Professor Kevin Au graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) with a B.B.A. and earned his Ph.D in management/ international business at the University of British Columbia. He co-founded the CUHK Center for Entrepreneurship and serves as its director. In 2012 he founded the CUHK Centre for Family Business and serves as its current director. His research interests are international management, entrepreneurship, family business, and social network. He has published academic articles, cases, and book chapters, and written several books such as 中小企業傳承與創新 and Family Enterprising in Asia: Exploring transgenerational entrepreneurship in family firms.
Apart from serving the academic community on the editorial boards of several journals, Professor Au has provided consulting and training for the government and business corporations, including business startups and family enterprises in Hong Kong. He also serves formerly or currently as directors to HK Business Angel Network, Family Firm Institute, Successful Trans-generational Entrepreneurship Practices, etc.
As regards public services, besides being a member of the SIE Fund Task Force, he is also a member of the Enterprise Support Scheme Assessment Panel of the Innovation and Technology Fund, as well as a member of the Small and Medium Enterprise Committee.
Expectation towards Social Innovation and the SIE Fund"I would expect the Fund to ride on the foundation it has built in the past few years to advance in several directions:
- Work with stakeholders to build a vibrant eco-system for social entrepreneurs and social innovators
- Facilitate social enterprises, investors, and social innovators to expand their operation and influence in Mainland China and overseas
- Expand the support to the community beyond the use of grant to include loans, equity investment, and bonds
- Apply advanced new technology, such as blockchain and AI, to management of the Fund
- Streamline application procedure and cut processing time for funding applications and monitor their progress."