Mrs Laura Cha Inducted as HKSI Honorary Fellow of 2011
Mrs Laura M Cha, GBS, JP, was made an Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong Securities Institute (HKSI) during the induction ceremony held at the HKSI’s annual Autumn Dinner on 27 October.
Mrs Cha has been in the legal and finance industry for a long time. Mrs Cha is a member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong SAR and Deputy Chairman of The HSBC Asia Pacific. She is also a Board Director of the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd since 2006.
Mrs Cha was the Vice Chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) from 2001 to 2004. She was appointed to the post by the State Council of the PRC and became the first person outside the Mainland to join the Central People's Government of the PRC at the vice-ministerial rank. Prior to her post at the CSRC, she worked at Hong Kong's Securities and Futures Commission from 1991 to early 2001, becoming its Deputy Chairman in 1998.
Mrs Cha completed a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Juris Doctor degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law. She practised law in the 1980s in San Francisco.
“I feel extremely honored to be inducted into the HKSI fellowship,” said Mrs Cha. “It is always a great honor to get an award, and it is particularly meaningful for me in this case because it is from my own industry.” Laura told HKSI during an interview. The interview will be published at HKSI website (www.hksi.org) in November.
HKSI Honorary Fellowships are awarded to distinguished individuals who have made contributions to the development of the Hong Kong securities and financial services industry.
HKSI Chairman Mr Anthony Muh said, “We are delighted to have Mrs Cha as the Institute’s seventh Honorary Fellow. She has done so much for the securities and financial industry in both China and Hong Kong. We are thankful to have her joining our rank.”
“With her tremendous contribution to China’s and Hong Kong’s securities and financial industry, it is our honor and pleasure to have Mrs Cha as our HKSI Honorary Fellow for 2011,” said Mr Muh.
In recognition of members’ significant contribution to the development of the industry and the Institute, four HKSI ordinary members were also inducted as HKSI Fellows during the same occasion. They are Mr George Kwok Lung Hongchoy; Mr Hui Chiu Chung, Stephen; Mr Lee Kwok Keung, Roger; and Mr Tsang Chiu Mo, Samuel.
HKSI Chief Executive Mr SF Wong said, “Since its inception, the Institute has gained great support from the industry and the members. We hope that the newly inducted Honorary Fellow and Fellows continue to support our work in leading the industry to new heights.”
“In addition to the existing members, we are now planning to recruit more young professionals as our members. We hope the induction of the fellow members would encourage them to join the HKSI,” Mr Wong added.
The HKSI is a premier membership organisation in the securities and financial industry in the region. To date, there are over 2,000 individual members with 48 Honorary Fellows / Fellows as the highest rank.
Mrs Laura M Cha inducted as the HKSI Honorary Fellow for 2011
(From left) Miss Angelina Kwan, HKSI Chairman Mr Anthony Muh, HKSI Honorary Fellow Mrs Laura M Cha, and HKSI Chief Executive Mr SF Wong
Mrs Cha, HKSI Board Members, and industrial elites toast for the Autumn Dinner
Mrs Cha and HKSI Board Members with elites of the industry
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About The Hong Kong Securities Institute
Hong Kong Securities Institute is a professional membership organisation established in 1997 for the securities and investment industry in the region.
Our vision is 'To be the leading organisation in Greater China in promoting the standard of financial services by offering the highest quality professional examinations and training, and most valued and respected membership in the securities and investment industry.'
Our mission is to:
* set standards of professional excellence and integrity for members and market participants, and to provide the means of attaining them;
* contribute to Hong Kong's role as a leading international finance centre; and
* broaden the membership of professionals and enhance the capabilities and reputation of members.