Professor Anthony B. L. Cheung is currently the Research Chair Professor of Public Administration (Adjunct) at the Education University of Hong Kong where he was President from 2008 to 2012, and Adjunct Professor at the Division of Public Policy of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
From July 2012 to June 2017, Professor Cheung was Secretary for Transport and Housing of the Hong Kong SAR Government and, in that capacity, Chairman of the Hong Kong Housing Authority, Chairman of the Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board, Chairman of the Hong Kong Logistics Development Council as well as board member of the Hong Kong Airport Authority and Mass Transit Railway Corporation.
Professor Cheung graduated from The University of Hong Kong in 1974 with a BSocSc (Hon) degree in Sociology and Economics. He later obtained a MSc degree in Public Sector Management from the University of Aston, UK, and PhD degree in Government from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science by Aston University in 2016 and an Honorary Doctorate of Education by EdUHK in 2017.
Before joining academia, Professor Cheung had served in the Hong Kong civil service, working in various departments including the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). In 1986, he joined the City University of Hong Kong, where he subsequently became Professor and Head of the Department of Public and Social Administration. As the President of the Hong Kong Institute of Education he laid the foundation for the Institute’s subsequent retitling as Education University under an ‘Education-plus’ vision. He co-founded the Asian Association of Public Administration in 2010 and served as its president in 2012.
Professor Cheung’s research has focused on governance, public administration, administrative and civil service reform and public policy. He has published 17 authored/edited books, and 115 refereed journal articles and book chapters, and delivered numerous keynote presentations and conference papers.
Professor Cheung was active in public affairs. During 1995-97, he was Member of the Legislative Council. He was chairman of the political group Meeting Point (1989-94) and a founding vice-chairman of the Democratic Party (1994-98). He also founded an independent think-tank SynergyNet in 2002.
Among his many public service roles, Professor Cheung was a Non-Official Member of the Executive Council (2005-2012); Chairman of the Hong Kong Consumer Council (2007-2012); Chairman of the Pay Trend Survey Committee (2007); Member of the Consultative Committee on the New Airport and Related Projects (1991-98); Member of the Task Force on Review of Civil Service Salaries and Conditions (2002); Board Member of Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation (2007-17), and Member of the ICAC Operations Review Committee (2005-07).
Since stepping down from ministerial office, Professor Cheung has been appointed from November 2017 as Chairman of the Committee on Self-financing Post-secondary Education, and Member of both the Education Commission and University Grants Committee. During 2017-18, he chaired a government task force to review self-financing post-secondary education. He is also an adviser to the Steering Committee of the Hong Kong International Aviation Academy.