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Hong Kong Leading Neuroscientist Named Leader of the Year 2008

科大神經科學家獲傑出領袖殊榮

    Sing Tao Newspaper Group

Leader of the Year Awards Ceremony 2008 (extract)

2008年香港傑出領袖頒獎典禮(節錄)

    

SAR elite leaders honored at gala awards dinner

Hundreds of business, government, academic and community leaders gathered last night to honor five of Hong Kong's top leaders at the 15th annual Sing Tao News Corp's Leader of the Year Awards.

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen was among the dignitaries at the event, which was combined with Sing Tao Daily's 70th anniversary gala dinner. "The city is facing more challenges this year, but Hong Kong is such a vibrant city supported by hardworking people," said former chief secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan,who chaired the panel of judges. "There will be even more stories to tell, to appreciate, to honor and to think about."

Shun Hing Group chairman William Mong Man-wai took the award in the Commerce and Industry/Finance category. The 81-year-old philanthropist set up Shun Hing Education and Charity Fund, which has donated more than HK$500 million since 1984.

"I believe there are many people who make great achievements, but one should think about contributing to Hong Kong and China after they succeed," he said.

Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen said he has known Mong for a long time, and described him as big-hearted and well deserving of the award.

In the Community/Public Affairs category, the winner was To Chung, founder of the Chi Heng Foundation.

He said the recent government internship program showed many youngsters were short-sighted, and care only about immediate monetary rewards.

"I hope my story can inspire young people and help them realise that success can be obtained in many ways, including by helping others, To said.

The Hong Kong Paralympic Committee and Sports Association for the Physically Disabled received the Sports/Culture/Performing Arts category award. Its chairwoman, Jenny Fung Ma Kit-man, and paralympic runner So Wa-wai, a former Leader of the Year award recipient, attended the event, with Fung accepting the award from Olympic gold medalist Li Xiao-peng. Li said he admires paralympic athletes greatly because they have to overcome even more challenges, and are under more pressure than regular athletes.

Winner of the Research category, University of Science and Technology biochemistry head and chair professor, Nancy Ip Yuk-yu, said the award was particularly meaningful because it shows locals are recognising her contribution to scientific research, and that the subject is gaining more respect.

Another academic, Polytechnic University President Emeritus Poon Chung-kwong, won in the Education category.

He said he never regarded himself as outstanding. "An university cannot achieve success with the leadership of the president alone, without support from its staff and students. This award belongs to the school," Poon said.

Tsang and Sing Tao News Corp chairman Charles Ho Tsu-kwok officiated at the star-studded event at the Grand Hyatt hotel. Other attendees included Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Ceajer Chan Ka-keung and Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing chairman Ronald Arculli.

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Winner of the Research category Nancy Ip,Head and Chair Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology receives her award from Professor Arthur Li Kwok-cheung, Emeritus Professor of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong.

    星島報業集團

表彰各界翹楚 年輕人典範 傑出領袖 精英匯萃夜

由星島新聞集團主辦「2008年傑出領袖選舉」,由「工商/金融」、「社區/公共事務」、「教育」、「科研」及「體育/文化/演藝」五個界別中,選出對香港有傑出貢獻的領袖。今年適逢《星島日報》創刊七十周年,令盛事更添意義。頒獎禮昨晚假香港君悅酒店舉行,由行政長官曾蔭權擔任大會榮譽嘉賓,一眾城中名人才俊亦抽空出席,場面盛大。

星島新聞集團自一九九四年起,每年均舉辦「傑出領袖選舉」,藉此表揚各界別中對香港作出相當貢獻的領袖。昨晚五位頒獎嘉賓可謂分量十足,亦是五個界別中的精英翹楚,分別為政務司司長唐英年、香港愛滋病基金會主席兼行政會議成員梁智鴻、教育局常任秘書長黃鴻超、香港中文大學外科榮休講座教授李國章,以及國家體操隊奧運金牌運動員李小鵬。

昨晚可謂星光熠熠、冠蓋雲集,出席嘉賓還有行政會議召集人梁振英、財經事務及庫務局局長陳家強、環境局局長邱騰華、港交所主席夏佳理伉儷等,同場見證新一屆傑出領袖的誕生。

星島新聞集團主席何柱國表示,「傑出領袖選舉」至今年已是第十五屆,希望能藉此為年輕人樹立榜樣,延續香港的人才優勢。他表示,港人在過去一年經歷了前所未有的高低起跌,而面對目前挑戰,更需要一群果敢、靈活而具承擔的領袖為社會導航,共同乘風破浪、創新未來。

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科研後繼人如打強心針

香港科技大學生物化學系主任及講座教授葉玉如,專注研發老人癡呆症的藥物獲頒科研組別傑出領袖獎項。她表示,香港作為商業化社會,向來對科研不算注重,是次獲獎是香港社會對其工作的一種認同。她表示,老人癡呆症目前仍沒有藥物根治,但該症影響深遠,故期望能研發出可行藥物,減輕社會醫療的負擔。

 
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