The Bank of East Asia

About BEA

Dr. the Hon. Sir David LI Kwok-po






GBM, GBS, OBE, JP, MA Cantab. (Economics & Law), Hon. LLD (Cantab), Hon. DSc. (Imperial), Hon. LLD (Warwick), Hon. DBA (Edinburgh Napier), Hon. D.Hum.Litt. (Trinity, USA), Hon. LLD (Hong Kong), Hon. DSocSc (Lingnan), Hon. DLitt (Macquarie), Hon. DSocSc (CUHK), FCA, FCPA, FCPA (Aust.), FCIB, FHKIB, FBCS, CITP, FCIArb, Officier de l’Ordre de la Couronne, Grand Officer of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity, The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, Commandeur dans l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur

Executive Chairman


Sir David, aged 85, joined the Bank in 1969.  He was appointed a Director in 1977, Chief Executive in 1981, Deputy Chairman in 1995 and Chairman in 1997. On 1st July, 2019, Sir David stepped down as Chief Executive and was re-designated as Executive Chairman of the Bank. Sir David is also the Chairman of The Bank of East Asia (China) Limited and The Bank of East Asia Charitable Foundation Limited.

Sir David is an Independent Non-executive Director of The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited (listed in Hong Kong), The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited (listed in Hong Kong), San Miguel Brewery Hong Kong Limited (listed in Hong Kong) and Vitasoy International Holdings Limited (listed in Hong Kong).  He was an Independent Non-executive Director of Guangdong Investment Limited (listed in Hong Kong).

Sir David is a Member of the Council of the Treasury Markets Association. He is Founding Chairman of The Friends of Cambridge University in Hong Kong Limited, Chairman of the Advisory Board of The Salvation Army Hong Kong and Macau Territory, Chairman of the Executive Committee of St. James’ Settlement and a Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Finance. He was a Member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong from 2005 to 2008 and the Legislative Council of Hong Kong from 1985 to 2012.

Sir David is the brother of Professor Arthur LI Kwok-cheung, the cousin of Mr. Aubrey LI Kwok-sing and Mr. Stephen Charles LI Kwok-sze, and the father of Mr. Adrian David LI Man-kiu and Mr. Brian David LI Man-bun.