Ko Wing-man

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Doctor the Honourable
Ko Wing-man
Ko Wing-man 2013.jpg
Secretary for Food and Health
In office
1 July 2012 – 30 June 2017
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying
Preceded by York Chow
Succeeded by Sophia Chan
Personal details
Born 1957 (age 60–61)
Nationality Hong Kong
Political party None

Dr Ko Wing-man GBS, JP (Chinese: 高永文, born 1957) served as the Secretary for Food and Health of Hong Kong from 2012 to 2017.


Ko graduated from Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong in 1981. He began his career at Princess Margaret Hospital of Hong Kong then at the Hospital Authority. In 1992, Ko received his master's degree in Health Administration from the University of New South Wales. He served the position of Director of Professional Services & Public Affairs and Director of Professional Services and Human Resources during his time in the Hospital Authority. During the SARS outbreak in 2003, he served as the acting Chief Executive of the Hospital Authority when Ho Shiu-wei was infected with SARS. The medical system in Hong Kong was heavily criticised for having responded too slowly to the deadly disease. Following the LegCo investigation report on SARS, Ko resigned from the Hospital Authority, along with Chairman Edward Leong in 2004. In 2004, he began serving as Chairman of the Hong Kong Anti-Cancer Society, Director of the Hong Kong Red Cross and Chairman of their Health & Care Service Management Committee.[1]

Ko joined reconstruction efforts after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. In 2012, he was appointed as Secretary for Food and Health.[2]


In 1986, Ko received a fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He became a fellow of the Orthopaedic Surgery at Hong Kong Academy of Medicine in 1993 and a fellow of the Community Medicine in 2000. Ko received another fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine at Royal College of Physicians.[3]

He was awarded with BBS in 2008.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Dr Ko Wing-man, BBS, JP, Secretary for Food and Health". Government of Hong Kong. July 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
  2. ^ "New team of Principal Officials appointed". Government of Hong Kong. 28 June 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Dr Ko Wing Man" (PDF) (in Chinese). University of Hong Kong. 14 October 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
Political offices
Preceded by
York Chow
Secretary for Food and Health
Succeeded by
Sophia Chan