Honorary University Fellow (2017)
Dr Andrew H H Lam is the Founder and Managing Director of H H Lam & Co. CPA Limited, an accounting firm in Hong Kong. Born in Hong Kong and having completed secondary school at Queen’s College, the young Mr Lam studied Economics at The University of Hong Kong. He then furthered his studies in England and got himself qualified as a Chartered Accountant in England and Wales. On return to Hong Kong, he started his professional practice and in 1977, established his own accounting firm. He later branched out to other business and is now the Managing Director of two companies: Gala Rich Company Limited and Marble Arch Enterprises Limited.
Dr Lam is a fervent supporter of local community and public affairs, trying his best to serve Hong Kong. Even amidst his busy schedule at his accounting firm and at a time when his other business ventures are expanding, Dr Lam never gives up his wish to give back to Hong Kong. He has served on a number of advisory committees of the Government and community bodies, such as member of the Town Planning Appeal Board, Social Welfare Advisory Committee and Transport Advisory Committee, and Chairman of the Social Security Appeal Board of the Government. He is also the Immediate Past Chairman of the Hong Kong Playground Association and past District Governor of the Lions Clubs International District 303 – Hong Kong and Macau, China (the “LCI District 303”). On account of his distinguished public and community services, he was awarded the Badge of Honour by the Government in 1992 and later appointed as the Justice of the Peace of Hong Kong in 1997. Recently, Dr Lam was conferred a doctorate in Laws (honoris causa) by the Lincoln University in the US.
Dr Lam’s community service also extends to the Chinese mainland. He has been member of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference for 18 years. Besides making proposals to the city regarding development issues, he also helped connect entrepreneurs from outside with Beijing regarding investment in the capital city. In addition, he took concrete steps to support the city’s various projects concerning education and public health and hygiene. He also joined hands with friends to sponsor the construction of a number of hospitals and schools in the suburbs of Beijing.
As we all know, Hong Kong is facing an increasingly serious aging population problem. Furthermore, the poverty rate among the elderly is notoriously high. This phenomenon continues to worry Dr Lam. In September 2007, the LCI District 303, under the able stewardship of Dr Lam, joined hands with Hong Kong Baptist University to set up the Lions and Hong Kong Baptist University Chinese Medicine Charity Foundation (the “Foundation”), the main objective of which is to provide free Chinese medicine out-patient services to the low-income elderly group suffering from chronic diseases. This philanthropic act has been timely instituted to the relief and praise of everyone in Hong Kong. From 2011 to 2013, Dr Lam served as Chairman of the Foundation and since 2015 Dr Lam has taken up the chairmanship again. Throughout these years, he has been working unceasingly to promote the charity work of the Fund. So far he has helped raise more than $5 million for the Foundation. Under his capable leadership, the Foundation instituted the Privilege Scheme of Chinese Medicine Service for Elderly, under which the said elderly group would each be provided with a “Privilege Card” which would enable them to enjoy free Chinese medicine out-patient services from designated clinics. In the past ten years, the scheme has issued over 3,000 Privilege Cards and provided free Chinese medicine out-patient services amounting to nearly $3 million. Moreover, it is most admirable of Dr Lam that he has been organising annual charity golf competition to help raise funds for the Foundation. More recently, he has also taken up the responsibility of running a series of fundraising campaigns in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Foundation. All in all, Dr Lam has always been strenuously promoting Chinese medicine and its services in Hong Kong, and has spared no efforts in leading the fundraising schemes of the LCI District 303 to benefit more people.
Dr Lam has attained great success in his profession and other business ventures. At the same time, he has rendered unceasing support for public services and community work. He is a fervent champion of Hong Kong Baptist University and has provided full support for the development of Chinese medicine and various other projects of the University. For all his exemplary deeds, Dr Lam unquestionably deserves the award of the Honorary University Fellowship.