How Business Sustainability Affects Corporate Strategy and Investment
The impacts of globalization, technology, urbanization and intense competition for natural resources have become the new reality. In response, an increasing number of companies are factoring responsible business practices in their operations. Prof. Frederick Ma’s speech will address the issue of business sustainability with an emphasis on how corporate responsibility is embedded in corporate strategy.
Prof. Frederick Ma Si-hang, GBS, JP
MTR Corporation Limited
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. Currently, he is the Chairman of MTR Corporation Limited, an Independent Non-Executive Director of Agricultural Bank of China and FWD Group, a director of Husky Energy Inc., and a nonexecutive director of COFCO Corporation.