Vice Chairman - Pacific Basin Economic Council
Senior Partner - P.C. Woo & Co.
LL.B., LL.D., FCPA (AUST.), HON. FELLOW (HKU), GBS, OBE, JP
Dr. Cheng qualified to practise as a solicitor in 1975. He is a consultant of Messrs. P. C. Woo & Co., one of the longest established firms of solicitors in Hong Kong; after serving as its Senior Partner from 1994 to 2015. Dr. Cheng’s areas of practice encompass capital markets, corporate governance, regulatory and compliance, and public policies especially taxation and education. Besides Hong Kong, Dr. Cheng is also admitted to practise as a solicitor in England and Wales; State of Victoria, Australia and Singapore. He is also a Notary Public, China-Appointed Attesting Officer and an independent non-executive director of a number of companies whose shares are listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong and Singapore.
Amidst his remarkable achievements as a professional, Dr. Cheng has not lost sight of his devotion to serve the community. His public service appointments span the areas of politics, law, business and finance, education, the arts, as well as livelihood concerns of the ordinary citizen. Dr. Cheng served as an appointed member of the Legislative Council between 1991-1995, the Chairman of the Council and Court of Hong Kong Baptist University (1997-2006), the Chairman of the Education Commission (2009-2015), the Chairman of the Board of Education (1996-2002), the Chairman of the Listing Committee of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (2005-2006) and also an independent non-executive director of the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (2006-2012). He was the founder chairman of Opera Hong Kong and also the founder chairman of The Hong Kong Institute of Directors of which he is now the Honorary President and Chairman Emeritus.
Currently, Dr. Cheng is Chairman of the Insurance Authority, the Process Review Panel for the Securities and Futures Commission, the Ma Wan Park Advisory Committee; Member of Board of Governors and Council Chairman of the Hang Seng Management College and also Member of the Board of Governors of HKBU Foundation. Dr. Cheng is also the Chancellor of the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui (the Anglican Church of Hong Kong), a director of the HKSKH Welfare Council Limited, the Chairman of the Council of the St. Paul’s Co-educational College, a council member of the Diocesan Boys’ School and the St. Stephen’s College, and a permanent member of the Vestry of the HKSKH St. Paul’s Church. Dr. Cheng had also served as the District Governor of Rotary International District 3450 (HK and Macau) and honorary legal advisors to a number of NGOs and charitable organizations.
In recognition of his many services and contributions to Hong Kong, Dr. Cheng was awarded the OBE by Her Majesty the Queen of the United Kingdom in 1997 and the Gold Bauhinia Star by the HKSAR government in 2003. In the same year, he was made an honorary fellow by the University of Hong Kong. In 2007, Dr. Cheng was honoured by the Hong Kong Baptist University with the degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa and an honorary fellow by CPA Australia. In 2008, Dr. Cheng was also honoured by the Lingnan University of Hong Kong with the degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa. In 2013, Dr. Cheng was made an honorary Doctorate of Academy, Honoris Causa by the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and also an honorary fellow by the BNU ∙ HKBU United International College. In 2015, Dr. Cheng was awarded as the Honorary Fellow by the Hong Kong Institute of Volunteers.