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 both the academic and non-academic development and operation of the Institute.

Ms. Ronna CHAO

Chief Executive Officer, BXAI
Chief Executive Officer, Novel Investment Partners Limited

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) which has earmarked US$100 million for the “Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program” (AFLSP).  The AFLSP is managed by BXAI and offers up to 105 scholarships each year for Asian students to study abroad at one of 16 leading universities in Northeast Asia.  In 2016, BXAI was one of the award recipients of “The Peak Power List 2016 – Philanthropy”.

Ms. Chao also serves as Supervisor and Board Trustee at the International Christian School of Hong Kong, Board Director of Mother’s Choice, Standing Vice Chairman of The Hong Kong Association of Zhejiang Entrepreneurs, and Counsellor of Our Hong Kong Foundation. 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 Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (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.

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 Takanori KITAMURA

Executive Committee Member, BXAI
Adjunct Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Professor Takanori KITAMURA is a professor of Japanese studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), an honorary senior research fellow at CUHK’s Hong Kong Institute of Asia Pacific Studies, and honorary director of the university’s Research Centre for Comparative Japanese Studies.  He is actively involved in the activities and development of the Department of Japanese Studies at CUHK, and in promoting major international exchange events at the university.

Prior to joining CUHK, Professor Kitamura had served at the Japanese Foreign Ministry for almost 40 years.  His previous roles include Japanese ambassador to Greece, consul-general of Japan in Hong Kong, managing director of planning and evaluation at the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), senior research fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs, and deputy chief of protocol at the Foreign Ministry.  He also served at Japan’s embassies in China and the Philippines, as well as at the Japan’s representatives of the United Nations.

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. Bing SONG

Executive Committee Member, BXAI
Director, Berggruen Institute China Centre

Ms. Bing Song is the Director of the Berggruen Institute China Centre.  The China Centre focuses on bringing out China voices on certain key issues which impact our world and the future of humanity, such as AI and gene editing and the ethics, as well as new concepts and framework of the world order and new world institutions China has brought and will continue to bring to international geopolitics.  Ms. Song also serves as a director and/or council member for a number of contemporary art museum and Chinese classical education institutions in Beijing.

Prior to joining Berggruen Institute, Ms. Song was a senior executive with Goldman Sachs China for over a decade.  Prior to Goldman, Ms. Song was a practicing lawyer in capital markets transactions.  Earlier in her career, she worked for the Ford Foundation on judicial reforms in China and published extensively on comparative law.


Ms. Jean SUNG

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.

Mr. William WONG

Executive Committee Member, BXAI
Chief Investment Officer, Novel Investments Partners Limited and Bai Xian Education Foundation

Mr. William WONG is Chief Investment Officer of Novel Investment Partners 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.


Executive Committee Member, BXAI
Founder CEO, KZM & Company Limited

Mr. Kazuma YAMAUCHI is the Founder and CEO of KZM & Company, a consulting firm that specializes in the fields of investment, start-ups, IP rights, entertainment, content, and social media.  Prior to establishing KZM, he was an investment professional at the Private Equity group of Apollo Management, a global alternative asset manager with approximately US$160 billion of assets under management.  Prior to joining Apollo, he worked at MBK Partners, an Asian private equity investment fund, and prior to that, he worked in the principal investment team at Goldman Sachs in Tokyo.

Outside of the work, he manages the Hong Kong branch of University of Tokyo’s alumni association, where he leads and coordinates various activities for UTokyo alumni in Hong Kong.  He was a former member of the Jing Forum, a bilateral discussion forum between Peking University and The University of Tokyo.

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

Doctor Angelina YUEN

Executive Committee Member, BXAI
Academic Committee Member, BXAI
Senior Advisor to the President, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Doctor 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 the 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 the China Social Work Education Association as well as Honorary Advisor to the 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 – the first Chairperson from the 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.