A trailblazing leader in the world of finance, HKEX chairman Laura Cha is plotting a course to ensure that Hong Kong retains its reputation as a leading financial centre


In 2018, Laura Cha made history when she was appointed chairman of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, becoming the first woman to lead the organisation in its 127-year history.

Born in Shanghai, and with a background as a lawyer, she was previously chairman of the Financial Services Development Council, where she pushed for the introduction of dual-class shares and led efforts to position the city as an offshore centre for trading in yuan. She has also played a senior role in Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission, and was vice-chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission. The non-executive deputy chairman of HSBC Holdings and a non-executive director of Unilever, she is also a member of Sotheby’s International Advisory Board. An honorary fellow of the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute, she has been chairman of the University Grants Committee in Hong Kong, is a non-official member of the Executive Council, and was Hong Kong’s delegate to the 11th National People’s Congress.

Cha received a Grand Bauhinia Medal in 2017.

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Her role as a stock exchange leader isn’t limited to this part of the world—she is also a director of the World Federation of Exchanges. 

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