Every Girtonian in Asia may have heard of Chadwick Mok. A leading businessman, he chairs the Girton Hong Kong Committee, our local alumni/ae association. Chadwick is the Chairman and CEO of CXC Express Ltd, one of the largest and most technologically advanced local fast delivery operators in Hong Kong. He is also the Founder and Chairman of Rich Fellows Investment Ltd, which specialises in direct investments in various industries. After a career start in equity research analysis for what is now UBS, and then a fund manager in the Asian investment arm of America’s Prudential, he joined as board member and executive director of a Hong Kong listed company, Kingboard Chemical Holdings Limited, finally becoming Vice-Chairman and CEO of Kingboard’s subsidiary Elec & Eltek, a leading manufacturer of printed circuit boards listed in Singapore. Upon his founding of Rich Fellows, Chadwick’s interests span financing, healthcare, and logistics.
Whilst building his career, he also met and married Catherine, with whom he has two sons, Carlos and Carson, and a daughter, Carina. Apart from his business skills, it is Chadwick’s affability that strikes a note when you meet him. He joined with other members of the Hong Kong committee to help shape the course of Girton’s 150th celebrations in the Asia-Pacific region last Spring.
Chadwick read Engineering at Girton between 1984 and 1987, studying Electrical and Information Systems for his Part II of the Tripos. He then expanded his CV by becoming a Chartered Accountant, gaining also an MBA in London in 1992. He firmly believes that education played a crucial role in forging his career: ‘I have been very fortunate to be on an interesting career path’, he says. This is why he also joined ‘A Great Campaign’ as a ‘Friend’, feeling that it is important to ‘give back’ for what he personally received.
Chadwick is aware that without individual generosity it would be impossible for many applicants to come to Cambridge and be exposed to the world-class teaching and research offered by Girton and the University Departments. This comes from direct experience, having been the recipient of a then-Hong Kong government student grant, of a Cambridge Trust Award, and of a MBA’s association student loan: ‘Without financial assistance, I would not have been able to complete both my degrees’. It is with this in mind that, together with his father-in-law Patrick Chan, Chadwick has now endowed a postgraduate scholarship at Girton College. The Chan and Mok Graduate Scholarship is available to students who are permanent residents of Hong Kong, with preference to those who have studied at schools affiliated to Po Leung Kuk. The Scholarship is worth £10,000, and will be awarded annually to a student pursuing a one year course of postgraduate study in any subject at Girton to a Master’s degree. ‘I would like to help and encourage underprivileged students to apply – Chadwick says. We want to offer young people with talent the chance to pursue a rigorous education’.
Girton is very grateful to Chadwick and his family for this exceptional gift. Alongside it Chadwick is also contributing to the Girton Hong Kong Founders’ scholarship together with the other Hong Kong Committee members – Franklin Heng, Kevin Chan, Richard Mun and James Wong – and other Hong Kong based alumni/ae.
What a great way to continue the radical mission of Girton to offer an education to those previously excluded from it (whether because of gender in the nineteenth century, or because of financial constraints today). A mission, thanks also to the 2019 anniversary, that more than ever has now reached a global scale!
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