Popular awareness about heritage conservation is a recent and rapid development in Hong Kong. As the former Chairman of the Antiquities Advisory Board, Bernard Chan will give his views about the nature of this new and growing awareness, the new challenges it poses to the community and government, how the government can or should respond to it, and how it fits into the bigger changes taking place in Hong Kong.
The Honourable Bernard Charnwut Chan is a deputy to the National People’s Congress of China and a non-official member of Hong Kong’s Executive Council. He is also a former member of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council. A graduate of Pomona College in California, he is the President of Asia Financial Group and Asia Insurance. Among his community activities, he is Chairman of the Advisory Committee on evitalization of Historic Buildings, Chairman of the Council for Sustainable Development, Chairman of Lingnan University Council, Chairperson of The Hong Kong Council of Social Service, and Deputy Chairman of Oxfam Hong Kong. He is also Chairman of the Hong Kong – Thailand Business Council and an advisor to Bangkok Bank, Hong Kong Branch.