Laura Cha

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The Honourable
Laura Cha Shih May-lung
Laura M. Cha - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2009.jpg
Non-official Member of the
Executive Council of Hong Kong
Assumed office
19 October 2004
Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa
Sir Donald Tsang
Leung Chun-ying
HK Deputy to the NPC
In office
11th NPC
Assumed office
Chairman Wu Bangguo
Personal details
Born 1949 (age 64–65)
Alma mater BA, University of Wisconsin–Madison
JD, Santa Clara University
Laura Cha Shih May-lung
Traditional Chinese 查史美倫
Simplified Chinese 查史美伦

Laura Cha Shih May-lung[1](5 December 1949[2]), GBS, JP, is a Hong Kong businesswoman and politician. She is a non-official member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong, Chairperson of Preparatory Task Force on the Financial Services Development Council, and Non-Executive Deputy Chairman of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation.

Life in the United States[edit]

Cha earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a Juris Doctor degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law.[3] She was a member of the Committee of 100, a Chinese American political and cultural organization.[2] She practiced law in the 1980s in San Francisco with Pillsbury Madison and Sutro.

Return to Hong Kong[edit]

After her return to Hong Kong, Cha continued practicing law with Coudert Brothers. She worked at Hong Kong's Securities and Futures Commission from 1991 to early 2001, becoming its Deputy Chairman in 1998. She served as Hong Kong's delegate to the 11th National People's Congress, Vice Chairman of the International Advisory Council of the CSRC, Chairman of the University Grants Committee in Hong Kong, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Millstein Center of Corporate Governance and Performance at Yale University.[when?]

Cha was Vice Chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) from 2001 to 2004. She was appointed to the post by the State Council of the People's Republic of China and became the first person outside mainland China to join the Central People's Government of the People's Republic of China at the vice-ministerial rank. She renounced U.S. citizenship to take up the position.[4]

She was appointed Director of HSBC Holdings plc effective 1 March 2011.[2]

in 2012, Cha was awarded by the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute as Honorary Fellow.


  1. ^ "Executive Council of Hong Kong SAR". Government of Hong Kong. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Greater China regulation and policy expert joins HSBC board" (Press release). HSBC Holdings plc. 25 February 2011. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Laura May-Lung Cha". The State Bar of California. 2010. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "查太放棄美國籍移居北京 (Mrs. Cha renounced U.S. citizenship and moved to Beijing)". Sing Tao Daily. 2001-02-14. Retrieved 2013-03-27. 

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Order of precedence
York Chow
Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food
Hong Kong order of precedence
Non-official member of the Executive Council
Succeeded by
Charles Lee
Non-official member of the Executive Council