Mr. Douglas SO, BBS, JP
Mr Douglas So Cheung-tak BBS JP is a solicitor of Hong Kong. After obtaining his law degree from The University of Hong Kong (HKU), Mr So specialised in commercial law at Baker McKenzie, a leading international law firm. He advised the successful IPO of China Eastern Airlines (1997) and PetroChina (2000), amongst others, on the stock exchanges of Hong Kong and New York.
Mr So later became General Counsel and Executive Director, Charities of The Hong Kong Jockey Club, where he served for nearly 15 years. Mr So was then appointed Vice-President of HKU, his Alma Mater, in charge of institutional advancement.
In 2014, Mr So founded F11 Foto Museum (www.f11.com) inside a 1930s art-deco style building in Happy Valley, to promote photography, heritage conservation and private museums. Subsequently, he established f22 foto space (www.f22.com), an award-winning gallery in Wanchai, with a focus on photo art and creative design. In 2019, he opened the Leica flagship store in Causeway Bay as a joint venture with the renowned German camera manufacturer. A year later, f22 added a fine vintage camera shop and a gallery to the Peninsula Hotel, a Grade One heritage building.
Mr So is keen to serve the community. Currently, he is the Chairman of the following:
a/ Antiquities Advisory Board;
b/ Advisory Committee on Chinese Medicine Development Fund;
c/ Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund;
d/ Corporate Governance Committee of UNICEF HK; and
e/ Development Committee of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
Mr So also serves on the Advisory Committee on Built Heritage Conservation and the Museum Advisory Committee. In addition, he is a board member of M Plus Collections Limited; Food Angel and the Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital, as well as an adviser to Our Hong Kong Foundation; Dashun Foundation and the Hong Kong Architecture Centre.
A former board member of the Community Chest; HK Phil; Prince Philip Dental Hospital and HK Cyberport, Mr So had also served on the Disbursement Committee of the HKU Foundation and the Community Care Fund Welfare Committee.
Over the years, Mr So has delightfully contributed his time and expertise acting as juror for a number of professional competitions, including those organised by the HK Institute of Architects; the HK Institute of Surveyors; the Chartered Institute of Building; and the Leica Oskar Barnack Award in Germany. In mid-2021, he served as Head Juror of the Design Competition 1 + 1 for the expansion of HK Science Museum and HK Museum of History.
Mr So is a frequent speaker and moderator at conferences, including talks hosted by the HK Rotary Club; HKU Museum; Fine Art Asia; HK Museum Summit; Our HK Foundation and HK Photobook Festival. He has also given dozens of media interviews on a wide range of topics of public interest.