Mr. Douglas SO, BBS, JP
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 (www.f11.com) inside a 1930s art-deco style building in Happy Valley to promote photography, heritage conservation and private museums. Thereafter, he established f22 foto space (www.f22.com), an award-winning gallery in Wanchai, with a focus on photo art and creative design. In 2019, he opened Hong Kong's 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 charming Grade 1 heritage building.
Mr So is devoted to serving the community. Currently, he is the Chairman of the following:
- Antiquities Advisory Board;
- Advisory Committee on Chinese Medicine Development Fund;
- Museum Advisory Committee;
- M Plus Collections Trust;
- Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund; and
- Human Resources Committee and Development Committee of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), cum Deputy Chairman of the HKAPA Council.
Mr So also serves on the Advisory Committee on Built Heritage Conservation. In addition, he is a board member of HKBU Chinese Medicine Hospital and Food Angel, as well as an adviser to Our Hong Kong Foundation; Dashun Foundation and Hong Kong Architecture Centre. Furthermore, Mr So is a Member of the 6th Election Committee.
A former board member of the Community Chest; HK Phil; Prince Philip Dental Hospital; Duchess of Kent Children's Hospital and HK Cyberport, Mr So also served as Secretary of UNICEF HK and Chairman of its Corporate Governance Committee for almost a decade. Moreover, he was a member of the HKU Foundation Disbursement Committee and the Community Care Fund Welfare Committee.
Over the years, Mr So has delightfully contributed his time and expertise serving as juror for a number of professional competitions, including those organised by HK Institute of Architects; HK Institute of Surveyors; Chartered Institute of Building; and the Leica Oskar Barnack Award in Germany. In 2021, he served as Head Juror of the Design Competition 1 + 1 for the expansion of HK Science Museum and HK Museum of History.
Mr So is a frequent speaker and moderator at conferences, such as talks hosted by the National Cultural Heritage Administration of China; HK Rotary Club; HKU Museum; French Consulate of HK & Macau; Fine Art Asia; HK Museum Summit; Our HK Foundation; HK Photobook Festival; Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; Digital Art Fair and Construction Industry Council. He has also given dozens of media interviews on a wide range of topics of public interest.
In recognition of his excellent public service and contributions to arts, culture and heritage conservation, Mr So was appointed a Justice of the Peace and awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star by the Hong Kong SAR Government, as well as the honour of Chevalier dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government.
In 2021, Mr So appeared on the Asia's Most Influential List of HK Tatler. He was also one of Gafencu's Power 300 in both 2020 and 2021.