Dr. Adrian Cheng, JP
Being the visionary cultural entrepreneur behind a large-scale family business, Dr. Adrian Cheng is dedicated to constructing an ecosystem integrating business, art and culture and encompassing all facets of modern lifecycle.
Dr. Cheng is the Executive Vice-chairman and Chief Executive Officer of New World Development Company Limited; an Executive Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited and NWS Holdings Limited; and Vice-chairman of CTF Education Group. He founded the K11 brand, intertwining art, culture and commerce and presenting it to global millennials and Generation Z audience through a collection of shopping malls, offices and hospitality.
Alongside his business interests, Dr. Cheng has been active in promoting art and cultural exchange and development. He founded the K11 Art Foundation in 2010, a non-profit art foundation in Greater China that fosters cross-cultural art education and incubates up-and-coming Chinese artists and curators. He also created K11 Craft & Guild Foundation in 2018, a non-profit foundation with the aim to conserve and preserve Chinese traditional craftsmanship.
Dr. Cheng graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) honors degree in East Asian Studies. He also received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and an Honorary Fellowship from Lingnan University in 2014. Dr. Cheng was acknowledged by Fortune as one of “40 Under 40” global business stars and a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum in 2012. In 2016, he was appointed as the Justice of the Peace by the HKSAR Government. In 2017, he was listed in Forbes Asia’s “Annual Heroes of Philanthropy”, and was awarded Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters (Officier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) by the French Government, a prestigious recognition of his role in the advancement of cultural exchange between France and China.
Dr. Cheng is actively involved in community services. He currently serves as a Vice-chairman of All-China Youth Federation (ACYF), and Member of The Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Tianjin Municipal Committee. He is also the Chairman of New World Group Charity Foundation, Chairman of China Young Leaders Foundation and Member of Hong Kong-Japan Business Co-operation Committee etc.