Professor Lawrence J. Lau

Professor Lawrence J. Lau received his B.S. degree (with Great Distinction) in Physics from Stanford University in 1964 and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1966 and 1969 respectively.  He joined the faculty of the Department of Economics at Stanford University in 1966, becoming Professor of Economics in 1976 and the first Kwoh-Ting Li Professor in Economic Development at Stanford University in 1992.  From 1992 to 1996, he served as a Co-Director of the Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, and from 1997 to 1999, as the Director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.  He became Kwoh-Ting Li Professor in Economic Development, Emeritus, upon his retirement from Stanford University in 2006.  From 2004 to 2010, Professor Lau served as the Vice-Chancellor (President) of The Chinese University of Hong Kong.  From September 2010 to September 2014, he served as the Chairman of CIC International (Hong Kong) Co., Limited. Since 2007, Professor Lau has also been serving concurrently as Ralph and Claire Landau Professor of Economics at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Professor Lau has been elected a Fellow of the Econometric Society, an Academician of Academia Sinica, an Honorary Member of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and an Academician of the International Eurasian Academy of Sciences.  He has also been awarded the degree of Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa, by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 1999, the degrees of Doctor, honoris causa, by Soka University and Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, by Waseda University in 2007, the degree of Doctor of Management Sciences, honoris causa, by the National Central University, Taiwan, in 2010, the degree of Doctor of Economics, honoris causa, by Fudan University in 2011, and the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, by The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2014.

Professor Lau is a member of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and a Vice-Chairman of its Economics Subcommittee.  In addition, he currently serves as a Vice-Chairman of the China Centre for International Economic Exchanges, a Vice-Chairman of the China Science Center of the International Eurasian Academy of Sciences, an Adviser to the National Bureau of Statistics of the People's Republic of China, a member of the International Advisory Council of the China Development Bank, a Member of the Exchange Fund Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority and Chairman of its Governance Sub-Committee, Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen) Finance Institute, a Vice-Chairman of Our Hong Kong Foundation, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, Taipei.  He also serves as an independent non-executive director of AIA Group Limited, Hong Kong, CNOOC Limited, Hong Kong, Hysan Development Company Limited, Hong Kong, and Far EasTone Telecommunications Co. Ltd., Taipei.