Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun, chairperson of the board of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP), is expected to leave her post after serving four years as she has not been granted an extension of her contract.
According to media reports, Law, who was appointed by former chief executive Leung Chun-ying in July 2014, has written to HKSTP’s board of directors about her decision to step down at the end of this month.
Law’s term of office is shorter than that of HKSTP’s first chairman, Victor Lo Chung-wing, who had served for six years. Law’s predecessor, Nicholas Brooke, held the position for seven years.
A government source told the Hong Kong Economic Journal that there is a series of innovation and technology projects in the pipeline and the administration considers it better to have a new HKSTP chief now to ensure the continuity of the work.
Asked about rumors that Law and Secretary for Innovation and Technology Nicholas Yang Wei-hsiung could not see eye to eye, the Innovation and Technology Bureau did not give a straight answer, only saying that the appointment of the HKSTP chairperson will be announced in due course.
The government source also did not respond when asked if Law’s forthcoming departure had anything to do with the rumors.
Law had earlier told media that she would offer an account to the media after her departure is officially announced by the government.
A source said Law’s replacement will be decided by Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, adding that the two has maintained a good working relationship and Lam had even appointed Law as an Executive Council member.
Last year, Law was reportedly accused of interfering in the academic freedom of the Hong Kong branch of Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, one of the world’s top medical universities.
The dispute was settled after Lam wrote a letter to the institute reaffirming the city’s commitment to respect its academic autonomy.
Meanwhile, another source revealed that the next HKSTP head will be someone from the technology industry and no longer an outsider.
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