Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Institutional Advancement)
Mr. Douglas So
LLB HK; PCLL HK
Tel: (852) 2859 2118
Fax: (852) 2559 9315
Mr. So assists the President/Vice-Chancellor in leading and strengthening institutional advancement initiatives and University’s linkages with key stakeholders including alumni, donors and the community.
Douglas So obtained his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) and Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) from The University of Hong Kong (“HKU”) in 1990 and 1991, respectively. He was a member of the Jessop International Mooting Team of HKU for two consecutive years, and competed successfully in Washington D.C., USA.
Douglas became a solicitor of Hong Kong in 1993, and a solicitor of England and Wales in 1995.
After graduating from HKU, Douglas joined the international law firm, Baker & McKenzie. His main areas of practice included commercial law, corporate finance, as well as mergers and acquisitions. He was a key team member in successfully completing the initial public offerings of a number of state-owned and private companies on the New York Stock Exchange and/or the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, including China Eastern Airlines, Tingyi and PetroChina.
In 2000, Douglas joined The Hong Kong Jockey Club (“HKJC”) as Legal Counsel. In 2004, he was promoted to Head of Legal Services and became the Company Secretary of HKJC shortly afterwards. He was responsible for providing legal advice and support to senior management, as well as building up the legal team of HKJC. As Company Secretary, Douglas worked closely with the Board of Stewards, as well as Voting Members of HKJC, who are community leaders from both the public and private sectors.
In January 2010, Douglas also assumed the Executive Director of Charities position, overseeing the Jockey Club Charities Trust (“Trust”), one of the largest charities in the world. Leading a team of about 50 managers and staff, the amount of annual donations increased from HK$1.3 billion in 2009 to over HK$3.6 billion in 2014, and the number of community and charities projects supported by the Trust also grew from 95 to 168 during this period. The projects covered a wide spectrum including education, health care, community services, arts and culture, sports and environment. As Executive Director, Douglas was a key member of the Board of Management of HKJC, in addition to his charities and legal roles.
Douglas is keen to serve the community. He is the Secretary and a Council Member of UNICEF HK; a Board Member of HK Cyberport Management Company Limited and the HK Community Chest; a Trustee of the HK Philharmonic Society Limited; a Member of the Hospital Governing Committee of the Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital; a Member of the History Museum Advisory Panel; amongst others.
After leaving HKJC in September 2014, Douglas founded F11 Photographic Museum in a heritage building in Happy Valley to promote photography, heritage conservation and private museum in Hong Kong.
Douglas speaks fluent English and Chinese (Cantonese and Putonghua).