Corporate Governance 企業管治
We are committed to the highest standards of museum governance to ensure the accountability and transparency of our operations.
Message from the Director 館長的話
The name ‘M+’ stands for ‘museum plus’. It expresses an idea that has been at the core of our work from the very beginning, that a museum is more than just a building or a collection. An ongoing dialogue with our audiences, and with artists, designers, and architects is the essential ‘plus’ that defines us.
Over the last decade, we have been committed to showing, sharing, and debating visual culture through exhibitions and programmes in Hong Kong and elsewhere. I am immensely grateful for the many voices that have come together to bring the institution to where it is today. As we open the doors to the new M+ building in the West Kowloon Cultural District in 2021, I express my gratitude to all who have joined us on our remarkable journey and who continue to make our work possible. It gives me great pleasure to invite you to the exhibitions and programmes in this new space, where we explore and expand on the richness of visual culture. Welcome to M+.
Suhanya Raffel, Museum Director, August 2021
M+ and the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority M+及西九文化區管理局
Since its founding, M+ has been developing its governance policies to advance its mission to be a global museum dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting visual culture of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. We share our practices and policies in our efforts to increase the transparency of our work. Documents of our policies and procedures such as the museum’s Collections Management Policy and M+ Acquisition Policy are accessible in About the Collection.
M Plus Museum Limited (M+ Ltd), or simply M+, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA or the Authority), a statutory public body established by the WKCDA Ordinance (Cap. 601). Led by the Museum Director, Suhanya Raffel, M+ observes specific practices and policies set down by the Authority, including but not limited to the larger West Kowloon Cultural District’s corporate and business governance, planning, recruitment, and general procurement. The full range of the Authority’s procurement policies and guidelines, annual reports, and awarded contracts / tender notices are available on their website.
M+ Ltd and M Plus Collections Limited, two wholly owned subsidiaries of WKCDA, are governed by their respective boards. Various committees have been established under the Board of M Plus Museum Limited (M+ Board) for the purpose of providing expert knowledge and recommendations to M+. The boards and committees, together with senior M+ staff, chart the institutional strategies that align with the museum’s long-term goals. WKCDA and M+ staff and senior management support the work of the M+ Board and its committee in the capacity of ex-officio or non-voting members. All M+ Board and committee members serve on a voluntary basis. The principal functions of the M+ boards and committees and the biographies of individual members are available in the sections on the left.
West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
The Authority, established by the Hong Kong Government in 2008 under the WKCDA Ordinance, is responsible for developing the West Kowloon Cultural District into an integrated arts and cultural district. The WKCDA Ordinance underpins the Authority’s governance structure which comprises of the WKCDA Board, various committees and the consultation panel. The Authority may also delegate its functions to its subsidiaries and under which the M+ boards and committees formed a part. For more information on the wider governance structure of the Authority, please see the WKCDA website.
Board of M Plus Museum Limited
The Board of M Plus Museum Limited (M+ Board) is responsible for formulating the museum’s vision and mission, as well as the strategies, policies, and guidelines in relation to museological matters, and for upholding professional standards and practices in all M+ operations.
The first M+ Board meeting was convened on 10 May 2016, following the incorporation of the M+ Ltd on 14 April 2016. The M+ Board ensures that the museum has the clear structural capacity to operate ethically, responsibly, and transparently as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Authority. M+ Board members are appointed by the WKCDA Board and existing M+ Board members to serve for a maximum term of three years. Currently, the M+ Board has twenty members.
Mr Bernard Charnwut Chan is a Deputy to the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China and the Convenor of the Non-Official Members of the Executive Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (the HKSAR). He was a Member of the Legislative Council of the HKSAR from 1998 to 2008 (Insurance Functional Constituency). A graduate of Pomona College in California, Mr Chan is the President of Asia Financial Holdings Limited and Chairman of Asia Insurance Company Limited. He is the Chairman of the Hong Kong-Thailand Business Council and an advisor to Bangkok Bank (China) Company Limited. He is also a Director of Bumrungrad Hospital Public Company in Thailand and a Director of the Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund in Hong Kong. Among his many public service activities, he is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tai Kwun Culture and Arts Company Limited, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Chronicles Institute and Chairperson of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service. His past positions include Council Chair of Lingnan University, Chairman of the Council for Sustainable Development, Chairman of the Antiquities Advisory Board, Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Revitalisation of Historic Buildings, and Chairman of the Standing Committees on Disciplined Services and Judicial Salaries and Conditions of Service.
Mr Alan Lau is Chairman of WeSure, Tencent’s FinTech insurance business. Previously, he was a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, where he led Mckinsey Digital for Asia-Pacific.
Mr Lau contributes actively to arts development in Hong Kong. He is Chairman of Para Site, an art space that has represented Hong Kong in important international exhibitions including the Venice Biennale. Mr Lau is also Co-Chair of the Asia-Paciﬁc Acquisitions Committee of Tate, and Co-Chair of the Guggenheim’s Asian Art Circle, where he advises on acquisitions to grow the two museums’ Asian collections.
Mr Lau graduated from Oxford University with an MSc in Engineering in 1997.
WKCDA Board Members
Mr Benjamin Cha is the Founder and currently the Chair of The Seradac Foundation, and he is also the Non-Executive Director of HKR International. Mr Cha was previously the Chief Executive of Grosvenor Property Asia Paciﬁc, the Managing Director of UBS Global Asset Management and the Head of Global Real Estate for Greater China, and Co-CEO of UBS/Gemdale. Prior to these, he was the Executive Director and Head of HKR Asia-Paciﬁc for HKR International.
A long-standing supporter of the contemporary art ecosystem in Hong Kong, Mr Cha is the Co-Chair of the Board of Asia Art Archive, serves on the Board of Tai Kwun Cultural and Arts Company Ltd (ArtCo) and is the Chair of its Programming Committee. He also serves on the Asia Council for the Serpentine Galleries in London.
Mr Cha holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BA in International Politics and Economics from Middlebury College.
Ms Dee Poon is Managing Director of Brands and Distribution at Esquel Group, a leading textile and apparel manufacturer.
Actively engaged in the arts, Ms Poon sits on the International Councils of Tate and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She serves on the Board of Directors of the China Arts Foundation, the Collectors Circle Committee of Asia Art Archive, and the Esquel-Y.L. Yang Education Foundation. Ms Poon is also a member of several other boards and committees, including the Asia Advisory Board of Christie’s, the International Advisory Committee of the Harvard University Asia Center, the Family Advisory Council of the Ownership Project at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School, and the Global Steering Committee of Social Entrepreneurship to Spur Health. In 2014, she was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and designated a Fellow of the Aspen Institute’s China Fellowship Program.
Ms Poon graduated from Harvard College in 2004 with an AB in philosophy.
Mr Wan Man-yee is a self-employed general practice surveyor with over forty years of professional experience in project planning, management and construction of large-scale developments, and land administration. His current roles in public and community services include School Manager of Chi Lin Buddhist Secondary School, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, and Diocesan Girls’ School, Honorary President of Youth Outreach, and President of the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups.
Non-WKCDA Board Members
Mr Nick Adamus is an independent advisor and business angel, the Founder and CEO of Swiss Dragon Group Limited, and a venture partner at Betatron in Hong Kong. From 2005 to 2017, he worked in various capacities at Credit Suisse AG, including Chief Operating Ofﬁcer Asia Paciﬁc, Head of Securities Trading and Sales in Switzerland, and Head of Corporate Development of the Group. He worked for McKinsey & Company from 1990 to 2005 and was a partner in the ﬁrm.
Mr Adamus has been a Patron of Para Site since 2015 and was elected a Board member in 2018. He is a Board member and the Treasurer of the Swiss Institute of International Studies, Universität Zürich, and is a member of WORLD.MINDS and several other business angel and volunteering networks in Hong Kong and Switzerland.
Mr Adamus holds MBAs from the Universität Zürich and INSEAD.
Ms Mimi Brown is Founder and Executive Director of Spring Workshop which she oversaw until its planned hiatus in 2018. Spring Workshop is a non-proﬁt arts and residency space in Hong Kong, which continues to sponsor workspaces for artists and non-proﬁt organisations without its physical space today. Ms Brown previously worked in New York as an independent musician and composer. She also served as the Programme Director for the Quincy Jones Listen Up Foundation in Los Angeles.
Ms Brown is a trustee of Cate School; a member of the Board of Directors of Asia Art Archive, the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, and the Signet Society at Harvard University; and a member of the Board of Advisors for Para Site. In 2018, Ms Brown received the Arts Development Council Award for Arts Sponsorship in Hong Kong.
Ms Brown holds an MBA from Stanford University and an AB in Music Composition and Comparative Religion from Harvard University.
Ms Monique Burger was born in Switzerland where she forged a successful career in private banking and headhunting. In 1998, she and her husband, Mr Max Burger, established the Burger Collection, which encompasses a wide range of works, including Euro-American, Indian, and Asian art.
Ms Burger, alongside her husband, is a patron and supporter of many institutions, including Para Site (Hong Kong), Khoj International Artists’ Association (New Delhi), the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, DC), the Museo Tamayo (Mexico City), Kunsthalle Zürich, the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Lincoln Center (New York), C&G Artpartment (Hong Kong), and Haus Konstruktiv (Zurich). Ms Burger was a Board member of Asia Art Archive (Hong Kong) and is currently a member of the Board of Swiss Institute Contemporary Art (New York), the Advisory Committee of Asia Society (Hong Kong and New York), and Art Basel's Global Patrons Council.
Ms Marissa Fung Shaw is a strategic advisor to non-profit organisations and philanthropic foundations. She also assists private-sector companies in conceiving and implementing corporate social responsibility programmes.
Ms Shaw has served the arts and cultural sector for many years, focusing on capacity building, access, and education. At the Asian Cultural Council (ACC) her various roles have included director, trustee, and Board member. She was instrumental in establishing the ACC’s Hong Kong Foundation. She co-chairs the Board of the Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection and has served on various committees including the Fringe Club, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, and the Trade and Industry Department.
Ms Shaw graduated from Brown University with a degree in Visual Arts. She holds a MSocSc in Non-proﬁt Management from the University of Hong Kong.
Ms Anita Fung is former Group General Manager of HSBC Holdings plc and former Chief Executive Officer Hong Kong of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited. Ms Fung has held a number of positions with key financial bodies in Hong Kong and has been actively promoting the development of the financial markets of Hong Kong as well as other regions. She is a former Member of the Financial Infrastructure Sub-Committee of the Exchange Fund Advisory Committee of Hong Kong Monetary Authority. Ms Fung also serves on a number of public bodies and advisory bodies including a Member of the Museum Advisory Committee and a Member of the Judicial Officers Recommendation Commission, and previously served as a Non-Executive Director of The Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation Limited, an Independent Non-Executive Member of the Board of Airport Authority Hong Kong, a Non-Official Member of Hong Kong Housing Authority and a Member of the Board of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. She is also a Trustee of Asia Society Hong Kong Center, an Honorary Professor of the School of Economics and Finance of The University of Hong Kong, and a Court Member of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and its former Council Member. Ms Fung is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Hang Lung Properties Limited and BOC Hong Kong (Holdings) Limited, a former Independent Non-Executive Director of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited, China Construction Bank Corporation and Westpac Banking Corporation, and a former Non-Executive Director of Bank of Communications Co., Ltd and Hang Seng Bank, Limited. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Social Science from The University of Hong Kong and Master’s degree in Applied Finance from Macquarie University, Australia. Ms Fung was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star in 2013 and appointed Justice of the Peace in 2015.
Mrs Christine Ip joined United Overseas Bank Limited (‘UOB’) in 2011. She is a Managing Director responsible for developing the Bank’s Greater China strategy. In 2016, she was appointed CEO Greater China, in addition to her role as CEO HK, an appointment since 2012.
Mrs Ip is a seasoned banker with more than 30 years of experience in both Consumer and Corporate Banking, and she has significant experience in China. Prior to joining UOB, Christine has held a range of senior management positions in product and sales management, customer segment management and risk management in Hong Kong, the United States, Canada, Singapore and China with ANZ, Standard Chartered Bank and HSBC.
She was Australia and New Zealand Bank (ANZ) CEO and Executive Director of the China business. She has led the team to expand the franchise in terms of geography and to build a comprehensive range of corporate and retail products and service capabilities. During her role as ANZ China CEO, the Bank won best ‘Australia Business Award in China’ by Australia Chamber of Commerce. Prior to that, Mrs Ip was Country Head, Consumer Banking, China at Standard Chartered Bank spearheading the development of the business and team building with WTO opening. She has led the Standard Chartered Bank to win ‘Best Retail Bank in HK’ and ‘Best Foreign Retail Bank in China’.
Her achievements have brought her the Asia Retail Congress award for ‘Best International Retail Banker’ in 2008. In 2012, she was named by the All-China Women’s Federation as among the Top 100 Greater China Senior Women Executives.
Mrs Ip is also a non-executive director of United Overseas Bank (China) Ltd and an independent non-executive director of SmarTone Telecommunications Holdings Ltd, a listed company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
In 2015, under Mrs Ip’s leadership, UOB Hong Kong has spearheaded the UOB Art Academy promoting education and appreciation of art to the mass community in Hong Kong. She is now a committee member of the Museum Advisory Committee under Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the HKSAR Government. She also sits on the board of Travel Industry Compensation Fund Management Board, an appointment by the Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development of the HKSAR Government. In January 2020, Mrs Ip was appointed by the Home Affairs Bureau as council member of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts to promote arts and cultural education in Hong Kong. She has become a member of the Board of Governors of The Hong Kong Philharmonic Society Ltd since November 2021.
Mrs Ip holds a Bachelor Degree of Arts from University of Hong Kong and MBA from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and she was awarded Chapter Honoree by Beta Gamma Sigma HKUST Chapter in April 2018, in recognition of her contribution and achievements. She is an Alumni Advisory member of the HKUST Business School.
Ms Wendy Lee currently works for her family’s business and charitable foundation.
Ms Lee has been collecting art since the early 1990s and is a keen supporter of local art and artists. She is on the Board of Asia Art Archive and is a Founding Angel of the FRIENDS of the Hong Kong Arts Centre.
Ms Lee holds a degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Hull.
Ms Joan Leung is an immediate past Vice Chair of the Friends of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, and in past years has been the external reviewer / examiner for the architectural degree at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and studio critic at the University of Hong Kong. With her international background and perspective, Ms Leung was at the forefront of Hong Kong architecture in the 1980s and partnered with Professor Eric Lye in Lotus Architects Limited, winning the design competitions for the Third University (now the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology) and for the revitalisation of Western Market. She designed the clubhouse in the Arch, which won the Quality Building Award 2008. Her design for the Green Oasis for the revitalisation of the Central Market was longlisted for the World Architecture Award. Several of her interior design projects have been nominated for awards. She is deeply engaged with architecture and design in practice, community work, and academia.
Ms Leung is actively engaged in several committees in the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA), with a particular focus on heritage and conservation and on the environment and sustainable development. She was the senior member of the international jury for the HKIA annual awards for 2019.
Ms Leung received a BA in Architecture from Manchester University and an MArch from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mr Daryl Ng is Deputy Chairman of Sino Group.
Mr Ng actively participates in community service, green initiatives, heritage conservation, and art and cultural events to strengthen and develop the Hong Kong community. He set up the Hong Kong Innovation Foundation and is the Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong United Youth Association, an adviser to Our Hong Kong Foundation, and a director of the Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong. He is a General Committee member of the Chamber of Hong Kong Listed Companies, a Council member of the Hong Kong Chronicles Institute, and a Trustee member of the World Wide Fund for Nature Hong Kong. He also serves as a member on various boards and committees, including the 13th Beijing Municipal Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council Limited, the Board of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, the Cyberport Advisory Panel, the Council of the University of Hong Kong, the Court of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Estate Agents Authority of Hong Kong, the Board of the National Heritage Board of Singapore, and the Singapore Management University International Advisory Council.
Mr Ng holds a BA in Economics and an MSc in Real Estate Development from Columbia University. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Savannah College of Art and Design and is also an Honorary Fellow of the Open University of Hong Kong.
Mr Paulo Pong is the Founder and Managing Director of Altaya Group which is an exclusive importer and distributor of internationally-acclaimed wine brands, a retailer and a provider of wine investment services. He is also a Co-Founder and Executive Director of Classified Group of restaurants which is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
In the art and culture sphere, Mr Pong is the Deputy Chairman to the Board of Ocean Park Corporation and a Member of the Board of Directors of M Plus Museum Ltd; a Council Member of Hong Kong Arts Development Council, the Governing Board Chairman of JCCAC; and a Trustee of the Museum of Art. He was previously a Member of Commercial Letting Panel of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority in 2018-2022.
Mr Pong is also a Member of HKTDC Hong Kong-Europe Business Council; a Council and Court Member of Hong Kong Baptist University; a Council Member & Executive Director of The Hong Kong Chinese Importers and Exporters Association; and a Board Member and Executive Committee Member of The Community Chest. He was formerly a Member of the Hong Kong Tourism Board in 2013-2019 and has been Justice of the Peace since July 2018.
Mr Pong obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre de Merit Agricole, the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merit for his dedication in building business, arts and cultural links between France and Hong Kong.
Mr Neil Shen is the Steward of Sequoia Capital, and Founding & Managing Partner of Sequoia Capital China. He is also the Co-Founder of Ctrip.com (NASDAQ: CTRP) and Homeinns Hotel Group (NASDAQ: HMIN).
Mr Shen serves on a number of philanthropic and public sectors and industry associations, including as Member of the Hong Kong Chief Executive’s Council of Advisors on Innovation and Strategic Development, Member of HKEX International Advisory Council, Vice Chairman of the VC Funds Committee of Asset Management Association of China, Director of Yabuli China Entrepreneur Forum (CEF), Chairman of Yale Center Beijing Executive Council, Trustee of Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Trustee of Westlake University.
Mr Shen has received numerous honors and awards in China and across the globe. He continues to hold the top position in The Midas List 2020 by Forbes. When he reached the top of The Midas List 2018, it marked a milestone - the first time a Chinese national has hit the top of the list. He has been the highest ranking Chinese investor on The Midas List for the year from 2012 to 2020, and also is listed in the ‘100 Greatest Living Business Minds’ by Forbes. In addition, he was listed on the ‘50 Most Influential Business Leaders in China’ and ‘30 Most Influential Investors in China’ by Fortune for the year from 2015 to 2021, and ‘Top 20 Venture Capitalists Worldwide’ by New York Times and CB Insights from 2016 to 2019.
He received his Master's degree from Yale University and Bachelor's degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Dr Uli Sigg worked as a journalist and has held top executive positions at the Schindler Group. In 1980, he established the ﬁrst joint venture between China and the West and was appointed ambassador to China, North Korea, and Mongolia in 1995. Currently, he is Vice President of the Ringier Media Group and a member of the Advisory Board of China Development Bank.
In 2012, Dr Sigg transferred over 1,500 works from his collection—the world’s most substantial collection of Chinese contemporary art—to M+. In 1998, he established the Chinese Contemporary Art Award (CCAA), continued by M+ as the Sigg Prize, and the CCAA Art Critic Award in 2007. He is a member of the M+ Acquisitions Committee; the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the International Advisory Council of Tate. He is also the Honorary Director of China Foreign Investment Association, Beijing, and Founder and Honorary member of the Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce.
Dr Sigg holds a PhD in Law from the Universität Zürich.
Ms Catherine Yen is a partner with Ernst & Young.
Ms Yen is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She is a member of the People’s Political Consultative Conference for Jiangsu Province and the Advisory Committee on Legal Advice for Unrepresented Litigants. She serves as the Treasurer of the Federation of HK Jiangsu Community Organisations, which promotes economic, commercial, and cultural cooperation between Hong Kong and Jiangsu Province.
From April 2011 to May 2020, Ms Yen was a member of the Hospital Governing Committee of Queen Mary Hospital and Tsan Yuk Hospital and was a co-opted member of the Main Tender Board for the Hospital Authority. She was also a member of the School Allocation Committee under the Education Bureau from January 2014 to December 2019.
Mrs Betty Fung Ching Suk-yee is appointed by the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with effect from 15 October 2021. Mrs Fung was on secondment from the HKSAR Government to the WKCDA as Acting CEO between December 2020 and June 2021.
Mrs Fung joined the Administrative Service of the Hong Kong Government in 1986. Since then, she had served in a wide range of positions in various bureaux and departments, including as Press Secretary to Chief Secretary and Financial Secretary, Assistant Director of Trade, Deputy Government Chief Information Officer and Deputy Secretary for Education and Manpower.
In 2007, Mrs Fung was appointed Director of Information Services who was the Government’s chief advisor on public relations and publicity matters. She was appointed Director of Leisure and Cultural Services from 2009 to 2014 to oversee the development and management of cultural, sports and recreation facilities in Hong Kong including museums, public libraries and performing arts venues. As Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs from July 2014 to April 2018, she oversaw the formulation of culture, sports and district administration policies and was actively involved in the implementation of the WKCD project including the Hong Kong Palace Museum project.
Mrs Fung was Head, Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office from April 2018 to November 2020 prior to her secondment to WKCDA.
Ms Suhanya Raffel leads M+ as a whole and oversees all museum activities, including acquisitions, programming, collections care, development, research, institutional collaborations, and museum operations. She joined M+ as Executive Director in 2016 and was appointed Museum Director in 2019. Since joining M+, Ms Raffel has led the museum’s mission, broadening its international reach and championing its deep connection with its local community.
Formerly, Ms Raffel was Deputy Director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney from 2013 to 2016. She also held several positions, including Deputy Director of Curatorial, at the Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane from 2002 to 2012, where she was instrumental in building the contemporary Asia Pacific collection and led its Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art.
Ms Raffel is the ex-officio Member of the M+ Board, a trustee of the Geoffrey Bawa Trust and the Lunuganga Trust in Sri Lanka, a member of the Board of the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art, and a member of Bizot group. She was awarded the title of Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 2020.
M+ Board Committees
The M+ Acquisitions Committee was established in 2016 to review, approve, and make recommendations on matters relating to acquisitions by M+. This committee also supports the M+ Board in securing donations and sponsorships for the M+ Collections and provide reports that are relevant to the M+ Collections to the M+ Board and the WKCDA Board.
M+ Acquisitions Committee members are appointed by the M+ Board. Currently, the committee has five members.
Ms Wendy LEE
Mr Alan LAU Ka-ming
Ms Mimi BROWN
Mrs Christine IP YEUNG See-ming
Dr Uli SIGG
Ms Suhanya RAFFEL, Museum Director, M+
Mr Doryun CHONG, Deputy Director, Curatorial, and Chief Curator, M+
The M+ Business and Finance Committee (M+ BFC) was established in 2019 to support, review, and endorse matters relating to the museum’s financial performance, business planning, and budgets; as well as to provide oversight of risk in the museum. This committee also supports the M+ Board in reviewing the strategy for M+ commerce inclusive of retail, publishing, event hire and hosting.
M+ BFC members are appointed by the M+ Board. Currently, the committee has six members.
Ms Catherine YEN
Mr Alan LAU Ka-ming
Mr Nick ADAMUS
Mrs Betty FUNG Ching Suk-yee, Chief Executive Officer of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, GBS
Ms Suhanya RAFFEL, Museum Director, M+
Mr John WICKS, Deputy Director, Museum Operations, M+
Board of M Plus Collections Limited
The Board of M Plus Collections Limited (M+ Collections Board) oversees that M Plus Collections Limited (M+ Collections Ltd) carries out the objectives of the M+ Collections Trust. This includes the separation of the legal and beneficial ownership of the M+ Collections between WKCDA and M+ Ltd, protecting the collections from inappropriate deaccessioning, and safeguarding the collection’s integrity through an audit process.
The first M+ Collections Board meeting was held on 2 March 2017, following the incorporation of M+ Collections Ltd on 12 August 2016. M+ Collections Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of WKCDA. It acts as the Trustee of the M+ Collections Trust under the terms of its Trust Deed. It also holds the legal interest in the M+ Collections for the benefit of the Hong Kong community.
M+ Collections Board members are appointed by the WKCDA Board to serve for a maximum term of three years. Currently, the M+ Collections Board has five members.
Mr Philip Tsai is a former Chairman of Deloitte China.
Mr Tsai is a Past President of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Chairperson of the Hong Kong Red Cross, the Physiotherapists Board, and the Hong Kong Genome Institute.
He is a Council member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and an advisor of the Ombudsman, Hong Kong. Mr Tsai is a member of the Hospital Authority; the Hospital Governing Committee of Queen Mary Hospital and Tsan Yuk Hospital; the Supplementary Medical Professions Council of the Food and Health Bureau; the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Advisory Committee; the Registration Committee of the Chinese Gold and Silver Exchange; the Share Registrars' Disciplinary Committee of the Securities and Futures Commission; the Standing Committee on Disciplined Service Salaries and Conditions of Services of the Civil Service Bureau; the Independent Commission on Remuneration for Members of the Executive Council and the Legislature, and Officials under the Political Appointment System of the HKSAR Government; and the University Grants Committee.
Mr Chan Shing-wai is a former Assistant Director of Heritage and Museums at the Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural Services Department and oversaw the management and operation of fourteen public museums, the Art Promotion Ofﬁce, the Hong Kong Film Archive, Conservation Office, and the Intangible Cultural Heritage Office. He retired from service in late 2019.
Mr Chan has been a Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works since 2009 and was elected Council member of the Institute for 2012–2016.
Mr Chan holds a PgCert in Archaeological Conservation from the University College London and has attended the Getty Leadership Institute as well as the Oxford Advanced Management and Leadership Programme.
Professor David Clarke is an art historian and artist. He has lived in Hong Kong since the 1980s, working at the University of Hong Kong from 1986 to 2017.
Professor Clarke’s earlier public service roles include membership of the Board of Governors of the Hong Kong Arts Centre, the Council of the Hong Kong Art School, the International Committee of the College Art Association, and the Museum Advisory Group of the Consultative Committee on the Core Arts and Cultural Facilities of the West Kowloon Cultural District.
Professor Clarke studied at the University of London.
Mr Davide Erro is the Founder of Turiya Capital.
Mr Erro is a graduate of Princeton University's School of Public and International Affairs (formerly the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs), and holds an MBA from INSEAD.
Mr Douglas So Cheung-tak BBS JP is a solicitor of Hong Kong. After obtaining his law degree from The University of Hong Kong (HKU), Mr So specialised in commercial law at Baker McKenzie, a leading international law firm. He advised the successful IPO of China Eastern Airlines in 1997 and PetroChina in 2000, amongst others, on the stock exchanges of Hong Kong and New York.
Mr So later became General Counsel and Executive Director, Charities of The Hong Kong Jockey Club, where he served for nearly 15 years. Subsequently, Mr So was appointed Vice-President of HKU, his Alma Mater, in charge of institutional advancement.
In 2014, Mr So founded F11 Foto Museum inside a 1930s art-deco style graded building in Happy Valley, to promote photography, heritage conservation and private museums. Subsequently, he established f22 foto space, an award-winning gallery in Wanchai, with a focus on photo art and creative design. In 2019, he opened the first Leica flagship store in Causeway Bay as a joint venture with the renowned German camera manufacturer. A year later, f22 added a fine vintage camera shop and a gallery to the Peninsula Hotel in Kowloon, a Grade One heritage building.
Mr So is keen to serve the community. Currently, he is the Chairman of the following:
a. Antiquities Advisory Board;
b. Advisory Committee on Chinese Medicine Development Fund;
c. Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund; and
d. Development Committee of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (and from 1 January 2022, also as the Deputy Chairman of the Academy’s Council).
Mr So is a Justice of the Peace. In recognition of his outstanding public service and contributions to arts, culture and heritage conservation, Mr So was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star by the Hong Kong Government, as well as the honour of Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government.
M+ Sustainability M+的可持續發展性
As a future-focused, global museum of the twenty-first century, M+ has a significant role to play in shaping and creating a sustainable future.
Sustainability is a key pillar of M+, whereby 'we are committed to social and cultural wellbeing, and environmental and financial sustainability. We will continue to nurture our social and corporate responsibility while accelerating our response to climate change,’ (M+ Impact Framework, November 2020).
Our commitment spans every aspect of our operations and will be embedded in our work across exhibitions, programmes, collections care, research, and visitor experience.
We have articulated a vision and seven key intentions which will shape our direction and future actions. Our staff have been pivotal in developing this vision—their commitment and enthusiasm provide vital and compelling agents of change.
Our approach to sustainability aims to be holistic—integrated into every decision and action we take. The vision shared is the seed from which we will grow with a view towards becoming the most sustainable museum we can be.
For additional details, please download The M+ Sustainability Document here .
As a new museum, M+ is uniquely positioned to embrace new ways of working and break new ground. We are determined to become an innovator and pioneer and lead by example in response to the climate and ecological emergency.
We will embrace the change needed to reduce our emissions and actively support a regenerative future for all.
We will achieve this vision through seven key intentions, where each is supported by a statement on how they will be realised. After the museum opens, we will develop detailed action plans to underpin our intentions.
As part of the wider West Kowloon District Authority, we work collaboratively with the Authority to feed our work into an overall Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) framework.
While this vision focuses foremost on M+’s environmental agenda, in the long-term, we will adopt sustainability more broadly to reflect the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals endorsed by the International Council of Museums (ICOM).
The seven key intentions describe the role M+ plays in embracing sustainability. Each of our intentions is supported by a statement on how we will work towards our ambitions. Going forward we will develop detailed action plans to underpin our goals.
- M+ will be a role model by consciously behaving sustainably in all that we do.
- We will lead by example to influence change and be seen as a key opinion leader in sustainable museum practice in Hong Kong and across Asia.
How we will achieve this:
- The first step on this journey is to publicly articulate our commitment to sustainability. We have started with our vision and intentions and we will look to host public events exploring this vital issue.
- We will work with museum leaders who are forging new sustainable practices and will take a leadership role in encouraging museums across Asia to join us.
- We acknowledge that this will be an ongoing process by which we learn and evolve.
- Museums are uniquely placed to work with communities to collectively imagine, design, and create a sustainable future for all.
- We will spotlight climate change and sustainable practices so they are given critical urgency and are an integral part of our discussions with our partners and the community.
How we will achieve this:
- Sustainability will become a natural part of our discourse throughout our exhibitions, programmes, collections care, research, and visitor experience.
- We will engage with our partners and service providers and encourage them to act sustainably through our relationships and agreements.
- We are determined to meet the Hong Kong government’s goal to reduce sixty to seventy per cent of carbon emissions by 2030.
- We will be innovative and pioneering in tackling climate change.
How we will achieve this:
- We will challenge commonly-held practices and critically assess the materials we use. To achieve this, we will leverage the in-house expertise of our museum professionals, be open to new ideas, and actively seek input from artists, makers, and communities.
- We will identify cost-efficient approaches and quick wins that can deliver greater sustainability immediately.
- We will identify key sources of emissions and will invest time to research, explore, and experiment with new solutions.
- Developing trust requires transparency, action, and accountability. We will set clear goals which we will actively work towards and openly report upon.
How we will achieve this:
- We will investigate and document the sources of our emissions and commit to reviewing:
- internal systems,
- policies and procedures, and
- working practices.
- We will agree on transparent and achievable measures which we pledge to better year on year.
- We will embed sustainability in our planning discussions so that it is reflected in our annual objectives and budgets.
- We will take a holistic approach to sustainability, being mindful of our emissions in every decision and action we take with a view towards becoming the most sustainable museum we can be.
How we will achieve this:
- Sustainability will increasingly permeate the way we do things. We will develop awareness, understanding, and responsibility amongst:
- our staff,
- our artist and maker communities,
- our goods and service providers,
- our partner organisations, and
- our local communities.
- We will increasingly invest in sustainable solutions and practices.
- Collaboration is embedded in our mission as one of our four strategic pillars. We will expand this definition by providing safe and supportive spaces for the exchange of ideas and aspirations and a hub for action and education related to the climate and ecological emergency. As a universal issue, our focus will be both local and global.
How we will achieve this:
- We will drive discussion and debates internally as well as across the cultural sector.
- We have begun this with a passionate group of Environmental Advocates to lead the discussion internally.
- This work will influence the convening of an M+ International event, which brings together museums from across Asia to discuss their responses to the climate emergency.
- We will be generous with our time and expertise, exploring how we can actively contribute to initiatives that help individuals, community organisations, and our peers to respond to the climate and ecological emergency.
How we will achieve this:
- Climate and ecological responsibilities are both personal and organisational.
- We will encourage staff participation in community and sectoral initiatives that actively address the emergency.
- We will be generous in sharing our knowledge with others as we develop our own expertise.
- Our presence on museum led forums such as CIMAM (International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art), IEO (International Exhibitions Organisers), and BIZOT will ensure M+ plays an active part in global discussions.