Mr Robert DORFMAN (Committee Chair)
Chairman, Herald Holdings Ltd.
Mr Dorfman has lived in Hong Kong all his life and takes an active role in community affairs. He is a past Chairman of the Vision 2047 Foundation, a group of long-time Hong Kong residents committed to the future of Hong Kong. In addition, he is a Trustee of the Ohel Leah Synagogue Charity and a Member of the Council, Lingnan University.
Mr Dorfman has also been an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (“YPO”) and its graduate entity, the World Presidents’ Organization (“WPO”). From 2011-2012, he served as the Board Chairman of WPO. For his services to YPO-WPO, he was awarded the Hickok Distinguished Service Award, the Organization’s highest honour.
Ms Sabrina W. FUNG
Executive Director, Fung Retailing Limited
Ms Sabrina W. FUNG is an Executive Director of Fung Retailing Limited. She was previously the Executive Director for Trinity Limited from September 2007 and was re-designated as a Non-executive Director in February 2014.
Ms Fung started her career at the private investment arm of Fung group in 2000 as Investment Manager running the family’s investments and is the Investment Director of Fung Investment Management Limited. Prior to joining the Fung group, she worked for Brown Brothers Harriman & Co in New York and later held the position of Assistant Manager at its Hong Kong office until 1999. Ms Fung is experienced in the retail industry and also held positions in marketing and public relations for Salvatore Ferragamo Asia, merchandising and sourcing for Li & Fung (Trading) Limited and wholesale branding for Li & Fung USA.
Ms Fung graduated from Harvard University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1993. She is a member of the Special Task Group of the Moral Education Concern Group. She was a member of the Mainland Business Advisory Committee of Hong Kong Trade Development Council (April 2010 – March 2014). In the US, she serves on the Board of Trustees at St Paul’s School in New Hampshire and is the Co-Chair of the Asia Council.
Mr Eddy W.M. LEE
Director, Lee Kum Kee Company Limited
Director, Lee Kum Kee Health Products Group Limited
Chairman, Lee Kum Kee Family Office
Chairman, Lee Kum Kee Family Investments Limited
Mr Eddy W.M. LEE is the fourth generation of Mr Lee Kum Sheung, founder of the Lee Kum Kee sauce business. Mr. Lee was born in Hong Kong, educated in the USA, and is now happily married with four children. After graduating from the University of California, Davis, in 1980, with a major in Food Science and Technology, Mr Lee joined Lee Kum Kee Company Limited to develop the family business.
Mr Lee served in various senior management positions of the Sauce Group in the past thirty years, and took up the chairmanship of the Lee Kum Kee Sauce Group between 2002 and 2008 to oversee the worldwide operation of the Group.
Lee Kum Kee is now a leader of authentic Chinese sauces and one of Hong Kong’s few international brands that market more than 220 varieties of sauces to over 100 countries and regions around the world. Established in 1888, Lee Kum Kee was the inventor of oyster sauce and has since grown from a small family firm to a multinational corporation with a Sauce Group and a Health Product Group that it is today.
Mr Lee has been serving in his own family’s Family Council since 2002, and he has been serving as Chairman of Lee Kum Kee Family Investments Limited since 2009 managing other investments of the family that are not associated with the two core businesses. He is also currently the Chairman of the Lee Kum Kee Family Office.
Mr Maximilian Y.K. MA, M.B.E.
Chairman, Lee Heng Diamond Group
Founder and Chairman, MaBelle Jewellery Co. Ltd.
Mr Maximilian Y.K. MA, Chairman of Lee Heng Diamond Group, Founder and Chairman of MaBelle Jewellery Co. Ltd., received his B.A. at Boston University in the United States.
Between 1978 and 1983, he served as Director and Chairman of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals (TWGH), and then as a member of the TWGH Advisory board from 1983 to 2004. He was awarded an M.B.E. by Queen Elizabeth II for his outstanding contribution to the society. Over the years, Mr Ma has continued his role in contributing to society through various opportunities and organizations. He was the Chairman of the Hong Kong Diamond Importers Association and the Chung Ying Theatre Company. He served as council members at World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the Council of Performing Arts, the Outward Bound Trust, and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Mr Ma also served as members of the Law Reform Commission, Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, the Provisional Hospital Authority, The Hong Kong Lottery Fund, and the Hong Kong Community Chest. As the fundraising director, Mr Ma has been very involved in the fundraising and renovation of The Christian New Being Fellowship Youth Drug Rehabilitation Center in Hong Kong. He currently serves as a member of the School Advisory Council of HKUST Business School and the Advisory Committee of HKUST Tanoto Center for Asian Family Business and Entrepreneurship Studies.
Beyond the community, Mr Ma devotes his time to entrepreneurship. Two decades ago, diamond jewelry was considered inaccessible by most people. Observing the unmet market needs, Mr Ma sought to offer diamond products to consumers with an innovative and affordable approach. It was due to Mr Ma's passion that MaBelle was founded in 1993. MaBelle was the first diamond merchant advocating fixed price transactions and computerized inventory control with a simple vision that diamond jewelry should be readily accessible to women of all ages. Mr Ma disrupted the market by introducing high quality diamond products at a new price point along with meticulous service and convenient locations.
Mr Philip MARCOVICI
Mr Philip MARCOVICI is retired from the practice of law and consults with governments, financial institutions and global families in relation to tax, wealth management and other matters. Mr Marcovici is on the boards of several entities within the wealth management industry, as well as of entities within family succession and philanthropic structures. A member of the adjunct faculty of the Singapore Management University, Mr Marcovici is actively involved in teaching in the areas of taxation, wealth management and family governance.
Mr Marcovici was the founder and CEO of LawInContext, the interactive knowledge venture of global law firm, Baker & McKenzie. He retired from his CEO role with the company as from the end of 2010, and from his Chairmanship of the company as from the end of 2011.
Mr Marcovici was a partner of Baker & McKenzie, a firm he joined in 1982, and practiced in the area of international taxation throughout his legal career. He was based in the Hong Kong office of Baker & McKenzie for twelve years, relocating to the Zurich office of Baker & McKenzie in 1996. He has also practiced law in each of New York and Vancouver, British Columbia. Mr Marcovici retired from Baker & McKenzie at the end of 2009.
Dr James E. THOMPSON, GBS
Chairman and Founder, Crown Worldwide Group of Companies
Dr James E. THOMPSON, GBS, is Chairman and Founder of the Crown Worldwide Group of Companies. Crown Worldwide is a logistics company performing various types of warehousing and transportation services throughout the world. The Crown Worldwide Group is the largest privately owned company in the field of international removals with over 256 worldwide locations in almost 60 countries around the world. Crown is also a leader in the field of document management with over 32 million cartons of business documents managed from its worldwide facilities.
Dr Thompson graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He came to Asia shortly after completion of his university studies and has lived in Japan and Hong Kong ever since. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the San Jose State University Business School.
Dr Thompson is currently the Chairman of The Hong Kong Management Association and a member of the InvestHK’s Investment Promotion Ambassador Scheme. He also serves as a member of HKTDC HK-Europe Business Cooperation Committee. He served as a non-executive Director of the Board of the Wharf (Holdings) Ltd., a Board Member of Ocean Park Corporation, the Chairman of HKTDC Logistics Services Advisory Committee from 2004 to 2008, a Council member of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council from 2002 to 2004, a member of the Hong Kong Trade and Industry Advisory Board, a member of the ICAC Advisory Committee on Corruption, a member of HK-US Business Council, and a member of HK-Japan Business Cooperation Committee. He also served two terms as the Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong for 2002 and 2003.
He is also a member of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Business School Advisory Council and a member of the City of University of Hong Kong College International Advisory Board.
Dr Thompson serves as Chairman or as a Board member of numerous charitable organizations. His particular interests are charities related to children, cancer, education and art. He is the Chairman of the Asian Youth Orchestra, the Honorary President of the Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care, is on the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army. He and his wife, Sally, have been building schools and libraries for the children of Cambodia for the past few years.
Dr Thompson was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star, Hong Kong’s second highest award, by the Hong Kong Government in 2003. He received the Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2015 and the DHL/SCMP Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.
Professor CHEN Ling
Professor for Family Business and Business History
Associate Dean, School of Management, Zhejiang University
Professor CHEN Ling is Professor for Family Business and Business History and Associate Dean of School of Management, Zhejiang University. He is also Executive Director of Academy of Global Zhejiang Entrepreneurs and Director of Institute of Family Business at Zhejiang University. His research interests include modern Chinese business history, transformation of family business, corporate governance and enterprise development, regional economic development and employment issues.
Professor Chen received his BS from Fudan University Shanghai, Master of Economics from Beijing University and PhD of Economics at Humboldt University Berlin in Germany in 1995. Since January 1996, he has been a faculty member in School of Economics, Zhejiang University. He is also Research Fellow or Visiting Scholar at several universities, including University of Duisburg in Germany, Toronto University in Canada, University of Trento in Italy and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Before joining the School of Management at Zhejiang University, he was Associate Dean of School of Economics at Zhejiang University from September 2005 to July 2009. Since 1997 Professor Chen has led almost 20 international and national research projects, four of which were sponsored by National Foundation of Nature Science, China, one by the Ford Foundation, and several by provincial social science foundations. He has published 8 books and more than 80 articles in important academic journals.
Professor Chen teaches Comparative Business History, Family Business Management and Corporate Governance for Postgraduate, MBA and EMBA. He has also been invited by other business schools, government organizations and the Family Business Network to hold a series of lectures for business owners in China. Illustrated using international cases and survey results from Southeast Asian family businesses with a Chinese background, some of his presentations include nurturing second generation business owners, family governance and corporate governance, and building a long-lasting family business.
Professor Jess CHUA
Professor Emeritus of Finance and Family Business Governance, University of Calgary
Professor, Lancaster University
Professor of Family Business, Zhejiang University
Professor Jess CHUA grew up in a Chinese business family in the Philippines and currently holds three professorships at three universities on three continents: University of Calgary in Canada, University of Lancaster in the United Kingdom, and Zhejiang University in China. He also chairs the Research Advisory Board of the Centre for Family Business at the Lancaster University Management School and currently serves on the board of directors of two Canadian companies, one public and one private.
Professor Chua’s research publications, including four books, two research monographs, and over 100 research papers on financial management and family business governance, have received awards from various international academic associations. His previous appointments include senior adviser to an investment banking firm, adviser to an international consulting company, and a ministerial appointment to the board of governors of a professional association. For his contributions to management practice through his teaching, research, and consulting, he received the Leaders in Management Education Award from the Financial Post of Canada.