Award recipients' outstanding skills in leadership have advanced the society's mission Two prominent Hong Kong personalities have joined a select group of only 11 Hong Kong recipients of the Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter Honoree Award. Rosanna Wong Yick-ming, chairman of the Education Commission, and Paul Chow Man-yiu, chief executive of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, received the award, an honour conferred on nine others since the society was launched three years ago. Dr Wong and Mr Chow have received the honour for their efforts to achieve the goals and live up to the ideals of the Beta Gamma Sigma Society through outstanding business and managerial leadership. 'The induction of honorees is important to the society because it helps us to connect with leaders of the business community who can serve as role models,' says K.C. Chan, dean of the School of Business and Management, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. 'The number of honorees in Hong Kong is still fairly small because the society is still young. It is only in its fourth year.' Dr Wong has a string of distinguished credentials and top management positions to her name. She heads one of the largest non-profit youth agencies in the territory as executive director of the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups. She is also a member of the United Nations high-level panel for youth employment, and is on the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. Dr Wong is a non-executive director of HSBC and Cheung Kong (Holdings). She was a former member of the Executive Council and Legislative Council, and former chairman of the Housing Authority, the Commission on Youth and the Social Welfare Advisory Committee. She is a recipient of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in Hong Kong, and was honoured as a 'global leader for tomorrow' by the World Economic Forum. Dr Wong holds a bachelor of social science degree from the University of Hong Kong; a master's in social work from the University of Toronto; an MSc from the London School of Economics and Politics, University of London; and an MA and PhD from the University of California (Davis). She received honorary doctorates from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1996, the University of Toronto in 1999, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University last year and the University of Hong Kong this year. Dr Wong was also made a Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 1997. Mr Chow, was appointed chief executive of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx) in May this year. He is also an ex-officio member of the HKEx board. Before joining the exchange, Mr Chow was chief executive, Asia Pacific ex-Japan, of HSBC Asset Management (Hong Kong) for six years, from April 1997 to April this year. From November 1991 to January 1997, Mr Chow was chief executive of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, and before that he was chief executive of the Hong Kong Securities Clearing Company for two years. Mr Chow holds various government committee and community positions. He is a member of the Information Infrastructure Advisory Committee, the Advisory Committee of the Securities and Futures Commission, the Standing Committee on Company Law Reform, and is a director of the Cyberport management board. Mr Chow holds a BSc in mechanical engineering, a diploma in management studies, and an MBA from The University of Hong Kong, and a diploma in finance from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also a Fellow of the Hong Kong Computer Society and the Hong Kong Management Association.