Following the appointment of Non-Executive Director of New World Development Company Limited ("NWD" or "the Group", Hong Kong stock code: 17), Ms Leonie Ki Man-Fung, SBS, JP, was honored with the Hong Kong University ("HKU") Honorary University Fellowship, proving that her significant devotion to the education and Hong Kong society is not only recognized by the Group and the private sector, but the HKU.
Professor Christopher Hutton, Acting Dean of Arts of the HKU, delivered his citation and recognized the contribution of Ms Ki, "It gives us great pleasure to present Ms Leonie Ki for the Honorary University Fellowship, in recognition of her contributions to Hong Kong and academia. She is an active player in community services, and a creative pioneer in the advertising and public relations industry. Her concept in the Vitasoy advertisement possesses a high penetrating power. Her creative legacy is still felt today, as many of the leaders and top creative talent in the advertising industry in Hong Kong and China are her students."
Ms Ki is grateful to be honored, "I am glorious to be honored with the Honorary University Fellowship by the HKU, the top university in Hong Kong. As a graduate of the HKU, I am thankful to the school for its whole-person training on us. Therefore I am very glad to participate in various unions and programmes in the University, including the "HKU Careers Advisory Board" and "HKU Mentorship Programme", aiming at training up more and more talents.
"Ms Ki is very active in social and charity activities and has devoted to different universities in Hong Kong, including HKU. Starting from 2005, she is a Member of the HKU Careers Advisory Board and is an active and enthusiastic Mentor since the launch of the HKU Mentorship Programme in 1997. Also, she is a Court and Council member of Lingnan University, a member of the Asian Advisory Board of Cheng Yu Tung Management Institute, Richard Ivey School of Business (University of Western Ontario, Canada), and a member of the Advisory Board of the EMBA Program of The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Her contribution to education is not limited to Hong Kong only. She helped initiate a New World Harvard Fellows Program that sends China Government Officials to the Harvard Kennedy School for training, that includes many notable Ministers and Directors among its alumni. On the Hong Kong and Mainland community side, Ms Ki has helped set up The Better Hong Kong Foundation and served as its first Chief Executive. Also, she is a council member of UNICEF, a life member of the Children's Cancer Foundation, Trustee of Ocean Park Conservation Fund, Honorary Secretary of Wu Zhi Qiao Charitable Foundation. She also contributed to the development of the Mainland by being a CPPCC member of Yunnan Province. Her exemplary contribution in a wide range of public and community service has brought her the awards from the Government of the HKSAR, including the Silver Bauhinia Star (SBS) in 2007 and the Justice of Peace (JP) in 2005.