Patrick Ho

This is a Chinese name; the family name is Ho.
The Honourable
Tsang Tak-sing
Secretary for Home Affairs
In office
1 July 2002  30 June 2007
Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa
Sir Donald Tsang
Chief Secretary Donald Tsang
Michael Suen(acting)
Rafael Hui
Preceded by Lam Woon-kwong
Personal details

1949 (age 6667)

British Hong Kong

Nationality Hong Kong Chinese
Alma mater Diocesan Boys' School

Patrick Ho Chi-ping JP (Chinese: 何志平; pinyin: Hé Zhìpíng) was born in Hong Kong, studied in the Diocesan Boys' School, Hong Kong. He won a scholarship and educated in USA for 16 years. He is an ophthalmologist, and Hong Kong's former Secretary for Home Affairs, who trained in eye surgery with special expertise in retinal surgery, he was a fellow at Harvard Medical School. He returned to Hong Kong in 1984 and taught eye surgery at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as Professor of Ophthalmology. From 1988–2000, he was Professor of Surgery (Ophthalmology) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

He joined the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and the Preparatory Committee of the SAR.[1] From 2002, he was the Secretary for Home Affairs and retired from his cabinet post on 1 July 2007.

Since 1993, he has been a member of the 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th (National) Chinese People's Political Consultative Committee, and in 1995, he was appointed as a member of the Preparatory Committee of the first Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government. He was the vice‐chairman of the Hong Kong Policy Research Institute. In 1997, he became a member of the Urban Council of Hong Kong SAR, China.


His wife is the former Taiwanese actress Sibelle Hu. His daughter is Audrey Ho Ka Chun

Secretary for Home Affairs

In 2002, he joined the second term HKSAR Government as a Cabinet Member and the Secretary for Home Affairs with a policy portfolio ranging from district administration, human rights, arts and culture, sports and recreation, youth and religious matters, gaming and charities, to overall liaison with the civil society. His contributions are:

  1. District administration- Implementation of New Village Representative election system (Dual representative election system)
  2. Human rights- Race Discrimination Ordinance
  3. Sports and Recreation- Olympic equestrian events[2]
  4. Gaming and Charities – Licenses for football and for lotteries
  5. Arts and Culture – Conserve and Revitalise Hong Kong Heritage[3]

The role of Hong Kong

He believed Hong Kong, a leading offshore Renminbi centre, could play a role in advancing the internationalisation of the yuan and help make it a global reserve currency, compared financial security to energy security and national security, saying they shared a common core principle, which is to serve the national interest and maintain stability. Also, Hong Kong must once again seek new economic solutions through the "One Country, Two Systems".

Public diplomacy

Ho is the Deputy chairman, and Secretary General of China Energy Fund Committee (CEFC), a think‐tank registered and anchored in Hong Kong, China, devoted to public diplomacy, with special emphasis on energy and culture. It is a charitable non‐governmental organisation with special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC), search a new position for Hong Kong between China and World . He is also the Director of the National Association of Study on Hong Kong and Macau.

Ho has been working closely with the UN in promoting international co-operation and mutual respect, which is essential to the sustainable growth and prosperity to our societies. He took the initiative in organising a series of colloquiums on issues of Sino‐US relationship (Sino‐US Colloquium II‐IV) in Washington D.C. and in Hong Kong, China, intercultural dialogues (New York Forum on World Civilizations) as well as China's sustainable development (A China Story) in UN Headquarters in New York City.

UN campaign—The “Powering the Future We Want” grant

One of Ho's main focuses is energy.[4] Under his leadership,[5] CEFC conducts energy researches and periodical publications include China Energy Focus Natural Gas 2013,[6] which introduces the outlook for natural gas development in China and its progress to date. In additions, CEFC also organised international energy conferences (Sino‐US Colloquium I & V on Energy Cooperation) in Hong Kong, China, and forums (2011, 2012 Pacific Energy Forum in Hong Kong and Shanghai, China; Forum of New Energy Economy and Low Carbon Development in Guangzhou, China; Hainan Petrochemical International Exchange and Cooperation Forum in Singapore) to further its mission to engage politicians and senior officials, academics and experts from different parts of the world to address energy related issues, and turn challenges into opportunities.

China Energy Fund Committee (CEFC)

CEFC is a non-governmental, non-profit civil society organization. The Committee is an NGO with Special Consultative Status, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC). Registered in Hong Kong, the Committee obtains tax exemption under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance as a charitable organization. Also registered in Virginia, the United States, the Committee obtains tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as a public charity.

Sino-US Colloquium

"Sino-US Colloquiums" are a series of important annual events organised by the China Energy Fund Committee to promote co-operation between the two countries. Our purpose is to enable constructive exchanges between accomplished dignitaries, former senior officials, academics and top business executives by offering them a platform in the form of civil summits, which are outside state governance, so as to freely discuss, unrestrained ny existing government policies, cogent topics including energy, security, technology, economics and culture, and to reach genuine mutual understanding followed by proposed solutions.

*For the Sino-US relationship, Patrick Chi Ping Ho, had a conversation with James Woolsey in 2016 (the former CIA director, senior adviser to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump) 

Energy security

China Energy Fund Committee (CEFC) and United States Energy Security Council (USESC) released a joint study, aimed at addressing the energy security issue, the report first proposes to break the petroleum monopoly through increasing transportation fuel diversification in both countries.

A China Story

With a series of presentations describing the Chinese experience in pursuit of a sustainable future, "A China Story" Forum represents the dedication and effort of the China Energy Fund Committee to provide a novel foundation and a renewed perspective for all stakeholders to move forward with the preparations for a post-2015 UN development agenda that is responsive to both today's and tomorrow's global challenges, and therefore worthy of the aspiration of all countries and peoples for a better future.


"China must learn lessons from history and remain committed to peaceful development", the forum commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Asia, aimed to provide the international community with a better understanding of the contributions made by China during the Second World War, as well as explore avenues towards global peace and development.

Digital Revolution

Internet changed the world, Mr.Ho argued the Internet or digital economy is credited with empowering and connecting participants on an unprecedented global scale. E-commerce and mobile applications are allowing businesses and consumers to connecting in a way that is not only expanding innovation, but is also disrupting long-established commercial applications.

Other titles and membership

See also


Political offices
Preceded by
Lam Woon-kwong
Secretary for Home Affairs
Succeeded by
Tsang Tak-sing
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Jose Yu
Recipients of the Gold Bauhinia Star
Hong Kong order of precedence
Recipients of the Gold Bauhinia Star
Succeeded by
Sarah Liao
Recipients of the Gold Bauhinia Star
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