Dr. Aron H. HARILELA, BBS, JP
Dr. Aron Harilela is the Chairman & CEO of Harilela Hotels Limited. Aron joined the group at their London office in 1994 and subsequently joined the Hong Kong headquarters in 1996.
Established in 1959 and still wholly owned by the Harilela Family, The Harilela Group is a Hong Kong based private company with extensive experience in hotel investment and management. The Group owns and operates some 15 properties across Hong Kong, China, the Asia, Europe and the U.S. The Group has recently started its own brand. The Hari, London opened its door in August 2016. The Hari, Hong Kong is scheduled to open late 2020. The Group’s hospitality portfolio includes alliances with The InterContinental Hotels Group, Onyx Hospitality Group and Hyatt Hotels.
On 1st July 2019, Aron was awarded Bronze Bauhinia Star (BBS) by The Government of Hong Kong SAR and back in July 2014, he was appointed as a Justice of the Peace. Aron was the Chairman of The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce (HKGCC) from 2018-2020. Currently he is a member of the General Committee of HKGCC. He is an appointed Investment Promotion Ambassador (IPA) for InvestHK since 2011. He was a Board Member of The Hong Kong Community Chest from 2012 - 2018. He is also a Voting Member of the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
Aron served on The Court of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology for over 10 years and is now an Honorary Court Member. He was conferred with an Honorary Fellowship by HKUST in 2018. He also serves as a member on The Court of The University of Hong Kong and is an Honorary Patron of
The Hong Kong University Foundation. In September 2015, he was conferred with an Honorary University Fellowship by The University of Hong Kong. Earlier in January 2012, he was conferred with a University Fellowship from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is an Honorary Life Vice President of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Foundation and an Honorary Fellow of the King’s College London.
Aron graduated with an honours Bachelor degree in Law and Politics, and a Ph.D. in Political Philosophy, both from the University of Hull, England. He has written and published several articles on contemporary social political thought.
Despite a tight schedule to meet his business, professional, civic and social commitments, Aron manages to find time to devote to recreational activities. He plays a fair game of tennis, is proficient at horseback riding and heads the Harilela team in polo – a game he loves and at which he has won several trophies.