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Industry Advisory Committee
Picture of Ms Shirley Chan Ms Shirley Chan Vice Chairman of YGM Trading Ltd.

Ms Janet Cheung Vice Chairman, Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association
Ms Vanessa Cheung Founder, The Mills
Ms Katherine Fang Director, Fang Brothers Knitting Ltd.
Ms Angie Lau Chief Executive Officer, Clover Group International Ltd.
Ms Irene Lau Vice President – China, Lane Crawford
Mr Lincoln Lau Chairman, L Industries Ltd.
Mr Bosco Law Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, LAWSGROUP
Dr Linus Siu Director, TAL Apparel (S) Pte Ltd
Ms Teresa Tse Director, Wonderful Enterprises Ltd.
Mr George Yeung Director of Operations, Jeanswest

Current Departmental Academic Advisor
Picture of Prof. Naren Barfield Prof. Naren Barfield

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, Royal College of Art, U.K


Professor Naren Barfield has held senior leadership positions in a number of UK higher education institutions and has contributed to the strategic development, support, leadership and assessment of learning and teaching, research, knowledge exchange, innovation, and transnational and postgraduate education, both nationally and internationally.  Since 2011 he has been Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost (Pro-Rector to Oct 2017) at the Royal College of Art, the world’s leading university of art and design, and has led significant growth in postgraduate programmes, student enrolments, research intensity and quality, industry partnerships, executive education, internationalisation, and revenue growth and diversification.

He is highly experienced in strategic leadership, policy development, operational management, and goal focused delivery, and is recognised internationally as an expert and advocate for the impact and value of arts and humanities research, design-led innovation, and the societal and economic benefits arising from the integration of STEM with the arts to create STEAM; He has served on advisory groups and panels at national level in the UK and internationally.  Professor Barfield is a Council member of Research England, and is also the strategic lead for university engagement for that body.  He is a graduate of the Top Management Programme for university senior leaders (TMP18).

Picture of Prof. David Hinks Prof. David Hinks

Dean of the Wilson College of Textiles, North Carolina State University, U.S.A.


Currently serving as Dean of the Wilson College of Textiles, Prof. David Hinks leads the College with more than 130 faculty and staff. He published more than 150 research papers in the area of color science,and forensic and environmental textile chemistry. He was named the Cone Mills Distinguished Professor of Textile Chemistry in 2010.

Current Adjunct Professor
Picture of Dr Harry Lee, SBS, JP Dr Harry Lee, SBS, JP

Chairman, TAL Apparel


Dr Lee has over 30 years' experience in the textile and garment industry. He joined Textile Alliance Limited (TAL) in Hong Kong in 1973 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer of TAL in 1983, which currently employed over twenty thousand employees.  He is actively involved in a number of trade organizations in Hong Kong.

Picture of Miss Vivienne Tam Miss Vivienne Tam

World Renowned Fashion Designer


Ms Tam founded her own fashion house East Wind Code Ltd in 1983, and established the “Vivienne Tam” brand in 1994. She is internationally recognised for her innovative and unique East-meets-West designs.     

Picture of Prof. Philip Yeung Prof. Philip Yeung

Executive Director, Clothing Industry Training Authority; Former Vice President, PolyU; Former head, Institute of Textiles and Clothing, PolyU


Prof. Yeung is currently the Executive Director of the Clothing Industry Training Authority in Hong Kong. He obtained his PhD from the Queen's University of Belfast in 1978. In 2005, Prof. Yeung was honoured with an Outstanding Alumni Award by PolyU.              

Past Departmental Academic Advisor
Picture of Prof. Anne Smith Prof. Anne Smith

Professor Emerita of Central Saint Martins,

Dean of Academic Programmes, Central Saint Martins, UK

2013 - 2019

Prof. Smith sets up her own fashion label designing and selling fashion and printed textiles collections for womens, mens and childrenswear after graduating from Saint Martins School of Art in fashion print.  Her research developed new approaches in laser cutting and etching for fashion, interior and accessories materials.        

Picture of Prof. Chris Carr Prof. Chris Carr

Professor, Chair of Textile Technology; Head of School, School of Design, University of Leeds, UK


2009 - 2017

Research interests: textile science and technology, textile chemistry, colouration, finishing, historical textiles and conservation science, surface chemistry, recycling, new fibres and healthcare textiles.


Picture of Prof. LuAnn Gaskill Prof. LuAnn Gaskill

Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences; Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management Faculty; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA

2009 - 2017

The research interests of Prof. Gaskill include business sustainability, entrepreneurship, international development and small business processes.          

Past Adjunct Professor
Picture of Mr Nino Cerruti Mr Nino Cerruti

World Renowned Textiles Designer


Mr Cerruti is one of the most reputable fashion designers in the world.  He first showed his fantastic talent in fashion design as early as at his age of 20, when he joined his family business in 1950.         

Picture of Dr Ho Kai-Chiu Dr Ho Kai-Chiu

Former Director, Research and Development,
The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel


Dr Ho has more than 30 years work experience in the Hong Kong's textiles and clothing industry and has been a part-time lecturer in textiles and clothing technologies for over 20 years.        

Picture of Dr Andrew Sia Dr Andrew Sia

Founding Chairman, Hong Kong Institution of Intimate Apparel Industries Association


Dr Sia was one of the founders of Ace Style Group, which was at its peak a vertically-integrated women's intimates manufacturing business covering garments, fabrics, trims, printing, retailing, wholesale and franchising.  Now focusing on teaching and consulting, Dr Sia seeks to widen his business scope beyond intimates to trend reporting and market research.        

Picture of Ms Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada Ms Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada

President, World Shibori Network Scholar, Curator and Artist, Historical and Contemporary Textiles and Fiber Art


Ms Wada is a scholar, curator and artist of historical and contemporary textiles and fiber art. She is the co-founder of World Shibori Newtork (WSN) in 1992 and became President of WSN in 2004.        

Picture of Mr Shoji Yamamura Mr Shoji Yamamura

World Renowned Textiles Designer


Mr Yamamura is a master of Kurume Kasuri, carries forward the handicraft via indigo dyed yarn and using Iket process to produce unique natural products.  His textile designs have been exhibited worldwide.