HKSI Institute Celebrates its 25th Anniversary and Awards the Distinguished Honorary Fellowship to Dr King Au

Hong Kong, 17 October 2022: The Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute (HKSI Institute) celebrates its 25 years of service to the industry this year. At its silver jubilee celebration dinner on 12 October 2022, HKSI Institute was pleased to confer its distinguished Honorary Fellowship to Dr King Au, MH, and to have Mr Christopher Hui, GBS, JP, Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury as the Guest of Honour.

More than hundred guests including various government officials, regulators, partners, industry leaders and Members attended the dinner and extended their well wishes to HKSI Institute. In his Keynote Address, Mr Christopher Hui congratulated the newly inducted Honorary Fellow and Senior Fellows and commended the Institute on its achievements in being the champion and advocate of high professional standards in the financial services industry. “At times of uncertainty, it is ever more important to uphold the professionalism of the financial services industry, which is the cornerstone of Hong Kong’s status as a leading international financial centre (IFC),” Mr Hui added. He specially thanked HKSI Institute for playing an instrumental role in the Government’s Pilot Programme to Enhance Talent Training for the Asset and Wealth Management Sector, which helped groom young professional talents and raise the interest and awareness in the industry.

Mr Hui also quoted the message from President Xi’s important speech “Among others, that we must maintain Hong Kong’s distinctive status and advantages, and continue to create strong impetus for growth”. Mr Hui emphasised that the Government is well supported by the Mainland in enhancing its status as an IFC, strengthening its functions as a global offshore RMB business hub, an international asset management centre and a risk management centre. He trusts HKSI Institute will continue to be a staunch supporter in promoting professional excellence and continued development of the financial services industry of HK.

“It has been a remarkable 25 years and we are grateful for all the support from our stakeholders and contributions from our members. We are proud of our achievements in enhancing professional competency through professional examinations, grooming talents through high quality training programmes and engaging the professional community through our membership. We will continue to play a key role in supporting the initiatives to maintain Hong Kong’s position as an IFC,” said Mr Colin Shaftesley, Chairman of HKSI Institute. 

At the dinner, HKSI Institute conferred the highest recognition, its Honorary Fellowship, to Dr King Au, Executive Director of the Financial Services Development Council, for his remarkable contribution in developing the financial services industry in Hong Kong, and to the Institute. Dr Au was HKSI Institute’s Past Chairman and served on many Committees within the Institute over the years. “King’s active Board service and visionary leadership as Chairman in the earlier years has established a solid foundation for the Institute. His dedication and unparalleled contributions continue to benefit HKSI Institute today and it is only fitting for us to recognise his contributions,” said Mr Shaftesley. 

On his Honorary Fellowship, Dr Au said, “I am honoured to be presented with the award. With HKSI Institute’s strong heritage, I have every confidence that together, we can serve the industry better and continue to play an important role going forward.” Dr Au is currently serving as a Council member of the Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Public Accountants and an Index Advisory Committee member of China Securities Index Co., Limited among other public services. He was named CEO of the Year in Hong Kong by Asia Asset Management in 2012 and 2014 and awarded the Medal of Honour by the HKSAR Government in 2008 for his valuable contributions to the securities and asset management industry.

Four HKSI Institute members were also inducted as Senior Fellows in recognition of their exceptional contributions to the Institute, including sharing their professional expertise and advice to develop the industry, as well as grooming young talent for the industry. They are: 

  • Mr Steven Bernstein, Senior Managing Director of Lone Star Funds
  • Ms Clara Chiu, Chief Executive Officer of QReg Advisory
  • Mr Jeremy Leifer, Partner of Proskauer Rose Hong Kong
  • Ms Katherine Ng, Managing Director and Head of Policy and Secretariat Services, Listing Division of the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited

“We are privileged to have members who go the extra mile to develop our industry, and it is their dedication and pursuit for excellence that has enabled the Institute to have become established in its position today. As we celebrate today’s achievements, we also look forward to building a strong talent pipeline to accelerate growth and future-proof our industry,” Mr Shaftesley added.

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Guest of Honour, Board of Directors and 25th Anniversary Celebration Committee officiated the silver jubilee celebration ceremony. 

(From left to right) Mr Kevin Liem, Ms Phyllis Lee, Mr Vincent Chan, Mr Eric Ho, Mr Graham Cottingham, Mr Samuel Tsang, Mr David Chau, Mr Christopher Hui (Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury) and Mr Colin Shaftesley (Chairman), Ms Katherine Ng, Mr Christopher Lee, Mr Wang Zhongze, Mr Robert Lui, Mr Barry Tong, Miss Ruth Kung (Chief Executive), Mr Arthur Law.


Group photo with government officials and regulators, past Chairmen and past Board Directors.

(From left to right) Front row - Ms Barbara Shiu (Past Chairman), Mr Anthony Muh (Past Chairman), Dr King Au (Past Chairman), Ms Julia Leung (Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Securities and Futures Commission), Ms Salina Yan (Permanent Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury (Financial Services), Mr Tim Lui (Chairman, Securities and Futures Commission), Mr Christopher Hui (Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury), Mr Colin Shaftesley (Chairman), Mr Cheng Yan-chee (Managing Director and Executive Director, Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority), Mr Craig Lindsay (Past Chairman), Ms Katherine Ng (Past Chairman), Miss Ruth Kung (Chief Executive). Back row – Mr Victor Lee (Past Board Director), Prof KC Chan (Past Board Director), Prof Alexa Lam (Past Board Director), Mr Bob Bunker (Past Board Director), Prof Anna Wong (Past Board Director), Mr Paul Day (Past Board Director), Ms Clara Chiu (Past Board Director)

Dr King Au (right) receiving the Honorary Fellowship Certificate from Mr Colin Shaftesley (left)



Group photo with the newly inducted HKSI Institute Honorary Fellow and other Honorary Fellows.

(From left to right) Prof KC Chan, Prof Alexa Lam, Miss Au King-chi, Mr Colin Shaftesley, Dr King Au, Mr Paul Chow and Dr Eddy Fong


Group photo with newly inducted Senior Fellows.

(From left to right) Miss Ruth Kung, Ms Clara Chiu, Dr King Au, Ms Katherine Ng, Mr Colin Shaftesley

About the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute (HKSI Institute)

The Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute is a professional membership organisation established in 1997 by leaders in the securities and investment industry with the support of the Securities and Futures Commission. The HKSI Institute champions professional standards of excellence in Hong Kong’s financial services industry and contributes to Hong Kong’s role as a leading international financial centre.  We offer a comprehensive programme of high-quality professional training, events and internationally recognised examinations, and a vibrant membership community to empower individuals to achieve their professional goals.