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Under Secretaries and Political Assistants appointed

     The Chief Executive's Office announced today (October 31) that the Appointment Committee has appointed two Under Secretaries and five Political Assistants of the fourth term of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.

     The Secretary for Education and the Secretary for Food and Health have recommended Mr Kevin Yeung Yun-hung and Professor Sophia Chan to be their respective Under Secretaries.

     Meanwhile, the Chief Secretary for Administration, the Financial Secretary, the Secretary for Education, the Secretary for Labour and Welfare and the Secretary for Security have recommended Miss Carmen Cheung Sau-lai, Mr Julian Law Wing-chung, Mr Jeff Sze Chun-fai, Ms Zandra Mok Yee-tuen and Mr Cassius Lau Fu-sang to be their respective Political Assistants.

     The Appointment Committee has approved the above recommendations.

     Professor Chan and Miss Cheung will assume office tomorrow (November 1) while Mr Yeung, Mr Sze and Mr Lau will take up office on November 5. Ms Mok and Mr Law will be in office on November 13 and November 26 respectively.

     The Government will make further announcements on the Under Secretaries and Political Assistants for the remaining bureaux in due course.

     Following are the biographical notes on the new appointees:

Mr Kevin Yeung Yun-hung

     Aged 49, Mr Yeung holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University in Australia. He joined the Hong Kong Government in 1992 as an administrative officer and was promoted to Administrative Officer Staff Grade C in 2004.

     During his service in the Government, Mr Yeung has worked in a number of bureaux and departments, including the Food and Health Bureau, the Home Affairs Bureau, the Kowloon City District Office, and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Sydney. Before joining the Government, Mr Yeung worked in the private sector for seven years.

Professor Sophia Chan

     Aged 54, Professor Chan holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Manchester, a Master degree in Public Health from Harvard University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from HKU.

     Before joining the Government, Professor Chan was Professor in Nursing and Director of Research in HKU's School of Nursing. She was also an Assistant Dean of the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine of HKU.

     Professor Chan's research achievements include tobacco control and smoking cessation promotion. She pioneered the first smoking cessation counselling training programme locally and has been a consultant to the World Health Organization on training health-care professionals in tobacco dependency treatment interventions through advocacy and education.

Miss Carmen Cheung Sau-lai

     Aged 48, Miss Cheung holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism degree from the Chu Hai College (Ministry of Education) and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Strathclyde (Business School) in Scotland. She is now studying a Master degree of Public Policy and Management at the University of London (Centre for Financial and Management Studies).

     Miss Cheung is a veteran journalist and public relations practitioner. Her working experience accumulated at various media corporations includes political editor of the Hongkong Standard and managing editor of Recruit magazine. She joined the Hong Kong Jockey Club in October 2008 as a public affairs consultant and then took the post of Assistant Controller of the External Affairs Department of the Hong Kong Cable Television Limited in July 2010 to deal with corporate affairs.

     Miss Cheung was once invited as casual lecturer by the continuing studies centres of local universities and the Hong Kong Management Association to teach journalism and public relations courses.

Mr Julian Law Wing-chung

     Aged 34, Mr Law holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Master of Journalism degree, both from HKU. He has worked at Ming Pao and the Hong Kong Economic Journal.

Mr Jeff Sze Chun-fai

     Aged 26, Mr Sze holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and a Master of Science degree in Statistics from Stanford University in the US, and completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Education programme at HKU.

     Mr Sze was the Executive Director of the Savantas Policy Institute and a part-time member of the Central Policy Unit. He has also served as a secondary school teacher at HKUGA College.

Ms Zandra Mok Yee-tuen

     Aged 39, Ms Mok was the Political Assistant to the Secretary for Labour and Welfare from 2008 until June 2012. Prior to 2008, she was a Senior Manager of the Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre and wrote articles on social issues on a freelance basis. She has served as a senior reporter at TVB, a news reporter at Radio Television Hong Kong, a research manager of the Hong Kong Policy Research Institute and a policy assistant to Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, then a Member of the Executive Council. Ms Mok holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science of the University of London, and a Master of Arts degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London.

Mr Cassius Lau Fu-sang

     Aged 55, Mr Lau holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese and English from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He also holds two Master degrees, one in Business Administration (Public Service) granted by the University of Birmingham in the UK and the other in Applied Theatre and Drama Education at Griffith University in Australia.

     Mr Lau is a retired police officer. He joined the Hong Kong Police Force as a probationary inspector in 1980 and retired as a Chief Superintendent in 2011. In his police career, he served in various front-line operational formations as well as a number of headquarters posts where he was responsible for administering Force policies on training, personnel and operations related to disaster management. At the time of his retirement, Mr Lau was responsible for planning and developing future police facilities.

Ends/Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Issued at HKT 16:00


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