Edward Yau

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Edward Yau Tang-wah
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Edward Yau introducing the plastic levy in 2009
Director, Office of the Chief Executive
Assumed office
1 July 2012
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying
Preceded by Gabriel Leung
Secretary for the Environment
In office
1 July 2007 – 30 June 2012
Deputy Kitty Poon
Permanent Secretary Anissa Wong
Political assistant Linda Choy
Preceded by Sarah Liao(as Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works)
Succeeded by Wong Kam-sing
Director of the ISD
In office
Preceded by Yvonne Choi
Succeeded by Fung Ching Suk-yee
Personal details
Born 1960 (age 56–57)
Hong Kong
Alma mater University of Hong Kong
Oxford University
Harvard University

Edward Yau Tang-wah, GBS, JP (traditional Chinese: 邱騰華; simplified Chinese: 邱腾华; pinyin: Qiū Ténghuá; born 1960, Hong Kong) was appointed as Director of the Chief Executive's Office of Hong Kong in 2012. Yau’s responsibilities are to assist the Chief Executive in formulating policies and setting policy goals and priorities; maintaining close contacts with Executive and Legislative Councillors, political parties as well as the public sector to enlist their support for Government work.

Before taking up the Director post, Yau was the Secretary for the Environment in the Hong Kong Government from 2007-2012. His responsibilities covered environmental protection, energy, and sustainable development. Nature conservation was also one of his main tasks and with his efforts, he established the Hong Kong Geopark which showcases the unique geological features in northeast Hong Kong. The Park obtained the Global Geopark status in 2011.

Yau joined the civil service as an Administrative Officer in 1981 and earned more than 20 years of public administration experience. During his years as a civil servant, he was Deputy Director-General of Trade (later renamed Deputy Director-General of Trade and Industry), Director-General of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Washington, and Deputy Secretary for Education and Manpower, and Director of Information Services.


Edward Yau was graduated from the University of Hong Kong, and received further education at Oxford University and Harvard University.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sarah Liao
as Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works
Secretary for the Environment
Succeeded by
Wong Kam-sing
Preceded by
Gabriel Leung
Director of Chief Executive Office
Order of precedence
Norman Chan
Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority
Hong Kong order of precedence
Director of Chief Executive Office
Succeeded by
Emma Lau
Secretary for Transport and Housing