Dr. Calvin Choi is the Chairman of AMTD Group, and Founder of AMTD Charity Foundation. He is a globally recognized entrepreneur and philanthropist as well as a pioneer and contributor in promoting regional digitalization.
Dr. Choi was named “2019 Asia FinTech Leader” and “2020 Singapore FinTech Leader” by the Singapore Fintech Association, selected as a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum in 2017, and awarded by the Institutional Investor magazine as one of the global “Fintech Finance 35” in 2016.
Dr. Choi currently serves as the Chairman of the Group’s investment banking subsidiary AMTD international (NYSE:HKIB, SGX:HKB), the first company with dual class voting rights to successfully dual list on NYSE and SGX; Chairman of AMTD Digital, a one-stop digitally connected solutions platform headquartered in Singapore; Board Director of Bank of Qingdao (SEHK: 3866; SZSE: 002948). He also serves as Board Director of ASEAN Financial Innovation Network, which was founded by World Bank, Monetary Authority of Singapore, and ASEAN Bankers Association. Dr. Choi is appointed by the HK Government as a member of HK Cyberport Advisory Panel and a member of Prisoners’ Education Trust Fund Investment Advisory Committee. He is also appointed as Vice President of the China Young Entrepreneurs Association, and Vice Chairman of Greater Bay Area Homeland Youth Community Foundation.
Dr. Choi is the Founder of the @-WISE Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence, headquartered in Singapore, and jointly launched by AMTD Group together with University of Waterloo, iQ4, and Singapore FinTech Association. He is also the Founder and Chairman of “Regional Banks+ Strategic Cooperation Alliance”, an association which was initiated by Dr. Choi, with a number of leading Hong Kong-listed Chinese regional banks as members, including Airstar Bank, Bank of Qingdao, East West Bank, Guangzhou Rural Commercial Bank, Jiangxi Bank and Zhongyuan Bank; and the Founder and Chairman of “Greater Bay Young Entrepreneurs Association”, an organisation comprising a group of leading and innovative enterprises in the Greater Bay Area.
Before joining AMTD Group, Dr. Choi was formerly a Managing Director at the Investment Banking Division and a member of the Global Family Office Committee of UBS Asia. He also served as the China Chief Specialist, Asia Strategic Alliance under the Corporate and Investment Banking Division of Citigroup. Dr. Choi is currently a certified bank auditor and a certified public accountant in the United States.
Marcellus Wong is our Vice Chairman of the board and Chairman of the Executive Management Committee of AMTD Group. Prior to his retirement from PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2012, Mr. Wong served as a partner and compliance leader in Hong Kong and China as well as risk and quality leader for its tax practice in the Asia Pacific region. Between 1999 and 2012, Mr. Wong had been consistently named by Euromoney as one of the ‘‘world’s leading tax advisers’’ in Hong Kong and China.
Meanwhile, Mr. Wong holds a number of other positions including, chairman of advisory board of the Taxation Institute of Hong Kong since 2017 and president from 1996 to 1999, president of CPA Australia-Hong Kong China Division from 2004 to 2005 and honorary adviser of Greater China region since July 2014, member of the Joint Liaison Committee on Taxation that advises the government of Hong Kong on tax issues since 2001.
Mr. Wong was awarded the Outstanding PolyU Alumni Award of 2019.
Mr. Gao has served as the director of AMTD Group since October 2014. Mr. Gao joined Morgan Stanley Asia Limited in August 2005 and primarily focuses on private equity investment transactions in China. He is currently a managing director and co-head of China investment operations for Morgan Stanley private equity Asia.
Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he worked in Citigroup’s Asia-Pacific investment banking division, and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette’s debt capital markets group in New York. Mr. Gao has served as a non-executive director of SEHK-listed Sparkle Roll Group Limited (SEHK: 970) since September 2010. From July 2007 to May 2013, he was a non-executive director of SEHK-listed China Dongxiang (Group) Co., Ltd. (SEHK: 3818) and has been an independent non-executive director since May 2013. Mr. Gao was a director of Shandong Buchang Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (SSE: 603858) from March 2012 to March 2018. From August 2006 to August 2014, he was a non-executive director of SEHK-listed Belle International Holdings Limited (SEHK: 1880) and has been an independent non-executive director from August 2014 to July 2017. Mr. Gao was also a director of Tongkun Group Co., Ltd. (SSE: 601233), a company listed on Shanghai Stock Exchange, or SSE, from April 2011 to March 2015. Mr. Gao also holds directorships in several privately-owned companies.
Mr. Gao received dual bachelor’s degrees in engineering and economic systems and operations research from Tsinghua University in China in July 1997 and a master of science degree in engineering-economic systems and operations research from Stanford University in the United States in June 1999.
Feridun Hamdullahpur has been our independent director since March 2019. Dr. Hamdullahpur has served as the director of AMTD Group since January 2019. Dr. Hamdullahpur has served as the sixth president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo since 2010.
Prior to that, he served as a vice-president academic and provost at the University of Waterloo from September 2009 to September 2010. Dr. Hamdullahpur has served as a member of the strategic advisory board of Sorbonne University since 2014, and member of the international advisory board of King Abdulaziz University since 2017. He has served as chair of the Waterloo Global Science Initiative since 2016. In 2015, Dr. Hamdullahpur was appointed chair of the Leadership Council for Digital Infrastructure in Canada.
Dr. Hamdullahpur was named a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in July 2014. Dr. Hamdullahpur was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in January 2013 in acknowledgement of his leadership in education and innovation. Dr. Hamdullahpur graduated from the Technical University of Nova Scotia with a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1976 and a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Istanbul Technical University in 1979. Dr. Hamdullahpur received his Ph.D. degree in chemical engineer from the Technical University of Nova Scotia 1985.