Professor Dr David Hong Tsung Lan is to be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration by the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol)in recognition of his long and prestigious career in government in Hong Kong and his contribution to international trade and education.
Born in Shanghai, David completed his early education in Hong Kong, joining the Hong Kong Civil Service in 1961 before studying to become a Chartered Secretary in addition to earning an external BA degree from London University.
During his time with the Hong Kong Civil Service, David worked in a variety of departments, including the Transport and Housing Authority. In 1979 David was appointed Official Justice of the Peace in Hong Kong.
In 1988, he was appointed Regional Secretary for Hong Kong and Kowloon before being appointed to Hong Kong’s Principal Economic and Trade Representative based in Japan. In 1997, after the handover of Hong Kong, David became the first Secretary for Home Affairs of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) Government.
David currently holds a variety of Board positions in the banking, commercial, infrastructure development and trust sectors including non-executive directorship to Nanyang Commercial Bank (Hong Kong) and Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Ltd, Hong Kong.
David has been conferred with many awards including Doctor of Humanities and two Visiting Professorships from overseas institutions. In 1991, David was awarded the Imperial Service Order for his services to the Civil Service and in 2000 the Gold Bauhinia Star Medal in recognition of his contribution to public service.
The honorary degree will be conferred at the awards ceremony of the Faculty of Business and Law at Bristol Cathedral on Tuesday 28 November at 5pm.