Mr Daryl Ng, JP, is Chairman of the Hong Kong Innovation Foundation (HKIF). He is a steadfast advocate of good causes for the betterment of the community. He actively participates in community services, green initiatives, heritage conservation, as well as arts and cultural events to build a better community.
Through providing a holistic innovation eco-system, the HKIF seeks to build a better community together by collaborating with industry players, innovators, the academia and like-minded partners. Taking a holistic approach to innovation and technology, the HKIF serves diverse sectors from young pupils to entrepreneurs to support Hong Kong’s growth into an international innovation and technology hub.
HKIF comprises (1) education programmes, including the flagship projects of Go Code project, robot maker, Crazy Circuits®, to empower the next generations with essential skills by providing complimentary classes for primary school pupils from underprivileged families; (2) OC STEM Lab, which gives students greater exposure to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics); (3) entrepreneurship programmes in collaboration with the University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and European Innovation Academy to enable aspiring entrepreneurs to try out their ideas; (4) experimental programmes like the HKIF Robotic Architecture Series in collaboration with the University of Hong Kong; (5) proprietary urban solutions like the award-winning City Air Purification System and In-building Hydropower System that generates electricity by utilising unused waterhead in pipes; (6) X-Lab to provide co-working space for start-ups to grow their business and (7) Sino Inno Lab, a sandbox platform for start-ups and technology companies to test out their inventions and creations, and facilitate co-creation.
Mr Ng encourages collaboration with partners and the academia on social innovation solutions to innovate for future generations. Under his leadership, innovations such as wind turbines, in-building hydropower systems have been installed in Sino Group projects like Park Metropolitan and The Avenue, with plans for new projects like Grand Central.
Mr Ng is keen to support the young generations. Go Code project, initiated by Mr Ng in 2014, is a meaningful undertaking that provides complimentary coding classes for students from underprivileged families to equip them with this essential skill. The programme has been well received, with the number of enrolment increased from some 20 students in the first year to over 1,500 in 2018.
In 2008, the Ng Family set up the Heritage Conservation Foundation (HCF) to revitalise and maintain heritage buildings, and promote the conservation and appreciation of heritage and historical places. Tai O Heritage Hotel, converted from the Old Tai O Police Station, a Grade II historic building, through Batch I of the Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme of the Development Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR, was opened in March 2012.
Conservation has been conducted in accordance with the authoritative guidelines, the Burra Charter, which stipulates that the new use should be compatible with the old use. Every historical element and detail, such as the two-storey main block, the outhouse extension, the bunkers, the cannons, the guard towers, the temporary holding cells distinctive to the old Tai O Police Station has been carefully restored and refurbished. It has been operated as a non-profit-making social enterprise with surplus used for maintaining the property.
Mr Ng strongly believes in engaging the community in heritage conservation and ensuring its sustainable development. The heritage building is not just a hotel, but a destination for locals and tourists to experience the unique culture of Tai O. It seeks to establish a close connection between the site and people in the broader Tai O community, and contributes to the sustainable development of the local economy and tourism through the provision of employment opportunities, engagement of local service providers, use of local culinary specialities and tailored eco and cultural tours. Tai O Heritage Hotel has participated in over 100 community programmes, including traditional cultural activities, community services and home care services for the elderly living in Tai O while more than half of its workforce comes from Tai O or Lantau.
Since opening, the hotel has welcomed more than 1.2 million visitors from Hong Kong and around the world, and has received over 30 international and local accolades in recognition of its devotion to heritage conservation and engagement of the community.
In addition to chairing various corporate social responsibility committees of the Group, since 2013, he has been serving on the Spirit of Hong Kong Awards judging panel, an award dedicated to recognising Hong Kong’s unsung heroes who have made a positive impact on others.
In addition to the HKIF and Sino Group, Mr Daryl Ng is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Blue Cross (Asia-Pacific) Insurance of Hong Kong and BEA Life Limited, a Director of Yeo Hiap Seng Limited, a member of the General Committee of The Chamber of Hong Kong Listed Companies, a member of the Global Leadership Council of Columbia University, a member of the 12th and 13th Beijing Committees of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (‘CPPCC’), a member of the 10th and 11th Committees of the All-China Youth Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Chongqing Youth Federation, Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong United Youth Association, a Co-opted Member of the Community Care Fund Task Force of the Commission on Poverty, an Adviser to the Cyberport, an Adviser to the Our Hong Kong Foundation, a member of the HKTDC Mainland Business Advisory Committee, a member of the Board of Mind HK, a Director of The Community Chest of Hong Kong, a member of the Council of the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF, a member of the Board of the M+ Museum of the West Kowloon Cultural District, a Member of the Council of the University of Hong Kong, a member of the Institutional Advancement and Outreach Committee of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, a Director of The Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong and member of the Board of the National Heritage Board of Singapore.
Mr Ng’s proposals, covering youth development, heritage conservation, air pollution, in-building hydropower concept and mental health, have been positively received by the Beijing Committees of CPPCC.
Mr Ng holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and a Master of Science Degree in Real Estate Development from Columbia University in New York, and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Savannah College of Art and Design. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Open University of Hong Kong.
‘Innovation and technology define our future, and we are committed to supporting innovation and technology to build a better future together. We hope that, through the newly established Hong Kong Innovation Foundation, we can provide more diverse learning opportunities for young people. Let’s build a better community together.’ – Daryl Ng, Chairman, Hong Kong Innovation Foundation