Chair Professor of Economics
Professor Leonard K Cheng has been President of Lingnan University (LU) of Hong Kong since September 2013. Prior to joining LU, he served as Dean of the School of Business and Management of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST Business School) from 2009 to 2013.
Professor Cheng graduated with a first-class honours Bachelor of Social Sciences degree in economics from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1975, and was awarded an MA and a PhD in economics by the University of California, Berkeley, in 1977 and 1980, respectively. His research interests include applied game theory, market structure, currency crisis, international trade and investment, technological innovation and imitation, and China’s inward and outward foreign direct investment. He has published papers in many leading academic journals in economics, and has served as an associate editor of the Journal of International Economics and Pacific Economic Review.
Dedicated to serving the public, Professor Cheng has been an adviser to many organisations locally and regionally, including membership on the Broadcasting Authority (which later became part of the Communications Authority), the Provisional Minimum Wage Commission, Economic Development Commission, Competition Commission of the HKSAR Government, a Non-Executive Director of the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) and Chairman of SFC’s Investor Education Centre. Currently, he is a member of the Independent Commission on Remuneration for Members of the Executive Council and the Legislature, and Officials under the Political Appointment System of the HKSAR.