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Yang named Secretary for Innovation and Technology

Secretary for Innovation and Technology Nicholas W Yang (left) takes the oath of office, as witnessed by Chief Executive C. Y. Leung, on November 20.

Nicholas W. Yang was appointed Secretary for Innovation and Technology on November 20 to lead the newly established Innovation and Technology Bureau (ITB) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.

Aside from providing focused high-level leadership and stronger policy coordination among stakeholders, ITB will take charge of holistic policies to support the development of technology infrastructure and manpower; and expediting the development of innovation, technology and related industries in the city.

Mr. Yang said Hong Kong is well-placed for pursuing innovation and technology. The city’s capability, potential and development in innovation are increasingly recognized by leading institutions in the field.

“The ITB will support Hong Kong in leveraging the immense potential of the National 13th Five-Year Plan, making Hong Kong a ‘super-connector’ in the arena of innovation and technology, linking up top local, Mainland and global innovation and technology institutions, and creating greater business possibilities,” he said.

Mr. Yang added that the establishment of ITB will pave the way for Hong Kong's transformation to a knowledge-based economy. "The bureau will provide stronger and more focused policy coordination together with the understanding and support of Hong Kong people to capture the opportunities from our digital economy, leveraging on the rapidly evolving innovation and technology environment," he said.

A graduate of California Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and applied mathematics, Mr. Yang has extensive experience and an international perspective on innovation and technology.

Mr. Yang also obtained a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford University. He has worked for Intel, Bain & Company and Shell Electric. Mr. Yang was previously CEO of the Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company and was executive vice president of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University from 2010 to February 2015. He was appointed a non-official member of the Executive Council and adviser to the Chief Executive on Innovation and Technology in March 2015.


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