Who is Edward Yau?
Edward Yau Tang-wah, GBS, JP was appointed as Director of the Chief Executive's Office of Hong Kong in 2012. Yau’s responsibilities are to assist the Chief Executive in formulating policies and setting policy goals and priorities; maintaining close contacts with Executive and Legislative Councillors, political parties as well as the public sector to enlist their support for Government work.
Before taking up the Director post, Yau was the Secretary for the Environment in the Hong Kong Government from 2007-2012. His responsibilities covered environmental protection, energy, and sustainable development. Nature conservation was also one of his main tasks and with his efforts, he established the Hong Kong Geopark which showcases the unique geological features in northeast Hong Kong. The Park obtained the Global Geopark status in 2011.
Yau joined the civil service as an Administrative Officer in 1981 and earned more than 20 years of public administration experience. During his years as a civil servant, he was Deputy Director-General of Trade, Director-General of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Washington, and Deputy Secretary for Education and Manpower, and Director of Information Services.