Ronald Arculli

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Ronald J. Arculli

Ronald Arculli, cropped from Dmitry Medvedev in Hong Kong 17 April 2011-15.jpeg
3rd Convenor of the Non-Official Members of the Executive Council
In office
3 October 2011 – 30 June 2012
Appointed byDonald Tsang
Preceded byLeung Chun-ying
Succeeded byLam Woon-kwong
Member of the Legislative Council
In office
12 October 1988 – 22 August 1991
Appointed byDavid Wilson
In office
9 October 1991 – 30 June 2000
Preceded byNew constituency
Succeeded byAbraham Razack
ConstituencyReal Estate and Construction
Personal details
Born (1939-01-02) 2 January 1939 (age 81)
Hong Kong
Political partyLiberal Party (1993–2000)
Spouse(s)Johanna Klara
Alma materSt. Joseph's College
Lincoln's Inn
Honorary DegreesD.SocSc (CityU)
Ronald Joseph Arculli

Ronald Joseph Arculli, GBM, GBS, CVO, OBE, JP (Chinese: 夏佳理; born 2 January 1939 in Hong Kong) is former chairman of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, Non-official Members Convenor of the Executive Council of Hong Kong (Exco) and a senior partner at King & Wood Mallesons.[1] He is a Hong Kong solicitor and a founding partner of the law firm, Arculli, Fong, & Ng, which later merged with King & Wood Mallesons.[2]

Early life[edit]

Arculli was born to an Indian father and a Chinese mother. His parents divorced when he was three.[3] He was sent to study in England and finished his A-levels in 1958.[4] After this he returned to Hong Kong and eventually became a barrister and solicitor in both the bars of Hong Kong and England.[3]


Arculli was a member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong and the deputy chairman of the Liberal Party.[5] He is also a member of the board of directors of the Asia Art Archive and the former chairman of the Hong Kong Jockey Club.[6] Among his current responsibilities, he is currently a senior partner with King & Wood Mallesons.

Arculli has been a non-official member of Exco since 2005 and was made Non-official Members Convenor in October 2011 following the resignation of CY Leung to stand in the 2012 Hong Kong Chief Executive election.[7] He has also been inducted as Honorary Fellow of Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute (HKSI) on 24 October 2013. In 2013, he was also appointed as the chairman of Richard Li Tzar-kai new venture, FWD.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Arculli speaks English and Cantonese (but cannot read or write Chinese).[9]

With his Austrian-born wife Joanne, he has three children. He also has two children from a previous marriage, Derek and Kim Arculli, and three grandchildren: Jasmin, Jake, and Toby Arculli. His brother-in-law (married to his sister Rhoda Arculli) is his stockbroker and the brother of Court of Final Appeal judge Kemal Bokhary.[10] From 2002-06 Arculli served as Chairman of the Hong Kong Jockey Club.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Ronald Arculli, King and Wood, PRC Lawyers, retrieved 10 August 2010
  2. ^ King & Wood, official website
  3. ^ a b TAO LAI, Julia Po-wah (10 November 2005), Honorary Doctor of Social Science Mr Ronald Joseph ARCULLI (PDF), City University of Hong Kong, retrieved 3 August 2010
  4. ^ "St. Joseph's College- Old Boy Interview -the Hon. Ronald Arculli, O.B.E., J.P". St Joseph's College. Archived from the original on 2 November 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2017. A-Level exam in 1958
  5. ^ Resolution in civil service reform questioned, Liberal Party, 31 March 2000, archived from the original on 24 September 2008, retrieved 10 August 2010
  6. ^ "Ronald Arculli Profile", Forbes, archived from the original on 31 March 2008, retrieved 10 August 2010
  7. ^ ExCo convenor resigns,, 3 October 2011
  8. ^ Chan, Ray. "Richard Li appoints Ronald Arculli as chairman of insurer FWD", 'South China Morning Post', 25 October 2013. Accessed 28 October 2015.
  9. ^ Be My Guest, Episode 51, 13 October 2007
  10. ^ "叔大法官 舅夏佳理", Wen Wei Po, 28 January 2010, retrieved 29 January 2010

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Political offices
Preceded by
CY Leung
Convenor of the Executive Council
Succeeded by
Lam Woon-kwong
Legislative Council of Hong Kong
New constituency Member of Legislative Council
Representative for Real Estate and Construction
Replaced by Provisional Legislative Council
Preceded by
Andrew Wong
Chairman of Finance Committee
Succeeded by
Philip Wong
New parliament Member of Provisional Legislative Council
Replaced by Legislative Council
Member of Legislative Council
Representative for Real Estate and Construction
Succeeded by
Abraham Razack
Party political offices
New political party Vice-Chairperson of the Liberal Party
With: Steven Poon (1996–1998)
Selina Chow (1998–2000)
Succeeded by
Miriam Lau
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Wong Chung-hin
Chairman of the Hong Kong Jockey Club
Succeeded by
John Chan
Order of precedence
Preceded by
John Tsang
Recipient of the Grand Bauhinia Medal
Hong Kong order of precedence
Recipient of the Grand Bauhinia Medal
Succeeded by
Edward Leong
Recipient of the Grand Bauhinia Medal