Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Institutional Advancement)

Mr. Douglas So
LLB HK; PCLL HK

Tel: (852) 2859 2118
Fax: (852) 2559 9315
Email: dspvc@hku.hk

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.


Biography

Douglas So obtained his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) and Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) from The University of Hong Kong (HKU). He became a solicitor of Hong Kong in 1993, and a solicitor of England and Wales in 1995.

Douglas practised commercial law, corporate finance, as well as mergers and acquisitions, at the international law firm, Baker & McKenzie, in Hong Kong from 1991 to 2000. He was a key team member for the successful initial public offerings of a number of PRC state-owned and privately-owned companies on the New York Stock Exchange and/or the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, including China Eastern Airlines, Tingyi and PetroChina.

Douglas joined The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) as Legal Counsel in 2000. He was later promoted to General Counsel and Company Secretary. From 2010 to 2014, Douglas also assumed the Executive Director of Charities position, overseeing the Jockey Club Charities Trust (Trust), one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the world. Trust projects covered a wide spectrum including education, health care, community services, arts and culture, heritage, sports and environment. Douglas was a core member of the Board of Management of HKJC, in addition to his charities and legal roles.

Douglas is keen to serve the community. He serves on the board of HK Cyberport Management Company Limited; HK Philharmonic Society Limited; UNICEF HK; Duchess of Kent Children's Hospital and Bo Charity Foundation (Food Angel). Douglas is also a member of Antiquities Advisory Board; Committee on Built Heritage Conservation; Museums Advisory Committee; M Plus Collections Limited; amongst others. He also serves as an Advisor to Our Hong Kong Foundation and was formerly a Board member of the Community Chest.

Douglas founded F11 Foto Museum in a Grade III heritage building in Happy Valley in 2014 to promote photography, heritage conservation and private museums in Hong Kong. He is also the Founder and Director of f22 photo space in Wanchai.

Douglas speaks fluent English and Chinese (Cantonese and Putonghua).