The Chinese University of Hong Kong Eighteenth Honorary Fellowship Conferment Ceremony
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) held its Eighteenth Honorary Fellowship Conferment Ceremony today (6 May) on campus. At the Ceremony, Dr Norman N.P. LEUNG, Chairman of the Council, conferred honorary fellowships on the following four distinguished persons in recognition of their remarkable contributions to the University and the community.
Dr LAM Ko-yin Colin
Dr LAM Ko-yin Colin is currently Vice Chairman and Executive Director of Henderson Land Development Company Limited, Vice Chairman and Executive Director of Henderson Investment, Chairman of Hong Kong Ferry (Holdings), and a director of Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited, Miramar Hotel and Investment Company Limited, and Union Hospital. He is also a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Hong Kong. In 1982, Dr Lam joined the Henderson Land Development Group (the “Group”) to assist the Chairman, Dr Lee Shau-kee, in business development. With Dr Lam’s assistance, advice and contributions, the Group expanded rapidly into a business kingdom. The Group under Dr Lam’s management has always been identified with compassion and beneficence. He is a firm believer in education, taking very much to heart the saying that “it takes ten years to grow a tree, but a hundred to grow a person.” For decades, Dr Lam has been actively promoting education and developing the younger generation. In 1992, he founded Chi Wah Foundation Limited (the “Foundation”) to support youth education and help the underprivileged, which includes donations to 36 secondary schools in the mainland China, and various universities in mainland China, Hong Kong and overseas. The Foundation also raised numerous relief funds, and has made emergency donations to provide medical treatment and assistance to those in distress. To honour Dr Lam’s outstanding contributions to Hong Kong society, the HKSAR Government bestowed on him the Silver Bauhinia Star in 2017. Dr Lam is also an ardent supporter of CUHK.
Mr LEE Chun-kee Charlie
Mr LEE Chun-kee Charlie is the President and Chairman of the Board of the Hecny Group (the “Hecny”), a multi-national group that employs 3,000 people in more than 70 offices across the world. Mr Lee founded Hecny in 1951 to take airfreight orders, pioneering changes in Hong Kong’s airfreight industry with foresight and extraordinary vision. In 1956, Hecny made headlines in Hong Kong’s airfreight industry by becoming one of the first International Air Transport Association (IATA) accredited agents in Hong Kong. In addition to air freight forwarding, Mr Lee also set his sights on sea freight forwarding to meet the needs of the booming manufacturing industry since the 1960s. Having laid a solid foundation for Hecny, Mr Lee applied the advanced computer technology to cope with the industry’s insatiable demand for information and new challenges. While he was going from strength to strength in business, Mr Lee had not forgotten his roots. In his father’s name, he funded the Xiaoyin Li Songling School and its Foundation Tower in his hometown, the village of Xiaoyin, Zhangjiabian in Zhongshan city, Guangdong province. He also made donations to Nanlang Yunqu Middle School, the alumni association and education fund of the No.1 Middle School of Zhongshan, and Qifa Middle School, as well as sponsoring the town’s power station, and hospital projects. In recognition of his benevolence and contributions, he was made an honorary citizen of Zhongshan. In 2010, Mr Lee established The Charlie Lee Charitable Foundation, and has made various donations to CUHK in support of numerous research projects, greatly benefitting CUHK’s education cause.
Mr LEE Tak-lun William
Mr LEE Tak-lun William is a leading figure in Hong Kong’s securities sector and a pioneer of financial reforms. Mr Lee found the Grand Finance Group in 1989, which has served Hong Kong’s financial sector long and well and won for itself an excellent reputation. During his tenure as President of the Chinese Gold and Silver Exchange Society (CGSE), Mr Lee spearheaded the establishment of Hong Kong’s first Electronic Trading Platform in 2008. The platform took the gold and silver trading market into an electronic era, ensured fairness, increased the trading hours and developed the international spot gold trading market. Only half a year after the launch of the platform, transaction volume had turned tenfold, receiving high acclaim from industry peers. In 2012, the HKSAR government decorated Mr Lee with the Bronze Bauhinia Star in recognition of his contributions to promoting Hong Kong’s trading and industrial development. Mr Lee has made significant contributions to society. CUHK in particular has benefitted from his generosity because his donations were made to set up many scholarships to support students in financial need. During his tenure as the President of Shanghai Fraternity Association Hong Kong Limited, Mr Lee orchestrated a number of donation and sponsorship projects for CUHK. In 2017, he initiated a donation from the Association for the establishment of Shanghai Fraternity Association Diligence Bursaries, offering assistance to students in need who demonstrate diligence in their studies, and priority is given to local students. In 2018, the Association sponsored the establishment of a clinic of The Chinese University of Hong Kong — Shanghai Fraternity Association Integrative Medical Centre in Wan Chai to promote the development of Chinese-Western integrative therapies. It supported at the same time the Science Academy for Young Talent of The Chinese University of Hong Kong STEM Programme to raise skills in advanced technology in Hong Kong.
Mr WONG Man-yin Denny
Mr WONG Man-yin Denny graduated from New Asia College of CUHK in 1974 with a Bachelor’s degree major in Economics and minor in Business Administration. He joined a leading property developer upon graduation. In 1978, after honing his skills for four years, he co-founded the Centaline Property Agency (the “Agency”) with Mr Shih Wing-ching. Ten years later, the Agency became a market leader among real estate agencies in Hong Kong. In 1992, Mr Wong founded Capital Property Consultants. In 1996, he established the Hong Kong Chamber of Professional Property Consultants Limited with other captains of industry and became its first Chairman. In 1999, Mr Wong acquired Easy Property, and later acquired Easy House Properties in 2002. Mr Wong has been leading his companies in new directions for 40 years. He refrains from taking part in property speculation. Instead, he places his priorities on professional ethics and services, as well as decent organisational management. He also emphasises that a property agency should practise social responsibility. Mr Wong has not neglected his role in giving service to the community. Every year, he donates on average half of the net profit of Easy Property to charity, benefitting the community and setting an example of social responsibility. He has served as a member of the General Education Advisory Board of New Asia College since 2008 and the Board of Trustees since 2009. He has also donated significantly to establish scholarships that encourage students to improve themselves and broaden their horizons.