Mr D. Mohamed Butt has led the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) since December 2017. He brought to the Council with more than 30 years of executive leadership experience, well-practised senior management skills and success cases from multinational environment, with deep industry and customer knowledge in infrastructure, industrial and consumer sectors, backed by his profound strategic mindset, rich business insights and remarkable winning track records.
Mr Butt previously spearheaded large transformational projects, in collaboration with private and public sectors. He worked for General Electric (GE) for over two decades, where he held various senior management positions including President & CEO of GE’s Transportation Business in the Asia Pacific region, provided strategic leadership to have expanded the business footprints. Before such role, he also served as President & CEO of GE Lighting Asia and GE Security Asia respectively.
Mr Butt graduated from Winona State University, Minnesota, US, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He also received his Master in Business Administration from Kellogg School of Management and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Chief Digital Officer
Mr Edmond Lai joined the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) in 2018 to lead the digital transformation, smart manufacturing and Mainland business of the HKPC. Mr Lai is an expert in Industry 4.0 (i4.0) and Enterprise 4.0 (e4.0) business transformation, as well as digital product development, with experience in local and overseas market development.
Prior to joining HKPC, Mr Lai worked in General Electric (GE) for more than 20 years. He successfully completed the management trainee programme in the information technology department of the multinational company, and then had also served in their internal audit and finance functions. He also spearheaded his expertise across other business units, such as aviation, capital, healthcare, plastics, power, transportation, etc., among various regions including Greater China, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, the United States, etc. He also assumed regional and global responsibilities to drive the business growth for various industries, such as energy storage, mining, marine, rail, renewable energy, thermal power generation, etc.
Mr Lai held the Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Engineering) and Master of Philosophy (Computer Science) degrees from the University of Hong Kong.
Chief Innovation Officer
Dr Lawrence Cheung joined the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) in 1996. He has more than 25 years of experience in research and development, consultancy and business. He manages a broad business portfolio on technological research and development as well as consultancy services in automotive, smart electronics, robotics and automation, medical devices, environmental management, smart materials and manufacturing technology, and testing services.
Prior to joining HKPC, Dr Cheung held a senior research post at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) of Australia. He obtained a doctorate degree, and Bachelor of Engineering (with honours) and Bachelor of Science degrees from Monash University in Australia.