Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Hong Kong, China
Christine Loh is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the independent, nonprofit public policy think tank, Civic Exchange.
Prior to this, Loh had a highly successful career in politics. She was appointed to the Hong Kong Legislative Council in 1992 and then ran two successful elections in 1995 and 1998. As a politician, she championed many issues, which included the successful reform of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance, access to information, rural land inheritance rights for the indigenous women of the New Territories, and equal opportunity legislation, and passed the historic Protection of the Harbour Ordinance. Loh chose not to stand for re-election in 2000.
Before her career in politics, Loh had a successful 14-year career in the private commercial sector. She was engaged in commodities trading and strategic planning for Philipp Brothers and Phibro Energy, divisions of the U.S. multinational Salomon, Inc. (subsequently Salomon Smith Barney and now Citigroup). Her last position with the company was as Regional Managing Director. She was among the first group of business people to be posted to work in Beijing in 1980 and helped set up the first U.S. representative office there. In 1992, she helped the Hong Kong-based CIM Company, Ltd., put together an international consortium to bid for the development of Hong Kong Container Terminal No. 9, and she also brought the famous LoFt retail licence from Japan to Hong Kong.
Loh writes extensively about politics, energy/climate change, and sustainable development and has been widely published in Hong Kong and abroad in both mass circulation and academic publications. Loh’s e-Newsletter provides up-to-date political analysis and has a large circulation. She is a columnist in Hong Kong and regional publications. Apart from many research papers on various areas of public policy, she has written, co-authored, and edited many books, including Getting Heard: A Hong Kong Citizen’s Handbook (2002); Building Democracy: Creating Good Government for Hong Kong (2003); At the Epicentre: Hong Kong and the SARS Outbreak (2004); Functional Constituencies: A Unique Feature of the Hong Kong Legislative Council (2006); Being Here: Shaping a Preferred Future (2006), Reflections of Leadership 1997-2007 (2007); From Nowhere to Nowhere – A Review of Constitutional Reform in Hong Kong, 1997-2007 (2007); and Idling Engine – Hong Kong’s Environmental Policy in a Ten Year Stall 1997-2007 (2007).
She is a frequent speaker at academic and international forums at home and abroad on politics, economics, urban planning, air quality, and climate change. She has also anchored radio and television public affairs programmes. Loh is also well known for her work in designing and facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogue processes to help deepen and broaden understanding on public issues. She calls these processes Sustainability Tools, which she is continuing to develop by working with various international organisations.
She is an International Adviser to the G8+5 Climate Change Dialogue, Senior Policy Adviser to the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (London), an elected Director of the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (Hong Kong’s stock exchange), Member of the Court of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Non-executive Director of the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASRIA), Board Member of Community Business, Member of the Peking University Environment Fund (China), Board Member of the Tällberg Foundation (Sweden), Member of Asia Society’s International Council (USA), and the Co-chair of Human Rights in China (USA). Loh is also a trustee of a Hong Kong family charitable foundation, the Fu Tak Iam Foundation, and is actively engaged on numerous non-governmental organisations in Hong Kong relating to urban planning and design.
Christine Loh has been widely recognised for her achievements, including being designated as one of the World Economic Forum’s “Global Leaders for Tomorrow” in 1994 and being twice recognised by Business Week as one of "The Stars of Asia," in 1998 and again in 2000. More recently, she was named "Entrepreneur of the Year" in 2003 for the success of Civic Exchange, was named by Asia Inc as one of Asia’s “Under-50 Movers and Shakers,” was given the Peter Bryce Award for outstanding civic work in 2004, was named "Woman of the Year" by Hong Kong Business for 2006, and received an OBE in 2007.
Loh holds an English law degree from the University of Hull, England, and a Master of Law degree in Chinese and Comparative Law from the City University of Hong Kong. She has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Law, honoris causa, by the University of Hull.
Her background in law, business, politics, and media has helped her to be a leading voice on public policy. In her private life, she is an art collector. She has made short videos, and she likes to hike.