Prof. Simon S.M. Ho

President, Hang Seng University of Hong Kong


Prof. Simon S.M. Ho has served as President of The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong (HSUHK) since 16 March 2014.

He was born and received basic education in Hong Kong. He obtained a BA (Management and Psychology) from the University of Washington (USA), a MSc (with Distinction) in Information Systems from the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK), a PhD in Accounting and Finance from the University of Bradford (UK), and a Certificate in Higher Education Management and Leadership from the University of California, Berkeley (USA). He was a Commonwealth Scholar and is a certified public accountant in the UK, Australia and Canada.

Currently, he is Editor of the Asian Journal of Business Ethics (Springer),
and Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Business Ethics (Springer), Advances in Business Ethics Research (Springer), and the “Corporate Governance Literature Series” of Nankai University.

In public services, he is Chairman of the Citizens Advisory Committee on Community Relations and Member of the Advisory Committee on Corruption, Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption. He is also Chairman of the Hong Kong Corporate Governance Forum,
Chairman of the Training Committee and Member of the Executive Committee of the Scout Association of Hong Kong, Council Member of the China Higher Education Association, Board
Member of Monte Jade Science and Technology Association, Board Member of the Hong KongASEAN Economic Cooperation Foundation (HKAECF) and Advisor to a number of international bodies. He serves as Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University, Australia, Member of Academic Committee of the Hong Kong Scholar Scheme organised by the Society of Hong Kong Scholars, Honorary Advisor of the Hong Kong Professionals and Senior Executives Association, Advisor of the Dashun Foundation and Advisor of the Our Hong Kong Foundation.

Prior to joining HSUHK, Prof. Ho was Vice Rector (Academic Affairs) of the University of Macau (UM) from 2009 to 2014. Before that he served as Dean of the School of Business and concurrently as Founding Director of the Centre for Corporate Governance and Financial Policy (CCGFP) at the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) from 2004 to 2009. Previously, he taught at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) from 1982 to 2004 receiving several excellent teaching and research awards, and he was the Director of the School of Accountancy from 1995 to 2002.

Under his leadership, CUHK became the first accounting school outside North America to receive The Association to Advance Collegiate School of Business (AACSB) accreditation in 1998. In 1996, he initiated and established the “Dragon League”, an academic alliance among the four accounting schools of CUHK, Peking University, Fudan University and National Taiwan University. In 1998, he also co-founded the Master in Professional Accountancy Programme jointly organised by CUHK and the Shanghai National Institute of Accounting. At HKBU, he was the first business school dean in Asia to sign up for the UN Principles of Responsible Education (PRME), and led an undergraduate student team winning the world champion of the CFA Institute’s Global Investment Research Challenge in 2008.