Lingnan University to confer honorary fellowships upon four distinguished individuals
08 Sep 2016
Lingnan University will confer honorary fellowships upon four distinguished individuals in recognition of their outstanding achievements in their respective professions and valuable contributions to the well-being of society.
The honorary fellowship recipients are Mr Chan Wo-ping, Dr Eddy Li Sau-hung, BBS, JP, Ms Gigi Tung Oi-lai and Mr Chris Yeung Wai-kee.
A ceremony will be held at Chan Tak Tai Auditorium, Lingnan University on 6 October 2016 (Thursday) to confer the honorary fellowships.
Biographies of the honorary fellowship recipients:
Mr Chan Wo-ping
Mr Chan Wo-ping, Managing Director of AR Consultant Services, is a distinguished insurance practitioner with 41 years of experience in the insurance industry as well as a firm believer of education.
Coming from a humble background, Mr Chan is a classic example of a self-made man. His career in the insurance industry started in 1976 when he enrolled in a part-time day release insurance course. Soon he worked his way up from a trainee in a local insurance company to the Managing Director of AR Consultant Services, a reinsurance broker he founded in 1989. He further co-founded BC Reinsurance and BE Reinsurance in 2000 and 2015 respectively. In 2011, he collaborated with business partners to found the AR Charitable Foundation with an objective, inter alia, to provide financial support and mentorship to undergraduate students in the Risk and Insurance Management Programme at Lingnan University. The Foundation has already committed $10 million to support a scholarship for that programme up to 2020/21 and Mr Chan hopes to continue with similar support to nurture prospective members of the industry beyond 2021.
Dr Eddy Li Sau-hung, BBS, JP
Dr Eddy Li Sau-hung is a renowned industrialist in Hong Kong who has engaged in the watch industry for over 30 years. He was elected as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons and Young Industrialists of Hong Kong in 1991 and 1993 respectively, and was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star in 2000.
Dr Li has contributed extensively to society. Since 2015, he has served as President of the Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong (CMA). He is currently a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference National Committee, Managing Director of the China Overseas Friendship Association, and held key positions in various industrial and commercial associations such as the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Association and the Hong Kong Chinese Importers’ and Exporters’ Association. Dr Li has made significant contributions to youth education. He served as Visiting Professor at a number of universities in Mainland and Hong Kong and Course Consultant of a number of industrial and business-related programmes of local institutions, and was a member of the University Grants Committee from 1999 to 2001 and the Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation from 1999 to 2011. Dr Li values very much the cooperation between the business sector and tertiary institutions, and under his presidency the CMA has made donations to tertiary institutions to subsidise education.
Ms Gigi Tung Oi-lai
Ms Gigi Tung Oi-lai is the founder of Bo Charity Foundation Limited, with the Food Angel Programme as its seminal project.
Founded in 2010, the Bo Charity Foundation started as a registered charitable organisation and in 2011, it started its first food rescue and food assistance initiative Food Angel with the aim of “Waste Not, Hunger Not”. The Food Angel Programme has been in effort to rescue edible surplus food from the local food industry, and recycle the rescued food items into nutritionally balanced hot meal boxes for people in need of food assistance across the communities under a strict set of food safety protocols. The programme distributes more than 6,000 meals every day, and helps rescue over 1,020 tons of food from going to the landfills every year. Meal boxes are distributed every day to NGOs and Community Centres, as well as the elderly poor, low income families, unemployed, and disabled people all over Hong Kong.
Mr Chris Yeung Wai-kee
Mr Chris Yeung is a founder of Silver Lining Foundation. The contribution of him and his wife towards the impoverished, the disabled and the disadvantaged has created a legend in charity work.
In 1998, Mr Yeung emigrated to the US with his family and became a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer in Silicon Valley and worked in the field of computer technology. In 2005, Mr Yeung gave up his comfortable, secure life and moved his family to Nanning, Guangxi in Mainland China to launch his charity work. In 2007, he established the Silver Lining Foundation dedicated to helping poverty-stricken people in mountainous areas so as to improve the education and health of children there and provide them with daily necessities. The Silver Lining Workshop was also launched. In 2008, emergency medical funds were set up to provide timely treatment for children suffering from cerebral palsy and other disabilities. In 2009, Silver Lining Foundation was registered as a charity in Hong Kong. In 2011, Silver Lining Caring Centre, which provides a home for orphans, was opened. With his sincerity and love for mankind, Mr Yeung helps children and the destitute abandoned by society, hoping that their lives could be improved and their future changed.