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 CEO of New World Development Company Limited, overseeing the group’s strategy and ecosystem of property development, infrastructure, healthcare, education, insurance, cultural retail and hospitality projects. He is also an Executive Director of NWS Holdings Limited and Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited, and Vice-chairman and Group CEO of CTF Education Group.
In 2008, Dr. Cheng created the “K11” brand, a museum-retail complex intertwining art, culture and commerce and speaking to global millennials and Generation Z audience. In recent years, he has been dedicated to building “Silicon Valley of Culture” in Greater China under the “K11” brand, injecting culture, art, architecture, design, nature and technology into different forms of commerce, forming a unique culture-commerce ecosystem that conserves traditional art and culture while incubating designers, artists and architects and all forms of cultures into the new consumer’s daily life.
The K11 brand has gone on to grow successfully across retail, hospitality, offices, and has expanded into non-profit areas including art education, conservation as well as international art exchange. He created K11 Art Foundation, a non-profit organisation that fosters cross-cultural art education and incubates up-and-coming artists and creators; and K11 Craft & Guild Foundation, a non-profit foundation with the aim to conserve and preserve Chinese traditional craftsmanship. He also funded the non-profit organization Culture for Tomorrow with the aim of empowering Hong Kong’s uprising changemakers in the interconnected pillars of architecture and design, living heritage and cultural exchange to reshape the culture of living and the livelihood of Hong Kong.
Dr. Cheng graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) honors degree in East Asian Studies and later 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 member of the Tianjin Municipal Committee of The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference of The People’s Republic of China, the Chairman of China Young Leaders Foundation, the Chairman of New World Group Charity Foundation and a President of Hong Kong United Youth Association. He was a Vice-chairman of the 11th and 12th Committee of All-China Youth Federation (ACYF), among others.