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Dr. Johnny Hon Baron of Houston
MH, SHOSJ, BSc (Hons), MA, MBuddhStud (Distinction), PhD (Cantab), ACSI, MIoD, MBPsS, FHKIoD, SF.SERA
 

Personal Details

 

Educational Details

  • St. Paul’s Co-educational College A.M. Primary School (Hong Kong) – 1978/84
  • St. Paul’s Co-educational College (Hong Kong) – 1984/85
  • Uppingham School (United Kingdom) – 1985/90
  • B.Sc. (2nd Class Honours: Upper Division), Biomedical Science, King’s College London, University of London (United Kingdom) – 1990/93
  • Ph.D. Psychiatry, Hughes Hall College, University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) – 1993/98
  • M.A. Korean Studies, The School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London (United Kingdom) – 2004/05
  • Harvard Business School (Executive Education): Private Equity & Venture Capital Program (USA) – 2006
  • Harvard Business School (Executive Education): Owner/President Management (OPM 37) Program (USA) – 2006/08
  • Honorary Doctor of Economics of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – 2007
  • Peking University: Certificate of Chinese Affairs (PRC) – 2007
  • The Party School of the CPC Central Committee: Chinese Affairs Study Program (PRC) – 2008
  • China National School of Administration: Hong Kong Youth Leaders Chinese Affairs Study Program Certificate (PRC) – 2008
  • Zhejiang Academy of Chinese Culture: Hong Kong and Macau Leaders Chinese Affairs Study Program Certificate (PRC) – 2010
  • The Academy of Chinese Culture: Hong Kong CPPCC Provincial Committee Members Chinese Affairs Study Program Certificate (PRC) – 2011
  • Honorary Doctorate of Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences (Armenia) – 2015
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Certificate): MIT Fintech: Future Commerce online course (USA) – 2016/17
  • Leonard N. Stern School of Business – New York University (Certificate of Achievement): FinTech for Executives: Understanding and Managing Innovation in Financial Technology Executive Education Program (USA) – 2018
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Sloan School of Management (Executive Education Certificate): Applied Neuroscience: Unleashing Brain Power for You and Your People (USA) – 2021
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology – The MIT Media Lab (Certificate): Cryptocurrency online course (USA) – 2021
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Sloan School of Management (Executive Education Certificate): Blockchain Technologies: Business Innovation and Application (USA) – 2021
  • M.BuddhStud. (Pass with Distinction), Master of Buddhist Studies, University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong) – 2020/22

 

Government Appointments

  • Commercial Representative for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in Hong Kong and Singapore – 2002
  • Ambassador-at-Large of the Comoros for Economic Affairs and International Investments (Union of the Comoros) – 2003-07
  • Commercial Attaché for Anjouan (Union of the Comoros) in the United Kingdom – 2003-07
  • Special Adviser to the Prime Minister for International Trade and Investment (Saint Kitts and Nevis) – 2006-15
  • Honorary Consul of Grenada in Hong Kong – 2006-13; 2017
  • Ambassador-at-Large for Grenada – 2006
  • Economic Adviser, People’s Government of Jilin Province (PRC) – 2008
  • Economic Adviser, People’s Government of Yuyao City, Zhejiang Province (PRC) – 2010
  • Member, 10th Heilongjiang Provincial Committee, Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) (PRC) – 2011/12
  • Member, 5th Yunfu Municipal Committee, Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) (PRC) – 2012/16
  • Adviser to the Minister of Economy of the Republic of Armenia – 2012
  • Member, 11th Heilongjiang Provincial Committee, Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) (PRC) – 2013/17
  • Member, 6th Yunfu Municipal Committee, Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) (PRC) – 2017-18
  • Member, 12th Heilongjiang Provincial Standing Committee, Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) (PRC) – 2018/22
  • Member, 13th Heilongjiang Provincial Standing Committee, Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) (PRC) – 2023/27
  • Convenor of the Heilongjiang Provincial Committee (Hong Kong) of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) (PRC/HK) – 2023

 

Public Services – Major Appointments

  • Standing Committee Member of the Jilin Youth Federation (PRC) – 2008-12
  • Chairman, International Kim Il Sung Foundation (DPR Korea) – 2008-12
  • Vice-President, Changchun Overseas Friendship Association (PRC) – 2008
  • Standing Committee Member of the Sichuan Youth Federation (PRC) – 2009-19
  • Executive Committee Member, Xi’an Overseas Friendship Association (PRC) – 2009
  • Standing Committee Member of the Qinghai Youth Federation (PRC) – 2010-14
  • President, Rotary E-Club of District 3450 (Hong Kong) – 2010/11
  • Vice-President, Heilongjiang Chinese Overseas Friendship Association (PRC) – 2010-15
  • Joint Chairman, Kim Il Sung-Kim Jong Il Foundation (DPR Korea) – 2012
  • Committee Member, Zhejiang Overseas Friendship Association (PRC) – 2012-17
  • Chairman of the Lok Sin Tong Benevolent Society, Kowloon (Hong Kong) – 2013/14
  • Vice-President, Liaoning Chinese Overseas Friendship Association (PRC) – 2013
  • Honorary President, Yunfu Chinese Overseas Friendship Association (PRC) – 2013
  • Honorary President of the Friendship Liaison Association of the CPPCC Hong Kong Members of Yunfu City (PRC/Hong Kong) – 2016
  • Chairman, Southern District Fire Safety Ambassador Honorary Presidents’ Association (Hong Kong) – 2016/18
  • Vice Chairman, New People’s Party (Hong Kong) – 2019-23
  • President, Association for the Promotion of Hong Kong Heilongjiang Economy (Hong Kong/PRC) – 2023
  • Chairman, Federation of Hong Kong Heilongjiang Associations (Hong Kong/PRC) – 2023
  • President of the Hong Kong St. John Ambulance Brigade Youth (Hong Kong Island & Kowloon) Command Presidents’ Club (Hong Kong) – 2024/25

 

Educational Posts

  • Fellow of the University of Buckingham (United Kingdom) – 2005
  • Guest Professor, Antai College of Economics & Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (PRC) – 2006
  • Honorary Fellow of the China Oxford Scholarship Fund, University of Oxford (United Kingdom) – 2006
  • Senior Adviser, School of Education & Training, Renmin University of China (PRC) – 2006
  • Honorary Professor, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – 2007
  • Pfeiffer Fellow, Hughes Hall College, University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) – 2007-11
  • Supervisor, Lok Sin Tong Lau Tak Primary School (Hong Kong) – 2009-14
  • Adviser, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO (Russia) – 2010
  • Supervisor, Lok Sin Tong Leung Kau Kui College (Hong Kong) – 2011-17
  • Senior Fellowship of the Social Enterprise Research Academy (Hong Kong) – 2018

 

Media Projects

  • Executive Producer of the film “Protégé”, starring Andy Lau, Daniel Wu, Louis Koo and Anita Yuen, and directed by Derek Yee (Hong Kong) – 2006-07
  • Executive Producer of the drama TV series “Da Ren Wu”, starring Nicholas Tse, Angelica Lee and Tamia Liu (PRC) – 2006-07
  • Executive Producer of the film “Crazy Lottery”, starring Li Yi Xiang and Ding Liu Yuan, and directed by Gong Ying Tian (PRC) – 2007
  • Executive Producer of the drama TV series “As Time Goes By”, starring Jiang Wen, Liu Xiaoqing and Annie Yi (PRC) – 2007-08
  • Executive Producer of the film “The Coffin”, starring Karen Mok, Ananda Everingham, Andrew Lin and Aki Shibuya, and directed by Ekachai Uekrongtham (Hong Kong/Thailand) – 2007-08
  • Executive Producer of the film “W.”, starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Banks, Thandie Newton and James Cromwell, and directed by Oliver Stone (USA) – 2008
  • Deputy Director of the Editorial Committee of “Go North”, published by Economic Information Agency (Hong Kong) – 2009
  • Member of the Editorial Committee of “Kim Jong Il Encyclopaedia”, published by the International Institute of Juche Idea (DPR Korea) – 2010-11
  • Associate Producer of the film “Una Noche”, starring Dariel Arrechaga, Anailin de la Rua de la Torre and Javier Nuñez Florian, and directed by Lucy Mulloy (UK/Cuba) – 2006-12
  • Executive Producer of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “Sunset Boulevard”, starring Glenn Close, at the London Coliseum Theatre (United Kingdom) – 2015-16
  • Executive Producer of the stage musical “42nd Street” at the Theatre Royal (London), Drury Lane (United Kingdom) – 2016-19
  • Executive Producer of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “Sunset Boulevard”, starring Glenn Close, at the New York Palace Theater (USA) – 2016-17
  • Associate Producer of Oliver Cotton’s play “Dessert” at the Southwark Playhouse, London (United Kingdom) – 2017
  • Executive Producer of the musical “A Legendary Romance” at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Massachusetts (USA) – 2017
  • Executive Producer of documentary “20 years: Youth, reloaded!”, produced by the Youth Work Department of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong SAR, broadcast on Phoenix TV (Hong Kong) – 2017
  • Executive Producer of the film “Fagara”, starring Sammi Cheng, Megan Lai and Li Xiaofeng, directed by Heiward Mak Hei-yan (Hong Kong) – 2017-19
  • Executive Producer of the film “Where the Wind Blows”, starring Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Aaron Kwok and directed by Philip Yung (Hong Kong) – 2017-23

 

Business Career – Past Appointments

  • Director, Global Financial Solutions Limited (United Kingdom) – 1997-98
  • Director, Global Private Equity Public Limited Company (United Kingdom) – 1998-09
  • Private Banker, ABN AMRO Bank (Hong Kong) – 1998-99
  • Director, Henyep Investments (UK) Ltd. (United Kingdom) – 2000-01
  • Director, Centurion Sports Limited (United Kingdom) – 2000-01
  • Director, Global Sports (UK) Ltd. (United Kingdom) – 2001-04
  • Director, Global Jinling Group Ltd. (United Kingdom) – 2002-04
  • Director, Global Bank Ltd. (State of Anjouan) – 2002-06
  • Director, Global Corporate Management Ltd. (United Kingdom) – 2000-07
  • Director, Global Properties (Holdings) Ltd. (United Kingdom) – 2003-07
  • Non-executive Chairman, Oriental City Group plc (United Kingdom) – 2006-07
  • Non-executive Director, Silverback Media plc (United Kingdom) – 2006-07
  • Non-executive Chairman, KGC Bank (DPR Korea) – 2005-08
  • Vice Chairman, Cambridge United Football Club (United Kingdom) – 2006-08
  • Executive Chairman, Betex Group plc (United Kingdom) – 2005-08
  • Non-executive Director, Central China Goldfields plc (United Kingdom) – 2006-08
  • Non-executive Chairman, Global Education Group plc (United Kingdom) – 2005-09
  • Executive Chairman, Global Entertainment Group plc (United Kingdom) – 2005-09
  • Senior Consultant, Clariden Leu Asset Management (UK) Ltd. (United Kingdom) – 2007-10
  • Non-executive Director, Creative Financial Technologies plc (United Kingdom) – 2009-10
  • Executive Chairman, Canton Property Investment Ltd. (BVI) – 2009-11
  • Senior Consultant, Pearl Oriental Oil Limited (Hong Kong) – 2011-16
  • Senior Consultant, Spyker N.V. (Netherlands) – 2014-17
  • Executive Chairman, Gate Ventures plc (United Kingdom) – 2015-17
  • Director, Infinity Creative Media Ltd. (United Kingdom) – 2015-17
  • Executive Chairman, Gate Reality Ltd. (United Kingdom) – 2016-17
  • Advisory Board Member, Rise Art Ltd. (United Kingdom) – 2016-17
  • Senior Consultant, Broad Homes Industrial International Co. Limited (Hong Kong) – 2014-18
  • Vice Chairman, Sotheby’s International Realty‎ (United Kingdom) – 2014-18
  • President, SportsSideKick Limited (United Kingdom) – 2017-18
  • Non-executive Director, Rise Art Ltd. (United Kingdom) – 2017-18
  • Senior Consultant, MX Oil plc (United Kingdom) – 2016-18
  • Co-Chairman, Mann Bioinvest Limited (Isle of Man) – 2016-20
  • Executive Chairman, Global Group International Holdings Limited (Hong Kong) – 2008-20
  • Executive Chairman, Global Group Films Limited (Hong Kong) – 2015-20
  • Executive Chairman, Global Group Entertainment Limited (Hong Kong) – 2015-20
  • Executive Chairman, Global Group Sports Investment Limited (Hong Kong) – 2017-20
  • Non-Executive Chairman and Director, Global Group Securities Limited (Hong Kong) – 2018-22
  • Executive Chairman, SD Block plc (United Kingdom) – 2021-23

 

Business Career – Current Appointments