The Hon. Tung Chee-hwa, GBM
The Hon. Tung Chee-hwa is the Vice Chairman of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), People's Republic of China (PRC). He is the Founding Chairman of the China-United States Exchange Foundation and Our Hong Kong Foundation. Prior to these appointments, the Hon. Mr. Tung served as First Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), People's Republic of China from July 1997 to March 2005.
As the First Chief Executive of HKSAR, the Hon. Mr. Tung presided in the historical return of Hong Kong to China and successfully turned the "One Country Two Systems" and "Hong Kong people governing Hong Kong" with "high degree of autonomy" from a concept into an everyday reality.
The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) is one of the most important institutions of the PRC. Members of the CPPCC are made of distinguished former senior government officials, well known professionals, outstanding academics, members of different political parties and people from different religious and ethnic groups from all across China. Major responsibilities of the CPPCC are to participate in the formulation and development of policies, to monitor the work of the Government and to promote consultative democracy. It plays a key role in ensuring that the opinions from the public at large are reflected to the Government, and that government policies are communicated to the people.
The China-United States Exchange Foundation is a non-profit organisation registered in Hong Kong and was established in January 2008. The Hon. Mr. Tung is the Founding Chairman and is supported by friends in Hong Kong, China and the United States. The mission of the Foundation is to promote understanding and strengthening relationship between the US and China. This is being done by fostering open dialogue between opinion leaders from governments, think tanks, academia, media and business communities of both countries.
Our Hong Kong Foundation is a non-profit organisation established in Hong Kong in 2014. Its mission is to promote the long term and overall interests of Hong Kong through public policy research, analysis and recommendations. Pooling local, Mainland and international talents, the Foundation studies Hong Kong’s development needs, offering multidisciplinary public policy recommendations and solutions to foster social cohesion, economic prosperity and sustainable development.
Born in 1937 in Shanghai, the Hon. Mr. Tung spent his childhood in Hong Kong. He had his education in the United Kingdom, graduating at University of Liverpool with BSc in 1960. After that he lived and worked nine years in the United States with General Electric and in the family business respectively. In 1969, the Hon. Mr. Tung returned to Hong Kong to help run the family business. He had a successful and distinguished career in business while at the same time served in various public sector and advisory positions in Hong Kong. In 1997, he took on the position as the first Chief Executive of HKSAR. He was awarded a Grand Bauhinia Medal (GBM), the HKSAR’s highest honour, in 2006.
The Hon. Mr. Tung is married to Betty Chiu Hung-ping. They have three children and nine grandchildren.