Board of directors

The Board of Directors brings together a wealth of experience from across Hong Kong and the University of Birmingham to give strategic direction to the Foundation.

Members of the Hong Kong Foundation board of directorsThe Board meet twice a year to distribute funding to charitable priorities at the University that have an impact in Hong Kong, the mainland and beyond.

Chair: Ir Dr Conrad Wong, BBS, JP
(MSc [Eng] Foundation Engineering, 1988)
Vice-Chairman, Yau Lee Group

IR Dr Conrad WongConrad is a professional engineer who has over 30 years of building construction experience. He is the Vice-Chairman of Yau Lee Holdings Limited, a major building construction group.

Conrad also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Southampton, Master of Business Administration Degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Bachelor in Religious Sciences Degree from the Holy Spirit Seminary College of Theology and Philosophy, and a Doctorate from the City University of Hong Kong.

He is also Deputy Chairman of the Council of the Open University of Hong Kong; Member of the Energy Advisory Committee; Member of the Trade and Industry Advisory Board; Member of the Environmental Campaign Committee and Member of the Town Planning Board. Previously, Conrad was Deputy Chairman of the Vocational Training Council and Chairman of the Hong Kong Green Building Council.

'I am very excited to be the first Chair of the Hong Kong Foundation and, along with the Board, to be in a position to shape how the Foundation can help strengthen Birmingham’s presence in Hong Kong. We created the Foundation to bring together Hong Kong’s almost 3,000 strong alumni community and begin a bold new chapter in the long and special relationship between the University of Birmingham and our great city.'

Ms Wendy W P Wong
(PG Dip Business Administration, 1987; MBA Industrial Economics & Business Studies, 1988)
General Manager and Head of International Division, Bank of East Asia

Wendy WongWendy is a seasoned banker, with more than 30 years’ experience. She oversees the Bank’s current business operations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Malaysia, Macau and Taiwan.

Wendy joined BEA in May 1989 as a Management Trainee. She held a number of senior positions at the Bank’s China Division, including Head of Investment Consultancy, Head of Property Lending and Head of Branch Operations and Development. She was appointed as the General Manager and Head of China Division in April 2009 and was transferred to take up the position of General Manager and Head of International Division since February 2017.

Wendy has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing in the United Kingdom since 1993. She also sits on the China Development Committee of the Hong Kong Institute of Bankers.

‘I am looking forward to receiving tremendous support from our alumni, and to delivering benefits for society with our combined resources. My husband and I always believe that many a mickle makes a muckle’.

Dr Guy Look
(BCom Industrial Economics and Business Studies, 1979; DUniv 2013)
Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director, Sa Sa International Holdings

Guy LookGuy has over 35 years’ experience in local and overseas financial and general management. Prior to joining Sa Sa in March 2002, he was Chief Financial Officer and an Executive Director of Tom.com Ltd (renamed TOM Group Ltd.). Guy is an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (‘HKICPA’).

He is also a member of the Executive Committee and the Chairman of the New Retail Sub-Committee of the Hong Kong Retail Management Association, a member of the CNBC Global CFO Council and a member of the Advisory Board of the Hong Kong Investor Relations Association.

In recognition of Guy’s achievements, the University awarded him an honorary doctorate (DUniv) in 2013.

‘Having reaped the fruits of what I learned at Birmingham, I support the Foundation to help bring the same opportunities for others to also enjoy the benefits of a world-class education’.

Ms Anna Lin, JP
(PG Dip Business Administration 1987; MBA Industrial Economics and Business Studies, 1988)
Chief Executive Officer, GS1 Hong Kong

Anna LinAnna has over 30 years’ experience of senior management in strategy formulation, business planning execution and pioneering innovative industry platforms. She leads GS1 Hong Kong to establish platforms, ecosystems and programmes to drive industry adoption of global supply chain standards, practices and technologies for enhanced business efficiency, digital commerce and IoT development.

Anna was made a Chartered Fellow (FCILT) of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in 2018, in recognition of her achievement and contribution to the industry in Hong Kong.

She holds a number of appointments in both government and industry organisations. She is a member of GS1 Global Management Board and CEO Advisory Council; HKSAR Logistics Development Council, HKTDC Logistics Services Advisory Committee; the Advisory Board of Birmingham Business School.

‘Having a long and deep relationship with the University, I am honoured to help the Foundation strengthen its activities in Hong Kong, which will undoubtedly leave a lasting legacy’.

Professor Robin Mason
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International), University of Birmingham

Professor Robin MasonRobin sits on the University’s Executive Board. As Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) at the University of Birmingham, he has responsibility for strategic oversight and delivery of the University’s international activities (education, research and engagement) and reputation. 

His research focuses on how firms respond strategically to uncertainty and the incentives faced by economic agents in situations when they have imperfect information about their environment.

He is a fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, and sits on the Accreditation Board of EQUIS, one of the two major accreditation bodies for business schools.

Mr Gavin A Maggs
Director of Development and Alumni Relations, University of Birmingham

Gavin MaggsGavin is responsible for the Birmingham in Action fundraising and volunteering campaign, the fifth largest in UK Higher Education.

Himself a product of educational philanthropy, Gavin has worked at the Universities of Oxford, Warwick and Bath, joining Birmingham in 2020.

Before all that, though, he had the privilege of undertaking a six-month internship in Hong Kong in 1994, giving him a deep appreciation of the city, which he has regularly visited for the last decade.

Ms Victoria Smith
Associate Director (Fundraising), Development and Alumni Relations, University of Birmingham

Vicky SmithVictoria oversees individual philanthropy at the University. She has experience of funding and delivering large scale projects internationally and across a number of causes from capital projects to homelessness and healthcare.

Victoria also holds a number of governance roles in the UK in her personal capacity, including as a trustee of an endowed grant maker that donates around £1 million annually to health and social inequality.

Mr Craig Edwards
Senior Development Executive (Asia Pacific), Development and Alumni Relations, University of Birmingham

Craig EdwardsCraig builds relationships between the University and alumni in Hong Kong, and across the wider region. He supports the Board with the Foundation’s governance and identifies funding priorities at Birmingham. Craig can work with you to explore how a donation to the Foundation will make a difference.

Craig joined Birmingham from the University of Manchester, having managed an £80 million fundraising campaign at the Royal Academy of Arts in London; and launched an Alumni Association at London Contemporary Dance School.