Founder & Chairman of the Board of Governors cum Prize Council
Dr. LUI Che Woo is the Chairman of K. Wah Group, one of Asia’s largest and leading conglomerates encompassing properties, entertainment and leisure, hospitality and construction materials. He is also the Chairman of its two listed flagships, K. Wah International Holdings Limited and Galaxy Entertainment Group Limited. The Group has evolved over the past six decades from the first K. Wah Company, which focuses mainly on the supply of construction materials in 1955, into a diversified business portfolio. Rooted in Hong Kong, the K. Wah Group now operates across Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Southeast Asia and major cities in the United States with over 33,000 employees worldwide.
Dr. LUI was born in Jiangmen, Guangdong Province, China, in 1929 and settled down in Hong Kong with his family at the age of 4. The adversity and hardship that he experienced and witnessed in his young life planted in his heart the seeds of compassion and selflessness that shaped his future efforts.
A long-time philanthropist, Dr. LUI has been particularly supportive of the development of education, medical care, innovative technology, arts and culture, environmental stewardship as well as the promotion of harmonious co-existence. Over the past few decades, Dr. LUI has donated considerable time and resources to a host of international charitable causes and institutions of higher learning. He has sponsored elementary education, scholarships, educational facilities, academic research and exchange programmes, because of his profound belief that education is essential for the betterment of society. He is also keen to share his business wisdom and philosophy with the younger generation, and has been recognised widely for his benevolence and charity work for the less fortunate.
In recognition of his philanthropic efforts and contributions to society, Dr. LUI has been bestowed with Honorary Doctorates from leading local and overseas universities. Dr. LUI was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1982 and was appointed as a Justice of the Peace in 1986. The HKSAR Government also awarded Dr. LUI with the Gold Bauhinia Star (GBS) in 2005 and the Grand Bauhinia Medal (GBM) in 2012.