Laura Cha was appointed to the Board on 1 March 2011. She has extensive regulatory and policymaking experience in the finance and securities sector in Hong Kong and mainland China.

She was formerly Vice Chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, being the first person outside mainland China to join the Central Government of the People's Republic of China at vice-ministerial rank. The Hong Kong Government has awarded her Gold and Silver Bauhinia Stars for public service.

Ms Cha is Chairman of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited and non-executive director of the London Metal Exchange; a non-executive Deputy Chairman of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited; non-official member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong SAR; Senior International Adviser for Foundation Asset Management Sweden AB; member of the State Bar of California; member of the International Advisory Board of Sotheby’s; non-executive director of Unilever PLC and Unilever N.V.; Vice Chairman of the International Advisory Council of the China Securities Regulatory Commission and a member of the China Banking Regulatory Commission’s International Advisory Council. She earned a BA degree from the University of Wisconsin and a JD degree from the Santa Clara University in California.

She is a former Deputy Chairman of the Securities and Futures Commission in Hong Kong; and has worked in the USA and Asia. She was formerly Chairman of the University Grants Committee in Hong Kong and the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Advisory Committee on Corruption; a member of the Advisory Board of the Yale School of Management; and a Hong Kong Delegate to the 12th National People’s Congress of China. She has been also a non-executive director of China Telecom Corporation Limited, Tata Consultancy Services Limited, the Bank of Communications Co Ltd, Johnson Electric Holdings Limited and Baoshan Iron and Steel Co Limited.

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