Mr. Daryl Ng Win Kong, JP
Deputy Chairman, Sino Group
Mr Daryl Ng Win-kong, JP, is Deputy Chairman of Sino Group. He is Executive Director of Tsim Sha Tsui Properties Limited (HKSE: 0247) and Sino Hotels (Holdings) Limited (HKSE: 1221), as well as Director of a number of subsidiaries and associated companies of the Group.
Sino Group is one of the leading property developers in Hong Kong. Over the years, the Group has developed more than 200 projects in Hong Kong, China and Singapore, spanning a total attributable plot ratio area of over 84.6 million sq ft.
The Group strives to build a better community and curate a better space for residents and tenants. Mr Ng advocates landscaping, and has made it an integral part of the design and construction process. The Group’s projects have been recognised for the quality products and services. Some of the accolades include the ‘Best Retail Development’ at MIPIM Asia Awards 2016 for Lee Tung Avenue, Hong Kong’s beautiful tree-lined boulevard featuring charming architectural features and home to exciting shopping and dining options and ‘Building of the Year’ at the Building Inspectors Academy Awards 2016 for The Avenue (Phase 1). Sino Land was named the ‘Best Developer Overall in Hong Kong’ by leading global financial magazine Euromoney in 2014 and 2015.
Mr Ng provides strategic direction for the Group’s core business as well as Sino Hotels, the hospitality and management arm and a trusted brand of the hospitality industry. The growing portfolio encompasses over 3,600 guest rooms and suites in nine hotels across Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. He is also responsible for The Fullerton Heritage project in Singapore. The waterfront precinct comprises four historic buildings and three modern architecture; it has received a good number of awards in heritage conservation and hospitality.
Mr Ng is a steadfast advocate of good causes for the betterment of the community. He actively participates in community services, green initiatives, heritage conservation, as well as arts and cultural events to build a better community.
In addition to chairing various corporate social responsibility committees of the Group, since 2013, he has been serving on the Spirit of Hong Kong Awards judging panel, an award dedicated to recognising Hong Kong’s unsung heroes who have made a positive impact on others. He encourages collaboration with partners and the academia on social innovation solutions to contribute to a more sustainable community, and to innovate for future generations. Notable examples include the patented and award-winning City Air Purification System, the first in-building hydropower system that generates electricity with unused waterhead in pipes and purification of food waste filtrate with micro-algae. He also supports nurturing home-grown innovations and technology through sharing experiences and providing co-working space for start-ups.
Mr Ng is keen to support the young generations. In addition to assisting established projects, he initiated the Go Code project in 2014, a meaningful undertaking that provides complimentary coding classes for students from underprivileged families to equip them with this essential skill. The programme has been well received, with the number of enrolment increased from some 20 students in the first year to over 500 in 2017.
In 2008, the Ng Family, the major shareholder of Sino Group, set up the Heritage Conservation Foundation (HCF) to revitalise and maintain heritage buildings, and promote the conservation and appreciation of heritage and historical places. Tai O Heritage Hotel, converted from the Old Tai O Police Station, a Grade II historic building, through Batch I of the Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme of the Development Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR, was opened in March 2012.
Conservation has been conducted in accordance with the authoritative guidelines, the Burra Charter, which stipulates that the new use should be compatible with the old use. Every historical element and detail, such as the two-storey main block, the outhouse extension, the bunkers, the cannons, the guard towers, the temporary holding cells distinctive to the old Tai O Police Station has been carefully restored and refurbished. It has been operated as a non-profit-making social enterprise with surplus used for maintaining the property.
The hotel seeks to establish a close connection between the site and people in the broader Tai O community, and contributes to the sustainable development of the local economy and tourism through the provision of employment opportunities, engagement of local service providers, use of local culinary specialities and tailored eco and cultural tours. Tai O Heritage Hotel has participated in over 100 community programmes, including traditional cultural activities, community services and home care services for the elderly living in Tai O while more than half of its workforce comes from Tai O or Lantau.
Since opening, the hotel has welcomed more than one million visitors from Hong Kong and around the world, and has received over 15 international and local accolades in recognition of its devotion to heritage conservation and engagement of the community, including the Award of Merit at the 2013 Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation organised by the UNESCO, making the hotel the first UNESCO-awarded hotel in Hong Kong, Citation Award by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Hong Kong Chapter in 2014 and the 2015 Sustainable Hotel Award – Sustainable Destinations, and in October 2016, Asia’s leading heritage hotel at the World Travel Awards 2016. The hotel received four awards at the International Hotels Awards 2017, namely ‘Hong Kong’s Best Small Hotel 2017’, ‘Hong Kong Best Classic Heritage Hotel 2017’, ‘International Five Stars Standard 2017’ and is the regional winner of the ‘Asia Pacific’s Best Small Hotel 2017’.
In addition to Sino Group, Mr Daryl Ng is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Blue Cross (Asia-Pacific) Insurance of Hong Kong and BEA Life Limited, a member of the General Committee of The Chamber of Hong Kong Listed Companies, a member of the Global Leadership Council of Columbia University, a member of the 12th and 13th Beijing Committees of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (‘CPPCC’), a member of the 10th and 11th Committees of the All-China Youth Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Chongqing Youth Federation, Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong United Youth Association, an advisor to the Our Hong Kong Foundation, a member of the Food Wise Hong Kong Steering Committee, a member of the Council for Sustainable Development, a Director of The Community Chest of Hong Kong, a member of the Council of the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF, a member of the Board of the M+ Museum of the West Kowloon Cultural District, a Member of the Council of the University of Hong Kong, a member of the Institutional Advancement and Outreach Committee of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, a Director of The Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong and member of the Board of the National Heritage Board of Singapore.
Mr Ng’s proposals, including youth development, heritage conservation, air pollution and in-building hydropower concept, have been positively received by the Beijing Committees of CPPCC.
Mr Ng holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and a Master Degree of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University in New York, and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Savannah College of Art and Design. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Open University of Hong Kong.