A former director of Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), Leo Lee, has been elected global Vice President of ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants).

Leo Lee held various senior positions with the SFC since 1995.  In his last position as Director of Finance & Administration, he was responsible for the accounting, treasury and administration functions of the SFC. Before this, he had roles as Director of Corporate Planning and Director of Licensing, responsible for corporate policy, special projects, development of licensing policy and administration of licensing rules and regulations. Prior to joining the SFC, Leo was a senior civil servant with the Hong Kong Government.

Leo Lee is currently a director of Benington Capital Limited, an asset management company which manages a Greater China-focused equity fund for professional investors. He is also an independent non-executive director of three Hong Kong listed companies, one of which was also listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

Leo has served as a committee member of ACCA Hong Kong since 1997 and was its President in 2003/04. He was a Council Member of Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (2005), and is a fellow member of both associations.

Having served as a member of ACCA’s International Assembly, Leo was elected to ACCA Council in 2006. He has served on a number of standing committees and was the Chairman of the Market Oversight Committee and Vice Chairman of both Remuneration and Qualification committees. He has also served as a member of the Audit Committee, the Governance Task Force, and as an elected member of the Nomination Committee. He will serve as Chairman of Remuneration Committee in 2015-16.

Leo, who is married and has two grown up children, received his accountancy training from Hong Kong Polytechnic and graduated with ACCA in 1976. He holds a LLB degree from University of London and a Masters in Business Administration from The University of Hong Kong. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE) of Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Leo Lee said: ‘My priorities for the year ahead is to effectively engage and connect with our global members and stakeholders and to work with the Council and the Executive Team in achieving ACCA’s strategy to 2020.’

The new President of ACCA, Alexandra Chin, who holds the prestigious honorary title ‘Datuk’ in Malaysia, has her own practice in Sabah, Malaysia. She is the first Malaysian and fourth woman to be elected ACCA President. ACCA’s new Deputy President is Brian McEnery, a partner in BDO Ireland and a specialist in corporate restructuring and healthcare consulting

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