Roundtable Discussion with City Leaders
Secretary for Food and Health, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Professor Chan was appointed as Secretary for Food and Health on 1 July 2017. She was Under Secretary for Food and Health from 2012-2017 and participated in and responsible for policy formulation and promotion. Before joining the Government, Professor Chan was a Professor in Nursing, Head of the School of Nursing and Director of Research at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). She was also an Assistant Dean of the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine of HKU.
Having trained in and practised general and paediatric nursing in Hong Kong and London, she read her Master of Education at the University of Manchester, Master of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health, and completed her doctoral studies at the HKU. Subsequently, she focused on teaching, research and administration in academia. Professor Chan’s research is internationally recognised; she is awarded a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health (through distinction), Royal College of Physicians of United Kingdom (FFPH (RCP)(UK)), and is the first nurse in Hong Kong being awarded the Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). Her paedagogy has been recognised by the award of the Faculty Teaching Medal in 2005 and the Outstanding Teaching Award in 2009, one of the highest honour for teaching achievements conferred by HKU.
Professor Chan is one of the leading nurse scientists and her research specialises in public health, management of tobacco dependency and prevention of second hand smoke exposure in children, and proposes novel insights. Her team of investigators was one of the top funded researchers, and she published extensively in international journals on nursing, tobacco control, and public health. She consults widely nationally and internationally and has represented the University and the Food and Health Bureau in international meetings and invited by the World Health Organization to provide advice and leadership on their public health and tobacco control initiatives.