Andrew Sheng

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Andrew Sheng
Traditional Chinese 沈聯濤
Simplified Chinese 沈联涛

Tan Sri Andrew Sheng (born 1946) is a Distinguished Fellow of Fung Global Institute, a Hong Kong-based global think tank. He started his career as an accountant.[1] He served as Chairman of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) before his replacement by Martin Wheatley in 2005.[2]

Early life[edit]

Sheng is Malaysian Chinese. He grew up in British North Borneo (today Sabah, Malaysia). He left Malaysia in 1965 to attend the University of Bristol in England, where he studied economics.[1]


Following his graduation, Sheng moved to London and joined Arthur Andersen to train as a chartered accountant. After seven years in England, he came back to Malaysia in 1972, and four years later took up a position at Bank Negara Malaysia, where he did work involving banking regulation. In 1989 he was seconded to the World Bank office in Washington, DC; he came back to Asia in 1993 to serve as the deputy chief executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority.[1] After that, he was appointed to his position on Hong Kong's SFC in October 1998; Tung Chee Hwa re-appointed him in October 2003 for a further two years.[3] In 2005, he stepped down in favour of Wheatley, who had joined the SFC the year prior after being removed from his position at the London Stock Exchange.[2][4] Sheng became president of Fung Global Institute, an independent, global think tank based in Hong Kong, in 2011.

As of 2013, Sheng is also the Chief Adviser to the China Banking Regulatory Commission and a Board Member of Khazanah Nasional Berhad, Malaysia. In addition, he serves as a member of the International Advisory Council of the China Investment Corporation, the China Development Bank, the Advisory Council on Shanghai as an International Financial Centre and the International Council of the Freie University, Berlin. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing and the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.

In 2013, Sheng was awarded by the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute (HKSI) as Honorary Fellow.

In 2013, TIME named Sheng as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.


  • Sheng, Andrew (2009), From Asian to global financial crisis: an Asian regulator's view of unfettered finance in the 1990s and 2000s, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-0-521-13415-6 


  • "Why should a financial engineer be paid four to a hundred times more than a real engineer? A real engineer builds bridges. A financial engineer builds dreams and, when those dreams turn out to be nightmares, other people pay for it." —Andrew Sheng, in an interview for the 2010 financial industry documentary Inside Job.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Thean, Lee Cheng (2009-12-05), "Up Close and Personal with Datuk Seri Panglima Andrew Sheng", The Star, retrieved 2010-12-09 
  2. ^ a b "Martin Wheatley appointed as Hong Kong SFC chairman", Forbes, 2005-09-30, archived from the original on 2009-05-26, retrieved 2010-12-09 
  3. ^ "Andrew Sheng re-appointed as HK's chairman of Securities and Futures Commission", China Daily, 2003-09-26, retrieved 2010-12-09 
  4. ^ "Wheatley steps down at LSE", The Telegraph, 2004-02-07, retrieved 2010-12-09 
  5. ^ "Consequence Free Crime: Putting the spotlight back on those responsible for millions' misery from financial crisis", See Magazine, 2010-11-11, retrieved 2011-03-24 

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