Christine Loh

Christine Loh Kung-wai, SBS, OBE, JP (born 1 February 1956), is a former Hong Kong Legislative Councillor, founder and CEO of Civic Exchange, founder of the Citizens Party, and founder of Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor. From 2012 to 2017, she was Under Secretary for the Environment in the government of CY Leung.[4][5]


Christine Loh

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Christine Loh Kung-wai at the CWMC 2006.
Member of the Legislative Council
In office
1 July 1998 – 30 June 2000
Preceded byNew parliament
Succeeded bySeat abolished
ConstituencyHong Kong Island
In office
11 October 1995 – 30 June 1997
ConstituencyHong Kong Island Central
Majority12,762 (30.7%)
In office
8 October 1992 – 31 July 1995
Appointed byChris Patten
Personal details
Born (1956-02-01) 1 February 1956 (age 65)
British Hong Kong
Political partyCitizens Party (defunct)
Domestic partnerCraig Ehrlich[1][2][3]
EducationSt. Paul's Convent School
Island School
Bedford High School
Alma materUniversity of Hull (LLB)
City University of Hong Kong (LLM)
Christine Loh
Traditional Chinese陸恭蕙
Simplified Chinese陆恭蕙

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.[6] 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.[citation needed]

In 2017, following the end of her official role, she is an adjunct professor in the Division of Environment and Sustainability at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and is said to be revising her book Underground Front: The Chinese Communist Party in Hong Kong, first published in 2010.[5]

Education and professional careerEdit

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.[6]

Political careerEdit

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.[citation needed]

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.

She left the government at the end of CY Leung's term, in July 2017.[5]

Other activitiesEdit

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





  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ "Apology". South China Morning Post. 6 January 2009. Archived from the original on 30 October 2010.
  3. ^ Oliver, Rachel (12 July 2006). "Downright upright". South China Morning Post. Archived from the original (DOC) on 30 October 2010.
  4. ^ "Organisation". Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d Ex-environment deputy Christine Loh to update and revise book on Communist Party in Hong Kong, HKFP, by Kris Cheng, 17 September 2017
  6. ^ a b Hong Kong Democratic Foundation. "Person: Christine Loh". Archived from the original on 30 October 2010.
  7. ^ "The Hong Kong Observer". HKDF Newsletter. October 2000. Archived from the original on 30 October 2010.
  8. ^ New talents to boost govt Archived 18 January 2013 at, China Daily, 13 September 2012
  9. ^ "Former lawmaker Loh receives govt appointment" Archived 7 January 2013 at The Standard, 11 September 2012
  10. ^ "University of Exeter". Exeter. July 2016.
  11. ^ "Appendix to the 2017 Honours List" (PDF). Hong Kong SAR Government. 1 July 2017. Retrieved 5 October 2020.

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Legislative Council of Hong Kong
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Man Sai-cheong
as Representative for Hong Kong Island East
Member of Legislative Council
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Served alongside: Martin Lee, Yeung Sum, Gary Cheng
Succeeded by
Cyd Ho
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