Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) announced today (23 June) that it will present its 8th Distinguished Alumni Award to Professor Chan Wing-kwong, Mr Cheng Tan-shui, Professor Leo Poon Lit-man and Mr Patrick Tsang Shun-fuk in recognition of their outstanding business, professional and scholarly achievements, as well as their service and contributions to the University and society. The Award also aims to motivate students to learn from the awardees’ valuable experience and success. An award presentation ceremony will be held in August.
The Selection Committee for the Award was chaired by Dr Clement Chen, Chairman of the Council and the Court of HKBU, and its members included Mr Lester G. Huang, Partner and Co-Chairman of P. C. Woo & Co; Professor Alexander Wai, President and Vice-Chancellor of HKBU; Dr Carrie Willis, Former Executive Director of the Vocational Training Council; and Miss Janet Wong, Former Commissioner for Innovation and Technology of the HKSAR Government.
A brief introduction to the Distinguished Alumni Award recipients:
Professor Chan Wing-kwong
Professor Chan Wing-kwong holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Chinese Medicine from HKBU, and he subsequently obtained a doctoral degree from the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. He is a registered Chinese medicine practitioner, and serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor of the School of Chinese Medicine at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Visiting Professor at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. He also serves as the Chairman of the Hong Kong Registered Chinese Medicine Practitioners Association, the Federation of the Hong Kong Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Chinese Medicines Traders Association, and the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (Hong Kong) Council Members Association.
A passionate advocate for the development of Chinese medicine in Hong Kong, Professor Chan spares no effort in serving the Chinese medicine industry, and he has a number of notable achievements to his name. He served as a member of The Chinese Medicine Council of Hong Kong, took part in the implementation of the regulatory regime for Chinese medicine with the goals of protecting public health and consumer rights, and upholding the professional standards of Chinese medicine practice. Professor Chan is devoted to promoting the heritage of Chinese medicine, and facilitating academic exchanges in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and overseas. He helped Hong Kong in its successful bid for the 18th World Congress of Chinese Medicine in 2021. In recognition of his efforts and devotion to the education, regulation and development of Chinese medicine, he was awarded the Chief Executive’s Commendation for Community Service in 2019.
Professor Chan plays an active role in serving the community. Deeply connected with his alma mater, he served as a Council Member of HKBU from 2015 to 2021, and he has been a member of the Nursing Education Advisory Committee of the School of Continuing Education and the School of Chinese Medicine Advisory Committee since 2018. He joined the Board of Directors of HKBU Chinese Medicine Hospital Company Limited in 2021 to contribute ideas to the operation of the Chinese Medicine Hospital, and support the mission of HKBU in promoting the development of Chinese medicine in Hong Kong.
Mr Cheng Tan-shui
Mr Cheng Tan-shui graduated from the School of Communication at Hong Kong Baptist College in 1978. He is a renowned cross-media veteran who has actively participated in diverse sectors of the arts and entertainment industry, including film, television, radio and theatre. He has worn multiple hats in his career, with roles ranging from a master of ceremonies, actor, and screenwriter to film producer, director and columnist. He is undoubtedly a versatile artist and is well known in the industry for his outstanding talent and creativity.
Soon after graduation, Mr Cheng joined Rediffusion Television as a scriptwriter. He then joined Radio Television Hong Kong and Commercial Radio Hong Kong as a broadcaster before he was elevated to a senior management position as the Chief Operating Officer at Commercial Radio Hong Kong. With his wit and eloquence, he has been hailed as one of the top masters of ceremonies in Hong Kong. He has been actively involved in film productions by serving as a producer, director and screenwriter for more than 20 films. In recent years, Mr Cheng has broadened his career by stepping into the online video industry, and he founded HiEggo. He has made use of the platform to give back to society, and to raise rapid antigen test kits for underprivileged groups during the major COVID-19 outbreak. Furthermore, he co-produced the online concerts of Sam Hui and Aaron Kwok, as well as one in memory of Leslie Cheung, to raise funds for charities and people affected by the pandemic.
Mr Cheng is an avid supporter of his alma mater, having served as an advisor to the HKBU 60th Anniversary Organising Committee on Alumni Events, and he starred in the Alumni Show. He is currently an Honorary Consultant of the Academy of Film at HKBU. Over the years, he has generously shared his experience with the HKBU community, and served as a moderator for HKBU events. In recognition of his outstanding achievements, he received the Distinguished Alumni Communicator Award (Film, Television and Culture category) from the HKBU School of Communication in 2008.
Professor Leo Poon Lit-man
Professor Leo Poon graduated from the Department of Biology at HKBU in 1994, and he subsequently obtained a master’s degree from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received his doctoral education in the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. He currently serves as a Professor in the University of Hong Kong’s School of Public Health, and he is Division Head of the Division of Public Health Laboratory Sciences. He is also a Co-Director of the HKU-Pasteur Research Pole of the University.
Professor Poon is dedicated to studying emerging viruses and related topics, focusing primarily on influenza viruses and coronaviruses. Over the years, he has published more than 270 peer-reviewed articles and has been named as a top 1% most-cited scientist. Having made a significant impact in the field, he has repeatedly been named a Highly Cited Researcher since 2015. In recognition of his outstanding achievements, he was awarded a Senior Research Fellowship by the Croucher Foundation in 2017 and a Distinguished Science Alumni Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Faculty of Science at HKBU in 2022.
In 2003, Professor Poon was involved in the discovery of a novel coronavirus that caused Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), an epidemic that hit Hong Kong hard. He helped decode the genetic sequence of the SARS coronavirus for the first time in the world. During the recent COVID-19 pandemic, his research led to several key discoveries about SARS-CoV-2. His findings assisted the development of evidence-based measures to control the pandemic. An Outstanding Project Team on COVID-19 Research Award was presented to him and his team by the Food and Health Bureau of the HKSAR Government in 2021 in recognition of their tremendous contributions to combating COVID-19.
Mr Patrick Tsang Shun-fuk
Mr Patrick Tsang graduated from the Department of Accounting at Hong Kong Baptist College in 1988, and he holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He also obtained an EMBA degree from the China Europe International Business School and completed the Senior Executive Programme and other leadership development programmes at the Harvard Business School. Mr Tsang is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Deloitte China, and he is responsible for leading its business in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.
Mr Tsang joined Deloitte Hong Kong in 1990, and he moved to Deloitte’s Shanghai office in 1995. He held several executive management positions, including Eastern Region Managing Partner and National Leader of the China Public Offering Group, before being promoted to the position of CEO. With more than 30 years of professional experience and industry expertise in the Greater China region, he has provided various audit and advisory services to prime clients in the marketplace. Under his leadership, Deloitte China has become an undisputed leader in professional services in China. Mr Tsang’s contributions are widely recognised by the accounting industry. He is a member of The Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CICPA), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA), and he is the former Chairman of the ACCA Steering Committee in Shanghai.
Over the years, Mr Tsang has shown his commitment to serving the country and the community. He is a member of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Council Member of Beijing Overseas Friendship Association, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Beijing Association, and a member of the Audit Committee of Hong Kong Chronicles Institute Limited. He cares greatly about his alma mater. Under his leadership, Deloitte China has offered internship opportunities to HKBU students. He also actively shares his views on the University’s development. Since 2021, he has served as a member of the School of Business Advisory Committee of HKBU.