Prof. Christine LOH

Christine Loh is Chief Development Strategist at the Institute for the Environment, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She has also taught at the Anderson School of Management at the University of California at Los Angeles in 2018. She is a Director and Trustee of CDP Worldwide, a London-based organisation that runs a global disclosure system for companies, cities, states and regions to manage environmental impacts. Loh is also a Director of the Robert HN Ho Family Foundation.

Loh was the Under Secretary for the Environment in the HKSAR Government (2012-17). Her direct policy responsibilities included air quality, energy, climate change and biodiversity. She worked with Mainland Chinese counterparts to define new policies to control shipping emissions, an area of work she pioneered prior to joining the HKSAR Government, which has changed China’s national policy in this area.

Loh was the co-founder of Civic Exchange, an independent, non-profit public policy think tank. Prior to joining the HKSAR Government, she was its former Chief Executive Officer (2000-12). Civic Exchange became a nationally and internationally recognised think tank, especially in the environmental area. She has also established several NGOs in the environment and urban planning.

Prior to establishing Civic Exchange, Loh had a highly successful political career. She was appointed to the Hong Kong Legislative Council in 1992 and then ran two successful elections in 1995 and 1998. As a politician, she championed many reforms, including corruption prevention, information access, land inheritance right for the indigenous women of the New Territories, equal opportunities, and introduced and passed the historic Protection of the Harbour Ordinance. Loh chose to not stand for re-election in 2000 to focus on policy research.

Prior to her career in politics, Loh had a 14-year career in the private commercial sector. From 2006-09, Loh was an elected director of the Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Limited. She was elected on a good governance platform, and she was instrumental in encouraging the board to adopt a new CSR approach, culminating in the exchange producing its first CSR report in 2009.

Loh is a published author of many academic and popular works, including on history, environmental and constitutional development. She is a columnist for the South China Morning Post. Loh holds an English law degree from the University of Hull, England, and a Masters of Law degree in Chinese and Comparative Law from the City University of Hong Kong. She has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Law, honoris causa, by the University of Hull and Doctor of Science, honoris causa by the University of Exeter.