Paul Kan Man-Lok
He is credited with having developed the world's first Chinese and multi-lingual wireless communication software/system in 1987 and is renowned as the "Father of Multi-lingual Messaging" for pioneering the wireless communication transmission software in various languages. He has been making significant contributions to the information technology industry in both Hong Kong and China over the last 39 years and is currently the Chairman of three information technology companies (Champion Technology Holdings, Kantone Holdings and Digital Hong Kong.com) which are listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The total asset value of the three companies exceeds 6 billion dollars. He is also an Independent Non-executive Director of CLP Holdings Ltd.
Paul Kan is currently Chairman of Hong Kong IT Alliance; Chairman of the Hong Kong Information Technology Industry Council; Chairman of Information and Communications Technology Services Advisory Committee, HKTDC; Chairman of ICT Working Group, the Hong Kong–United Kingdom Business Partnership; and Convener of the Hungarian–Hong Kong Innovative Business Council.
In 1990, Kan set up "A Better Tomorrow", a charity which has since contributed to community programs in education, arts, culture and religion.The cultural activities increased substantially over the years and in 2005, Kan set up as separate non profit organizations and registered as charities the [http://www.cwchf.org Chinese Cultural Heritage Protection Foundation for Heritage activities and to save world relics by the World Cultural Relics Protection Foundation.
Paul Kan was a programmer of the Hong Kong Government in the 1960s, providing software expertise to various government departments including education, transport, security, industry and trade. Over the next 17 years, he worked with various international groups as a systems analyst for computer projects, including the Swire Group for its aviation, trading and shipping systems. He was ultimately promoted to be the General Manager of Asiadata Ltd, a joint venture computing services bureau of HSBC, Jardines, Barclays Bank and Cable & Wireless. In 1987, he founded the Champion Technology Group and soon launched the world's first Chinese message receiver and wireless communication system, a major milestone and a solid foundation for his subsequent and continuing pursuit in the information technology arena. The Champion Technology Group has since positioned itself in the development of wireless communications software and related applications in various environments. Products of the Group are distributed in over 50 countries.
He was named CBE by Queen Elizabeth II in the 2006 New Year's Honours List This award recognises Mr. Kan's contribution to business and a very high standard of management ethics in his business endeavours
Kan was invested with the honour of Commendatore dell'Ordine della Stella della Solidarieta Italiana (Comm OSSI) by the Italian Prime Minister Hon. Romano Prodi in 2006. The award is granted to recipients in recognition of their contribution to economic and cultural activities for Italy.
In December 2008, he was awarded the Knights Commander Grand Cross of the Royal Order Kingdom of Poland. Mr. Kan was appointed a High Member of the Royal Council in 2009.
Mr. Kan was appointed as Honorary Consul of the Republic of Hungary in the Hong Kong SAR and the Macau SAR in January 2011.
- Services Advisory Committees within the Hong Kong Trade Development Council at the Wayback Machine (archived April 24, 2008)
- Order of the British Empire.
- The London Gazette of Friday Saturday 30 December 2005 Supplement No.1.
- Foreign and Commonwealth Office news on 12 January 2006.
- Italian orders of merit.
- Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur.
- 2009 Honours List of the Hong Kong SAR Government