AMTD group announced that Nobel Laureate Ms. Donna Strickland and Professor Timothy W. Tong, former President of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, joined the AMTD Global Advisory Committee. Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur, the President of the University of Waterloo, joined the AMTD Board of Directors
Earlier this month, AMTD Group was pleased to announce that Ms. Donna Strickland, the 2018 Nobel Laureate in Physics and a Physics Professor at the University of Waterloo, and Professor Timothy W. Tong, former President of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Chairman of the Hong Kong Laureate Forum, and Justice of the Peace, officially joined the AMTD Global Advisory Committee (GAC). Meanwhile, Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur, President of the University of Waterloo and Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, officially joined the AMTD Board of Directors.
Mr. Calvin Choi, Chairman and CEO of AMTD Group said, “AMTD Group is pleased and honored to have Professor Donna Strickland and Professor Timothy W. Tong joining the AMTD Global Advisory Committee (GAC), and President Feridun Hamdullahpur joining AMTD Board of Directors. We would like to extend a very warm welcome to all of them to the AMTD family.”
As world-renowned leaders in academia and education, as well as technology innovation experts, Professor Donna Strickland, Professor Timothy W. Tong, and President Feridun Hamdullahpur will provide insights and suggestions regarding AMTD’s overall strategy, international development, innovation and technology initiatives and the company’s corporate governance structure through the Global Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors respectively. They will also adopt a scientific approach to AMTD’s corporate governance structure, and help establish a rigorous risk management system, innovative talent development plan, in order to expand AMTD’s global footprint steadily and rapidly. AMTD has always been actively participating in the collaboration between academia, technology and education sector. The group takes a long-term approach with the aim of cultivating innovative technology and nurturing future talents. Leveraging off Professor Donna Strickland, Professor Timothy W. Tong and President Feridun Hamdullahpur’s experience, insight, innovative thinking and impact in the international academia, technology and education sector, AMTD Group hopes to better promote technological innovation, talent development, and continue to build up the AMTD SpiderNet ecosystem, further contributing to the development of technology, economy and society.
Ms. Donna Strickland is an internationally renowned physicist, a professor at the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo, and a pioneer and authority in the field of Laser Physics. In 2018, Ms. Donna Strickland won the Nobel Prize in Physics for her breakthrough invention in the field of laser physics. She was the first female scientist to win the Nobel Prize in Physics in the past 55 years, and also the third female winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in history, after Marie Skłodowska Curie and Maria Goeppert Mayer in 1903 and 1963. In recognition of Ms. Donna Strickland, the Nobel Prize Committee said that she paved the way for the shortest and strongest laser pulses created by humans, and that the technology she developed opened up new fields of research and brought a wide range of industrial and medical applications.
Professor Timothy W. Tong is an internationally renowned expert in Heat Transfer research. He was the President of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University from 2009 to 2018 and became the Chairman of the Hong Kong Laurel Forum in 2019. The Hong Kong Laureate Forum was proposed by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government and the commencement ceremony was held in Hong Kong Government House in May 2019 under the witness of the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Carrie Lam. The Hong Kong Laurel Forum is a world-class academic exchange that connects contemporary and new generations of research leaders to enhance the understanding and interests of young generations in Hong Kong and worldwide in different fields of science and technology. Professor Timothy W. Tong is also a member of the 12th and 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference(CPPCC), a Justice of the Peace in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a Fellow of the International Heat Transfer Conference, and served as the Project Director of the National Science Foundation. Under the leadership of Professor Timothy W. Tong, AMTD Group has established a profound friendship and cooperation with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and co-sponsored the establishment of Hong Kong’s first school-enterprise collaborative financial technology center – AMTD FinTech Centre of PolyU Faculty of Business.
Mr. Calvin Choi and Professor Timothy W. Tong
Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur has been the sixth President of the University of Waterloo in Canada since 2010. He is also an internationally renowned Mechanical Engineering Professor and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. In 2015, Professor Feridun Hamdullahpur became the President of the Leadership Council for Canadian Digital Infrastructure in Canada. President Fridun Hamdullahpur was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his outstanding contributions to innovation, technology and education. Under the leadership of President Fridun Hamdullahpur, AMTD Group has conducted multi-level exchanges and collaborations with the University of Waterloo, including the establishment of the “University of Waterloo-AMTD Innovation Hub” in Hong Kong, the promotion of “Waterloo.ai Alpha project”, and jointly established the AMTD UWaterloo Global Talent Programme.
Mr. Calvin Choi and President Fridun Hamdullahpur
The Global Advisory Committee is a consulting and advisory body for the Board of Directors on global tactics and strategic development of the AMTD Group. Its members are all internationally renowned and prestigious experts with rich experience and deep sector knowledge in politics, economy, commerce and finance, and aims to establish a global think tank to assist with AMTD’s development by utilizing the global vision and vast experience of these local and foreign experts, so to guide the company direction forward and enhance the international brand and reputation of AMTD. The Global Advisory Committee (GAC) meeting has been successfully held annually for three years already. Each year, hundreds of leaders and elites from business, political and academic circles gathered together to discuss the development opportunities and challenges of the new era, new economy and new finance.
Currently, the Group’s Global Advisory Committee is co-chaired by Dr. Annie Wu Suk-ching, the 10th, 11th and 12th CPPCC National Committee Standing Committee members, the Lifetime Honorary Board Member of the World Trade Centers Association, the founder and honorary Chairman of Beijing Aviation Food Co., Ltd., the first Sino-foreign joint venture since China’s reform and opening up , Honorary Consul of the United Republic of Tanzania in Hong Kong and Macau ; and Mr. Francis Leung Pak To, Member of the 12th CPPCC National Committee, Chairman of the Chamber of Hong Kong Listed Companies, and “Father of Red Chips”. Other members include:
In December 2016, the first AMTD Global Advisory Committee (GAC) meeting was held successfully.
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In December 2017, the second AMTD Global Advisory Committee (GAC) meeting was held successfully.
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