Chief Executive Officer
Ir Albert Lai
Ir Albert Lai, the CEO of CCA, has been involved with green solutions and environmental organizations throughout his career. He was the founding chairman of the Professional Commons and the Hong Kong People's Council for Sustainable Development. He is a Director and past Chair of the Conservancy Association, the first non-government environmental group established in Hong Kong in 1968. He led the Hong Kong NGO delegation to the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg in 2002, and was also co-leader of the Hong Kong NGO delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Conferences in Bali (2007) and Copenhagen (2009) and led the HK NGO delegation to the Paris Climate Summit (COP21) in December 2015. Albert was a Stakeholder Council member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) responsible for the development of international sustainability reporting guidelines. He also served for many years on the judging panel for the ACCA HK Sustainability Reporting Award.
As a chartered engineer by profession, Ir Lai has 25 years of business experience in the private sector prior to co-founding CCA, with special focus on strategic consulting, engineering management, technology and infrastructure investment.
Mr Chong Chan Yau, MBE
Mr Chong Chan Yau has experience in international development, poverty reduction and humanitarian work. He is a leader in the fields of diversity and inclusion policy and practice, equal opportunity issues, and community investment and corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy.
Mr Chong has worked in government, academia as well as NGOs and business. Chan Yau has He served in the Hong Kong Government as an administrative officer, worked as Director of Oxfam Hong Kong and joined the University of Hong Kong as the Director of Student Development.
Mr Chong is now an Advisor to the “Dialogue in the Dark HK Foundation” and the President of the Hong Kong Blind Union. He was a member of the Education and Publication Sub-committee of the Equal Opportunities Commission and has also been a member of the Education and Publicity Sub-committee of the Council for Sustainable Development, which is an advisory committee to the HKSAR Govt on sustainability issues.
Mr Chong received the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in 1991 and the MBE honour in 1995 for his outstanding service to the Hong Kong community. In 2012, Mr Chong was awarded one of the "Leaders of 2011" by the Singtao Publishing Co Ltd and an Honorary Fellow by the University of Hong Kong.
Mr John Sayer (Director)
Mr John Sayer has a background in sustainability issues and human development, climate change advocacy, organizational management and governance policy. John was Executive Director of Asia Monitor Resource Centre working on information technology, labour rights and workplace health and safety before joining Oxfam Hong Kong in 1991 as Program Director and then Executive Director.
In 2001 he moved to Oxford to take up the post of Executive Director of Oxfam International for an interim period. In 2003 he became Director of Africa Now, a development agency working on market-based solutions for small-scale producers in Africa through business development services, and the promotion of ethical trade among international companies doing business in Africa. In 2006, he returned to Asia and re-joined Oxfam Hong Kong as Director General until 2013. In January 2014, he joined the VSO as Director of its Asia Pacific Group, working to reduce poverty through programmes involving volunteers and international exchange.
His published research has focused on business-NGO relations. He has served on the Board of the Ethical Trading Initiative helping major corporations develop socially responsible supply chains, particularly in the garment and food sectors. He has also served on advisory bodies of the UN Global Compact on corporate conduct and the Global Reporting Initiative.
Ms Rosanna Wong (Director)
Ms Rosanna Wong has a strong background in public relations, communications and the media. She has extensive experience in corporate public relations, publishing, radio broadcasting, editing, creative writing and translation, both in Hong Kong and in Australia.
Since joining the CCA Board from its establishment, Rosanna has been involved in many of the company's high profile events, including the annual CarbonCare® Label Award Ceremony, climate leadership seminars and various client green functions, focusing on their promotion and media relations. Rosanna also acts as the chief editor of CCA's internet and social media communications.
Rosanna is a member of the Hong Kong NGO delegation to the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in South Africa in 2002. Apart from environmental issues, she is also a keen advocate for enhancing development opportunities for disadvantaged youths in Hong Kong. She was the Vice Chairperson of the Growing Partners Project of The University of Hong Kong, a mentorship programme founded by HKU alumni in 2005 to encourage cross-social background support and communications.
Mr Water Cheung (Director)
Mr Water Cheung has a strong background in global investment banking. He is currently the Senior Partner and CEO, Asia Pacific at StormHarbour Securities, an independent merchant banking partnership with 200 professionals in London, Geneva, New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo and Copenhagen.
In the last two decades, Water has joined various banks including The Royal Bank of Scotland as the Treasurer and Head of Emerging Markets in Asia. Prior to that, Water joined DBS as the Head of Regional Derivatives and Credit Products. Concurrently, Water also led DBS' Global Debt Capital Markets business, sponsoring more than 15 REIT listings in the Asia region under his supervision.
Between 1995 and 2000, Water was Managing Director in CIBC Financial Products, Singapore. Water successfully set up the derivative trading operation in Singapore and managed one of the most profitable trading teams for the Bank. Prior to that, Water was the Head of Derivative Trading - Asia Local Markets, for Chase Manhattan Bank.
Water started his investment banking career in Canada in 1987. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from the University of Toronto and a MBA degree from York University, Canada. Water is a regular columnist in the Hong Kong Economic Journal and Ming Pao. Water is also an Executive Board Member of Treasury Market Association (TMA), an industry body sponsored by Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA).