Dr Edmund Lee is the Executive Director of Hong Kong Design Centre, the HKSAR Government’s strategic partner on design dedicated to raising Hong Kong’s profile as a design hub and driving value creation through design and innovation. Dr Lee is a Companion of Chartered Management Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce. He currently serves as Board of Director of PMQ; Joint Convener of the annual Business of IP Asia Forum; Member of the Design Council of The Federation of Hong Kong Industries, Advisory Committee on Design, Licensing and Marketing of Hong Kong Trade Development Council, and Central and Western District Advisory Committee of Urban Renewal Authority. He is also a Co-opted Member of the Task Force on Harbourfront Developments in Kowloon, Tsuen Wan and Kwai Tsing of the Harbourfront Commission; Committee Member of the Design Council of IE School of Architecture and Design (Spain); and Member of the School Industry Advisory Committee for the School of Design of Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is Past President of Rotary Club of Hong Kong Financial Centre and Honorary Member of Rotary Club of Innovation Hong Kong, and holds membership in a number of professional bodies and service organisations. Dr Lee received his PhD in Biotechnology and BSc in Microbiology from King’s College London, and MBA from Warwick Business School. He has completed executive education in Design (Institute of Design Knowledge workshops with Royal College of Art; IIT Institute of Design; TU Delft); Corporate Governance (Directors’ College, Stanford Law School); Non-profit Management (Club Scholarship, Harvard Business School); Blockchain Strategy (Oxford Saïd Business School); and Beyond Smart Cities: Emerging Design & Technology (MIT Media Lab). Dr Lee has also received a Postgraduate Certificate in Chinese Medicine (HKU SPACE).
The COVID-19 pandemic is indeed a testing time of the resilience of cities and the world’s economic order. Navigating the future of uncertainty and complexity needs creative leadership and a growth mindset. In my talk, I will share with you the expansive role of Design and programmes that we have installed to activate enterprising creativity in an international city like Hong Kong. As Albert Einstein says, “ In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity”, it should be the time we broaden our horizons, pull together and innovate for renewed growth.