Dr. William Leung Wing-cheung, SBS, JP
After commencing his retirement in May 2017, Mr. William Leung ceased to be engaged in any formal employment but is still active in the finance and banking sector, serving the boards of financial institutions as Independent Non-Executive Director. Before retirement, Mr. Leung has had a successful career of over 30 years. He has served Hang Seng Bank as Executive Director and Sun Hung Kai Financial 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, Mr. 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, Mr. Leung graduated from the Hong Kong Baptist College in 1978 and received a Diploma in English Language and Literature. Mr. Leung was elected Honorary Certified Financial Management Planner of the Hong Kong Institute of Bankers in 2006.
Mr. Leung serves a spectrum of community and public organizations. He is Chairman of Employees Retraining Board, 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. He is a Co-opted Member of Youth Education, Employment and Training Task Force of the Commission on Poverty of HKSAR. Mr. Leung used to serve 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.
Mr. Leung is a staunch supporter of the tertiary education sector. He is immediate Past 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. Currently he is Chairman of HKU SPACE Foundation Committee and Chairman of its Allocation and Investment Committee. In Vocational and professional education, Mr. 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. Most recently in October 2017, he was conferred Honorary Doctorate by the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Honorary Fellowship by HKU Space.