Mr Mohamed Butt has been appointed as the Executive Director of the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) since December 2017, leading HKPC to leverage innovations and advanced technologies to support local enterprises to enhance their productivity and competitiveness.
Mr Butt had assumed leadership roles in a number of multinationals, accumulating more than 30 years of executive experience, excellent management skills, and the ability to drive service excellence and innovations among the team continuously. Mr Butt is deeply knowledgeable in infrastructure, manufacturing, and consumer market development, backed by his profound strategic mindset and rich business insights. Mr Butt strives to promote the development of innovation and technology (I&T) in Hong Kong to assist local enterprises in turning novel research and development ideas into innovative products and enrich the I&T talent pool of the city.
Mr Butt previously 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, and was tasked with providing strategic leadership for expansion of business footprints, spearheading large transformational projects, in collaboration with private and public sectors in the Asia Pacific region. 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 has over 30 years of experience in managing research and development and consultancy business portfolio. In HKPC, he currently manages a broad business functions on technology research and development as well as consultancy services in smart living, automotive, 5G applications, gerontech, green living technology, testing, food processing & Chinese medicine, FutureSkills training as well as SME and Start Up support.
He is respectively a Member of Steering Committee of New Energy Transport Fund, Assessment Committee of Green Tech Fund, and Awards Committee on the Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence, all in the Environmental Protection Department; a Member of Steering Committee on Promotion of Vocational and Professional Education and Training (VPET) and Qualifications Framework (QF) in the Education Bureau, and, a Member of the ITF Enterprise Support Scheme (ESS) Assessment Panel in the Innovation and Technology Commission.
He is also an Honorary Advisor of the Hong Kong Electronics and Technologies Association; an executive committee member of respectively the Hong Kong Wireless Technology Industry Association and the Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association; Member of Innovation & Technology Development Committee in Federation of Hong Kong Industries; and Member of Industry & Technology Committee in Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce.
Prior to joining HKPC, Dr. Cheung was living in Australia holding a senior research position in Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) of Australia. He obtained Bachelor of Engineering with 1st class honours and Bachelor of Science degrees from Monash University in Australia. His doctorate degree on Computer Imaging research was also from Monash University. Dr. Cheung joined HKPC in 1996.
Chief Operating Officer, Funding Schemes
Ms Vivian Lin joined HKPC in 2013 and has over 27 years of experience in her profession of financial management in large corporations. Ms Lin is responsible for overseeing HKPC’s secretariat service for Government funding schemes. She is tasked with leading, integrating, cross-fertilizing and leveraging the funding schemes to upgrade and transform the industries as well as proactively pulsing enterprise and industry needs, developing and enhancing the schemes to serve industry-wide business.
Before her present position, Ms Lin has been leading the finance and procurement arm of HKPC to provide effective services and solutions to business divisions and subsidiaries to the Council, achieving operation excellence in finance and procurement through process simplification and digitalisation. She is also experienced in liaising and collaboration with government authorities. Prior to joining HKPC, Ms Lin worked in Philips Healthcare for 15 years with commercial exposure in Asia Pacific region.
Ms Lin graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and received a Master of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from University of Manchester, UMIST, UK. She is also a Fellow Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA).