Patrick Ho

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Patrick Ho Chi-ping JP (Chinese: 何志平; pinyin: Hé Zhìpíng) was born in Hong Kong, studied in the Diocesan Boys' School, Hong Kong. He won a scholarship and educated in USA for 16 years. He is an ophthalmologist, and Hong Kong's former Secretary for Home Affairs, who trained in eye surgery with special expertise in retinal surgery, he was a fellow at Harvard Medical School. He returned to Hong Kong in 1984 and taught eye surgery at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as Professor of Ophthalmology. From 1988–2000, he was Professor of Surgery (Ophthalmology) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

He joined the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and the Preparatory Committee of the SAR.[1] From 2002, he was the Secretary for Home Affairs and retired from his cabinet post on 1 July 2007.

Since 1993, he has been a member of the 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th (National) Chinese People's Political Consultative Committee, and in 1995, he was appointed as a member of the Preparatory Committee of the first Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government. He was the vice‐chairman of the Hong Kong Policy Research Institute. In 1997, he became a member of the Urban Council of Hong Kong SAR, China.


His wife is the former Taiwanese actress Sibelle Hu.

Secretary for Home Affairs[edit]

In 2002, he joined the second term HKSAR Government as a Cabinet Member and the Secretary for Home Affairs with a policy portfolio ranging from district administration, human rights, arts and culture, sports and recreation, youth and religious matters, gaming and charities, to overall liaison with the civil society. His contributions are:

  1. District administration- Implementation of New Village Representative election system (Dual representative election system)
  2. Human rights- Race Discrimination Ordinance
  3. Sports and Recreation[2]
  4. Gaming and Charities – Licenses for football and for lotteries
  5. Arts and Culture – Conserve and Revitalise Hong Kong Heritage

Public diplomacy[edit]

Ho is the Deputy chairman, and Secretary General of China Energy Fund Committee (CEFC), a think‐tank registered and anchored in Hong Kong, China, devoted to public diplomacy, with special emphasis on energy and culture. It is a charitable non‐governmental organisation with special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC). He is also the Director of the National Association of Study on Hong Kong and Macau.

Ho has been working closely with the UN in promoting international co-operation and mutual respect, which is essential to the sustainable growth and prosperity to our societies. He took the initiative in organising a series of colloquiums on issues of Sino‐US relationship (Sino‐US Colloquium II‐IV) in Washington D.C. and in Hong Kong, China, intercultural dialogues (New York Forum on World Civilizations) as well as China's sustainable development (A China Story) in UN Headquarters in New York City.

One of Ho's main focuses is energy.[3] Under his leadership,[4] CEFC conducts energy researches and periodical publications include China Energy Focus Natural Gas 2013, which introduces the outlook for natural gas development in China and its progress to date. In additions, CEFC also organised international energy conferences (Sino‐US Colloquium I & V on Energy Cooperation) in Hong Kong, China, and forums (2011, 2012 Pacific Energy Forum in Hong Kong and Shanghai, China; Forum of New Energy Economy and Low Carbon Development in Guangzhou, China; Hainan Petrochemical International Exchange and Cooperation Forum in Singapore) to further its mission to engage politicians and senior officials, academics and experts from different parts of the world to address energy related issues, and turn challenges into opportunities.

Sino-US Colloquium[edit]

"Sino-US Colloquiums" are a series of important annual events organised by the China Energy Fund Committee to promote co-operation between the two countries. Our purpose is to enable constructive exchanges between accomplished dignitaries, former senior officials, academics and top business executives by offering them a platform in the form of civil summits, which are outside state governance, so as to freely discuss, unrestrained ny existing government policies, cogent topics including energy, security, technology, economics and culture, and to reach genuine mutual understanding followed by proposed solutions.

  • Sino-US Colloquium (VII) − Asian Energy Security and Cooperation: Challenges and Opportunities, 2015-1-24, Hong Kong
  • Sino-US Colloquium (VI) − A New Type of Major-Country Relations and The Roles of Media, 2014-10-5 and 6, Washington D.C.
  • Sino-US Colloquium (V) − Changing World Order and Energy Cooperation, 2014-1-19, Hong Kong
  • Sino-US Colloquium (IV) − Core Values and World Order, 2013-10-4 and 5, Washington D.C.
  • Sino-US Colloquium (III) − A Trialogue with Japan, 2013-1-20, Hong Kong
  • Sino-US Colloquium (II) − Trust Building, 10 June, 2012-6-10, Washington D.C.
  • Sino-US Colloquium (I) − Energy Cooperation: Challenges and Opportunities

Other titles and membership[edit]

See also[edit]


Political offices
Preceded by
Lam Woon-kwong
Secretary for Home Affairs
Succeeded by
Tsang Tak-sing
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Jose Yu
Recipients of the Gold Bauhinia Star
Hong Kong order of precedence
Recipients of the Gold Bauhinia Star
Succeeded by
Sarah Liao
Recipients of the Gold Bauhinia Star