Bai Xian Asia Institute’s Board of Governors comprises business leaders, professionals, and academics, and includes all founding members of the Institute.

All of BXAI’s operations come under the direction of the Board, which meets regularly and serves the Institute in accordance to established terms of reference to ensure good governance.  The Governing Board is supported by three working committees: the Executive Committee, the Communication and Development Committee, and the Nominating Committee.

Ms. Ronna CHAO

Chief Executive Officer, Bai Xian Asia Institute

Ms. Ronna CHAO is CEO of Novel Investment Partners Limited, 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.

Prior to joining the Novel Group, she began her career in New York first as a Mergers & Acquisitions financial analyst at Goldman Sachs, and then as an associate in the Licensing Department of the lifestyle and apparel company Tommy Hilfiger Corporation.

Ms. Chao is also CEO of Bai Xian Asia Institute (BXAI).  BXAI is initially funded by the Chao family’s Bai Xian Education Foundation (BXEF) to support the operation of the “Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program” (AFLSP).  The AFLSP offers up to 105 scholarships each year for Asian students to study abroad at one of BXAI’s partner universities in East Asia.

Ms. Chao serves as Supervisor and Board Trustee at the International Christian School of Hong Kong, Board Director of Mother’s Choice, Ordinary Member and Director of the Yeh Family Philanthropy Limited, Board Trustee of Asia Society Hong Kong Center, Counsellor of Our Hong Kong Foundation, Advisory Board Member of GoImpact, and Advisory Council Member of the Washington Institute for Business, Government and Society.  In addition, she was a Court Member of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology from 2010 to 2016.  Ms. Chao is a Standing Committee Member of the 12th Zhejiang Provincial Committee of the Hong Kong CPPCC.

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 in Tokyo.

Mr. CHAO Kee Tung

Board Governor, BXAI
Nominating Committee Member, BXAI
Managing Director, Novel Investment Holdings Limited

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.

Mrs. Yvette Yeh FUNG

Board Governor, BXAI
Executive Committee Member, BXAI
Chair, The Yeh Family Philanthropy

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.

Professor John LEONG Chi-yan SBS, JP

Board Governor, BXAI
Chairman, Hong Kong Hospital Authority
President Emeritus, Open University of Hong Kong
Professor Emeritus, University of Hong Kong

Professor John LEONG Chi-yan 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, Chairman of the Citizens Advisory Committee on Community Relations, and is a Member of the Advisory Committee on Corruption, Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Mr. MA Yung Kit

Board Governor, BXAI
C&D Committee Member, BXAI
Chairman, Lee Heng Diamond Company Limited

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. 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 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

Board Governor, BXAI
Executive Committee Member, BXAI
Chairman, Fenix Group Holdings Limited

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 has been 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

Board Governor, BXAI
Executive Committee Member, BXAI
Head of The Philanthropy Centre, Asia, J.P. Morgan Private Bank

Ms. Jean SUNG Jin Jeng is the Head of The Philanthropy Centre, Asia, J.P. Morgan Private Bank.  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; an Advisory Board Member of The French International School, Hong Kong; Co-Chair of the J.P. Morgan Women’s Interactive Network (WIN) and a Member of the J.P. Morgan Diversity Council.

Mr. Shinichiro WATARI

Board Governor, BXAI
Executive Committee Member, BXAI
Chairman, Cornes & Company Limited

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.