PolyU honours ten distinguished alumni
With more than 80 years of proud tradition and ranking among the world’s top 100 institutions, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University has nurtured more than 400,000 graduates, many of whom have become leaders in their professions.
In order to pay tribute to our distinguished graduates who have achieved illustrious accomplishments in their respective professions and have made significant contributions to the University and to the wider community, PolyU and the Federation of PolyU Alumni Associations have jointly organised the biennial Outstanding PolyU Alumni Award (OPAA) since 1996. Over the years, more than 80 alumni in various fields have been honoured.
This year marks the 13th OPAA presentation, and the University takes pride in honouring 10 accomplished alumni. We are proud of their dedicated work and commitment to giving back to society on different fronts. They are excellent testimony to PolyU’s success in nurturing leaders for the world, inspiring the younger generation to follow their dreams and to shape the future.
The award recipients, in alphabetical order of last name, are:
Mr Jack Chan Hoi, EY China Chairman, Greater China Regional Managing Partner and Global Executive Member, Ernst & Young
Ms Janet Chen Lijuan, Chairman, Shenzhen Ebeca Beauty Technology Investment Company Limited
Mr Tino Kwan Wing-kuen, Founder and Principal Consultant, Tino Kwan Lighting Consultants Limited
Ir Dr Kelvin Leung Kai-yuen, CEO, Asia Pacific, DHL Global Forwarding (Hong Kong) Limited
Mr Michael Ross, Vice Chairman, Charoen Pokphand Group and Co-chairman, CP Commercial Real Estate
The Hon. Alfred Sit Wing-hang, JP, Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Innovation and Technology Bureau, HKSAR Government
The Hon. Tony Tse Wai-chuen, BBS, JP, Member, Legislative Council (Architectural, Surveying, Planning & Landscape), HKSAR Government
Sr Augustine Wong Ho-ming, JP, Executive Director and General Manager of the Property Development Department, Henderson Land Development Company Limited
Dr Alex Wong Siu-wah, Chairman and CEO, King’s Flair International (Holdings) Limited
Ms Mary Yu Wah, Founder, Mary Yu Design
Congratulations to our OPAA 2021 Awardees (in alphabetical order of last name)
Mr Jack Chan Hoi
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Accountancy, Hong Kong Polytechnic
I have a keen interest in promoting green finance innovation, contributing to the development of green industries in China.
Mr Chan is Chairman of China, Regional Managing Partner of Greater China, and a Member of The Global Executive of Ernst & Young. With more than three decades of accounting experience, he has made significant contributions to advancing financial services consulting, assurance services and the adoption of FinTech in the industry. A strong believer in business transformation, Mr Chan was among the early advocates of green finance, helping to spearhead its development in the Mainland. He is an advisor for the “Research and Promotion on Sustainable Development Goals Impact Financing in China” project for the United Nations Development Programme China and China International Center for Economic and Technical Exchanges under the Ministry of Commerce.
Ms Janet Chen Lijuan
Master of Business Administration, PolyU
As the Chairman of PolyU Pearl River Delta Alumni Network, I work towards strengthening the bonding between my alma mater and Chinese enterprises.
Chairman of Shenzhen Ebeca Beauty Technology Investment Co., Ltd., Ms Chen is a remarkable player in the health and beauty industry of Mainland China. As early as 1983, she introduced the French brand Ebeca to the China market and successfully acquired the brand in 1992. Since then, she started building her empire with a vertically integrated supply chain, encompassing more than 60 spa salons, a biotech company for own-product development, beauty schools, stem cell anti-aging treatment centres, organic farms and an investment company focusing on health and beauty-related opportunities. Ms Chen has earned countless accolades, such as Women with Outstanding Entrepreneurial Spirit in China, and she made it into the China Top 100 Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs and Shenzhen Top 10 Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs.
Mr Tino Kwan Wing-kuen
Higher Diploma in Industrial Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic
Lighting is a visual language that reveals a city’s unique character.
Founder and Principal Consultant of Tino Kwan Lighting Consultants Limited, Mr Kwan is one of the most celebrated masters in the world of lighting design, and has been a pioneer in green lighting and the energy conservation movement since the early 1980s. His unique vision in creating spaces with light and shadow, and his keen eye for exquisite details have earned him countless honours, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from Hong Kong Interior Design Association. He was also included in Interior Design Magazine China’s Hall of Fame. His avant-garde work is found all over the world. Mr Kwan is passionate about passing on his knowledge and philosophy to younger designers, and is an active member of PolyU’s mentorship programme.
Ir Dr Kelvin Leung Kai-yuen
Doctor in Business Administration, PolyU
I strongly believe in the company’s motto – connecting people and improving lives.
Ir Dr Leung, Asia Pacific Chief Executive Officer of DHL Global Forwarding (Hong Kong) Limited, oversees the company’s operations in more than 20 territories. He has been a leading force in the move to embrace new technologies, especially the digitalisation process, and to implement flexible measures to cope with the unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19. Reflecting his commitment to the industry and the welfare of its members, Dr Leung serves as the Honorary Chairman of Hong Kong Logistics Management Staff Association. He was named CEO of the Year (Logistics) in the Customer Relationship Excellence Awards, was listed in the International Who’s Who of Professionals, and was shortlisted for the Cambridge Who’s Who Supply Chain Leader of Efficient Consumer Response Golden Circle Awards. He has served on PolyU’s departmental advisory committees and has been a frequent speaker at the University.
Mr Michael Ross
Higher Diploma in Institutional Management and Catering Studies, Hong Kong Polytechnic
A thankful heart is indispensable for scaling new heights.
Mr Ross is the Vice Chairman of the Thailand-based conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Group (CP Group) and Co-chairman of CP Group’s Commercial Real Estate. In 1997, he went to Shanghai and helped establish the first hypermarket “Lotus”, which is now a megastore chain with more than 100 branches across the country. Leading CP’s commercial and real estate businesses, he initiated the upgrade of Shanghai’s Super Brand Mall and established a standardised management system. The Mall went on to win several awards for its innovative retail models. Mr Ross is not only a seasoned business leader, but also a humanitarian who cares about the community, supporting education, healthcare and disaster relief initiatives in China. In recognition of his important contribution, the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government bestowed Silver and Gold Magnolia Awards upon Mr Ross in 2017 and 2020 respectively. He has a long-lasting bond with PolyU and actively participates in its student development and alumni activities.
The Hon. Alfred Sit Wing-hang, JP
Higher Diploma in Electrical Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic
Have faith and trust in people, build good credit over time.
Ir Sit has been Secretary for Innovation and Technology of HKSAR since April 2020. He previously worked in the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD), working his way up to become Director of Electrical and Mechanical Services. Ir Sit is an ardent advocate of innovative technologies and has spearheaded the E&M InnoPortal at EMSD to forge a closer connection between Government units and the innovation and technology sector. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, he has been actively promoting R&D through encouraging the adoption of home-grown technologies to tackle the pandemic, and overseeing the provision of hardware and software to enable e-business and e-learning. Ir Sit is passionate about serving his professional community and alma mater. He is currently Chairman of the Departmental Advisory Committees of PolyU’s Department of Building Services Engineering and Department of Electrical Engineering.
The Hon. Tony Tse Wai-chuen, BBS, JP
Higher Diploma in Surveying (General Practice Division), Hong Kong Polytechnic
I am concerned about the development of young professionals.
Mr Tse is committed to the surveying and property development fields. Currently a Legislative Councillor representing the architectural, surveying, planning and landscaping sectors, he acts as a bridge between practitioners and the administration, successfully lobbying the Government on policies that impact the industry. Mr Tse is a Fellow Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors, Chairman of the Property Management Services Authority, a Non-official Non-executive Director of the Urban Renewal Authority Board, and a Member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. He also serves on various advisory committees under the Government. He was named Lifetime Achiever by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Mr Tse enthusiastically supports PolyU’s mentorship programme and its Department of Building and Real Estate, serving as a student mentor. He recently received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Department.
Sr Augustine Wong Ho-ming, JP
Diploma in Building Studies, Hong Kong Polytechnic
I work towards enhancing professional and ethical practice within the industry.
Sr Wong, Executive Director and General Manager of the Property Development Department, Henderson Land Development Company Limited, has made a tremendous contribution to local real estate and housing development. He participated in the formulation of regulations governing real estate agents and the sale of residential properties. Under his leadership, Henderson became the most active player in urban renewal. He is a pioneer in brown field redevelopment and wet land restoration. He is also active in turning residential units pending redevelopment into affordable temporary housing, and assisted in the implementation of the largest transitional housing project in the New Territories. Sr Wong has served in various organisations and advisory committees under the Government. He was a Member of the Departmental Advisory Committee of PolyU’s Department of Building and Real Estate and received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Department.
Dr Alex Wong Siu-wah
Doctor of Business Administration, PolyU
A successful business should meet the needs of the market as well as society, be people-oriented and care for the environment.
Dr Wong is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of King’s Flair International (Holdings) Ltd, a Hong Kong listed multi-national group specialising in kitchenware and household products. Applying a “Virtual Manufacturing” model, under which he leveraged the strengths of business partners for quality production without owning the factory or facility, Dr Wong has successfully expanded his business into key overseas markets and established partnerships with renowned brands worldwide. He cares equally about doing social good, and under his leadership, King’s Flair has been an avid supporter of charitable agencies. Dr Wong has also been supportive of PolyU. He is an Honorary Life Chairman and a Member of the Governing Committee of the PolyU Foundation, a former Member of the Departmental Advisory Committee of PolyU’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Chairperson of the PolyU-University Fellows Association Management Committee.
Ms Mary Yu Wah
Higher Diploma in Fashion and Clothing, PolyU
Qipao has great potential and is enjoying rising popularity in foreign countries.
Ms Yu, a world-famous fashion designer, created her own brand upon graduation from PolyU. She is highly regarded for her creative designs of qipao, blending eastern and western elements, which shine on the world stage. Her prolific repertoire also consists of uniforms, including the chic performance apparel seen in the Hong Kong equestrian events of the 2008 Olympics. Ms Yu has won countless accolades, such as Forty under Forty by the Perspective, the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Selection of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Professional Elite Ladies Selection, and Hong Kong Culture and Creativity Industries Award. She has twice been the winner of China’s Most Successful Design Awards. Some of her works are included in the permanent collection at the China National Silk Museum. Caring about nurturing talent, Ms Yu has taught and served as an adjudicator of contests at PolyU.