Seminar by Legislative Councilor Mrs. Regina Ip

Legislative Councilor Mrs. Regina Ip, the founder of the Savantas Policy Institute, presented a special seminar titled “Making IT work in Hong Kong” for the course Engineering and Society (ELEC2803). More than 200 students studying Information Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Medical Engineering attended the seminar. Mrs. Ip addressed the importance of high-tech industry to the economic development in many well-developed cities. She shared her views on the success factors for the development of high tech cluster in Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore, India, and the Silicon Valley. At the end of the seminar, the future development of the Lok Ma Chau Shenzhen River Loop was introduced. Views and feedbacks from students were collected which would help the HKSAR government in steering the direction of this project in the future.

The presentation Powerpoint can be downloaded from:

Dr. Wilton Fok, the course coordinator, introduced the biography of Mrs. Regina Ip

Full house! There were over 200 students attended the seminar.

Prof. Y.S. Hung (Left), Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, presented a souvenir to the guest speaker Mrs. Regina Ip (Middle)

Biography of Mrs. Regina IP LAU Suk Yee

B.A.-First Class Honors (University of Hong Kong), Master of Letters (University of Glasgow), Master of Science in Management (Stanford University), and Master of Art in East Asian Studies (Stanford University).

Mrs. Ip worked for the Hong Kong Government from 1975 to 2003. During that time, she has served in a wide range of areas including democratization of local government, international trade and industry and security. She was the first woman to be appointed the head of a disciplined service (Immigration Department) (1996-98) and as Secretary for Security of Hong Kong (1998-2003). In 2003, Mrs. Ip resigned from her position in the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to take her daughter to the U.S. for education and to pursue higher studies herself. In June 2006, she returned to Hong Kong after completing the MA program in East Asian Studies at Stanford University. In July 2006, she established a think tank, Savantas Policy Institute, focused on tackling the twin structural constitutional and economic problems of Hong Kong. The core vision of Savantas is to transform Hong Kong into a knowledge-based economy. In July 2007, Mrs. Ip was appointed by the Government as a member of the Commission on Strategic Development. In September 2008, Mrs. Ip was elected Legislative Council Member in the Hong Kong Island geographical constituency. In the same year, she joined the China Reform Council as Vice Chairperson (2008-2010). She was also awarded the title of “Outstanding person for Chinese Entrepreneurial Innovation 2008” by the Chinese Entrepreneurial Innovation Forum.