In the past few years, Hong Kong has bolstered its standing on the global arts stage with the introduction of the next generation of venues representing the city's cultural landscape. After years of Covid hibernation, Hong Kong's thriving arts scene returned with a flourish with the return of a full scale Art Basel and a series of high profile museum shows ranging from Yayoi Kusama to Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London.
As Chairman of Hong Kong's M+ Museum, Board Vice Chairman of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, former Chairman of the Hong Kong Palace Museum, and newly appointed Chairman of the Our Hong Kong Foundation, Bernard Chan has been instrumental in laying out the vision for Hong Kong evolving arts and culture ecosystem to reclaim its spot as Asia's arts and culture hub where East meets West.
Join us at the Liang Yi Museum for a special conversation with Bernard Chan about the future of Hong Kong as a top regional and global arts and cultural destination through the formation of the West Kowloon Cultural District and its development over the years. Learn more about Hong Kong's need to create a "Silicon Valley of Culture" to preserve and pass on local traditions, cultures and arts through the integration of government and the arts, business and local communities it serves.
*Following the talk, there will be guided tours of Liang Yi Museum's The Other Japan: Beyond Kimonos and Swords, an exclusive exhibition on Japanese decorative art from the Edo period to the early modern era.
A graduate of Pomona College in California, Bernard Charnwut Chan is the Chairman and President of the publicly-listed Asia Financial Holdings and Chairman of Asia Insurance. He is Chairman of the Hong Kong – Thailand Business Council and an advisor to Bangkok Bank (China) Co. Ltd. He sits on the boards of several local and overseas companies in financial services and is a director of Bumrungrad Hospital Public Company in Thailand.
Bernard has a long record of public service. He is Chairperson of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service and Steward of The Hong Kong Jockey Club. A patron of the arts, he is Chairman of M Plus Museum Ltd. and Tai Kwun Culture & Arts Co. Ltd. He is also Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Chronicles Institute and Chairman of Our Hong Kong Foundation.
He was a Hong Kong Deputy to the National People’s Congress of The People’s Republic of China (2008-2023) and the previous Convenor of the Non-Official Members of the Executive Council (2017-2022). He is a former non-official member of Hong Kong’s Executive Council (2004-09 and 2012-2022) and former member of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council (1998-2008) representing the insurance industry.
Other past positions including Council Chair of Lingnan University, Chairman of the Hong Kong Palace Museum Ltd., Chairman of the Council for Sustainable Development, Chairman of the Antiquities Advisory Board, Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Revitalisation of Historic Buildings and Chairman of the two Standing Committees on Disciplined Services and Judicial Salaries and Conditions of Service.
He has been conferred honorary degrees from Lingnan University, City University of Hong Kong, Open University of Hong Kong and Savannah College of Art and Design. He is also a Trustee Emeritus of Pomona College.
Bernard was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 2002, and Commander (3rd Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand in 2004. In 2006, he was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star by the Hong Kong SAR Government, and in 2020 he received Hong Kong’s highest honor, the Grand Bauhinia Medal.
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Edward Chui is a corporate advisor who provides expert guidance to esteemed business leaders in Hong Kong and China. His expertise lies in briefing corporate executives on economic and geopolitical conditions within the APAC region, equipping them with invaluable insights into the potential impacts across various industries. With a wealth of experience spanning over two decades in Hong Kong that also spans media and technology, wealth management and education, Edward works closely with C-suite executives of multinational corporations, aiding their understanding of complex market dynamics and the implications of public and economic policies. He earned a BA in Government from Wesleyan University and an MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business.