Hong Kong business leader speaks
Graduations | Hong Kong
Leading Hong Kong businessman Mr HL Kam's address was one of the highlights of the University of Adelaide's Hong Kong graduation ceremony on Sunday, March 13.
Forty-two students graduated at the ceremony, which was held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel and
was the university's second official ceremony in Hong Kong.
Mr Kam is Deputy Managing Director of Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited, and holds numerous other senior executive roles with the Cheung Kong Group, the massive Hong Kong-based conglomerate which employs more than 180,000 people worldwide.
University of Adelaide Vice-Chancellor and President Professor James McWha said it was a unique opportunity for the graduating students to receive more than just their qualification.
"We are delighted and honoured that someone of such standing as Mr Kam attended our ceremony to impart to the graduates just some of the knowledge and wisdom he has acquired in his career," Professor McWha said.
"Mr Kam has worked closely with many Australian universities, including the University of Adelaide, in his role as President and CEO of CK Life Sciences, a group which is conducting collaborative clinical trials for cancer and AIDS.
"He also played a significant role in establishing the Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Scholarship Program, which promotes student exchange between Australia and Asia."
Under the scheme, 140 students - including those from the University of Adelaide - are annually given the opportunity to participate in exchanges with counterparts in Asian countries. It is funded half by Cheung Kong Group and half by the Australian Government.
Mr Kam's business dealings with Australia are no less extensive and impressive. Under his leadership, Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings has become one of the largest foreign investors in Australia, with an extensive portfolio of energy, transport and water investments. He sits on the Boards of ETSA Utilities and Envestra Limited in South Australia, and numerous other Boards