Carrie Lam

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The Honourable
Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor
Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor in May 2014.jpg
6th Chief Secretary for Administration of Hong Kong
Assumed office
1 July 2012[1]
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying
Preceded by Stephen Lam
Secretary for Development
In office
1 July 2007 – 30 June 2012
Chief Executive Donald Tsang
Permanent Secretaries Thomas Chow
C.S. Wai
Political Assistant Raymond Cheung
Preceded by Sarah Liao (Secretary for Environment, Transport & Works)
Michael Suen (Secretary for Housing, Planning & Lands)
Succeeded by Mak Chai-kwong
Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs
In office
8 March 2006 – 30 June 2007
Preceded by Shelley Lee (李麗娟)
Succeeded by Carrie Yau
Personal details
Born (1957-05-13) 13 May 1957 (age 59)[2]
Hong Kong[3]
Nationality Chinese
Spouse(s) 林兆波
Education University of Hong Kong BSc Sociology[4]
Religion Roman Catholic
Website CSO
Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor
Traditional Chinese 林鄭月娥
Simplified Chinese 林郑月娥

Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, commonly known as Carrie Lam, GBM,[1] JP[1] (born 13 May 1957[2] in Hong Kong),[3] is the current Chief Secretary for Administration of Hong Kong SAR Government, the most senior rank of principal officials of Hong Kong.


Lam was born and raised in Wan Chai.[5] She attended St. Francis' Canossian College and the University of Hong Kong. As a student, Lam was an activist and advocated on behalf of the Yau Ma Tei boat people, who faced a difficult situation. She was active in the student union at the University of Hong Kong, where she switched her course of study from social work to sociology to help her understand society and graduated in 1980.[2][4] She received honorary membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2012. The only other person in Hong Kong who received the same honour is Sir David Akers-Jones, former Chief Secretary.[citation needed]


Lam joined the Administrative Service in 1980. She has served in various bureaux and departments, including as Director of Social Welfare Department (2000–2003), Permanent Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands (Planning and Lands) (2003–2004), Director-General of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London (2004–2006), Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs (2006–2007) and Secretary for Development (2007–2012). She was then chosen as the Chief Secretary for Administration by the new Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.[1]

Lam created controversy when, in a speech to open the Caritas Bazaar in 2015, Lam cited the eight Beatitudes, saying "Some said that the eighth blessing applies very well to me – it says, ‘blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven’ – there is already a place reserved for me in heaven." Senior cleric, The Reverend Thomas Law Kwok-Fai, told the media "No one would say that about themselves… I won’t dare to myself", while a senior lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong said that Lam sounded arrogant.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, GBS, JP, Chief Secretary for Administration". GovHK. Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. May 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Ho, Andrew (15 January 2013). "The SAR's Superlady" (PDF). The Student Standard (Hong Kong). pp. 6–7. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "HK Tramways grows with time". Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2014.  Lam stated in a speech "To those who were born and brought up in Hong Kong like me"
  4. ^ a b "Hong Kong protests: 8 things you might not know about Carrie Lam, Hong Kong's Chief Secretary". The Straits Times (Singapore). 3 October 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Wan Chai: Evolution of a District". CornerStone. Swire Properties. 2013. 
  6. ^
Political offices
Preceded by
Sarah Liao
as Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works
Secretary for Development
Succeeded by
Mak Chai-kwong
Preceded by
Michael Suen
as Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands
Preceded by
Stephen Lam
Chief Secretary for Administration
Order of precedence
Donald Tsang
Former Chief Executives
Hong Kong order of precedence
Chief Secretary for Administration
Succeeded by
John Tsang
Financial Secretary