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HKBU to present Distinguished Alumni Award to Delia Chan, Poon Po-chiu, Philp Tsai and Sunny Wong

07 Feb 2017

Recipients of the fourth Distinguished Alumni Award: (From left) Ms Delia Chan, Dr Poon Po-chiu, Mr Philip Tsai and Mr Sunny Wong
Recipients of the fourth Distinguished Alumni Award: (From left) Ms Delia Chan, Dr Poon Po-chiu, Mr Philip Tsai and Mr Sunny Wong

HKBU announced it will present its fourth Distinguished Alumni Award to four outstanding alumni; they are Ms Delia Chan (Secretarial Management, Chinese Medicine), Dr Poon Po-chiu (Chinese Language and Literature), Mr Philip Tsai (Accounting) and Mr Sunny Wong (Business Management).

 

The Award has been established not only to recognise the outstanding business, professional or scholastic achievements of the awardees and their services and contributions to the University and society, but also to motivate current students to learn from their valuable experience and success. An award presentation ceremony will be held in March.

 

This year, the Selection Committee for the award was chaired by Mr Cheng Yan-kee, Chairman of the Council and the Court of HKBU, and members included Professor Roland Chin, President and Vice-Chancellor of HKBU, Ms Viola Man, Executive Director of PuraPharm Corporation Limited, Ms Quince Chong, Chief Corporate Development Officer of CLP Power Hong Kong Limited, and Dr David Mong, Chairman and Group CEO of Shun Hing Group.

 

Brief introduction of Distinguished Alumni Award recipients

 

Ms Delia Chan (Secretarial Management, Chinese Medicine)

 

Ms Delia Chan is a successful entrepreneur and a committed educator. She began her career in the textile and garment industry after completing Secretarial and Managerial Studies at Hong Kong Baptist College in 1971. She went on to establish several garment firms with her late husband, and is currently Managing Director of Famous Horse Holdings Limited which holds a number of companies in various fields. Ms Chan obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science (Chinese Medicine) jointly offered by HKBU and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University in 2005, and a Master of Chinese Medicine at HKBU in 2008.

 

Ms Chan has made significant contributions to the economic and social development of both Hong Kong and the Mainland. Apart from making generous donations in support of healthcare services, education, infrastructure and cultural projects in Hong Kong and on the Mainland, Ms Chan is also involved in various public and social service activities. She has funded the building of primary and secondary schools as well as a building in Wuyi University, provided subsidies to students, and set up an education fund and a capital works fund for Wuyi University. In addition, Ms Chan has also sponsored the Taishan Culture and Art Festival and donated to support the construction of other municipal and public facilities in Jiangmen, including the Wuyi Huaqiao Plaza, bridges, roads and water conservation facilities.

 

Her enthusiasm for acquiring knowledge drives her to learn from many different areas including Chinese Medicine, religion, visual arts, design, drawing and calligraphy. She has a deep appreciation of the value and importance of lifelong learning and education for the new generation. Ms Chan cares deeply about the development of her alma mater. Since 2008, she has made generous donations to HKBU, in support of the Centre for Cancer and Inflammation Research, Campus Expansion Plan, scholarships, Chinese medicine research, Daniel and Kitty Tse Visiting Professorship Scheme, and also clinical activities for the public to celebrate the 60th anniversary of HKBU. She is Honorary Permanent President and a member of the Alumni Committee of the HKBU Foundation and was conferred an Honorary University Fellowship by HKBU in 2012.

 

Dr Poon Po-chiu (Chinese Language and Literature)

 

Dr Poon Po-chiu is Principal of Ju Ching Chu Secondary School (Yuen Long). He graduated from the Department of Chinese Language and Literature of Hong Kong Baptist College in 1988 and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree at the College in 1991. He then attained a Master’s degree in Arts at Sun Yat-sen University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He also gained his Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from The University of Hong Kong in 1996 and 2002 respectively. 

 

Over the years, Dr Poon has been devoted to language and literature education and has led courses as well as the development and reform of public examinations. He has held various public service positions for the culture and education sectors and was chairmen and member of different universities’ course advisory committees. Currently, he is Member of Curriculum Development Council of the Education Bureau, Member of Public Libraries Advisory Committee and Member of Cantonese Opera Development Fund Advisory Committee. He also served as Chairman of the Committee on Chinese Language Education and Chairman of Ad Hoc Committee on Sixth Form Chinese Literature of the Curriculum Development Council; Chairman of Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination Chinese Literature Subject Committee and Deputy Chairman of Special Committee on Chinese Language of the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority; Member of Standing Committee on Language Education and Research; and Arts Advisor of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, among others.

 

Dr Poon is keen on creative writing. He has written 15 books and many essays, some of which were shortlisted for inclusion in anthologies printed by local and overseas publishing houses and as teaching material for courses of secondary schools and universities. So far, he has delivered over 100 speeches with topics covering creative writing, literature appreciation, teachers’ professional development and Chinese opera. He is Member of China Writers Association and was invited as judge for Awards for Creative Writing in Chinese, Intervarsity Creative Writing Competition and Youth Literary Awards. He is currently Advisor of Hong Kong Literature Promotion Platform of Hong Kong Baptist University. 

 

Mr Philip Tsai (Accounting)

 

A graduate from the Department of Accounting of Hong Kong Baptist College in 1981, Mr Philip Tsai has more than 35 years of experience in planning and managing audits for Hong Kong and multinational corporations and is currently Chairman of Deloitte China. 

 

Mr Tsai is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW). He is actively involved in the accounting profession and also contributes significantly to various government, community and social services. He is Past President of the HKICPA, Non-Executive Director of the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority, Director of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, the Urban Renewal Fund Limited, and Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education, Advisor of The Ombudsman, Hong Kong, and also Member of the Hong Kong Committee of the ICAEW Hong Kong Chapter, the Exchange Fund Advisory Committee, the Women’s Commission, the Registration Committee of the Chinese Gold and Silver Exchange, the 3RS Committee of the Hong Kong Airport Authority, Share Registrars’ Disciplinary Committee of the Securities and Futures Commission, as well as the Standing Committee on Disciplined Services Salaries and Conditions of Services of the Civil Service Bureau of the HKSAR Government. He is also Deputy Chairman and Director of the Hong Kong Red Cross, Chairman of the Hospital Governing Committee of the Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Services, Chairman of the Governing Sub-committee of the Hong Kong Bone Marrow Donor Registry, and Member of the Dress Casual Day Organising Committee of the Community Chest.

 

Mr Tsai spares no effort in serving the education sector. He is External Advisor of the Department of Accountancy and Law of Hong Kong Baptist University, Adjunct Professor of City University of Hong Kong, Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Accounting and Finance and Member of the Advisory Committee of the Faculty of Business of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Trustee of the Staff Superannuation Scheme and Member of the Advisory Board on Accounting Studies of The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Member of the Institutional Advancement and Outreach Committee of the University Council of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

 

Mr Sunny Wong (Business Management)

 

Mr Sunny Wong is Executive Director of Tibet Water Resources Limited, a listed company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. He graduated from the Department of Business Management of Hong Kong Baptist College in 1978 and obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Bath University in 2001. 

 

Mr Wong has more than 30 years of successful experience in the fast-moving consumer goods industry in China, in which 25 years were gained in the beer market working for top international beer companies including Carlsberg and Bass Brewers. During 2011 and 2014, he was Chairman of Carlsberg Greater China. Apart from his role as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Carlsberg from 2006 to 2014, Mr Wong was also the chief of mergers and acquisitions team responsible for the company’s long-term development in China. Since 2002, the team has succeeded in acquiring 59 breweries in 12 provinces, increasing the production plants to 60 with a total workforce of 15,000. With his outstanding leadership and the efforts of Mr Wong and his team, the company’s local regional brands held the highest or second highest market share position in these provinces with strong distribution network, and the Carlsberg brand became the second largest in the international premium segment in China’s beer market.

 

Since 2009, Mr Wong has been actively delivering talks on various leadership topics to government and business institutions, universities and secondary schools in Hong Kong. He is now a mentor of students and graduates of some local universities. He cares greatly about his alma mater and is currently Honorary Director and member of the Alumni Committee of the HKBU Foundation as well as Programme Advisor of the Master of Science in Global Marketing Management Programme of the School of Business. He also serves as Member of the Advisory Board of Master of Science in Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour Programme of Lingnan University and was recently appointed as Adjunct Professor of the School of Business of Hang Seng Management College and Feng Chia University in Taiwan.