Board of Governors and Working Committees
Board of Governors

Bai Xian Asia Institute's Board of Governors comprises business leaders, professionals, and academic, and includes all founding members of the Institute. Terms of Reference have been developed, and regular board meetings are held to ensure good goverance. Three working committees have been formed to support the work of the Board. All committees report directly to the Board of Governors.

  • Ms. Ronna CHAO
    Ms. Ronna CHAO
    Chief Executive Officer, BXAI
    Chief Executive Officer, Novel Investments Limited
    Board Governor
    Executive Committee Chair
    Ms. Ronna    CHAO

    Ms. Ronna CHAO is Chief Executive Officer of Novel Investments Limited, Vice Chairman of Novetex Textiles Limited, and a Director of Novelpark Investments Limited.  Her responsibilities in these various capacities cover investment and portfolio management, property redevelopment, and textile manufacturing.  Ms. Chao has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Brown University, and earned her M.B.A. from Stanford University.  She also spent a year as an undergraduate at Keio University.

    Prior to joining the Novel Group, she worked as a Mergers & Acquisitions financial analyst at Goldman Sachs in New York, and an associate in the Licensing Department of the lifestyle and apparel company Tommy Hilfiger Corporation.  Ms. Chao has been a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Zhejiang Provincial Committee since 2013.  She also serves as Supervisor and Board Trustee at the International Christian School of Hong Kong. In addition, Ms. Chao was a Court Member of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology from 2010 to 2016.

  • Mr. MA Yung Kit
    Mr. MA Yung Kit
    Board Governor, BXAI
    Chairman, Lee Heng Diamond Company Limited
    Mr. MA Yung Kit

    Mr. MA Yung Kit is Chairman of Lee Heng Diamond Group, a family business in diamond and jewelry.  He is also the co-founder of Cocoon, a coworking platform where entrepreneurs, creative talent, successful leaders and investors meet, collaborate and deliver results together. He is a native Hong Kong-Chinese, educated in Switzerland and the United States. Mr. Ma currently serves as a Council Member and Chairman of Institution Advancement and Outreach Committee of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His public services since 1978 include work with various government commissions and committees, charity and non-governmental organizations.

  • Mr. CHAO Kee Tung
    Mr. CHAO Kee Tung
    Board Governor, BXAI
    Managing Director, Novel Investment Holdings Limited
    Nominating Committee Chair
    Mr. CHAO   Kee Tung

    Mr. CHAO Kee Tung is Chairman of the Board of Novel E&O Industries Limited, as well as Director of Novel Enterprises Limited and Managing Director of Novel Investment Holdings Limited. He formerly worked in the development of Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Limited and served as the Airlines' Executive Director. He was a member of the 9th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Shanghai Committee, and is a member of the Standing Committee of the 10th, 11th and 12th CPPCC Shanghai Committee. He is a Director of the 4th Council of China-Overseas Friendship Association. He graduated from East China University of Science and Technology and has a M.B.A. from The Lubin School of Business of Pace University. 

  • Mr. Charles Y. K. LEE, GBM, GBS, JP
    Mr. Charles Y. K. LEE, GBM, GBS, JP
    Board Governor, BXAI
    Co-Founder and Consultant, Woo Kwan Lee & Lo
    Mr. Charles Y. K.  LEE, GBM, GBS, JP

    Mr. Charles Y. K. LEE, GBM, GBS, JP is one of the founders of the solicitors' firm of Woo, Kwan, Lee & Lo, a major law firm in Hong Kong. He has previously served as a member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong, Chairman of the Council of the Open University of Hong Kong, Chairman and advisor of the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority, Chairman of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Arts Festival Society Limited.  Currently, Mr. Lee is Chairperson of Hong Kong – Taiwan Economic and Cultural Co-operation and Promotion Council, Chairman of Audit Profession Reform Advisory Group of Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and Pro-Chancellor of the Open University of Hong Kong.  Mr. Lee also participates actively in community service, most notably as Board Member and Campaign Committee Co-Chairman of The Community Chest of Hong Kong.

  • Professor John C. Y. LEONG, SBS, OBE, JP
    Professor John C. Y. LEONG, SBS, OBE, JP
    Board Governor, BXAI
    Chairman, Hong Kong Hospital Authority
    President Emeritus, Open University of Hong Kong
    Professor Emeritus, University of Hong Kong
    Professor John C. Y.  LEONG, SBS, OBE, JP

    Professor John C. Y. LEONG is currently Chairman of Hong Kong Hospital Authority, President Emeritus of the Open University of Hong Kong, Professor Emeritus of the University of Hong Kong, and Honorary Professor in the University's Department of Orthopaedics & Traumatology. He is an internationally renowned clinician-scientist specializing in spinal and pediatric orthopaedics. He was President of SICOT (The World Orthopaedic Organization) from 2002 to 2005, the first Chinese to head the organization. In 2001, He was the first Hong Kong clinician to be elected an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He holds other positions including Chairman of the Consultation Panel of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, the Citizens Advisory Committee on Community Relations, and is a Member of the Advisory Committee on Corruption, Independent Commission Against Corruption.

  • Mr. David T. Y. MONG
    Mr. David T. Y. MONG
    Board Governor, BXAI
    Chairman and Group CEO, Shun Hing Group
    Chairman, Shun Hing Education and Charity Fund
    Mr. David T. Y.  MONG

    Mr. David T. Y. Mong is Chairman and Group CEO of Shun Hing Group. He received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1984, and a M.B.A. degree from the Santa Clara University, California in 1991. The Chinese University of Hong Kong and The University of Hong Kong awarded him an Honorary Fellowship in 2005 and 2009, respectively.  Mr. Mong joined Shun Hing Electronic Trading Co., Ltd., the sole agent for Panasonic products in Hong Kong and Macau, as Executive Director in 1991. At present, Mr. Mong is Managing Director of Shun Hing Electronic Trading Co., Ltd. and Chairman and Group CEO of the Group overseeing the operation of all Group companies.  Mr. Mong chairs the Shun Hing Education and Charity Fund which has donated over HK$1.2 billion towards projects that benefit arts and culture, education, environmental protection, healthcare and science research, sporting events and charitable and community activities in Hong Kong, Mainland China and overseas.

  • Mr. Masaaki OGINO
    Mr. Masaaki OGINO
    Board Governor, BXAI
    Chairman, Fenix Group Holdings Limited
    Executive Committee Member
    Mr. Masaaki OGINO

    Mr. Masaaki OGINO is the Founder and Chairman of Fenix Group Holdings Ltd. Established in 1972 in Hong Kong, Fenix Group is an international company whose businesses encompass some of life’s necessities. Going through struggling periods, the group established SIDEFAME in 1985, a fashion retail subsidiary of the Fenix Group and FENIX LOGISTIC SERVICES in 1994. The Fenix Group went on to conceive ANTEPRIMA, a Milan-based premium fashion brand as well as CITYSUPER, specializing in gourmet food items and gadgets sourced from around the world. Today, the fashion and lifestyle retailing business occupies some 630,000 square feet of retail space in strategic locations around the world employing over 3,300 staff.

    On a personal level, Mr. OGINO is Chairman of the Century 21 Club since its establishment in 1992 and is actively involved in promoting business ties and strengthening business relationships between Japan and Hong Kong. He is also Chairman of NPO Wakyosokai Ltd, which supports Japanese living abroad, especially those pursuing entrepreneurship.

  • Mr. Shinichiro WATARI
    Mr. Shinichiro WATARI
    Board Governor, BXAI
    Chairman, Cornes & Company Limited
    Executive Committee Member
    Mr. Shinichiro WATARI

    Mr. Shinichiro WATARI serves as Chairman of Cornes & Co Ltd., Electronic Scientific Engineering Ltd, Quicksilver Connections Ltd (Australia), and Director of Pacific Can Enterprises Co Ltd.  Mr. Watari was previously President & CEO of Cornes & Co Ltd. and Director of The Wharf (Holdings) Ltd.  He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and received his M.A. from the Graduate School of Architecture, Washington University.  Mr. Watari is also a Trustee of Washington University.      

  • Professor ZHANG Junsheng
    Professor ZHANG Junsheng
    Board Governor, BXAI
    Chairman, Zhejiang University Development Committee
    Former Secretary, Zhejiang University Party Committee
    Professor ZHANG Junsheng

    Professor ZHANG Junsheng is Chairman of the Zhejiang University Development Committee and is a specially-invited Inspection Advisor to the Ministry of Education of The People’s Republic of China. He received a Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Zhejiang University before assuming the posts of lecturer and associate professor at his alma mater. Mr. Zhang has served in positions at Zhejiang University including Secretary of the CPC Committee, President of the Center for Research of Private Economy, and President of the Center for the Studies of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. He also served as Director of Consulting Committee for Economic Construction of Zhejiang Provincial Government and was a representative of the 16th Communist Party of China.

Executive Committee

The Board of Governors delegates most of it responsibilities to the Executive Committee, which is chaired by Ms. Ronna CHAO. The Committee formulates the strategic plans to guide the development and operation of the Institute, both academic and non-academic.

  • Ms. Ronna CHAO
    Ms. Ronna CHAO
    Chief Executive Officer, BXAI
    Chief Executive Officer, Novel Investments Limited
    Board Governor
    Executive Committee Chair
    Ms. Ronna    CHAO

    Ms. Ronna CHAO is Chief Executive Officer of Novel Investments Limited, Vice Chairman of Novetex Textiles Limited, and a Director of Novelpark Investments Limited.  Her responsibilities in these various capacities cover investment and portfolio management, property redevelopment, and textile manufacturing.  Ms. Chao has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Brown University, and earned her M.B.A. from Stanford University.  She also spent a year as an undergraduate at Keio University.

    Prior to joining the Novel Group, she worked as a Mergers & Acquisitions financial analyst at Goldman Sachs in New York, and an associate in the Licensing Department of the lifestyle and apparel company Tommy Hilfiger Corporation.  Ms. Chao has been a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Zhejiang Provincial Committee since 2013.  She also serves as Supervisor and Board Trustee at the International Christian School of Hong Kong. In addition, Ms. Chao was a Court Member of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology from 2010 to 2016.

  • Mr. Kazuma Yamauchi
    Mr. Kazuma Yamauchi
    Executive Committee Member, BXAI
    Associate, Apollo Management Asia Pacific Limited
    Mr. Kazuma Yamauchi

    Mr. Kazuma Yamauchi is an investment professional at the Private Equity group of Apollo Management, a global alternative asset manager with approximately US$160 billion of asset under management. Prior to joining Apollo, he worked at MBK Partners, an Asian private equity investment fund, and prior to that, he worked at Goldman Sachs at Tokyo in its principal investment team.

    Outside of the work, he manages a Hong Kong branch of the alumni association of the University of Tokyo. He used to be a member of Jing Forum, a bi-lateral discussion forum between Peking University and the University of Tokyo, which he currently leads various alumni activities.

    Mr. Yamauchi received a BA and an MA from the University of Tokyo.

  • Mr. William WONG
    Mr. William WONG
    Executive Committee Member, BXAI
    Chief Investment Officer, Novel Investments Limited
    Mr. William WONG

    Mr. William WONG is Chief Investment Officer of Novel Investments Limited, Novelpark Investments Limited, and Bai Xian Education Foundation.  His responsibilities in these various capacities cover investment and portfolio management and property redevelopment.  Prior to joining the Novel Group, he worked as a private banker at Goldman Sachs and Citibank.  Mr. Wong has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and International Management from Boston University.

  • Mrs. Yvette Yeh FUNG
    Mrs. Yvette Yeh FUNG
    Executive Committee Member, BXAI
    Chair, The Yeh Family Philanthropy
    Mrs. Yvette Yeh FUNG

    Mrs. Yvette Yeh FUNG is Chair of The Yeh Family Philanthropy, a family foundation whose mission is “building capacity in promising young minds through education and social entrepreneurship.” The foundation’s strategy is to identify innovative models to address issues in education and social innovation.

    As a U.S. trained attorney, Mrs. Fung practiced law in California for several years before returning to Hong Kong and working in her family’s businesses. She is an Executive Director of Hsin Chong International Holdings Ltd., a family office. She has a keen interest in education and philanthropy and serves on the boards of Stanford Law School, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Hong Kong Society for the Deaf and SOW Asia Foundation. She is a board member of Tai Ping Carpets International Ltd. and has been on boards of other Hong Kong listed companies. She holds a BA from Stanford University, MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and JD from Stanford Law School.

    In her spare time, Mrs. Fung loves to travel with her family, especially to exotic and far-flung locations with a goal of joining the Travelers’ Century Club.

  • Mr. Masaaki OGINO
    Mr. Masaaki OGINO
    Board Governor, BXAI
    Chairman, Fenix Group Holdings Limited
    Executive Committee Member
    Mr. Masaaki OGINO

    Mr. Masaaki OGINO is the Founder and Chairman of Fenix Group Holdings Ltd. Established in 1972 in Hong Kong, Fenix Group is an international company whose businesses encompass some of life’s necessities. Going through struggling periods, the group established SIDEFAME in 1985, a fashion retail subsidiary of the Fenix Group and FENIX LOGISTIC SERVICES in 1994. The Fenix Group went on to conceive ANTEPRIMA, a Milan-based premium fashion brand as well as CITYSUPER, specializing in gourmet food items and gadgets sourced from around the world. Today, the fashion and lifestyle retailing business occupies some 630,000 square feet of retail space in strategic locations around the world employing over 3,300 staff.

    On a personal level, Mr. OGINO is Chairman of the Century 21 Club since its establishment in 1992 and is actively involved in promoting business ties and strengthening business relationships between Japan and Hong Kong. He is also Chairman of NPO Wakyosokai Ltd, which supports Japanese living abroad, especially those pursuing entrepreneurship.

  • Ms. Jean SUNG
    Ms. Jean SUNG
    Executive Committee Member, BXAI
    Head, The Philanthropy Centre, J.P. Morgan Private Bank
    Ms. Jean  SUNG

    Ms. Jean SUNG Jin Jeng is Executive Director and Head of The Philanthropy Centre, J.P. Morgan Private Bank, and Asia Pacific. Prior to joining The Philanthropy Centre, Jean was Head of Global Philanthropy for J.P. Morgan in Asia Pacific between 2006 and 2013, managing the Firm’s corporate giving across 13 countries in Asia. In this role, Ms. Sung developed programs and services for livelihood and workforce skills development and implemented them with non-profits and multi-lateral partners. She has also developed and initiated country specific needs assessments including KPIs, budgets and timelines with a focus in economic development, financial empowerment and workforce development.

    She initiated a tri-sector partnership program with International Institute for Educational Planning, UNESCO that supports the building of the capacity of education officials and practitioners in Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam to drive systemic changes in the policy and planning of education networks to improve education equity, quality and inclusion. Ms. Sung is a Board member of the Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children and The Women’s Foundation, Hong Kong; as well as an Advisory Board Member of The French International School, Hong Kong; Co-Chair of J.P. Morgan Women’s Interactive Network (WIN) and a Member of J.P. Morgan Diversity Council.

  • Mr. Shinichiro WATARI
    Mr. Shinichiro WATARI
    Board Governor, BXAI
    Chairman, Cornes & Company Limited
    Executive Committee Member
    Mr. Shinichiro WATARI

    Mr. Shinichiro WATARI serves as Chairman of Cornes & Co Ltd., Electronic Scientific Engineering Ltd, Quicksilver Connections Ltd (Australia), and Director of Pacific Can Enterprises Co Ltd.  Mr. Watari was previously President & CEO of Cornes & Co Ltd. and Director of The Wharf (Holdings) Ltd.  He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and received his M.A. from the Graduate School of Architecture, Washington University.  Mr. Watari is also a Trustee of Washington University.      

  • Professor Angelina YUEN
    Professor Angelina YUEN
    Executive Committee Member, BXAI
    Vice President, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    Professor Angelina YUEN

    Professor Angelina YUEN holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Social Work and Social Administration) and is Vice President of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), overseeing institutional advancement and global partnerships.

    In Hong Kong, Professor Yuen has engaged extensively in a wide range of social services and government consultancy work. She was appointed Justice of the Peace in 2002 and received the Bronze Bauhinia Star in 2008. Currently, Professor Yuen is a member of University Grants Committee.

    Since mid-1980s, Professor Yuen has taken an active role in spearheading social work education, university education and women’s development in China. She is an Executive Committee member of the All-China Federation of Women, Advisor to China Social Work Education Association as well as Honorary Advisor to China Social Workers Association. Professor Yuen is the Co-director of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University-Peking University China Social Work Research Centre and Co-director of Sichuan University-The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Institute for Disaster Management and Reconstruction. She also holds positions of Honorary Professor and Visiting Professor at several top mainland and overseas universities. In the international arena, Professor Yuen is a key player in international social work education development. She was President of the International Association of Schools of Social Work from 2008 to 2012, being the first Chairperson from Asia-Pacific region since its establishment 80 years ago. In her various roles and capacities, Professor Yuen contributes greatly to the internationalization of social work education.

Communication and Development Committee

Mr. Max MA chairs the Communication and Development Committee, which is responsible for formulating the communication strategy related to external media and public relations as well as ongoing fundraising initiatives.

  • Mr. MA Yung Kit
    Mr. MA Yung Kit
    Board Governor, BXAI
    Chairman, Lee Heng Diamond Company Limited
    Mr. MA Yung Kit

    Mr. MA Yung Kit is Chairman of Lee Heng Diamond Group, a family business in diamond and jewelry.  He is also the co-founder of Cocoon, a coworking platform where entrepreneurs, creative talent, successful leaders and investors meet, collaborate and deliver results together. He is a native Hong Kong-Chinese, educated in Switzerland and the United States. Mr. Ma currently serves as a Council Member and Chairman of Institution Advancement and Outreach Committee of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His public services since 1978 include work with various government commissions and committees, charity and non-governmental organizations.

  • Ms. Laura COZIJNSEN
    Ms. Laura COZIJNSEN
    C&D Committee Member, BXAI
    Founder, Lighthouse Consultant Limited
    Ms. Laura COZIJNSEN

    Ms. COZIJNSEN Laura is Founder of award-winning marketing and public relations consultancy, Lighthouse Consultant Limited.  She is of Eurasian descent, born in Malaysia, and educated in Hong Kong.  Ms. Cozijnsen has held directorship positions with media conglomerate STAR Group Limited, responsible for marketing and publicity of TV channels across Southeast Asia.  As the 2006 Overall Champion at the Hong Kong Master of Ceremonies Competition, she has since hosted over 700 events and is a highly sought-after trainer for both the private and public sector.  She is currently Programme Mentor for the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation and is engaged in a wide range of community services, with a particular focus on entrepreneurship and youth development.

Nominating Committee

Mr. K. T. CHAO chairs the Nominating Committee, which is responsible for nominating qualified candidates for election to the Institute’s Board of Governors.

  • Mr. CHAO Kee Tung
    Mr. CHAO Kee Tung
    Board Governor, BXAI
    Managing Director, Novel Investment Holdings Limited
    Nominating Committee Chair
    Mr. CHAO   Kee Tung

    Mr. CHAO Kee Tung is Chairman of the Board of Novel E&O Industries Limited, as well as Director of Novel Enterprises Limited and Managing Director of Novel Investment Holdings Limited. He formerly worked in the development of Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Limited and served as the Airlines' Executive Director. He was a member of the 9th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Shanghai Committee, and is a member of the Standing Committee of the 10th, 11th and 12th CPPCC Shanghai Committee. He is a Director of the 4th Council of China-Overseas Friendship Association. He graduated from East China University of Science and Technology and has a M.B.A. from The Lubin School of Business of Pace University.