OPENING CEREMONY
Officiating Guests: CLOSING CEREMONY
Officiating Guest:

Raymond Hung-chiu WONG, JP

Permanent Secretary for Education and Manpower, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Raymond Wong was appointed the Permanent Secretary for Education and Manpower on 6 November 2006. He was the Commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) since August 2003.

Mr. Wong joined the Hong Kong Government’s Administrative Service in 1980, and held senior appointments in various policy bureaux and departments. He had served in the then Legal Department, the then City and New Territories Administration, and the then New Airport Projects Coordination Office. In 1995, he was appointed the Commissioner for Narcotics, Security Branch. He then became the Deputy Director of Handover Ceremony Coordination Office in 1997, and the Deputy Secretary for Security until 2001 and the Commissioner for Customs and Excise until 2003.

Mr. Wong received the Chief Executive’s Commendation for Government Service in 1998 for his contribution to the organization of the Handover Ceremony. He graduated with a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree from the University of Hong Kong in 1980. He had studied at the Oxford University, and also acquired an external Bachelor of Laws degree from the Beijing University. In 1994-95, he attended the Kennedy School of Government of the Harvard University and was awarded a Master of Public Administration degree.


Professor Bernard SPODEK

President and Founder of PECERA

Bernard Spodek is Professor Emeritus of Early Childhood Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he has taught since 1965. He received his doctorate in early childhood education from Teachers College, Columbia University, then joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has also taught nursery, kindergarten and elementary classes in New York City. His research and scholarly interests are in the areas of curriculum, teaching and teacher education in early childhood education.

Dr. Spodek has lectured extensively in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, England, Greece, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Portugal, and Taiwan. From 1976 to 1978 he was President of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and from 1981 through 1983 he chaired the Early Education and Child Development Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association. Currently, he is president and founder of the Pacific Early Childhood Educational Research Association (PECERA). He is widely published in the field of early childhood education.


Professor Richard Yan-ki HO

Acting President and Professor (Chair) of Finance, City University of Hong Kong

Professor Richard Ho obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the Professor (Chair) of Finance in the Department of Economics and Finance at City University of Hong Kong. He has been appointed Acting President by the Council of the City University of Hong Kong with effect from 1 May 2007 until 31 December 2007. He was Dean of Undergraduate Education in April 2005 and was retitled as Vice-President (Undergraduate Education) from April 2006. He was Dean of Faculty of Business at City University of Hong Kong from 1995 to 2001. Before joining City University of Hong Kong, Professor Ho also served in the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Baptist University. Professor Ho was a Vice-President of the Asia Pacific Finance Association, a Vice-Chairman of the Hong Kong Policy Research Institute, and a member of the Insider Dealing Tribunal of the Government of Hong Kong, He was also appointed as a part-time member of the Central Policy Unit, the Government of HKSAR (1998–2000), a member of the Economic Advisory Committee of the Financial Secretary’s Office (2000-2001), a member of the Hong Kong Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (1997-2004), a member of the Small and Medium Enterprises Committee of the Government of HKSAR (2002-2004) and a member of the Advisory Committee on Human Resources Development in the Financial Services Sector (“FinMan Committee”) (2005-2007). Currently, Professor Ho is a member of the Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation (HKCAA), a member of the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Institute of Bankers, a panel member of the Securities and Futures Appeals Tribunal, and a member of the Energy Advisory Committee. Professor Ho’s research areas cover Asian financial markets, market microstructure, and corporate finance. His publications include The Hong Kong Financial System (Oxford University Press) and articles published in Journal of Empirical Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, Pacific Basin Finance Journal, Economics Letters, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, and Journal of International Financial Management and Accounting .