovation, as well as the HKTDC’s external relations, corporate communications and marketing and its network of 50 offices worldwide.

Dr. Lau has diverse experience in executive management, business development, commercial law, funds and investment banking, covering a range of sectors including property, telecom, infrastructure, technology and life sciences, among others.

From 2001 to 2014, Dr. Lau was based in Hong Kong where he worked as a lawyer at international law firms Baker McKenzie and Skadden Arps, and later became an investment banker at UBS AG 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 the Malaysian Government’s sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional, and Board Director and Investment Committee Member of venture and private equity fund Xeraya Capital.

Dr. Lau has successfully handled numerous commercial transactions, joint ventures, restructurings and capital market exercises, and is recognised as a seasoned banker, investor and dealmaker in the region. He has deep knowledge of Hong Kong, Mainland China and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) markets and has also worked with many clients and parties from Europe, the Americas and Middle East.

Dr. Lau graduated with Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Laws with first-class honours from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, 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 at the Faculty of Business and Economics of Monash University and part-time Lecturer at the Law Faculty of the University of Hong Kong.

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

Frank Fang is Head of Commercial Banking, Hong Kong, HSBC.

Mr. Fang joined HSBC in 1991 and served in various positions in Hong Kong, London, Beijing and Shanghai. He has a wealth of experience in corporate banking, retail banking, banking operations, and distribution network development and management.

Mr. Fang was in charge of Greater China businesses of Commercial Banking in Hong Kong between 2009 and 2011. He took up the role of Regional Manager for northern China in HSBC China’s Commercial Banking and became Country Head of Corporate in 2012.

Mr. Fang was the Head of Commercial Banking and Executive Vice President of HSBC China between 2017 and 2021. Prior to this, he was Head of Corporate Banking Coverage for Deutsche Bank (China) Company Limited. Mr. Fang became Head of Commercial Banking, Hong Kong, HSBC in March 2021.

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

Ms. Winnie Yeung
National President
JCI Hong Kong

Ms. Winnie Yeung is the National President of JCI Hong Kong, an international leadership organization that provides development opportunities for young people to create positive change.

Ms. Yeung graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a Master of Laws degree. She is now engaged in the import and wholesale of medical and health equipment and serves as Managing Director of the Health Company.

Joining JCI straight out of college, Ms. Yeung was nurtured by an elite group of leaders of JCI Hong Kong, whose earnestness reflected their pursuit of excellence. In 2010, Ms. Yeung became the first member of Hong Kong to be awarded the “Most Outstanding Debater” at JCI World Congress. It opened many doors of opportunity for her in public speaking, debating and training. Besides taking up various leadership roles of the organization, Ms. Yeung has conducted over 80 trainings on presentation skills, effective communication and leadership skills for hundreds and thousands of young people both inside and outside of JCI.

In these 14 years with JCI, Ms. Yeung met great people and made great friends. The positive values they instilled in her, paired with her inner calling for youth empowerment, compelled Ms. Yeung to devote her time and energy to giving young people of our society the same development opportunities this organization has given her.

Mrs. Janice Choi, BBS, MH, JP, Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres
Standing Committee Member and Chairman of the Ladies Committee
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 is 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 Hon. Legal Advisor of All-China Women’s Federation Hong Kong Delegates Association and Vice-Chairman of the Hong Kong Federation of Women.

Mr. Fu Keung (Edward) Lau
Chief Financial Officer of New World Development Co. Ltd.

Mr. Fu Keung (Edward) Lau has over 18 years of experience in corporate management, investment banking, consulting and accounting. Edward is Chief Financial Officer of New World Development Co. Ltd. (HKSE:17) leading Group’s financial functions including Finance, Accounting, Treasury and Investor Relations. Before joining New World, Edward was the Chief Financial Officer of Kaisa Group Holdings Ltd. (HKSE:1638), a Chinese property developer with focus on Greater Bay Area. In recognition of his outstanding achievements, Edward was awarded “Best CFO – Buyside” in 2020 All-Asia Executive Team Leaders survey organized by Institutional Investor (II).

Edward held various senior banking positions with global investment banks prior to his CFO career. He managed structured credit investments in the Global Credit Trading group of Deutsche Bank. Edward had originated and executed 170+ equity and fixed income deals, with his last role as the Head of Equity Capital Markets, Greater China at Barclays Capital.

Edward received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance (with Distinction) and Master of Accounting (with Distinction) from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 2001 and 2002 respectively. He is a U.S. (Delaware) Certified Public Accountant Certificate holder. Edward served as a member of the Greater Bay Area Working Group under the Mainland Opportunities Committee of Financial Services Development Council (FSDC), HKSAR Government.

Mr. Wong Siu-Kee, Kent
Managing Director, Corporate and HK, Macau & Overseas, Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group

Mr. Wong Siu-Kee, Kent joined Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group in 1977, and was appointed as the Group’s Managing Director in July 2011 and re-designated as Managing Director, Corporate and HK, Macau & Overseas in April 2021. He is responsible for the Group’s overall corporate management and its development in Hong Kong, Macau and overseas.

As a veteran of the jewellery industry with over four decades of rich experience, Mr. Wong is a key advocator behind Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group’s evolution into an exciting, innovative, diversified and trend-setting leader.

Under Mr. Wong’s leadership, he broke new ground for the brand in China and opened the Group’s first mainland store in 1998, further expanding its global presence and successfully transforming from a homegrown brand to a modern and progressive enterprise with over 4,000 points of sale around the world.

Mr. NiQ Lai
Co-Owner & Group Chief Executive Officer, HKBN Group

NiQ joined HKBN in 2004 and has rich experience in the telecommunications, research and finance industries. NiQ was appointed as Chief Financial Officer in 2006, Chief Talent & Financial Officer in 2016 and Group Chief Operating Officer in 2017. He took the helm as Group Chief Executive Officer in September 2018, leading HKBN to deliver world-class products and services to “Make our Home a Better Place to Live”. NiQ is passionate about developing HKBN Talents because he believes if you get the people right, the company will do great. Prior to joining HKBN, NiQ was an analyst and the Director and Head of Asia Telecom Research for Credit Suisse, where he was involved in numerous global fund-raising initiatives for Asian telecom carriers.

Dr. Derek Baram
Orthodontist & Director
Central Smile Limited

Derek was born and brought up in Hong Kong and comes from a parentage of dual cultures, English and Chinese. He graduated from dental school in 2005 as valedictorian of his year for his academic and overall achievements. In 2006, he pursued his Master and Specialist orthodontic training at the renowned Eastman Dental Institute in London. He then returned to Hong Kong to continue his training with the Advanced Diploma course with The University of Hong Kong.

Derek practices orthodontics exclusively, with a special interest in early intervention orthodontics as well as invisible orthodontics for adults. Derek strives to provide the best orthodontic care and customer service for his patients by using the latest technology, keeping patients involved and informed of their treatment, providing the latest innovation and maintaining a philosophy of “patients come first”.

Derek is an active member in continuing education and regularly contributes and participates in international courses and conferences. He is a fellow of the College of Dental Surgeons of Hong Kong and The Hong Kong Academy of Medicine. He also holds memberships with the Hong Kong Society of Orthodontists, World Federation of Orthodontists and the American Association of Orthodontists.

Mr. Jack Zhang
Co-Founder and CEO of Airwallex

Jack Zhang is Co-Founder and CEO of Airwallex, and is responsible for devising and implementing the overall strategic vision of the company. Under his leadership, Airwallex has raised over US$500 million in venture capital funding, supported by top-tier investors including Tencent, Sequoia Capital China, DST Global, Hillhouse Capital and Horizons Ventures. Airwallex’s innovation and scale has been recognised and awarded by leading independent authorities, such as listing in Forbes’ Cloud 100 2020 and being named Startup of the Year at the 2020 DHL/SCMP Hong Kong Business Awards.

Jack has won a series of awards for his outstanding entrepreneurial achievements including Outstanding Leader of the Year by Fintech Australia (2019) and one of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneurs of the Year (2018).

Prior to starting Airwallex, Jack had over a decade of experience in foreign exchange trading and investment banking across London, Melbourne and Hong Kong.