Mr William Du
William Du is currently a Mainland Affairs Manager of the Hong Kong Jockey Club for public policy, government relation, business development in Greater Bay Area and philanthropy in the Mainland. He started his career in the real estate sector and has been a seasoned business professional, having rotated to different cities in Greater China region for execution of business strategies, business development and general management. He has respectively worked for Hang Lung Properties, New World Development (K11 Concepts Limited) and Swire Properties. As a passionate young practitioner for urban planning and sustainability, he’s been invited to sit in the Programming Committee and GBA Committee of the Urban Land Institute Hong Kong.
In his extra capacity, William serves as the Partnership Director of Time Auction, a renowned registered charity in Hong Kong to empower youth learning, mentorship and promote volunteerism. He has a strong affiliation with youth community in Hong Kong and serves as the Deputy Convener of the Youth Think-tank I.D.E.A.S of Hong Kong Federations of Youth Groups (HKFYG). He was also selected by the Dragon Foundation under HKFYG as a Dragon 100 elite Chinese delegate and by the HKFYG Leadership Institute as young leader for giving mentorship. He is a member of Huajing Society in Hong Kong.
William is very engaged with several international and domestic organizations for actively promoting and representing China. He served as the Curator 2018-2019 of the Hong Kong Hub of the Global Shapers Community under World Economic Forum, and launched first-ever Global Shapers Greater China Retreat in Hong Kong in 2019 for unifying the Chinese youth and fostering regional collaboration. He served as the Co-Chair of WEF’s Global Advisory Council for 2019-2021 and currently is the Community Champion for World Economic Forum in Greater China area responsible for growing the youth leadership community. William also got involved with Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) as the Voice of Future Youth Representative in 2011 and later has been advising on a pro-bono basis for the APEC China Business Council ever since. He is presently the Regional Coordinator for APEC Asia Pacific Financial Forum (APFF). William is a Non-Official Council Member of the Guangzhou Foundation for International Exchange and Cooperation, founded by the Guangzhou Municipal Government. He was named the NextGen Ambassador for Committee of 100 (Chinese American Leadership Organization) in the USA, a Fellow and an Alumni Ambassador of Clinton Global Initiative under Clinton Foundation, and the one of 125 Young Leaders for the Daimler World Dialogue in Germany.
William obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University with First-Class Honours and a Master of Laws from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He attended a Senior Executive Education program from Tsinghua University and was invited to represent Hong Kong youth scholarship to have attended the Beijing Forum in Peking University.