Dr. William Leung Wing-cheung, SBS, JP
After commencing his retirement in January 2020, Dr. William Leung ceased to be engaged in any formal employment but is still active in the public services. Before retirement, Dr. Leung has had a successful career of over 40 years. He has served Hang Seng Bank as Executive Director, Sun Hung Kai Financial as CEO, and WeLab Bank as CEO. He has also held key positions in major financial institutions in Hong Kong and Australia, including American Express, Standard Chartered Bank, Visa International and Mastercard International.
As an expert in payment and banking, Dr. Leung invented the e-cert based digital cheque in 2015 and is thus nicknamed “father of digital cheques”. He is most renowned for his abilities to solve problems with innovative ideas and to lead the future with strategic visions. An example of such is his invention of the “Hang Seng credit card cash dollars”, which is widely regarded as the most successful credit card loyalty program in Hong Kong. His reputation extends to his modus operandi, which includes his astute leadership and management skills, strong business ethics, and empathetic care for staff and customers alike.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Dr. Leung graduated from the Hong Kong Baptist College in 1978 and received a Diploma in English Language and Literature. Dr. Leung was elected Honorary Certified Financial Management Planner of the Hong Kong Institute of Bankers in 2006.
Dr. Leung serves a spectrum of community and public organizations. He is Chairman of Legal Aid Services Council, Chairman of Estate Agent Authority, Chairman of Hong Kong Creative Arts Centre, Emeritus Chairman of Hong Kong Dance Company, and Vice Chairman of Hong Kong Heart Foundation. Dr. Leung used to serve as Chairman of the Employees Retraining Board, as a member of Investor Education Advisory Committee, under the Security and Futures Commission, the Digital 21 Strategy Advisory Committee, and as an adviser of Our Hong Kong Foundation.
Dr. Leung is a staunch supporter of the tertiary education sector. He was former Council Chairman of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Earlier than that, he served as Treasurer of the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) Council and Court. In Vocational and professional education, Dr. Leung was a member of the Task Force on Promotion of Vocational education, and was previously a member of the Banking Industry Training Advisory Committee. He chaired the Committee on Management and Supervisory Training of the Vocational Training Council (VTC) from 2001 to 2008. In view of his distinguished services, HKBU conferred him Honorary University Fellowship in 2013 and again Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013/14. For the same reason, HKU Space conferred him Distinguished Alumni Fellowship in 2010 and VTC conferred him Honorary Fellowship in 2016. In October 2017, he was conferred Honorary Doctorate by the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Honorary Fellowship by HKU Space.
In recognition of Dr. Leung' s contributions to Hong Kong, the Government of the HKSAR appointed him Justice of the Peace in 2005 and honoured him with a Bronze Bauhinia Star and a Silver Bauhinia Star respectively in 2009 and 2016 respectively.