25th September 2017

Path of Democracy

Press release

Path of Democracy is running a portfolio of projects that aims to expand Hong Kong’s talent pool of policymakers and politicians, and to monitor the implementation of One Country Two Systems. The line up of new office bearers enables the Board of Governors to manage these projects with greater efficiency.

The Path of Democracy today announced that the board of governors has appointed Prof. Sung Yun-wing as Co-convenor(Research) and Mr. Gary Wong as Co-convenor(Advocacy). Dr. Pauline Sung Chan Po-lin has been appointed Secretary-General. Dr. Hui Ching has been appointed Governor of PoD.

The Path of Democracy also appointed board members as the managements of the Hong Kong Academy of Politics and Public Policy, including Prof. Richard Wong Yue-chim as Head of Academy and Raymond Mak Ka-chun as Executive Directors respectively.

Brief profiles of the newly-appointed members:

Prof. Richard Wong Yue-chim

Richard Wong (AB, AM, PhD in Economics, Chicago) is Professor of Economics and the Philip Wong Kennedy Wong Professor in Political Economy at the University of Hong Kong, and was Founding Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost. He was a Visiting Scholar at Hoover Institution at Stanford University (1989), Senior Fellow, National Center for Economic Research, Tsinghua University (1996-), and Distinguished Fulbright Scholar (2011).

His research includes housing, household economics, labor markets, and regional economic development in China. He has led pioneering efforts in studying regional economic development in the Pearl River Delta and Yangzi River Delta regions. His current research is on inequality and intergenerational mobility in Hong Kong. He founded in 1987 and 1999, respectively, the Hong Kong Centre for Economic Research and the Hong Kong Institute of Economics and Business Strategy, University of Hong Kong.

His published books include The Fifth Dragon: Emergence of the Pearl River Delta (1995) (co-author), Port Facilities and Container Handling Services (1997) (Co-author), On Privatizing Public Housing (1998), Retaking Economic Center Stage – Integration and Transformation of the Yangzi River Delta Economic Region (2007) (co-author) (Chinese), Diversity and Occasional Anarchy: On Deep Economic and Social Contradictions in Hong Kong (2013), Has Hong Kong Lost Its Magic? (2013) (Chinese), Chicago School of Economics and the Market Social Order (2014) (Chinese), Hong Kong Land for Hong Kong People: Fixing the Failures of Our Housing Policy (2015), Fixing Inequality in Hong Kong (2017).

He had served on a number of public bodies in Hong Kong, including the Economic Advisory Committee, Exchange Fund Advisory Committee, Housing Authority, Hospital Authority, University Grants Committee, and the Chief Executive’s Commission on Innovation and Technology. Wong was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star in 1999 by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in recognition of his contributions to education, housing, and industry and technology development and appointed a Justice of the Peace in 2000. He is Chairman of the Council of the Becker Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago.

He writes a weekly political economy column for the Hong Kong Economic Journal and the South China Morning Post.

Prof. SUNG Yun-wing

Prof. Yun-Wing Sung (Ph.D. in Economics, University of Minnesota, 1979) is currently Associate Director of the Joint Shanghai – Hong Kong Development Institute (CUHK and Fudan University), Associate Director of the Economic Research Centre, Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, and Adjunct Professor of the Economics Department at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is Corresponding Editor of Asian Pacific Economic Literature, members of Editorial Boards of China Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Greater China, Asian-Pacific Journal of Business, and The Global Studies Journal, and also member of the Advisory Committee of China Economic Journal. In public service, he is a member of Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macau Studies (2013 – present), Honorary Senior Research Fellow of Hong Kong Policy Research Institute and of Bauhinia Institute, Academic Advisor of Hong Kong Cultural Development Institute, and member of Assessment Panel of the Public Policy Research Funding Scheme, Central Policy Unit, HKSAR government (April 2013 – present). He also served as Chairman of the Hong Kong Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (2007-2012), and member of the Mainland Business Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (2009-2012). He was Research Fellow at the Australian National University in 1985, Visiting Scholar at University of Chicago in 1985, at Harvard-Yenching Institute of Harvard University in 1989-90, at University of Nottingham in 1996, and at Washington University in 2012. His research interest covers international trade and economic development in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. He has authored nine books, edited seven books, and published numerous articles in the area.

Dr. Pauline Sung Chan Po-lin

Pauline is a teacher, researcher and practitioner in organizational change, collaborative action research, family therapy, intervention research, and translational research. Currently, she is a visiting professor, Medical School of the Tongji University and an adjunct professor, Institute of Public Policy of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She was a former associate professor in Social Work, Department of Applied Social Sciences of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She was also the founding director for the MA in family therapy program in Hong Kong and co-founding director of the MSW of the Peking University and HK Polytechnic University. She was a visiting research fellow, Department of Urban Planning of MIT, USA in 1993 and a visiting professor, Department of Sociology of Peking University, China in 1990. Pauline was awarded as a distinguished Fulbright Senior Scholar to conduct research in a new discipline – Dissemination & Implementation Science, Brown School of Social Work and Prevention Research Center of Washington University in St. Louis in 2011 for one academic year.

Theoretically rooted in the tradition of practical scholarship, she has actively promoted partnership among academics, government organizations and non-profit-making organizations to employ collaborative-action research to generate practice knowledge in Hong Kong and China for the past three decades. With Professor Donald Schon of MIT, Pauline had developed a groundbreaking practical theory to explain how experienced practitioners learn new knowledge in the mid-1990s. Since 2005, Pauline has led multi-disciplinary research teams, consisting of medicine, sport science, nutritional science and family therapy to validate innovative and evidence-based intervention approaches to childhood obesity in Hong Kong. One significant endeavor was to introduce the first of its kind internet-based, family-centered, and school-based intervention to tackle the adolescent obesity epidemic in Hong Kong and Shanghai in 2015. Another significant research milestone was to secure a National Institute of Health grant (US) to conduct a cross- country research (2014-6) on evidence-based cancer prevention in Australia, Brazil, China and USA. Her most recent initiative is to advocate and launch an early childhood investment policy research for promotion of social mobility with Prof. Richard Wong, a renowned economist in labor, and Prof Xiaogang Wu, an acclaimed sociologist in social mobility in 2017. Some of her collaborators and clients include the Peking University, Tongji University, Fudan University, , Nankai University, Stanford University,  University of Bath, Nottingham University, All –China Women’s Federation, Ministry of Civil Affairs, Ministry of Health, and many well established NGOs in Hong Kong.

Gary Wong Chi-him

Gary Wong Chi-him is a Co-convenor of Path of Democracy who participated in the Legislative Council Election in Hong Kong Island Constituency in 2016. He is also a Governor of Hong Kong Academy of Politics and Public Policy. He is active in politics and public service. He is a radio commentator at RTHK, a columnist in The South China Morning Post and some other Hong Kong Chinese newspapers. He is also a Member of Sir David Trench Fund Committee of Home Affairs Bureau, HKSAR Government.

Gary is also Director of Public Affairs (Asia Pacific) at GLG, the world’s largest membership for professional learning, responsible for strategic communication, media relations, government affairs and thoughtful leadership events in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea and Singapore. Prior to GLG, he had spent almost 7 years at Yip’s Chemical, a petrochemical company listed in Hong Kong, and his most recent positions included Deputy Head of Sales in China, Assistant to Executive Chairman and Strategic Development Manager. Gary was also based in Bangalore, India and worked as an Analyst at Accenture between 2006 and 2007.

Alongside his work at GLG, Gary is Founder and Director of InspiringHK Sports Foundation, a charity based in Hong Kong aiming at empowering young people through long-term high quality sports training, learning opportunities and advocacy.

Active in serving student bodies, Gary was President of AIESEC in HONG KONG from 2005 and 2006. During his tenure, AIESEC in HONG KONG made a historical record and won the UBS Global Excellence Award (Asia-Pacific).

Gary graduated from the University of Hong Kong in 2006 with a BA majoring in Translation and then obtained an LLB from the University of London. He was a British Chevening Scholar in 2012-2013 and received a Master of Studies (MSt) in Diplomatic Studies at the University of Oxford.

Raymond Mak Ka-chun

Mr. Raymond Mak is the founding partner of ATLIUS Group, providing advisory and run-the-organisation services to help the small-medium size enterprises (SMEs) in technology and innovation industries to go-to-market, improve operation efficiency and look for investment for sustainable development. Prior to ATLIUS Group, Raymond was a seasoned management consulting leader in PwC Consulting (HK) Limited, specialized in strategy planning and execution, business transformation, organisation efficiency and turnaround, with over 10 years of solid experience in both consulting and corporate environment.

Currently sitting in Trade & Industry Advisory Board of HKSAR Government and Hong Kong Smart City Consortium Investment Committee, Raymond focuses on identifying investment and overseas market entry opportunities for local start-ups as well as the economic and cultural development of Hong Kong in Belt & Road, CEPA and Bay Area initiatives. He is also committed to meet local professional groups to address their needs and concerns on smart city development in Hong Kong.

Back in his university days, Raymond was the President of HKU Students’ Union (2003 – 2004), member of HKU Council and Senate (2003) as well as the President of HKUSU Sports Association (2002). He has been active in building a better community in Hong Kong since graduation and has recently co-founded Social Initiative Group (2014) with a team of young professionals to provide innovative project ideas to other NGOs. Raymond is the mentor of Hang Seng Management College (HSMC) LEAP programme and Baptist University International College mentorship programme (Politics & Policies).

Since early 2016, Raymond has been participating in politics and public affairs. He is the Governor of the Path of Democracy (PoD), a local political think-tank, and represented the organization to run 2016 HKSAR Legislative Council Election (New Territories East Constituency). Aiming to nurture new generation politicians and public affairs talent for Hong Kong, he initiated and co-founded the Hong Kong Academy of Politics and Public Policy (HKAPP) with HKU SPACE in May 2017 and sit as the Executive Director to steer the development of the Academy.