Date: 16 June 2017
Time: 10:10 – 10:40
To maintain Hong Kong's position as a dynamic global hub and a regional economic leader, we need to stay competitive, adaptable and innovative. In particular, our young people need to be well-prepared for the evolving world of the 21st-century and ready to connect and grow our communities.
Our ability to grasp the opportunities and overcome the challenges presented by rapid changes in innovation and technology will be critical in shaping our future society.
Some of the essential tools for success in today's world and for the coming future are easy to identify. Certainly, they include having professional knowledge, including in STEM subjects, as well as a strong set of skills and a positive attitude. Agility, innovation, teamwork, perseverance and leadership have become critical competencies not only for business but also for our everyday lives. These attributes are also the skills for entrepreneurship.
To better future-proof our society, we need to collaborate across sectors to provide a rich variety of learning opportunities at all levels across our society. Let's work together for success by strengthening the teaching and learning of skills for entrepreneurship in our education system including the vocational and professional education and training (VPET) sector, and in our corporate training and community outreach programmes.
Professor Ma was born and educated in Hong Kong. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from the University of Hong Kong in 1973 majoring in economics and history. Since graduation, he had taken up different major positions of various local and overseas banks, financial institutions and major companies, including Chase Manhattan Bank, Royal Bank of Canada Dominion Securities, JP Morgan Chase, Kumagai Gumi (HK) Limited and Pacific Century Cyberworks Limited. He has rich experience in banking and financial sector. In 2002, he joined the Hong Kong Government as the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury and assumed the post of Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development in 2007. He resigned from the Government in July 2008 due to medical reasons. In October 2008, he was appointed as an Honorary Professor of the School of Economics and Finance at the University of Hong Kong. Professor Ma was appointed as a Member of the International Advisory Council of China Investment Corporation in July, 2009. In July 2012, he was appointed as a Professor of Finance Practice of Institute of Advanced Executive Education at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In January 2013, he was appointed as a member of Global Advisory Council of the Bank of America. In August 2013, he was appointed as an Honorary Professor of the Faculty of Business Administration at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. In October 2014, he was conferred the Honorary Doctor of Social Sciences by Lingnan University. In October 2016, he was conferred the Honorary Doctor of Social Sciences by City University of Hong Kong. Currently, he is the Chairman of MTR Corporation Limited, an Independent Non-Executive Director of FWD Group, a director of Husky Energy Inc., and a Non-Executive director of COFCO Corporation.