Mr. Tung Chee Hwa is the Vice Chairman of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, People's Republic of China. This body is one of the most important institutions in the country, with members including distinguished former senior government officials, well known professionals, outstanding academics, members of different political parties and people from different religious and ethnic groups from all across China. It plays a key role in ensuring that the opinions from the public at large are reflected to the government, and that government policies are communicated to the people.
Mr. Tung is the Founding Chairman of the China-United States Exchange Foundation and Our Hong Kong Foundation. Prior to these appointments, Mr. Tung served as First Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), People's Republic of China from July 1997 to March 2005.
As the First Chief Executive of HKSAR, Mr. Tung presided in the historical return of Hong Kong to China and successfully turned the "One Country Two Systems" and "Hong Kong people governing Hong Kong" with "high degree of autonomy" from a concept into an everyday reality.
Born in 1937 in Shanghai, Mr. Tung spent his childhood in Hong Kong. He had his education in the United Kingdom, graduating at the University of Liverpool with BSc in 1960. After that he lived and worked nine years in the United States with General Electric and in the family business respectively. In 1969, Mr. Tung returned Hong Kong to help to run the family business. He had a successful and distinguished career in business while at the same time served in various public sector and advisory positions in Hong Kong. In 1997, he took on the position as the first Chief Executive of HKSAR.
Mr. Tung is married to Betty Chiu Hung Ping. They have three children and nine grandchildren.