HKBU to confer Honorary University Fellowships on seven distinguished persons

Tuesday, 22 August 2023


Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) has announced the conferment of Honorary University Fellowships on seven distinguished persons in recognition of their outstanding contributions to a wide variety of areas and their support of society.

The seven Honorary University Fellowship recipients are: Dr Sunny Chai Ngai-chiu (查毅超博士), the Hon Kenneth Fok Kai-kong (霍啟剛議員), Ms Leonie Ki Man-fung (紀文鳳女士), Mr Arthur Lee Kin (李健先生), Mr Mongkolchai Mavichien (馬泰炎先生), Professor Alexander B Murphy and Mr Sunny Wong Hak-kun (王克勤先生).

Dr Sunny Chai Ngai-chiu

Dr Sunny Chai Ngai-chiu is a prominent industrialist and entrepreneur. As the Chairman of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, he has been working hard with his team to create a conducive environment for innovation with a goal of realising Hong Kong’s potential of being an international innovation and technology centre. He is also the Managing Director of the Fook Tin Group Holdings Limited with the well-known title of “King of Scales”, and earned the Young Industrialist Award of Hong Kong in 2004.

Dr Chai is keen to contribute to Hong Kong’s innovation, technology and industrial sectors with his expertise and experience. He became one of the youngest members to join the Board of Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute and was the Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries (FHKI). Currently, he is the Honorary President of FHKI, a member of the Chief Executive’s Council of Advisers (Innovation and Entrepreneurship), a member of the Advisory Committee on Attracting Strategic Enterprises, the Office for Attracting Strategic Enterprises, and a Council Member of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. He was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star in 2018, appointed as Justice of the Peace in 2021 and awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star in 2023 by the HKSAR Government.

The Hon Kenneth Fok Kai-kong

The Hon Kenneth Fok Kai-kong is a member of the Legislative Council for the Sports, Performing Arts, Culture and Publication functional constituency. He has been selflessly contributing to the development of the Hong Kong sports scene for over a decade. He was appointed the Vice-Chairman of the Elite Sports Committee and an Ex-Officio Member of the Sports Commission of the HKSAR Government from 2017 to 2022. Currently, he is serving the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China as its Vice-President. He was a member of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference from 2018 to 2023. As a Hong Kong deputy to the 14th National People’s Congress and the Vice Chairman of the All-China Youth Federation, he has been advocating sports, culture and arts as the key pillars for the future growth in Hong Kong and the integration within the Greater Bay Area.

Mr Fok actively participates in community services, especially in youth development as well as the arts and culture sector. He is the Chairman of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and a board member of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. He has also served on the Youth Development Commission of the HKSAR Government from 2018 to 2023.

Ms Leonie Ki Man-fung

Ms Leonie Ki Man-fung is an iconic figure and a legend in the advertising industry. She taught at the then Hong Kong Baptist College, dedicating herself to nurturing advertising talents. She has also masterminded numerous successful advertising campaigns. She is the pioneer of many charity and cultural endeavours, bringing far-reaching impacts for Hong Kong, our country and the world, for this generation and beyond.

Ms Ki proactively engages in a wide variety of activities for the public good. She served as the founding Chief Executive of The Better Hong Kong Foundation and the mastermind and key organiser of the Commission on Poverty’s “Bless Hong Kong” Campaign. Apart from serving on the Council of several local universities, she also founded the Wu Zhi Qiao (Bridge to China) Charitable Foundation in 2007 with a vision to build people through building footbridges and basic infrastructure for the poor villagers. In 2018, she founded the Hong Kong Gaudeamus Dunhuang Ensemble to share Dunhuang’s art and culture with the rest of the world. For her outstanding services to the Hong Kong community, Ms Ki was bestowed with numerous honours and awards, including the Gold Bauhinia Star in 2016, the Silver Bauhinia Star in 2007 and the Justice of the Peace in 2005.

Mr Arthur Lee Kin

Mr Arthur Lee Kin is a distinguished figure in the accounting and corporate governance fields. He is the Assistant President and Company Secretary of the CGN New Energy Holdings Co., Ltd, and has exceptional achievements in his endeavours in serving the community as well as the professional sectors.

Mr Lee was the Chairman of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Hong Kong from 2015 to 2016, and a member of the ACCA Global Council from 2016 to 2022. He was also a Council Member of The Hong Kong Chartered Governance Institute (formerly known as The Institute of Chartered Secretaries) from 2018 to 2020. In 2021, he was appointed as an Accounting Advisor (Hong Kong) by the Ministry of Finance of the People’s Republic of China. In addition, he is a founding member and Secretary-General of the Hong Kong Accounting Advisors Association. Mr Lee has served as a Council Member of HKBU for six years since 2017, and is currently an Honorary Court Member who contributed to grooming the next generation of talents in Hong Kong. In recognition of his contributions, Mr Lee is awarded a Medal of Honour by the HKSAR Government this year.

Mr Mongkolchai Mavichien

Mr Mongkolchai Mavichien is currently the President of Ma Pak Leung Company Limited. He began to lead the 200-year-old company in 2001, and has certainly set an example in broadening the appeal of his centuries-old family business to a younger generation in society, while gradually reshaping traditional Chinese medicine into modern medicine.

Mr Mavichien believes that Chinese medicine must demonstrate solid treatment efficacy supported by scientific evidence, and he sees plenty of opportunities for interdisciplinary partnership. In 2019, Ma Pak Leung collaborated with HKBU in a research project on precision cell therapies for Parkinson’s disease. This was followed by the establishment of an endowed professorship in innovative neuromedicine at HKBU in 2021. Mr Mavichien upholds the values of caring for people and serving society as his primary mission. When the COVID-19 pandemic reached its peak in March 2022, Ma Pak Leung, an Honorary Permanent President of the HKBU Foundation, donated medicine to HKBU generously in support of its efforts to combat the pandemic.

Professor Alexander B Murphy

Professor Alexander B Murphy is a renowned political-cultural geographer and a Professor Emeritus at the University of Oregon in the US. Throughout his academic career, Professor Murphy has focused on ways in which the changing political organisation of space reflects and shapes ethnic, socio-economic, and environmental processes. He has also worked to promote the importance of geographical education, helping younger generations address the critical challenges facing the contemporary world.

Professor Murphy was elected to membership in the Academia Europaea in 2011, and he received the Association of American Geographers’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. His distinguished body of scholarly work includes over 100 articles and several books, and he has supervised over 25 doctoral students throughout his career. In 2015, Professor Murphy was appointed a distinguished fellow by the David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies at HKBU, and lent his expertise as a Departmental Academic Advisor from 2015 to 2018 to the Department of Geography and the University in other advisory capacities.

Mr Sunny Wong Hak-kun

Mr Sunny Wong Hak-kun is an outstanding entrepreneur and distinguished HKBU alumnus. He is an iconic figure in the fast-moving consumer goods industry, and was the Chief Executive Officer of Carlsberg Greater China from 2006 to 2011 and Chairman from 2011 to 2014. From 2014 to 2019, he was the Executive Director of Tibet Water Resources Limited.

Mr Wong has dedicated himself to different causes in the community, through his support of the underprivileged groups and endeavours to improve society. In addition, he has spared no efforts in nurturing young people. He is an Adjunct Professor in HKBU’s School of Business and an Industry Fellow with the “Business Entrepreneurship Support and Training Community” programme. He also led and supported many initiatives, such as workshops, lectures, forums and mentorship programmes of the University. He is currently an HKBU Court Member, and a member of the Board of Governors, the Chairman of the Alumni Committee, as well as an Honorary Director of the HKBU Foundation. Mr Wong has also served as an Adjunct Professor for universities in Hong Kong, Mainland China and Taiwan.

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(From left, upper row): Dr Sunny Chai Ngai-chiu, the Hon Kenneth Fok Kai-kong, Ms Leonie Ki Man-fung, Mr Arthur Lee Kin; (From left, bottom row): Mr Mongkolchai Mavichien, Professor Alexander B Murphy and Mr Sunny Wong Hak-kun.