Lingnan University to confer honorary fellowships upon five distinguished individuals
20 Sep 2017
Lingnan University will confer honorary fellowships upon five 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 Cheuk-ming, Miss Chan Yuen-ting, Mr Ho Sai-yiu, Mr Mason (Shang-tun) Wu and Mr Roger Yuen Kwong-ming.
A ceremony will be held at Chan Tak Tai Auditorium, Lingnan University on 12 October 2017 (Thursday) to confer the honorary fellowships.
Biographies of the honorary fellowship recipients:
Mr Chan Cheuk-ming
Mr Chan Cheuk-ming, or “Sham Shui Po Ming Gor,” became a household name for his initiative to distribute meals to the poor and homeless in Sham Shui Po. Since 2008, as restaurant owner and chef, he has been collaborating with the Society for Community Organization selling meal vouchers at an affordable price to locals. Today, with the help of many volunteers, he gives out free meals to the homeless, the elderly, and refugees, at a rate of around 400 meal boxes a day, 4 days a week. His beneficiaries come from a number of communities and gradually news of his benevolence spread. In 2016 he set up a social enterprise called “Bei Ho Together” to organise the food giveaways. With the sponsorship, he collaborated with the charity group “Equal Share Action,” giving out meal boxes at his Sham Shui Po eatery. Mr Chan was dubbed the “Good Samaritan of Sham Shui Po” because of his selfless benevolence.
Miss Chan Yuen-ting
Miss Chan Yuen-ting is the first ever female coach to have led a professional men’s soccer team to win a top-flight championship anywhere in the world – an achievement which has earned her recognition from the Guinness Book of World Records. Under her leadership, Eastern Sports Club won the Hong Kong Premier League championship and Senior Challenge Shield titles in 2016, when Miss Chan was 27 years old. For her achievements, Miss Chan was named the Asian Football Confederation’s Women’s Coach of the Year. She was also honoured by BBC 100 Women as one of the world’s 100 most influential and inspirational women of the year 2016. She continues to equip herself with professional training, in sports medicine and in coaching. Recently she has stepped down from her role as chief coach to focus on her study on the Asian Football Confederation’s Professional Coaching Diploma, the highest level of coach education. Miss Chan’s passion for soccer, her belief in herself, and her positive attitude are what enabled her to go “against all odds” to reach where she is today.
Mr Ho Sai-yiu
Mr Ho Sai-yiu is currently the Director of Fook Lee Construction Co Ltd, Fook Lee Holdings Ltd, United Builders Insurance Co Ltd and Chi Fuk Construction Co Ltd. Over the years, Mr Ho has promoted the development of social welfare, culture, education and religious affairs in and out of Hong Kong. As early as the 1970s, Mr Ho served as Director of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, and subsequently served as Director of the Ho Iu Kwong Charity Foundation, the non-profit Chih Lo Lou Art Promotion Limited and the Horai Association Hong Kong. He also served as Executive Director and Deputy Secretary-General of The Hong Kong Bodhi Siksa Society Ltd, as well as a Management Committee Member of the Buddhist Tung Lam Aged Home and the Hong Kong Bodhi Siksa Society Ltd Care and Attention Home for the Aged. During the time Mr Ho served as Director of the Ho Iu Kwong Charity Foundation, he and his siblings undertook various charitable works, including donating over HK$40 million to Guangzhou in projects related to education, culture, healthcare, child welfare and disaster relief, helping the Hong Kong AIDS Foundation to establish a headquarters in Mainland China, and devoting time and energy to the Lifeline Express Hong Kong Foundation.
Mr Mason (Shang-tun) Wu
Mr Mason (Shang-tun) Wu is a highly regarded financial analyst, a philanthropist, and a venture capitalist for social start-ups. In 2009, Mr Wu founded his own asset management company, Prudence Investment Management, and leveraged on his risk management savvy to grow the value of his clients’ business portfolios, and scored remarkable achievements in the finance industry. Mr Wu believes it is his responsibility to give back to the society. He made use of his expertise to finance new start-ups, especially “social start-ups”, and has been actively involved with Social Ventures Hong Kong. Mr Wu prioritises cultivating bright, young talent for the insurance industry. For the Risk and Insurance Management (RIM) programme at Lingnan, he has liaised with the AR Charitable Foundation to establish a HK$10 million scholarship scheme and helped outstanding RIM graduates to pursue Master’s degrees at City University, London. He also mobilised his network in insurance in providing different mentorship, internship and job placement opportunities for RIM students.
Mr Roger Yuen Kwong-ming
Mr Roger Yuen Kwong-ming is a seasoned banker with over 38 years of banking experience. Mr Yuen had a rich portfolio working for foreign banks. Back in 1991, he was appointed the first General Manager for Citibank N.A. in Shanghai where he built up resourceful rapport in China’s financial capital. Turning into the new millennium, Mr Yuen served the AIG private Bank Ltd in Hong Kong as Deputy Chief Executive and Head of Private Banking for the Asia Pacific region. From 2006 to 2016, he served the Bank of East Asia Limited in Hong Kong as Head of Private Banking for China and Taiwan, and currently as Head of Business Development for Greater China. He became a director of the Hong Kong Chinese Importers’ & Exporters’ Association and a director of Guangdong Chamber of Commerce since 2008, and was appointed a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference for the Shanghai Municipality since 2006. Mr Yuen has a genuine interest in serving the community, especially in the two related areas of education and youth affairs. He was an appointed member of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications from 1999 to 2005, and has served as Deputy Chairman of the Court and member of the Council of Lingnan University with enormous contributions to the University’s development.