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In recent decades, there have been continuous discussions about the enhancement of Hong Kong's status as "Asia's World City." This prompts the question: What are the elements that contribute to the making of a world-class metropolis?

Philip Chen, a prominent figure in Hong Kong's business and academic circles, will discuss his findings on the success of major cities around the globe. He will also share his recommendations on how Hong Kong can further solidify its position as an international aviation hub.

Chen is well-known for his remarkable achievements in the past 25 years, which include transforming four major companies in Hong Kong – Cathay Pacific, Ocean Park, Hang Lung Properties and Dragonair. The former CEO of Hang Lung Group and Hang Lung Properties Limited, he currently is an Independent Non-Executive Director at Hang Lung Properties Limited, and Immediate Past Chairman of the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Before joining Hang Lung in 2010, he was Chairman of John Swire & Sons (China) Limited. He also served as CEO of Cathay Pacific Airways Limited and Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Limited, and was Executive Director of Swire Pacific Limited and John Swire & Sons (Hong Kong) Limited.

Chen is a Professor of Practice in Management and Strategy, Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Hong Kong, a Professor of Practice (Hospitality and Tourism Strategies), School of Hotel and Tourism Management at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and Visiting Professor of Faculty of Economics at Sophia University, Tokyo.

Drawing from his extensive experience in the corporate world and academia, he will offer invaluable insights into Hong Kong's competitiveness and the array of opportunities it presents. Chamber CEO Patrick Yeung will moderate what promises to be an engaging discussion.

Chen will also sign copies of his new book "Great Cities," which members can buy at the Chamber on the day.

About "CEO 123 Tell Me More Series": The Chamber proudly introduced this monthly series last December, which offers a rare opportunity to hear from inspiring individuals in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Moderated by Chamber CEO Patrick Yeung, the talks feature influential figures from business, academic and cultural circles, who share their insights into various topics.

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Speakers' presentations at this event are intended for educational purposes only and do not replace independent professional judgment. Statements of fact and opinions expressed during this event are those of the speakers and participants and, unless expressly stated to the contrary, are not the opinion or position of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, its members, or its committees. The Chamber does not endorse or approve, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, accuracy or completeness of the information presented. Attendees should note that, with the approval of speakers, this event may be recorded, and possibly published on the Chamber's website in audio and/or video formats without further notice.

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Speaker(s)

Professor Philip Chen, Independent Non-Executive Director of Hang Lung Properties Limited

Philip Chen is Independent Non-Executive Director of Hang Lung Properties Limited. He retired as Chief Executive Officer of Hang Lung Group and Hang Lung Properties Limited in July 2018 and became Non-Executive Director of Hang Lung Properties Limited until January 2023.

Prior to joining Hang Lung in July 2010, Philip had been with the Swire Group for thirty-three years. He was Chairman of John Swire & Sons (China) Limited, Chief Executive of Cathay Pacific Airways Limited, Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Limited, Executive Director of Swire Pacific Limited and John Swire & Sons (Hong Kong) Limited.

Over the years, in Hong Kong as well as overseas, Philip has taken up major roles in various trade and community services. He has been actively involved in government policies, Independent Commission Against Corruption, educations, universities, commerce, aviation, logistics, tourism, theme parks, charities etc.

He is well known for changing four major companies in Hong Kong over the last 25 years – turning around Dragonair and Ocean Park, changing the business model of Cathay Pacific and transforming Hang Lung Properties.

Philip is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Hong Kong Jockey Club. He is currently a Vice Patron of the Hong Kong Community Chest.

He is a Member of the Board of Airport Authority Hong Kong, Member of the Hong Kong-Japan Business Co-operation Committee, Advisor of Our Hong Kong Foundation, Director of both the China Overseas Friendship Association and the Shanghai Chinese Overseas Friendship Association, Honorary President of the Hong Kong Association of China Travel Organizers Limited, and Founder and Honorary President of the Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce in Beijing.

Philip has great passion in education. For his Alma Mater, The University of Hong Kong, he has been appointed Professor of Practice in Management and Strategy, Faculty of Business and Economics, a Member of the International Advisory Council (IAC), Faculty of Business and Economics, as well as a Member of the Advisory Committee of Shun Hing College.

He has also been appointed Professor of Practice (Hospitality and Tourism Strategies), School of Hotel and Tourism Management by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Visiting Professor of Faculty of Economics by Sophia University, Tokyo.

He also serves as a Member of the International Advisory Board of Lingnan (University) College, Sun Yat-sen University as well as a Member of the Advisory Board of Stanford GSB Chapter of Hong Kong.

Philip has published seven bestsellers of travel stories in Hong Kong, two of which have also been published in Mainland China and Taiwan. The royalties from the book sales have been donated to two charities. His most recent publication on horse racing stories has become the bestseller too. Philip’s research on the “Great Cities Theory” has also been published as “Great Cities of the World” by the University of Hong Kong in 2010, and then “Great Cities” in Chinese was also published in 2023.

In 2001, The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology named him Honouree of the Beta Gamma Sigma and in 2004, made him an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration. In 2009, he was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Fellowship by The University of Hong Kong School of Professional and Continuing Education, and The University of Hong Kong also admitted him an Honorary University Fellowship in 2013 and bestowed upon him Beta Gamma Sigma Honouree in 2016. In 2010, he was bestowed Honorary Member of Eta Sigma Delta Chapter by The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He was conferred Doctor of Business Administration, honoris causa by Lingnan University in 2014 as well as by the Hong Kong Baptist University in 2018. He was also awarded a Fellowship by the Royal Aeronautical Society of the UK in 1997 and a Fellowship by the Hong Kong Management Association in 2004.

In 2000, the Hong Kong Government appointed Philip as Justice of the Peace, and awarded him the Silver Bauhinia Star in 2002. He was further awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star in 2012. He was bestowed the Distinction of Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite by the French Government in 2009. In June 2014, the Ministry of Education, Singapore presented him the Service to Education Award – Silver.

Language English
Date and Time 2024/06/12 12:30 to 14:00
Venue Chamber Theatre, 22/F United Centre
Media Closed to media
Enquiries Chloe Lee
Tel: 28231297
Email: [email protected]
Fee
  • HK$ 190 for Members / HK$ 380 for Non-Members (Including lunch)
+$50 for booking offline
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