Christine Loh co-founder and CEO of Civic Exchange was named Time Magazines ‘Hero of the Environment’ in 2007 and ‘Woman Who Makes A Difference’ in 2009 by RBS Coutts/Financial Times Women in Asia Awards. She is a regular speaker at academic and international forums all over the world on politics, economics, urban planning, air quality and climate change.
Christine Loh is co-founder and CEO of Civic Exchange, an independent, non-profit public policy think tank. Loh holds an English law degree from the University of Hull and a Masters of Law degree in Chinese and Comparative Law from the City University of Hong Kong. She has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Law, honoris causa, by the University of Hull.
Loh is also an International Adviser to the G8+5 Climate Change Dialogue, Senior Policy Adviser to the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (London), Member of the International Steering Committee on development and climate change, an elected Director of the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (Hong Kong’s stock exchange), Member of the Court of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Non-executive Director of the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASRIA), Board Member of Community Business, Member of the Peking University Environment Fund (China), Board Member of the Tällberg Foundation (Sweden), Member of Asia Society’s International Council (USA), Co-chair of Human Rights in China (USA), and Board Member of Global Urban Development (USA). Loh is also a trustee of a Hong Kong family charitable foundation, the Fu Tak Iam Foundation, and is actively engaged on numerous non-governmental organisations in Hong Kong relating to urban planning and design.
Loh is well known also for her work in designing and facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogue processes to help deepen and broaden understanding on public issues. She calls these processes Sustainability Tools, which she is continuing to develop by working with various international organisations.
Loh has been widely recognised for her achievements, including as one of the World Economic Forum’s “Global Leaders for Tomorrow” in 1994; being twice recognised by Business Week as one of ‘The Stars of Asia’ in 1998 and again in 2000. She was named ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ in 2003 for the success of Civic Exchange, named by Asia Inc as one of Asia’s “Under-50 Movers and Shakers”; given the Peter Bryce award for outstanding civic work in 2004, named ‘Woman of the Year’ by Hong Kong Business for 2006, and received an OBE in 2007. She was recognised as one of the ‘Heroes of the Environment’ by TIME in October 2007, as well as named as one of fifteen ‘Ethical Leaders of 2007’ by the London-based publication Ethical Corporation. In 2009 she was named a Justice of the Peace by the Hong Kong Administrative Region Government; and named ‘Woman Who Makes A Difference’ in 2009 by RBS Coutts/Financial Times’ Women in Asia Awards.
Prior to establishing Civic Exchange, Loh had a highly successful career in politics. She was appointed to the Hong Kong Legislative Council in 1992 and then ran two successful elections in 1995 and 1998. As a politician, she championed many issues, which included the successful reform of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance, access to information, rural land inheritance rights for the indigenous women of the New Territories, equal opportunity legislation and passed the historic Protection of the Harbour Ordinance. Loh chose to not stand for re-election in 2000.
Prior to her career in politics, Loh had a 14-year career in the private commercial sector. She was engaged in commodities trading and strategic planning for Philipp Brothers, and Phibro Energy, divisions of the US multinational Salomon Inc [subsequently Salomon Smith Barney and now Citigroup]. Her last position with the company was as regional Managing Director.
She was among the first group of business people to be posted to work in Beijing in 1980 and helped set-up the first US representative office there. In 1992, she helped the Hong Kong-based CIM Company Ltd put together an international consortium to bid for the development of Hong Kong Container Terminal No. 9, and also brought the famous LoFt retail licence from Japan to Hong Kong.
Loh writes extensively about politics, energy/climate change, and sustainable development, and has been widely published in Hong Kong and abroad in both mass circulation as well as academic publications. Apart from many research papers on various areas of public policy, she has written, co-authored and edited many books, including Getting Heard: A Hong Kong Citizen’s Handbook (2002); Building Democracy: Creating Good Government for Hong Kong (2003); At the Epicentre: Hong Kong and the SARS Outbreak (2004); Functional Constituencies: A Unique Feature of the Hong Kong Legislative Council (2006); Being Here: Shaping a Preferred Future (2006); Reflections of Leadership 1997-2007 (2007); From Nowhere to Nowhere – A Review of Constitutional Reform in Hong Kong, 1997-2007 (2007); and Idling Engine – Hong Kong’s Environmental Policy in a Ten Year Stall 1997-2007 (2007).
Her background in law, business, politics and media has helped her to be a leading voice on public policy. In her private life, she is an art collector, video filmmaker and writer.