Christine Loh

Christine Loh

Christine Loh Kung-wai at the CWMC 2006.
Member of the Legislative Council
In office
24 May 1998  10 September 2000
Preceded by (none)
Succeeded by abolished
Constituency Hong Kong Island
Majority 12.76%
In office
17 September 1995  30 June 1997
Constituency Island Central
Majority 65.32%
In office
1992[1]  17 September 1995
Constituency Appointed
Personal details
Born (1956-02-01) 1 February 1956
Hong Kong
Political party Citizens Party (defunct)
Domestic partner Craig Ehrlich[2][3][4]
Alma mater St. Paul's Convent School
Island School
Bedford High School
University of Hull
City University of Hong Kong
Religion Roman Catholicism
Christine Loh
Traditional Chinese 陸恭蕙
Simplified Chinese 陆恭蕙
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Loh.

Christine Loh Kung-wai, OBE, JP (born 1 February 1956), is Under Secretary for the Environment in Hong Kong.[5]

She is a former Legislative Councillor, founder and CEO of Civic Exchange, founder of the Citizens Party, and founder of Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor.

Until her appointment as Undersecretary for the Environment, Loh was CEO of Civic Exchange, the Hong Kong think tank that she co-founded in 2000. She was named "Woman of the Year for 2006" by Hong Kong Business.[1] She has worked in many areas, including law, business, politics, media and the non-profit sector, but is best known as a leading voice in public policy in Hong Kong, particularly in promoting democracy and environmental protection. She has long been associated with the campaign to save Hong Kong's Harbour from excessive land reclamation and overdevelopment.

Loh received her Honourable degree on 15 July 2016 from University of Exeter for her contribution to environment protection.[6] She said: "To be among the young graduates at Exeter makes me feel young and energetic again. It's like having a second chance to do better - to make up for not having done by best when I was a student. Perhaps like me when I was at my graduation many years ago, young people don't quite understand their capabilities and capacities yet. They will learn more about themselves in time and try hard to accomplish what they wish to do".

Education and professional career

Loh attended St. Paul's Convent School in Causeway Bay, and later Island School in Mid-levels, Hong Kong. She then went to Bedford High School in the UK. She later attended the University of Hull, City University of Hong Kong (Masters of Law in Chinese & Comparative Law) and the University of Hull (Doctor of Law, honoris causa) and was trained as a lawyer but she worked for 12 years as a commodities trader (1980–1991), rising to become managing director and later director of business development. Loh spent fourteen years in the commercial world, holding top regional posts in commodities trading at Philipp Brothers and Phibro Energy – the physical commodities trading arms of US multinational Salomon, Inc. (now Citicorp) — before joining a Hong Kong company (CIM Co.), where she headed the special projects division between 1992 and 1994. In April 2006, she was elected by shareholders of the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx) to be a director of the company.[1]

Political career

Loh was appointed to the Legislative Council (LegCo) in 1992. In 1995 and 1998 she ran in two direct elections and won by large margins.[7] She co-founded, in 1995, the Society for Protection of the Harbour and was responsible for creating and sponsoring the historic Protection of the Harbour Ordinance.[8] While part of the democratic camp in LegCo, she took a less confrontational approach than some, preferring to keep open lines of communication with the so-called pro-China camp.

In 2000, she and Lisa Hopkinson co-founded a Hong Kong-based non-profit think tank, Civic Exchange, and once again entered the political spotlight, but outside of the LegCo. She resigned as its chief executive on 11 September 2012 upon her appointment as Undersecretary for the Environment in the administration of CY Leung, taking up her new post the following day.[9] At the same time, she resigned from all her positions in other non-profit organisations, academic affiliations, and non-executive directorships in commercial firms.

Other activities

From 1991, Loh hosted a public affairs radio programme and a variety of TV programmes.




  1. 1 2 3 Hong Kong Democratic Foundation. "Person: Christine Loh". Archived from the original on 30 October 2010.
  2. Cohen, Edie (1 February 2006). "It's A Breeze pix: An easy-living Santa Monica house by John Friedman Alice Kimm is green indoors and out". Interior Design. Archived from the original on 30 October 2010.
  3. "Apology". South China Morning Post. 6 January 2009. Archived from the original on 30 October 2010.
  4. Oliver, Rachel (12 July 2006). "Downright upright". South China Morning Post. Archived from the original (DOC) on 30 October 2010.
  5. "Organisation". Retrieved 2012-11-05.
  6. "University of Exeter". Exeter. July 2016.
  7. "The Hong Kong Observer". HKDF Newsletter. October 2000. Archived from the original on 30 October 2010.
  8. New talents to boost govt, China Daily, 13 Sept 2012
  9. "Former lawmaker Loh receives govt appointment". The Standard, 11 September 2012
Legislative Council of Hong Kong
Preceded by
Man Sai-cheong
as Representative for Hong Kong Island East
Member of Legislative Council
Representative for Hong Kong Island Central
Replaced by Provisional Legislative Council
New parliament Member of Legislative Council
Representative for Hong Kong Island
Served alongside: Martin Lee, Yeung Sum, Gary Cheng
Succeeded by
Cyd Ho
Government offices
Preceded by
Kitty Poon
Under Secretary for the Environment
Party political offices
New political party Leader of the Citizens Party
Succeeded by
Alex Chan
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Florence Hui
Under Secretary for Home Affairs
Hong Kong order of precedence
Under Secretary for the Environment
Succeeded by
Yau Shing-mu
Under Secretary for Transport and Housing
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