Mr. Bernard Charnwut CHAN

    Bernard Chan

    From 1998 to 2008, Bernard Charnwut Chan was a member of Hong Kong's Legislative Council, where he represented the Insurance Industry. In January 2008, Bernard was elected to the National People's Congress, the highest organ of state power in China, in which he is one of 36 Hong Kong deputies. He served as a non-official member of the Executive Council, Hong Kong's highest policy making body, from 2004 to 2009, and again from 2012, and was appointed Convenor of the Non-Official Members of the Executive Council from mid-2017 to mid-2022.

    A graduate of Pomona College in California, he is Chairman & President of Asia Financial Holdings and Chairman of Asia Insurance. He is also Chairman of the Hong Kong – Thailand Business Council and an advisor to Bangkok Bank (China) Co. Ltd.  He sits on the boards of several local and overseas companies in financial services and is a director of Bumrungrad Hospital Public Company in Thailand.

    Among his public service activities, he is Chairperson of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, Chairman of the Hong Kong Palace Museum Ltd, Chairman of the M Plus Museum Ltd., Chairman of Tai Kwun Culture & Arts Co. Ltd., Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Chronicles Institute and Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of Our Hong Kong Foundation.  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 two Standing Committees on Disciplined Services and Judicial Salaries and Conditions of Service.  He is also a Trustee Emeritus of Pomona College.

    He was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 2002, and a Commander (3rd Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand in 2004.  In 2006, he was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star by the Hong Kong SAR Government, and in 2020 he received Hong Kong’s highest honor, the Grand Bauhinia Medal. He has been conferred honorary degrees from Lingnan University, City University of Hong Kong, the Open University of Hong Kong and Savannah College of Art and Design.

    He is married and has two children.